This Day in Beatle History

May 30

1966 (May 30) - US Release of 'Paperback Writer'

Capitol releases ‘Paperback Writer/Rain’ in the US.

1968 (May 30) - Recording on 'The White Album' Begins

The Beatles began recording what became known as The White Album. The double-LP whose official title was simply ‘The Beatles’ became the first Beatles album released with the Apple label. The first track they recorded was ‘Revolution’.

May 31

1962 (May 31) - Beatles End Seven Weeks at the 'Star Club'

The Beatles played the last night of a 7-week run at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany. During their residency they would play for four-and-a-half hours on weekdays and six hours on Saturdays, with some songs lasting over 20 minutes to fill out the time.

1964 (May 31) - Brian Epstein Promotes 'Pops Alive Concert'

A Brian Epstein promoted ‘Pops Alive’ concert is held at the Prince of Wales Theater in London.

1967 (May 31) - The Beatles Record 'It's All Too Much'

The Beatles record ‘It’s All Too Much.’

1968 (May 31) - Beatles Work on 'Revolution' and 'Revolution 9'

Working on what will become The White Album, The Beatles added overdubs of bass and vocals on ‘Revolution’. After numerous overdubs have been added, the final six minutes of the song evolved into chaotic, jamming, with Lennon repeatedly shouting “alright” and Yoko Ono speaking random phrases. The jam becomes the basis for ‘Revolution 9’, and this session is the first that Yoko attends.

1976 (May 31) - 'Got To Get You Into My Life' Released in America

Ten years after it appeared on Revolver, Capitol issues ‘Got To Get You Into My Life’ as a single in America.

2005 (May 31) - Strawberry Field Closed

Strawberry Field, the Liverpool orphanage which inspired the song, is closed by the Salvation Army after nearly 70 years.

June 1

1964 (Jun 1) - The Beatles in Studio Working on 'A Hard Days Night'

The Beatles work on the ‘A Hard Days Night’ album at Abbey Road.

1966 (Jun 1) - Overdubs for 'Yellow Submarine'

During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles added overdubs on ‘Yellow Submarine’, with John Lennon blowing bubbles in a bucket of water and shouting “Full speed ahead Mister Captain!” Roadie Mal Evans played on a bass drum strapped to his chest, marching around the studio with The Beatles following behind (conga-line style) singing “We all live in a yellow submarine.”

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