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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 23, 1970

Back on this day in the year 1966...

On June 23rd 1966, the Beatles flew from London Airport to Munich for a three-city tour of West Germany. For promotional purposes, the German leg of their 1966 tour would be called 'Bravo-Beatles-Blitztournee.' The opening acts on this tour of Munich, Essen and Hamburg included The Rattles, Peter and Gordon, and Cliff And The Rebel Rousers.

The Beatles and their entourage arrived in Munich at noon on the 23rd, holding a press conference upon their arrival at the Hotel Bayerischer Hof, and granting the following interview which was filmed for television.

As part of their arrival, each of the Beatles were given elaborately crafted lederhosen, the traditional leather German shorts which remain popular in the region and are culturally associated with masculinity.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 22, 1970

Back on this day in 1967...

Studio Three, EMI Studios, London

From 4:30-5:00 pm, in Room 53, without the Beatles in attendence, "All You Need Is Love" was mixed into mono. Between 7:00 and 11:30 pm, the job was done again, this time with the Beatles on hand. An acetate pressing of this latter mix was given to Derek Burrell-Davis, director of the BBC outside broadcast team for June 25th.

Note: A studio two session booked for the evening of June 22nd did not take place.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicles - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 21, 1970

Back in 1963 on this day....

The Beatles at Odeon Cinema, Epsom Rd. Guildford, Surrey

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 20, 1970

-The Beatles' single, The Long and Winding Road, is #1 in the US charts for the second straight week.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 19, 1970

UK LP release: Delaney And Bonnie On Tour. George Harrison played with the band on some of the album’s recordings.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 18, 1970

Happy Birthday to Paul McCartney. On this day in 1964, this was happening....

Stadium, Rushcutter's Bay, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

The Beatles returned to Sydney from Melbourne for six shows over three nights, with 12,000 fans - the biggest pop concert audience in Sydney at that time, packing into the Stadium on each occasion.

Typically, newsreel cameras were allowed to film a part of one of the Sydney performances. Not especially typical, however, was the production of a stand-alone production from this footage, Beatles at the Stadium, a "Cinesound exclusive!" which opened on June 25th at Wyngard & State Theatrettes in Sydney. Advertisements for the film boasted "Hear them sing excerpts from their five greatest hits, including "She Loves You", "Love Me Do", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" and more! The Beatles didn't perform "Love Me Do" in Sydney nor at any other venue on this tour.

The Beatles Complete Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 17, 1970

On this day back in 1964!

The Beatles’ final two shows in Melbourne, Australia took place on this day.

In the afternoon George Harrison went driving in an MG in the Dandenong Mountains with tour organiser Lloyd Ravenscroft. Concerned with more important matters, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr had their hair cut in their hotel, the Southern Cross.

This was The Beatles’ last of three consecutive nights of shows in the city’s Festival Hall, Each night they gave two concerts, which were enjoyed by a total of 45,000 people.

Cameras from the Australian Channel 9 recorded the sixth and final show of the Melbourne leg of the world tour. It was screened on 1 July 1964 as an hour-long special, The Beatles Sing For Shell, named after the oil company which sponsored the broadcast.

Nine of The Beatles’ Melbourne performances were included in the show: I Saw Her Standing There, You Can’t Do That, All My Loving, She Loves You, Till There Was You, Roll Over Beethoven, Can’t Buy Me Love, Twist And Shout and Long Tall Sally. During Long Tall Sally, a male audience member rushed onto the stage to shake John Lennon’s hand.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 16, 1970

The Long and Winding Road by The Beatles was the #1 song on June 16, 1970.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: June 15, 1970

Back on this day in 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 - A Day in The Life: June 14, 1970

Back on this day in 1963

Tower Ballroom, New Brighton, Wallasey

A sensational final return to an old stamping ground-always one of the Beatles favorite venues-to play another in the "Mersey Beat Showcase" series presented by NEMS Enterprises.