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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 20, 1965 (Tuesday)

Day of rest for the Beatles

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 19, 1965 (Monday)

The Beatles song "Help!/I'm Down" was released in the United States. This is a different version than the album version because it is mono and has a different Lennon vocal. 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 18, 1965 (Sunday)

Day of rest for the Beatles. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 17, 1965 (Saturday)

Beatles album "VI" is on the Billboard list of number one albums for 1965. This is the second week in a row. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 16, 1965 (Friday)

Day of rest for the Beatles today. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 15, 1965 (Thursday)

Day of rest for the Beatles

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 14, 1965 (Wednesday)

The term "plastic soul" can be heard by Paul using the phrase on the compuliation album The Beatles Anthology 2, after the the first take of "I'm Down" which they recorded on July 14, 1965, and was probably inspired by Little Richards. "Plastic soul, man, plastic soul," he says. The Beatles had been kicking around different ideas for the title, and then settles on it after their photographer, Robert Freeman, inadvertently created an elastic effect on one of their photos he projected it onto a 12' x 12' peice of cardboard. 

Source: Beatles Vs. Stones by John McMillian

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 13, 1965 (Tuesday)

Savoy Hotel, The Strand, London

Paul went this lunchtime to the Savoy Hotel in centtral London to collect from Sir Billy Butlin, five Ivor Novello Awards on behalf of the Beatles. He arrived late, however, having forgotten about the event, while John - also supposed to attend - failed to show at all. The entire luncheon, including Paul's acceptance of the awards and his thank-you speech, was filmed by Rediffusion TV cameras. 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 12, 1965 (Monday)

Day of rest for the Beatles. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 11, 1965 (Sunday)

Buckingham Palace announces that the Beatles are to be awarded the MBE (Members of the British Empire) award by Queen Elizabeth II, an award traditionally only presented to upper-crust members of the community. The press embargo restricting publication of the Queen's Birthday Honours list was lifted during the evening, to allow the next day's newspapers to carry the news.

The Beatles were nominated for the award by prime minister Harold Wilson, who was also member of parliament for Huyton, Merseyside. It was widely seen as an attempt by Wilson to appear in touch with the younger generation, although at the time the voting age was 21.

McCartney was interviewed by Ronald Burns on the telephone for the BBC radio show Late Night News Extra, which also carried an interview between Epstein and the BBC's Peter Haigh. The programme was broadcast that night between 10.35pm and 11.30pm.