Day off in Los Angeles

12.00pm, Monday 23 August 1965 (48 years ago)

The Beatles had arrived in Los Angeles shortly before midnight on 22 August 1965. They had five days of rest prior to their concerts in San Diego, San Francisco and the Hollywood Bowl, which concluded their North American tour.

The group rented a large house at 2850 Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, which was owned by actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. Less than 12 hours after their arrival, however, the address had been announced by radio stations, and the LAPD were called in to keep fans away from the property. A group of security men from the Burns Agency were also on hand to offer protection.

We stayed in the house that Hendrix later stayed in. It was a horseshoe-shaped house on a hill off Mulholland. It had a little gatehouse, which Mal [Evans] and Neil [Aspinall] stayed in, decorated by Arabian-type things draped on the walls.
George Harrison

In the evening The Beatles went to a party at the Bel Air home of Capitol Records’ president Alan Livingstone, where they were presented with a number of awards. Also present were Edward G Robinson, Jack Benny, Vince Edwards, Gene Barry, Richard Chamberlain, Jane Fonda, Rock Hudson, Groucho Marx, Dean Martin, Hayley Mills and James Stewart.

2 Responses to “Day off in Los Angeles”

    • lawrence strauss

      For the record, a response from Chuck Gunderson, , to my 19 Feb question : “I know the Beatles (not all of them) met up with Preston in San Francisco the day they flew in just ahead of the tour in 1964. I did not find any evidence of them meeting up again during the 1965 or 1966 tours.”


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