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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 6, 1967

George Harrison dines at Ravi Shankar’s house

On the sixth day of his US trip, George Harrison paid a visit to Ashish, the son of sarod player Ali Akbar Khan, in Los Angeles.

The others in his party - his wife Pattie, Neil Aspinall and Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas went to Disneyland. In the evening they regrouped and dined at the LA home of Ravi Shankar.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 5, 1967

George Harrison attends an Alla Rakha recording session

On the fifth day of his US trip, George Harrison attended a recording session by the Indian musician Alla Rakha in Los Angeles.

Afterwards Harrison, his wife Pattie plus Neil Aspinall and Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas, went for a meal in the city's Olvera Street, accompanied by Derek Taylor and his family.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 4, 1967

George Harrison watches Ravi Shankar at the Hollywood Bowl

On the fourth day of their US trip, George Harrison, his wife Pattie, Neil Aspinall and Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas went to see Ravi Shankar perform at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 3, 1967

George Harrison and Ravi Shankar hold a press conference

On the third day of their US trip, George Harrison, Neil Aspinall and Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas returned to Ravi Shankar's music school in Los Angeles.

Harrison and Shankar held a press conference at the Kinnara School of Music to promote Shankar's Hollywood Bowl concert, which was taking place the following day. Harrison's wife Pattie was not present; her sister Jenny Boyd had flown from San Francisco, and the pair went sightseeing in Los Angeles.

In the evening the Harrisons and Derek Taylor attended a Mamas And The Papas recording session.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 2, 1967

George Harrison meets Ravi Shankar in Los Angeles

On the second day of their US trip, George Harrison, his wife Pattie, Neil Aspinall and Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas paid a visit to Ravi Shankar's music school in Los Angeles.

Shankar had opened an LA branch of the Kinnara School of Music in May 1967. The Harrisons, Aspinall and Mardas watched him teach for a while, and later in the day had a meal with Shankar on Sunset Strip.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 1, 1967

George and Pattie Harrison fly to Los Angeles

George and Pattie Harrison, Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas and Neil Aspinall flew from London to Los Angeles on this day.

We went to America in August, a couple of months after the Monterey Pop Festival. My sister-in-law at the time, Jenny Boyd (who was Jennifer Juniper in the Donovan song), had been living in San Francisco, and she'd decided she was going to come back to live in England. We all went for a day out to see her; Derek and Neil, the not-so-magic Alex, and myself and Pattie. (George Harrison, Anthology)

The Harrisons flew as Mr and Mrs Weiss, names taken from Nat Weiss, the New York director of Nemperor Artists, one of Brian Epstein's co-owned companies.

They stayed in a rented house on Blue Jay Way in Beverly Hills which belonged to the manager of Peggy Lee. George Harrison called Derek Taylor, who was living in the US, giving him directions to the house. However, Taylor got lost in the fog and, while waiting, Harrison wrote the song Blue Jay Way.

Derek Taylor got held up. He rang to say he'd be late. I told him on the phone that the house was in Blue Jay Way. And he said he could find it OK... he could always ask a cop. So I waited and waited. I felt really knackered with the flight, but I didn't want to go to sleep until he came. There was a fog and it got later and later. To keep myself awake, just as a joke to pass the time while I waited, I wrote a song about waiting for him in Blue Jay Way. There was a little Hammond organ in the corner of this house which I hadn't noticed until then... so I messed around on it and the song came. (George Harrison)

Their stay in the house was arranged by Brian Epstein, who called The Beatles' attorney Robert Fitzpatrick to enquire whether a house could be leased. Fitzpatrick persuaded the owner of the house, another entertainment attorney named Ludwig Gerber, to lend Harrison his LA residence.

Ludwig Gerber was a former US Army colonel who had managed Peggy Lee for many years. He was also a film producer and lawyer. In his house there was a Hammond S-6 organ, on which Harrison wrote Blue Jay Way.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 31, 1967

Radio London, Curzon Street, London

The Beatles' support for pirate radio didn't waver rights to the end of the golden era. Radio London closed forever on Saturday, August 5th, 1967. Today, six days earlier, Ringo popped along to the station's central London office at 17 Curson St. and recorded a brief farewell message, on behalf of all the Beatles, with the company's managing director Philip Birch. It was broadcast on London's last day.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney return to England from Greece

John, Cynthia and Julian Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Alexis "Magic Alex" Mardas and Pattie Harrison's sister Paula Boyd all returned to England from Greece on this day.

They had been in Greece to visit an island which they intended to purchase. However, the plans came to nothing as The Beatles' interest in living in the Mediterranean waned.

The party flew to London Airport from Athens. George and Pattie Harrison had returned the previous day.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 30, 1967

The Beatles - Last Day in Greece

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 29, 1967

Top 20 Song Chart for July 29, 1967

1. Light My Fire - The Doors

2. Windy - The Association

3. A Whiter Shade Of Pale - Procol Harum

4. I Was Made To Love Her - Stevie Wonder

5. Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays

6. For Your Love - Peaches & Herb

7. White Rabbit - Jefferson Airplane

8. Can't Take My Eyes Off You - Frankie Valli

9. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - The Buckinghams

10. Don't Let The Rain Fall Down On Me - The Critters

11. Jackson - Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood

12. Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees

13. A Girl Like You - The Rascals

14. All You Need Is Love - The Beatles

15. Silence Is Golden - The Tremeloes

16. My Mammy - The Happenings

17. San Francisco (Be Sure To Wear Flowers In Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie

18. Hypnotized - Linda Jones

19. Make Me Yours - Bettye Swann

20. (I Wanna)Testify - The Parliaments

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 28, 1967
First : Splashing around on a Greek island
Second : Julian with his two friends, Paul and Jane.
Paul was close to Julian (John and Cynthia's son) during his childhood.
He wrote Hey Jude (supposed to be Hey Jules) for him after his parents divorced in 1968.