Brian Epstein denies The Beatles’ split

Despite having been hospitalised the previous month after overdosing on prescription medicine, The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein was forced to emerge from his recuperation clinic on this day to deny reports that Paul McCartney was leaving the group.

The latter part of 1966 saw much press speculation that The Beatles were splitting up, in the wake of their disastrous visit to the Philippines and a troubled US tour. Each of the four members pursued outside interests after their final concert, with John Lennon filming How I Won The War in Germany and Spain, George Harrison visiting India, and McCartney and Ringo Starr busying themselves in England.

Epstein took the opportunity to reveal that Lennon was appearing as Private Gripweed in Richard Lester's film, and that McCartney was composing the music for another movie entitled Wedlocked, Or All In Good Time.

On 16 October United Artists announced that the film was to be retitled All In Good Time, and that Lennon and McCartney would be writing the soundtrack together. It was eventually released as The Family Way, and Lennon had no involvement in the music.

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One response on “Brian Epstein denies The Beatles’ split

  1. Stan Shall

    There are no records (photographs, news stories) of Paul McCartney being anywhere in October 1966. He simply vanishes from any public view. Even Neil Apinall on the Complete Beatles video states that he doesn’t know what Paul was doing during this period. The next time we see Paul is on a hand held camera in Africa on safari with Mal Evans of all people in November of 1966. In late November we then see a strange looking Paul with a long face and weird mustache carrying a guitar case, with Mal Evans accompanying him to Abbey Road Studios. This was the Beatles first recording session since the Revolver album. The last public picture of Paul before this is at the Melody Maker Awards on September 11-13?, 1966. Very strange indeed…

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