On this day in 1969 The Beatles took to the rooftop of Apple Studios in London for their final live performance


It was Thursday January the 30th 1969 at 12PM The Beatles along with Billy Preston took to the roof of 3 Savile Row (Apple Studios) in London to play what would be their final live performance.

According to George Harrison “We went on the roof in order to resolve the live concert idea, because it was much simpler than going anywhere else; also nobody had ever done that, so it would be interesting to see what happened when we started playing up there. It was a nice little social study”. It was a cold, bitter day in London so to cope with the weather, John Lennon borrowed Yoko Ono’s fur coat, and Ringo Starr wore his wife Maureen Starkey’sredmac (raincoat)

Paul McCartney recounted “We decided to go through all the stuff we’d been rehearsing and record it. If we got a good take on it then that would be the recording; if not, we’d use one of the earlier takes that we’d done downstairs in the basement. It was really good fun because it was outdoors, which was unusual for us. We hadn’t played outdoors for a long time”

The songs performed on the roof:


    Get Back (five versions)

    I Want You (She’s So Heavy)

    Don’t Let Me Down (two versions)

    I’ve Got A Feeling

    One After 909

    Danny Boy

    Dig A Pony (two versions)

    God Save The Queen

    A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody






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