EMI is informed of ban of “A Day In The Life” by the BBC

Tuesday, May 23, 1967

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THE Beatles, whose new LP “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” is released next Friday this week laughed off the BBC ban on one of its tracks. The banned song, “A Day In The Life,” is a Lennon-McCartney composition which refers to a man going upstairs on a bus for a smoke.

From the London home of their manager Brian Epstein, the Beatles denied that there were any drug references in the song.

Said Paul: “John woke up one morning and read the Daily Mail. The news stories gave him the idea for the song. The man goes upstairs on a bus for a smoke. Everybody does that sort of thing. You can read a double meaning into anything if you want to. But we don’t care if they ban our songs. It might help the LP. They’ll play other tracks.

From Melody Maker – May 27, 1967
From Melody Maker – May 27, 1967

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