The London wax museum Madame Tussaud’s had unveiled effigies of all four Beatles on 28 March 1964. The Beatles were the first pop group to appear in the museum.
On 29 April the band were photographed with the dummies at the museum.
In 1967 the museum lent the wax figures to artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth to be used on the cover of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Three of the heads – John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr – used for the cover were rediscovered in 2005 after being lost for nearly two decades, and were auctioned for £81,500.
The Beatles’ changing image resulted in Madame Tussaud’s reworking the figures on several occasions throughout the 1960s.
Also on this day...
- 2008: Give Peace A Chance lyrics to be sold
- 1977: UK album release: Thrillington by Paul McCartney
- 1969: Recording, mixing: Octopus’s Garden
- 1967: John Lennon attends the 14 Hour Technicolour Dream
- 1966: Recording, mixing: Eleanor Rigby, I’m Only Sleeping
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1964: Live: ABC Cinema, Edinburgh
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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