The Beatles’ diary -- February 1967

February 1967

Sometime in February (date unknown) Patti Harrison became a member of the Spiritual Regeneration Movement. “I’d been trying to teach myself meditation from books,” she said, “but only half doing it. But one day a girlfriend told me all about Transcendental Meditation and I went along to a lecture at the Caxton Hall. The Maharishi himself wasn’t there, just someone else talking about his work, but I joined the movement. The lecture wasn’t very inspiring, but it seemed an obvious and simple process. I got all the movement’s literature from then on, so I knew all about their summer conference in Bagnor.”

It was also in February that Hunter Davies set about interviewing all of The Beatles family and friends for his book. “The Beatles really had become monsters by then,” he said. “One …

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Wednesday, 1st February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–02:30) during which they recorded Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Thursday, 2nd February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–01:45) during which they recorded Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Friday, 3rd February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–01:15) during which they recorded A Day In The Life.

Sunday, 5th February

The ‘News Of The World’ printed transcripts of a conversation that took place at the London club Blases, between Mick Jagger and two undercover journalists. They claimed that Jagger downed a Benzedrine tab, bragged about his hashish stash, and invited them back to his flat “for a smoke.” But there was one slight snag – they didn’t have a conversation with Mick Jagger at all – they had it with Brian Jones, and they couldn’t tell the difference! So Jagger threatened the ‘News Of The World’ with libel (bad move!) and one week later the cops busted him for possession.

Tuesday, 7th February

‘Monkeemania’ was now in full swing, and Micky Dolenz spent the evening round Paul’s flat. “I didn’t even want to meet him,” he recalled. “I mean, what do you say? It’s like meeting God! I felt that the daily papers set up my meeting with Paul, causing embarrassment to him. I was really upset by it.… I thought it was terrible. We just sat there, got stoned and watched television. And if you have a TV and the channel isn’t perfectly tuned in, you know, like snow, well, that’s what we watched. For four hours, just watching the snow on television.”

Wednesday, 8th February

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

Thursday, 9th February

Recording session at Regent Sound Studio during which they recorded Fixing A Hole.

Friday, 10th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 1 (20:00–01:00) during which they recorded A Day In The Life.

Sunday, 12th February

1967 saw a big police crackdown on drug abuse, and the first big names to get a rude awakening were Jagger and Richards. They waited till they had a party round Richards’ house, and then stormed in with bods, cops and sniffer dogs.

Monday, 13th February

‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:30) during which they recorded Only A Northern Song.

Tuesday, 14th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–00:30) during which they recorded Only A Northern Song.

Thursday, 16th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (19:00–01:45) during which they recorded Good Morning Good Morning.

Friday, 17th February

‘Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. Strawberry Fields Forever / Penny Lane Peak position: BBC – #2; Disc Weekly – #2; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #2; Record Retailer – #2

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:00) during which they recorded Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!.

Sunday, 19th February

Brian, John and Ringo attended a Chuck Berry gig at the Savile Theatre. Mayhem ensued when two fans climbed onto the stage and the manager responded by lowering the safety curtain. The fans thought that he was bringing the gig to a premature close and rioted! Brian promptly sacked the manager and The National Association of Theatrical and Kine Employers threatened to strike unless he was reinstated. (And he wasn’t even a member of their fuckin’ union!) Needless to say, Brian reinstated him a few weeks later.

Monday, 20th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (19:00–02:15) during which they recorded Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!.

Tuesday, 21st February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–00:45) during which they recorded Fixing A Hole.

Wednesday, 22nd February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:45) during which they recorded A Day In The Life.

Thursday, 23rd February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:45) during which they recorded Lovely Rita.

Friday, 24th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–01:15) during which they recorded Lovely Rita.

Tuesday, 28th February

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:00) during which they recorded Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.


 
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