26 October 1965 was an important day for The Beatles: an appointment at Buckingham Palace to collect their MBE’s from the Queen. Meanwhile outside, the crowds were getting out of control…………
ABBEY ROAD PHOTO SHOOT AUGUST 8TH 1969
The Beatles Abbey Road Photo shoot – August 8 1969
On August 8 1969, The Beatles were on a photo shoot for their eleventh studio album, Abbey Road. The album’s cover remains iconic like the music it holds. Photographer Iain Macmillan had only ten minutes to get George, Paul, Ringo and John into position. He used a stepladder to achieve the desired shot.
The zebra crossing gained protected status in 2010.
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On April 5th 1964 at Marylebone Station, the opening scenes of A Hard Day’s Night were being filmed. With Paul wearing a disguise on a bench with his “grandfather”, actor Wilfrid Brambell.
Meanwhile John, George and Ringo tried hiding around the station.
The remaining three Beatles were being chased by frenzied fans, with some of the them being paid £7.50 as extras. Many more went unpaid and swelled the numbers considerably.
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Filming for A Hard Day’s Night began in March 1964. Many sequences were filmed in and around London. Interior ones being filmed at the wonderful Twickenham Studios. The entire film was shot in black and white, capturing the period perfectly.
There were some crazy scenes involving police chases, the picture above shows some of the cast having a break. The cast included Wilfred Brambell, Victor Spinetti, Norman Rossington and John Junkin amongst others.
George Harrison met Pattie Boyd on the set of A Hard Day’s Night.
- ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ by The Beatles epitomises how they were living in 1964, reflecting the constant non-stop work ethic they had at the height of Beatlemania. Whilst the track is an eye-opening ditty about the stresses that came with their sharp rise to stardom, it’s the ear-piercing opening chord from George Harrison that gives ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ it’s poetic voluptuousness.
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George Harrison marries Pattie Boyd, January 21 1966
On this day in 1966, George Harrison married Pattie Boyd at Epsom Registry Office. They had first met while both were filming A Hard Day’s Night in 1964.
As Pattie stated in her book
’ I bought a Mary Quant pinky-red shot-silk dress, which came to just above the knee, and I wore it with creamy stockings and pointy red shoes. On top, because it was January and cold, I wore a red fox-fur coat, also by Mary Quant, that George gave me. She made George a beautiful black Mongolian lamb coat.
The ceremony took place early in the morning at Epsom register office, in Surrey, not the most glamorous place, and the room was very hot and stuffy. Brian Epstein was there and Paul McCartney, who was George’s best man. Otherwise it was family – my mother, with her cousin Penny Evans, who had been around a lot while I was growing up. Colin, Jenny, Paula, David and Boo, George’s parents and brothers. Uncle John, my mother’s twin brother, gave me away’
We would like to wish everyone A Happy New Year, 2020 has been very challenging for everyone. The death of Gerry Marsden aged 78, who died yesterday was very sad news.
Much of Gerry and the Pacemakers material was recorded at Abbey Road Studios. Even their very first session in 1963.
Along with The Beatles and many other bands, they were managed by Brian Epstein.
Photoshoot 1963 with other bands under Brian Epstein’s management showing The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers plus Billy J.Kramer and the Dakotas
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John Lennon pleads guilty to cannabis possession
Lennon pleaded guilty, taking sole responsibility in order to protect Yoko Ono whom had recently suffered a miscarriage. He was additionally fearful that if they both fought the charges and lost, Ono may have been deported from the United Kingdom.
During the hearing Lennon’s solicitor, Martin Polden, told the court that Ono had recently lost their baby, which had been a terrible blow to the couple.
The magistrate quashed the charge of obstruction to justice, and fined Lennon £150 plus court costs of 20 guineas. Lennon was also warned that if he was found guilty again of a similar offence he risked a custodial sentence.