Sunday, August 15, 2010

August 15 - Today in Beatles History

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Performance at the Cavern.

Concert at the Odeon, Llandudno, with Tommy Quickly, and Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas.

'A Hard Day's Night' LP number 1, 4th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

Concert at the Shea Stadium, New York.
8.00pm. Beginning of the concert.
56,000 people attend, record of audience for a live performance.
The concert is filmed for the BBC by Subafilms Limited, in association with Ed Sullivan Productions Inc. 6 songs recorded for future screening on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Vigency of John's passport ends.

Concert at the Washington Baseball Stadium, Washington. Filmed.

Studio 2. 7.00pm-3.00am. Recording: 'Rocky Raccoon' (takes 1-9, tape reduction take 9 into take 10, overdub onto take 10). Mono mixing: 'Rocky Raccoon' (remix 1, from take 10). Tape copying: 'Yer Blues' (of remix mono 3); 'Rocky Raccoon' (of remix mono 1). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Ken Scott; 2nd Engineer: John Smith.
The 'Yer Blues' copy is for George and Ringo; the 'Rocky Raccoon' copy is for John and Paul.

Studio 1 into Studio 2 (control room). 2.30-5.30pm. Recording: 'Golden Slumbers'/'Carry That Weight' (overdub onto take 17); 'Ending' (working title of 'The End') (overdub onto take 7). Studio 1 into Studio 2.
7.00pm-1.15am. Recording: 'Something' (overdub onto take 39); 'Here Comes The Sun' (overdub onto take 15). Producer: George Martin; Engineer: Geoff Emerick/Phil McDonald; 2nd Engineer: Alan Parsons.
Recording of all orchestral overdubs for 'Abbey Road'. For the first time in a Beatles session a closed circuit of television is used to communicate two studios. George re-records, on the floor of Studio 2, his guitar solo for 'Something'.

'Live Peace In Toronto', 32nd week in the ranking (Billboard).

Great Hall, Alexandra Palace, London. 'Art Spectrum', modern art exhibition. 5 films of John and Yoko are screened: 'Cold Turkey', 'The Ballad Of John And Yoko', 'Give Peace A Chance', 'Instant Karma!', 'Up Your Legs Forever'.

John and Yoko begin recordings of a new record at Record Plant Studios.

Studio 2. Show 'The Beatles At Abbey Road' (3 times).

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