Immediately after their second concert at New York’s Shea Stadium, The Beatles flew to Los Angeles. They arrived in the early hours of this morning.
There were no concerts scheduled for this day; it was a rest day for the group to recuperate before continuing their final tour in Seattle.
They stayed at 7655 Curson Terrace in Beverly Hills, which Brian Epstein had rented for this brief stay. The Beatles were visited by their former press officer, Derek Taylor, as well as members of The Byrds and The Mamas And The Papas.
I’d left The Beatles in December 1964, and gone to live in Hollywood for three years. Things had got very ‘successful’, which means I took on too much: The Byrds, Beach Boys, Van Dyke Parks, Mamas and Papas, Chad and Jeremy – the intelligent side of US pop – and so I’d dropped out because it was all too much.
In the evening Capitol Records’ president Alan Livingstone threw a party for The Beatles, which was attended by well-known show business personalities including Edward G Robinson, Jack Benny, James Stewart and Groucho Marx.
Also on this day...
- 2011: Paul McCartney’s ballet score Ocean’s Kingdom to be released
- 1968: Television: John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Frost On Saturday
- 1967: The Beatles meet Maharishi Mahesh Yogi
- 1965: The Beatles take LSD in Los Angeles with The Byrds and Peter Fonda
- 1964: Day off in Bel Air, Los Angeles
- 1964: US single release: Matchbox
- 1963: Live: Gaumont Cinema, Bournemouth
- 1962: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: St John’s Hall, Liverpool
- 1960: Live: Indra Club, Hamburg
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It appears that they also did one of their few press conferences of the tour on this day, after which there was a Capitol Records presentation. Video is here and a heavily edited version in colour here. Some hilarious answers but John by this point is visibly worn down and can barely hide his contempt for the process. I do wonder what Brian was doing, still sending them out to face these mostly inane and at times offensive questions.