On this day in 1963, The Beatles performed in East London. Appearing with the legendary Chris Montez and Tommy Roe at the East Ham Granada Cinema, Barking Road, London E6. The set list for the two performances consisted of Love Me Do, Misery, A Taste of Honey, Do You Want To Know A Secret, Please Please Me and I Saw Her Standing There. Top billing was shared by the two Americans. However most of the audience had come to see The Beatles. They also performed here in East London again on November 9th the same year.
This photo shoot took place in the yard of EMI Studios, Abbey Road in 1963at the height of Beatlemania.
Pathe News filmed the opening of the studios in November 1931. Edward Elgar conducted the London Symphony Orchestra in recording sessions of his music. Later on they became known as EMI studios.
The Beatles named their 1969 album Abbey Road, after the street where the studio is located. Most of their songs were recorded there. EMI changed its name to Abbey Road. Iain Macmillan took the album’s cover photograph outside the studios. The nearby zebra crossing has become a place of pilgrimage for Beatles fans. It has been a tradition for visitors to pay homage to the band by writing on the wall.
In September 2012, with the takeover of EMI, the studio became the property of Universal Music. Abbey Road cam at https://www.beatlestourslondon.com/links/
On 30 January 1969, The Beatles along with keyboard player Billy Preston gave their final public performance. An unannounced concert held from the rooftop of their Apple headquarters was held within central London’s office and fashion district. The band played a 42-minute set before the police asked them to reduce the volume.
Although the concert was conceived just days before, the Beatles were planning a return to live performances throughout the early sessions for the Let ot Be album. They performed nine takes of five songs as crowds of onlookers, many of whom were on their lunch break, congregated in the streets and on the roofs of local buildings. The concert ended with the conclusion of Get Back with John joking, “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition.”
Footage from the performance was used in the 1970 documentary film Let it Be. The first performance of I’ve Got A Feeling and single takes of One After 909 and Dig A Pony were also featured on the accompanying album. The songs, Get Back and Don’t Let Me Down were also included. John and Ringo even wore their lady’s coats for the event as it was freezing cold.
Beatles Tours London take you on a tour of various London historic Beatles locations. Worth checking out also is the 100 Club for excellent live music https://www.the100club.co.uk/
Press conference, June 1965 following news they were receiving MBE’s. Paul said ‘We thought that MBE stood for Mr Brian Epstein. Because we always sign his contracts, because he’s our manager’. Check out Beatles Tour London.
While viewing a cut from their forthcoming film, Help! a press conference was hastily arranged at Twickenham Film Studios. The studios were besieged by the world’s press as the announcement had made headlines that morning.
The Day the Beatles Received Their MBEs
The Beatles accomplishments didn’t go unnoticed by the royal family. After the better part of two years as Britain’s greatest musical ambassadors. On Oct. 26, 1965, all four members went to Buckingham Palace to receive their (MBE) medals from Queen Elizabeth II. Discover capital locations with us and book a Beatles Tour London
They had been notified of the award back in June. Their names showed up on the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. Rock music still had a bad image from most of society. The reaction from many previous honorees was predictable: Several returned their decorations in disgust. Col. Frederick Wagg, even sent back 12 medals he had earned fighting in both World Wars. Prime Minister Harold Wilson, who represented the Liverpool suburb of Huyton, had lobbied the Queen to honour the group.
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