The Beatles’ diary -- June 1966

June 1966

Sometime in June (date unknown), George finally met the sitar-master, Ravi Shankar, at a party round Peter Seller’s house. He played him ‘Love You To’ and Ravi said: “I was somewhat oblivious to the scale of the sitar [in the song]. I felt ashamed because I didn’t know how popular he or his group was.” A few days later Ravi gave him a lesson round his house, and George remembered: “I felt I wanted to walk out of my home that day and take a one-way ticket to Calcutta. I would even have left Patti behind in that moment.” Ravi said: “I told him very clearly that the sitar is not like the guitar, where you can just learn it on your own. You have to undergo many years of study… It takes 10 or 15 years to reach a very good standard. Because it’s not just the playing of it, you have to …

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Wednesday, 1st June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–02:30) during which they recorded Yellow Submarine.

Thursday, 2nd June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:30) during which they recorded I Want To Tell You.

Friday, 3rd June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–02:30) during which they recorded I Want To Tell You.

Tuesday, 7th June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (00:00–01:30) during which they recorded Eleanor Rigby.

Wednesday, 8th June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–02:30) during which they recorded Good Day Sunshine.

Thursday, 9th June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–20:00) during which they recorded Good Day Sunshine.

Friday, 10th June

‘Paperback Writer’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. Paperback Writer Peak position: BBC – #1; Disc Weekly – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

Sunday, 12th June

Some US critics started complaining about the Beatles ‘Butcher’ cover. Alan Livingstone (the head of Capitol Records) took one look at it and said: “What the hell is this? How can I put this out? I showed it to our sales manager and a few other people and they turned green.”

Tuesday, 14th June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–02:00) during which they recorded Here, There And Everywhere.

Wednesday, 15th June

Capitol were forced to delay the release of ‘“Yesterday”… And Today’ after the public started complaining about the cover.

Thursday, 16th June

The Beatles recording ‘Top Of The Pops’Recording ‘Top Of The Pops’ – 16 June ’66Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (20:30–03:30) during which they recorded Here, There And Everywhere.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘Top Of The Pops’ at the Television Centre. The programme was broadcast live (BBC1). They played Rain and Paperback Writer.

Their first (and last) appearance on BBC’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, performing ‘Rain’ and ‘Paperback Writer’.

Friday, 17th June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–01:30) during which they recorded Here, There And Everywhere and Got To Get You Into My Life.

Paul bought his Scottish farm-house, on the Mull of Kintyre.

Monday, 20th June

‘“Yesterday”… And Today’ album – front cover ReleasedUSA album. “Yesterday”… And Today Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

Tuesday, 21st June

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (19:00–03:45) during which they recorded She Said She Said.

Wednesday, 22nd June

George opened up a new disco, called ‘Sybilla’s’. He part-owned it with Sir William Piggott-Brown.

Thursday, 23rd June

The Beatles flew to Munich for the start of their world tour.

Friday, 24th June

Performance at the Circus-Krone-Bau in Munich, West Germany, 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.

Their live act started going from bad to worse when they had to interrupt ‘I’m Down’ to find out what the words were. John said: “We don’t really bother about what we do on stage anymore. We practise what we call ‘Grinning at nothings’… One-two-three, and we all grin at nothing!”

Saturday, 25th June

Performance at the Grugahalle in Essen, West Germany, 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, 26th June

Performance at Ernst Merck Halle in Hamburg, West Germany, 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.

The tour arrived in Hamburg – the first time that they’d been back since 1963. Astrid Kirchherr and the blonde barmaid from The Star-Club were back-stage. Paul even managed to pop into the Indra and met Bert Kaempfert – who signed them up in ’61 for the Tony Sheridan session. After all the fuss had died down they went for a stroll down the Reeperbahn, reliving their old memories.

Wednesday, 29th June

They arrived in Tokyo for the Japanese leg of the tour. The Japanese police were worried that the fans would cause a (friendly) riot, so they imprisoned them in Room 1005 of the Tokyo Hilton Hotel.

Thursday, 30th June

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.

Their first concert at the Budokan Hall. Anyone who’s got a bootleg of the Japanese gigs will admit that they sound shit. Normally it wouldn’t matter because you couldn’t hear them anyway, but the polite Japanese audiences showed them how far they had deteriated as live performers.


 
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