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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 21, 1966 (Friday)

After a romance lasting just shy of two years, George Harrison married Patricia Anne Boyd at Epsom register office, Surrey.

Pattie Boyd said "The ceremony took place early in the morning at Epsom register office, in Surrey, not the most glamorous place, and the room was very hot and stuffy. Brian Epstein was there and Paul McCartney, who was George's best man. Otherwise it was family - my mother, with her cousin Penny Evans, who had been around a lot while I was growing up. Colin, Jenny, Paula, David and Boo, George's parents and brothers. Uncle John, my mother's twin brother, gave me away.

"I bought a Mary Quant pinky-red shot-silk dress, which came to just above the knee, and I wore it with creamy stockings and pointy red shoes. On top, because it was January and cold, I wore a red fox-fur coat, also by Mary Quant, that George gave me. She made George a beautiful black Mongolian lamb coat. It was not the wedding I had dreamt of - I would have loved to be married in church, but Brian didn't want a big fuss. They all trusted him so implicitly that when he said it should be a quiet register office wedding George agreed. He also said it had to be secret - if the press found out, it would be chaotic...There was no shortage of pictures of us leaving the register office. We came out into the street to find dozens of press photographers lined up outside. So much for keeping the whole thing secret."

The happy couple left the register office in a Rolls-Royce Princess, for a reception at Kinfauns, their bungalow in Esher. The following they held a press conference, and flew to Barbados for their honeymoon on February 8, 1966.

John Lennon and Ringo Starr were on holiday and couldn't attend the wedding.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 20, 1966 (Thursday)

Robert and Jean-Claude Lambot say they would wish to change the Beatles haircut style.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 19, 1966 (Wednesday)

`We Can Work It Out', 7th week in the Top 10 (UK New Musical Express chart). `Rubber Soul' number 1, 7th week (UK New Musical Express chart).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 18, 1966 (Tuesday)

Brian Epstein returns to England from the Virgin Islands.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 17, 1966 (Monday)
The #1 song on the UK Singles Chart on January 17, 1966
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 16, 1966 (Sunday)

  We Can Work It Out by The Beatles. In UK Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 15, 1966 (Saturday)

We Can Work It Out' number 1, 2nd and last continued week (Billboard).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 14, 1966 (Friday)

The #1 song in the US on January 14, 1966

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 13, 1966 (Thursday)

Ringo Starr and John Lennon leave England for a vacation in Trinidad.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 12, 1966 (Wednesday)

People in US were listening to We Can Work It Out by The Beatles. In UK Day Tripper / We Can Work It Out by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.