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John Lennon in London court.

November 28th 1968 Marylebone Magistrates Court

John Lennon pleads guilty to cannabis possession

Following his arrest the previous month for possession of cannabis, John Lennon appeared at Marylebone Magistrates’ Court, London.

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.

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Magical Mystery Tour London


A very special party was held on the 21st December 1967 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. It was to celebrate the imminent screening of the Magical Mystery Tour on BBC TV.

Fancy dress was the theme. As you can see from above, a plethora of costumes were worn.

It’s no secret that John Lennon was a huge fan of Elvis Presley when he was a teenager. Lennon formed his first band, The Quarrymen, which would later become The Beatles, as a result of his love for Elvis Presley and rock and roll.

“Without Elvis, there would be no Beatles,” John Lennon stated matter-of-factly in a 1980 interview.

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Eight Days A Week

Eight Days A Week Italian single and Beatles For Sale Cover


Recording: Eight Days A Week­

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Norman Smith

The Beatles spent the day working on ‘Eight Days A Week’. The song appeared on the UK album Beatles For Sale. At this early stage, however, the group was considering releasing it as their next single.

There were two scheduled recording sessions, from 3-6.45pm and 7-10pm. During the first one they recorded six takes of Eight Days A Week. In this early stage the arrangement was subject to a number of experiments.

By the sixth take The Beatles had an arrangement they were satisfied with. Onto this basic track they added a number of overdubs including double-tracked vocals. They continued work on the song in the second recording session whilst adding new elements in takes numbered 7-13.

Session tapes show that in between takes of the song, John Lennon played around with the guitar riff from ‘I Feel Fine’.

Eight Days A Week is believed to be the first pop song to feature a faded-in introduction. This was added during a mixing session at a later date.

After the recording sessions were over, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr went to London’s Ad Lib club. They spent time with Cilla Black, Mick Jagger and The Ronettes.

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Beatles Help! London


July 29th 1965 the Beatles second film Help! had it’s world premiere at the London Pavilion at Piccadilly Circus. The movie poked fun at the British spy film genre made famous by the James Bond films.

Above we can see George signing a fan’s leg plaster at the event.

Princess Margaret and Lord Snowden even delayed their holiday so the could attend the Premiere. Join us at Beatles Tours London and discover more interesting locations on one of our tours. Why not check out:

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Beatles Hyde Park


The downbeat mood of Beatles for Sale was reflected in the album cover. It shows the unsmiling, weary-looking Beatles] in an autumn scene in London’s Hyde Par. The cover photograph was taken by Robert Freeman, who recalled that the concept was briefly discussed with Brian Epstein and the Beatles beforehand. He had to produce a colour image of the group shot at “an outside location towards sunset” Music journalist Lois Wilson describes the result as “the very antithesis of the early-’60s pop star.The cover carried no band logo or artist credit, and the album title was rendered in minuscule type compared with standard LP artwork of the time.

Beatles for Sale was the Beatles’ fourth album release in the space of 21 months. Neil Aspinall, the band’s road manager, later reflected: “No band today would come off a long US tour at the end of September, go into the studio and start a new album, still writing songs, and then go on a UK tour, finish the album in five weeks, still touring, and have the album out in time for Christmas. But that’s what the Beatles did at the end of 1964. A lot of it was down to naiveté, thinking that this was the way things were done. If the record company needs another album, you go and make one.” Noting the subdued and melancholy tone of much of the album, producer George Martin recalled: “They were rather war weary during Beatles for Sale. One must remember that they’d been battered like mad throughout 1964, and much of 1963. Success is a wonderful thing but it is very, very tiring”.

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Beatles Hamburg 60 years

On Monday 17 August 1960, The Beatles performed their first ever gig at The Indra Club in Hamburg 60 years ago. After travelling via Harwich-Hook of Holland, they arrived in Hamburg.

The original lineup of the Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe and Pete Best regularly performed at different clubs in Hamburg, West Germany, during the period from August 1960 to December 1962; a chapter in the group’s history which honed their performance skills, widened their reputation, and led to their first recording, which brought them to the attention of Brian Epstein

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The Beatles Soho 1967

On September 18th 1967, the Beatles visited Soho to film a scene for The Magical Mystery Tour.

It was the second week of filming for the Magical Mystery Tour television special. It began with a visit to the Raymond Revuebar strip club in London’s Soho.

The Beatles and other passengers from the coach trip were filmed watching Jan Carson’s topless strip. The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band were performing Death Cab For Cutie.

In the final edit, a ‘Censored’ sign was superimposed to obscure Carson’s bare breasts. The Beatles knew that, had they failed to do so, the BBC and other broadcasting companies would have cut the entire scene.

Jan Carson was a stripper who worked for Paul Raymond during the 1960s at his famous Revuebar in London.

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Mad Day Out


On July, 28, 1968, during the recording of “The White Album,” the Beatles spent the day tearing around London to shoot some publicity photographs, in particular for the cover of “Life” magazine. That day became known as the “Mad Day Out.”

The Beatles attracted hoards of fans wherever they went, so the entourage had to keep moving on to new locations, leading to a frenetic shooting schedule. Paul McCartney had originally asked Don McCullin to shoot that day, but five other photographers also showed up. Rounding out the party was Yoko Ono, Francie Schwartz, and Gary Evans, Mal’s six-year-old son.

The “Mad Day Out” photo session appears to be all fun and frolics, but considered against the background of the Beatles’ lives and careers at the time, some of the images take on a whole new meaning. The band was in the middle of recording “The White Album” at Abbey Road Studios, a recording notoriously fraught with tension and dissent. They were also launching their new corporation, Apple Corps, which was a great source of stress for all concerned.

Previous recording sessions had been off-limits to outsiders, but “The White Album” sessions saw the attendance and influence of Yoko Ono, as well as the presence of McCartney’s girlfriend at the time, Francie Schwartz. The sessions became unfocused, with different band members recording in different studios. The tension culminated in Ringo Starr leaving the band on August 22nd, returning two weeks later after pleas from the others.

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Beatles London Photoshoot


Towards the end of 1965, in West Hampstead, London, the Beatles participated in a photo shoot. Photographer Robert Whitaker had prepared an elaborate set. It comprised of mirrors, silver foil, polythene sheets and polystyrene. Assisting Robert in the session were Stuart Brisley and theatre designer Carol Russell.

A photograph from the session served as the cover of the BritIsh EP Yesterday which was released on March 4th 1966. It was a very convenient location for The Beatles as it was in London near Abbey Road Studios.

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Yellow Submarine Screening London

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”.