Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 4, 1966

The Beatles doing their own thing...............

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 3, 1966

Brian Epstein denies The Beatles’ split

Despite having been hospitalized the previous month after overdosing on prescription medicine, The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein was forced to emerge from his recuperation clinic on this day to deny reports that Paul McCartney was leaving the group.

The latter part of 1966 saw much press speculation that The Beatles were splitting up, in the wake of their disastrous visit to the Philippines and a troubled US tour. Each of the four members pursued outside interests after their final concert, with John Lennon filming How I Won The War in Germany and Spain, George Harrison visiting India, and McCartney and Ringo Starr busying themselves in England.

Epstein took the opportunity to reveal that Lennon was appearing as Private Gripweed in Richard Lester's film, and that McCartney was composing the music for another movie entitled Wedlocked, Or All In Good Time.

On 16 October United Artists announced that the film was to be retitled All In Good Time, and that Lennon and McCartney would be writing the soundtrack together. It was eventually released as The Family Way, and Lennon had no involvement in the music.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 2, 1966

The Beatles all doing their own thing.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 1, 1966

Oct of 1966, George and Patti Harrison were traveling in India -- George started on this trip to adopt a lot of his Indian clothing style and also was sporting the first seen Beatle mustache.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 30, 1966

In September 1966, the individual Beatles commenced to molding new individual identities and to exploring individual musical interests. In Spain, John Lennon would write “Strawberry Fields Forever,” one of his most imaginative songs and a reimagining of his childhood and personal identity.  George Harrison would return from India with improved sitar technique and the self-confidence to record without his band mates.  And Paul McCartney would have an epiphany on the plane back from Africa about how the Beatles could reimagine themselves as Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, an imaginary group with none of the legal and social complications of reality.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 29, 1966

The Beatles each doing something different today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 28, 1966

The Beatles were all doing their own thing.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 27, 1966

It was a quiet day.....

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 26, 1966

Brian Epstein is hospitalized in London

The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein had been suffering from depression and anxiety for some time, a condition exacerbated by his use of drugs - both prescribed and illegal.

His anxiety had heightened following The Beatles decision to stop touring, which left Epstein with less involvement in their careers. Each member was undertaking individual projects in the late summer of 1966, and he had intended to join John Lennon in Spain on the set of How I Won The War.

On this day, however, Epstein was hospitalized in a London clinic. The official given reason was that it was a check-up, although it later transpired that he had overdosed on prescribed drugs. As a result, he was forced to cancel his visit to Spain in order to recuperate.

Although Epstein is known to have made later suicide attempts, it is believed that this overdose was accidental.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 25, 1966

John's making a movie, George is in India. What are Paul and Ringo doing?