Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 14, 1965 (Monday)

A remarkable day's work at Abbey Road, dominated by Paul and perfectly illustrating this young man's mastery of three different styles of musical composition and singing. It was on this day that he continued recording 'Yesterday', the song which, by public acclaim, will always rank among his best.

But it was more than just a great tune. It was also trendsetting recording (June 17) employment of a string quartet for the first time on a Beatles record introducing a new era: the group would continue to utilise strings and orchestras on a regular basis to the end. Typifying their working relationship, Paul assisted George Martin with his score, adding little touches here and there.

Two takes of 'Yesterday' were recorded by Paul alone, acoustic guitar and vocal, between 7:00 and 10:30 pm and then the four-track tape was set aside for completion on the 17th. (Newspaper of the time made a fuss of the factthat none of the other Beatles played on the recording, and that they weren't even present in the studio, but the session tape reveals that George, if not John and Ringo, were certainly there.)

What makes Paul's recording of 'Yesterday', the supreme melodic ballad, all the more remarkable, is that it directly followed the taping of 'I'm Down', a quasi-soul/rock and roll song delivered by Paul in the most larynx-tearing, cord-shredding style. This was started and completed in seven takes during a 2:30-5:30 afternoon session along with the first song to be taped this day, Paul's folk-rock 'I've Just Seen A Face', begun and finished in six takes.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 13, 1965 (Sunday)

On June 13, 1965, a song was recorded by The Beatles that would become their most famous song and the most recorded song of all-time with over 2,500 cover versions. The song was “Yesterday” but Paul McCartney was the only one who played on it and he also wrote the song (it is credited as Lennon-McCartney but actually John didn’t contribute). Paul had his backup only by a string quartet on the song recorded for the British album titled “HELP!”

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 12, 1965 (Saturday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

The embargo restricting publication of the Queen's Birthday Honours list was lifted during the night of Friday, June 11, so news of the Beatles MBE awards was splashed across all of the British daily newspapers this morning. The Beatles were at Twickenham Film Studios to view a rough cut of Help! for the first time when they were besieged by representatives of the world's press, radio and TV and so convened a press conference. Radio and television interviews went into bulletins across the globe during the afternoon and evening.

One such interview, with George Yateman, was packaged together with film and performance clips and screened in New York on the educational channel WNDT (Channel 13) on Wednesday, June 30th, in the program British Calendar: News.

During the evening of the 11th, as the embargo was lifted, Paul was interviewed, by telephone, by BBC staff reporter Ronald Burns, 1 min, 40 secs of which was broadcast in Late Night Extra. Another phone interview, Peter Haigh chatting to Brian Epstein, was included earlier in the same program.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 11, 1965 (Friday)

June 11, 1965 - Paul and Jane at Heathrow Airport just arrived back earlier than planned from their holiday in Portugal. Brian Epstein asked Paul to return to London for the June 12th announcement that the Beatles were to be awarded M.B.E. medals later in the year.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 10, 1965 (Thursday)

Nothing happening today

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 9, 1965 (Wednesday)

With the movie Help! completed, the Beatles have decided to enjoy some well deserved time off.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 8, 1965 (Tuesday)

A new stereo mix of "I Want To Hold Your Hand" was produced by Norman Smith between 10:00 and 10:30 this morning at Abbey Rd, destined for Beatles albums being compiled this year by EMI affiliates in Australia and the Netherlands.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 7, 1965 (Monday)

Today, another day of rest.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 6, 1965 (Sunday)

It's a slow day

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 5, 1965 (Saturday)

The Beatles rested today.