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Live: 3 Saville Row

On January 30th 1969, the Beatles performed together publicly for the last time on top of Apple Headquarters, at 3 Saville Row, London.

The Beatles were joined by friend and keyboardist Billy Preston for an impromptu concert lasting 42 minutes. The Beatles and Preston played nine takes of five songs before being approached by the Metropolitan Police Service to turn the volume down.

It was so cold on the Apple rooftop that John Lennon was forced to borrow Yoko's fur coat, while Ringo Starr wore his wife Maureen's jacket.

Footage from the rooftop concert was later used in the Let It Be documentary, while several of the performances were released on subsequent Beatles' albums including: Let It Be, Anthology 3 and Let It Be... Naked.

Personnel

  • John Lennon – lead/backing vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Paul McCartney – lead/backing vocals, bass guitar
  • George Harrison – backing vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar
  • Ringo Starr – drums
  • Billy Preston – electric piano

Set list

  • Get Back (three takes)
  • Don't Let Me Down (two takes)
  • I've Got a Feeling (two takes)
  • One After 909 (one take)
  • Dig a Pony (one take)
The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon and George Harrison on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon and George Harrison on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

Ringo Starr on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

Ringo Starr on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

Paul McCartney on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

Paul McCartney on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

The Beatles on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon an Ringo Starr on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon an Ringo Starr on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

John Lennon on the rooftop of Apple Headquarters, 3 Saville Row, January 30th 1969. 

Song facts: Your Mother Should Know

On August 22nd 1967, the Beatles recorded a new Paul McCartney song Your Mother Should Know, for their forthcoming LP and film Magical Mystery Tour. During the film the Beatles wore white tuxedos, descending a staircase, as the music plays - see video below.

McCartney reportedly wrote the song based on a line from the screenplay for A Taste of Honey.

Recording

Your Mother Should Know was recorded over the course of four sessions on August 22nd and 23rd and the following month on September 16th and 29th. The master take was recorded on August 22nd. Take 16 was released on Anthology 2 in 1996. 

 Personnel

The Beatles rehearsing Your Mother Should Know for Magical Mystery Tour, 1967.

The Beatles rehearsing Your Mother Should Know for Magical Mystery Tour, 1967.

Live: The Cavern with Davy Jones

On December 8th 1961, the Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern with rock and roll singer Davy Jones. That evening they played once again with Jones at the Tower Ballroom in New Brighton, Wallasey. The Beatles had previously played with Jones in Hamburg.

It is unlikely the Beatles partook, but Jones brought cocaine to the Cavern on this day; giving some to Cavern DJ Bob Wooler.

"I told Davy Jones about my sinuses, and he said, 'This'll clear it.' Alan Ross gave me a smile of approval, I tried it... and nearly hit the roof. There was laughter galore, and I rushed out into Mathew Street, trying to breathe the effects out. I remember Pat Delaney saying, 'What's wrong, Robert?' and I said, 'Nothing, I'm just a bit giddy.' The Beatles welcomed Davy Jones with open arms, so I'm sure the drug-taking didn't stop with me. That is the common factor with The Beatles - whatever was going, they wanted to be a part of it."

- Bob Wooler

The Beatles at the Cavern with Davey Jones, December 8th 1961.

The Beatles at the Cavern with Davey Jones, December 8th 1961.

The Beatles at the Cavern with Davey Jones, December 8th 1961.

The Beatles at the Cavern with Davey Jones, December 8th 1961.

The Beatles at the Tower Ballroom with Davey Jones, December 8th 1961.

The Beatles at the Tower Ballroom with Davey Jones, December 8th 1961.

The Beatles at the Tower Ballroom with Davey Jones, December 8th 1961.

The Beatles at the Tower Ballroom with Davey Jones, December 8th 1961.