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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: January 30, 1967

Filming: Strawberry Fields Forever

Having decided that their next single would be the double a-side Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane, The Beatles took part in promotional films. Work began on this day in Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent.

The films were both produced by Tony Bramwell for Subafilms, and were shot on colour 35mm film by a crew from London-based Don Long Productions. The Swedish director was Peter Goldmann, who had been recommended by Klaus Voormann.

Goldmann had arrived in England in early January and looked for suitable locations in London and elsewhere. The first location he decided upon was Knole Park, owned by the National Trust.

On this evening filming began on Strawberry Fields Forever. A number of sequences were shot around a dead oak tree near the park's birdhouse. The tree is no longer there.

Work on the Strawberry Fields Forever clip continued on the following day.

Mixing: A Day In The Life

 

A rough mono mix of A Day In The Life was made in the control room of Studio Three on this day. It was for demo purposes and wasn't intended for release, as recording wasn't yet complete on the song.

 

The Beatles were not present for the session, which began at 7pm and finished at 8.30pm. They were at Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent, to make promotional films for Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane.

 

 

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