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1967, February

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 28, 1967

Recording: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

The Beatles intended to begin the recording of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds during this session. Rehearsals took so long, however, that no proper takes were recorded.

The session lasted eight hours and, although the night'...
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 27, 1967

February 27, 1967 issue of London's Daily Mail

“Turn on, tune in, drop out.”  This phrase, first popularized by counter-culturist Timothy Leary in late 1966, advocated embracing cultural changes and detaching yourself from existing forms of conventionality.  Leary explained in his 1983 autobiograph...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 26, 1967

The Beatles in-between recording sessions.

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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 25, 1967

1967--The Beatles' promotional films for Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane are broadcast for the first time on US television, on the ABC-TV program "Hollywood Palace." Additional showings are on March 11 ("Clay Cole's Diskotek" and "American Bandstand") and March 14 ("Where the Action Is").

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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 24, 1967

Recording: Lovely Rita

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

Work continued on the Sgt. Pepper song Lovely Rita during this session, which began at 7pm and finished at 1.15am the following morning.

The Beatles were visited in the studio by Tony Hicks...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 23, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

This 7:00 pm to 3:45 am session began with Geoff Emerick preparing the stereo master of "A Day In The Life". When completed, the Beatles set to work on a new song; Paul's Lovely Rita, recording eight rhythem track takes and reducing the eighth into take nine, onto wh...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 22, 1967

Recording, mixing: A Day In The Life

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Following the February 10th session, in which the orchestral overdubs were added to A Day In The Life, the song was completed on this day with the recording of the final piano chord.

At the close of the 10 February session an a...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 21, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

"Fixing A Hole", one of the least complicated recordings on Sgt. Pepper, was completed during this 7:00 pm to 12:45 am session by means of overdubs onto a reduction mixdown of the second take from the Regent Sound session of February 9th. The song was then mixed into...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 20, 1967

Studio Three, EMI Studios, London

When the Beatles started work on "Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite" John had told George Martin that he wanted the recording bathed in circus atmosphere. Unable to trace an authentic hand-operated stream organ for the part, George realized that the required sound ...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 19, 1967

February 19, 1967 - Fan photo of Cynthia on husband John's lap with Ringo Starr in the backseat of a car after attending a Chuck Berry concert at the Savile Theatre. Brian Epstein's reflection is captured in the window.

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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 18, 1967

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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 17, 1967

UK single release: Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever

A key date in The Beatles' career came with the UK release of perhaps their finest single of all, the double a-side Penny Lane/Strawberry Fields Forever. Although heralded upon its release as a major advance for the group - and, indeed, for We...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 16, 1967

Studios Three, EMI Studios, London

A 7:00 pm - 1:45 am session which began wit the overdubbing of vocals and bass onto the best February 8th basic track recording of "Good Morning Good Morning". A rough mono mix was done before take eight was reduced into take nine and ten. Overdubs onto the latter...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 15, 1967

The Beatles in-between recording sessions.

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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 14, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

More work on "Only A Northern Song", George overdubbing two lead vocals onto take 12, which was a reduction of take three made  at the start of the 7:00 pm - 12:30 am session. Rough mono mixes were then made so that acetate discs could be cut.

Below a candid picture...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 13, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

This 7:00 pm to 3:30 am session began with the preparation of four new mono mixes of "A Day In The Life" and then turned to the recording of a new number. George's "Only A Northern Song". (In keeping with George's frequent shortage of song titles, it started out that...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 12, 1967

The Beatles in-between recording

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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 11, 1967

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's,Twickenham

Its marked contrast to the films A Hard Day's Night and Help!, which had been finished and released a few short months after going into production, How I Won The War was a much slower affair. Although shot through the autumn of 1966 - John completi...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 10Recording: A Day In The Life, 1967

Recording: A Day In The Life

Studio One, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

One of the most significant Beatles recording sessions took place on this day: the orchestral overdubs for "A Day In the Life".

John Lennon had suggested the use of a symphony orchest...
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 9, 1967

Regent Sound Studios, Tottenham Court Rd. London

The Beatles' first EMI session at a British studio other than Abbey Road. Regent Sound was one of the few independently owned facilities in London at this time.

No longer a member of EMI staff, George Martin was free to travel with the Beatles, but ...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 8, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

a 7:00 pm to 2:15 am session in which the Beatles taped eight fairly straightforward rhythm track takes of a new song, John's "Good Morning Good Morning", its title inspired by a British TV commercial for Kellogg's cornflakes.

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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 7, 1967

Knole Park, Sevenoaks

To complete the "Penny Lane" clip, the Beatles returned to Knole Park during the late morning and filmed two final sequences; one in which they rode their white horses out through an archway in a ruined wall, and around the wall to their right; the other in which, despite the ...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 6, 1967

The Beatles enjoying a break between clips of "Penny Lane".

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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 5, 1967

Filming: Penny Lane

Angel Lane, Stratford, London

The Beatles began making the promo film for Penny Lane on this day. It was a two-day shoot, completed two days later.

For this first day they were filmed in and around Angel Lane in Stratford, London. The Beatles rode horses and walked in the are...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 4, 1967


Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane

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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 3, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

More overdubs onto take six of "A Day In The Life". Paul re-recorded his vocal track, and also bass, and Ringo's wiped his original drum track in favor of a new and distinctive tom-tom sound. The session took place from 7:00 pm to 1:15 am.

Source: The Complete Beatl...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 2, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Overdubbing of Paul's lead and the group's backing vocal onto "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", followed by a reduction mixdown of take nine into take ten, ready for future overdubs. A rough mono mix, for acetate-cutting purposes, was made at the end of the 7:...

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 1, 1967

Studio Two, EMI Studios

It wasn't going to be Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band until "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" came along. That is, the album was not  "The Sgt. Pepper Project" until the recording of this Paul McCartney song and Paul's realisation soon afterwards that the Beatles...

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