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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 15, 1967

Released to UK fan club members on December 15, 1967

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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 14 , 1967

The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour - December 14, 1967

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 13, 1967

In UK Hello Goodbye by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 12, 1967

Sugar Ray Robinson And Beatle Ringo Starr - pictured as they pose together in Rome, where they are both appearing in a film being shot there. The film is called ''Candy'' and Ringo plays a mad Mexican gardener while Sugar Ray appears as Richard Burton's chauffeur.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 11, 1967

 In the UK Hello Goodbye by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 10, 1967

The Beatles taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 9, 1967

In UK Hello Goodbye by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 8, 1967

UK EP release: Magical Mystery Tour

More than two weeks before its accompanying film received its premiere on BBC television, The Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour EP was released.

As The Beatles had six songs for release, it was decided that they would release a double-EP set. The package came with a gatefold sleeve and a 28-page book, including lyrics. This retailed at twice the normal price of a single.

The EP had the catalogue number Parlophone MMT 1 (mono) and SMMT 1 (stereo). It was the first Beatles EP to be issued in both mono and stereo.

Magical Mystery Tour entered the charts on 13 December, and spent 12 weeks in the top 40. Its highest chart position was number two on the singles chart, the dedicated EP chart having been abandoned at the start of December 1967. It was held off the top spot by The Beatles' own Hello, Goodbye.

The EP retailed at 19 shillings and sixpence. It had advance orders in the UK of 400,000, and by mid January 1968 had sold 600,000.

The two-disc EP was reissued in 2012 as part of the deluxe Blu-ray edition of Magical Mystery Tour.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 7, 1967

The Apple Boutique opens

One of the first business ventures by The Beatles' Apple Corps was the Apple Boutique, which opened on 7 December 1967. It was located at 94 Baker Street, London.

The concept of the boutique was that absolutely everything was for sale. It was described by Paul McCartney as 'a beautiful place where beautiful people can buy beautiful things'.

Clive Epstein or some other such business freak came up to us and said, 'You got to spend so much money or the tax'll take it. We're thinking of opening a chain of retail clothes,' or some barmy thing like that. And we were all muttering about, 'Well, if we're going to have to open a shop, let's open something we're interested in.' We went through all these different ideas about this, that and the other. Paul had a nice idea about opening up white houses where it would sell white china and things like that, everything white because you can never get anything white, which is pretty groovy. It didn't end up with that, it ended up with Apple, with all this junk and The Fool and all the stupid clothes and all that. (John Lennon, 1970)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: December 6, 1967

In the UK Hello Goodbye by The Beatles was in the top 5 hits.