The Beatles’ diary -- August 1965

August 1965

Sometime during August (date unknown) George Martin left EMI and started up his own company – Associated Independent Recordings (AIR). He also took two of EMI’s A&R men with him, as well as one from Decca. “I never made any money out of The Beatles’ success,” he said. “I just got my same old EMI salary, which I would have got anyway, as I was under contract. I never participated in their huge profits. But I’m glad of this, because I’ve always been able to speak freely. No one could ever say that I rode on the back of The Beatles.” EMI were obviously a bit pissed off with this, but there wasn’t a lot they could do about it. “I didn’t consult the boys before leaving,” he said. “I just took the chance that they still wanted me.” And so they did. When The Beatles found out that he was …

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Sunday, 1st August

Rehearsing for ‘Blackpool Night Out’‘Blackpool Night Out’ – 1 Aug ’65Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

Recording session for the TV show ‘Blackpool Night Out’ at the ABC Theatre. The programme was broadcast live (ABC). They played I Feel Fine, I’m Down, Act Naturally, Ticket To Ride, Yesterday and Help!.

Tuesday, 3rd August

John bought a house in Poole for his Aunt Mimi.

Friday, 6th August

‘Help!’ album – front cover ReleasedUK album. Help! Peak position: Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

Wednesday, 11th August

The US premiere of their second feature film ‘Help!’ in New York. None of The Beatles attended.

Friday, 13th August

‘Help!’ album – front cover ReleasedUSA album. Help! Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

The Beatles flew out of Heathrow for the start of their second US tour.

Sunday, 15th August

Performance at the Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, USA, attended by 55,600 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

There was also a recording session for the radio show ‘The Beatles Abroad’ Further recording took place on the 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th. This show was transmitted on 30th August (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

A further session for ‘The Beatles At Shea Stadium’ took place later in the day. This show was broadcast on 1st March 1966 (BBC1).

The Beatles first concert at Shea Stadium. This concert set new world records for attendance (55,600), revenue (£57,000), and noise (John declared it “louder than God”).

Tuesday, 17th August

Performance at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada, attended by 18,000 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

Wednesday, 18th August

Performance at the Atlanta Stadium in Atlanta, USA, attended by 30,000 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

Thursday, 19th August

Performance at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, USA, attended by 12,000 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

George remembered arriving into Houston in his book, ‘I Me Mine’. “Our advance man advised the police on the problems they might meet,” he said. “And their chief said, ‘That was Dallas – we’re not like that down here. Mind your own business.’ So he only put five cops on duty to wait for our arrival at the airport. As the wheels touched the runway, our pilot had to switch the engines off and coast, because there were ‘thousands’ of people all running down the runway. The pilot just parked up and within minutes, with us all inside, the crowds had climbed on the wings and they were knocking on the outside of the windows, and then falling off the wings!”

Friday, 20th August

Performance at the White Sox Park in Chicago, USA, attended by 62,000 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

Saturday, 21st August

Performance at the Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minneapolis, USA, attended by 25,000 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

Larry Kane described the relaxing ride to Portland: “My seat was on the right side of the plane, and my head was leaning against the window. I was in that position several hours later when my eyelids popped open in reaction to what appeared to be a bright light off the wing. Was I dreaming? There, in front of my eyes, was a fire, racing out of the right engine on the wing.”

Sunday, 22nd August

Performance at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, USA, attended by 20,000 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

Tuesday, 24th August

The Beatles invited The Byrds, Peter Fonda and some mates around their rented house and sat around tripping on LSD. This was John and George’s second trip, and Ringo’s first, but Paul didn’t take it for another couple of months.

Friday, 27th August

The Beatles met Elvis Presley and had a jam with him (and some cheeseburgers). John remembered: “There was only one person in the United States that we really wanted to meet, and that was Elvis. We just idolised the guy so much. When I first heard ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, I could hardly speak.”

Saturday, 28th August

Performance at the Balboa Stadium in San Diego, USA, attended by 17,000 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

Sunday, 29th August

Performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, USA, attended by 17,256 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

The Beatles held a press conference in Los Angeles.

Monday, 30th August

Performance at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, USA, attended by 17,256 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

The Beatles third concert at The Hollywood Bowl. Seven of these songs made it onto the 1977 album ‘The Beatles At The Hollywood Bowl’.

Tuesday, 31st August

Performance at the Cow Palace in San Fransisco, USA, attended by 18,000 people, as part of their Second American Tour. They played Twist And Shout, She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.


 
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