Having decided that their next single would be the double a-side ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ and ‘Penny Lane’, The Beatles took part in promotional films. Work began on this day in Knole Park in Sevenoaks, Kent.
The films were both produced by Tony Bramwell for Subafilms, and were shot on colour 35mm film by a crew from London-based Don Long Productions. The Swedish director was Peter Goldmann, who had been recommended by Klaus Voormann.
Goldmann had arrived in England in early January and looked for suitable locations in London and elsewhere. The first location he decided upon was Knole Park, owned by the National Trust.
On this evening filming began on Strawberry Fields Forever. A number of sequences were shot around a dead oak tree near the park’s birdhouse. The tree is no longer there.
Work on the Strawberry Fields Forever clip continued on the following day.
Also on this day...
- 2019: The Beatles announce Let It Be film reissue and new collaboration with Peter Jackson
- 2009: Stella McCartney creates Beatles t-shirt for Red Nose Day 2009
- 1970: Ringo Starr meets Elvis Presley
- 1969: The Beatles’ rooftop concert (Apple building)
- 1967: Mixing: A Day In The Life
- 1964: Live: Olympia Theatre, Paris
- 1964: US single release: Please Please Me
- 1963: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
- 1961: Live: Lathom Hall, Liverpool
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