Category Archives: Day in History

April 20th 1964 – Paul McCartney films an unused Scene for A Hard Day’s Night

April 20th 1964 – Filming: Paul McCartney’s unused scene in A Hard Day’s Night

Paul McCartney filmed a solo sequence for The Beatles’ debut feature film A Hard Day’s Night on this day. However, it was omitted from the final cut.

The premise was that McCartney was looking for Ringo Starr, who had gone missing temporarily. McCartney discovered a rehearsal room where he had a conversation with an actress, played by 18-year-old Isla Blair. It was filmed at the Jack Billings TV School of Dancing at 18 Goldhawk Road in London, above what was then The Bush pub, on Shepherds Bush Green.

The scene, however, remained unused. There have been many reasons put forward to why this was, mainly centering on it not fitting in with the rest of the film. However, I heard something different. In 2001,  I was asked along to Twickenham Film Studios by Director, Martin Lewis, to help with the bonus DVD of a Hard Day’s Night. One day the crew got together, and the next day the cast, to reminisce about their time on the film.
During the filming, I was told by 2 different people that worked on the film that the real reason this scene was cut was that Isla Blair was wearing a very low cut dress, and Paul kept on looking where he shouldn’t be! Well, he’s always been a breast man!

Paul McCartney with Isla Blair

April 18th 1963 – Twist and Shout at the Royal Albert Hall!

April 18th 1963. Yet another busy day for the Beatles. During the day, they do a photo session with Fiona Adams. One of the pics is selected as the cover of the Twist and Shout EP.

In the evening, they make their first appearance at the Royal Albert Hall, where they are part of the ‘Swinging Sound 63’ show, broadcast by BBC Radio.

Amongst the audience is Jane Asher, who is doing a photo shoot for ‘Radio Times’ magazine. She is asked to react to the many acts onstage. In the magazine, she is seen screaming at the Beatles. She meets them backstage, and gets on very well with Paul McCartney, and they start dating.

Also in the audience are the Rolling Stones. The Beatles had met the Stones a few days before at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, and asked the Stones along as their guests. After the show, Brian Jones helped the Bealtes’ roadies load the van with the Beatles instruments etc. Brian has long hair, and is mistaken for a Beatle by fans. He has to be dragged away from the screaming girls. However, as he is being led away, he has a big smile on his face, and is heard to mutter, ‘I want more of this!’

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The Twist and Shout EP
Jane Asher screaming at the Beatles at the Royal Albert Hall

March 5th 1963 – a Busy Day for the Beatles!

March 5th 1963 was a very busy day for the Beatles. They first did a photo session with John Dove at EMI House in Manchester Square, and at Montague Place, near the British Museum.

They then went to EMI Studios at Abbey Road to record their third single, ‘From Me To You’ and ‘Thank You Girl’, plus ‘The One After 909’ – which wasn’t released in 1963, but re-recorded for the ‘Let it Be’ album. The version recorded in 1963 wasn’t released until ‘Anthology One’ in 1995.

   

The Beatles on the steps of EMI Studios, Abbey Road, with the postman going by!
The Beatles in Montague Place, March 5th 1963. Notice John has put his glasses over the parking meter!
The Beatles on the step leading to the basement at EMI House, Manchester Squre
The Beatles in the canteen of EMI Studios, Abbey Road

11th February 1963 ‘Please Please Me’ in One Day

On February 11th 1963, the Beatles recorded their debut album Please Please Me in one day! (Their second album took even longer :>)

In an amazing recording session that lasted just shy of 10 hours, the Beatles recorded 10 tracks. The Beatles weren’t in tip top condition either – the winter of 1962/63 was one of the coldest on record, and John Lennon was suffering from a particularly bad cold, that was affecting his voice. He got through the session sucking on Zubes throat sweets. Paradoxically, right by the jar of Zubes was a huge jar of cigarettes, that the Beatles smoked constantly through the day.

Only 2 songs were recorded in the morning session, ‘There’s a Place’ and ‘Seventeen’ (the working title of ‘I Saw Her Standing There’) At lunchtime, the engineers went to the the local pub, the Heroes of Alma, but the Beatles stayed in the studio to rehearse.

After lunch, they recorded ‘Do You Want to Know a Secret’ and ‘Misery’. Then at the 7:30pm evening session, things really started to pick up pace. They first recorded their own song ‘Hold Me Tight’ – but it didn’t really work, and the song was re-recorded for the Beatles second album ‘With the Beatles’.

The Beatles then recorded four cover versions, ‘Anna (go to him)’ ‘Chains’ ‘Boys’ and ‘Baby It’s You’. By the time the Beatles recorded ‘Baby It’s You’, John Lennon’s voice was really rasping, and he and the other Beatles were glad that they thought the day was over, and retired to the canteen. But it wasn’t, because ‘Hold me Tight’ hadn’t worked out, another song was needed. After a short debate, it was decided that it should be ‘Twist and Shout’ – a real fan favourite at their gigs. John’s voice had nearly gone by then, so, according to some accounts, he took his shirt off and ripped into ‘Twist and Shout’ in his most raucous voice possible on the first take. A second take was attempted, but wasn’t needed, as John had nailed it with the first take, and also totally ruined his voice in doing it! What an end to an amazing day.

Even though Please Please Me only took one day to record, it stayed at number one in the UK album chart for 30 weeks, only to replaces by the Beatles second album ‘With the Beatles’!

February 10th 1967 – The Beatles Record ‘A Day in the Life”

February 10th 1967. The Beatles gather in Studio One, EMI Studios, Abbey Road, to record the orchestral overdub of ‘A Day in the Life. 40 musicians were asked to start playing the lowest note on their instruments and gradually go up to the highest note.
Some of the musicians had played on Beatles sessions before, Alan Civil played French Horn on For No One, and David Mason had played trumpet on Penny Lane.

The Beatles wanted to create a party atmosphere in the studio and invited along many friends. They included Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, Marianne Faithfull, Donovan, and Mike Nesmith of the Monkees. The musicians were asked to come in evening dress, but were also give party hats, false red noses and other weird things to wear. One of the violinist played with a huge Gorilla paw!

Tony Bramwell was asked to film the session for a proposed TV special about the making of Sgt Pepper. He bought along many cameras, and gave them to the guests to film anything that happened. The resulting film became the ‘A Day in the Life’ video.

BTW, the day after the recording session, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, and George and Patti Harrison went down to Redlands, Keith Richards home in Sussex, for a party. On February 12th the police raided the party and Mick and Keith were arrested on drugs charges, and subsequently jailed, before finally being released on appeal. George and Patti had left the party before the raid took place. Allegedly, because they weren’t on the police ‘hit list’ at the time, the police waited until after they’d left to carry out the raid.

February 9th – From the Cavern to Ed Sullivan to Wings

February 9th was very much ‘A Day in the Life’ of the Beatles! On February 9th 1961, the Beatles first appeared at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Quarrymen had played at the Cavern a few times in the late 1950s, when still mainly a skiffle group. However, they also did a few rock and roll songs, and club owner Alan Sytner, a jazz lover, told them to “Cut out the bloody rock!”

Finally, now called ‘The Beatles’ they got back into the Cavern through their great supporter, Bob Wooler. He managed to get them a fee of £5 for the gig. However there was a doubt whether Paul McCartney would be able to get to the gig. He had a full time job at Massey and Coggins, and although the gig was at lunchtime, there was no way Paul could get to the gig and back during his lunch hour. However, Paul just bunked over the wall and played the gig.

The Beatles went onto play at the Cavern nearly 300 times in the next 2.5 years…

John Lennon at the Cavern Club 9th February 1961

Exactly three years later, the Beatles made there first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, in front of a TV audience of 73 million people. Quite a leap in three years!!

 

Oh – and on 9th February 1972, Wings gave their first ever concert, at Nottingham University, 11 years to the day since the Beatles first played the Cavern!

8th February 1964 – Ed Sullivan Eve

Om 8th February 1964, the Beatles rehearsed for their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. However, George was ill with flu, so Neil Aspinall filled in for this photo shoot.

The Beatles also did a photoshoot in Cental Park. In this top picture, the arrow is pointing to the Dakota building, where John Lennon lived some 10 years later.

4th February 1968 – Recording Across the Universe – With a Little Help…

February 4th 1968. The Beatles are recording Across the Universe at EMI, Abbey Road.

Half way through the session, Paul McCartney comes out of the Studio, and asks the fans that are gathered in the car park whether they could ‘hold a high note’.

Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease said yes, and were led into the studio by Paul to sing backing vocals on Across the Universe!