The Beatles’ diary -- August 1966

August 1966

Monday, 1st August

Recording session for the radio show ‘David Frost At The Phonograph’ at the Broadcasting House This show was transmitted on 6th August (BBC Light Programme) and featured an interview with Paul McCartney.

Wednesday, 3rd August

Following the ‘anti-Jesus’ uproar in the States (and The Beatles anti-Africa snub), the South African government banned the sale of Beatles records, which was a bit rich… coming from a segregated state!

Friday, 5th August

‘Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. Yellow Submarine / Eleanor Rigby Peak position: BBC – #1; Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

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

Saturday, 6th August

Recording session for the radio show ‘The Lennon And McCartney Songbook’ at the Cavendish Avenue (Paul’s house) This show was transmitted on 29th August (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Brian held his own press conference in the States, trying to calm things down. He said: “The quote which John Lennon made to a London columnist nearly thee months ago has been quoted and misrepresented entirely out of the context in an American teenage magazine.”

Sunday, 7th August

The US Senator, Robert Flemming, announced a campaign to ban The Beatles from entering Pennsylvania.

Monday, 8th August

‘Yellow Submarine’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Yellow Submarine Peak position: Billboard – #2; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

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

In what was rapidly turning into a full-on Holy War, the South African government – now in full anti-Beatles mode – decided to ban the ‘playing’ of Beatles music as well. (This ban was still in force five years later. They lifted the embargo for Paul, George and Ringo’s solo albums, but they refused to import John’s until long after his death.) Spanish radio was reported to have banned the Beatles music “forever”, and even liberal Holland considered banning their songs.

Thursday, 11th August

The start of their last ever tour. Their first press conference in Chicago was dogged by questions about John’s ‘Jesus’ comment and he was forced to apologise, although he questioned what he was apologising for.

Friday, 12th August

Performance at the International Amphitheatre in Chicago, USA, attended by 13,000 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

Saturday, 13th August

Performance at the Olympia Stadium in Detroit, USA, attended by 30,800 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

A particularly nasty ‘book-burning’ took place in South Carolina. It had been arranged by the local radio station, KLUE, and was soured when the ‘Grand Dragon’ of the Ku Klux Klan nailed a Beatles LP to his cross and started parading around a pyre.

Sunday, 14th August

Performance at the Cleveland Stadium in Cleveland, USA (19:30), attended by 20,000 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

A concert got held up when twenty thousand kids staged a pitch invasion.

Monday, 15th August

‘This Is Where It Started’ album – front cover ReleasedUSA album. This Is Where It Started Peak position: Billboard – Didn’t enter; Cashbox – Didn’t enter; Record World – Didn’t enter

Performance at the DC Stadium in Washington DC, USA (20:00), attended by 32,164 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

They performed a concert in Washington and five members of the Ku Klux Klan demonstrated outside, marching round in white robes and wizards hats.

Tuesday, 16th August

Performance at the John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia, USA (20:00), attended by 21,000 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

Wednesday, 17th August

Performance at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada, attended by 32,000 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

John caused more controversy when he spoke out in support of the Viet Nam draft dodgers.

Thursday, 18th August

Performance at the Suffolk Downs Racetrack in Boston, USA (20:00), attended by 25,000 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

Friday, 19th August

Performance at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, USA, attended by 22,500 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

The fire-cracker concert in Memphis, Tennessee. They’d been getting death threats all week, and the authorities had to delay the start to search for a non-existent bomb. When they finally took to the stage they were pelted with a pile of rotten fruit from a gaggle of Beatle-haters underneath the stage.

Saturday, 20th August

Their concert in Cincinnati had to be called off because it was pouring down with rain, and they’d forgotten to put up a roof! Furious arguments ensued backstage with Brian calling them a bunch of amateurs, and the promoters pointing out that 35,000 kids had already taken their seats.

Sunday, 21st August

Performance at the Busch Stadium in St. Louis, USA (20:30), attended by 23,000 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

They played another show at the Crosley Field in Cincinnati, USA later in the day, attended by 12,000 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

Paul finally relented, and agreed to pack up touring for good after this piss-poor concert in St. Louis.

Monday, 22nd August

John upped the ante by speaking out against America’s involvement in the Viet Nam war.

Tuesday, 23rd August

Performance at the Shea Stadium in Queens, New York, USA (19:30), attended by 44,600 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

Their second show at Shea Stadium, but they didn’t manage to sell it out this time – 11,000 seats were left empty.

Thursday, 25th August

Performance at the Coliseum in Seattle, USA, attended by 22,582 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

Saturday, 27th August

The Beatles attended a press conference in Seattle.

Sunday, 28th August

Performance at the Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, USA, attended by 45,000 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

The Beatles played a gig to 45,000 at the Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles. Their limo had to turn back after the kids started clambering all over it, and the police had to beat them back with batons.

Monday, 29th August

The Beatles arriving into San Francisco AirportArriving at San Francisco Airport – 29 Aug ’66Photo: Jim Marshall

Performance at the Candlestick Park in Jamestown, San Francisco, USA (20:00), attended by 25,000 people, as part of their Third American Tour.

Their last-ever live concert, at Candlestick Park. They had already decided to call a halt to the touring so John took a camera on-stage and started taking pictures of everyone.


 
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