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

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 31, 1967

De Lane Lea Recording Studios, London

Back to Kingsway for a 7:00 to 12:00 pm session (George Martin still absent; the May 26th team operative again) in which George's lead vocal, John and Paul's backing vocal, additional percussion and handclaps were overdubbed onto a new reduction mixdown of "It's All Too Much". (This session was incorrectly reported in the Recording Sessions book as May 26th).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 30, 1967

The Beatles in-between recording at De Lane Lea Recording Studios in London.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 29, 1967

Actress Jane Asher and boyfriend Beatle Paul McCartney pictured at Heathrow Airport.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 28, 1967

The Beatles attend a party at Brian Epstein’s country house

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 27, 1967

John Lennon’s Rolls Royce, 27th May 1967

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 26, 1967


The Beatles masterpiece, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” was released in the UK, one week before its American debut. The album took over 700 hours to record under the direction of George Martin and cost $75,000 to produce. A then state-of-the-art four track recorder was used to build each song layer by layer. The LP spent 22 weeks at the top of the UK albums chart and 15 weeks at number one in the US. The iconic album cover, depicting the band posing in front of a collage of celebrities and historical figures, was designed by English pop artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth based on a sketch by Paul McCartney.