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”
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.
The model Twiggy first saw Mary Hopkin winning the British television talent show, Opportunity Knocks. She then recommended her to Paul McCartney and became one of the earliest signings to the Beatles’ Apple label. Apple Records was a division of Apple Corps Ltd. Other signings at the time included James Taylor, Badfinger and Billy Preston.
‘Those were the Days’ went to number one in the UK charts and was one of Apples’ most successful singles. ‘Goodbye and ‘Knock, Knock Who’s There’ were follow up hits for Mary.
Apple Records and Apple Publishing signed a number of acts whom the Beatles personally discovered.One or more of the Beatles would be involved in the recording sessions in most cases.
Abbey Road Studios filing Paperback Writer and Rain
On Thursday 19 May 1966, The Beatles filmed promotional clips of Paperback Writer and Rain. The filming took place in Studios One and Three at EMI, Abbey Road. Michael Lindsay-Hogg, directed them. He was well known from his Ready Steady Go days. He would later go on to direct Hey Jude, Revolution and Let it Be. This was day one of a two day shoot which produced a total of four promos for Paperback Writer and three for Rain.
One of the promo films for “Rain” and the other for “Paperback Writer” were shot in colour for the American market. The Beatles recorded the special colour one for the Ed Sullivan Show which was transmitted later for the American audience on June 05, 1966
The first black & white version of Paperback Writer was broadcast on June 25 1966 in ‘Goodbye Lucky Stars’. This was the final edition of the popular TV programme ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’. On Friday June 3rd, ‘Paperback Writer and ‘Rain’ were first broadcast on Ready Steady Go. This was the first time that material was screened, that hadn’t been filmed in its own studio.
On this day in 1963, The Beatles kicked off their third nationwide UK package tour. Along with Roy Orbison plus Gerry and the Pacemakers amongst others. The opening venue was the Adelphi Cinema in Slough with two shows starting at 6:00 and 8:30 pm.
Roy Orbison was initially topping the bill, however due to audience demand, the fab four took over top position. With tickets priced at 5/-, 7/6 and 9/6 it was another fab night full of beatlemania and wonderful music.
The Beatles set consisted of ‘Some Other Guy’, ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’, ‘Love Me Do’, ‘Please Please Me’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, and ‘Twist & Shout’ The tour comprised of twenty one dates and finished on June 9th in Blackburn, Lancashire.
You can visit Beatles sites in London with us when Government restrictions are lifted. We will keep you fully informed at https://www.beatlestourslondon.com/ of any changes as soon as they happen. In the meantime Stay Safe and why not check out Roy Orbison at https://royorbison.com/ It’s well worth viewing.
The third of Brian Epstein’s Mersey Beat Showcase concerts. It took place at the Majestic Ballroom in Finsbury Park, London.
Two thousand fans saw The Beatles perform at the venue. The other acts on the bill were Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Big Three, and Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas. All of which were managed by Epstein.
This was the only occasion on which The Beatles performed at the Majestic Ballroom. Prior to the show they met scriptwriter Peter Clayton here. It was to discuss ideas for a feature film, although the plans never came to fruition.
FinsburyPark has been a centre for entertainment for many decades. A very popular location for movies and tv shows. After being used for many decades as the foyer area for the cinema, the MajesticBallroom, then became a Bingo Club in Stroud Green Road. The building was closed in the 1980’s and demolished in 1999.
On a Beatles Tour London visit, you can choose locations that you like and we can build them into your Beatles Tour of London. Abbey Road Studios ( www.abbeyroad.com )where most of the fab Beatles songs were recorded will be included in the tour.
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