John and Yoko with Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau, 1969
The Beatles were regular performers at Liverpool's Cavern club and on November 9th 1961, Epstein arranged with the owner to watch the band perform.
"I was immediately struck by their music, their beat and sense of humor on stage - and, even afterwards, when I met them, I was struck again by their personal charm. And it was there that, really, it all started." - Brian Epstein
Two months later on December 3rd, Epstein arranged a meeting with the Beatles at NEMS and proposed the idea of becoming their manager. Shortly thereafter Epstein secured them an audition with Decca Records on January 1st 1962.
"I secured them an audition at Decca on New Year's Day, 1962. They came to London and stayed at the Royal Hotel paying 27 shillings a night for bed and breakfast. They were poor and I wasn't rich but we all celebrated with Rum, Scotch and Coke which was becoming a Beatle drink even then." - Brian Epstein
After Decca infamously rejected The Beatles, Brian arranged a meeting with George Martin of EMI Records.
"Well, the recording test came and went. The people that decide about these things at Decca said 'No'. Well, you can imagine I was more worried about what I was going to say to the boys, having built up their hopes. So I allowed myself a final 24 hours to exhaust the remaining disc companies and I booked into the Green Park Hotel. In the morning I took a cab to the EMI office block in Manchester Square, London, to meet the man who would within less than two years produce sixteen number one discs by my artists." - Brian Epstein
On October 24th 1963, The Beatles travelled to Stockholm, Sweden for their first foreign tour; although they had previously played gigs in Hamburg, this was their first official tour outside of the UK.
The band weren't due to perform until the 25th, so on this day they took in some sights, held a press conference and also made a radio appearance where they sang several songs. Beatlemania had already pierced the small scandinavian country and even now it was fast becoming difficult for the band to get out and about without being swamped by fans.
While in Stockholm The Beatles stayed at the Hotel Continental, as Ringo fondly recalls:
“The hotel was a lot of fun. There was a memorable day when Paul dressed up in disguise; he had a camera and ran around the restaurants going, ‘How do you do, Sweden?’ He’d say some crazy mouthful and take photos of everybody and no one would recognise him, which we thought was pretty hip. He was handing out strange business cards that other people had given him - it was one of the grooves of life.” - Ringo
The following day The Beatles played in the hall of Nya Aulan in Sundsta; a small school in the town of Karlstad. 600 fans watched each of their 25 minute performances.
- Roll Over Beethoven
- Please Please Me
- I Saw Her Standing There
- From Me To You
- A Taste Of Honey
- She Loves You
- Twist And Shout
- Long Tall Sally
John and Yoko at Tittenhurst Park, 1971.
Paul McCartney with The Black Dyke Mills Band, 1968.