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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 14, 1965 (Tuesday)
  50 Years ago according to the charts.....

1. Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds (Columbia) 2. Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (A&M) 3. I Hear a Symphony - The Supremes (Motown) *4. Let's Hang On! - The 4 Seasons (Philips) 5. We Can Work It Out - The Beatles (Capitol) *6. Over and Over - The Dave Clark Five (Epic) 7. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown & his Famous Flames (King) ----------------------------------------------------------------- 8. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - The Wonder Who? (Philips) 9. England Swings - Roger Miller (Smash) 10. 1-2-3 - Len Barry (Decca) 11. The Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia) *12. Fever - The McCoys (Bang) 13. Rescue Me - Fontella Bass (Checker) 14. Day Tripper - The Beatles (Capitol) ----------------------------------------------------------------- 15. I Can Never Go Home Any More - The Shangri-Las (Red Bird) 16. Ebb Tide - The Righteous Brothers (Philles) *17. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - The Silkie (Fontana) *18. Hang On Sloopy - The Ramsey Lewis Trio (Cadet) 19. You Didn't Have to Be So Nice - The Lovin' Spoonful (Kama Sutra) 20. It's My Life - The Animals (MGM) *26. I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore - The Young Rascals (Atlantic) *30. She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis & the Playboys (Liberty) 32. You've Been Cheatin' - The Impressions (ABC-Paramount) 33. One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Barry Young (Dot) *37. As Tears Go By - The Rolling Stones (London) 38. A Sweet Woman Like You - Joe Tex (Dial) 66. Flowers On the Wall - The Statler Brothers (Columbia) Hot Prospect: Hurt - Little Anthony & the Imperials (DCP) Album cuts: Michelle - The Beatles (Capitol) I've Just Seen a Face - The Beatles (Capitol) Christmas Music: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Crystals (Philles) Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms (Decca) Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker (Cameo) Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (Decca) The Little Drummer Boy - The Harry Simeone Chorale (20th Fox) Santa Claus is Coming to Town - The Supremes (Motown) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The 4 Seasons (Vee Jay) Radio 77 Pick Hit: A Must to Avoid - Herman's Hermits (MGM) *Former Pick Hit All American of the Week: Dan Ingram - 2:00 PM-6:00 PM Monday - Friday 2:00 PM-6:30 PM Saturday SPECIAL NOTE: The album cuts this week are from the Beatles LP, "Rubber Soul."
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 13, 1965 (Monday)

The day after The Beatles' final UK concert took place in Cardiff, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison had a meeting to discuss the group's third film project.

The meeting took place at NEMS Enterprises' offices in Argyll Street, London. Also in attendance was The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, who had recently bought the film rights for Richard Condon's A Talent For Loving. However, the group failed to reach an agreement on the script and the project was rejected.

A Talent for Loving was eventually made into a film in 1969. It was directed by Richard Quine and starred Richard Widmark and Cesar Romero.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 12, 1965 (Sunday)

Capitol Cinema, Cardiff

The final night of what turned out to be......the Beatle's last British concert tour.

They had previously performed at the venue on May 27, 1963 and November 7, 1964.

The support acts were, in order of appearance, The Paramounts, Beryl Marsden with Steve Aldo, The Moody Blues, The Koobas and The Marionettes, and the compere was Jerry Stevens.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 11, 1965 (Saturday)

Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London

The Beatles' final two London concerts took place before hugely enthusiastic audiences.

George Harrison commented: This is one of the most incredible shows we've done. Not just because of the audience, but because they're Londoners. This is the funny thing. It's always been the other way round - fantastic in the North but just that little bit cool in London. It's incredible. It seems like the Beatlemania thing is happening all over again.

Eleven songs were played, the same as on the other dates of the concert: I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 10, 1965 (Friday)

Odeon Cinema, Harmmersmith, London

The Beatles played four concerts in London over two days during their final UK tour. The first two took place at the Hammersmith Odeon on this day.

They performed 11 songs: I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down.

Also on this day, the New Musical Express announced the results of its annual Readers Poll. The Beatles were voted Best British Group and Best World Group, while John Lennon was voted British Vocal Personality.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 9, 1965 (Thursday)

Odeon Cinema, Birmingham

The Beatles' drove through torrential rain for their final concerts in Birmingham, England.

They played two shows at the Odeon Cinema on New Street. Their set was, like the other dates on their final UK tour, 11 songs: I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down.

This was The Beatles' second appearance at Birmingham's Odeon Cinema. They had previously performed at the venue on October 11, 1964.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 8, 1965 (Wednesday)

Gaumont Cinema, Barker's Pool, Sheffield, Yorkshire

The Beatles performed two shows at this venue, which they visited for the first time on this occasion.

Located on Barker's Pool opposite City Hall, the venue was built by William Edward Trent and opened as the Regent Theatre in December 1927. It became the Gaumont Theatre in July 1946, and was later used for live music events.

It closed in 1985 and was demolished, to be replaced by an Odeon Cinema on the same site. It later reopened as a nightclub.

The Beatles played the usual 11 songs of their final UK tour: I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down.

After the show the were joined for dinner at their hotel by The Moody Blues.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 7, 1965 (Tuesday)

ABC Cinema, Ardwick, Manchester

These were The Beatles' final two shows at this venue, which was later renamed the Apollo. They had previously performed twice at the venue, on November 20, 1963 and Octover 14, 1964.

Manchester was covered in thick fog when The Beatles arrived, and they were late arriving at the venue. Backstage they were joined by Walter Shenson, who discussed ideas for their third film with the group.

The Beatles performed the same 11 songs which comprised their standard set throughout the final UK tour: I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 6, 1965 (Monday)

Three days after its UK release, Capitol Records issued The Beatles' Rubber Soul album in the US.

It was considerably different from how The Beatles had intended it to sound, however, as Capitol reconfigured its tracklisting to create a 'folk rock' album to please the US market. They added I've Just Seen A Face, It's Only Love from Help!, and omitted Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, What Goes On and If I Needed Someone. 

Additionally, the stereo mix sent from England to the US had a false start at the beginning of I'm Looking Through You - this version can be heard on the box set The Capitol Albums Vol. 2, which also contains minor variations in The Word.

Rubber Soul was a huge hit with the American public, spending 59 weeks in the charts from December 25, 1965. It topped the chart on January 8, 1966, and sold 1.2 million copies in its first nine days on sale.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 5, 1965 (Sunday)

Empire Theatre, Liverpool

The Beatle's last Liverpool concert. Forty thousand ticket applications were received for the two "houses", although the Empire could accommadate only 2550 for each leaving many fans disappointed. It was the sixth occasion that the group had visited the venue.

The group invited many friends and relatives to see their performance. During the second show, Paul briefly joined one of the support acts, the Koobas, playing drums during their version of "Dizzy Miss Lizzy".