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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 8, 1967

The Beatles enjoying a small break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 7, 1967

Sid Bernstein offered the Beatles One Million Quid to perform at Shea Stadium again - but they turned him down.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 6, 1967

Recording: Blue Jay Way

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

The recording of George Harrison's Magical Mystery Tour song Blue Jay Way was completed during this session, which began at 7pm and ended at midnight.

There had been one free track on the four-track tape at the end of the 7 September 1967 session. This was filled on this evening with a cello and tambourine overdub.

The tambourine part was likely to have been performed by a Beatle. The cellist was Peter Willison, who was paid £27 for his contribution.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 5, 1967

The Beatles taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 4, 1967

Television: The Frost Programme

Having made a well-received appearance on The Frost Programme on Friday 29 September, John Lennon and George Harrison returned to Wembley Studios in London to give another interview.

Once again, the subject of the 45-minute show was Transcendental Meditation. Lennon and Harrison answered questions posed by host David Frost, from viewers' letters and by members of the studio audience. They also took part in a discussion with various pro- and anti-meditation people.

The edition of The Frost Programme was recorded from 6-7pm, and was shown on the ITV network from 10.30-11.15pm on the same evening.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 3, 1967

The Beatles taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 2, 1967

Recording, mixing: Your Mother Should Know, Hello, Goodbye

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

This session, which began at 10pm and ended at 2.30am the following morning, saw the creation of final mono mixes of Your Mother Should Know, and the first takes of Hello, Goodbye.

 Five mono mixes of Your Mother Should Know, numbered 21-25, were the first to be tackled. The last of these became the master version. A stereo mix was made on 6 November 1967.

Hello, Goodbye was written too late to feature in the Magical Mystery Tour film, although it did appear over the end credits. It was destined instead to be The Beatles' next single.

The basic track was recorded in 14 takes, with piano, drums, organ and tambourine, under the working title Hello Hello. Take 14 was judged to be the best, and maracas, bongos and tambourine were overdubbed.

Before the end of the session two reduction mixes was made to allow for further overdubs. These mixes were numbered 15 and 16, the latter of which was used for subsequent recording. It featured all the instruments on track one of the tape.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 1, 1967

West Malling Air Station, West Malling, Maidstone

A one-day return to West Malling to film miscellaneous Magical Mystery Tour pick-up shots with the coach.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 30, 1967

Top 20 Song Chart for September 30, 1967

1. The Letter - The Box Tops

2. To Sir With Love - Lulu

3. Never My Love - The Association

4. Brown Eyed Girl - Van Morrison

5. Ode To Billie Joe - Bobbie Gentry

6. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me Higher) -  Jackie Wilson

7. Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie - Jack & The Techniques

8. Come Back When You Grow Up - Bobby Vee & The Strangers

9. I Dig Rock & Roll Music - Peter, Paul & Mary

10. Expressway (To Your Heart) - The Soul Survivors

11. Gimme Little Sign - Brenton Wood

12. How Can I Be Sure - The Young Rascals

13. Little Old Man (Uptight, Everything's Alright) - Bill Cosby

14. You Know What I Mean - The Turtles

15. I Make A Fool Of Myself - Frankie Valli

16. Dandelion - The Rolling Stones

17. Hey Baby (They're Playing Our Song) - The Buckinghams

18. Get On Up - The Esquires

19. Funky Broadway - Wilson Pickett

20. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: September 29, 1967

Television: The Frost Programme

John Lennon and George Harrison took part in an interview with David Frost for The Frost Programme on this evening. It was recorded before a studio audience between 6pm and 7pm at Studio One at Wembley Studios in London.

Lennon: "Buddha was a groove, Jesus was all right."

Harrison: "I believe in reincarnation. Life and death are still only relative to thought. I believe in rebirth. You keep coming back until you have got it straight. The ultimate thing is to manifest divinity, and become one with The Creator."

The interview was shown on the ITV network from 10.30-11.15pm. The programme also featured an interview with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, which had been recorded earlier in the day at London Airport.

Lennon and Harrison gave a second interview to The Frost Programme on October 4, 1967, when once again they discussed Transcendental Meditation.