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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 26, 1966

A horse Paul McCartney bought for his father wins the race at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. Paul watches the race with his father and brother Michael.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 25, 1966

The Vale, London

Since forming NES Enterprises in June 1962, Brian Epstein had launched or acquired a number of other business ventures, leasing the central London venue Saville Theatre, for example. In September 1964, he had bought a controlling stake in the Liverpool pop paper Mersey Beat, renaming it Music Echo and giving it a national perspective and distribution. Music Echo then merged with IPC's well-established Disc, landing Eptstein a 50 per cent stake in the newly-named Disc and Music Echo, unveiled on April 23, 1966. One of the promotions devised to push the re-launch was free distribution of flexi-disc single containing interviews with top singers and groups, made available to readers on submission of a number of completed coupons. The disc was called Sound of the Stars and probably because of the Epstein connection, the Beatles contributed.

They were recorded between 3:00 and 3:30 this afternoon, interviewed by Radio Caroline disc-jockey Tom Lodge at a photographic studio at 1 The Vale, in the Chelsea area of west London (following which the Beatles got down to the main business of the afternoon, a photo shoot with Robert Witacker which produced, among other shots, the famous "Butcher" photographs). Devised and produced by NEMS' Tony Barrow, Sound of the Stars also featured Cilla Black, Cliff Richard, the Hollies, Pete Townshend, Spencer Davis, the Walker Brothers, Sandie Shaw and others. The Beatles were briefly heard at the start of side one and then ended the second side of the disc with one minute, 37 seconds of silly answers to silly questions.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 24, 1966

The Beatles attend the première of Alfie

Each of The Beatles, along with their wives and girlfriends, attended the première of Alfie, which was directed by Lewis Gilbert and starred Michael Caine.

Paul McCartney's girlfriend Jane Asher had a minor part in the film. The première took place at the Haymarket Theatre on Great Suffolk Street, London.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 23, 1966

March 23, 1966: Photo session for publicity pictures for next album.

What was the next album??

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 22, 1966

Nothing to report on this day 50 years ago.....If anyone remembers anything, please let us know!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 21, 1966

A quiet day 50 years ago........

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 20, 1966

Two weeks after they flew to Switzerland for a skiing holiday, Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Jane Asher returned to England.

The couple had rented a chalet in the mountains about half a mile from the Swiss town of Klosters. After arriving back in London they moved into McCartney's home at 7 Cavendish Avenue in St John's Wood, which he had bought a year earlier but had since undergone considerable renovations.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 19, 1966

Nowhere Man - Top Ten on the Billboard



The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 18, 1966
The following is the original article as written by Maureen Cleave - the third in a series of five - on How Does a Beatle Live? - exactly as published in the London Evening Standard on March 18, 1966. Part 3 - George Harrison:
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George Harrison:
with everything …
LIVES  part 3
GEORGE HARRISON is 23, the youngest Beatle and the least well-known. He isn’t one of the two who sing and he isn’t Ringo; indeed some people like him best because they think (wrongly) that nobody else does. “Good old George,” is how he used to see himself, “good average old George, plodding along, a mere morsel.”
He is in fact a strong-willed and uncompromising character with a strict regard for what he considers to be the truth, and an even stricter regard for his own rights.
“I asked to be successful,” he said. “I never asked to be famous; I can tell you I got more famous than I wanted to be. I never intended to be the Big Cheese.” There then followed a typical piece of Harrison logic: “People keep saying, ‘We made you what you are,’ well, I made Mr. Hovis what he is and I don’t go round crawling over his gates and smashing up the wall round his house. I can’t understand some of them being so aggressively bad-mannered; I suppose they feel belittled wanting something from four scruffy louts like us.”
He is pretty independent; the others often think George is out on some kind of limb but, though they laugh at him, they often end up doing the same thing themselves. He was the first to move out of London, the first to become interested in Indian music. He does not watch television during all its waking hours and he thinks Rolls-Royces look dreadful. He likes to rise at 10:30 and has got hold of the revolutionary idea that Beatles should take exercise. “Just swimming,” he said hastily, “not exercise you’d notice. I want us all to be healthy and that, not going to clubs.
Any self-consciousness seems to have been drummed out of him in the early days in Liverpool when he would stand at the bus stop wearing his black leather suit, white cowboy boots and very pale pink flat hat. When the bus arrived, he would board it with guitar, amplifier and often tea chest bass. George likes to be himself and bitterly regrets having abandoned his early habit of eating and sleeping on the stage. “We should have stuck out for all that,” he said, “eating toast and chips and chickens. We only cut our hair and said all the yes-sir-no-sir three-bags-full-sir bit to get in.”
He lives in Esher with his young wife Pattie in a large white sunny bungalow surrounded by an old brick wall. ”Part of Queen Victoria’s country pad,” he said grandly, “and Clive of India had it for a bit. It’s a National Trust wall - you’re not allowed to chop it up or anything.” He added poetically that it glowed red in the setting sun.
He has a housekeeper called Margaret, a Ferrari, two Minis; 48, so far unread leather-bound volumes on natural history in French, a Sidney Nolan print that he loves, a conservatory; and a music room with tape recorders, a little juke box and walls covered in guitars.
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 17, 1966

Happy St. Patrick's Day from The Beatles