Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 16, 1970

Back on this date in 1968...

The Beatles began recordings of Cry Baby Cry on this day.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 15, 1970

On this date, back in 1964....

The A Hard Day's Night single is #1 for the 1st week and With The Beatles is 24th week in the Top 30.

ABC-TV broadcasts the program "The Road To Beatlemania.

John Lennon buys Kenwood, his home in Weybridge.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 14, 1970

In that special week of June people in US were listening to The Long And Winding Road by The Beatles.

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

On this day back in 1964....

The title track of The Beatles debut feature film and fourth US album was released as a single on this day in America.

A Hard Day’s Night was issued as Capitol 5222. Its b-side was I Should Have Known Better.

Its parent album had been released by United Artists, who owned the rights to the film. However, Capitol were able to issue the songs in other formats, hence the release of several songs from the soundtrack as singles.

The single entered the US charts five days after its release, and from 1 August spent two weeks at number one. On that day a record was set, as The Beatles held the number one positions in the single and album charts in both the UK and US.

The single A Hard Day’s Night sold more than a million copies in America in its first five weeks on sale.

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

Back on this day in 1963...

The Beatles at the Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent all week

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

Back in 1964....

The Beatles at the Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent all week

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

Back on this day in 1964....

Liverpool locations

The Beatles returned triumphant to their home-town for a press conference at Liverpool airport, a remarkable drive through the streets from there into the city centre, cheered and applauded every inch of the way, a civic reception held in their honour at the Town Hall and then, in the evening, the northern premiere of a Hard Day's Night at the Odeon Cinema. More than 200,000 Liverpudlians spent at least some part of the day greeting the group, a reception which, meant more to John, Paul, George and Ringo than any other.

Television cameras whirred for much of the day, with resulting footage going into news bulletins pretty much the world over. Additionally, this evening's BBC1 local news-magazine program, Look North featured a report on their airport arrival plus a four minute piece comprising actuality from the press conference and an exclusive interview with the Beatles by reporter Gerald Harrison. Over on Granada Television, Scene at 6:30, broadcast film of their arrival at Speke, an exlusive interview done at the airport and footage of the Town Hall balcony parade, John treating the massed crowd below to Sieg Heil signs.

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

Back in 1963...

The Beatles all week performing at the Winter Gardens, Fort Crescent, Margate, Kent

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

On this day in 1966....

Following their first trip to India, The Beatles returned to England on this day.

They arrived at London Airport at 6am. A brief press conference was held, and George Harrison and Ringo Starr were interviewed by the radio show Today on the BBC Home Service.

The following is a transcript of The Beatles' interview with the ITV network.

Q: At the airport, did they come up and start physically threatening you?

Paul McCartney: We got to the airport and our road managers had a lot of trouble trying to get the equipment in because the escalators had been turned off, and things. So we got there, and we got put into the transit lounge. And we got pushed around from one corner of the lounge to another, you know.

John Lennon: 'You're treated like ordinary passenger! Ordinary passenger!' Ordinary passenger, what, he doesn't get kicked, does he?

McCartney: And so they started knocking over our road managers and things, and everyone was falling all over the place.

Q: That started worrying you, when the road manager got knocked over.

McCartney: Yeah, and I swear there were 30 of 'em.

Q: What do you say there were?

Lennon: Well, I saw sort of five in sort of outfits, you know, that were doing the actual kicking and booing and shouting.

Q: Did you get kicked any?

Lennon: No, I was very delicate and moved every time they touched me. But I was petrified. I could have been kicked and not known it, you know. We'll just never go to any nuthouses again.

Q: Would you go to Manila again, George?

George Harrison: No, I didn't even want to go that time.

Lennon: Me too.

Harrison: Because we'd heard that it was a terrible place anyway, and when we got there. It was proved.

Source: The Beatles Bible


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

Sadly on this day in 1970--George Harrison's mother, Louise, dies of cancer.