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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 17, 1967

Memorial service for Brian Epstein

Although The Beatles didn't attend Brian Epstein's funeral in Liverpool on 29 August 1967, they did attend a memorial service.

The service was held at the New London Synagogue at 33 Abbey Road, London, close to EMI Studios.

It began at 6pm. Other NEMS artists, including Cilla Black, Gerry Marsden, The Fourmost and Billy J Kramer also attended. The service was officiated by Rabbi Louis Jacobs, who praised Epstein for "encouraging young people to sing of love and peace rather than war and hatred." This was in contrast to the rabbi at Epstein's funeral in Liverpool, who described him as "a symbol of the malaise of our generation".


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 16, 1967

Oct 16, 1967; London, England, UK; Singer, Songwriter, PAUL MCCARTNEY member of the famous pop group 'The Beatles' on the 'Magical Mystery Tour'.



The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 15, 1967

Nothing to report today. The Beatles were taking a small break.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 14, 1967

October 14, 1967, George Harrison and Paul McCartney went to Sweden to visit the Maharishi at the hotel where he was staying in Falsterbo, a seaside resort in southern Sweden near Malmö. They made the trip to persuade the Maharishi to stop using The Beatles' name as PR for himself. Swedish Television recently aired "Året var 1967" ("The Year Was 1967"), where they touched upon the subject and showed these photos.

A couple of Beatles in town of course caused quite a bit of commotion, fans would gather and Swedish Television sent a camera team to interview the two of them together with the Maharishi.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 13, 1967

The Sgt. Pepper album was widely perceived by listeners as the soundtrack to the Summer of Love, occupying the number one position of the Billboard Top LPs in the US for 15 weeks, from July 1st to October 13, 1967. Its initial commercial success exceeded that of all previous Beatles albums.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 12, 1967

Recording, mixing, editing: Blue Jay Way, Shirley’s Wild Accordion

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: John Lennon
Engineer: Ken Scott

This was the first recording session for which John Lennon was officially listed as a producer. It saw work on two songs, George Harrison's Blue Jay Way, and some incidental music for the Magical Mystery Tour film known as Shirley's Wild Accordion.

The first task was the creation of mono mixes of Blue Jay Way. Eight mixes were created, numbered 2-9, following which an edit of the sixth and ninth attempts was made.

Shirley's Wild Accordion was a Lennon-McCartney composition, although it wasn't officially a Beatles recording. It featured Shirley Evans on accordion, accompanied by her musical partner and then husband Reg Wale on percussion. Paul McCartney also played maracas and yelled "Go on, Shirl!", while Ringo Starr played drums.

The track was recorded under the working title of Accordion (Wild), and was cut from the final edit of the film. It was recorded in eight basic takes, with Evans playing from a score written by Mike Leander from ideas by Lennon and McCartney.

Two reduction mixes were then made, numbered nine and 10, followed by overdubs. The recording was completed with five additional takes, numbered takes 11-15.

Three mono mixes Shirley's Wild Accordion were then made, numbered 1-3, from takes 10, 7 and 14 respectively. The second was subtitled Waltz, and the third was known as Freaky Rock. The session ended at 2am on the morning of October 13, 1967.

A mix of Shirley's Wild Accordion was included in the bonus material of the 2012 reissue of the Magical Mystery Tour film. It omitted the drums and maracas, but kept various other percussive sounds.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 11, 1967

The Beatles were not too busy, but Yoko Ono's "Half A Wind" show opened at the Lisson Gallery. It was basically just a load of stuff chopped in half and painted white - Beds, chairs, tables, etc........

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 10, 1967

Oct. 10, 1967 - Memorial Service to Brian Epstein: The Beatles and many other show business people paid a final tribute last night to starmaker extra-ordinary Brian Epstein. More than 200 were at the memorial service in the New London Synagogue. Photo shows Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, pictured when they attended last night's memorial service.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 9, 1967

John Lennon’s 27th birthday

John Lennon celebrated his 27th birthday on this day.

Since September 27th 1967 he had been receiving daily postcards from the artist Yoko Ono, after subscribing to her postal art event 13 Days Do It Yourself Dance Festival. Each morning participants received a short instructional message.

This day's message, the final in the series, said: "Colour yourself. Wait for the spring to come. Let us know when it comes."

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 8, 1967

The Beatles enjoying a small break today.