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Paul McCartney's 1967 US holidays
1967 • For The Beatles • Directed by The Beatles
September 16 - October 2, 1963
March 3 - March 20, 1966
November 06-12, 1966
November 12-14, 1966
November 14-19, 1966
April 03-04, 1967
April 06-08, 1967
April 10-11, 1967
Jul 22, 1967
November 5 - Mid-November?
December 11 - End of December, 1968
March 16 to early April, 1969
May 15 - June 17, 1969
Early December 1971
Mid-June to June 25, 1972
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Although the recording of the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album was unfinished, Paul decided to take a ten-day break in the United States to surprise his girlfriend Jane Asher on her 21st birthday. At the time, Jane was touring the US with the Old Vic Company and performing Romeo And Juliet.
On April 3, 1967, Paul and Mal Evans departed London and spent the following day in San Francisco. On April 5, they travelled to Denver to meet Jane and celebrate her birthday. Paul, Jane, and Mal spent the next few days vacationing in the Denver area. The idea for a “Magical Mystery Tour” TV Special emerged at this time.
On April 9, the Old Vic Company flew out of Denver, where they had been based for a few days. Paul and Mal said goodbye to Jane and flew to Los Angeles, where they met Derek Taylor, who was the press officer for the Beatles’ first concert tour of the US in the summer of 1964.
On April 10 and 11, Paul and Mal spent some time in Los Angeles, doing some shopping, visiting John and Michelle Phillips, from The Mamas & The Papas, and Paul joined a Beach Boys recording session. They onboarded their return flight to London on the afternoon of April 11.
Paul borrowed a notepad from a flight stewardess and jotted down the lyrics for the song “Magical Mystery Tour“. He then sketched a rough plan for the film, using a circle divided into eight segments to represent the 60-minute duration of a television special.
Visiting America for the 21st birthday of his long term girlfriend, actress Jane Asher who was working over there in the spring of 1967, Paul had been impressed by a West Coast company of hippy entertainers, the Merry Pranksters, whose outrageously experimental performance fired his enthusiasm for developing Magical Mystery Tour. On the homeward flight from the US, Paul wrote most of the show’s title song. What would remain undecided for some months was whether The Beatles should aim for a full-blown theatrical film release or, more cautiously, a television special.Tony Barrow – From “The Making of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour” by Tony Barrow, 1999
They landed at London Heathrow on April 12. Paul was briefly interviewed by some reporters and declared:
The Beatles are definitely not splitting up. We have never even thought of splitting up. We want to go on recording together. The Beatles live!Paul McCartney
“Magical Mystery Tour” was one sheet of paper with a circle drawn on it, and it was marked like a clock, only there was only one o’clock, five o’clock, nine o’clock and eleven o’clock. The rest we had to fill in. That’s how we did that. I was just sitting in the garden and Paul phoned, and said, ‘I’ve got this idea.’ That’s how it used to be. If someone wanted to do something, all we would do was follow ‘em. We would all go and do it.Ringo Starr – From “The Beatles: Off the Record” by Keith Badman, 2008
Wednesday April 12:
Lot of photographers at London airport – but not to meet us because our arrival had been kept good and quiet. They were there to get pictures of an Oscarless actress returning from Hollywood! End of a lovely holiday.From The Beatles Monthly Book, July 1967
PAUL BACK IN THE RAIN
PAUL McCARTNEY flew back into a rainy London last week after a quick trip across to America to see Jane Asher on her 21st birthday. The Beatles have finished recording their new album and single but are still working on balancing and mixing the tracks. The title of the LP — due out at the end of May — is ” Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”From Melody Maker – April 22, 1967
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