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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 6, 1970

The Beatles album, Let It Be, reaches #1 in the UK.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 5, 1970

On this day in 1967

The night Jimi Hendrix played "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band to The Beatles, June 3, 1967

Jimi Hendrix made a public display of his admiration for The Beatles when their seminal classic 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' was released during the 'Summer of Love' in 1967.

Purchasing the record on the day of its release, he performed the title track just two days later at the Saville Theatre in London's Shaftesbury Avenue.

Unbeknown to Hendrix, some of The Beatles were actually in the audience, listening intently to his audacious performance.

Speaking at a later date, Paul McCartney spoke of his honour of the tribute, calling the performance "simply incredible, perhaps the best I have ever seen him play".

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 4, 1970

Back on this day in 1964...

KB Hallen, Peter Bangsvej, Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark

Two shows (at 6:00 and 9:30 pm), each seen by 4400 people, kicked-off the Beatle's 27-day world tour, which spanned Denmark, the Netherlands, Hong Kong, Australia, and New Zealand. For the first five dates, Copenhagen through to Adelaide, Jimmy Nicol replaced Ringo Starr.

For the two Copenhagen "houses", and the following ten dates until they reached Wellington, their repertoire comprised "I Saw Her Standing There", "I Want To Hold Your Hand", "You Can't Do That", "All My Loving", "She Loves You", "Till There Was You", "All My Loving", "She Loves You", "Till There Was You", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Can't Buy Me Love", "This Boy", and "Long Tall Sally".

With the Beatles out of the country (except for Ringo, that is, who remained behind in a London hospital), George Martin and balance engineer Norman Smith were left with the task of completing the group's batch of recent recordings.

The Beatles Complete Chronicle- ML

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 3, 1970

Back in 1966....

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

The final overdub onto what would be titled "I Want To Tell You" was of Paul's bass guitar. (Recording the bass separately onto a vacant track of the four-track tape allowed greater manipulation of its sound during mixing.) Four mono mixes of this song and five of "Yellow Submarine" concluded this 7:00 pm to 2:30 am session.

 Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 2, 1970

Back in 1968....

The Beatles were working on "Revolution"

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 1, 1970

Back on this day in 1963...

BBC Paris Studio, London and Granada Cinema, Mitcham Rd. Tooting, London

Another hectic day for the Beatles eight hours inside a BBC radio studio followed by two separate "House" at the Tooting Granada with the Roy Orbison package tour.

The BBC session was for both the second and third editions in their own series "Pop Go The Beatles". Curiously, Program 3 was taped first, between 9:30 am and 1:30 pm, Number 2 was then recorded between 1:30 and 5:30. (A rehearsal element was included in these timings). The Beatles' guests in Program 3 were Carter-Lewis and the Southerners, and in Program 2 the Countrymen.

Before the series began, the Beatles let it be known that they would use the privileged BBC airtime to broadcast songs that had formed the backbone of their pre-fame live repertoire. An article in the New Musical Express of May 24, 1963 stated, "The Beatles will sing 5 or 6 numbers in each presentation. R&B material will be strongly featured. It was an interesting decision, for although they did play a few Lennon-McCartney numbers, they certainly could have featured them much more. Instead, the Beatles opted for versatility, letting the British public hear the songs they could no longer perform in live concerts now restricted to 20-25 minutes and hit material.

It was because of this decision that people have been able to hear - and preserve - studio environment, often live in-one-take recordings of rare Beatles performances, a huge cache of remarkable material.

In Program 3, broadcast in the Light Programme between 5:00 and 5:29 pm on Tuesday, June 18th, the group sang "A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues", "Memphis, Tennesse", "A Taste Of Honey", "Sure To Fall In Love With You", "Money, That's What I Want", and "From Me To You".

In Program 2, transmitted in the Light Programme between 5:00 and 5:20 pm on Tuesday, June 11th, the Beatles performed "Too Much Monkey Business", "I Got To Find My Baby", "Youngblood", "Baby, It's You", "Till There Was You", and "Love Me Do".

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: May 31, 1970

Back in 1965

Prince of Wales Theatre, London

A return visit to the scene of their Royal Variety Show triumph the previous November 4th. This concert was the fifth in a series of seven consecutive "Pops Alive!" Sunday night pop shows at this theatre promoted by Brian Epstein. There were six support acts for each of the two "houses" this evening: Kenny Lynch, Cliff Bennett and the Rebel Rousers, the Vernon Girls, the Lorne Gibson Trio, the Chants and the Harlems.

The Beatles repertoire comprised "Can't buy me love", "All my loving", "This boy", "Roll over Beethoven", "Till there was you", "Twist and Shout", and "Long tall Sally".

The Complete Beatles Chronicle, Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: May 30, 1970

Number One Song on this date

"The Long & Winding Road"



The Beatles - A Day in The Life: May 29, 1970

Back in 1965

In UK Ticket To Ride by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: May 28, 1970

Back in 1963

The Beatles - Gaumont Cinema, Foregate St. Worcester, Worcs