1967

Paul McCartney justifies Magical Mystery Tour

Generally perceived to be The Beatles’ first artistic failure, the Magical Mystery Tour film was disliked by critics and viewers alike. In an effort to explain the group’s creation, Paul McCartney gave an television interview to David Frost.

UK EP release: Magical Mystery Tour

More than two weeks before its accompanying film received its premiere on BBC television, The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour EP was released.

The Apple Boutique opens

One of the first business ventures by The Beatles’ Apple Corps was the Apple Boutique, which opened on 7 December 1967. It was located at 94 Baker Street, London.

Launch party at the Apple Boutique

Two days ahead of the opening of The Beatles’ Apple Boutique at 94 Baker Street, London, a launch party and fashion show was held in the building.

Editing: Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

Studio One (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles’ fifth fan club Christmas record, Christmas Time (Is Here Again), was edited on this day.

Recording, mixing: Christmas Time (Is Here Again)

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The Beatles’ fifth fan club Christmas record was recorded and mixed on this day, between 6pm and 2.45am. This was the group’s final recording session in 1967.

US single release: Hello, Goodbye

The Beatles’ last US single of 1967 appeared three days after it was issued in the United Kingdom. It was also included on the full-length Magical Mystery Tour album, which was released on the same day in America.

US album release: Magical Mystery Tour

In the UK The Beatles chose to issue the six songs from the Magical Mystery Tour film as a double gatefold EP with a 28-page booklet. EPs, however, were far less popular in America, and Capitol chose to turn it into a full LP, with added tracks from singles released in 1967.

UK single release: Hello, Goodbye

The Beatles’ third and final single of 1967 was issued in the UK on this day: Hello, Goodbye, with I Am The Walrus as its b-side.

Tape copying: Yellow Submarine soundtrack songs

Room 13, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Malcolm Davies During this five-hour session, engineer Malcolm Davies made tape copies of a number of Beatles songs, most of which were for the Yellow Submarine soundtrack.

Mixing, editing: I Am The Walrus

Room 53, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick On this, the day that stereo copies of the Magical Mystery Tour EP were cut in Britain, a last-minute stereo mix of the first half of I Am The Walrus was made.

Mixing: Hello, Goodbye

Studio Two (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick On 10 November 1967, The Beatles had made a promotional film for the single Hello, Goodbye. Since no viola players featured in the clip, they risked contravening a Musicians’ Union ban on miming, since it would make it obvious that the… Read more »

Filming: Hello, Goodbye

The Beatles filmed promotional footage for their forthcoming single Hello, Goodbye at London’s Saville Theatre on this day.

Filming: Magical Mystery Tour

The filming of the Magical Mystery Tour television special was completed on this day, with sequences for George Harrison‘s song Blue Jay Way shot at Sunny Heights, Ringo Starr‘s house in Weybridge.

Recording, mixing: Hello, Goodbye

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: John Lennon Engineer: Ken Scott Hello, Goodbye received its final overdub on this day: a second bass guitar part played by Paul McCartney.