Nine days prior to its world première, three of The Beatles attended a press screening of Yellow Submarine. It took place at the 102-seat Bowater House Cinema in Knightsbridge, London.
Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr all attended the screening. John Lennon’s absence was compensated by a cardboard version of his cartoon incarnation. The rest of the group posed alongside for photographers.
It was the first time any of the group had seen the finished film. Afterwards they gave interviews and were photographed. Footage was broadcast by BBC and ITV news.
George Harrison told reporters that, following the critical drubbing that Magical Mystery Tour received. They would henceforth only appear in animations. He also dodged a question about Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.Paul McCartney stepped in, calling the episode “a phase,” and saying “we don’t go out with him anymore”.
The world première of A Hard Day’s Night took place on6 July 1964. The Beatles’ first feature film, A Hard Day’s Night, had its première at the London Pavilion. The première was attended by The Beatles and their wives and girlfriends, and a host of important guests including Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon.
Nearby Piccadilly Circus was closed to traffic as 12,000 fans jostled for a glimpse of the group.
” I remember Piccadilly being completely filled. We thought we would just show up in our limo, but it couldn’t get through for all the people. It wasn’t frightening – we never seemed to get worried by crowds. It always appeared to be a friendly crowd; there never seemed to be a violent face. ” Paul McCartney Anthology
It was a charity event held in support of the Variety Club Heart Fund and the Docklands Settlements, and the most expensive tickets cost 15 guineas (£15.75).
After the screening The Beatles, the royal party and other guests including The Rolling Stones enjoyed a champagne supper party at the Dorchester Hotel, after which some of them adjourned to the Ad Lib Club until the early hours of the morning.
John Lennon and George Harrison took part in an interview with David Frost for The Frost Programme. It was recorded before a studio audience between 6pm and 7pm at Studio One at Wembley Studios in London.
Lennon: “Buddha was a groove, Jesus was all right.”
Harrison: “I believe in reincarnation. Life and death are still only relative to thought. I believe in rebirth. You keep coming back until you have got it straight. The ultimate thing is to manifest divinity, and become one with The Creator.”
The interview was shown on the ITV network from 10.30-11.15pm on September 29th. The programme also featured an interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, which had been recorded earlier in the day at London Airport.
Lennon and Harrison gave a second interview to The Frost Programme on 4 October 1967, when once again they discussed Transcendental Meditation
31 August 1967 – UK, London – with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi after the Beatles returned earlier than planned from Bangor, Wales. After the sudden death of Brian Epstein, a special evening meditation was held London. It took place at the home of one of Maharishi’s followers for the Beatles’ party. He then met with the Beatles again to comfort them after their loss and continue their instruction in meditation. Philip Townsend was the only photographer allowed access on this occasion. Shown left to right in a living room somewhere in London: Paul McCartney, Jane Asher and Pattie Boyd, listening to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Photo by Philip Townsend
Sir James Paul McCartney CH MBE (born 18 June 1942) is an English singer, songwriter, musician, composer, and record and film producer who gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon remains the most successful in history. After the group disbanded in 1970, he pursued a solo career and formed the band Wings with his first wife, Linda, and Denny Laine
Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney has had further success with Wings and as a solo artist, earning a knighthood in 1997 for services to music. His first wife Linda died of cancer, and his second marriage to Heather Mills ended in a bitter divorce. He married Nancy Shevell in 2011.
The BBC Maida Vale Studios in London were hosts to the Beatles on 17th June 1963. Pictured above in the canteen, this was the Fab Fours first ever visit. They were recording an edition of ‘Pop Go The Beatles’ for the BBC Light Programme.
The Beatles arrived at 10.30am, and rehearsed and recorded six songs: I Saw Her Standing There, Anna (Go To Him), Boys, Chains, PS I Love You and Twist And Shout.
This half-hour fourth edition of Pop Go The Beatles was first broadcast on Tuesday 25 June 1963 from 5pm. The guests were The Batchelors.
Afterwards the group ate in the BBC staff restaurant, accompanied by photographer Dezo Hoffman, who had taken a number of pictures during the session. They all then went outside the studio to Delaware Road for a separate photo session, before The Beatles returned to Liverpool. The following day would be Paul McCartney’s twenty first birthday.
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Three takes of the backing track were recorded . By the close of the session The Fool On The Hill featured two pianos, drums, acoustic guitar, recorders and lead vocals.
A reduction mix numbered take four, was also made. The end of the session finally drew to a close at 3am.
Also present at the session were two Japanese journalists: reporter Rumiko Hoshika and photographer Koh Hasebe from the magazine Music Life. A number of photographs of The Beatles at work were subsequently published. Rehearsals of the song and interviews were also recorded.
Magical Mystery Tour was released in the UK on December 8th 1967 as a double EP. Six songs were on it and track listings were as follows:
The Beatles assembled at Twickenham Film Studios on 2 January 1969, accompanied by the film crew, and began rehearsing. Cameraman Les Parrott recalled: “My brief on the first day was to ‘shoot The Beatles.’ The sound crew instructions were to roll/record from the moment the first Beatle appeared and to record sound all day until the last one left. We had two cameras and just about did the same thing.” The cold and austere conditions at Twickenham, along with nearly constant filming and sessions starting much earlier than the Beatles’ preferred schedule, constrained creativity and exacerbated tensions within the group. The sessions were later described by Harrison as “the low of all-time” and by Lennon as “hell … the most miserable sessions on earth.” This caused George to leave the band temporarily
At a meeting on 15 January, Harrison agreed to return with the conditions that elaborate concert plans be dropped and that work would resume at Apple’s new recording studio. At this point, with the concert broadcast idea abandoned, it was decided that the footage being shot would be used to make a feature film. Filming resumed on 21 January at the basement studio inside Apple headquarters on Savile Row in London.Harrison invited keyboardist Billy Preston to the studio to play electric piano and organ. Harrison recalled that when Preston joined them, “straight away there was 100% improvement in the vibe in the room. Having this fifth person was just enough to cut the ice that we’d created among ourselves.” Filming continued each day for the rest of January.
On Sunday July 28th 1968, the Beatles visited the Mercury Theatre as part of their Mad Day Out antics.
The second location in The Beatles’ Mad Day Out escapades took place here at Ladbroke Road in Notting Hill, London.
The building was originally a church hall dating from 1848, and is now a private home. The Beatles’ car was parked near the Horbury Chapel, where they waited in the theatre until a parrot handler arrived.
The group posed with the parrot in a number of shots near a theatre exit. They took to the stage for several pictures, with John Lennon and Paul McCartney alternating as the main figure. The Beatles then began a jam session around a piano, with the parrot perched on Paul’s left shoulder.
The Beatles London exploits consisted of various trips to the East End and North London.
Before Live Aid and Farm Aid, there was one benefit concert which started them all. George Harrison’s incredible evening of entertainment known as the Concert For Bangladesh. The event saw George appear with Eric Clapton.
One such number saw George Harrison welcome Eric Clapton to the stage to perform The Beatles’ classic ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.
The event was a crowning moment for Harrison personally. The gig was in aid of Bangladesh’s victims of famine and war—something which had been brought to Harrison’s attention by Ravi Shankar. When asked why he created the event Harrison dryly replied: “Because I was asked by a friend if I would help, you know, that’s all”.
The concert would feature an all-star line up of Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman, Badfinger, and, of course, Ravi Shankar.
At the time of the event, Harrison was arguably the most successful Beatle. The singer-songwriter’s album All Things Must Pass had confirmed that he was equal to his bandmates in the Fab Four. As such, he enlisted the help of his friends to make the event a star-studded one. However, Harrison had originally intended to reunite with his former bandmates for the night and provide concert-goers with the first live performance from The Beatles in America since 1966, but it wasn’t to be.
It did nearly happen though for one particular Beatle. John Lennon had agreed to appear at the gig, even consenting to Harrison’s stipulation that Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono could not perform with him. But just a few days before the event Lennon left New York City in a cloud of contempt as he and Ono fell out over Lennon’s agreement with his former bandmate.
Next on the list was Paul McCartney. Macca almost outright refused to be a part of the benefit as he was still emotionally embroiled in the band’s breaking up and the nasty legal battles that went alongside it. He would later tell Rolling Stone about the opportunity to reunite The Beatles “George came up and asked if I wanted to play Bangladesh and I thought, blimey, what’s the point? We’re just broken up and we’re joining up again? It just seemed a bit crazy”. At least there was Ringo to the rescue. The Beatles drummer was more than happy to perform at the charity gig and was ready and raring to go in time for curtain up.
As well as welcoming a plethora of impressive performers, the coup of seeing Dylan on stage again was enough for most people to label it the best benefit concert ever, Harrison recruited none other than his friend, Eric Clapton. The former Cream guitarist had been working on his own solo career when Harrison asked him to lend a hand. It wasn’t the first time either.
Clapton had always provided Harrison with a place for respite as the tensions in The Beatles grew around George’s lack of opportunity to write songs. One he did write for the band is largely considered one of their best and it’s a song that even Clapton himself had a hand in, the brilliant ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’.
Harrison had been struggling to complete the White Album song and asked close friend Eric Clapton for help. Clapton turned up at Abbey Road Studio to do just that—but after a period of convincing. “Nobody ever plays on the Beatles’ records,” Clapton is thought to have said to Harrison with a moment of trepidation. “So what?” Harrison replied. “It’s my song.”
In a 1987 interview with Guitar Player Magazine, Harrison was asked whether it had hurt his ego: “No, my ego would rather have Eric play on it. I’ll tell you, I worked on that song with John, Paul, and Ringo one day, and they were not interested in it at all,” he said. “And I knew inside of me that it was a nice song.”
Harrison added: “The next day I was with Eric, and I was going into the session, and I said, ‘We’re going to do this song. Come on and play on it’. He said, ‘Oh, no. I can’t do that. Nobody ever plays on the Beatles records’. I said, ‘Look, it’s my song, and I want you to play on it’. So Eric came in, and the other guys were as good as gold because he was there.”
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