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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 18, 1966

Paul McCartney turns 24 today - 50 years ago. (An appearance on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’ was made.)

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 17, 1966

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

A 7:00 pm to 1:30 am session during which "Here, There And Everywhere" received an additional Paul McCartney vocal overdub, backing his own lead, and an extra guitar passage was added onto "Got To Get You Into My Life". The evening ended with five new mono mixes of the latter recording and one of the former.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 16, 1966

Studio Two, Television Centre, London and Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Although by June 1966 it had been running for over two years, The Beatles had never previously appeared live on the BBC music show Top Of The Pops. They had pre-recorded exclusive performances in BBC studios, or sent promotional clips to be played on the show.

That changed on this day, with a studio performance of new single Paperback Writer. The Beatles had agreed two days previously, when manager Brian Epstein passed on a request from Top Of The Pops producer Johnnie Stewart. Unusually, on this occasion The Beatles agreed.

The group arrived at BBC Television Centre at 2.30pm for a rehearsal for the camera, and to pose for publicity photographs and conduct press interviews. More rehearsals followed between 4.15pm and 5.30, and from 6.30pm to 7pm.

The live broadcast took place between 7.30pm and 8pm on BBC One. The Beatles were the final act to appear, and mimed to both Paperback Writer and its b-side, Rain. They were introduced by host Pete Murray.

The Beatles' only appearance on Top Of The Pops was, with the exception of the worldwide satellite transmission of All You Need Is Love on June 25, 1967, their final live television appearance as a group.

Immediately after the television broadcast the Beatles headed for St. John's Wood and a recording session at EMI. Arranged to begin at 7:00 pm, they couldn't have arrived much before 8:30, working through until 3:30 am perfecting "Here, There And Everywhere" with nine more takes and a fresh set of overdubs onto the "best" rhythm track, take 13. A 14th take was created by reduction, onto which Paul superimposed his lead vocal, slowed down on the tape to sound speeded up on playback.

 

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 15, 1966

June 15, 1966. The Beatles' album "Yesterday & Today" is released with the controversial "butcher" sleeve, showing group members smiling amongst a group of decapitated baby dolls. The original photo was pulled after one day, and replaced by a more conventional cover.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 14, 1966

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Paul had already shown himself adept at writing beautiful ballads, and they rarely come any better than this song, "Here, There And Everywhere", the recording of which was spread over three days.

Four rhythm track takes were recorded during this first session, 7:00 pm to 2:00 am, only the last of which was complete, and initial vocal overdubs were then applied.

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 13, 1966

Getting ready to record the next hit.......Guess which one?

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 12, 1966

The Beatles in-between recording at Studio Two in London.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 11, 1966

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 10, 1966

Paperback Writer released on this day 50 years ago.....

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: June 9, 1966

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

A 2:30 to 8:00 pm session that brought completion to "Good Day Sunshine" with such overdubs as George Martin's honky-tonk piano solo. Six mono mixes concluded the evening, two hours ahead of the scheduled 10:00 pm end-time.