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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 13, 1967

Paul McCartney, London Heathrow Airport, 13th April 1967. Returns from America, where he has been celebrating the 21st Birthday of his actress girlfriend, Jane Asher.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 12, 1967

The Beatles in-between recording

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 11, 1967

Paul McCartney performs with Brian Wilson and John and Michelle Phillips

In the early hours of this morning, after he was recorded chewing celery on The Beach Boys' song Vegetables, Paul McCartney returned to John and Michelle Phillips' house in Los Angeles, where he had been the previous day.

McCartney brought Brian Wilson back to the Phillipses' house, and various musical instruments were brought out. John Phillips also filled a tray of glasses with different amounts of water, and McCartney made sounds by rubbing the rims. He also played cello and flugelhorn at the house.

The jam lasted much of the early morning, and McCartney and Mal Evans returned to Derek Taylor's house in time for breakfast. McCartney and Evans then flew back to England, during which ideas for the Magical Mystery Tour film and songs were worked upon.

McCartney borrowed a notepad from a flight stewardess and drafted the lyrics for the Magical Mystery Tour song. He then drew a rough plan for the film, using a circle divided into eight segments to represent the 60 minutes of a television special.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 10, 1967

Paul McCartney performs on The Beach Boys’ Vegetables



The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 9, 1967

Paul McCartney films Jane Asher in Denver


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 8, 1967

Paul McCartney and Mal Evans holiday in Denver

Paul McCartney and Mal Evans continued their stay in Denver, Colorado on this day, without Jane Asher who was appearing in a matinée performance of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet in the city.

McCartney and Evans drove into the Rocky Mountains past Central City into the old Boodle Mine. During the trip their hired car got stuck in snow and mud, but they eventually made their way back to Central City and ate a meal in Paul's Café. Afterwards they watched a local country singer perform across the road in the Gilded Garter bar.

The pair returned to Denver in time to see the Old Vic theatre company's performance of Romeo And Juliet.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 7, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

The Beatles were mostly absent when the stereo mixes of Sgt. Pepper were prepared - they considered mono of paramount importance and so were always around for these, but were generally content to leave the stereos to George Martin and Geoff Emerick. Working this day from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am, they produced stereo masters of "With A Little Help From My Friends" (with its preceding crossfade into the title song). "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!", "Fixing A Hole", and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds".


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 6, 1967

Sgt Pepper crossfades, Good Morning Good Morning


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 5, 1967

Paul McCartney visits Jane Asher in Denver

Paul McCartney flew to Denver from San Francisco on this day to pay a surprise visit to his girlfriend Jane Asher on her 21st birthday.

Asher was touring with the Old Vic theatre company in a production of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet. McCartney had flown to America on April 3, 1967 with Mal Evans.

McCartney and Evans flew from San Francisco in a hired Lear jet; they arrived at Denver Airport and were met by Bert Rosenthal, who had agreed to lend McCartney and Asher his house. Evans, meanwhile, booked into the Driftwood Motel.

In the evening McCartney and Asher were reunited, and Rosenthal drove them to a hotel where a birthday party was held for her. The party had been organized by the Old Vic.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 4, 1967

Paul McCartney flies to San Francisco

The day after his arrival in the United States, Paul McCartney spent the day in San Francisco.

He and Mal Evans had flown into the city from Los Angeles in the early hours of the morning. The city was experiencing its first snow for 42 years, and the temperatures were much colder than the pair had been expecting.

The trip was to surprise McCartney's girlfriend Jane Asher on her 21st birthday the following day. With a free day McCartney and Evans saw the sights, photographed the Golden Gate Bridge and bought records.

They also visited the Fillmore Auditorium, where Jefferson Airplane were rehearsing. Afterwards they accompanied Marty Balin and Jack Casady to the Oak Street apartment they shared with the band's road manager Bill Thompson, where McCartney played them an acetate of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. They also attempted a jam, but McCartney had trouble playing Casady's right-handed bass guitar.

McCartney smoked cannabis with Jefferson Airplane, but declined an offer of DMT mixed with cannabis. Despite this, rumours persist in the city that he did partake in the hallucinogenic drug. At the end of the evening Jack Casady took them back to their hotel.