The Beatles’ diary -- May 1967

May 1967

Sometime in early May (date unknown) a couple of stations in the States got pissed-off waiting for ‘Sgt. Peppers’ to come out and got hold of a few tracks. Radio London followed suit on the 12th, and by the time the album came out it had advance orders of over a million.

Wednesday, 3rd May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (19:00–00:15) during which they recorded Magical Mystery Tour.

Friday, 5th May

Paul shaved off his moustache.

Wednesday, 10th May

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appeared in court on drugs charges, and were remanded on bail. And if that wasn’t bad enough, the police then went out and nicked Brian Jones the same day! All three leading Stones were now in danger of getting banged-up.

Thursday, 11th May

Recording session at Olympic Sound Studios (21:00–03:00) during which they recorded Baby You’re A Rich Man.

Friday, 12th May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–00:30) during which they recorded All Together Now.

Monday, 15th May

Brian checked-out of The Priory Clinic and hosted a little party round his house, to celebrate the launch of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’.

Wednesday, 17th May

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–02:30) during which they recorded You Know My Name (Look Up The Number).

Thursday, 18th May

The Beatles announced that they’d be representing England in the first-ever worldwide television satellite link-up, to take place on the 25th June. They spent the rest of the day recording backing vocals for The Rolling Stones protest hit ‘We Love You’ (in reference to their forthcoming drugs trial). The famous American poet Allen Ginsberg attended the session and described them as “two young princes in all their finery.”

Friday, 19th May

Sgt. Pepper launch, at Brian Epstein’s HousePress party for ‘Sgt. Pepper’ – 19 May ’67
Sgt. Pepper launch, at Brian Epstein’s HousePress party for ‘Sgt. Pepper’ – 19 May ’67

Brian hosted a press party round his house, to celebrate the imminent release of ‘Sgt. Peppers’. Linda Eastman was hired to take some photographs. It would be another year before she met Paul again.

Saturday, 20th May

The stuffy BBC banned ‘A Day In The Life’ for it’s drug references.

Thursday, 25th May

Recording session at De Lane Lea Recording Studios (19:00–02:30) during which they recorded It’s All Too Much.

John bought his psychedelic Rolls Royce. He dolled it up in flowers and paint and stuck a sign of the zodiac on the roof. That way, he could drive around town incognito.

Wednesday, 31st May

Recording session at De Lane Lea Recording Studios (19:00–00:00) during which they recorded It’s All Too Much.


 
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