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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 14, 1965 (Sunday)

The Beatles enjoyed a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 13, 1965 (Saturday)

Week of November 13, 1965

1. The Sound of Music, Soundtrack
2. Help!, The Beatles
3. The In Crowd, Ramsey Lewis Trio
4. Whipped Cream & Other Delights, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass
5. Highway 61, Revisited Bob Dylan

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 12, 1965 (Friday)

Today, the Beatles took a break from recording.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 11, 1965 (Thursday)

Room 65/Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Mono and stereo mixes of "The Word" were produced in Room 65, probably in the Beatles' absence, between 4:00 and 5:30 pm. The Beatles began recording at 6:00 pm, one hour ahead of time, in this final Rubber Soul session, and they also worked four hours beyond its 3:00 am scheduled end, clocking up 13 uninterrupted hours in studio two. They knew that the deadline had come, that their new album had to be finished this night. They also knew that they needed three more songs. Paul came up with one, John another, and for the third they pulled off the shelf "Wait", the discarded Help! track, added various bits and pieces and pronounced it fit for inclusion on the new LP. Balance was everything in 1965: a 14-song album meant seven songs per side and everything hunky-dory. (Still, despite the pressure, no one considered including on the album either or both songs on the new single, "We Can Work It Out/Day Tripper".

Paul's song, "You Won't See Me", was recorded from start to finish in two takes, as was John's song, "Girl", then the Beatles added tone-pedal guitar, tambourine, maraca and more vocals onto take four of the five-month-old "Wait", overdubbed vocals onto the previous night's "I'm Looking Through You" rhythm track and, suddenly, to the accompaniment of the St. John's Wood dawn chorus, they knew that the new album was complete.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 10, 1965 (Wednesday)

Room 65/Studo Two, EMI Studios, London

A 2:30-5:30 pm mix session in Room 65 yielded stereo masters of "Run For Your Life" and "We Can Work It Out" (not on Rubber Soul, this mix was destined for Australian and US albums). The Beatles did not attend - they arrived at Abbey Road for 9:00 pm-3:00 am studio two session (which overran to 4:00), the first product of which was the recording from start to finish, in three takes, of John's song "The Word", the lyric of which was a prototype "All You Need Is Love", two years ahead of that world anthem. Then the group set about the second re-make of Paul's "I'm Looking Through You", taping in one take (numbered four) a new "best" rhythm track by session's end.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 9, 1965 (Tuesday)

Room 65, EMI Studios, London

More mixing, probably in the Beatles' absence, 2:30-5:30 pm, with mono masters being prepared for "Michelle", "What Goes On", "Run For Your Life", "Think For Yourself", and "The Beatles" Third Christmas Record (also edited), and stereo masters being made for "Think For Yourself", "Michelle" and "What Goes On".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 8, 1965 (Monday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

The Beatles had recorded George Harrison's If I Needed Someone in October 1965. On this day they recorded another of his compositions, Think For Yourself, under the working title Won't Be There With You.


The session was a late one, beginning at 9pm and finishing at 3am the following morning. The Beatles began by rehearsing the song, a process which was recorded by George Martin in the hope of some of the material being usable for their Christmas fan club release.

The recording was labelled Beatle Speech, and the tape box was labelled with the words "This will eventually be issued". None of it was used on the Christmas flexi disc, but a snippet of the group practising their vocal harmonies was used in the Yellow Submarine film in 1968.

The basic track for Think For Yourself was recorded in a single take, with bass guitar, drums, Harrison's Fender Stratocaster, and John Lennon's Vox Continental organ.

The Beatles then recorded a number of overdubs, including a three-part vocal track led by Harrison. A second track was also filled with three-part harmonies, plus tambourine and maracas. Perhaps the most notable addition to the song, however, was a second bass guitar part played by Paul McCartney, fed through a distortion unit.

Late into the night, once work on the song had concluded, The Beatles recorded The Beatles' Third Christmas Record. Three takes, all largely ad-libbed, were recorded, and edited for release by George Martin the following day.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 7, 1965 (Sunday)

Top #5 songs in the USA

  • The Beatles - Yesterday
  • The Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud
  • The Toys - A Lover's Concerto
  • Len Barry - 1-2-3
  • Fontella Bass - Rescue

Top #5 songs in the UK

  • The Rolling Stones - Get Off Of My Cloud
  • The Seekers - The Carnival Is Over
  • Ken Dodd - Tears
  • Chris Andrews - Yesterday Man
  • The Who - My Generation
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 6, 1965 (Saturday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

The first of two re-makes of "I'm Looking Through You". Between 7:00 pm and 1:00 am, the Beatles taped two takes (numbered two and three to follow October 24th version), overdubbing all required sounds onto the second of these. By the end, they were considerably nearer to the desired end result - but not enough.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 5, 1965 (Friday)

50 years ago today people in US were listening to Get Off Of My Cloud by The Rolling Stones. In UK Get Off Of My Cloud by The Rolling Stones which was in the top 5 hits.