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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 16, 1966

Studio Two, Television Centre, London and Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Although by June 1966 it had been running for over two years, The Beatles had never previously appeared live on the BBC music show Top Of The Pops. They had pre-recorded exclusive performances in BBC studios, or sent promotional clips to be played on the show.

That changed on this day, with a studio performance of new single Paperback Writer. The Beatles had agreed two days previously, when manager Brian Epstein passed on a request from Top Of The Pops producer Johnnie Stewart. Unusually, on this occasion The Beatles agreed.

The group arrived at BBC Television Centre at 2.30pm for a rehearsal for the camera, and to pose for publicity photographs and conduct press interviews. More rehearsals followed between 4.15pm and 5.30, and from 6.30pm to 7pm.

The live broadcast took place between 7.30pm and 8pm on BBC One. The Beatles were the final act to appear, and mimed to both Paperback Writer and its b-side, Rain. They were introduced by host Pete Murray.

The Beatles' only appearance on Top Of The Pops was, with the exception of the worldwide satellite transmission of All You Need Is Love on June 25, 1967, their final live television appearance as a group.

Immediately after the television broadcast the Beatles headed for St. John's Wood and a recording session at EMI. Arranged to begin at 7:00 pm, they couldn't have arrived much before 8:30, working through until 3:30 am perfecting "Here, There And Everywhere" with nine more takes and a fresh set of overdubs onto the "best" rhythm track, take 13. A 14th take was created by reduction, onto which Paul superimposed his lead vocal, slowed down on the tape to sound speeded up on playback.




The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 15, 1966

June 15, 1966. The Beatles' album "Yesterday & Today" is released with the controversial "butcher" sleeve, showing group members smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls. The original photo was pulled after one day, and replaced by a more conventional cover.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 14, 1966

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Paul had already shown himself adept at writing beautiful ballads, and they rarely come any better than this song, "Here, There And Everywhere", the recording of which was spread over three days.

Four rhythm track takes were recorded during this first session, 7:00 pm to 2:00 am, only the last of which was complete, and initial vocal overdubs were then applied.


Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 13, 1966

Getting ready to record the next hit.......Guess which one?

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 12, 1966

The Beatles in-between recording at Studio Two in London.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 11, 1966

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 10, 1966

Paperback Writer released on this day 50 years ago.....

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 9, 1966

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

A 2:30 to 8:00 pm session that brought completion to "Good Day Sunshine" with such overdubs as George Martin's honky-tonk piano solo. Six mono mixes concluded the evening, two hours ahead of the scheduled 10:00 pm end-time.



The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 8, 1966

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road

The backing track for Paul McCartney's song Good Day Sunshine was recorded during a 12-hour session which began at 2.30pm.

Before it took place, however, Geoff Emerick made an edit of two mono mixes of And Your Bird Can Sing, numbered 9 and 10, which had been made on June 6, 1966. Emerick worked alone in the control room of Studio Two from 1-2pm.

Upon their arrival in the studio, The Beatles rehearsed Good Day Sunshine for some time before recording began. At this stage the song had the working title A Good Day's Sunshine.

They recorded three takes of the rhythm track, the first of which was chosen as the best. McCartney played piano and Ringo Starr was on drums. Onto track two of the four-track tape McCartney added lead vocals for the verses; track three featured John Lennon and McCartney's vocals in the chorus; and McCartney's bass guitar was overdubbed onto track four.

 Source: Beatles Bible


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 7, 1966

WABC All American Survey for Week of 7 June 1966 

  1. Strangers In the Night - Frank Sinatra (Reprise)
  2. Paint It, Black - The Rolling Stones (London)              
  3. Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle (Columbia)                     
  4. A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders (Fontana)          
  5. I Am a Rock - Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia)                  
  6. Cool Jerk - The Capitols (Karen)                            
  7. Paperback Writer - The Beatles (Capitol)                  
  8. When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge (Atlantic)         
  9. Younger Girl - The Critters (Kapp)                          
 10. Monday, Monday - The Mamas & the Papas (Dunhill)          
 11. Opus 17 - The 4 Seasons (Philips)                          
 12. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me -                      
                                    Dusty Springfield (Philips)