Gov. Gregoire proclaims Friday as state Creme Tangerine Beatles Rooftop Day
January 27, 2010 · Updated 3:52 PM
Following their 2009 blockbuster performance attended by thousands in Seattle’s Pike Place Market, Ken Mansfield, former U.S. manager of The Beatles’ Apple Records, and Kirkland’s favorite Beatles cover band, Crème Tangerine, will again team up to celebrate the anniversary of The Beatles last performance famously known as “the rooftop concert."
In celebration of the historic anniversary of this concert, Crème Tangerine will perform songs from that concert, as well as the rock masterpiece “Abbey Road”, and more at noon on Friday, Jan. 29 on the rooftop balcony of the Copacabana Café in the Pike Place Market (1520 ½ Pike Place) in Seattle. This location was voted “Best Rooftop Balcony in Seattle” by Seattle Weekly readers for 2008-09. Following the concert, Mansfield will talk about his work with The Beatles and lead an audience question and answer session.
“It was so cool to see the streets of Pike Place Market packed shoulder to shoulder with people celebrating the music of the Beatles last year – this music truly is a common bond people share together," said Kirkland resident Jeff Lockhart, drummer of Crème Tangerine. “We wanted to do another rooftop concert at Pike Place with Ken and highlight the great work the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society does in Washington State.”
Mansfield stood bedside Yoko Ono on the rooftop three feet away from The Beatles throughout their famous last performance. Ken was a trusted insider of the Fab Four, managed the U.S. operations of Apple Records and shared in the unique last concert on the rooftop of Apple back in 1969. The legendary last concert took place on Friday, Jan. 30, 1969 on the roof of their record company. The impromptu event was performed to a London lunch crowd without prior notice or fanfare as curious by-passers and adjoining office workers watched The Beatles perform what was then their newest songs including hits such as “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down” during a cold winter afternoon. It was also to be the last time The Beatles would perform live in public. The legendary concert was immortalized in the documentary Let It Be and fans have cherished this last glimpse of The Beatles together as a key highlight in The Beatles career.
Mansfield, former U.S. manager of Apple Records and former Director at Capitol Records, is a Grammy Award-winning producer and record-label executive who has worked with artists as diverse as The Beatles, Willie Nelson, The Band, Waylon Jennings, The Beach Boys, Judy Garland, Merle Haggard, Lou Rawls, Andy Williams, David Cassidy, Dolly Parton, and the Flying Burrito Brothers. A highly sought-after public speaker (Outreach Events), he is the author of two other books: "The Beatles, the Bible, and Bodega Bay" and "The White Book." His latest book is titled “Between Wyomings."
Crème Tangerine is a dynamic five piece band from Kirkland that performs the music of The Beatles for thousands each year. Rather than focusing on the personalities or look of the Beatles, Crème Tangerine focuses on performing their beloved music live for all to enjoy. Their performances have included The Beatles most recognized hits as well as different eras of the Beatles music and "the White Album" and "Abbey Road" in their entireties. Their high energy, quality performances appeal to those already familiar with and new to the music of The Beatles. Having released their debut album, “Crème Tangerine” in 2007, Crème Tangerine released their latest record, “The Abbey Road Project” in 2009.
Crème Tangerine is honored to highlight The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) at this year’s rooftop celebration. LLS is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education and patient services.