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In My Life:
June 6th

1960: Performance at the Grosvenor Ballroom, Wallasey
To celebrate the Whitsun ‘bank holiday’, Les Dodd presented a special Monday jive and rock session, booking the two groups who would eventually become Liverpool’s most successful, the Silver Beetles and Gerry and the Pacemakers. This was the first of many occasions they appeared together on the bill. The Complete Beatles Chronicle, Mark Lewisohn, p. 27

Les Dodd, who ran the ballroom, had resisted anything but ballroom dancing since 1936 but he reluctantly agreed to this “Big Beat” dance with the bands he advertised as “jive and rock” specialists. info from “Shout” by Philip Norman

Grosvenor Ballroom in 2000

1961: Live- Top Ten Club, Hamburg
This was the 67th night of The Beatles' lengthiest residency in Hamburg, during which they played a total of 92 nights at the Top Ten Club. The club was owned by Peter Eckhorn, who paid each of The Beatles 35DM (£3) per day. They were required to play from 7pm until 2am each weekday, and until 3am on weekends, with a 15-minute break in each hour. The performances at the Top Ten were so successful that Eckhorn twice extended The Beatles' contract. They eventually left Germany following their final show at the club on 1 July 1961, having performed on stage for 503 hours during their stay.

1962: Recording-First Abbey Road session

6 June 1962 was the date of The Beatles’ historic first visit to EMI Studios at 3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, London.

Love Me Do

Bésame Mucho

1964: Live-Blokker, the Netherlands
Prior to performing two concerts in the village of Blokker in the Netherlands - their only two shows on Dutch soil - The Beatles and Jimmie Nicol toured the canals of Amsterdam in a glass-topped tourist boat. 50,000 people turned out to see them in Amsterdam, and police leave was cancelled so all 15,000 officers were on duty. Some fans dived into the canals to try and reach the group, but were quickly dealt with by police. While on their canal tour The Beatles saw some local students wearing capes, which later inspired their look for the Help! album cover and film.

"We were boating along the canals, waving and being fab and we saw a bloke standing in the crowd with a groovy-looking cloak on. We sent Mal to find out where he got it from. Mal jumped off or swam off the boat and about three hours later turned up at our hotel with the cloak, which he'd bought from the guy. When we flew from there to Hong Kong we all had copies made, but they were in cheap material which melted in the rain storm at Sydney Airport." George Harrison, Anthology

Following their Amsterdam jaunt, The Beatles performed two shows in Veilinghal Op Hoop Van Zegen, an auction hall situated on Veilingweg in Blokker, a village 40km north of Amsterdam. The first show was a matinee for 2,000 fans beginning at 2.30pm, after which they gave an evening performance to a sell-out crowd of 7,000. In between the two shows The Beatles had been expected to attend a civic reception held in their honour at a local restaurant, followed by a visit to a traditional Dutch village. Unaware of the plans, they slept in their dressing room and inadvertently insulted the people of Blokker. The Beatles took to the stage following eight support acts. They played for around 25 minutes, and their stage times were 4.30pm and 10.05pm. The second show was filmed with television and newsreel cameras.


Afternoon Show


I Saw Her Standing There

She Loves You

Twist and Shout

I Want to Hold Your Hand

Long Tall Sally

Evening Show:

I Saw Her Standing There/Intro

All My Loving

I Want to Hold Your Hand

Long Tall Sally

Before their performances on June 6th, the group climbed aboard the Royal Yacht, taking a boating tour of Amsterdam's canals. The shores and bridges were swarming with Beatlemaniacs -- the more out of control fans jumping into the channel and swimming toward the boat that carried the Beatles. John and Paul attempted to physically protect a few of the fans from the Amsterdam police, who were brandishing hard rubber police clubs. As the craft passed under bridges, the Beatles were showered with gifts from the fans above. Due to the crowds and general chaos, the Beatles arrived late for the first of their two shows in Blokker at Veilinghal. Jay Spangler,

British Pathé

1966: Recording, mixing: And Your Bird Can Sing, For No One, I'm Only Sleeping, Tomorrow Never Knows, Eleanor Rigby

1968: Recording, Mixing “Don’t Pass Me By”

Radio: The Kenny Everetts Show

BBC interview with John Lennon and Victor Spinetti

In My Life:
I'm trying to get caught up but in the meantime I added more to June 5th, 1964, including an interview at the Doelen Hotel in Amsterdam.

June 10 
1963 US single release: 'Do You Want To Know A Secret'/'I'll Be On My Way', 1st record of Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas.


1964 'With The Beatles', 29th week in the Top 30 (UK New Musical Express chart).

Studio 2 (control room only). 10.00-11.00am. Mono mixing: 'I'll Be Back' (remix 1, from take 16). Producer: George Martin; Engineer; Norman Smith; 2nd Engineer: Ken Scott.

Brian Epstein Publications Limited is incorporated.

Two performances at the Princess Treatre, Hong Kong. Jimmy Nicol on drums.

1966 UK single release: 'Paperback Writer'/'Rain'.
1967 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band' number 1 (UK Record Retailer chart).
1968 Studio 3. 2.30-5.45pm. Recording: 'Revolution 9' (sound effects takes 1-3). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick; 2nd Engineer: Phil McDonald.
1976 UK LP release: 'Rock'n'Roll Music'.

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Anyone else notice that this time next week (Thursday 20th) is the 50th anniversary of arguably the most anticipated record in the Beatles' catalogue ('Can't Buy Me Love'). I believe in the U.S. it's actually 50 on Sunday!

I rather wish that Apple had elected to mark each 45 with a 50th anniversary pressing. maybe with a new picture sleeve, and more information on the back.

Still, given the dire job they did of 'Love Me Do', maybe it's a good job they didn't.


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