Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 24, 1965 (Friday)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 23, 1965 (Thursday)

The Beatles were getting ready for Christmas......

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 22, 1965 (Wednesday)

The #1 song on the UK Singles Chart on December 22, 1965


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 21, 1965 (Tuesday)

Top #5 songs in the USA

Simon & Garfunkel - The Sounds of Silence

The Righteous Brothers - Ebb Tide

The Byds - Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)

The Dave Clark Five - Over and Over

James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)

Top #5 songs in the UK

The Seekers - The Carnival Is Over

The Beatles - Day Tripper/We Can Work It Out

Cliff Richard - Wind Me Up (Let Me Go)

The Who - My Generation

Ken Dodd - The River

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 20, 1965 (Monday)

The Beatles are on a break after the continuous recording of Rubber Soul.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 19, 1965 (Sunday)

The Beatles enjoying their weekend.......

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.