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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.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 4, 1965 (Thursday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

The Beatles were under pressure to complete the Rubber Soul album in time for the Christmas market. This necessitated two notable tactics: late-night recording sessions and the revival of old compositions.

The group had recorded Michelle, one of Paul McCartney's early songs, yesterday. The following day one of John Lennon's was revived. What Goes On had been written in the Quarry Men days, and The Beatles had wanted to record it during the From Me To You session on March 5, 1963.

The song was completed in a session beginning at 11pm and finishing at 3.30am the following morning. McCartney's bass guitar and Ringo Starr's drums were recorded in a single take onto track one of the four-track tape. Starr's lead vocals were added onto a second track.

Lennon's Rickenbacker 325 rhythm guitar, George Harrison's Gretsch Tennessean guitar, and backing vocals by Lennon and McCartney were then overdubbed, and the song was complete.

The session didn't end there, however. The Beatles decided to record 12-Bar Original, an instrumental blues tune seemingly inspired by Booker T and the MGs' Green Onions.

Take one broke down, but take two was complete and lasted 6'42". George Martin joined the group on harmonium, and the song was recorded without overdubs. McCartney played bass, Starr was on drums, Harrison played a Fender Stratocaster with a tone pedal, and Lennon played an Epiphone Casino.

Despite the trouble they had completing Rubber Soul, The Beatles wisely chose not to include 12-Bar Original. An edit of take two, lasting 2'55" and taken from four separate parts of the recording, was eventually released in 1996 on Anthology 2.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 3, 1965 (Wednesday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Nine hours, 2:30-11:30 pm, spent recording and completing Paul's new ballad "Michelle". From 2:30-7:00 the Beatles perfected the rhythm track in one take. At 7:00 this was reduced into take two to vacate a track on the four-track tape, and from then until 11:30 they filled this with vocal and guitar overdubs.

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 2, 1965 (Tuesday)

Studio Six, Granada TV Centre, Manchester

Day 2 - The full line-up of songs (Artists) was: song medley (The George Martin Orchestra), "A World Without Love" (Peter and Gordon), "I Saw Him Standing There", (Lulu), "From Me To You" (Alan Haven and Tony Crombie), "She Loves You/song medley (Fritz Spiegl's Ensemble), "Day Tripper" (the Beatles), "Yesterday", (Paul McCartney, then Marianne Faithfull), "She Loves You" (Antonio Vargas), "Things We Said Today" (In French, Dick Rivers), "Bad To Me" (Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas), "It's For You" (Cilla Black), "Ringo's Theme (This Boy)' (The George Martin Orchestra), "If I Fell" (Henry Mancini), "And I Love Him" (Esther Phillips), "A Hard Day's Night" (Peter Sellers) and, finally "We Can Work It Out" (The Beatles)

The Music of Lennon and McCarthy was ITV's official entry for the Golden Rose of Montreux Award, decided at the 1966 Montreux Festival (April 22-30), but it did not win.

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 1, 1965 (Monday)

Studio Six, Granada TV Centre, Manchester

This was the first of two days at Granada TV Centre in Manchester, during which The Beatles recorded their contributions to The Music Of Lennon & McCartney, a television special first broadcast on December 16, 1965.

The Beatles mimed to We Can Work It Out and Day Tripper, both sides of their forthcoming single. Paul McCartney also sang the first part of Yesterday, which was completed by Marianne Faithfull.

The other guests on the show were Cilla Black, Peter and Gordon, Lulu, Henry Mancini, Esther Phillips, Fritz Spiegl, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, Alan Haven, the George Martin Orchestra, Dick Rivers, and Peter Sellers.

Filming continued on the following day, November 2, 1965.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 31, 1965 (Sunday)

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

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 30, 1965 (Saturday)

50 years ago today people in the US were listening to Yesterday by The Beatles. In UK Tears by Ken Dodd was in the top 5 hits.