The Beatles’ first and last photos taken together
The Beatles’ first photo taken together was taken on August 22, 1962. Exactly seven years later, on August 22, 1969, their final photo shoot took place at John’s home.
The 1962 photo was taken during the Beatles’ lunchtime performance at the Cavern Club. It was only about a week after Ringo had replaced Pete Best and four days after his first official appearance as a Beatle. A television crew from Granada Television recorded their performance of “Some Other Guy” for the program Know The North, although it went unused until November, 1963 for the program Scene at 6:30.
The final photo shoot took place at John’s home at Tittenhurst Park.
“George Harrison was miserable from frame one to frame 500. He was so over it. I don’t think he did anything but scowl for three hours. Paul was trying to hold it together. He had his arms crossed like, ‘Come on, lads!’ But the concept of the Beatles just didn’t sync with who they were any more. I could have asked them to smile, but it would have been totally fake and I’m glad I didn’t. This marriage had come to an end – and boy does it show.” – Ethan Russell, photographer for the Beatles’ final photo shoot
Photos from the shoot were used on the sleeve of the 1969 single Something/Come Together (double A-side) and the cover of the 1970 compilation album Hey Jude.