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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 26, 1965 (Wednesday)

Studio One, BBC Piccadilly Studios, London

In a little over three years since their initial broadcast, the Beatles had had outgrown the desire or need to record music sessions exclusively for broadcast on BBC Radio, and this, their 52nd music program contribution - was also the last. Transmitted in the Light Program as a "bank Holiday" special on Whit Monday, June 7 (10:00 am-12:15 pm, 15 minutes longer than usual), it went under the new title The Beatles (Invite You To Take A Ticket To Ride). From Us To You was no longer an appropriate name considering the progression of the group's music since spring 1963, and the Beatles had offered to think of a replacement. Their final unimaginative decision indicates the degree of importance they now attached to this type of engagement.

The session took place between 2:30 and 6:00 pm (inclusive of rehearsal time) during which they taped seven numbers, "Ticket To Ride", (used twice in the prorgam, faded end), "Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby", "I'm A Loser", "She's A Woman". They also engaged in idle jocularity with the host, musician and broadcaster Denny Piercy, but the general feeling among listeners when surveyed later by the BBC was, after all, their own show. (As usual, there were a host of guest artists to pad out the 135 minutes.)

During a meeting with BBC radio executives on March 12, 1965 Brian Epstein promised that the group would record more "bank holiday" specials during 1965.  Brian Epstein promised that the group would record more "bank holiday" specials during 1965, principally for August 30 and December 26 (Boxing Day). However, despite an announcement to this effect over BBC airwaves, Epstein failed to meet his promise - listeners on August 30 did still hear an exclusive Beatles program, however.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 25, 1965 (Tuesday)

Cannes, France

At some point during the day John gave a brief interview to US television reporter Martin Ogronsky, screened a week later - June 1st (Tuesday) on the CBS program The Merv Griffin Show. The interview was filmed close to the sea-front in Cannes during a short and scarcely publicized visit that John and his wife Cynthia made to the town's annual film festival. In fact, this was their last day on the Riviera and they returned to England during the afternoon.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 24, 1965 (Monday)

The Beatles took a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 23, 1965 (Sunday)

Brian debuts on ABC-TV's live programme `The Eamonn Andrews Show', from Teddington Studios. During the programme he reveals that his greatest ambition is to act in a play.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 22, 1965 (Saturday)

Beatles' "Ticket to Ride," single goes #1

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 21, 1965 (Friday)

The #1 song in the US on May 21, 1965

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 20, 1965 (Thursday)

Lennon’s at the Cannes Film Festival

May 20, 1965 - John and Cynthia walked hand-in-hand across the tarmac at London’s Heathrow airport accompanied by director Richard Lester to board their flight to the south of France to attend the annual Cannes Film Festival. Richard Lester’s new film, The Knack and How To Get It, was in competition at Cannes (and won the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film award). John & Cynthia socialized with actor Michael Caine, whose new film The Ipcress File, was also in competition at Cannes. John and Cynthia rarely danced in public - but Cannes was one of those rare happy occasions!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 19, 1965 (Wednesday)

The number one song in the US on May 16, 1965 was Ticket to Ride by The Beatles.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 18, 1965 (Tuesday)

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

A great deal of post-sync work was required of the Beatles during post-production of Help!, overdubbing speech (clear as well as plenty of incoherent muttering and "ho-hos"). For the sequence (shot May 9th) in which John and Ringo were filmed on their way to a post-box they even overdubbed an extract from "I Sat Belonely", one of the pieces in John's first book In His Own Write.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 17, 1965 (Monday)

The Beatles are taking a break.