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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: February 2, 1968

Television Rehearsal Rooms, London

While Ringo was engaged in more daytime rehearsals for Cilla, George Martin was working at Abbey Road making a copy of the "Only A Northern Song" vocal track, presumably to aid his incidental soundtrack contribution to Yellow Submarine, now approaching completion.

This day's copy of Harrison's vocals was most likely to help in the construction of certain sections in the score.

None of The Beatles were present for this session, which took place from 12.00-1pm in the control room of Abbey Road's Studio Two.

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Television Rehearsal Rooms, Victoria Rd. North Acton, London

Off camera daytime rehearsals for Ringo at the BBC's specially designated premises in North Acton, West London, running through with Cilla Black his guest appearance in her TV series, set for live broadcast the following Tuesday evening.

 

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

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The #1 song in the US on January 29, 1968

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Radio: The Kenny Everett Show

John Lennon gave an interview on this day to Kenny Everett, for the presenter's BBC Radio 1 show.

It took place at Kenwood, Lennon's home in Weybridge. Everett took a tape recorder to the house, and recorded the interview in the morning.

In the recording, Lennon appears either tired or under the influence of drugs. He attempts to explain the lyrics to Strawberry Fields Forever, but has trouble remembering the song. He does, however, admit that the song took so long to complete that he lost perspective on its meaning, but was gradually realising that it reflected his confused state of mind at the time.

The interview was broadcast eight days later on The Kenny Everett Show, on Sunday February 4th from 10am to midday.

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

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The Beatles film their Yellow Submarine appearance

All four Beatles were at Twickenham Film Studios on this day to record an on-screen appearance for the end of the Yellow Submarine film. The sequence was carefully scripted, although The Beatles' natural charm recalled the witticisms of their early press conferences, group interviews and fan club recordings.Filming took place following a series of test-runs and camera rehearsals. The sequence was shown towards end of the film, to introduce All Together Now and the closing credits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 24, 1968

The Beatles are taking a break today.