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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 16, 1967

The Beatles are in-between recording

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 15, 1967

Top 20 Song Chart for April 15, 1967

1. Happy Together - The Turtles

2. This is My Song - Petula Clark

3. Jimmy Mack - Martha and the Vandellas

4. Something Stupid - Frank and Nancy Sinatra

5. A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You - The Monkees

6. I think we're alone now - Tommy James and the Shondells

7. Dedicated to the one I Love - The Mamas & the Papas

8. The Happening - The Supremes

9. Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley

10. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin

11. Bernadette - The Four Tops

12. I've Been Lonely too Long - The Young Rascals

13. Western Union - The Five Americans

14. Don't You Care - The Buckinghams

15. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feeling Groovy) - Harpers Bizarre

16. With This Ring - The Platters

17. Penny Lane - The Beatles

18. Dry Your Eyes - Brenda & The Tabulations

19. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles

20. I'm A Man - Spencer Davis Group

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 14, 1967

The Beatles in-between recording.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 13, 1967

Paul McCartney, London Heathrow Airport, 13th April 1967. Returns from America, where he has been celebrating the 21st Birthday of his actress girlfriend, Jane Asher.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 12, 1967

The Beatles in-between recording

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 11, 1967

Paul McCartney performs with Brian Wilson and John and Michelle Phillips

In the early hours of this morning, after he was recorded chewing celery on The Beach Boys' song Vegetables, Paul McCartney returned to John and Michelle Phillips' house in Los Angeles, where he had been the previous day.

McCartney brought Brian Wilson back to the Phillipses' house, and various musical instruments were brought out. John Phillips also filled a tray of glasses with different amounts of water, and McCartney made sounds by rubbing the rims. He also played cello and flugelhorn at the house.

The jam lasted much of the early morning, and McCartney and Mal Evans returned to Derek Taylor's house in time for breakfast. McCartney and Evans then flew back to England, during which ideas for the Magical Mystery Tour film and songs were worked upon.

McCartney borrowed a notepad from a flight stewardess and drafted the lyrics for the Magical Mystery Tour song. He then drew a rough plan for the film, using a circle divided into eight segments to represent the 60 minutes of a television special.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 10, 1967

Paul McCartney performs on The Beach Boys’ Vegetables

The day after their arrival in Los Angeles, Paul McCartney and Mal Evans spent the day shopping at Century Plaza, where Evans bought a talking pillow. 

In the afternoon the pair visited John and Michelle Phillips of The Mamas And The Papas. After a while McCartney left alone to meet The Beach Boys, leaving Evans with the Phillipses.

At the time Brian Wilson was working on the song Vegetables, intended for the Smile album but eventually released on Smiley Smile. McCartney was recorded chewing celery.

The night before a big tour, I was out in the studio recording the vocal when, to my surprise, Paul McCartney walked in and joined Brian at the console. And, briefly, the two most influential musical Geminis in the world had a chance to work together. I remember waiting for long periods of time between takes to get to the next section or verse. Brian lost track of the session. Paul would come on the talkback and say something like 'Good take, Al.'

 Al Jardine

The Beach Boys

McCartney also performed on an unreleased version of On Top Of Old Smokey. Shortly after midnight he arrived back at the Phillipses' house.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 9, 1967

Paul McCartney films Jane Asher in Denver

Paul McCartney had flown to the United States on April 4, 1967, to surprise Jane Asher on her 21st birthday. Afterwards they spent several days together.

In the morning Evans took McCartney's camera to be repaired at a shop in Denver, Colorado, where they were staying. After returning the mended camera to its owner he went to the Civic Center park where he spent some time at the Greek amphitheatre.

In the afternoon McCartney filmed Asher walking among trees. It was on this day that he had the idea for a television special, which subsequently became the Magical Mystery Tour project.

I used to do a lot of amateur filming and from my interest in that it was a very small step for me to say, 'Well, if we hired a film cameraman and we told him where to shoot, then we're starting to film, aren't we? As long as we know that we want to go over Westminster Bridge backwards, he'll be able to do that. I can convey it to him.' So, the idea tumbled together that we'd hire a bus, take a bunch of people out and start trying to make up something about a magical mystery tour.

It used to just be called a mystery tour, up north. When we were kids, you'd get on a bus, and you didn't know where you were going, but nearly always it was Blackpool. From Liverpool, it was inevitably Blackpool and everyone would go, 'Oooo, it was Blackpool after all!' Everyone would spend time guessing where they were going, and this was part of the thrill. And we remembered those. So much of the Beatles' stuff was a slight switch on a memory; in Penny Lane, the nurse and the barber and the fireman were just people we saw on a bus route, but this time they'd be with us. So we'd always just heighten the reality to make a little bit of surreality. That we were interested in.

Paul McCartney

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 8, 1967

Paul McCartney and Mal Evans holiday in Denver

Paul McCartney and Mal Evans continued their stay in Denver, Colorado on this day, without Jane Asher who was appearing in a matinée performance of William Shakespeare's Romeo And Juliet in the city.

McCartney and Evans drove into the Rocky Mountains past Central City into the old Boodle Mine. During the trip their hired car got stuck in snow and mud, but they eventually made their way back to Central City and ate a meal in Paul's Café. Afterwards they watched a local country singer perform across the road in the Gilded Garter bar.

The pair returned to Denver in time to see the Old Vic theatre company's performance of Romeo And Juliet.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 7, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

The Beatles were mostly absent when the stereo mixes of Sgt. Pepper were prepared - they considered mono of paramount importance and so were always around for these, but were generally content to leave the stereos to George Martin and Geoff Emerick. Working this day from 7:00 pm to 1:00 am, they produced stereo masters of "With A Little Help From My Friends" (with its preceding crossfade into the title song). "Being For The Benefit of Mr. Kite!", "Fixing A Hole", and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds".