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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 29, 1970

On this day....The Magic Christian, starring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers, had its US première in Los Angeles.

Ringo and his wife Maureen attended the event, which took place at the Four Star Theater at 5112 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Afterwards they went to a party held at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 28, 1970

Today was the end of John's lithographies exhibition at the London Arts Gallery.  

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 27, 1970

Ringo made a taped appearance on the Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In television show to promote his film The Magic Christian. Dan Rowan and Dick Martin were the hosts.

The show was filmed at NBC Television Studio in Burbank, Los Angeles. Starr made a number of cameo appearances alongside other guest stars and the regular cast.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 26, 1970

Ringo Starr and his wife Maureen flew to Los Angeles from London’s Heathrow Airport on this date to attend the premiere of Starr’s film The Magic Christian.

During the US trip they also met Elvis Presley and saw him perform in Las Vegas, and travelled to New York.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 25, 1970

January 25, 1966

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.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 24, 1970

Beatles fans around the world hear the news that John and Yoko have cut off their long hair to mark the start of "Year One for Peace."

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 23, 1970

January 23, 1966

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

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 22, 1970

January 22, 1963

BBC Paris Studio in London. The Beatles appeared live on one BBC radio program and recorded sessions for two others. Then off to the Paris Studio on Regent Street to accompany the broadcast of their new single, "Please Please Me'. The Beatles chatted live on air. Other guests were Joan Regan, Jon Pertwee (the future Dr. Who) and Shane Fenton (future Alvin Stardust).

Next, the Beatles rehearsed at the Playhouse Theatre near Charing Cross for their first appearance on the pop radio program, "Saturday Club". The Beatles recorded five songs, "Some Other Guy", Love Me Do", Please Please Me", Keep Your Hands Off My Baby", and "Beautiful Dreamer". This program was broadcast on January 26th, on the 2nd half hour of the two-hour show.

The last session took place at the Paris Studio in London, where before an audience, The Beatles recorded another contribution to the Light Program Show "The Talent Spot", for broadcast on January 29th. Among the other guests on the show was a young guitarist Rog Whittaker, destined to become Roger Whittaker.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 21, 1970

Daily Express' publishes that John cut his hair to be able to travel without being recognized.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: January 20, 1970

John and Yoko stayed in Aalborg in Denmark over the new year and most of January 1970, to be with Ono’s daughter Kyoko. She was living there with Tony Cox, Ono’s second husband, and his new wife Melinde.

John made the decision to have his hair cropped shorter than at any other time in his adult life. The precise reasons are unclear, although he and Ono were in the midst of a lengthy peace campaign and were keen to remain in the public eye.

Lennon and Ono both had their hair cut on this day. It was later described by the Daily Mirror as “the most sensational scalpings since the Red Indians went out of business”. The couple kept their shorn locks in a bag for future use.

On 4 February 1970 Lennon and Ono swapped the hair for a pair of Muhammad Ali’s bloodstained boxing shorts, which they said they intended to auction to raise money for peace.