Recording: Strawberry Fields Forever

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

With touring behind them, The Beatles retreated from public view to begin work on their eighth album. They were keen to use the studio to its full potential, experimenting with different sounds with the intention of producing their best work to date. Read more »

Mixing: I Want To Hold Your Hand

Studio One (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road
Producer: George Martin
Engineer: Geoff Emerick

This was the second of four mixing sessions to prepare stereo versions of The Beatles' songs ahead of the UK release of the A Collection Of Beatles Oldies compilation on 9 December 1966. Read more »

The Beatles turn down a benefit request for victims of the Aberfan disaster

On 21 October 1966 more than 150,000 cubic metres of excavated mining debris, mud and slurry from Merthyr Vale Colliery in south Wales collapsed, engulfing a school in the village of Aberfan and killing 116 children and 28 adults. Read more »