It was 50 years ago today around lunchtime when The Beatles headed to the rooftop of Apple Corps on Savile Row. In a 42 minute set the Fab Four played nine takes of five of their songs before the police told them to reduce the volume of their performance. The Beatles had given up touring in 1966 and stuck with studio albums until their break up in 1970. However, they came together for this one final live show for unsuspecting fans.
Right near the end of the show they performed Don’t Let Me Down, which you can view a clip of in the video above.
The song was followed by take three of Get Back and Lennon concluded their unannounced set by saying: “I’d like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we’ve passed the audition.”
Footage from the performance was eventually seen in 1970 documentary Let It Be, which followed the recording of The Beatles’ final album of the same name.
Jackson added: “After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove.”
“Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with.
“Watching John, Paul, George, and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate.
“I’m thrilled and honoured to have been entrusted with this remarkable footage – making the movie will be a sheer joy.”