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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 3, 1966

The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein announced on this day the group's plans to tour Germany, Japan, the Philippines and the United States.

The final live dates took place between June and August 1966, and were to be The Beatles' final scheduled concerts. Their last show was at San Francisco's Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 2, 1966

It was a slow day 50 years ago today for any news items regarding the Beatles. Probably working hard behind the scenes.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 1, 1966

The documentary film of The Beatles' August 15, 1965 concert at New York's Shea Stadium had its world première on BBC 1 in the UK on this day.

The concert had been filmed by Sullivan Productions, owned by Ed Sullivan, in association with Brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises and Subafilms, the company co-owned by Epstein and The Beatles.

The 48-minute programme was shown in black and white on the BBC's main channel. The songs She's A Woman and Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby were left out of the final edit, which also featured audio overdubs recorded in London on January 5, 1966.

In the US the film was shown in colour in cinemas. Press advertisements were designed by Klaus Voormann, The Beatles' friend from Hamburg who designed the cover artwork for Revolver later in 1966.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 28, 1966 (Monday)

February 28, 1966 – Cavern Club (which famously gave rise to the Beatles) in Liverpool closes due to massive debts.

Over 10,000 pounds (about $16,600 US dollars) in debt, the owners of Liverpool's famous Cavern Club -- where the Beatles got their start -- decide to close the rock institution. 100 fans barricade themselves in the club, but to no avail. The venue would later become a subway station, although the Cavern would eventually reopen in a different location.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 27, 1966 (Sunday)

Nowhere Man

This is probably the first Beatles song that has nothing to do with love.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 26, 1966 (Saturday)

The Beatles' LP "Rubber Soul" rose to #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart, becoming the group's seventh US album chart topper. Paul McCartney conceived the album's title after overhearing someone's description of Mick Jagger's singing style as "plastic soul."

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 25, 1966 (Friday)

Back From Barbados

February 25, 1966 - Arriving back at London airport from their Caribbean honeymoon, Beatle George Harrison and his wife Pattie step into dear-old-wet-old-windy-old-London yesterday. “It was a smashing holiday,” said Pattie, who looked quite out of place in her Caribbean gear: open sandals, short-short skirt, op art linen jacket, in navy blue and white - and no stockings. George, 23 yesterday, was still waiting for his wife’s present. “I haven’t given it to him yet,” said Pattie, “I can’t tell you what it is - it’s still a secret.”

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 24, 1966 (Thursday)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 23, 1966 (Wednesday)

Nowhere Man

John Lennon - I'd spent five hours that morning trying to write a song that was meaningful and good, and I finally gave up and lay down. Then 'Nowhere Man' came, words and music... the whole damn thing, as I lay down. So letting it go is what the whole game is. You put your finger on it, it slips away, right? You know, you turn the lights on and the cockroaches run away. You can never grasp them.

Paul McCartney - I remember we wanted very treble-y guitars-- which they are-- they're among the most treble-y guitars I've ever heard on record. The engineer said, 'Alright, I'll put full treble on it,' and we said, 'That's not enough.' He said, 'But that's all I've got.' And we replied, 'Well, put that through another lot of faders and put full treble up on that. And if that's not enough we'll go through another lot of faders.' They said, 'We don't do that,' and we would say, 'Just try it... if it sounds crappy we'll lose it, but it might just sound good.' You'd then find, 'Oh it worked,' and they were secretly glad because they had been the engineer who put three times the allowed value of treble on a song. I think they were quietly proud of those things.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 22, 1966 (Tuesday)