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Beatles with David Frost

BEATLES WITH DAVID FROST, LONDON 1967

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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

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Meeting the Maharishi

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

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Paul McCartney Birthday – Beatles Tours London

Paul McCartney in Hamburg 1960

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.

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Beatles London Maida Vale

ON THIS DAY 1963 PICTURED AT BBC MAIDA VALE STUDIOS LONDON

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.

BBC MAIDA VALE STUDIOS TODAY

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.

Why not check out more at www.bbc.co.uk/historyofthebbc/buildings/maida-vale

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Beatles London EMI Studios

Working on ‘Fool on the Hill’, September 1967, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London

Paul McCartney had taped a demo of ‘The Fool On The Hill’ on 6 September 1967. During this evening’s recording session The Beatles began proper work on the song.The Beatles recorded it in Studio Two at EMI Studios in London.

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:

Magical Mystery Tour

The Fool On The Hill

Flying

Blue Jay Way

Your Mother Should Know

I Am The Walrus

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Let it Be

Inside Apple Studios, London 1969.

Filming Let it Be

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.

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Beatles London

A parrot and a piano in Notting Hill, London 1968

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.

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George and Eric

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.

George and Eric 1971

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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Beatles London

EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London 1967. The Sgt. Peppers Sessions

Paul McCartney had the idea for Sgt Pepper during a flight from Kenya to England in November 1966.

It was originally released in the UK on 26 May 1967, and in the US on 2 June 1967.

Recording continued on the new album in January, with the first of many sessions for ‘A Day In The Life’, and then on 1 February they began work on one of Paul’s songs, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. The new LP had a name and a loose concept, in so far as the band pretended they were giving a show as this fictitious band.

How Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Changed The Face Of Music.

And yet it could all have been so very different. In the early Spring of 1967, the UK press was full of reports with headlines such as “Has the Bubble Burst?”

“Beatles Fail To Reach The Top”, all because ‘Penny Lane’ and ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ had stalled at No.2 in the UK singles chart.

At manager Brian Epstein’s insistence neither track was included on the LP, and later became a decision that George Martin later described as “the biggest mistake of my professional life”

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Beatles London Tour

Scala Theatre, London 1964, filming A Hard Day’s Night

March 1964 saw filming of A Hard Day’s Night commence. On March 31st, the Scala Theatre, a TV performance was filmed here. 350 screaming fans were in the audience, one of them being a young Phil Collins. The filming here continued for 3 days, culminating in the climax of the film.

‘Tell Me Why’, ‘And I Love Her’, ‘I Should Have Known Better’ and ‘She Loves You’ were songs mimed to in the show. On a Beatles London Tour, you can visit various film locations especially our Day Tripper one. Directed by Richard Lester it was considered by many to be the best Beatles film.

Check out https://www.beatlestourslondon.com/beatles-tours/day-tripper-beatles-tour-london/ for more details