Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 14, 1965 (Saturday)

Studio 50, New York City, USA

The Beatles traveled to North America for the 3rd time, and their 2nd full concert tour, departing from London Airport with a lusty au revoir from one thousand fans at noon on August 13th, arriving in New York at 2:30 pm local time and setting up residence at the Warwick Hotel on Manhattan until the morning of the 17th.

Their first engagement - after the obligatory press conference, was the taping of an insert for The Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles didn't perform any TV duties during their August/September 1964 tour and it was now 18 months since those three February 1964 top-rated spots on Sullivan's Sunday night variety series.

During this morning, the Beatles returned to the scene of their triumphant Sullivan debut, CBS-TV's Studio 50, located at Broadway and West 53rd St, rehearsing from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and then taping from 8:30 pm, also before an audience. They performed six songs live (the same six in same order that they had played on Blackpool Night Out a fortnight previously): "I Feel Fine", "I'm Down", "Act Naturally", "Ticket To Ride", "Yesterday" and "Help!". There was a clear break after "Act Naturally", the Beatles returning for the final three songs and a different stage setting.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 13, 1965 (Friday)

The Beatles left England at midday to fly to America to begin their second tour of the United States.

Their flight from London Airport was seen off by 1,000 fans. The group arrived at New York's JFK Airport at 2.30pm local time, and were greeted by crowds of reporters and cameramen. The American fans, however, were unable to see The Beatles, as the police had ordered that their aeroplane to be parked two miles from the main terminal.

The Beatles were driven straight to the Warwick Hotel on 6th Avenue and 54th Street, where they stayed on until 17 August. They gave a press conference, directed by their press officer Tony Barrow, for around 250 reporters.

The group had the entire 33rd floor of the Warwick Hotel to themselves, with guards stationed on each entrance to keep out unwanted guests.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 12, 1965 (Thursday)

In UK Help! by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 11, 1965 (Wednesday)

Beatles movie ""Help"" opens in NYC

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 10, 1965 (Tuesday)

The number one song on the UK Singles Chart on August 10, 1965 was Help!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 9, 1965 (Monday)

Actual Contest - To see the Beatles at Shea Stadium (next week) on August 15th.....

Radio news - Since last week, WMCA in New York

has been giving away tickets to see the Beatles at

Shea Stadium on the nighttime Gary Stevens show

(7p-11p). Listeners have to guess which Beatle is

going to “talk to them” next on WMCA. A random

continuous-loop tape of either John, Paul, George or

Ringo will be played and if you guess, you and a

friend are in Shea Stadium to see the Fab Four Sunday night! Check out

WMCA’s goodguy smile!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 8, 1965 (Sunday)

The Beatles enjoyed this Sunday off - 50 years

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 7, 1965 (Saturday)

These are the Billboard magazine Hot 100 number one hits of 1965. ... August 7, "I'm Henry VIII, I Am", Herman's Hermits. August 14, "I Got You Babe", Sonny & Cher. August 21. August 28. September 4, "Help!" The Beatles. September 11.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 6, 1965 (Friday)

The Beatles' fifth UK album, Help! was released on this day as Parlophone PMC 1255 (mono) and PCS 3071 (stereo).

Following the structure of the previous year's A Hard Day's Night the previous year, the first side of Help! featured seven songs from The Beatles' second feature film. The flip side contained another seven songs - including Paul McCartney's instant classic Yesterday - recorded over the same period.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 5, 1965 (Thursday)

In the UK, "Help!" is the number one hit.