The Beatles’ diary -- 14th September 1966

Wednesday, 14th September 1966

UK singles chart
  1. Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles
  2. All Or Nothing – The Small Faces
  3. God Only Knows – The Beach Boys
  4. They’re Coming To Take Me Away Ha-Haa – Napoleon XIV
  5. Too Soon To Know – Roy Orbison
UK albums chart
  1. Revolver – The Beatles
  2. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  3. Pet Sounds – The Beach Boys
  4. Blonde On Blonde – Bob Dylan
  5. Paradise Hawaiian Style – Elvis Presley

George cut off all his hair and grew a moustache, and flew to India to study the sitar with Ravi Shankar. They were careful to check in under the pseudonyms Mr and Mrs Sam Wells, but it was no use, because a nosey little bell-boy tipped off the press, and it wasn’t too long before the hotel was besieged by the papers wondering what he was up to. But Ravi saved the day by telling them: “George has come to India, not as a Beatle, but as my ‘disciple’,” and they de-camped to Ravi’s houseboat high up in the Himalayas. The sitar practice was held at Rishikesh (which would later play host to The Beatles’ Maharishi trip).

The following month-and-a-half was a real eye-opener for George, and he began a life-long fascination with Indian religion. And for the first time in nearly ten years …

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