It Was 50 Years Ago Today …. January 30th, 1969

The Beatles performed their very last public concert on a rooftop

A Brief Memory from Doug Draper

Posted January 30th, 2019 on Niagara At Large

“I’d t like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves, and I hope we’ve passed the audition.”

With those words, spoken by John Lennon on top of a roof in London, England on January 30th, 1969, performed their very last public concert before disbanding for good, the following year.

What became known as their “rooftop concern” was documented on film for the grand finale of what would also be their last feature-length movie, ‘Let It Be’, and would showcase live performances that song along with other soon-to-be hits, ‘Get Back’ and ‘The Long and Winding Road’.

It would also showcase ‘Don’t Let Me Down’, a song written mostly by John and that made up the flip side of the vinyl 45 rpm single, ‘Get Back’, and that featuring keyboardist Billy Preston, in a rare appearance with a group that had virtually no history of using accompanists when it played live.

Click on the screen below to watch them performance of that song –

For millions of people like me, who grew up in the mid-to-late 1960s Beatles music as a major part of our soundtrack, the breakup of the band was a sad time and was followed by a hope that it would one day re-unite – a hope that, a decade later, died forever, when a deranged individual shot John Lennon to death outside his home in New York City.

The Beatles’long and winding road did not last long enough, at least not for the rest of us, but we still have all of the great music from band that certainly passed the audition.

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