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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 11, 1965 (Thursday)

The Beatles returned to London Airport today after filming on Paradise Island. Surely they rested.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 10, 1965 (Wednesday)

The Beatles left the Bahamas today and returned to England, arriving at London Airport - the next morning.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 9, 1965 (Tuesday)

The Beatles returned to Paradise Island for some pick-up shots.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 8, 1965 (Monday)

The Beatles filmed sequences for Help!, their second feature film, on Paradise Island's Cabbage Beach and Rose Island's Victoria Beach.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 7, 1965 (Sunday)

The Beatles filmed at what, in the movie, they assumed to be a temple, and what, in real life, they assumed to be a disused army camp. In fact, it was a ramshackle hospital for handicapped children and old people, the state of which disgusted the Beatle.)

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 6, 1965 (Saturday)

The Beatles filmed at Nassau International Airport, descending airplane steps and madly taking photographs of each other.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 5, 1965 (Friday)

The Beatles filmed sequences at a number of locations on the island and at some cloisters, concentrating in particular on the scenes where John, Paul, and George scour the island calling out "Ringo!"

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 4, 1965 (Thursday)

The Beatles continue filming on Cabbage Beach and Victoria Beach.

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

While the Beatles were filming, this is what the charts looked like the first week of March 1965....

Top #5 songs in the USA

  • The Righteous Brothers - You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  • Petula Clark - Downtown
  • Gary Lewis and the Playboys - This Diamond Ring
  • The Beatles - Eight Days A Week
  • The Temptations - My Girl

Top #5 songs in the UK

  • Tom Jones - It's Not Unusual
  • The Seekers - I'll Never Find Another You
  • Herman's Hermits - Silhouettes
  • Sandie Shaw - I'll Stop At Nothing
  • Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders - Game Of Love
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 2, 1965 (Tuesday)

The Beatles continued filming on Cabbage Beach and Victoria Beach, shooting in particular the final sequence in the film, where Ringo is staked out on the sand.