While the other Beatles were planning moves to the stockbroker belt in England’s Home Counties, Paul McCartney decided to remain in the capital city. On 13 April 1965 he bought a house at 7 Cavendish Avenue in St John’s Wood, London.
The three-storey Regency townhouse was purchased from a physician named Desmond O’Neill for £40,000. A short walk to EMI Studios on Abbey Road, it often functioned as a base for the group for meetings before or after they were recording.
McCartney moved in in March 1966, after he had made renovations and installed a sizeable gate and intercom system to ensure his privacy. The location was swiftly discovered by Beatles fans, however, several of whom kept a vigil at all hours and on occasion found their way inside.
Also on this day...
- 2016: Paul McCartney live: Save Mart Center, Fresno, California
- 2016: Ringo Starr cancels North Carolina show over anti-LGBT law
- 2012: World première of Paul McCartney’s My Valentine videos
- 1966: Recording, mixing: Love You To, Paperback Writer
- 1965: Recording: Help!
- 1965: Radio: Pop Inn
- 1965: Filming: Help!
- 1964: Filming: A Hard Day’s Night
- 1963: Television: The 625 Show – The Beatles’ first national TV appearance
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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