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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 18, 1965 (Saturday)

The Beatles taking a rest this weekend.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 17, 1965 (Friday)

1965: The Beatles' Third Christmas Record

Several off-key, a cappella versions of "Yesterday" are dispersed throughout the record, alongside Lennon's "Happy Christmas to Ya List'nas", "Auld Lang Syne", a one-and-a-half-line version of the Four Tops "It's The Same Old Song" (which they quickly stop before they violate the copyright) and an original poem titled "Christmas Comes But Once a Year".

Members of the Beatles' US fan-club did not receive this (or any) Christmas flexi-disc in 1965. Rather, they received a black and white postcard, with a photo of the Fab Four and the message "Season's Greetings – Paul, Ringo, George, John." The Beatle Bulletin, the publication of the US fan-club, explained in its April 1966 edition that the tape arrived too late to prepare the record in time for Christmas.

The Christmas albums were conceived as a means to appease fan-club members whose letters, due to their sheer volume, were not always being answered in a timely manner, the records included the Beatles' messages of thanks to "loyal Beatle people", along with skits, Christmas carols, and original compositions.

None of the original recordings has ever been subject to general release though a version of  "Christmas Time (Is Here Again), an original composition which appeared in edited form on the 1967 record, eventually gained an official release in 1995, as part of the Beatles Anthology project.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 16, 1965 (Thursday)

The UK regional broadcaster Granada screened a special programme, The Music Of Lennon & McCartney, on this evening. It was shown across the rest of the United Kingdom the following day.

The 50-minute show been conceived by Granada producer Johnny Hamp, and was directed by Philip Casson. Filmed on November 1st and 2nd, it was the biggest music spectacular produced to date by Granada Television, and was designed to showcase the songwriting talents of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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

The show opened with an orchestral version of I Feel Fine performed by the George Martin Orchestra.

Peter and Gordon sang A World Without Love, Lulu performed I Saw Him Standing There and there was an instrumental version of A Hard Day's Night by jazz organist Alan Haven and drummer Tony Crombie.

Dick Rivers sang Things We Did Today in French, the George Martin Orchestra performed Ringo's Theme from the A Hard Day's Night soundtrack, and and Paul McCartney introduced American composer Henry Mancini, who performed If I Fell.

Esther Phillips had flown in from American especially to perform And I Love Him. Six members of the Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra appeared as Fritz Spiegl's Barock And Roll Ensemble to perform She Loves You in the style of Mozart, before Peter Sellers performing a much-celebrated Shakespearean version of A Hard Day's Night.

Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas performed Bad To Me and Do You Want To Know A Secret, Cilla Black sang It's For You, and Spanish dance star Antonio Vargas performed She Loves You.

The Beatles themselves performed Day Tripper and We Can Work It Out. Paul McCartney also sang the first verse of Yesterday, before the song was completed by Marianne Faithfull.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 15, 1965 (Wednesday)

The Beatles enjoying a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 14, 1965 (Tuesday)
  50 Years ago according to the charts.....

1. Turn! Turn! Turn! - The Byrds (Columbia) 2. Taste of Honey - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass (A&M) 3. I Hear a Symphony - The Supremes (Motown) *4. Let's Hang On! - The 4 Seasons (Philips) 5. We Can Work It Out - The Beatles (Capitol) *6. Over and Over - The Dave Clark Five (Epic) 7. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown & his Famous Flames (King) ----------------------------------------------------------------- 8. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - The Wonder Who? (Philips) 9. England Swings - Roger Miller (Smash) 10. 1-2-3 - Len Barry (Decca) 11. The Sounds of Silence - Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia) *12. Fever - The McCoys (Bang) 13. Rescue Me - Fontella Bass (Checker) 14. Day Tripper - The Beatles (Capitol) ----------------------------------------------------------------- 15. I Can Never Go Home Any More - The Shangri-Las (Red Bird) 16. Ebb Tide - The Righteous Brothers (Philles) *17. You've Got to Hide Your Love Away - The Silkie (Fontana) *18. Hang On Sloopy - The Ramsey Lewis Trio (Cadet) 19. You Didn't Have to Be So Nice - The Lovin' Spoonful (Kama Sutra) 20. It's My Life - The Animals (MGM) *26. I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore - The Young Rascals (Atlantic) *30. She's Just My Style - Gary Lewis & the Playboys (Liberty) 32. You've Been Cheatin' - The Impressions (ABC-Paramount) 33. One Has My Name (The Other Has My Heart) - Barry Young (Dot) *37. As Tears Go By - The Rolling Stones (London) 38. A Sweet Woman Like You - Joe Tex (Dial) 66. Flowers On the Wall - The Statler Brothers (Columbia) Hot Prospect: Hurt - Little Anthony & the Imperials (DCP) Album cuts: Michelle - The Beatles (Capitol) I've Just Seen a Face - The Beatles (Capitol) Christmas Music: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - The Crystals (Philles) Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Helms (Decca) Jingle Bell Rock - Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker (Cameo) Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree - Brenda Lee (Decca) The Little Drummer Boy - The Harry Simeone Chorale (20th Fox) Santa Claus is Coming to Town - The Supremes (Motown) I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - The 4 Seasons (Vee Jay) Radio 77 Pick Hit: A Must to Avoid - Herman's Hermits (MGM) *Former Pick Hit All American of the Week: Dan Ingram - 2:00 PM-6:00 PM Monday - Friday 2:00 PM-6:30 PM Saturday SPECIAL NOTE: The album cuts this week are from the Beatles LP, "Rubber Soul."
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 13, 1965 (Monday)

The day after The Beatles' final UK concert took place in Cardiff, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison had a meeting to discuss the group's third film project.

The meeting took place at NEMS Enterprises' offices in Argyll Street, London. Also in attendance was The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, who had recently bought the film rights for Richard Condon's A Talent For Loving. However, the group failed to reach an agreement on the script and the project was rejected.

A Talent for Loving was eventually made into a film in 1969. It was directed by Richard Quine and starred Richard Widmark and Cesar Romero.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 12, 1965 (Sunday)

Capitol Cinema, Cardiff

The final night of what turned out to be......the Beatle's last British concert tour.

They had previously performed at the venue on May 27, 1963 and November 7, 1964.

The support acts were, in order of appearance, The Paramounts, Beryl Marsden with Steve Aldo, The Moody Blues, The Koobas and The Marionettes, and the compere was Jerry Stevens.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 11, 1965 (Saturday)

Astoria Cinema, Finsbury Park, London

The Beatles' final two London concerts took place before hugely enthusiastic audiences.

George Harrison commented: This is one of the most incredible shows we've done. Not just because of the audience, but because they're Londoners. This is the funny thing. It's always been the other way round - fantastic in the North but just that little bit cool in London. It's incredible. It seems like the Beatlemania thing is happening all over again.

Eleven songs were played, the same as on the other dates of the concert: I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 10, 1965 (Friday)

Odeon Cinema, Harmmersmith, London

The Beatles played four concerts in London over two days during their final UK tour. The first two took place at the Hammersmith Odeon on this day.

They performed 11 songs: I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down.

Also on this day, the New Musical Express announced the results of its annual Readers Poll. The Beatles were voted Best British Group and Best World Group, while John Lennon was voted British Vocal Personality.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 9, 1965 (Thursday)

Odeon Cinema, Birmingham

The Beatles' drove through torrential rain for their final concerts in Birmingham, England.

They played two shows at the Odeon Cinema on New Street. Their set was, like the other dates on their final UK tour, 11 songs: I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Act Naturally, Nowhere Man, Baby's In Black, Help!, We Can Work It Out, Yesterday, Day Tripper and I'm Down.

This was The Beatles' second appearance at Birmingham's Odeon Cinema. They had previously performed at the venue on October 11, 1964.