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Today in Beatles History: November 8

Posted by **Stephen** on Nov 8, 2017 at 8:34:03 PM:

1960 - The Beatles perform at the Kaiserkeller Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany.

1961 - The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club - a night show.

1962 - The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.

1963 - The Beatles tape two interviews for Irish television. The first, recorded at a spot between Dublin and Belfast, is for Ulster Television's "Ulster News". The second, recorded at the BBC's Broadcasting House in Belfast, is for the BBC's news magazine program "Six Ten". Both are broadcast that evening.

1963 - The Beatles, their British tour extending into Ireland, perform two shows at the Ritz Cinema in Belfast.

1964 - The Beatles, on a tour of Britain, perform at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool, their first home-town concert since December 22, 1963.

1965 - The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). With time rapidly running out for the completion of "Rubber Soul" and the need to record a Christmas record for The Beatles' fan club members, George Martin deliberately records The Beatles as they rehearse George Harrison's song "Think For Yourself". Martin had hoped they would say something witty that would be suitable for the Christmas record, but it didn't turn out that way. Nonetheless, the recording is kept anyway, and it did come into use during the production of the film "Yellow Submarine", when a six-second snippet of John, Paul, and George practicing the vocal harmonies for "Think For Yourself" is used in the movie. The Beatles, at this session, work on "Think For Yourself" (originally titled "Won't Be There With You"). After rehearsal, one take is all that is required to get down the basic instrumental track, and overdubs are recorded. Around 3:00 am The Beatles record a bunch of unrehearsed material for their Christmas record, leaving it up to George Martin to make some sense of it all.

1967 - The Richard Lester movie "How I Won the War", featuring John Lennon in the role of Private Gripweed, opens in the US in New York.

1968 - Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from John, following an uncontested suit. It is announced that John has made 'generous and proper provision' for Cynthia and their son Julian.

1968 - George Harrison's songwriting contract with Northern Songs expires, and George does not renew it.

1976 - US release of George Harrison compilation LP "The Best of George Harrison" (Capitol). Songs: "Something", "If I Needed Someone", "Here Come the Sun", "Taxman", "Think for Yourself", "For You Blue", "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "My Sweet Lord", "Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)", "You", "Bangla Desh", "Dark Horse", and "What is Life". 15 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #31.

1976 - US release of Beatles single "Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da/Julia" (Capitol). 6 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #49.

1982 - US release of John Lennon compilation LP "The John Lennon Collection" (Geffen). Songs: "Give Peace a Chance", "Instant Karma", "Power to the People", "Whatever Gets You Through the Night", "#9 Dream", "Mind Games", "Love", "Imagine", "Jealous Guy", "(Just Like) Starting Over", "Woman", "I'm Losing You", "Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)", "Dear Yoko", and "Watching the Wheels". The cassette version contains the additional songs "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" and "Stand by Me".

1982 - UK release of George Harrison LP "Gone Troppo" (Dark Horse). Songs: "Wake Up My Love", "That's the Way It Goes", "I Really Love You", "Greece", "Gone Troppo", "Mystical One", "Unknown Delight", "Baby Don't Run Away", "Dream Away", and "Circles".

1989 - A long-standing suit (20 years) between The Beatles and EMI/Capitol is resolved. Although details are not revealed, it is widely reported that EMI/Capitol will pay The Beatles approximately 100 million pounds sterling in back royalties. The Beatles also obtain greater control over the use of their recordings, including record cover artwork.

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