After a day spent filming scenes for Help! in London and Twickenham, The Beatles saw an evening performance by Bob Dylan at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
After the show they visited Dylan at his suite at the Savoy Hotel. The group were accompanied by singer Alma Cogan, and also present, as Dylan’s guest, was beat poet Allen Ginsberg.
The atmosphere was tense at first, until Ginsberg fell into John Lennon’s lap from the arm of a sofa. Asked by Ginsberg if he knew William Blake, Lennon replied that he’d never heard of him. His wife Cynthia said: “Oh John, you liar, of course you have!” The exchange broke the ice.
After leaving the Savoy The Beatles spent the rest of the evening nightclubbing in London.
Also on this day...
- 2020: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Little Richard
- 2013: Paul McCartney live: Estádio Governador Plácido Castelo, Fortaleza, Brazil
- 2011: Paul McCartney live: Estadio Monumental, Lima, Peru
- 1969: Paul McCartney performs on Steve Miller’s My Dark Hour
- 1969: Mixing: Get Back album inserts
- 1969: UK album release: Unfinished Music No.2: Life With The Lions by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
- 1969: UK album release: Electronic Sound by George Harrison
- 1967: Recording: Untitled
- 1966: Recording: For No One
- 1965: Filming: Help! – various scenes around London
- 1962: Live: Star-Club, Hamburg
- 1962: George Martin offers The Beatles a recording contract
- 1961: Live: Top Ten Club, Hamburg
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After the Savoy meeting Dylan suggested that John and Paul went to John Mayall’s house in SE London to an impromptu party. Also present were Peter and Gordon, Donovan (who had also been at the Savoy), Alexis Corner, Eric Clapton, John McVie, Hughie Flint, Manfred Mann (who lived a few doors down from John Mayall) – and me! (Why I was there is a long and different story…) Much jamming went on that night! Dylan recorded with the Bluesbreakers a few days later at Levy’s Recording Studio, London where they recorded (an unreleased version) of “If You Gotta Go Go Now”, which Dylan had yet to record. You can hear a Bluesbreakers influence in Dylan’s version – and this is where Manfred first heard the song which they turned into a hit later that year…
Bob Dylan performed at The Royal Albert Hall on this date in 1965. He played The Royal Festival Hall on May 17, 1964, with no Beatles present, as they were all on holiday in the West Indies.