Beatles 50th Blog

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.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 4, 1965 (Friday)

The `Daily Mirror' informs that Tommy Quickly will not have his recording contract with Pye Records renewed when it expires in July. Epstein says he has not had good material, and that will very soon sign to another company.