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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 31, 1970

Back on this day in 1966

The Beatles started a five week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Yesterday...And Today', the group's 8th No.1 album.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 30, 1970

Back on this day in 1965....

Saville Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave. London

Set to perform live on British television on August 1, their first such appearance in more than a year, the Beatles spent part of this day in private rehearsal on stage at the Saville Theatre, a central London venue leased by brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises from April 1, 1965 until after his death.

While there, the group also gave two inteviews for BBC radio, principally discussing HELP!, premiered in London just the night before, July 29th. The first interview was with Dibbs Mather, a long and witty conversation which was, most unusually, distributed by the BBC's Transcription Service to the British Council which promoted British culture in foreign countries. Along with disc material, it was packaged simply titled The Beatles, sent to the British Council in New York and dispatched from there to specified US radio stations for local broacast.

The second interview was with British entertainer/comic actor Lance Percival, two minutes of which was broadcast the next day, between 12:00 noon and 12:29 pm, in his Light Programme records show Lance A Gogo.

 

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle, Mark Lewisohn

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 29, 1970

Back on this date in 1966

Datebook republishes John Lennon’s ‘Jesus’ comments.

Setting off a chain of events that would culminate in public bonfires of The Beatles' records and a public backlash that at times made the group fearful for their lives, the US teen magazine Datebook on this day republished John Lennon's remarks that "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus".

Lennon's remarks had first appeared in England in March 1966 by journalist Maureen Cleave.

Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.

Although the remarks were barely noticed in the UK, they were featured in Datebook in a cover story titled "The Ten Adults You Dig/Hate The Most." The article contained a section on Lennon, which republished the Jesus quote out of its original context.

The magazine, hitherto a minor player in the teen market, unexpectedly sold around a million copies. American Christian fundamentalists were outraged, and angry hordes, concentrated in the southern states, organized bonfires of Beatles records and memorabilia.

The group's music was banned by a number of radio stations in the south, and The Beatles were forced to attempt to limit the damage. Their manager Brian Epstein attempted to explain that Lennon had merely expressed surprise at his level of fame.

With The Beatles' US tour looming, and with death threats being made against the group and their families, Lennon was eventually pressed into apologizing at a Chicago press conference on August 11th.

Lennon's comments did much to quell the animosity against the group, and a planned wave of Beatles bonfires were called off. However, The Beatles remained nervous throughout their final tour.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 28, 1970

Back on this day in 1964.....

Johanneshovs Isstadion, Sanstuvagen, Stockholm, Sweden

The Beatle's second visit to Sweden inside ten months saw them give four performances over two nights at this 8500 seat ice hockey arena, at 6:45 and 10:00 each night. On two occasions they played to less than capacity audiences. During the first show, Paul received a mild electric shock from an unearthed microphone. John, too, suffered a jolt.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 27, 1970

Back in 1967 on this day

Paul McCartney and Julian Lennon, Greece, July 1967.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 26, 1970

Back on this date in 1964

Opera House, Church St. Blackpool, Lancashire

The number one song in the US on July 26, 1964 was A Hard Day's Night by The Beatles.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 25, 1970

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The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard and Come Together. Then The Beatles record John Lennon's Polythene Pam and Paul McCartney's She Came In Through The Bathroom Window as one continuous piece (39 takes plus overdubs).

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 24, 1970

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Top #5 songs in the USA

  • The Beach Boys - I Get Around
  • The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
  • The 4 Seasons - Rag Doll
  • Johnny Rivers - Memphis
  • Jan & Dean - The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)

Top #5 songs in the UK

  • The Rolling Stones - It's All Over Now
  • The Animals - House Of The Rising Sun
  • The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night
  • Roy Orbison - It's Over
  • PJ Proby - Hold Me
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: July 23, 1970

On this day back in 1965....

The UK releases the single "Help!/I'm Down".

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

Back in 1963....

Odeon Cinema, The Centre, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

Visiting from London, Dezo Hoffmann spent one of these six days with the Beatles, taking photographs and color (mute) 8mm home movies of the group at their hotel and on location on the beach at nearby Brean Down, where they dressed in Victorian bathing-costumes and also went go-karting.