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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 1, 1966

The documentary film of The Beatles' August 15, 1965 concert at New York's Shea Stadium had its world première on BBC 1 in the UK on this day.

The concert had been filmed by Sullivan Productions, owned by Ed Sullivan, in association with Brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises and Subafilms, the company co-owned by Epstein and The Beatles.

The 48-minute programme was shown in black and white on the BBC's main channel. The songs She's A Woman and Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby were left out of the final edit, which also featured audio overdubs recorded in London on January 5, 1966.

In the US the film was shown in colour in cinemas. Press advertisements were designed by Klaus Voormann, The Beatles' friend from Hamburg who designed the cover artwork for Revolver later in 1966.

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