They stayed at a villa owned by the British Embassy, where they stayed free of charge. The villa was secure and discreet, allowing McCartney and Asher to explore the coast south of Tunis without attracting press attention.
You’d be sitting there having a cup of tea when the Russian delegation would be shown through by the government. You didn’t have any control over that. “This is one of our cultural guests.” “Hello, how are you?”
Many Years From Now, Barry Miles
In the grounds of the villa was a small amphitheatre, and inside the house was a lavish bathroom with a sunken bath. The acoustics were perfect for songwriting, and McCartney wrote ‘Another Girl’ in the bathroom.
The couple returned to England on 14 February, the day before recording began for the Help! album.
Also on this day...
- 2009: Beatles silent Scottish film fails to sell
- 1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono donate a bag of their hair to Michael X
- 1968: Recording: Across The Universe
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1963: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1962: Live: Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool
- 1961: Live: Lathom Hall, Liverpool
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