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It Was 50 Years Ago Today...
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The official release date was the 1st June (US 2nd June), it was released early in some places in the UK on the 26th May.

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The Beatles' official website says it was released on June 1st. I would trust them over Wikipedia.

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sir walter raleigh said
Ian MacDonald agrees that it is June 1. Facebook has it set to today as well. Wikipedia is the only source that has May 26 that i've seen. It is an error.   

Ian MacDonald is like Geoff Emmerick, as in everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt, this is the same guy who said that Paul most likely played drums on Michelle and that John plays an acoustic guitar during Strawberry Fields Forever .

@meanmistermustard I think you're right there, that was what I was thinking myself, it could be possible that stores got their copies on the 26th and were told not to put them on the shelves until June but some put them on early anyways.

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There are not that many 50 year old personal events that one can remember back to the exact minute. As Necko might note in a Hmmm post, that was 26,298,000 minutes ago a-hard-days-night-ringo-6. This afternoon is one of those times. It was the last day of 8th grade (middle school in the US) and we were all busy signing yearbooks, hugging each other and packing up our stuff. Mr. Moran's art studies was my last class before heading out for the 3 month summer break. To my total joy and amazement he had gone out to the record store at lunch and bought the album Sgt. Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He spent that last class playing the record and letting us discuss what we heard while passing around the cover and inserts. Remember there was no internet so this was quite an event to hear the album and hold the cover on the first day. To be honest I don't recall the music all that much, with the probable exception of Within You, Without You that seemed like it was music from a different planet. The music didn't sound like anything I was listening to at the time such as The Doors first album or Surrealistic Pillow by Jefferson Airplane. In addition I was really keen by then that The Beatles were something besides a rock band and were leading us all somewhere , thus it was very important to figure out the cluesa-hard-days-night-ringo-13so you don't get left behind. I'm sure that was my first impression when I saw that the lyrics were printed which made it much easier to decipher the true meanings.  This seems a bit fanatic now, but believe me for many of us it only got more intense as time went on (I eventually manually played every Beatle album and single backwards on my turntable). Reflecting on this though, many of the previous lyrics were somewhat cryptic and seemed to offer a path to a different existence; e.g. "You don't know what you're missing", "It's just a state of mind, I can show you", "Say the word and you'll be free", "Surrender to the void!", and now they would love to take me home and turn me on!  Anyway that was my first time with Sgt. Pepper . I do recall on the bus home thinking "I can't wait to hear Lucy In The Sky With Linus" again (the Peanuts comic was big back then). A week later I had my own copy of the album and laughed at my mistake (or was it actually a telepathic message from...Hmmm)a-hard-days-night-paul-7a-hard-days-night-john-7ahdn_george_05ahdn_ringo_09 

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It's now 1am on Sunday 27 August 2017 in the UK.

50 years ago, on Sunday 27 August 1967, Brian Samuel Epstein would take a pill too many sometime in the next few hours and would not wake again.

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He helped revolutionise music; was The Beatles friend, guide and mentor; without him music history would have taken a different path.

The Beatles were "four lads who shook the world," and they probably never would have done without Eppy.

I raise a glass to you, for your belief that those lads you saw on the Cavern stage would one day be bigger than Elvis, Mr. Epstein.

The world owes you.

RIP.

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That's not how this thread works... 

How are you posting that from the future?a-hard-days-night-paul-10a-hard-days-night-paul-10

EDIT: nevermind but since when did we have two of these threads? I honestly don't remember ever seeing this one.

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@Little Piggy Dragonguy said
That's not how this thread works... 

How are you posting that from the future?a-hard-days-night-paul-10a-hard-days-night-paul-10

EDIT: nevermind but since when did we have two of these threads? I honestly don't remember ever seeing this one.  

Well, as you seem to have realised, this thread and vonbontee's "The Beatles arrive in New York City TODAY!!" thread serve different purposes.

Mine (this thread) was started first, on 11 January 2014, to create somewhere for people to reflect on and discuss events from 50 years ago, while the Bontee brothers is for people to offer fictional reactions to events as if they were experiencing them at the time, and - as can be guessed - was started on 7 February 2014.

As to your being unaware of this thread before today, LOL! Take a look at the second post on this page (post 202), from you; and looking back through the thread, it would seem this is your first post in it, exactly a year ago, give or take a few hours.

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Happy holidays, everyone!

Tonight, I had a 50th anniversary screening of Magical Mystery Tour at my place. My friend even wore his Fair Isle vest for the occasion. I did not, however, show it in black and white. 🙂

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PARLANCE!! heart apple01

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I concur with Von Bontee when he says
PARLANCE!! heart apple01  

And that sounds very cool!

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Silly Girl said

And that sounds very cool!  

Thank you, it was! I'd almost forgotten the anniversary was coming up until someone on Facebook mentioned Boxing Day, and I was inspired. 😀

Posting because Fair Isle vest:

stay-on-topic

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John, George, Cynthia and Patti departed for India 50 years ago today. Meditation has become a life altering/affirming daily practice for me and was facilitated by the journey that began on this day in 1968. 

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Some more information about the trip, along with some great pictures:

https://www.cntraveller.in/sto.....india-got/

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SgtPeppersBulldog said
Some more information about the trip, along with some great pictures:

https://www.cntraveller.in/sto.....a-got/  

Thanks @SgtPeppersBulldog, those are some cool pictures. I wonder if there are any recordings of John playing the flute. It's amazing how different John looks in these pictures compared to when he was waiting for the plane (George looks exactly the same). He looks much happier in India a-hard-days-night-john-6  I read that the ashram has fallen into disrepair but is currently being restored, so perhaps we can visit someday ahdn_george_05

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I'm a day late, but Ringo posted this on Instagram yesterday

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I'm not entirely sure how accurate that is, though, because I thought he had a Ludwig at least as early as the 1964 US tour. 

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Ringo got his first Ludwig kit on 12 May 1963, 55 years ago yesterday, @Little Piggy Dragonguy. They were appearing on Thank Your Lucky Stars that day. Ringo used his Premier kit for the camera rehearsal, and the Ludwig kit he'd ordered a few weeks earlier was delivered to him at the television studio that afternoon, and he used the Ludwig for the actual show.

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parlance said
50 years ago today, the band met Cassius Clay, later to be known as Muhammad Ali.

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I'm randomly putting this here.

I found info in this article I didn't know. Maybe it is something new for some of you.

At the time, neither Ali or the musicians really knew of each other, and, by all accounts, Ali didn’t make the best first impression. Journalist Robert Lipsyte, who had traveled to Miami to cover the fight for The New York Times, remembers a tense beginning, with Ali arriving extremely late.

"Somebody said that ‘Clay’s not here' and the four guys cursed you know and said, ‘We’re the F out of here,’ and turned around, but … I guess Clay’s people wanted a photo op too so they just kind of pushed all of us up the stairs and I went into this dressing room with these guys, I didn’t know who they were, I wasn’t intimidated,” he later recalled. “The five of us are in the dressing room and the door is locked, they’re screaming and banging on the door, they were very angry … and they started banging on the door and cursing and they were very angry at having been abducted.”

Despite the all the good-natured camaraderie between Ali and The Beatles, Lipsyte added that after sneaking in a workout at the gym, the six-feet-two-inches boxer retired to the dressing room for a massage and approached the journalist with a blunt question. According to Lipsyte, Ali asked him just who exactly “those little sissies” were.

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Interesting...it makes me want to suspect that they chose Ali's opponent Sonny Liston, over Ali himself, to immortalize on the SPLHCB cover out of revenge. 

(But I believe Liston's inclusion was actually Peter Blake's doing, so that theory is nonsense.)

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50 years ago today, I got up, got out of bed, dragged a comb across my head.

But it's not my birthday today~

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