On this day in 1969, The Beatles played their last ever live concert. However, this was not your typical farewell show, as 54 years ago today, John LennonPaul McCartneyGeorge Harrison, and Ringo Starr (joined by keyboardist Billy Preston) staged an impromptu outdoor set on the roof of Apple headquarters in London.

This concert experience came toward the end of recording what would be their final album Let It Be. The legendary 40+ minute set provided time for five songs to be played in perfection: “Get Back”, “Don’t Let Me Down”, “I’ve Got A Feeling”, “One After 909” and “Dig A Pony”. Some songs required multiple takes, though few noticed.

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While no one was expecting it, this was the most appropriate way for the foursome to close the book. Without hyping up another room of screaming fans, they did what they did best—they played music. It didn’t matter who heard. In fact, the people who did hear the music were perplexed by what was even happening as they walked about their automatic existences, not knowing that these songs would be sung for generations to come. The most tangible memory of this fateful performance lives on through this footage, which is featured in Peter Jackson‘s The Beatles: Get Back documentary.

The Beatles – “Don’t Let Me Down” – 1/30/69

The Beatles – Get Back (Rooftop Performance)

[Originally published 1/30/16]