WannaBeatles concert will commemorate Nashville resolution designating January 30, "Nashville Beatles Music Day"

Rooftop Concert, Nashville Tennessee, January 30, 2009
Photo Courtesy Chip Curley

On March 4, 2009 Mayor Karl Dean signed a resolution to honor The Beatles by proclaiming January 30, 2009 as Nashville Beatles Music Day; the resolution also recognizes a performance by The WannaBeatles and local contributions made by the National Association of Music Educators.

On January 30, 2009, in an attempt to relive history, The Nashville band, The WannaBeatles performed a Nashville rooftop concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Beatles’ legendary rooftop performance in London.

“The Beatles inspired us and a whole generation of kids to appreciate the gift of music,” said Dennis Scott, two-time Grammy winner and co-founder of The WannaBeatles. “This concert is a great opportunity to help pass on the musical torch and, through MENC, bring attention to the important role music plays in a child’s development and the need to support music in the schools.”

The original historic show by The Beatles took place at noon on January 30, 1969 on the roof of Apple Records’ London headquarters. The Nashville show by The WannaBeatles was held on the roof of Rippy’s nightclub at noon on January 30, 2009.

To commemorate the city’s resolution, a concert by The WannaBeatles will be held at W.O. Smith School of Music on June 9th. Famed Beatles author, Ken Mansfield who stood on the London rooftop with the Beatles in 1969, will share the stage with the WannaBeatles. The event will be a fundraiser for the school. The W.O. Smith School of Music is located on 8th and Edgehill in Nashville.

Note From Betsy Thorpe
This post was changed on May 4th.

On May 2nd I erroneously reported the date and location of the WannaBeatles fundraising concert for the W.O. Smith School Of Music. On May 4th I chaged the text of this post to reflect the corret date and location. I apologize for the error.

Betsy Thorpe
May 4th, 2009


5 thoughts on “WannaBeatles concert will commemorate Nashville resolution designating January 30, "Nashville Beatles Music Day"

  1. Anonymous

    INFORMATION ABOUT KEN MANSFIELD, SOMEONE TO SEEIn 1967 when the Beatles decided to form their own corporation, they turned to Mansfield to run their record division and named him the U.S. Manager of Apple Records beginning in 1968. Mansfield joined his four new bosses setting up the worldwide launch of Apple Records and the U.S. management of subsequent projects such as The Beatles (aka The White Album), Yellow Submarine, Abbey Road, Let It Be and Hey Jude. In addition to the Beatles, Mansfield looked after the careers of Apple artists such as James Taylor, Mary Hopkin, Badfinger and Jackie Lomax.At the time of the Apple debut, everyone agreed that the Beatles first single on the new label had to be a smash. The group was stymied on whether to release “Hey Jude” or “Revolution” as Apple’s first single. “Hey Jude,” which clocked in at an unprecedented 7:11, was the obvious choice. However, it was still the era of the less than three-minute record and Top 40 stations gained listeners by playing the most hits in an hour. Mansfield came up with the solution by bringing an advance copy of the two songs from the UK to American and playing them to a few trusted radio station managers, who were unanimous in their decision that “Hey Jude” was the hit. They were right. When the song was released in September 1968, it topped the Billboard charts for nine weeks and became the Beatles’ best selling single of all time.In his position as an Apple executive and personal liaison for the Beatles between the UK and US, Mansfield was among a handful of eyewitnesses to join The Beatles as they performed their legendary last-ever gig on the rooftop of their London headquarters on January 30, 1969, which was captured in the Academy Award-winning documentary, Let It Be. Mansfield is easy to recognize as he was the only one on the roof that day wearing a white coat.

  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous #2Great post! I consider myself a Beatles expert, and you are spot on.If you’re in Nashville, hope to see you Thursday, and I can’t wait to take to Mansfield!Sharon CobbSharonCobb.com

  3. Betsy Thorpe

    I misreported the actual date and location of the WannaBeatles fund-raising concert.The concert will be take place on June 9th at The W.O. Smith School Of Music.

  4. Sharon Cobb

    That makes a lot more sense. I couldn’t figure out why The Beatles were being honored by Nashville, and were being celebrated in Franklin!If my health allows, I’m going for sure!


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