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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 22, 1967

The Beatles are taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 21, 1967

The Beatles are taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 20, 1967

Recording: The Fool On The Hill, Hello, Goodbye

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Ken Scott

This session was booked for the overdubbing of flutes and violas onto The Fool On The Hill and Hello, Goodbye.

It took place between 7pm and 3.45am, and began with the overdubbing of flutes to The Fool On The Hill. The flautists were Jack Ellory and brothers Christopher and Richard Taylor.

The flute parts were recorded on a separate tape as take seven, as all tracks on the main tape were full. On October 25, 1967 takes six and seven were mixed in sync to create a final mono master.

Hello, Goodbye still had its working title Hello Hello at this stage. Viola players Ken Essex and Birnbaum had been booked to play between 8pm and 11pm, but the session overran and they were paid a double fee.

Paul McCartney was doodling at the piano and George Martin was sitting next to him writing down what Paul was playing.

Leo Birnbaum
The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn

Also during this session, Paul McCartney wiped the guitar solo and replaced it with the line "Why why why why why why do you say goodbye, goodbye?", which was treated with heavy echo.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 19, 1967

Recording: Hello, Goodbye

Studio One, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Ken Scott

This was the second session for The Beatles' single Hello, Goodbye, and took place in the huge Studio One at Abbey Road between 7pm and 3.30am. At this time the song was known by its working title Hello Hello.

Two lead guitar parts were overdubbed onto track two of take 16, and tracks three and four were filled with lead and backing vocals.

Also added to track four were handclaps and "Hela, heba, heloa" vocals onto the coda. The session ended with a reduction mix to free up space for further overdubs, by combining tracks three and four. This mix became known as take 17.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 18, 1967

The Beatles attend the première of How I Won The War

The Beatles attend the première of How I Won The War
Wednesday 18 October 1967 Film and video

All four Beatles, along with their wives and girlfriends, attended the première of Richard Lester's film How I Won The War at the London Pavilion.

The film, which had been shot in Spain in 1966, featured John Lennon as Private Gripweed. For the premiere Lennon wore a psychedelic outfit, Harrison sported an orange jacket and black velvet trousers, while Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr dressed more conservatively in evening suits.

Other guests at the event were Jimi Hendrix, David Hemmings, his wife Gayle Hunnicut, and singers Cilla Black, Anita Harris and Cass Elliot.

A party was held afterwards at Cilla Black's apartment at 9b Portland Place.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 17, 1967

Memorial service for Brian Epstein

Although The Beatles didn't attend Brian Epstein's funeral in Liverpool on 29 August 1967, they did attend a memorial service.

The service was held at the New London Synagogue at 33 Abbey Road, London, close to EMI Studios.

It began at 6pm. Other NEMS artists, including Cilla Black, Gerry Marsden, The Fourmost and Billy J Kramer also attended. The service was officiated by Rabbi Louis Jacobs, who praised Epstein for "encouraging young people to sing of love and peace rather than war and hatred." This was in contrast to the rabbi at Epstein's funeral in Liverpool, who described him as "a symbol of the malaise of our generation".

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 16, 1967

Oct 16, 1967; London, England, UK; Singer, Songwriter, PAUL MCCARTNEY member of the famous pop group 'The Beatles' on the 'Magical Mystery Tour'.

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 15, 1967

Nothing to report today. The Beatles were taking a small break.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 14, 1967

October 14, 1967, George Harrison and Paul McCartney went to Sweden to visit the Maharishi at the hotel where he was staying in Falsterbo, a seaside resort in southern Sweden near Malmö. They made the trip to persuade the Maharishi to stop using The Beatles' name as PR for himself. Swedish Television recently aired "Året var 1967" ("The Year Was 1967"), where they touched upon the subject and showed these photos.

A couple of Beatles in town of course caused quite a bit of commotion, fans would gather and Swedish Television sent a camera team to interview the two of them together with the Maharishi.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 13, 1967

The Sgt. Pepper album was widely perceived by listeners as the soundtrack to the Summer of Love, occupying the number one position of the Billboard Top LPs in the US for 15 weeks, from July 1st to October 13, 1967. Its initial commercial success exceeded that of all previous Beatles albums.