As part of the ongoing celebration of the Springfield Free Public Library’s 50th anniversary at its current location, the library will present “The Beatles and 1969,” a presentation by Beatles expert John Groom at 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 26. The library first opened its doors at 66 Mountain Avenue on February 24, 1969 and the following day, George Harrison celebrated his 26th birthday.
In addition to the deepening of already difficult personal and business relations between the individual Beatles, 1969 also saw the recording of two albums, the release of two albums, three chart topping singles as well as their last and somewhat impromptu concert, their last recording session and their last photo session. 1969 was also the year that saw the wildfire spread of unfounded rumors about the untimely death of Paul McCartney , based on supposed clues gleaned from the actual recording of Abbey Road as well as from the album cover art. The program will also explore 1969 from the perspective of all four Beatles and will include a discussion of their subsequent directions and individual projects.
Having been a resident of Liverpool England in his youth, John Groom is able to provide first hand background information about the environment in which three of the band members grew up. Groom spent his childhood in the same village as John Lennon and George Harrison, went to the same high school as Paul McCartney and George, went to the same Sunday School as John and attended the same youth club where John met Paul.