Teenage police officer, 19, who silenced The Beatles’ last ever live gig says he has no regrets

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The teenage police officer who silenced The Beatles‘ last ever live gig has said he has no regrets about shutting down the rooftop concert in 1969, but admitted his threat to arrest the band for playing music too loudly was a ‘bluff’.

Ray Dagg, a former London Metropolitan Police constable and now 72, was the 19-year-old responding to noise complaints made by neighbours on January 30, 1969.

John, Paul, George and Ringo were performing their last gig, a 42-minute set that included hits Get Back, Don’t Let Me Down and I Got a Feeling, on the roof of The Beatles’ Apple Records headquarters at 3 Savile Row in London.

Dagg’s involvement in The Beatles’ famed rooftop concert has resurfaced following the release of Peter Jackson’s eight-hour documentary Get Back. 

The teenage police officer who silenced The Beatles’ last ever live gig (pictured) has said he has no regrets about shutting down the rooftop concert in 1969, but admitted his threat to arrest the band for playing music too loudly was a ‘bluff’

PC Ray Dagg (pictured) who stopped The Beatles final live performance of a rooftop in London in 1969

PC Ray Dagg (pictured) who stopped The Beatles final live performance of a rooftop in London in 1969

Ray Dagg (middle), a former London Metropolitan Police constable and now 72, was the 19-year-old responding to noise complaints made by neighbours on January 30, 1969. Pictured: The Beatles’ road manager, Mal Evans (right)

Ray Dagg (middle), a former London Metropolitan Police constable and now 72, was the 19-year-old responding to noise complaints made by neighbours on January 30, 1969. Pictured: The Beatles’ road manager, Mal Evans (right)

The series, on Disney+, is based on more than 60 hours of footage recorded by Michael Lindsay-Hogg for his 1970 documentary Let It Be.

As such, Dagg has become a cult figure, inundated with Facebook friend requests and interview opportunities.

Responding to his new found fame, Dagg said: ‘It was just work, and it’s blown up into all this.  

‘It’s ridiculous, I just don’t understand it,’ he told the Sunday Times

John (right), Paul (left), George and Ringo were performing their last gig, a 42-minute set that included hits Get Back, Don’t Let Me Down and I Got a Feeling, on the roof of The Beatles’ Apple Records headquarters at 3 Savile Row in London

John (right), Paul (left), George and Ringo were performing their last gig, a 42-minute set that included hits Get Back, Don’t Let Me Down and I Got a Feeling, on the roof of The Beatles’ Apple Records headquarters at 3 Savile Row in London

Dagg's involvement in the Beatles' famed rooftop concert has resurfaced following the release of Peter Jackson's eight-hour documentary Get Back. Teenage police officer Dagg circled

Dagg’s involvement in the Beatles’ famed rooftop concert has resurfaced following the release of Peter Jackson’s eight-hour documentary Get Back. Teenage police officer Dagg circled

Dagg convinced The Beatles’ road manager, Mal Evans, to stop the concert, but admitted his threats to arrest the band were a ‘bluff’.

Responding to the noise, Dagg told Evans that the West End Central police station in Savile Row had received ’30 complaints…within minutes’.

Reflecting on his role in rock history, Dagg said: ‘Well, at that time, I didn’t know that they would never play together again.’

Responding to the noise, Dagg told Evans that the West End Central police station in Savile Row had received '30 complaints...within minutes'

Responding to the noise, Dagg told Evans that the West End Central police station in Savile Row had received ’30 complaints…within minutes’

Born in Chelsea, Dagg followed his father into the force, but left the Met six years after The Beatles' rooftop concert (above)

Born in Chelsea, Dagg followed his father into the force, but left the Met six years after The Beatles’ rooftop concert (above)

Portrait of the The Beatles. From left to right: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, circa 1965

Portrait of the The Beatles. From left to right: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, circa 1965

‘At least there’s something on a film somewhere that will forever show that PC Ray Dagg shut down The Beatles. 

‘If that’s my lasting image of life, if that’s what people remember me for, that’s not bad. Thousands, millions of people don’t get remembered at all.’

Born in Chelsea, Dagg followed his father into the force, but left the Met six years after The Beatles’ rooftop concert.

He said he’s never actually owned a Beatles album and preferred Simon and Garfunkel.

Peter Jackson collated more than 60 hours of footage from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let It Be, documenting the band’s fractious recording sessions for what would be their final album.

The end result is three episodes spanning 468 minutes – between two and three hours for each instalment – with some fans insisting it is too long. 

The show follows the story of the iconic Liverpool band as they plan their first live show in over two years, using unseen footage (filmed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg) and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, all of which has been brilliantly restored. 

Peter Jackson collated more than 60 hours of footage from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let It Be, documenting the band's fractious recording sessions for what would be their final album

Peter Jackson collated more than 60 hours of footage from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let It Be, documenting the band’s fractious recording sessions for what would be their final album

The film charts the writing and rehearsing of 14 new songs, originally intended for release on an accompanying live album.

The Beatles: Get Back also features other songs and classic compositions featured on the band’s final two albums, Abbey Road and Let It Be. 

The documentary features – for the first time in its entirety – The Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the unforgettable rooftop concert on London’s Savile Row.

The three-part-series takes audiences back in time to the band's intimate recording sessions and exuberant performances for their their final 1970 album, Let It Be

The three-part-series takes audiences back in time to the band’s intimate recording sessions and exuberant performances for their their final 1970 album, Let It Be 

The director collated more than 60 hours of footage from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let It Be, documenting the band's fractious recording sessions for what would be their final album

The director collated more than 60 hours of footage from Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 film Let It Be, documenting the band’s fractious recording sessions for what would be their final album

On 30 January 1969, the Beatles enacted the final public performance of their career with an unannounced concert held from the rooftop of their Apple Corps headquarters at 3 Savile Row, within central London’s office and fashion district. 

They were joined by keyboardist Billy Preston, the band played a 42-minute set ending with the conclusion of ‘Get Back’ before the Metropolitan Police asked them to reduce the volume. 

The exciting new collaboration The Beatles: Get Back saw The Beatles and three-time Oscar-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson join forces for a production presented by The Walt Disney Studios in association with Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Productions Ltd. 

The Beatles: Get Back is directed by Jackson, produced by Jackson, Clare Olssen and Jonathan Clyde, with Ken Kamins and Apple Corps’ Jeff Jones serving as executive producers.

Jabez Olssen serves as the film’s editor, and the music is mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell. 

The Beatles: Get Back is streaming now on Disney +

The Beatles: Get Back is streaming now on Disney +



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