Search
Filters
Close
RSS

Beatles 50th Blog posts of '2017' 'November'

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 12, 1967

Sugar Ray Robinson And Beatle Ringo Starr - pictured as they pose together in Rome, where they are both appearing in a film being shot there. The film is called ''Candy'' and Ringo plays a mad Mexican gardener while Sugar Ray appears as Richard Burton's chauffeur.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 11, 1967

 In the UK Hello Goodbye by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 10, 1967

The Beatles taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 9, 1967

In UK Hello Goodbye by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 8, 1967

UK EP release: Magical Mystery Tour

More than two weeks before its accompanying film received its premiere on BBC television, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour EP was released.

As The Beatles had six songs for release, it was decided that they would release a double-EP set. The package came with a gatefold sleeve and a 28-page book, including lyrics. This retailed at twice the normal price of a single.

The EP had the catalogue number Parlophone MMT 1 (mono) and SMMT 1 (stereo). It was the first Beatles EP to be issued in both mono and stereo.

Magical Mystery Tour entered the charts on 13 December, and spent 12 weeks in the top 40. Its highest chart position was number two on the singles chart, the dedicated EP chart having been abandoned at the start of December 1967. It was held off the top spot by The Beatles' own Hello, Goodbye.

The EP retailed at 19 shillings and sixpence. It had advance orders in the UK of 400,000, and by mid January 1968 had sold 600,000.

The two-disc EP was reissued in 2012 as part of the deluxe Blu-ray edition of Magical Mystery Tour.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 7, 1967

The Apple Boutique opens

One of the first business ventures by The Beatles' Apple Corps was the Apple Boutique, which opened on 7 December 1967. It was located at 94 Baker Street, London.

The concept of the boutique was that absolutely everything was for sale. It was described by Paul McCartney as 'a beautiful place where beautiful people can buy beautiful things'.

Clive Epstein or some other such business freak came up to us and said, 'You got to spend so much money or the tax'll take it. We're thinking of opening a chain of retail clothes,' or some barmy thing like that. And we were all muttering about, 'Well, if we're going to have to open a shop, let's open something we're interested in.' We went through all these different ideas about this, that and the other. Paul had a nice idea about opening up white houses where it would sell white china and things like that, everything white because you can never get anything white, which is pretty groovy. It didn't end up with that, it ended up with Apple, with all this junk and The Fool and all the stupid clothes and all that. (John Lennon, 1970)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 6, 1967

In the UK Hello Goodbye by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 5, 1967

Launch party at the Apple Boutique

Two days ahead of the opening of The Beatles' Apple Boutique at 94 Baker Street, London, a launch party and fashion show was held in the building.

Invitations to the party read 'Come at 7.46. Fashion Show at 8.16.' The times had been chosen by John Lennon.

Lennon and George Harrison were the only Beatles to attend the launch; Paul McCartney was on holiday in Scotland, and Ringo Starr was filming Candy in Italy.

As there was no alcohol licence at the boutique, the only drink available was apple juice.

Various celebrities were in attendance, and Lennon, Harrison and Cilla Black were interviewed by radio reporter Brian Cullingford for the BBC. It was broadcast at 10pm on Late Night Extra.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 4, 1967

People in the US were listening to Daydream Believer by The Monkees.

In UK Hello Goodbye by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 3, 1967

The Beatles enjoying a break today.