The Beatles assembled on this day at their new studio in the basement of their Apple Corps headquarters on Savile Row, London. This was day 11 of the Get Back/Let It Be project.
There was no film crew present; it was ostensibly to test out the recording facilities, some of which had been lent to Apple by EMI, and which engineers had worked over the weekend to install. The studio was not quite ready to record in, so the day was mainly used for rehearsals and discussions.
This was The Beatles’ first day performing as a quartet since George Harrison had walked out 10 days before. They performed a number of songs, although the tapes are yet to surface publicly. The only known clue is from 21 January, when Harrison plays a guitar riff to Lennon and says: “Remember that thing we did?” to which Lennon replies by asking, “Yesterday?”
The camera crew was not allowed inside the studio, but The Beatles were seen arriving individually at Apple.
Also on this day...
- 2014: UK release: The US Albums
- 2013: McCartney demo of A World Without Love is unveiled
- 1988: The Beatles are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame
- 1982: Paul McCartney appears on the BBC’s Desert Island Discs
- 1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono have their hair cropped in Denmark
- 1967: Recording: A Day In The Life
- 1965: Ringo Starr proposes to Maureen Cox
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1964: US album release: Meet The Beatles!
- 1963: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Lathom Hall, Liverpool
- 1961: Stuart Sutcliffe leaves Hamburg
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