The Beatles Rooftop Final Performance In 1969


In January 1969 The Beatles were finishing the recording of what would be their last album Let It Be at their own Apple Studios in London. At the end of the month the Fab Four ascended to the rooftop of Apple headquarters located at 3 Savile Row in central London and performed their final live set together. Here’s a look back at the legendary impromptu outdoor concert which went down 51 years ago today.

With keyboardist Billy Preston sitting-in, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr began the performance mid-day on January 30, 1969. Having stopped touring in 1966, by then it had been several years since they played together outside of the studio in front of a live audience. Lasting just over 40 minutes, the group ran through five songs (some getting multiple takes) including “Get Back,” “Don’t Let Me Down,” “I’ve Got A Feeling,” “One After 909” and “Dig A Pony” for the somewhat bewildered Londoners watching from the street. Film footage of each of the songs played was captured and can be seen below:

[Originally Published: January 30, 2016]