As part of the Liverpool events paying tribute to what would have been John Lennon's 73rd birthday Oct. 9, St. Peter's Church Hall in Liverpool, which already is part of Beatles history as the site of the original meeting between John Lennon and Paul McCartney on July 6, 1957, displayed records of the life of the real Eleanor Rigby, who was immortalized in the Beatles song of the same name, reported the British Beatles Fan Club Oct. 9.
Records of her baptism and burial were displayed showing she was born on Aug. 29 1895 to Arthur and Mary Elizabeth Whitfield and baptized on Oct. 6 1895. She was buried (as Eleanor Rigby Woods) on Oct. 13 1939. (See photos of her records and her gravesite in the slideshow.)
The Beatles recorded the song April 28, 1966 during a seven-hour recording session, according to Mark Lewisohn's “The Complete Beatles Chronicle.” Vocal overdubbing was done the next day, when it was also mixed into mono. It was released as a single, backed with “Yellow Submarine,” first in the UK on Aug. 5, 1966, then three days later in the U.S. The single hit #1 on the Cashbox and Record World charts and #2 on Billboard in America.
REMEMBERING THE PALLADIUM: Liverpool’s The Beatles Story attraction marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles historic performance at The London Palladium on Oct. 13, 1963, with some photos taken outside the famed venue on Oct. 9. Londoners saw the Beatles in wax on the steps of the venue.
The Beatles performance on ATV's “Sunday Night at The London Palladium” is regarded by many as the band’s very own tipping point propelling them from pop stars into a cultural phenomenon. The show was watched by an estimated 15 million viewers on television. It was reported by all of the national daily newspapers the next day and is considered to be the birth of the phenomenon known as Beatlemania.
According to Mark Lewisohn's “The Beatles Live,” the group performed “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “This Boy,” “All My Loving,” “Money (That's What I Want)” and “Twist and Shout.” They rehearsed for the show the previous day at their fan club headquarters at 13 Monmouth Street in London. Lewisohn has expanded his story of the Beatles in a new three-volume biography, "All These Years." The first volume, "Tune In," will be released later this month. An expanded version comes out in the UK only in November.
COMING SOON: Just trickling in are Kevin Howlett's BBC book and the Beatles BBC CDs. We'll have more to say soon.
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