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Saville Theatre, Shaftesbury Ave. London
Set to perform live on British television on August 1, their first such appearance in more than a year, the Beatles spent part of this day in private rehearsal on stage at the Saville Theatre, a central London venue leased by brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises from April 1, 1965 until after his death.
While there, the group also gave two inteviews for BBC radio, principally discussing HELP!, premiered in London just the night before, July 29th. The first interview was with Dibbs Mather, a long and witty conversation which was, most unusually, distributed by the BBC's Transcription Service to the British Council which promoted British culture in foreign countries. Along with disc material, it was packaged simply titled The Beatles, sent to the British Council in New York and dispatched from there to specified US radio stations for local broacast.
The second interview was with British entertainer/comic actor Lance Percival, two minutes of which was broadcast the next day, between 12:00 noon and 12:29 pm, in his Light Programme records show Lance A Gogo.
Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle, Mark Lewisohn
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Setting off a chain of events that would culminate in public bonfires of The Beatles' records and a public backlash that at times made the group fearful for their lives, the US teen magazine Datebook on this day republished John Lennon's remarks that "The Beatles are more popular than Jesus".
Lennon's remarks had first appeared in England in March 1966 by journalist Maureen Cleave.
Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. I needn't argue about that; I'm right and I will be proved right. We're more popular than Jesus now; I don't know which will go first - rock 'n' roll or Christianity. Jesus was all right but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
Although the remarks were barely noticed in the UK, they were featured in Datebook in a cover story titled "The Ten Adults You Dig/Hate The Most." The article contained a section on Lennon, which republished the Jesus quote out of its original context.
The magazine, hitherto a minor player in the teen market, unexpectedly sold around a million copies. American Christian fundamentalists were outraged, and angry hordes, concentrated in the southern states, organized bonfires of Beatles records and memorabilia.
The group's music was banned by a number of radio stations in the south, and The Beatles were forced to attempt to limit the damage. Their manager Brian Epstein attempted to explain that Lennon had merely expressed surprise at his level of fame.
With The Beatles' US tour looming, and with death threats being made against the group and their families, Lennon was eventually pressed into apologizing at a Chicago press conference on August 11th.
Lennon's comments did much to quell the animosity against the group, and a planned wave of Beatles bonfires were called off. However, The Beatles remained nervous throughout their final tour.
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Johanneshovs Isstadion, Sanstuvagen, Stockholm, Sweden
The Beatle's second visit to Sweden inside ten months saw them give four performances over two nights at this 8500 seat ice hockey arena, at 6:45 and 10:00 each night. On two occasions they played to less than capacity audiences. During the first show, Paul received a mild electric shock from an unearthed microphone. John, too, suffered a jolt.
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The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording overdubs for Sun King / Mean Mr. Mustard and Come Together. Then The Beatles record John Lennon's Polythene Pam and Paul McCartney's She Came In Through The Bathroom Window as one continuous piece (39 takes plus overdubs).
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Top #5 songs in the USA
Top #5 songs in the UK
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Odeon Cinema, The Centre, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
Visiting from London, Dezo Hoffmann spent one of these six days with the Beatles, taking photographs and color (mute) 8mm home movies of the group at their hotel and on location on the beach at nearby Brean Down, where they dressed in Victorian bathing-costumes and also went go-karting.
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ABC Theatre, Blackpool
An appearance on the live variety programme Blackpool Night Out, the summer edition of Big Night Out, networked to all ITV stations by ABC Television direct from the town's ABC Theatre between 8:25 and 9:25 pm. As usual, the show was hosted by comedian brothers Mike and Bernie Winters. The Beatles headed the list of guest stars, which also included Chita Rivera, Frank Berry, Jimmy Edwards, and Lionel Blair.
The Beatles had flown up to Blackpool the previous day and spent all of the Sunday rehearsing inside the ABC Theatre. As well as performing five songs, "A Hard Day's Night", "And I Love Her", "If I Fell", "Things We Said Today", and "Long Tall Sally", they also participated in comedy sketches, including one where John, Paul, George and the Winters performed a medical operation on Ringo. In another, they acted as refuse collectors.
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The Beatles' All You Need Is Love was issued in the USA 10 days after it was released in the United Kingdom.
As with the UK version, the b-side was Baby You're A Rich Man, which had originally been intended for the Yellow Submarine film.
All You Need Is Love entered the charts on 29 July, spent a week at number one, and stayed in the charts for nine weeks. Its catalogue number was Capitol 5964.
The song also appeared on the LP version of Magical Mystery Tour, which was released in the USA on 27 November.
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The A Hard Day's Night single is #1 for the 1st week and With The Beatles is 24th week in the Top 30.
ABC-TV broadcasts the program "The Road To Beatlemania.
John Lennon buys Kenwood, his home in Weybridge.
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The title track of The Beatles debut feature film and fourth US album was released as a single on this day in America.
A Hard Day’s Night was issued as Capitol 5222. Its b-side was I Should Have Known Better.
Its parent album had been released by United Artists, who owned the rights to the film. However, Capitol were able to issue the songs in other formats, hence the release of several songs from the soundtrack as singles.
The single entered the US charts five days after its release, and from 1 August spent two weeks at number one. On that day a record was set, as The Beatles held the number one positions in the single and album charts in both the UK and US.
The single A Hard Day’s Night sold more than a million copies in America in its first five weeks on sale.
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The Beatles returned triumphant to their home-town for a press conference at Liverpool airport, a remarkable drive through the streets from there into the city centre, cheered and applauded every inch of the way, a civic reception held in their honour at the Town Hall and then, in the evening, the northern premiere of a Hard Day's Night at the Odeon Cinema. More than 200,000 Liverpudlians spent at least some part of the day greeting the group, a reception which, meant more to John, Paul, George and Ringo than any other.
Television cameras whirred for much of the day, with resulting footage going into news bulletins pretty much the world over. Additionally, this evening's BBC1 local news-magazine program, Look North featured a report on their airport arrival plus a four minute piece comprising actuality from the press conference and an exclusive interview with the Beatles by reporter Gerald Harrison. Over on Granada Television, Scene at 6:30, broadcast film of their arrival at Speke, an exlusive interview done at the airport and footage of the Town Hall balcony parade, John treating the massed crowd below to Sieg Heil signs.
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Following their first trip to India, The Beatles returned to England on this day.
They arrived at London Airport at 6am. A brief press conference was held, and George Harrison and Ringo Starr were interviewed by the radio show Today on the BBC Home Service.
The following is a transcript of The Beatles' interview with the ITV network.
Q: At the airport, did they come up and start physically threatening you?
Paul McCartney: We got to the airport and our road managers had a lot of trouble trying to get the equipment in because the escalators had been turned off, and things. So we got there, and we got put into the transit lounge. And we got pushed around from one corner of the lounge to another, you know.
John Lennon: 'You're treated like ordinary passenger! Ordinary passenger!' Ordinary passenger, what, he doesn't get kicked, does he?
McCartney: And so they started knocking over our road managers and things, and everyone was falling all over the place.
Q: That started worrying you, when the road manager got knocked over.
McCartney: Yeah, and I swear there were 30 of 'em.
Q: What do you say there were?
Lennon: Well, I saw sort of five in sort of outfits, you know, that were doing the actual kicking and booing and shouting.
Q: Did you get kicked any?
Lennon: No, I was very delicate and moved every time they touched me. But I was petrified. I could have been kicked and not known it, you know. We'll just never go to any nuthouses again.
Q: Would you go to Manila again, George?
George Harrison: No, I didn't even want to go that time.
Lennon: Me too.
Harrison: Because we'd heard that it was a terrible place anyway, and when we got there. It was proved.
Source: The Beatles Bible
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(Victory) Memorial Hall, Northwich
Prior to this performance, all four Beatles attended and brought chaos to the annual Northwich Carnival at Verdin Park, Northwich. Paul even crowned the new carnival queen. All good PR
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Rizal Memorial Football Stadium, Vito Cruz St., Manila, Luzon, The Phillippines
The calm before the storm, two performances before a total of 80,000 fans, 30,000 at the afternoon show and 50,000 in the evening.
The Beatles had never intended to snub the Philippines' First Lady, Imelda Marcos, however, on this day they awoke to chaotic scenes as a result of the misunderstanding.
The Manila Times newspaper carried a front-page story accusing The Beatles of "snubbing the First Lady and the three Marcos children," leading to serious ramifications for the group. Just after eight that morning a man in a shiny suit carrying a brown briefcase came to deliver an envelope for Brian Epstein: 'Here is your bill for the income tax due on The Beatles' fee.' Our contract with Cavalcade, as with most concert promoters outside the UK, was very precise on the matter of local taxes. The responsibility for payment belonged with the promoter. Ramon Ramos Jr was contractually liable for the settlement of any tax bills. But the taxman insisted that the full fee was taxed as earnings regardless of any other contracts.
His words were confirmed by the Manila Daily Mirror headline: BEATLES TOLD: PAY NOW, LEAVE LATER. The newspapers carried hostile headlines such as FURORE OVER BEATLES SNUB DAMPENS SHOW and IMELDA STOOD UP: FIRST FAMILY WAITS IN VAIN FOR MOPHEADS. According to a palace spokesperson, The Beatles had 'spit in the eye of the First Family.' It was also reported quite erroneously that The Beatles had requested an audience with Imelda Marcos in the first place, the one press story that brought forth hollow laughter from the boys.
From then on The Beatles' troubles escalated. Staff at the Hotel Manila refused to provide room service or to handle their baggage, although their driver remained loyal. The group's press officer Tony Barrow and NEMS employee Vic Lewis travelled ahead to the airport to check in.
Eventually the group's manager Brian Epstein filed a bond for Pesos 74,450 to settle the tax levy, leaving NEMS Enterprises with a financial loss for the Filipino leg of the tour. Contesting the matter would have been fruitless, and the priority for The Beatles' party was to leave the country at the earliest opportunity.
At Manila International Airport, management and staff had been instructed to give no assistance to The Beatles' party. Escalators stopped working as they approached them, forcing them to carry heavy amplifiers and instrument cases.
Once they made it on board the KLM aeroplane the turbulence continued. Tony Barrow and Mal Evans were ordered off once again. Stricken with anxiety, Evans turned to the others and said: "Tell Lil I love her," a reference to his wife.
Evans and Barrow were worried that they would miss the flight and be stuck in Manila at the mercy of the locals. To their relief, it turned out that The Beatles' party's immigration papers had not been properly processed upon their arrival. This left them technically as illegal immigrants, with potentially serious ramifications. Eventually the passports were stamped and they were free to leave.
The flight's departure time had elapsed, but Epstein and Lewis persuaded the pilot to wait for Barrow and Evans. The delay lasted 44 minutes.
Just minutes after the aeroplane left Filipino soil, a press statement was issued by President Marcos which absolved The Beatles of any wrongdoing.The Beatles' flight was bound for New Delhi, where they hoped to enjoy a relaxing break. They arrived the following day to unwelcome scenes of Beatlemania, strengthening their resolve to end touring.
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Plaza de Toros Monumental, Avenue de led Corts - Catalanes, Barcelona, Spain
Another bullring concert, at 10:45 pm, and the last date on the European tour. The Beatles' two-hour Iberia flight from Barcelona to London Airport on July 4th touched down at 12:00 noon.
Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle by Mark Lewisohn
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Studio Five, Maida Vale Studios, London
The four week trial of "Pop go the Beatles" had been a success, and the BBC booked another run, a further 11 programs, making 15 in total. These additional shows ran after only a two-week absence and featured a new host, Rodney Burke, replacing Lee Peters. The Beatles' disregard for names continued. Off air they had called Lee Peters "Pee Litres", on air at the start of the program, when the host said, "My name is Rodney Burke", John piped up "That's your fault!"
The Beatles taped their contribution to the fifth edition on this day, to be broadcast in the Light Programme on Tuesday, July 16th, between 5:00 and 5:29 pm. Rehearsal and recording took place at Maida Vale Studios between 6:30 and 9:30 pm. From the standpoint of musical versatility, no other Beatles session for BBC radio could match this, they began with a cover of Elvis Presley's "That's All Right (Mama)" and followed with their own "There's a Place", Chuck Berry's "Carol", Arthur Alexancer's "Soldier Of Love (Lay down your arms)", Carl Perkins' "Lend me your comb" and the Jodimars' "Clarabella". Yet more songs were recorded but not broadcast: the Coaster's "Three cool cats", Chuck Berry's "Sweet little sixteen" and their own "Ask me why". The Beatles' guest act in this edition was Duffy Power with the Graham Bond Quarter.