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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 6, 1965 (Monday)

Three days after its UK release, Capitol Records issued The Beatles' Rubber Soul album in the US.

It was considerably different from how The Beatles had intended it to sound, however, as Capitol reconfigured its tracklisting to create a 'folk rock' album to please the US market. They added I've Just Seen A Face, It's Only Love from Help!, and omitted Drive My Car, Nowhere Man, What Goes On and If I Needed Someone. 

Additionally, the stereo mix sent from England to the US had a false start at the beginning of I'm Looking Through You - this version can be heard on the box set The Capitol Albums Vol. 2, which also contains minor variations in The Word.

Rubber Soul was a huge hit with the American public, spending 59 weeks in the charts from December 25, 1965. It topped the chart on January 8, 1966, and sold 1.2 million copies in its first nine days on sale.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 5, 1965 (Sunday)

Empire Theatre, Liverpool

The Beatle's last Liverpool concert. Forty thousand ticket applications were received for the two "houses", although the Empire could accommadate only 2550 for each leaving many fans disappointed. It was the sixth occasion that the group had visited the venue.

The group invited many friends and relatives to see their performance. During the second show, Paul briefly joined one of the support acts, the Koobas, playing drums during their version of "Dizzy Miss Lizzy".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 4, 1965 (Saturday)

City Hall, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The Beatles had a tough drive through snow to get to their two concerts at the City Hall in Newcastle. It was the fourth and final occasion they visited the venue.

Their setlist consisted of 11 songs: I Feel Find, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down.

The Beatles' other performances at the City Hall were on March 23, 1963, June 8, 1963 and November 23, 1963.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 3, 1965 (Friday)

Odeon Cinema, Glasgow

The Beatles' only UK tour of 1965 was also their final one as a group. It began with two shows at the Odeon Cinema in Glasgow.

The tour lasted 10 days, and saw The Beatles perform in nine venues across eight cities. Throughout they played a set comprising 11 songs:I Feel Fine, She's a Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down. Paul McCartney performed Yesterday solo on an electric organ.

In their dressing room at Odeon The Beatles also took the time to record a message for Radio Scotland, a new pirate station.

This was the fourth time The Beatles played at the Odeon; the first had been during the Roy Orbison tour on 7 June 1963. They also performed at the city's Concert Hall later in the year.

Due to bad weather Brian Epstein decided that The Beatles should stay in a hotel in the city centre, rather than the smaller one further out they had been booked to stay in. The was some concern that the location of the new hotel could have proved a security risk, but the group came to no harm.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 2, 1965 (Thursday)

The Beatles getting ready for the release of "Rubber Soul"

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 1, 1965 (Wednesday)

The Beatles are on a short break.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 30, 1965 (Tuesday)

NEMS Enterprises, London

The day after The Beatles were interviewed by BBC presenter Brian Matthew for Saturday Club, John Lennon and George Harrison again spoke to him for another radio show, Pop Profile.

The interviews took place separately at NEMS Enterprises' offices on Argyll Street in London. Harrison's was the first to take place, from 4.30-4.45pm. Lennon's interview began from 5pm and also lasted 15 minutes.

Each interview was edited to approximately eight minutes, and in March 1966 were distributed overseas by the BBC Transcription Service on 7" singles. The recordings were not broadcast in the United Kingdom.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 29, 1965 (Monday)

Studio One, Aeolian Hall, London

An interview with Brian Matthew, taped between 2:15 and 2:45 pm at the BBC's Aeolian Hall premises in central London for inclusion, in three parts, in the Christmas Day edition of Saturday Club, broadcast in the Light Programme between 10:00 and 11:30 am.

As well as indulging in typically humorous badinage with Matthew, the Beatles also decided to ham-up a quick, vocalized version of the program's instrumental signature tune "Saturday Jump", usually performed by either Ted Heath and his Orchestra or Tony Osbourne and his Jazz Group Listeners on Christmas morning duly heard 15 seconds of the Beatle's scat rendition segued into Heath's disc version at the start of the show.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 28, 1965 (Sunday)

The Beatles enjoying their weekend break!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 27, 1965 (Saturday)

The Beatles enjoying a break this weekend.