Beatles A Day in the Life Blog posts of '1965' 'February'

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 28, 1965 (Sunday)

The Beatles filmed on Cabbage Beach on Paradise Island, returning there the next day to shoot at a French gourmet restaurant called Cafe Martinique.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 27, 1965 (Saturday)

The Beatles worked both days of the weekend while in the Bahamas which were spent shooting on Balmoral Island, including a sequence miming to "Another Girl".


Top 20 Song Chart for February 27, 1965

Eight Days A Week by The Beatles leaps from number 6 to hit number one this week. The Temptations becomes second on the top 20 this week with My Girl, up from 3. This Diamond Ring brings Gary Lewis And The Playboys down to number 3 with last week's number one song.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 26, 1965 (Friday)

Today was an especially busy day. Ringo was filming at the yacht basin and in front of the Post Office on Bay Street, George and Ringo at the kapok tree-house in the gardens of the Royal Victoria Hotel, and John running out of the public library shouting "Ringo!" (Non-Beatles action also took place this day at the swampland at Lake Cunningham, where the prison-camp sequences were filmed).

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn (Source)

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 25, 1965 (Thursday)

Today the four filmed again (Help!) on Interfield Road, Ringo and John were filmed at the nearby stadium of the Bahamas Softball Association, and Paul only was filmed at some lime quarry caves.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 24, 1965 (Wednesday)

The Beatles had their first full day of shooting (Help!), adhering to an 8:30 am to 5:30 pm schedule which, approximately, was maintained each day. They were filmed for the first of several occasions cycling around on Interfield Road, near the airport.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 23, 1965 (Tuesday)

Although today was intended as a rest day following their trip from London to New Providence Island in the Bahamas, The Beatles began filming their second feature film on this day.

Filming began in the afternoon. Firstly, in an unused scene Ringo Starr listened to conch shells in the docks near Mackey Street, before all four Beatles were filmed swimming fully-clothed in the pool at the Nassau Beach Hotel in the island's West Bay region.

The Beatles worked without a day off over the next 14 days in the Bahamas.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 22, 1965 (Monday)

The Beatles flew into the Bahamas to shoot their next film, Help! A Hard Day's Night had been shot in black and white, under dull skies and in drab London-area locations like Gatwick, Notting Hill Gate, Hammersmith and West Ealing. Help! (though it didn't have this title yet) was filmed in color on bright Bahamian beaches, glittering Austrian mountains and, even in the London area, at more affluent locations such as Asprey's and the beautiful country house at Cliveden.

There was another reason why Help! was part-filmed in the Bahamas, however. The Beatles' financial advisor, Dr. Walter Strach, had recently established there a tax shelter for the group. This obliged him to live on the island for a year and let to the suggestion that, to show goodwill, the Beatles should film in this British crown colony. So the Beatles set up residence in a house at the luxurious Balmoral Club, near Cable Beach. All of the shooting took place on the 21 mile long island of New Providence, amid great numbers of sightseers.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 21, 1965 (Sunday)

The Beatles get ready to shoot their 2nd film, Help!

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 20, 1965 (Saturday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

There being so few Beatles/EMI recordings remaining unreleased, it's somewhat bizarre that inside three days the group should tape two songs destined for such a fate, for with "If You've Got Trouble" scarcely yet a painful memory, another Lennon-McCartney song begun this day, "That Means A Lot", suffered the same ending. Written for the new film, the Beatles made two separate attempts at recording it - in two takes between 12:00 noon and 5:15 pm this day, and again on March 30th, before giving up and, instead, donating it to PJ Proby for his exclusive use. (Proby recorded his version at EMI on April 7, 1965, produced by Ron Richards).

Five more mono mixes were done on this day too - of "If You've Got Trouble", Tell Me What You See" and "You're Going To Lose That Girl" between 11:00 am and 12:00 noon, and of "That Means A Lot" and "You've Got To Hide Your Love Away" between 5:15 and 6:00 pm, thereby completing a full mixed set of all 11 songs recorded by the Beatles during the week of February 15-20. Stereo mixes of all 11 new songs were made in studio one at EMI between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm on Tuesday, February 23rd, under the supervision of balance engineer Norman Smith.

The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 19, 1965 (Friday)

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

John's "You're Going To Lose That Girl" was recorded from start to finish in a single afternoon session, 3:30-6:20 pm, with two basic takes and overdubs. A later attempt to improve the song was abandoned and never used, and the Help! soundtrack album featured the February 19th recording.