Sunday 10 May 2015


1960--The Silver Beetles (John, Paul, George, Stuart Sutcliffe and Tommy Moore) and other groups audition for promoter Larry Parnes and singer Billy Fury in hopes of being selected as Fury's backing group. 
Drummer Tommy Moore misses half of the audition, drummer Johnny Hutchinson (of Cass and the Cassanovas) filling in until he arrives. 

Parnes is actually looking for backing groups for his lesser-known singers, and The Silver Beetles are selected as backing group for singer Johnny Gentle's upcoming small-scale tour of Scotland. The group had changed its name from “The Beatals” to “The Silver Beetles” after Brian Casser (of Cass and the Cassanovas) remarked that the name “Beatals” was "ridiculous." 
He suggested they use the name “Long John and the Silver Beetles,” but John Lennon refused to be referred to as “Long John.”

The Silver Beatles didn't win the audition. However, Larry Parnes liked what he heard and hired the band to back Johnny Gentle on a tour of Scotland at the end of May. Tommy Moore, The Silver Beatles' drummer at this time, arrived late after a couple of songs. Johnny Hutchinson from Cass And The Cassanovas gratiously filled in on drums with a routine drum beat.

The photo illustrate perfectly Stuart's tendancy to play with his back to the audience. At one point during the audition, Parnes requested to hear the band without Stuart. John would have no part of it. "We're a group, all or none. That's the way it is."

1961--The Beatles perform at the Top Ten Club, Reeperbahn, Hamburg, West Germany.
1962--The Beatles perform at the Star-Club, Hamburg, West Germany.

1963-George serves as a judge for the “Lancashire and Cheshire Beat Group Contest” held in Liverpool.

1964--Radio Luxembourg broadcasts the first part of the program about The Beatles, called “This Is Their Life.”
1965--Location filming for "Help!" takes place at Cliveden House, Maidenhead, Berkshire. This location was used for the scenes where The Beatles were supposedly in Buckingham Palace. Today’s scene features The Beatles playing cards and pretending to be arguing that Ringo should forfeit his finger for the sake of the group. They also film the brief, but zany, "Intermission" segment, showing The Beatles in a secluded wood, jumping up and down and generally fooling around.

1965--The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). After a day of filming for their movie, "Help!" The Beatles go into the studio to record two songs for their American record label, Capitol, which needs the songs to fill out the next Beatles album, Beatles VI. 
They record two songs written by Larry Williams, Dizzy Miss Lizzie and Bad Boy. Dizzy Miss Lizzie is completed in seven takes, and Bad Boy is finished up in four. Dizzy Miss Lizzie will be included on the UK version of the Help! LP, but Bad Boy won't be issued in England until the 1966 compilation album, A Collection of Beatles Oldies. 
Larry Williams was in Abbey Road while the session was conducted.
1971--The South African government opposes the idea of a nude statue of John Lennon (as he was immortalized on the cover of the Two Virgins LP) being erected in one of its townships.
1999--A Volkswagen Beetle once owned by John Lennon sells for £11,000 ($15,400) at a German auction.

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