BBC Radio 2 held a series of special Beatles programmes over the late August bank holiday weekend, with new shows and archive material – including the previously lost master tape of The Lennon And McCartney Songbook from 1966. Read more »
The interview took place at Rembrandt, the house McCartney had bought for his father Jim in 1964. The detached house, on Baskervyle Road, Heswall, Cheshire, had cost £8,750.
McCartney was interviewed by Roy Corlett, who had been a fellow pupil at the Liverpool Institute when McCartney was there. The recording was broadcast on the following day’s edition of Light And Local from 12.31-1pm.
The Beatles’ recent recording activities were discussed, with McCartney saying that although The Beatles had been out of the public eye, they were busy in the studio. He also said business issues were occupying much of their time, and said he was glad of a break, saying he “still can’t stand business”.
Talk turned to Beatlemania, and The Beatles’ 1964 homecoming to Liverpool. McCartney compared it to scenes in Adelaide a month previously and their record-breaking first concert at Shea Stadium in 1965.
Magical Mystery Tour was mentioned, with McCartney offering a lengthy defence of the television film and saying that in 10 years’ time it would be better understood.
Corlett asked about public and press criticism of The Beatles’ private lives, which McCartney correctly inferred as meaning John Lennon‘s relationship with Yoko Ono. He discussed how he felt torn between loyalty to Cynthia Lennon and the realisation that John and Yoko were in love.
Drugs, songwriting methods and family life were also discussed towards the end of the interview. McCartney ended by looking into the future, saying he didn’t want to be playing rock ‘n’ roll at “sixty with grey hair,” but that he’d continue singing and making music until his last days.
Prior to the first Let It Be session to be filmed at Apple Studios, Ringo Starr gave an interview to the BBC’s David Wigg for the radio show Scene And Heard. Read more »
Early in the morning of 12 December 1968, following their performances in The Rolling Stones’ Rock And Roll Circus, John Lennon and Yoko Ono gave an interview to the BBC radio show Night Ride.
The show was presented by John Peel, and went out live from the BBC’s Broadcasting House in central London from 12.05-2am on BBC Radio 1 and 2. The interview was in the first half of the show.
Night Ride also featured performances from folk musicians John Martyn, Harold McNair, Jacquie McShee and John Renbourn, and poet Christopher Logue was another guest.
Lennon discussed his first guitar, and his plans for a photo book of the You Are Here exhibition he and Ono had recently staged. He spoke about the Rock And Roll Circus, sang a version of It’s Now Or Never, and recited his poems Jock And Yono and Once Upon A Pool Table, introducing them as A Piece Of Paper Called Charles.
Towards the end of the interview Ono discussed their film projects, mentioning the screenings of Smile and Two Virgins at the Chicago Film Festival.
After the interview Lennon and Ono returned to Wembley to see The Rolling Stones’ performance for their television special.
In the spring of 1968 an edition of the BBC television series Omnibus was made about the British rock scene. On this day The Beatles appeared in a short sequence for the programme. Read more »
With seemingly unstoppable momentum during the summer of 1967, on 18 May The Beatles signed a contract to represent the BBC, and Britain, on Our World, the world’s first live television satellite link-up to be seen by approximately 400 million people across five continents. Read more »
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. Read more »
The Beatles gave two sets of interviews for BBC radio programmes on this day, at the Playhouse Theatre in London. Read more »