The Beatles had arrived in Los Angeles shortly before midnight on 22 August 1965. They had five days of rest prior to their concerts in San Diego, San Francisco and the Hollywood Bowl, which concluded their North American tour.
The group rented a large house at 2850 Benedict Canyon Drive in Beverly Hills, which was owned by actress Zsa Zsa Gabor. Less than 12 hours after their arrival, however, the address had been announced by radio stations, and the LAPD were called in to keep fans away from the property. A group of security men from the Burns Agency were also on hand to offer protection.
In the evening The Beatles went to a party at the Bel Air home of Capitol Records’ president Alan Livingstone, where they were presented with a number of awards. Also present were Edward G Robinson, Jack Benny, Vince Edwards, Gene Barry, Richard Chamberlain, Jane Fonda, Rock Hudson, Groucho Marx, Dean Martin, Hayley Mills and James Stewart.
Also on this day...
- 2018: John Lennon’s Imagine to be reissued as super deluxe box set
- 1974: John Lennon: ‘On the 23rd Aug. 1974 at 9 o’clock I saw a UFO’
- 1968: Recording, mixing: Back In The USSR
- 1967: Recording: Your Mother Should Know
- 1966: Live: Shea Stadium, New York
- 1964: Live: Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
- 1964: Interview: John Lennon and Ringo Starr in Los Angeles
- 1963: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Bournemouth
- 1963: UK single release: She Loves You
- 1962: Live: Riverpark Ballroom, Chester
- 1962: John Lennon marries Cynthia Powell
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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Anyone know if they saw Billy Preston on this trip? He was in LA as a member of the Shindig house band at the time. Thanks.