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Today in Beatles History: December 10

Posted by **Stephen** on Dec 10, 2017 at 12:35:38 AM:

1960 - Having dodged the West German police for over a week, John Lennon leaves Hamburg and returns to England. He straps his amplifier to his back to prevent it being stolen. Stuart Sutcliffe remains in Germany until late February.

1961 - The Beatles perform at Hambleton Hall, Huyton, Liverpool. Returning to Liverpool after their first live performances in south England and London, The Beatles arrived so late for their appearance in Huyton that they only had time to play for 15 minutes. The promoters, having to pay The Beatles their full 15-pound fee, were most unhappy. Brian Epstein, who had been waiting for the group to arrive, realized that he had a lot of work ahead of him to instill in The Beatles a more professional attitude about fulfilling their performance obligations.

1961 - At another meeting with Brian Epstein, The Beatles agree to a contract with Epstein, conditional upon his obtaining a recording contract for them. Epstein instructs The Beatles to be more punctual and physically appealing, and he establishes that the group will play a planned program instead of choosing songs at random. They are to stop shouting at people in the audience and refrain from eating, drinking, and fighting on stage.

1962 - The Beatles perform at the Cavern Club at lunchtime.

1963 - The Beatles, on a tour of Britain, perform two shows at the Gaumont Cinema in Doncaster.

1964 - Ringo Starr is released from University College Hospital in London, three days after the removal of his tonsils. Paul McCartney had visited Ringo in the hospital on the preceding day.

1965 - The Beatles, on their last tour of Britain, perform two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Hammersmith, London.

1966 - UK release of Beatles compilation LP "A Collection of Beatles Oldies" (Parlophone). Songs: "She Loves You", "From Me to You", "We Can Work It Out", "Help!", "Michelle", "Yesterday", "I Feel Fine", "Yellow Submarine", "Can't Buy Me Love", "Bad Boy", "Day Tripper", "A Hard Day's Night", "Ticket to Ride", "Paperback Writer", "Eleanor Rigby", and "I Want to Hold Your Hand". Only "Bad Boy" had not been previously released in the UK. Highest chart position: #4.

1968 - John and Yoko rehearse for an appearance in the Rolling Stones' television film "The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus". The film was never broadcast on television, and it remained largely unseen until its release on videocassette in the 1990s.

1968 - John Lennon's home in Weybridge, Kenwood, is put up for sale.

1969 - George Harrison continues with the Delaney and Bonnie tour onto the continent, playing three dates at the Falkoner Theatre in Copenhagen, Denmark.

1971 - John and Yoko perform at a benefit concert in Ann Arbor, Michigan, for John Sinclair, a radical activist who had been sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of two marijuana cigarettes. Three days later Sinclair will be freed on bail. The performance is filmed, but the movie "Ten for Two" will not be released until over 17 years later (April 1, 1989). [Note: Ray Coleman gives the date of December 11 for this performance].

1976 - Release of Wings triple LP "Wings Over America" in the US (Capitol) and the UK (Capitol). Recorded live during Wings' 1976 tour of North America (although it has been reported that some tracks were recorded in the studio). Songs: "Venus and Mars", "Rock Show", "Jet", "Let Me Roll It", "Spirits of Ancient Egypt", "Medicine Jar", "Maybe I'm Amazed", "Call Me Back", "Lady Madonna", "The Long and Winding Road", "Live and Let Die", "Picasso's Last Words", "Richard Cory", "Bluebird", "I've Just Seen a Face", "Blackbird", "Yesterday", "You Gave Me the Answer", "Magneto and Titanium Man", "Go Now", "My Love", "Listen to What the Man Said", "Let 'Em In", "Time to Hide", "Silly Love Songs", "Beware My Love", "Letting Go", "Band on the Run", "Hi Hi Hi", and "Soily". In the US it will spend 19 weeks on the Billboard chart, its highest position #1.

1980 - John Lennon's body is cremated without ceremony. (3587)

1998 - A sound recording of a 1963 Beatles concert is sold at auction at Christies in London for 25,300 pounds ($41,500). The high-quality tape of The Beatles' 10-song concert was recorded by the chief technician at the Gaumont Theatre in Bournemouth during one of six consecutive nights which The Beatles played there in 1963 (August 19-24, 1963). The tape reportedly "captures The Beatles' jokey repartee with the audience". [Note: It was during this six-night stand in Bournemouth that The Beatles posed for photographer Robert Freeman for the photo that appears on the cover of their second UK album "With the Beatles" and their first Capitol Records US album "Meet the Beatles". The photo was taken at The Beatles' hotel in Bournemouth, the Palace Court.] Also sold at auction today was a set of autographs of five Beatles--John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best, and Stuart Sutcliffe. The autographs had been obtained by a fan in Liverpool in 1961; they went for 5,195 pounds ($8,500).

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