John Lennon and Paul McCartney attended a Rolling Stones recording session at Olympic Studios on this day, where they contributed backing vocals, handclaps and percussion (tambourine and maracas respectively) to the song We Love You.
The song was written as a token of appreciation to the fans who stood by the Stones in the wake of their drugs busts, and was also an ironic commentary on the authorities.
Beat poet Allen Ginsberg had been in London for a pro-marijuana rally at Hyde Park, and met Mick Jagger at Paul McCartney’s house. Jagger invited Ginsberg, Lennon and McCartney to the session that night, although Ginsberg did not perform. “They looked like little angels,” he later wrote of the groups, “like Botticelli Graces singing together for the first time.”
Also on this day...
- 2019: Album release: Amoeba Gig by Paul McCartney
- 2014: Ringo Starr live at Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, California
- 2013: Paul McCartney live at Safeco Field, Seattle
- 1968: Recording: Sexy Sadie
- 1967: The Beatles discuss purchasing a Greek island
- 1965: US single release: Help!
- 1964: Television: Blackpool Night Out
- 1963: Live: Ritz Ballroom, Rhyl
- 1962: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (lunchtime)
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