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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 24, 1967

The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

Encouraged by Pattie Harrison, The Beatles and their partners - minus Ringo and Maureen Starkey, whose second child Jason had been born five days previously - attended a lecture by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, London.

Tickets for the lecture cost seven shillings and sixpence each.

Maharishi came to a hall in London and we all got tickets and sat down near the front row. There were a lot of flowers on the stage and he came on and sat cross-legged. And he looked great and he talked very well and started to explain, and I still think his idea is fine.
Paul McCartney
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

The Harrisons had become interested in Eastern philosophy during a six-week holiday in Bombay towards the end of 1966. The following year Pattie attended a lecture on Transcendental Meditation at Caxton Hall, London, where she had been given her mantra. Inspired by her new discovery, she encouraged George to accompany her to Maharishi's lecture at the Hilton.

Then, joy of joys, I discovered that Maharishi was coming to London in August to give a lecture at the Hilton Hotel. I was desperate to go, and George said he would come too. Paul had already heard of him and was interested, and in the end we all went - George, John, Paul, Ringo, Jane and I. Maharishi was every bit as impressive as I thought he would be, and we were spellbound.

At the end we went to speak to him and he said we must go to Wales where he was running a ten-day summer conference of the Spiritual Regeneration Movement. It started in two days' time. We leapt at it.A press conference followed the lecture, after which a 90-minute private audience with Maharishi was held for Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and the rest of their party. The yogi's words left them keen to learn more, and they made arrangements to travel to Bangor, North Wales, the next day to attend the weekend seminar being held there.On August 24, all of us except Ringo attended the lecture, given by Maharishi at the Hilton Hotel. I got the tickets. I was actually after a mantra. I had got to the point where I thought I would like to meditate. I'd read about it and I knew I needed a mantra - a password to get through into the other world. And, as we always seemed to do everything together, John and Paul came with me.

George Harrison
Anthology

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 23, 1967

Recording: Your Mother Should Know

Chappell Recording Studios, London
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: John Timperley

This was the second recording session for the Magical Mystery Tour song Your Mother Should Know, and took place at the independent London studio Chappell.

A reduction mix was firstly created to allow for more overdubs. This mix, numbered take nine, combined both of Paul McCartney's vocal tracks into one, and piano and drums onto another.

Two more tracks of backing vocals were then recorded, and rhythm guitar added to the choruses. The song was then left until 16 September 1967.

This was The Beatles' final recording session prior to the death of their manager Brian Epstein on August 27, 1967. Epstein was actually present during this session, although his involvement was minimal.

He came in to hear the playbacks looking extremely down and in a bad mood. He just stood at the back of the room listening, not saying much.
John Timperley
Source: The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn
 
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 22, 1967

Your Mother Should Know!

The Beatles worked on Your Mother Should Know, a Paul McCartney composition written for the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack. They recorded eight takes of the backing track, with McCartney on piano and Ringo Starr on drums.

McCartney then added two vocal overdubs onto the eighth take, and a rough mix was made.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 21, 1967

The Beatles enjoying a little break

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 20, 1967

Ringo Starr arrives at Queen Charlotte’s Hospital in London August 20, 1967, to visit his wife Maureen and their newly born, second son.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 19, 1967

Jason Starkey is born

Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey's second son, Jason, was born on 19 August 1967. He was the third Beatles baby after Julian Lennon and Zak Starkey.

Like his elder brother, Jason was born in Queen Charlotte's Hospital in Hammersmith, London. His name was chosen by his mother.

In later years Jason worked in the music industry, becoming a road manager and drummer. He once described his famous family as a burden, saying: "Being Ringo Starr's son is the biggest drag of my life. It's a total pain."

In 1987 Jason Starkey was fined £125 after being caught stealing a car stereo, and two years later appeared twice in court on drugs charges. He played in a succession of bands including Buddy Curtis and the Grasshoppers, The People's Friend, Empire Of Sponge, and with his brother Zak, Musty Jack Sponge and the Exploding Nudists.

Despite his earlier problems with drugs and the law, Jason settled down in England with his wife Flora and two sons Louie and Sonny.

 

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The #1 song in the US on August 16, 1967

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The Beatles enjoying a break today.