I was saying to someone the other day that one of the very first gigs we did – I don’t even think we were the Beatles, it was the Quarrymen – one the very first times I ever played with John, we did a very early gig at a thing called a Co-Op Hall, and I had a lead solo in one of the songs and I totally froze when my moment came. I really played the crappiest solo ever. I said, “That’s it. I’m never going to play lead guitar again.” It was just too nerve-wracking onstage. So for years, I just became rhythm guitar and bass player and played a bit of piano, do a bit of this, that and the other. But nowadays, I play lead guitar, and that’s the thing that draws me forward. I enjoy it. So, yeah, that means the answer to “Are you going to retire?” is “When I feel like it.” But that’s not today.
At the deepest level, McCartney has little idea where all the melodies come from. He still hasn’t figured out how he wrote “Yesterday” in his sleep. “I don’t like to use the word ‘magic,’ unless you spell it with a ‘k’ on the end, because it sounds a bit corny. But when your biggest song – which 3,000 people and counting have recorded – was something that you dreamt, it’s very hard to resist the thought that there’s something otherworldly there.”
Abbey Road Studios
Recently, the busy folks at Google made available an online tour of the famed Abbey Road Studios. Anyone with internet access can go online and see inside the place where some of the most famous recordings were made. The building at 3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, City of Westminster, London was originally a townhouse. It was already 100 years old when it was converted into a recording studio by the Gramophone company in 1931. The list of artists who have recorded at Abbey Road Studios is extremely long, but by far the most famous group to work there is the Beatles.
There is hardly a hearing person on the planet that needs any introduction to the Beatles. If there were such a person, I can assure you that there are many more qualified than me to make such an introduction…
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The Beatles’ second appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show took place in Miami’s Deauville Hotel. The Beatles arrived in Miami on Thursday, February 13, and the concert took place on the night of the 16th. The link below is of a rehearsal, which was filmed but not aired.
Rehearsal video here~
BEATLES REHEARSALS : R. CORTES : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive
The Beatle’s first live appearance on U.S. television was February 9, 1964. However, Americans did have previous chances to see them via stories on the evening news, and a taped segment on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar.
Transcript of the Beatles’ first American press conference, held at Kennedy International Airport on February 7th~
The original AP story~
A/P photos of the Beatles’ arrival~
February 1, 1964 was the day that a Beatles song hit Number One for the first time in the USA. The song was “I Want To Hold Your Hand”. The Beatles flew into JFK on February 7 and made their first appearance on Ed Sullivan two days later. And we all had a gear time!
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The Beatle’s first live appearance on U.S. television was February 9, 1964. However, Americans did have previous chances to see them via stories on the evening news, and a taped segment on The Tonight Show with Jack Paar. The common thread to these appearances is the sarcasm and bad jokes which the reporters and Paar felt compelled to use in order to dismiss the Beatles as an inexplicable phenomenon. All of them were probably taken aback when they finally realized that the Beatles weren’t going to go away any time soon.
November 18, 1963 on “The Huntley-Brinkley Report”~
Nov. 22, 1963 on “CBS Morning News With Mike Wallace”~
The Beatles, JFK and Nov. 22, 1963~ http://articles.latimes.com/2013/nov/22/entertainment/la-et-ms-beatles-kennedy-assassination-nov-22-1963-20131122
January 3, 1964 on the :Jack Paar Tonight Show”~