The Beatles’ diary -- 3rd July 1966

Sunday, 3rd July 1966

UK singles chart
  1. Paperback Writer – The Beatles
  2. Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra
  3. Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
  4. River Deep Mountain High – Ike & Tina Turner
  5. Nobody Needs Your Love – Gene Pitney
UK albums chart
  1. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  2. Aftermath – The Rolling Stones
  3. Small Faces – The Small Faces
  4. Animalisms – The Animals
  5. Cilla Sings A Rainbow – Cilla Black

The start of the famous Philippines tour. Things immediately got off to a bad start when the police stormed onto the plane and carted them off into ‘protective custody’. George said: “Everywhere else – America, Sweden, Germany – even though there was a mania, there was always respect because we were famous showbiz personalities, but in Manilla it was a very negative vibe. We were being bullied for the first time… They took us right off the plane (these gorillas, huge guys, no smiles, white shirts, short sleeves) and then immediately confiscated our ‘diplomatic bags’, and took just the four of us, John, Paul, Ringo and me, without Brian or Neil or Mal… We got in the car and the guy drove off. Our bags were on the runway and I was thinking, This is it, we’re going to get busted… …

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