Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 28, 1966

Ringo Starr and George Harrison attend Roy Orbison's concert in Walthamstow, England.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 27, 1966

The Beatles enjoying a little break.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 26, 1966

A horse Paul McCartney bought for his father wins the race at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool. Paul watches the race with his father and brother Michael.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 25, 1966

The Vale, London

Since forming NES Enterprises in June 1962, Brian Epstein had launched or acquired a number of other business ventures, leasing the central London venue Saville Theatre, for example. In September 1964, he had bought a controlling stake in the Liverpool pop paper Mersey Beat, renaming it Music Echo and giving it a national perspective and distribution. Music Echo then merged with IPC's well-established Disc, landing Eptstein a 50 per cent stake in the newly-named Disc and Music Echo, unveiled on April 23, 1966. One of the promotions devised to push the re-launch was free distribution of flexi-disc single containing interviews with top singers and groups, made available to readers on submission of a number of completed coupons. The disc was called Sound of the Stars and probably because of the Epstein connection, the Beatles contributed.

They were recorded between 3:00 and 3:30 this afternoon, interviewed by Radio Caroline disc-jockey Tom Lodge at a photographic studio at 1 The Vale, in the Chelsea area of west London (following which the Beatles got down to the main business of the afternoon, a photo shoot with Robert Witacker which produced, among other shots, the famous "Butcher" photographs). Devised and produced by NEMS' Tony Barrow, Sound of the Stars also featured Cilla Black, Cliff Richard, the Hollies, Pete Townshend, Spencer Davis, the Walker Brothers, Sandie Shaw and others. The Beatles were briefly heard at the start of side one and then ended the second side of the disc with one minute, 37 seconds of silly answers to silly questions.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 24, 1966

The Beatles attend the première of Alfie

Each of The Beatles, along with their wives and girlfriends, attended the première of Alfie, which was directed by Lewis Gilbert and starred Michael Caine.

Paul McCartney's girlfriend Jane Asher had a minor part in the film. The première took place at the Haymarket Theatre on Great Suffolk Street, London.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 23, 1966

March 23, 1966: Photo session for publicity pictures for next album.

What was the next album??

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 22, 1966

Nothing to report on this day 50 years ago.....If anyone remembers anything, please let us know!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 21, 1966

A quiet day 50 years ago........

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 20, 1966

Two weeks after they flew to Switzerland for a skiing holiday, Paul McCartney and his girlfriend Jane Asher returned to England.

The couple had rented a chalet in the mountains about half a mile from the Swiss town of Klosters. After arriving back in London they moved into McCartney's home at 7 Cavendish Avenue in St John's Wood, which he had bought a year earlier but had since undergone considerable renovations.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 19, 1966

Nowhere Man - Top Ten on the Billboard