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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 11, 1966 (Friday)

Feb. 11, 1966 - Newlyweds George Harrison and Pattie Boyd are shown at Sandy Lane beach in the Barbados on their honeymoon

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 10, 1966 (Thursday)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 9, 1966 (Wednesday)
WE CAN WORK IT OUT / DAY TRIPPER - The Beatles (Capitol)
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 8, 1966 (Tuesday)

Eighteen days after they married in Esher, Surrey, George and Pattie Harrison flew to Barbados for their honeymoon.

The couple were followed by television cameras through the London Airport terminal until they boarded their BOAC flight. George wore a suit and Pattie wore a black and white outfit and sunglasses.

We spent our honeymoon in Barbados in a fabulous rented villa called Benclare at Gibbs Beach, on what is now the Sandy Lane Estate. It was perched on a hill with a sweeping lawn to the main road, views of the sea and a full staff. One day we were out in the garden and the maid said, 'Oh, look, there's the Queen of England!' Sure enough, there she was, driving past in an open-topped car waving to everyone, with Prince Philip sitting beside her, head buried in a newspaper. We spent beautiful sunny days exploring the island, playing in the sea and having romantic dinners at home to the sound of the ever-present tree frogs. We lounged on the beach, went to the famous Sandy Lane Hotel, swam, talked and walked, and I was so happy I thought I might burst. It was bliss to have George to myself, no work pulling either of us and no fans making life a misery.

We didn't know anyone on the island and there were few tourists at that time, but gradually word got out that we were there so we posed a couple of times for the local press, and then the local dignitaries wanted to be photographed with us. We made a few friends including the eccentric George Drummond, of the banking family, who lived there. He showed us around the island and gave parties for us to meet other locals.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 7, 1966 (Monday)

We Can Work It Out!

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 6, 1966 (Sunday)

The Beatles were taking a long rest in between concerts.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 5, 1966 (Saturday)

In UK Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 4, 1966 (Friday)

On this day people in US were listening to My Love by Petula Clark. In UK Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 3, 1966 (Thursday)

Paul McCartney meets Stevie Wonder

Paul McCartney saw young Motown star Stevie Wonder perform on this day at the Scotch Of St James club in London.

The Beatles were all fans of Motown's recordings, and after the performance McCartney and Wonder chatted backstage.

Wonder's tutor, Ted Bull, accompanied the 15-year-old singer on his tours.

When on tour I have to write essays about the places I visit. In the essay I'll be writing when I get back I'll certainly include my meeting with Paul McCartney. I met him in the Scotch Of St James club. He's a really swinging guy, the only Beatle I've met.
Stevie Wonder
NME, 18 February 1966

Many years later, in 1982, the pair released a single, Ebony And Ivory, which topped the charts in both the UK and US.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 2, 1966 (Wednesday)

In UK Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.