Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 13, 1970

Back on this day in 1966...

Olympia Stadium, Detroit, USA

Two shows, 2:00 and 7:00 pm, before a total of 28,000 fans at this indoor arena, although neither concert was sold out. They had previously performed at the venue on Septembe 6, 1964.

The Beatles had arrived in Detroit at 11:00 am, they left for Cleveland by Greyhound bus immediately after the second show, arriving there at 2:00 am.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 12, 1970

Back in 1965......

In UK Help! by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 11, 1970

Back on this day in 1967...

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.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 10, 1970

Back on this day in 1967.....

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

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 9, 1970

Back on this date in 1963...

Springfield Ballroom, St. Saviour, Jersey

Back to Jersey for the last two nights of the Tuesday to Saturday Channel Islands engagement.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 8, 1970

Back in 1967.....

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.”

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 7, 1970

Back in 1968

In an attempt to defuse the controversy surrounding John Lennon's comments that The Beatles were "more popular than Jesus", the group's manager Brian Epstein held a special press conference.

Despite suffering from glandular fever, in the morning he had cut short his holiday in Portmeirion, north Wales, and flown from England to the US.

Epstein was fearful that The Beatles' imminent US tour might have to be cancelled, as by this point public outcry had grown to the extent that 30 US radio stations had banned The Beatles' records.

The press conference was held at the Sheraton Hotel in Manhattan, New York. Epstein began by reading a statement approved by Lennon, before taking questions from the press.

The quote which John Lennon made to a London columnist nearly three months ago has been quoted and misrepresented entirely out of context of the article, which was in fact highly complimentary to Lennon as a person and was understood by him to be exclusive to the Evening Standard. It was not anticipated that it would be displayed out of context and in such a manner as it was in an American teenage magazine.

Lennon didn't mean to boast about the Beatles' fame. He meant to point out that the Beatles' effect appeared to be a more immediate one upon, certainly, the younger generation. John is deeply concerned and regrets that people with certain religious beliefs should have been offended.

Q: We're wondering whether you're going to change the itinerary of The Beatles to avoid areas where the radio stations are now burning their records and their pictures?

This is highly unlikely. I've spoken to many of the promoters this morning. When I leave here, I have a meeting with several of the promoters who are anxious that the concerts should not be cancelled, at all. Actually, if any of the promoters were so concerned and wish that the concerts be cancelled, I wouldn't, in fact, stand in their way.


The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 6, 1970

Back on this day in 1963

Springfield Ballroom, Janvrin Rd., St. Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands

These nights were played in Jersey, promoted by John Smith. The Beatle's five nights in the Channel Islands earned them £1,000.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 5, 1970

Back in 1967 on this date...

George Harrison attended a recording session by the Indian musician Alla Rakha in Los Angeles.

Afterwards Harrison, his wife Pattie plus Neil Aspinall and Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas, went for a meal in the city's Olvera Street, accompanied by Derek Taylor and his family.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 4, 1970

Back in 1967 on this day.....

George Harrison, his wife Pattie, Neil Aspinall and Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas went to see Ravi Shankar perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.