Category Archives: Day in History

John Lennon at Kenwood – May 1968

Here are a series of photos, taken by my good friend Marilyn Demmen, of John Lennon, and his home Kenwood, in May 1968. Marilyn was a regular visitor, and sometimes even got invited into the house. Marilyn thinks the great photo of her and John was taken the same weekend Yoko came was invited over and they made the ‘Two Virgins’ album

John Lennon outside ‘Kenwood’
John with Marilyn

9th May 1965 – A Busy ‘Day in the Life’ for the Beatles!

 

Firstly, they all go to New Bond Street to be filmed going into the famous jeweler, Asprey. When filming, John saw lots of fans running towards him. He ran into Asprey to avoid them, and out the other side. He was only in the shop for about 30 seconds, but managed to spend about £600 on jewellery on display. In today’s money that’s more like £10,000.

They then film outside the Dolphin restaurant in Marylebone, renamed the Rajahama for the film. They try to find out about the significance of the Ringo on Ringo’s finger from 2 ‘Easterners’ outside the restaurant. But as Ringo say’s ‘They’re from the West!’ to which one replies ‘No, I’m from the East – Stepney!’ BTW the ‘Easterners’ are played by Alfie Bass and Warren Mitchell, 2 of London’s best known comedy actors.

They’re from the West! Ringo outside the ‘Rajahama’ restaurant

They then go to St Margaret’s, Twickenham, to film 2 attempts of the dreaded Kahili to retrieve the ring. Firstly, Ringo and John are seen walking down South Western Road, where Ringo goes to post a letter in a letter box, outside 1 South Western Road, only to find one of the villains in the box. He then uses a weighing machine outside 42 Winchester Road, only to find there is a guillotine attached! This scene was filmed only a few metres from the Turks Head Pub, where Ringo upset the pub games in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

John and Ringo in South Western Road, Twickenham

If that wasn’t enough, in the evening the Beatles all go to see Bob Dylan in concert at the Royal Albert Hall!

Read all about these places in my book ‘Guide to the Beatles London’ and see then on my Beatles tours. For more info see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

May 1st 1966 – The Beatles Last Ever UK Scheduled Concert Performance

May 1st 1966 – the Beatles give their last ever scheduled UK Live performance at the NME Pollwinners Show at the Empire Pool, Wembley (now Wembley Arena).
Also on the same bill were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman’s Hermits, Roy Orbison, The Overlanders, The Alan Price Set, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Sounds Incorporated, Dusty Springfield, Crispian St Peters, The Walker Brothers, The Who, The Yardbirds and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Must have been some show!!
Most of the show was broadcast by ABC TV, but the managers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones hadn’t agreed terms for their artists to be shown, so the cameras were turned off during their performances. However the Beatles were filmed receiving their awards.

The amazing Line-up for the show
The Beatles onstage at the Empire Pool, Wembley
The Beatles receiving their awards at the 1966 NME Poll Winners Show

26th April 1982 – Paul McCartney Releases ‘Tug of War’

It was 36 years ago today – the release of Paul McCartney’s ‘Tug of War’ Album. I bought it on the day at Virgin in Oxford Street. On coming out I saw a blue Mercedes car passing me – and realised it was Paul’s car! He was on the way to nearby AIR Studios. Luckily there was a lot of traffic that day and I ran like hell and managed to get to AIR before Paul. On seeing me he said ‘Training for the Olympics are we!’ We had a short chat and he signed my album.
Great memories.

My copy of Tug of War – signed by Paul McCartney on its day of release
Blogger Richard Porter with Paul McCartney, during the making of Tug of War
Paul, Linda – and me, outside AIR Studios

 

April 24th – The Beatles in Pubs!

1960 – John and Paul play as the Nerk Twins at the Fox and Hounds pub, Caversham, Berkshire.
1964 – the Beatles celebrate the completion of filming for A Hard Day’s Night in Winchester Hall at the Turks Head pub, Twickenham.
1965 – the Beatles film a sequence for Help! at the City Barge pub at Strand on the Green, Chiswick

The City Barge Pub, Strand on the Green, Chiswick

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’!