This was the sixth date of The Beatles’ third and final residency at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany.
The Beatles had previously appeared at the Star-Club in April-May and November 1962. This time around they each received a fee of 750 DM (£67) per week. They performed for three hours each night, with a night off on Christmas Day.
The Beatles were reluctant to fulfil this contractual obligation, as their profile in Britain was rapidly ascending. Back home they were enjoying burgeoning chart success, more prestigious live shows, plus television and radio appearances. Despite the enduring fondness they felt towards Hamburg and its residents, there was little the city could do for their career now.
Also on this day...
- 1999: An intruder breaks into George Harrison’s Hawaiian home
- 1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau
- 1968: The 1968 Apple Christmas party
- 1964: Rehearsal: Another Beatles Christmas Show
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
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