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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 18, 1967

Paul McCartney signing autographs in his Aston Martin, June 18,1967.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 17, 1967

The Beatles and drugs

On June 17, 1967 Life magazine published an interview with Paul McCartney in which he admitted having taken LSD. Two days later, following intense press attention, he gave an interview to Independent Television News in which he discussed his use of the drug and the media reaction. remember a couple of men from ITN showed up, and then the newscaster arrived: 'Is it true you've had drugs?' They were at my door - I couldn't tell them to go away - so I thought, 'Well, I'm either going to try to bluff this, or I'm going to tell him the truth.' I made a lightning decision: 'Sod it. I'll give them the truth.'

I spoke to the reporter beforehand, and said, 'You know what's going to happen here: I'm going to get the blame for telling everyone I take drugs. But you're the people who are going to distribute the news.' I said, 'I'll tell you. But if you've got any worries about the news having an effect on kids, then don't show it. I'll tell you the truth, but if you disseminate the whole thing to the public then it won't be my responsibility. I'm not sure I want to preach this but, seeing as you're asking - yeah, I've taken LSD.' I'd had it about four times at the stage, and I told him so. I felt it was reasonable, but it became a big news item.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 16, 1967

The Beatles appear on the cover of Life, while Time magazine profiles their producer, George Martin, praising his latest work on their Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 15, 1967

Disc & Music Echo "All You Need Is Love"


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 14, 1967

Studio One, Olympic Sound Studios, London

On May 18, 967 a contract was signed committing The Beatles to represent the BBC and Britain in a worldwide satellite broadcast on Sunday, June 25th. They were to be shown performing an especially-written song: All you Need Is Love.


Unable to book space at EMI Studios at short notice, the group assembled at Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, London, on this day to record the rhythm track. They mostly used unfamiliar instruments: John Lennon played harpsichord; Paul McCartney used a double bass; George Harrison played a violin; and Ringo Starr was on drums.

The Beatles recorded 33 takes, but felt that take 10 was the best. A reduction mix was then made, with all instruments copied onto track one of a new four-track tape.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 13, 1967

The Beatles enjoying a day off.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 12, 1967

Lennon and McCartney sing on The Rolling Stones’ We Love You

John Lennon and Paul McCartney attended a Rolling Stones recording session at Decca on this day, where they contributed backing vocals to the song We Love You.

The song was written as a token of appreciation to the fans who stood by the Stones in the wake of their drugs busts, and was also an ironic commentary on the authorities.

Beat poet Allen Ginsberg had been in London for a pro-marijuana rally at Hyde Park, and met Mick Jagger at Paul McCartney's house. Jagger invited Ginsberg, Lennon and McCartney to the session that night, although Ginsberg did not perform. "They looked like little angels," he later wrote of the groups, "like Botticelli Graces singing together for the first time."

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 11, 1967

The Beatles are relaxing today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 10, 1967

The Beatles are in-between recording today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 9, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

"You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)" was first collated into something resembling the final form during this 7:00 to 11:00 pm session, with the editing and mono mixing of its various parts into one whole. This mix was then copied across to one track of a four-track tape ready for vocal over-dubbing.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn