Today, January 30, holds a special spot in the history of the Beatles, as it was exactly 50 years ago to the day (January 30, 1969) that the group took the stage atop the Apple Corps rooftop for what would turn out to be their very last live performance as a four-piece.
Here’s video from the day’s events:
Of course, the day was a bit melancholy since it came at a tumultuous time for John, Paul, George and Ringo – manager Brian Epstein had died two years earlier and the musicians’ individual personalities were causing conflict that prevented them from being around each other very often.
Despite all that context, the performance remains one of the most iconic in their history – and in music history in general. As such, it won’t soon be forgotten – which is the same kind of sentiment that can be said for much of what the Beatles accomplished during their day.