The Beatles’ diary -- July 1966

July 1966

Friday, 1st July

Performance at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, as part of their Tour of Germany and Japan. They played Rock And Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and I’m Down.

Saturday, 2nd July

Performance at the Nippon Budokan Hall in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan, as part of their Tour of Germany and Japan. They played Rock And Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and I’m Down.

Sunday, 3rd July

The start of the famous Philippines tour. Things immediately got off to a bad start when the police stormed onto the plane and carted them off into ‘protective custody’.

Monday, 4th July

Performance at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila, Philippines, as part of their Tour of Germany and Japan. They played Rock And Roll Music, She’s A Woman, If I Needed Someone, Day Tripper, Baby’s In Black, I Feel Fine, Yesterday, I Wanna Be Your Man, Nowhere Man, Paperback Writer and I’m Down.

Not surprisingly, they weren’t in the best of moods when they woke up next morning, and the papers took exception to their sarky answers at the press conference.

Tuesday, 5th July

This was the day when all hell broke loose! The first they knew about it was when their hotel refused to give room service and awoke to headlines like “Imelda stood up!” and “The Beatles snub the First Lady!”

Wednesday, 6th July

The Beatles visited India on their way home.

Friday, 8th July

John at a press conference at Heathrow AirportPress conference at Heathrow Airport – 8 Jul ’66

‘Nowhere Man’ EP – front cover ReleasedUK EP. Nowhere Man Peak position: Record Retailer – #4

Recording session for the radio show ‘Today’ This show was transmitted live (BBC Home Service) and featured interviews with George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

When The Beatles finally limped into Britain, a reporter asked them what they were planning to do next and a miserable-looking George said: “We’re going to have a couple of weeks to recuperate, before we go and get beaten up by the Americans.”

Saturday, 23rd July

The Cavern Club re-opened under new management. The ceremony was attended by two famous comedians – Harold Wilson and Ken Dodd. [N.B.: The club was knocked down in ’73 to make way for an underground air vent. It was then rebuilt ten years later. So the club that stands there today is actually a fake!]

Friday, 29th July

In what was turning out to be a very bad month indeed, the American ‘Datebook’ magazine published John’s ‘Jesus’ comment, under the headline: “I don’t know which will go first – rock n’ roll or Christianity!”


 
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