The Beatles’ diary -- 26th December 1967

Tuesday, 26th December 1967

UK singles chart
  1. Hello, Goodbye – The Beatles
  2. I’m Coming Home – Tom Jones
  3. ukalbum-magical-mystery-tour – The Beatles
  4. If The Whole World Stopped Loving – Val Doonican
  5. Something’s Gotten Hold Of My Heart – Gene Pitney
UK albums chart
  1. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  2. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  3. Breakthrough – Various Artists
  4. Val Doonican Rocks But Gently – Val Doonican
  5. The Last Waltz – Engelbert Humperdinck

The first showing of ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ on British TV. It attracted 20 million viewers, but was immediately rubbished by the critics. James Greed, of the ‘Evening News’, wrote: “Take your pick from the words, ‘Rubbish, piffle, chaotic, flop, tasteless, nonsense, empty and appalling!’ I watched it, and there was precious little magic, and the only mystery was to how the BBC ever came to buy it.” Another reviewer moaned: “It was terrible! It was worse than terrible. I watched it in a room together with twenty-five other people, and we were all stunned!” Another one said: “The Beatles have made the biggest mistake of their careers. It was hopeless to think families, sitting around the box on Boxing Day full of Christmas cheer, would understand the intricate thought and …

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