The fourth location in the Mad Day Out, in which The Beatles were photographed in various places around London, was in Old Street, a busy thoroughfare in the north of the city.
They arrived shortly after 6pm, and went to the island in the middle of the busy roundabout. Using a plank of wood, they climbed to the top of a concrete block in the middle of the island.
There they adopted a variety of poses while more than 100 photographs were taken. The Beatles were snapped while waving, saluting, pretending to fight and fall off, dancing and other poses, before returning to their cars and heading for location five, St Pancras Old Church and Gardens.
We reached Old Street roundabout and I just asked them to get up on it. Once they were on the roundabout they obviously thought they might as well do something and performed completely spontaneously for me. You can’t direct people like that. The choreography was theirs. The taxi drivers couldn’t believe it as they came round and caught this free show.
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Also on this day...
- 2012: Paul McCartney closes the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony
- 2010: Paul McCartney live: Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte
- 2008: Rare tape of 1964 Beatles session to be auctioned
- 1969: Recording: Polythene Pam, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
- 1968: The Mad Day Out: location seven
- 1968: The Mad Day Out: location six
- 1968: The Mad Day Out: location five
- 1968: The Mad Day Out: location three
- 1968: The Mad Day Out: location two
- 1968: The Mad Day Out: location one
- 1964: Live: Johanneshovs Isstadion, Stockholm, Sweden
- 1963: Live: ABC Cinema, Great Yarmouth
- 1962: Live: Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead
- 1962: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
- 1961: Live: Aintree Institute, Liverpool
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