With the Beatles’ 21st, 22nd and 23rd years of life ending on May 21, it’s time to take stock of our favourite moments of their lives and the incredible journey they have taken.
Beatles’ tour in 1965 – “The Beatles were in the thick of it.”
They made their first public appearance in London at the time, on a Saturday, on their way to the Glastonbury festival.
This was a historic moment for the band as they had just been awarded the Mercury Prize for their first album, Let It Be.
It’s an event that’s still talked about to this day.
The Beatles had toured Britain and Europe in 1964 and 1965, performing at clubs and concerts all over the country.
They were also playing to an audience of thousands, making the first UK concert to be sold out in two decades.
As well as the audience at the Glades, there were thousands of fans in the crowds who had come out for the show.
One of the biggest hits of that tour was “Travelling Sir John, Sir John,” which they released on the day.
The song was played in stadiums across Britain and sold out, as the crowd packed into arenas across the country and the world.
“We were the first band in the world to perform at stadiums,” Lennon said.
“We were playing to a crowd of 1,000 people, the first time we had played in a stadium and we played a number of songs, we went to Wembley Stadium and played a concert there.”
The Rolling Stones played a show at Wembley Stadium in 1968, but the band went on to win the Mercury prize for their album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
There’s a scene in the film, the same one that shows the crowd at Wembley stadium, singing “Let it Be.”
The Beatles are said to have been delighted by their first ever show at a major venue.
The Beatles’ ‘Beatles in the White House’ concert – The Beatles went to the White Houses to perform a concert for President Lyndon B Johnson.
Ahead of the performance, the Beatles were surrounded by members of the press.
Lennon, who was then at the White Castle with his band, the Yardbirds, sat on a bench in the front row.
His bandmates joined him and they were given a seat in the back row.
It was an intimate gathering, with just the Beatles and their manager, Richard Wright, in the crowd.
On the day, the White house was a busy place, filled with people, as well as people in suits and suits with their families.
Johnson was a member of the Cabinet, so he had to be invited.
He was seated behind a desk, so Johnson had to get up and sit next to Lennon, who sat with a desk in front of him.
In front of them were members of both the press and the president’s staff, and there were also photographers.
When Johnson was introduced, Lennon told the world the first thing he did when he walked into the Whitehouse was look around.
He was surprised to see the president, who is dressed in a blue suit, standing behind him.
The Queen and the Queen Mother – The Queen gave birth to twins, Jack and Kate, at Kensington Palace on May 5, 1969.
Jack and Kate were born just a few hours after the birth of Lennon’s daughter, Samantha, who died two days later.
Kate and Jack were named after the Queen, who had been in attendance at the birth.
During the event, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip gave birth.
Jack and Jack’s father, John Lennon, was at the ceremony and spoke to the crowd, who sang the Queen’s praises.
The couple’s mother, Princess Diana, had been born just three hours earlier.
Beatles tour in 1970 – “A day on the road”.
A day off was a rare occasion for the Beatles.
John Lennon was in the midst of writing The Beatles Anthology, which would become one of the most influential and successful albums of all time.
Their first trip was to England, where they recorded their first single, “Come Together”.
“It was one of those days where we were out in the country with nothing to do but write music,” Lennon told Rolling Stone in 2015.
We were on the train, and the train was just a bit full, so we were on our own.
So we just recorded our first song, ‘Come Together’, and we wrote it on the bus, and then we recorded it at the train station in the middle of nowhere.
I think the first day we did it was very special, because I think we did that record in the rain.
Beatles on tour in 1974 – “Livin’ on a Prayer”.
The tour was one