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Today in Beatles History: January 1

Posted by **Stephen** on Dec 31, 2017 at 9:02:25 PM:

1959 - The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Colin Hanton) perform at Wilson Hall, Garston, Liverpool. The occasion is the (late) Christmas party of the Speke Bus Depot Social Club. Harry Harrison (George's father) is chairman of the club and had arranged the booking for The Quarry Men. The performance turns into a drunken, messy affair, and afterwards drummer Colin Hanton gets into a furious argument with the others. On the way home by bus, Hanton gets off with his drums before his usual stop. "He neither saw nor heard from The Quarry Men again" (Mark Lewisohn).

1962 - On New Year's Day (not a holiday in England at that time), The Beatles (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best) conduct their first audition for a major record company, Decca. In Decca's studios in London, and less than 2 miles from EMI's Abbey Road studios, The Beatles tape 15 songs that had been carefully selected by Brian Epstein to show off their versatility: "Like Dreamers Do", "Money", "Till There Was You", "The Sheik of Araby", "To Know Her Is to Love Her", "Take Good Care of My Baby", "Memphis", "Sure to Fall (In Love With You)", "Hello Little Girl", "Three Cool Cats", "Crying, Waiting, Hoping", "The Love of the Loved", "September In the Rain", "Besame Mucho", and "Searchin'". It took about an hour to record all the songs, and Decca's Mike Smith (who had arrived late, irritating Brian Epstein) promised to get back to Brian with Decca's decision; then Smith hurried The Beatles out of the studio because he was running late for a second audition - with Brian Poole and the Tremeloes.

1963 - The Beatles fly from Hamburg to London.

1964 - The Beatles perform at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London. Appearing in two performances of "The Beatles' Christmas Show".

1965 - The Beatles put on two performances of "Another Beatles Christmas Show" at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.


1960 - Stuart Sutcliffe joins The Quarry Men, using part of the money he received from the sale of a painting to make a down payment on the purchase of a bass guitar. Stuart's mother Millie made the remaining payments. [Note: many sources state that Sutcliffe purchased the bass guitar outright, using all of the proceeds from the sale of one of his paintings to millionaire John Moore, but Bill Harry cites letters that Stuart wrote to his mother from Hamburg, asking her to keep up the payments on the guitar, as proof that the generally-recognized version is wrong.] It is widely believed that Sutcliffe's parents had wanted him to put all of the John Moore money back into his artistic career and that John Lennon persuaded him to buy the bass guitar instead. However, according to Bill Harry, Millie Sutcliffe was, for the most part, supportive of Stuart's musical endeavors. Another standard but incorrect story is that Sutcliffe never really learned to play his bass guitar and often turned his back to the audience during performances to hide his lack of ability. Bill Harry states that this is absolutely not true, blaming this misconception on erroneous statements made by Allan Williams, particularly in his book "The Man Who Gave The Beatles Away". According to Harry, "Stuart did not play with his back to the audience. I saw Stuart play long before Williams because they used to play at our art college dances. I have checked every photograph of Stuart playing that I can find and on every one he is facing the audience…He wasn't the best player in the world, but he could play his instrument. He taught Klaus Voorman how to play bass guitar…". Most sources also report that Sutcliffe suggested the name "Beatals". However, Bill Harry states that Stuart came up with the name "Beetles" (due to its similarity to the name of Buddy Holly's group, the Crickets). The name "Silver Beetles" was adopted first, and when it was shortened to "Beatles", it was John Lennon who substituted the "a". [Many thanks to Bill Harry for pointing out the errors in the original entry and for providing the correct information along with his comments.]

1968 - Pete Shotton is replaced as manager of the Apple Boutique by John Lyndon. Shotton becomes John Lennon's personal assistant.

1975 - Geoff Britton leaves the group Wings.

1978 - UK re-release of Beatles LP "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" on Picture Disc (Parlophone).

1979 - UK re-release of Beatles double LP "The Beatles" (the White Album) on white vinyl (Parlophone).

1979 - UK re-release of Beatles LP "Abbey Road" on green vinyl (Parlophone).

1979 - UK re-release of Beatles LP "Let It Be" on white vinyl (Parlophone).

1984 - US re-release of Beatles Dec. 1963 single "I Want to Hold Your Hand/I Saw Her Standing There" (Capitol). Slightly altered picture sleeve.

1985 - John Lennon (posthumously) and Paul McCartney are commended by the National Coalition on Television Violence for their "pro-social" music videos.

1986 - US re-release of John Lennon/Yoko Ono LP "Unfinished Music #1: Two Virgins" (Apple/Tetragrammaton). Issued by Out of the Past Records, which had bought the Tetragrammaton catalog. This reissue is virtually indistinguishable from the original release.

1987 - UK re-release of John Lennon/Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band (with Elephant's Memory) double LP "Some Time in New York City" on double CD (Parlophone). Due to poor sound quality, it is quickly withdrawn and reissued on August 10, 1987.

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