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Today in Beatles History: November 20

Posted by **Stephen** on Nov 20, 2017 at 12:53:26 AM:

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

1962 - The Beatles perform at Floral Hall, Southport, playing two shows.

1963 - The Beatles, on a tour of Britain, perform two shows at the ABC Cinema in Manchester, Lancashire. Before the show they give a radio interview (for the BBC's "Voice of the North"), a television interview (for Granada TV's "Scene at 6:30"), and an interview for a short newsreel documentary being filmed by Pathe News. The Beatles permitted Pathe News to film two songs from their first show of the evening ("She Loves You" and "Twist and Shout") for the eight-minute documentary called "The Beatles Come to Town". The short film was distributed to theatres during the week of December 22. The footage of the Beatles performing "She Loves You" and "Twist and Shout" was later incorporated into a 70-minute movie known as "Pop Gear" (it was released in the US under the title "Go Go Mania").

1964 - John Lennon records part of his appearance on the first show of the new Dudley Moore/Peter Cook BBC television program "Not Only…But Also". On this day, Lennon, along with Moore and guest-star Norman Rossington (who acted as The Beatles' manager "Norm" in their movie "A Hard Day's Night"), do shooting at Wimbledon Common, London. They film a surrealistic dream sequence to accompany Lennon's reading of "Deaf Ted, Danoota, (and me)", one of the short works from Lennon's book "In His Own Write". Additional filming will be done on November 29. The show is broadcast on January 9, 1965.

1974 - Wings tapes a performance of "Junior's Farm" for the UK television program "Top of the Pops". Broadcast the following day.

1976 - UK release of George Harrison compilation LP "The Best of George Harrison" (Parlophone). Songs: "Something", "If I Needed Someone", "Here Comes 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", "What Is Life".

1976 - Two George Harrison promotional films are broadcast on US television, on the program "Saturday Night Live". "Crackerbox Palace" (directed by Eric Idle) and "This Song" (directed by Harrison) are shown.

1979 - US release of Paul McCartney single "Wonderful Christmastime/Rudolph the Red Nosed Reggae" (Columbia).

1981 - UK release of Ringo Starr LP "Stop and Smell the Roses" (RCA). Songs: "Private Property", "Wrack My Brain", "Drumming Is My Madness", "Attention", "Stop and Take the Time to Smell the Roses", "Dead Giveaway", "You Belong to Me", "Sure to Fall", "Nice Way", and "Back Off Boogaloo" (version 2).

2000 - Reuters news service announces that The Beatles' compilation album "1" has become the #1 UK album in its first week of release, on the strength of first-week sales of 319,000. "1" is the 15th Beatles album to reach #1 in the UK and is the first #1 album for the group since 1996's "Anthology 2".

2000 - The Beatles' compilation album "1" is #1 in Sweden.

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