London: Beatle Offices
The HMV (His Master's Voice) store on Oxford Street is where Brian
Epstein, in February 1963, had
discs pressed from tapes of the Beatles' failed Decca audition. The
visit led, through a short chain of events, to his fateful meeting with
George Martin. The store has now moved to a new location but the original
site is marked by a plaque
commemorating the store's significance.
EMI House in
Manchester Square was the
of EMI Records, the Beatles' label. (The building has now been
demolished, and EMI headquarters has moved to Hammersmith.) The cover
shot for the first album, Please Please Me, was taken in the EMI
House stairwell. A photograph of the Beatles in the same spot was
taken in 1969 for the Get Back album, which was never released; the
old and young Beatles/EMI shots were featured instead
on the "Red" and "Blue" Greatest Hits album covers.
Monmouth Street, near Covent Garden, was the site of the first London
office of NEMS, Brian Epstein's company, and the Beatles Fan Club.
The move of NEMS from Monmouth Street to a prime spot next door to the
London Palladium in 1964 reflected the Beatles' rapid success. NEMS was
located in Sutherland House, the newer building in the right of the
picture. The Palladium was the site of the "Birth of Beatlemania"
at the Beatles' October 1963 appearance on the "Sunday Night at the London
Palladium" show, the British equivalent to the "Ed Sullivan Show."
The Apple Shop at 94 Baker Street was decorated in appropriately
psychedelic style for a short time, before the more staid neighbors
complained and the building was painted white, just in time for the
business to collapse. The Boutique store was the first Beatle-led "Apple"
venture, and a disastrous foreboding of things to come.
3 Savile Row
1 Soho Square
Apple Headquarters were located in the dignified setting of Savile Row,
renowned for its tailoring shops. The Beatles all had offices here, and
the group filmed the second half of
Let It Be here, including the famous rooftop sequence that ends
the film and marked their final live appearance. Soho Square is the
current site of Paul McCartney's MPL corporation.
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