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Today in Beatles History: January 2

Posted by **Stephen** on Jan 2, 2018 at 6:45:40 AM:

1963 - This was supposed to be the first night of a five-appearance Beatles tour of Scotland. But the show has to be cancelled due to terrible weather conditions during the worst winter weather in decades--icy cold and snowdrifts that makes the roads impassable. This after The Beatles' flight from London had been diverted to Aberdeen at the last minute; Neil Aspinall was waiting to pick them up in Edinburgh. The venue at which The Beatles were to have performed was Longmore Hall, Keith, Banffshire.

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

1965 - "I Feel Fine" is the #1 single in the US for the second week in a row.

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

1969 - Start of the "Get Back" project. With The Beatles on the edge of crisis through much of 1968, Paul McCartney began urging his fellow Beatles to consider a return to playing live. He reasoned that it was music that had brought them together, and that they should "get back" to performing live. The others weren't too keen on the idea, especially John and George, but they agreed to think about it. In fact, things progressed far enough for Paul to announce to the press that The Beatles would play three shows at the Roundhouse in London in mid-December 1968. But Paul just couldn't get the others on the same wavelength, and those plans had to be scrapped. As a compromise, Paul suggested that The Beatles could perform a televised concert, either live or pre-taped. John, George, and Ringo half-heartedly agreed, but even in the midst of agreeing John was suggesting that maybe it was time for The Beatles to call it a day and split up. A lot of ideas were kicked around for a televised performance, one of the most intriguing being a concert in a Roman amphitheater, but the logistics were just too complex for the rather unenthusiastic Beatles. (It would be left for Pink Floyd to realize this idea). Since there seemed to be a stalemate in choosing a suitable vehicle, Denis O'Dell suggested that The Beatles begin rehearsing and, perhaps, film those rehearsals for a TV documentary showing the "Beatles at Work". They all agreed to follow this advice, and to do the rehearsals/filming at Twickenham Film Studios. It really hadn't been very long since the completion of "The Beatles", and there weren't many new songs available for the group to work on. Still, uncertain as to what they were about, The Beatles met at Twickenham on a cold and cheerless sound stage at the beginning of a new year. No sooner had things gotten underway than the old resentments and tensions began to surface--Yoko was encroaching into The Beatles' domain, Paul was bossing everyone around and telling George how to play, and on and on just like before. The Beatles jammed aimlessly, with little or no enthusiasm. Little of what was recorded at Twickenham would be included in the "Let it Be" movie; it was simply too uninspired.

1971 - George Harrison's album "All Things Must Pass" reaches #1 in the US charts.

1971 - George Harrison's single "My Sweet Lord" is #1 in the US charts.

1975 - US District Court Judge Richard Owen rules in New York that John Lennon shall be given access to Department of Immigration files pertaining to his deportation case. Lennon and his lawyer want to determine whether attempts to deport him are due to his 1968 British drug conviction or to his comments and activities against the Nixon administration and in support of left-wing/radical activist groups.

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