The Beatles’ diary -- 30th June 1966

Thursday, 30th June 1966

UK singles chart
  1. Paperback Writer – The Beatles
  2. Strangers In The Night – Frank Sinatra
  3. Monday Monday – The Mamas & The Papas
  4. When A Man Loves A Woman – Percy Sledge
  5. Sunny Afternoon – The Kinks
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. Shadow Music – The Shadows

Performance at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, as part of their Tour of Germany and Japan. They played Rock And Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and I’m Down.

Their first concert at the Budokan Hall. George recalled: “It was strange because there had been students rioting against the cops and it was like being back in World War Two, because the police had those little steel helmets I remember we used to have left over from the war.” Huge crowds had been gathering all day because the Budokan was supposed to be a memorial to their war dead. It had only ever held martial arts displays and people thought if four shaggy-headed pop stars got up and plugged-in then all hell would break loose! “There were all these strange little people in weird cars and the flyover into Tokyo center went on forever,” he said. “They took us straight to the Tokyo Hilton and wouldn’t let us out. I didn’t set foot outside the Hilton except for doing the concert. …

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