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This day in Beatle history - Jan. 23 - it was a cold day's night


David Mason talks about working on "Penny Lane" in this clip from YouTube.

In 1963, the Beatles drive to a night gig at the Cavern Club. It was a rough night for two reasons. Neil Aspinall, who was under the weather, didn't make the trip. And the windscreen of the Beatles van shatters, forcing assistant road manager Mal Evans to forge on without one. The Beatles had to lay on top of one another to stay warm.

In 1967, a copy of master mono mix RM11 of "Penny Lane" was sent to Capitol Records for use as an American single pressing. But Paul McCartney wasn't satisfied and had it redone two days later. The resulting RM14 removed David Mason's trumpet coda from the end of the song. The change came too late for some radio promotional copies, which still included the coda. The eventual single didn't.

In 1969, Alan Parsons works his first Beatles recording session.

In 1971, George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" hits the top of the UK single charts and stays there for five weeks. It was the first No. 1 song by a solo Beatle. 

SOURCES: "The Complete Beatles Chronicle" by Mark Lewisohn, This Day in Music, Beatlology "This Day in Beatle History."
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  • Mic Macca 5 years ago

    Gotta go listen to me some George now. Thanks!

  • Patti M 5 years ago

    cool clip, where DO you find these things!

  • Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner) 5 years ago

    To be honest, I was looking for the full "Penny Lane" with the trumpet ending, but this worked nicely.