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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 14, 1966 (Monday)

February 14, 1966 - George carrying Pattie piggy-back through the surf at Sandy Lane Beach in Barbados posing for the press during their honeymoon

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 13, 1966 (Sunday)

The Beatles receive ten Grammy Awards nominations

The Grammy Awards Commitee in New York announced that The Beatles had been nominated for 10 awards. Six were for Yesterday, while the other four were for the Help! album.

  • Album of the year: The Beatles, Help!
  • Record of the year: The Beatles, Yesterday
  • Song of the year: Yesterday
  • Best vocal performance, male: Paul McCartney, Yesterday
  • Best performance by a vocal group: The Beatles, Help!
  • Best contemporary (rock and roll) single: Paul McCartney, Yesterday
  • Best contemporary (rock and roll) vocal performance, male: Paul McCartney, Yesterday
  • Best contemporary (rock and roll) performance by a group, vocal or instrumental: The Beatles, Help!
  • Best arrangement accompanying a vocalist or instrumentalist: George Martin, Yesterday
  • Best original score, motion picture or TV show: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ken Thorne, Help!
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 12, 1966 (Saturday)

Patti Boyd and George Harrison in Barbados enjoying their honeymoon!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 11, 1966 (Friday)

Feb. 11, 1966 - Newlyweds George Harrison and Pattie Boyd are shown at Sandy Lane beach in the Barbados on their honeymoon

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 10, 1966 (Thursday)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 9, 1966 (Wednesday)
WE CAN WORK IT OUT / DAY TRIPPER - The Beatles (Capitol)
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 8, 1966 (Tuesday)

Eighteen days after they married in Esher, Surrey, George and Pattie Harrison flew to Barbados for their honeymoon.

The couple were followed by television cameras through the London Airport terminal until they boarded their BOAC flight. George wore a suit and Pattie wore a black and white outfit and sunglasses.

We spent our honeymoon in Barbados in a fabulous rented villa called Benclare at Gibbs Beach, on what is now the Sandy Lane Estate. It was perched on a hill with a sweeping lawn to the main road, views of the sea and a full staff. One day we were out in the garden and the maid said, 'Oh, look, there's the Queen of England!' Sure enough, there she was, driving past in an open-topped car waving to everyone, with Prince Philip sitting beside her, head buried in a newspaper. We spent beautiful sunny days exploring the island, playing in the sea and having romantic dinners at home to the sound of the ever-present tree frogs. We lounged on the beach, went to the famous Sandy Lane Hotel, swam, talked and walked, and I was so happy I thought I might burst. It was bliss to have George to myself, no work pulling either of us and no fans making life a misery.

We didn't know anyone on the island and there were few tourists at that time, but gradually word got out that we were there so we posed a couple of times for the local press, and then the local dignitaries wanted to be photographed with us. We made a few friends including the eccentric George Drummond, of the banking family, who lived there. He showed us around the island and gave parties for us to meet other locals.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 7, 1966 (Monday)

We Can Work It Out!

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 6, 1966 (Sunday)

The Beatles were taking a long rest in between concerts.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 5, 1966 (Saturday)

In UK Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.