The Beatles’ diary -- September 1967

September 1967

Sometime in September (date unknown) The Beatles opened Apple Music Publishing at 94, Baker Street. Terry Doran (“The man from the motor trade” in ‘She’s Leaving Home’) was given the job of running it. And he got off to quite a successful start too, signing up songwriters George Alexander, Jackie Lomax and Gallagher & Lyle. But things got a little sticky as soon as they’d come up with some tunes, because they had no one to sing the bleedin’ things! So they immediately started thinking of launching their own label…

Friday, 1st September

They all met up round Paul’s house to discuss what they were going to do now Brian was dead. In the end, after much cajoling from Paul, they decided to re-start the ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ project.

Tuesday, 5th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 1 (19:00–01:00) during which they recorded I Am The Walrus.

Wednesday, 6th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:30) during which they recorded I Am The Walrus and The Fool On The Hill.

Thursday, 7th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:15) during which they recorded Blue Jay Way.

Friday, 8th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (19:00–02:45) during which they recorded Flying.

First session for the re-started ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ project. This was also the day that the coroner returned his verdict on Brian’s death – he ruled that death came after the cumulative effect of “incautious self overdoses” of Carbitol.

Monday, 11th September

First days filming for the Magical Mystery Tour movie. This was the very first project that Apple got involved in, and came under the supervision of Denis O’Dell, who had been hired to head-up Apple Films.

Tuesday, 12th September

Recording session for the TV show ‘Spotlight South-West’. This show was broadcast on 13th September (BBC1) and featured interviews with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

The highlight of this day was when they got stuck under a bridge. A spokesman for the Beatles said “You can’t really say that we’re behind schedule… because we don’t have one, for a start.”

Wednesday, 13th September

Recording session for the radio show ‘Scene And Heard’ This show was transmitted on 30th September (BBC Radio 1) and featured an interview with George Harrison.

Spencer Davis recalled a day down the pub: “I knew the Beatles quite well, so when I heard that they were filming in Newquay I called up and asked their roadie, Mal Evans, what was going on. So he invites me down the pub and I’m sitting in the bar when in walks in Paul and Ringo.”

Thursday, 14th September

Recording session for the radio show ‘Scene And Heard’ This show was transmitted on 14th October (BBC Radio 1) and featured an interview with Ringo Starr.

Saturday, 16th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (19:00–03:45) during which they recorded Your Mother Should Know.

Monday, 18th September

“The scene in the strip-club was with The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band,” recalled Alistair Taylor. “I was friendly with Paul Raymond, who ran, possibly, the best strip-club in the world. But a strip-club at six in the morning is not a pretty sight!” “I had to book the strippers,” said Tony. “And I have a vivid recollection of spending most of an afternoon watching one particular girl take her clothes off time and time again while The Bonzos played, and John and George sitting there ogling her.”

Tuesday, 19th September

The Beatles shot their famous ‘I Am The Walrus’ promo at West Malling’s Airbase. “We couldn’t find a studio,” explained John. “So a guy got us this aeroplane hangar to film in. I was doing this Fellini thing where we were all dressed as walruses, but I ended up confusing myself, you know, with all these Eggmen. I didn’t know about real filming, and the cameraman apparently didn’t know either, and neither did anybody else!”

Wednesday, 20th September

Work began on editing the movie.

Thursday, 21st September

Filming continued at the West Malling Airbase, where they shot the ‘Blue Jay Way’ sequence and the marathon race (involving “one rugger team, ten children, six miniature wrestlers and three vicars”).

Monday, 25th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:00) during which they recorded The Fool On The Hill.

Tuesday, 26th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–04:15) during which they recorded The Fool On The Hill.

Wednesday, 27th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 1 (14:30–17:30) during which they recorded I Am The Walrus.

A further session took place between 19:00–03:30 in Studio 3 at which they recorded I Am The Walrus and The Fool On The Hill.

John subscribed to Yoko’s amusing ‘postal art event’, where – for the princely sum of £1 – every subscriber received a postcard in the morning containing some of Yoko’s words of wisdom.

Thursday, 28th September

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

Friday, 29th September

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:30–05:00) during which they recorded I Am The Walrus and Your Mother Should Know.

There was also a recording session for the TV show ‘The Frost Programme’ at the Wembley Studios. The programme was broadcast live (Rediffusion) and featured interviews with John Lennon and George Harrison.

John and George appeared on ‘The Frost Programme’ to discuss Transcendental Meditation. John disclosed that: “Buddha was a groove, and Jesus was all right.” The show was so popular that they were invited back in October for a studio debate.


 
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