CHECKING OUT THE ROOFTOP BEFORE THE GIG:

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  1. Kwai Chang says:

    I wonder what Mal’s time card looked like
    (you were late on thursday)

  2. Cara says:

    Looks quite balmy… when you consider the short sleeves and the lack of wives’ overcoats. Was this the day before or was this taken January 30th?

  3. Kwai Chang says:

    @Cara…
    that can’t be the 30th…
    it looks like summer
    Mal wore a suit didn’t he?

  4. Cara says:

    I’m assuming it’s not the 30th, but what’s with the short sleeves? Guess for us Californians summer gear on a January day in London just doesn’t compute.

  5. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    This segment was filmed on Wednesday, January 22, 1969 – the first day of the Get Back sessions/filming moving to Apple. I’m unsure as to what part of the day exactly but it may well have been in the morning before Paul joined the others downstairs in the studio (as the existing fragmentary tapes from this day indicate he was not present at the start of the session).
    As for the weather and Mal’s rolled-up sleeves it may well he had been grafting in setting up the Beatles equipment downbstairs in the basement. The Brits are resilient in the colder weather. We’re used to it! That’s Michael Lindsay-Hogg with back to camera, Glyn Johns (obscured – next to paul) and red-headed Kevin Harrington, Mal’s assistant.

  6. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    P.S Just had another look and that’s Ringo standing obscured – between M L-H and Glyn Johns (you can just make out his jeans and shoes). This adds further weight to my theory that this scene was shot at the start of the day – January 22 – as both Paul and Ringo are absent at the very start of the sessions that day with John and George downstairs mainy discussing things like the previous day’s Daily Sketch article suggesting they had come to blows at Twickenham.
    Then again it could be during a break in filming during the day but I’m more inclined to go with morning before the day’s work got going.
    Note: there is another (B&W) photo from this in The Complete Beatles Chronicle (page 312)

  7. Rick says:

    thebeatles.com lists this as being from January 25, 1969.

  8. stephanie says:

    love the threads on this blog.

    The rooftop concert idea , I thought had been ‘conceived’ on 26th Jan, so maybe was thought of much earlier, as per Car’s theory above.

  9. kim says:

    I love looking at photos of this period and comparing them to earlier times. I mean look at Paul, that stance. He’s so sassy! He’s definitely Beatle Paul all grown up.

  10. stephanie says:

    Ive just checked historical weather records for London.

    That day was dry, and relatively mild for a London winter, with a top of 13 celsius (55F) Actually the 22nd and 23rd were the warmest days of Jan 1969 in London.

    The next week the weather deteriorated to being much colder.

    This would support car’s theory about it being 22nd Jan !!

  11. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    Excellent research, stephanie! Much appreciated in helping get to the bottom – or should that be roof – of the pic.

  12. Kwai Chang says:

    thanks stephanie…
    55Farenheit is winter in my neighborhood…brrrrr
    I like the terminology…(top vs. high)

  13. Cara says:

    Yes, thanks to Stephanie and Datey for the excellent research and info. I have a job for you in my organization…

  14. Louise says:

    Kim: I love bearded sassy Paul, too. I do note, however, that he’s still chewing his nails. So some habits you never grow out of. ;)

  15. winter rose says:

    Thanks for all the details on this great shot.
    Paul seemed to have to do all the organising. Where are the other three, having a nap??

  16. Kwai Chang says:

    ‘let it paul’…

  17. lizzie says:

    i’ve been out all day and i come home to this awsome photo! trust this blog to give me the best moment of the day! and thank you all for your amazing research. i feel like i’m at beatle university here! and kwai, 13 degrees and we are all freezing here in rio – that would be the very height of winter for us, and a bad winter! i know i should stop whining about this, but every time i think they were playing on that rooftop and i was home in london and knew nothing about it i get really sad…

  18. Tammy says:

    And thank you to Miss Allan Wilkie :-)

  19. Tammy says:

    Whillikers, it only has to dip below 40c and Miss Tammy is throwing on a pashmina shawl.

  20. Vitor Bastos says:

    Awesome photo, Lizzie, I from Criciúma! in Santa Catarina, like to know there are brazilians here! Sinto muito ouvir que voce estava em londres no dia do show no telhado, meu deus que azar

  21. lizzie says:

    hi vitor, i’ve been the brazilian representative here for quite a while! and as far as me being in london that particular day and not knowing about it, in the “being a beatle fan in london in the late 60′s” department, i don’t think i have the right to complain at all…

  22. stephanie says:

    @Ms Tammy: very obscure !! For blog readers who dont live in Sydney Australia, “Alan Wilkie” was a 1980′s TV weather man.

  23. j0j0 says:

    Looks like morning frost on the decking. I can’t help but notice what appears to be a dried up pile of elephant throw up on the roof seam and deck. Wow. Sorry to ramble, I have a morning coffee rush.

  24. Kwai Chang says:

    @JoJo…
    have no fear…
    elephants love apples…
    but not heights, stairways, elevators, etc
    pachyderm vertigo…
    (that’s called roof mastic…see the low spot…pond…rotten timber below)

  25. Chris says:

    It looks like Paul is standing right next to George. Too bad he didn’t make it in the picture.

  26. henry_the_horse says:

    Photograph by Ethan Russell.

  27. beatle55 says:

    is that where they sang ” get up and go ” ?

  28. Kwai Chang says:

    @beatle55…
    best line…
    “A Cellar Full Of Goys”

  29. Kwai Chang says:

    @henry…
    I just realized that this pic is in the Get Back book…
    but it isn’t this clear…but it is a little larger…
    but…WHY bring in all the nasty scaffold planks up there??? Poor Mal…
    (no freight elevator? bummer)
    was that supposed to be easier on the eye…or ear…or foot…or cable
    or Mal’s carpenter friend who needed work?

  30. Kwai Chang says:

    I’m wondering if someone is sorting through the negatives…
    like maybe a long overdue dvd(let it be) w/ book release

  31. Kwai Chang says:

    can anyone recommend a virtual tour or accurate layout(floor plan) of the facilities at Abbey Road…and Saville Row…Please and Thank you!
    was the building built by EMI as a studio or is it far older and remodelled, and remodelled, and remodelled, and remodelled…twenty times or so?

  32. stephanie says:

    This website has pretty cool info about the whole history of 3 Saville Row as a recording studio:

    http://www.philsbook.com/apple.html

  33. lizzie says:

    wow, that’s really interesting stephanie – thanks!

  34. Kwai Chang says:

    @Stephanie…
    mes compliments au chef…
    merci, cheri

  35. Kwai Chang says:

    this is the day heather scared ringo with the drums…
    (subjective hunch)

  36. Susan says:

    I don’t think so – the day Heather visited (which was I think on a Sunday, whatever date that was), Paul had on a white short sleeved Henley with a black vest.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQZuYXJI2HE&feature=related

  37. Kwai Chang says:

    I was judging by Ringo’s clothes that you can’t see here…
    (get back book)

  38. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    I know the outfit you mean, Kwai. Ringo wore it on two different days of the “Get Back” filming at Apple – the 22nd and 26th. And Susan is right – Heather visited the studios on Sunday, January 26th

  39. Kwai Chang says:

    Thank you…
    I’m guessin’ then…that that was a damned comfy ensemble
    (100% cotton)
    I must start reading more…but I do it for the pictures

  40. Kwai Chang says:

    @Susan…
    beautiful job…
    (this will be ongoing)

  41. Kwai Chang says:

    Okay…I’ll say it….
    “Hey, Tammy…we miss you”
    (hope all is well!)
    yeah, yeah, yeah…
    PS- Harvest time at the McCartney Garden…film at eleven

  42. Bluesdude says:

    Ah, and therein lied the problem w/the Beatles towards the end Winter-Rose. Since Brian Epstein died, Paul was “directing” the Beatles, more or less and the other three started to get resentful, at least George and John did. And this I, nor could anyone else understand besause the other three wouldn’t do shit. John couldn’t even bother to write between 1967 and 1969 without being probed by Paul and George floated between “know-it-all” and a resentful schoolboy when he wasn’t chanting. If it wasn’t for Paul the Beatles would have, for all intended purposses, ceased to exist after 1966. Paul did EVERYTHING for that band and was rewarded by total resentment by George and John who had bad influences wispering in each of their ears.

  43. ashwom says:

    It is 25 January 1969.
    Paul wore the long sleeved blue shirt with black “tank top”, John wore all white (with white waistcoat), George wore the dark blue shirt, jeans and the Embroidered boots Paul gave him, Ringo wore a brown smock over a paisley shirt.

    The Beatles can be seen performing “For You Blue” in Let It Be, filmed this date.

  44. Vitor Bastos says:

    Ive noticed there´s a guy filming behind Paul!

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