Ringo Starr returns to England from Greece

Ringo Starr and Neil Aspinall decided to return to England from Greece on this day. They had been in the country to look at possible islands to purchase for The Beatles, their family and friends to live and work on.

Starr's wife Maureen was in the late stages of pregnancy and had remained in Britain, and he was eager to see her. Their second son Jason was born on 19 August 1967.

It came to nothing. We didn't buy an island, we came home. We were great at going on holiday with big ideas, but we never carried them out. We were also going to buy a village in England - one with rows of houses on four sides and a village green in the middle. We were going to have a side each.
Ringo Starr

The other Beatles remained in Greece, and on this day went island-hopping and explored the land they intended to buy.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney travel to Greece

John Lennon, his wife Cynthia and son Julian, along with Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Pattie Harrison's 16-year-old sister Paula Boyd, Mal Evans and NEMS employee Alistair Taylor all began a journey to Greece on this day to look at a set of Greek islands The Beatles were considering buying to live on. Read more »

The Chris Barber Band records Catcall

Chappell Recording Studios, London
Producers: Chris Barber, Giorgio Gomelsky, Reggie Kind

During the Quarry Men days Paul McCartney had written a jazz-style instrumental titled Catswalk, which was never properly recorded by The Beatles. A rehearsal from late 1962 at the Cavern Club had been recorded, however. Read more »

Lennon, McCartney and Harrison attend a party in London

Musician and manager Vic Lewis held a private party at the Speakeasy in London on this night for The Monkees. The guests included John and Cynthia Lennon, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, and George and Pattie Harrison. Ringo Starr was elsewhere. Read more »