The Beatles’ diary -- May 1966

May 1966

Sunday, 1st May

Performing at the NME Poll Winner’s PartyJohn at the NME Poll Winner’s Party – 1 May ’66

Performance at the Empire Pool in Wembley. They played I Feel Fine, Nowhere Man, Day Tripper, If I Needed Someone and I’m Down.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘Poll Winners Concert’ at the Empire Pool. This show was broadcast on 15th May (ABC).

Their last-ever concert in the UK (not including the roof-top show in 1970), at the NME Poll Winner’s Party.

Monday, 2nd May

Recording session for the radio show ‘Saturday Club’ at the Playhouse Theatre This show was transmitted on 4th June (BBC Light Programme) and featured interviews with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

The first date of Bob Dylan’s ‘Electric Tour’, when he started using an electric backing band for the first time in his life. This left a trail of praise and derision – in equal measure – wherever he went. It culminated in the famous ‘Judas’ concert at The Royal Albert Hall, on the 27th May.

Thursday, 5th May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (21:30–03:00) during which they recorded I’m Only Sleeping.

Friday, 6th May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–01:00) during which they recorded I’m Only Sleeping.

Saturday, 7th May

The Beach Boys released their classic ‘Pet Sounds’ LP. It became a major influence on ‘Sgt. Peppers’.

Monday, 9th May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–23:00) during which they recorded For No One.

Monday, 16th May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–01:30) during which they recorded Taxman and For No One.

Wednesday, 18th May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–02:30) during which they recorded Got To Get You Into My Life.

Thursday, 19th May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (19:00–23:00) during which they recorded For No One.

Thursday, 26th May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (19:00–01:00) during which they recorded Yellow Submarine.

Friday, 27th May

John spent the morning driving around London in Bob Dylan’s limo. Their stoned conversation was supposed to form part of Bob’s new film, Eat The Document, but it was rejected by his management.

Monday, 30th May

‘Paperback Writer’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Paperback Writer Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1


 
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