Tuesday, January 4, 2011

January 4 - Today in Beatles History

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'Mersey Beat' front page: 'Beatles Top Poll!'. Issue almost completely dedicated to the Beatles


'With The Beatles' number 1, 5th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

'Beatles Christmas Show', at the Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London.

Indifferent reaction of US critics after 'The Jack Paar Show' transmision of a fragment of a Beatles concert.

'Another Beatles Christmas Show' at the Hammersmith Odeon, London (two performances).

Brian flies to New York to negotiate the next tour.


Studio 2. 7.00pm-2.45am. Recording: 'Penny Lane' (overdub onto take 7). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Phil McDonald.

The club Speakeasy opens at 48 Margaret Street, London.

Studio 2. 2.30pm-4.00am. Recording: 'Let It Be' (overdub onto take 27, tape reduction edit of take 27 into takes 28-30 with simultaneous overdub, overdub onto take 30). Stereo mixing: 'Let It Be' (remixes 1, 2, from take 30). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Richard Langham.
Recording of brasses and second guitar solo for 'Let It Be' (included on the LP version).
Last recording session of Paul, George and George Martin.
Last recording session of the Beatles as a band.

Mal Evans dies in Los Angeles, in an unfortunate incident. The Los Angeles Police, mistaking his air pistol for a real gun, shoots him in self defense.

Start of sessions for 'London Town' at Abbey Road Studios (second period).

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