The Beatles’ diary -- December 1966

December 1966

Sometime in December (date unknown) Jimi Hendrix moved into Ringo’s flat at 34 Montagu Square, along with his band mate Chas Chandler. Ringo had long moved out, of course, having married his missus in ’65. So he wasn’t there when Jimi trashed the flat (he chucked whitewash all over the place after stringing out on LSD). This house would gain further fame in ’68 when John was busted for possession.

Tuesday, 6th December

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:45–01:00) during which they recorded When I’m Sixty-Four.

Thursday, 8th December

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 1 (14:30–17:30) during which they recorded When I’m Sixty-Four.

A further session took place between 19:00–03:30 in Studio 2 at which they recorded Strawberry Fields Forever.

Friday, 9th December

‘A Collection Of Beatles’ Oldies’ album – front cover ReleasedUK album. A Collection Of Beatles’ Oldies Peak position: Disc Weekly – #4; Melody Maker – #4; NME – #6; Record Retailer – #7

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–22:00) during which they recorded Strawberry Fields Forever.

Thursday, 15th December

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–00:00) during which they recorded Strawberry Fields Forever.

Friday, 16th December

‘Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas’ fan-club disc – front cover ReleasedUK fan-club disc. Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas

‘Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas’ fan-club disc – front cover ReleasedUSA fan-club disc. Pantomime: Everywhere It’s Christmas

Sunday, 18th December

The Beatles society friend, Tara Browne, was killed in a car crash. This later led to the line: “He blew his mind out in a car” in ‘A Day In The Life’.

Tuesday, 20th December

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–01:00) during which they recorded When I’m Sixty-Four.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘Reporting ’66’ at the EMI Studios. This show was broadcast on 28th December (ITN) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Wednesday, 21st December

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–23:45) during which they recorded When I’m Sixty-Four and Strawberry Fields Forever.

Friday, 23rd December

The soundtrack for ‘The Family Way’ movie, composed by Paul, was released in the UK.

Thursday, 29th December

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–02:15) during which they recorded Penny Lane.

Friday, 30th December

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:00) during which they recorded Penny Lane.


 
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