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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 3, 1965 (Wednesday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Nine hours, 2:30-11:30 pm, spent recording and completing Paul's new ballad "Michelle". From 2:30-7:00 the Beatles perfected the rhythm track in one take. At 7:00 this was reduced into take two to vacate a track on the four-track tape, and from then until 11:30 they filled this with vocal and guitar overdubs.

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 2, 1965 (Tuesday)

Studio Six, Granada TV Centre, Manchester

Day 2 - The full line-up of songs (Artists) was: song medley (The George Martin Orchestra), "A World Without Love" (Peter and Gordon), "I Saw Him Standing There", (Lulu), "From Me To You" (Alan Haven and Tony Crombie), "She Loves You/song medley (Fritz Spiegl's Ensemble), "Day Tripper" (the Beatles), "Yesterday", (Paul McCartney, then Marianne Faithfull), "She Loves You" (Antonio Vargas), "Things We Said Today" (In French, Dick Rivers), "Bad To Me" (Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas), "It's For You" (Cilla Black), "Ringo's Theme (This Boy)' (The George Martin Orchestra), "If I Fell" (Henry Mancini), "And I Love Him" (Esther Phillips), "A Hard Day's Night" (Peter Sellers) and, finally "We Can Work It Out" (The Beatles)

The Music of Lennon and McCarthy was ITV's official entry for the Golden Rose of Montreux Award, decided at the 1966 Montreux Festival (April 22-30), but it did not win.

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 1, 1965 (Monday)

Studio Six, Granada TV Centre, Manchester

This was the first of two days at Granada TV Centre in Manchester, during which The Beatles recorded their contributions to The Music Of Lennon & McCartney, a television special first broadcast on December 16, 1965.

The Beatles mimed to We Can Work It Out and Day Tripper, both sides of their forthcoming single. Paul McCartney also sang the first part of Yesterday, which was completed by Marianne Faithfull.

The other guests on the show were Cilla Black, Peter and Gordon, Lulu, Henry Mancini, Esther Phillips, Fritz Spiegl, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, Alan Haven, the George Martin Orchestra, Dick Rivers, and Peter Sellers.

Filming continued on the following day, November 2, 1965.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 31, 1965 (Sunday)

50 years ago today people in US were listening to Yesterday by The Beatles. In UK Get Off Of My Cloud by The Rolling Stones Both in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 30, 1965 (Saturday)

50 years ago today people in the US were listening to Yesterday by The Beatles. In UK Tears by Ken Dodd was in the top 5 hits. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 29, 1965 (Friday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Vocal repair work was effected onto take two of "We Can Work It Out" between 2:00 and 4:00 pm, and from then until 5:00 both this song and also "Day Tripper" were mixed twice into mono - once for record release and once for TV play-back on November 1-2.

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 28, 1965 (Thursday)

Studio One, EMI Studios, London

A rough mono mix of "We Can Work It Out", made between 5:00 and 5:30 pm, not for record release but for the Beatles to mime to during the video-taping of The Music Of Lennon & McCartney.

It was only when they heard a playback of this mix-for-TV that the Beatles realized the song's vocal tracks required an overhaul. They were overdubbed again the next day, October 29th, instantly rendering this mix unusable.


Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicles - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 27, 1965 (Wednesday)

The number one song in the US on October 27, 1965 was Yesterday by The Beatles.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 26, 1965 (Tuesday)

Stereo mixes of "Drive My Car", "Day Tripper", "In My Life", "If I Needed Someone", "Norwegian Wood", and "Nowhere Man", were prepared by George Martin between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm this day in studio one at EMI.

Although the Beatles were beginning to attend mix sessions they certainly missed this one, instead collecting their MBE's from the Queen of Buckingham Palace and hosting a subsequent press conference at the Saville Theatre. There was, naturally, considerable newsreel, TV and radio news coverage of these events. (As an example, even the BBC Home Service's somewhat august news and current affairs program The World At One, anchored by William Harcastle, had four consecutive reports about the morning's activities, two from outside the Palace, one from inside and another commentating on the Beatles' arrival at the Saville.)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 25, 1965 (Monday)

Studio One, EMI Studios, London

Mono mixes of "Drive My Car", "In My Life", "If I Needed Someone", "Day Tripper", "Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)" and "Nowhere Man", produced by George Martin from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, probably without the Beatles in attendance.

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn