June 1966

Live: Nippon Budokan Hall, Tokyo

The Beatles’ long journey to Tokyo ended with their arrival at Haneda Airport at 3.40am on this morning. In the evening they played the first of five concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall.

Travel: Alaska to Tokyo

Following The Beatles’ unscheduled nine-hour stop in Anchorage, Alaska, their long journey to Tokyo continued.

Live: Ernst Merck Halle, Hamburg

The Beatles hadn’t been to Hamburg since 1 January 1963, following their final residency at the city’s Star-Club venue. On this day, however, they were greeting as conquering heroes by an adoring crowd.

Live: Grugahalle, Essen, Germany

In the morning The Beatles were driven in a fleet of Mercedes cars, flanked by police on motorcycles, to Munich railway station. From there a special train took The Beatles from Munich to Essen for two shows at the Grugahalle.

Live: Circus-Krone-Bau, Munich, Germany

The Beatles’ brief 1966 tour of West Germany, Japan and the Philippines began on this day, with two concerts at the Circus-Krone-Bau in Munich, Germany.

Recording, mixing: She Said She Said

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Having spent much of the day working on mono and stereo mixes for six Revolver songs, The Beatles began a night-time session in which they completed a new song from scratch.

Mixing: Got To Get You Into My Life

Studio One (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Work on Got To Get You Into My Life, one of the most complicated recordings on the Revolver album, concluded on this night.

The Beatles’ only live Top Of The Pops appearance

Although by June 1966 it had been running for over two years, The Beatles had never previously appeared live on the BBC music show Top Of The Pops. They had pre-recorded exclusive performances in BBC studios, or sent promotional clips to be played on the show.

Recording: Here, There And Everywhere

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Although they had begun recording Here, There And Everywhere during a session two days before, The Beatles recorded nine further takes on this day.

US album release: Yesterday… And Today

One of The Beatles’ most controversial – and later sought-after – releases came out in America on this day. Yesterday… And Today was quickly withdrawn by Capitol Records after an outcry over the infamous ‘butcher’ photograph that adorned the sleeve.

Recording: Here, There And Everywhere

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The backing track for one of Paul McCartney‘s Revolver highlights, Here, There And Everywhere, was begun on this day.

Recording, mixing: Good Day Sunshine

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The recording of Good Day Sunshine, which had begun on the previous day, was completed on this day during an afternoon session.

Recording: Good Day Sunshine

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The backing track for Paul McCartney‘s song Good Day Sunshine was recorded during a 12-hour session which began at 2.30pm.