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More from year 1967
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On this day, December 17, 1967, a private screening of The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” was organized, ahead of its BBC1 premiere on December 26. The primary audience for this event was the secretaries of the Beatles fan club. In attendance were two members of the Beatles, namely John Lennon and George Harrison, along with Spencer Davis.
BEATLES HOST CHRISTMAS PARTIES
The Beatles invited Fan Club Area Secretaries from all over the U.K. to London on December 17. Forty secretaries plus their guests travelled to the capital — all expenses paid — and saw a preview colour screening of “Magical Mystery Tour”. Afterwards they chatted with John and George over tea before seeing “The Beatles at Shea Stadium”. Ringo was still in Rome filming “Candy” and Paul was up in Scotland so both missed the get-together. A few days later the Beatles again played hosts to over 200 guests at a “Magical Mystery Tour” Christmas Dinner Party held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. The cast and production team of the T.V. film, plus the entire staff of Nems Enterprises were amongst those invited. Everybody wore fancy dress for the occasion.From The Beatles Monthly Book – January 1968
Beatles host fan club, ‘Tour’ parties
BEATLES played host to fan club secretaries on Sunday, and will also act as hosts for the case and production team of Magical Mystery Tour – plus the staff of NEMS Enterprises – today (Thursday) in a big Christmas fancy-dress party.
Beatle party No. 1 took place at London’s Hanover Grand Film and Art Theatre on Sunday afternoon. Arca secretaries of the Fan Club came from all parts of Britain to be entertained by John and George. They were shown the “Magical Mystery Tour” film — to be seen on BBBC-TV on Boxing Day – and also the now-historic film of the Beatles at New York’s Shea
Paul McCartney was unable to be present as he was on his farm in Scotland, and Ringo was returning from Rome where he has been filming in “Candy.” He arrived on Sunday evening.
Beatle party No. 2 takes place at a “secret rendezvous” in London today (Thursday). Apart from those connected with the Magical Mystery Tour TV film, and NEMS, Beatles will be inviting along a few “close friends.”
“Hello, Goodbye,” still holding its position at No. 1 in the cart, has now sold over half-a-million in Britain, while the Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” EP is coming up to the half-million mark, and has qualified for a Silver Disc award (250,000 British sales).
The TV film of “Magical Mystery Tour” is repeated on BBC-2 in colour at 10 pm on January 5.
Paul McCartney missed both Beatles’ Christmas parties this week. Instead of staying in London for the merrymaking and festivities he drove with girlfriend Jane Asher to his farmhouse “hideaway” in the Scottish highlands. They will be away about a week.
Paul are Jane are pictured (right) en route, accompanied by Paul’s English sheepdog, Martha.From Disc And Music Echo – December 23, 1967
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