January 1969

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 20

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns This was the 20th and final day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, and saw The Beatles perform the songs which had been judged unsuitable for the previous day’s rooftop concert.

The Beatles’ rooftop concert (Apple building)

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns The Beatles, with Billy Preston, gave their final live performance atop the Apple building at 3 Savile Row, London, in what became the climax of their Let It Be film.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 18

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns The 18th day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions saw The Beatles finally decide to perform a concert the following day on the roof of their Apple headquarters.

Allen Klein meets The Beatles

One of the most contentious figures in The Beatles’ story, Allen Klein became their manager during their final months as a group, at the behest of John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 17

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns This was the 17th day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, and saw The Beatles further refine most of the songs which would end up on the Let It Be album.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 16

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns The 16th day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions was primarily devoted to the song Get Back, although The Beatles also performed a number of other songs.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 15

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns The 15th day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions saw The Beatles focus mainly on two songs: Let It Be and The Long And Winding Road.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 14

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns Billy Preston was not present on this, the 14th day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 13

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns The bulk of the 13th day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions was spent working on Get Back and Two Of Us, along with a number of cover versions.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 12

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns Day 12 of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions yielded nothing that was officially released, but did see The Beatles spend a great deal of time working on the song Get Back.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 11

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns This was the 11th day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, and the second to take place at The Beatles’ Apple Studios in London.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day 10

Apple Studios, Savile Row, London Producer: George Martin Engineer: Glyn Johns Following a week’s break, The Beatles resumed work the Get Back/Let It Be sessions with the film crew present. This was the first formal day of work following George Harrison‘s temporary departure from the group, and saw them relocate from Twickenham Film Studios to… Read more »

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day nine

The ninth day of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions was the second full one without George Harrison, who had walked out of Twickenham Film Studios on 10 January 1969.

Get Back/Let It Be sessions: day eight

The Beatles had met at Ringo Starr‘s house over the previous weekend in an attempt to resolve the issues that had led to George Harrison walking out of the Get Back/Let It Be sessions.

US album release: Yellow Submarine

The soundtrack LP for The Beatles’ animated film Yellow Submarine was released in the United States on this day, with six songs by the group and seven orchestral pieces by George Martin.

The Beatles meet at Ringo Starr’s house

In an attempt to sort out the problems within The Beatles following George Harrison‘s sudden departure two days earlier, all four met at Brookfield House, Ringo Starr‘s Tudor mansion in Elstead, Surrey.