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For this week’s Throwback Thursday we are playing a set from the Beatles, one of the most (if not the most) beloved and influential bands of all time, to honor the anniversary of their famous final rooftop concert!
Forty-four years ago, on January 30, 1969, the Beatles gave a surprise concert on the roof of their Apple Records headquarters in central London. The group played a 5-song set with keyboardist Billy Preston (Ray Charles, Sam Cooke) that included “Don’t Let Me Down”, “I’ve Got a Feeling” and “Get Back,” much to the surprise and delight of the office lunch crowd fortunate enough to be nearby at the time. It had been the group’s first live performance since 1965, when the band stopped touring to avoid the consistent screaming of fan girls, and also proved to be their last. When the set was abruptly cut short by police citing noise violations John Lennon famously stated, “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we passed the audition.”
The rest of the world got to experience the rooftop concert themselves when it was featured in Let it Be the following year. The documentary film chronicled both the concert and the recording of their final album of the same name while providing a glimpse into some of the circumstances leading to the band’s break up. It also won the Oscar for Best Musical Score that same year.
Celebrate the legendary roof-top Beatles concert with us today at 5PM at WERS!