The controversy over John Lennon‘s “more popular than Jesus” comments had been growing since late July. A public bonfire was on this day organised by the radio station KLUE in Longview, Texas.
The second date of The Beatles’ final North American tour saw them perform two shows, at 2pm and 7pm, before a total of 28,000 fans at Detroit’s Olympia Stadium. They had previously performed at the venue on 6 September 1964.
The Beatles began their 14-date final tour with a concert at Chicago’s International Amphitheater, a venue they had previously played in September 1964.
The day after their arrival in America for their final US tour, The Beatles held a second press conference at the Astor Tower Hotel, Chicago. Inevitably it was dominated with questions about John Lennon‘s comments that The Beatles’ were “more popular than Jesus“.
The day before their final US tour began, The Beatles flew from London Airport to America.
In the wake of John Lennon‘s comments that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus“, the South African Broadcasting Corporation issued a ban on The Beatles’ records.
Revolver, The Beatles’ 11th Capitol Records long player, was issued on this day, three days after its UK release on Parlophone.
Three days after its UK release, Beatles fans in the United States were able to buy the group’s double a-side single Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine.
In an attempt to defuse the controversy surrounding John Lennon‘s comments that The Beatles were “more popular than Jesus“, the group’s manager Brian Epstein held a special press conference.
John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave interviews on this day for a one-hour BBC radio show titled The Lennon And McCartney Songbook.
On the same day that The Beatles released their double a-side single Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine, their seventh UK LP – Revolver was also issued.
On the same day that The Beatles’ album Revolver was issued, Parlophone released the Eleanor Rigby/Yellow Submarine single in the United Kingdom.
Keen to enjoy a holiday before The Beatles left England for their final US tour, George and Pattie Harrison left London for a break in Devon.
Paul McCartney took part in a radio show, David Frost At The Phonograph, in which the eponymous host interviewed a guest and played records.