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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 17, 1967

Ringo Starr photos at his home in Weybridge - August 17, 1967 Cartoonist gerald scarfe sketches ringo ...

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The #1 song in the US on August 16, 1967

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The Beatles enjoying a break today.

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The Beatles enjoying a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 13, 1967

The #1 song in the US on August 13, 1967

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The Beatles are taking a break.

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The Beatles are photographed by Richard Avedon

The Beatles were photographed by Richard Avedon on this day. The shoot took place at a photographic studio in a penthouse in Thompson House, 200 Gray's Inn Road, London.

The American photographer took a number of shots of the group, four of which were later adorned with psychedelic effects. They were first published in the 9 January 1968 edition of the US magazine Look, and were subsequently sold as posters.

In the UK they first appears in the Daily Express newspaper, in February 1968. Readers were given the chance to buy enlargements of the set, along with a special Beatles poster.

The following image is a colour proof of the photographs, prepared for the edition of Look magazine.

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The #1 song on the UK Singles Chart on August 10, 1967

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George and Pattie Harrison return from America

Following a week's break on the West Coast of the United States, George Harrison, his wife Pattie, and Neil Aspinall and Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas returned to England on this day.

They flew back to London via New York. During their time in the US, the Harrisons spent time with Ravi Shankar and other Indian musicians, with The Beatles' former publicist Derek Taylor, and with Pattie's sister Jenny Boyd.

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The band member known as The Quiet Beatle had his loud-and-clear say about hippies and the Haight-Ashbury in the Summer of Love.

Harrison is quoted saying he thought the Haight “would be something like King’s Road (in London), only more. Somehow I expected them to all own their own little shops. I expected them all to be nice and clean and friendly and happy.”

Instead, after touring the hippie ‘hood and encountering  a “wild band of jeering hippies” during an impromptu song sesh on nearby Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park, Harrison declared hippies to be “hideous, spotty little teenagers.”

Harrison said, “I went there expecting it to be a brilliant place, with groovy gypsy people making works of art and paintings and carvings in little workshops. But it was full of horrible spotty drop-out kids on drugs, and it turned me right off the whole scene.”