The Beatles’ diary -- February 1965

February 1965

Monday, 1st February

‘4 By The Beatles’ EP – front cover ReleasedUSA EP. 4 By The Beatles Peak position: Billboard – #68; Cashbox – #68; Record World – Didn’t enter

Monday, 8th February

The Beatles music publisher, Dick James, took out half-a-million pounds of life insurance on John and Paul. (Fuelling speculation that he was going to kill them.)

Wednesday, 10th February

Brian announced that The Beatles third movie would be based on a novel by Richard Condon, called ‘A Talent For Loving’. The story was set in 1871, and featured a horse race over hundreds of miles.

Thursday, 11th February

Ringo married Maureen Cox at Caxton Hall Register Office, London, and went on a short honeymoon to Sussex. John, George and Brian turned up (Brian was best man), but Paul was holidaying in North Africa and missed it.

Monday, 15th February

The Beatles outside EMI StudiosOutside EMI Studios – 15 Feb ’65Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

‘Eight Days A Week’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Eight Days A Week Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–17:45) during which they recorded Ticket To Ride.

A further session took place between 19:00–22:20 in Studio 2 at which they recorded Another Girl and I Need You.

First session for the ‘Help!’ LP. John took his driving test in the morning (passed first time) and spent the afternoon recording ‘Ticket To Ride’. (Very apt!)

Tuesday, 16th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–22:00) during which they recorded I Need You, Another Girl and Yes It Is.

Wednesday, 17th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:00–23:00) during which they recorded The Night Before and You Like Me Too Much.

Thursday, 18th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (15:30–17:15) during which they recorded You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away.

A further session took place between 18:30–22:30 in Studio 2 at which they recorded If You’ve Got Trouble and Tell Me What You See.

By now Brian had the Beatles’ thumbs in all kinds of business pies, and they either owned, or part-owned, The Beatles Ltd, NEMS Enterprises, The Beatles Film Productions Ltd, Subafilms, Northern Songs, Lenmac Enterprises, Maclen Music and Ringo’s Brickey Building Company. So someone hit upon the novel idea of floating Northern Songs on the stock exchange.

Friday, 19th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (15:30–18:30) during which they recorded You’re Going To Lose That Girl.

Saturday, 20th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (12:00–17:15) during which they recorded That Means A Lot.

Monday, 22nd February

The Beatles flew to the Bahamas.

Tuesday, 23rd February

Ringo on location in the BahamasOn location in the Bahamas – 23 Feb ’65Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

First day’s shooting for the film ‘Help!’. At this point it was still tentatively titled ‘Eight Arms To Hold You’. The Beatles ex-press officer, Derek Taylor (who had resigned over a stupid spat with Brian Epstein), had recently got a new job with a Los Angeles radio station, and turned up to interview them. John recalled: “The most humiliating experience was sitting with the mayor of the Bahamas, and being insulted by these fuckin’ junked-up middle-class bitches and bastards who would be commenting on our work and commenting on our manners.”


 
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