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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