The Beatles’ diary -- April 1965

April 1965

Thursday, 1st April

Freddie Lennon turned up on John’s doorstep again, trying to worm his way back into John’s life. John greeted him with the line, “And where have you been for the last twenty years?”

Monday, 5th April

Brian acquired a three-year lease on Savile Theatre. The idea was to subsidise his love of theatre with live rock and pop shows on Sunday evenings. He even had his own box for him and the Beatles to sit in with a private entrance onto the street. It had gorgeous leopard-skin print settees and a fridge for beer and munchies.

Tuesday, 6th April

‘Beatles For Sale’ EP – front cover ReleasedUK EP. Beatles For Sale Peak position: Record Retailer – #1

Friday, 9th April

‘Ticket To Ride’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. Ticket To Ride Peak position: BBC – #1; Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

Saturday, 10th April

Recording session for the TV show ‘Top Of The Pops’ at the Riverside Studios. This show was broadcast on 15th April (BBC1). They played Ticket To Ride and Yes It Is.

Sunday, 11th April

Performance at the Empire Pool in Wembley. They played I Feel Fine, She’s A Woman, Baby’s In Black, Ticket To Ride and Long Tall Sally.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘Poll Winners Concert’ at the Empire Pool. This show was broadcast on 18th April (ABC).

A further session for ‘The Eamonn Andrews Show’ took place later in the day at the Teddington Studio Centre. The programme was broadcast live (ABC) and featured music and interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. They played Ticket To Ride and Yes It Is.

Tuesday, 13th April

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–23:15) during which they recorded Help!.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘Pop Inn’ at the Twickenham Studios This show was transmitted live (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Paul bought his house in Cavendish Avenue, St. John’s Wood for forty grand. It took him ten months to fix up, so he didn’t move in until March ’66. One of the first things he did was buy an old sheepdog called Martha to keep Jane company, and then he wrote a song about the hairy-faced old bitch. (Martha – I’m talking about Martha!) He also got some cats called Mary, Jesus and Joseph. “Jesus ran off,” he said. “Jospeh stuck around for a long time and then Mary had kittens.”

Friday, 16th April

Recording session for the TV show ‘Ready Steady Goes Live!’ at the Wembley Studios. The programme was broadcast live (Rediffusion) and featured interviews with John Lennon and George Harrison.

Monday, 19th April

‘Ticket To Ride’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Ticket To Ride Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

Wednesday, 28th April

John came face-to-face with the knicker-wetting, leather-wearing Welsh wizard, Tom Jones, on the set of TV’s ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’.

Thursday, 29th April

Recording session for the radio show ‘The Beatles’ at the Twickenham Studios This show was transmitted on 2nd May (Radio Luxembourg) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Jimmy Nicol (Ringo’s stand-in on the ’64 world tour) was declared bankrupt, leading to cruel rumours (by me) that he changed his name to Jimmy ‘gimme a’ Nicol.


 
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