On the 53rd anniversary of John Lennon‘s first encounter with Paul McCartney, Apple Records has announced the reissue of 15 titles from the label’s back catalogue.
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Apple Corps and Apple Inc have joined forces to release a new iTunes store app containing lyrics and guitar chords for more than 160 Beatles songs.
The Beatles’ former business manager, Allen Klein, has died in New York City at the age of 77.
More information on The Beatles: Rock Band have been announced by Apple Corps, including a release date of 9 September 2009 (it’s a shame they didn’t choose the one after 09/09).
3 Savile Row, London, the five-storey building which was headquarters of The Beatles’ Apple Corps business from 1968 until 1975, has been put up for sale.
Sir Paul McCartney says that negotiations to allow The Beatles’ catalogue to appear on Apple’s iTunes store have currently “stalled”.
US department store Bloomingdales is to produce strictly limited edition Beatles iPods. The gadgets will be sold with The Beatles’ back catalogue. Only 2,500 will be made, making them instant collector’s items.
Ten days after its United Kingdom release, The Beatles’ final LP, Let It Be, was issued in the United States.
The Beatles’ final album was released in the UK on this day. Ostensibly the soundtrack to their fifth film, Let It Be was issued only in stereo, initially as Apple PXS 1.
In answer to speculation resulting from Paul McCartney‘s questionnaire in which he effectively announced that The Beatles were no more, Apple issued a final press statement about the group.
The Beatles’ penultimate US single, Let It Be, was released in the United States on this day.
The Beatles’ final UK single of their career, not including various reissues and the Anthology releases, was Let It Be.
The compilation album Hey Jude was issued on this day in the United States, as Apple SW 385. It brought together non-album singles and b-sides, along with Can’t Buy Me Love and I Should Have Known Better, which had previously been released on the United Artists soundtrack LP for A Hard Day’s Night.
Although the previous week John Lennon had decided to leave The Beatles, Allen Klein persuaded him to keep quiet in public. Nonetheless, on 20 September 1969 Lennon chose to tell the rest of the group.
Live music promotor John Brower telephoned the Apple office and spoke to John Lennon, inviting him and Yoko Ono to the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival taking place the following day.
Apple Records threw a party for Radha Krsna Temple, the day before the release of their debut single Hare Krishna Mantra.
The Beatles’ experimental label Zapple Records was launched on this day, with the UK release of two albums: George Harrison‘s Electronic Sound and John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions.
Nearly a month after its release in the United Kingdom, The Beatles’ first single of 1969 was issued in the United States.
John Lennon formally changed his middle name by deed poll from Winston to Ono, during a brief ceremony held on the roof of the Apple building at 3 Savile Row, London.
The Beatles’ 19th British single, and their first for 1969, was Get Back, with Don’t Let Me Down on the b-side.