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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 7, 1965 (Saturday)

These are the Billboard magazine Hot 100 number one hits of 1965. ... August 7, "I'm Henry VIII, I Am", Herman's Hermits. August 14, "I Got You Babe", Sonny & Cher. August 21. August 28. September 4, "Help!" The Beatles. September 11.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 6, 1965 (Friday)

The Beatles' fifth UK album, Help! was released on this day as Parlophone PMC 1255 (mono) and PCS 3071 (stereo).

Following the structure of the previous year's A Hard Day's Night the previous year, the first side of Help! featured seven songs from The Beatles' second feature film. The flip side contained another seven songs - including Paul McCartney's instant classic Yesterday - recorded over the same period.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 5, 1965 (Thursday)

In the UK, "Help!" is the number one hit.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 4, 1965 (Wednesday)
The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 3, 1965 (Tuesday)

Day of rest for the Beatles

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 2, 1965 (Monday)

The Beatles - Nothing to report today, 50 years ago

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 1, 1965 (Sunday)

ABC Theatre, Blackpool

The Beatle's only British television appearance to promote "HELP!" - all of the other shows had to make do with a clip from the movie, was a return booking onthe ABC Television variety show Blackpool Night Out, networked live to all but one ITV company direct from the town's ABC Theatre between 9:10 and 10:05 pm. As usual, the show was compered by Mike and bernie Winters, and the Beatles topped a bill that comprised Teddy Johnson and Pearl Carr, Johnny Hart and Lionel Blair. They also took part in stage rehearsals throughout the afternoon.

The Beatles played six songs. "I Feel Fine", "I'm Down", "Act Naturally", "Ticket To Ride", "Yesterday" (a solo performance by Paul, the others having left the stage, on their return John announced "Thank you Ringo, that was wonderful") and "Help!" They did not participate in any comedy routines on this occasion.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 31, 1965 (Saturday)

The Beatles taking a small break between London & Blackpool.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 30, 1965 (Friday)

Saville Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave. London

Set to perform live on British television on August 1, their first such appearance in more than a year, the Beatles spent part of this day in private rehearsal on stage at the Saville Theatre, a central London venue leased by brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises from April 1, 1965 until after his death.

While there, the group also gave two inteviews for BBC radio, principally discussing HELP!, premiered in London just the night before, July 29th. The first interview was with Dibbs Mather, a long and witty conversation which was, most unusually, distributed by the BBC's Transcription Service to the British Council which promoted British culture in foreign countries. Along with disc material, it was packaged simply titled The Beatles, sent to the British Council in New York and dispatched from there to specified US radio stations for local broacast.

The second interview was with British entertainer/comic actor Lance Percival, two minutes of which was broadcast the next day, between 12:00 noon and 12:29 pm, in his Light Programme records show Lance A Gogo.


Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle, Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: July 29, 1965 (Thursday)

Help!, the group's second movie, a James Bond spoof, premieres in London.