On January 30, 1969, the Beatles played their last concert up on the roof of their Apple headquarters in the heart of London’s business district. Traffic came to standstill in Savile Row and Burlington Gardens as crowds gathered in the streets. Office girls hung out of office windows to listen to the band. Bankers complained about the commotion: “I want the bloody noise stopped. You can’t even use your telephones, dictate a letter or have your windows open.”
Americans first learned of the rooftop concert in the April 25, 1969 issue of TV Guide. It would be more than a year before Beatles fans could hear the rooftop performances of “One After 909,” “I Dig A Pony” and “I’ve Got A Feeling” on the Let It Be album and see highlights of the concert in the film. Fifty-two years later, fans anxiously await Peter’s Jackson’s Get Back film.
This Saturday, January 30, 2021, Beatles author/historian Bruce Spizer and illustrator extraordinaire Eric Cash take you back to the exciting moments that the Beatles played one last time to all those lucky enough to be in the vicinity of No. 3 Savile Row. Bruce and Eric will give brief presentations on that magic afternoon and how each captured the spirit of the concert in their latest projects: Bruce with his book The Beatles Finally Let It Be and Eric with his exciting new illustration, Top Of The Apple.
Hosted by Port Washington Public Library
The Zoom was FABulous! Thank you to Tony Traguardo with the Port Washington Public Library for hosting, Eric Cash for another wonderful painting, Leslie “Beatle Tripper” Healy for telling us about your experiences that day, and all you Beatles fans for making this a blast. We had over 150 people log in.
Here’s the recorded Zoom for those of you who missed it (or if you want to watch it again).
Be sure to connect with Eric to order a print of his rooftop concert painting. www.ericcashillustration.com