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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 3, 1966

The Beatles were busy planning their upcoming tour.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 2, 1966

KRLA BEAT - April 2, 1966................................

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 1, 1966

John Lennon and Paul McCartney visited Indica Books & Gallery, which had opened in March 1966 at 6 Masons Yard, London. Lennon was looking for a copy of The Portable Nietzsche, but emerged with something quite different.

The shop and gallery focused on the contemporary underground literary and art scene, and was owned by Barry Miles, Peter Asher and John Dunbar. McCartney had invested £5,000 to help open the venture, and had designed the bookshop's wrapping paper and assisted with decorating the interior.

Indica Books was situated on the ground floor, with the gallery downstairs. Indica was where Lennon met Yoko Ono on November 7, 1966.

During this visit Lennon bought a copy of The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based On The Tibetan Book Of The Dead by Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, and Ralph Metzner. At the beginning of the book's introduction he found a line which would be adapted for Tomorrow Never Knows: "When in doubt, relax, turn off your mind, float downstream."

Leary was the one going round saying, take it, take it, take it. And we followed his instructions in his 'how to take a trip' book. I did it just like he said in the book, and then I wrote Tomorrow Never Knows, which was almost the first acid song: 'Lay down all thoughts surrender to the void,' and all that shit which Leary had pinched from The Book Of The Dead.
John Lennon

Upon returning to his home in Weybrige Lennon recorded himself reciting Leary's words, which he played back during a subsequent LSD trip. The Beatles began recording Tomorrow Never Knows on April 6, 1966, just five days later the visit to Indica.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 31, 1966

Getting ready for the upcoming tour.....

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 30, 1966
 (You’re My) SOUL AND INSPIRATION - The Righteous Brothers (Verve)
 CALIFORNIA DREAMIN’ - The Mama’s & The Papa’s (Dunhill)
 GOOD LOVIN’ - The Young Rascals (Atlantic)
 SHAKE ME, WAKE ME (When It’s Over) - The Four Tops (Motown)
 19TH NERVOUS BREAKDOWN - The Rolling Stones (London)
 THIS OLD HEART OF MINE (Is Weak For You) - The Isley Brothers (Tamla)
 DAYDREAM - The Lovin’ Spoonful (Kama Sutra)
 SLOOP JOHN B - The Beach Boys (Capitol)
 THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’ - Nancy Sinatra (Reprise)
 NOWHERE MAN - The Beatles (Capitol)
 BANG BANG (My Baby Shot Me Down) - Cher (Imperial)
SOMEWHERE - Len Barry (Decca) TIME WON’T LET ME - The Outsiders (Capitol) I’M SO LONESOME I COULD CRY - B.J. Thomas & The Triumphs (Scepter) SHE BLEW A GOOD THING - The Poets (Symbol) SURE GONNA MISS HER - Gary Lewis & The Playboys (Liberty) THE LOVE YOU SAVE (May Be Your Own) - Joe Tex (Dial) RHAPSODY IN THE RAIN - Lou Christie (MGM) LEANING ON THE LAMP POST - Herman’s Hermits (MGM) A SIGN OF THE TIMES - Petula Clark (Warner Bros.) KICKS - Paul Revere & The Raiders (Columbia) TOGETHER AGAIN - Ray Charles (ABC-Paramount) I’LL TAKE GOOD CARE OF YOU - Garnet Mimms (United Artists) SECRET AGENT MAN - Johnny Rivers (Imperial)
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 29, 1966

The Beatles enjoying their break.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 28, 1966

Ringo Starr and George Harrison attend Roy Orbison's concert in Walthamstow, England.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 27, 1966

The Beatles enjoying a little break.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 26, 1966

A horse Paul McCartney bought for his father wins the race at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. Paul watches the race with his father and brother Michael.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 25, 1966

The Vale, London

Since forming NES Enterprises in June 1962, Brian Epstein had launched or acquired a number of other business ventures, leasing the central London venue Saville Theatre, for example. In September 1964, he had bought a controlling stake in the Liverpool pop paper Mersey Beat, renaming it Music Echo and giving it a national perspective and distribution. Music Echo then merged with IPC's well-established Disc, landing Eptstein a 50 per cent stake in the newly-named Disc and Music Echo, unveiled on April 23, 1966. One of the promotions devised to push the re-launch was free distribution of flexi-disc single containing interviews with top singers and groups, made available to readers on submission of a number of completed coupons. The disc was called Sound of the Stars and probably because of the Epstein connection, the Beatles contributed.

They were recorded between 3:00 and 3:30 this afternoon, interviewed by Radio Caroline disc-jockey Tom Lodge at a photographic studio at 1 The Vale, in the Chelsea area of west London (following which the Beatles got down to the main business of the afternoon, a photo shoot with Robert Witacker which produced, among other shots, the famous "Butcher" photographs). Devised and produced by NEMS' Tony Barrow, Sound of the Stars also featured Cilla Black, Cliff Richard, the Hollies, Pete Townshend, Spencer Davis, the Walker Brothers, Sandie Shaw and others. The Beatles were briefly heard at the start of side one and then ended the second side of the disc with one minute, 37 seconds of silly answers to silly questions.