Interview for Where It's At • Saturday, May 20, 1967

Interview for Where It's At

Radio interview • Interview of The Beatles • Recorded May 19, 1967
Where It's At
Published by:
BBC Light Programme
Interview by:
Kenny Everett
Timeline More from year 1967
Brian Epstein's home, 24 Chapel Street, London, UK

Album This interview has been made to promote the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (UK Mono) LP.

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Where It’s At” was a Saturday afternoon radio show, hosted by Chris Denning and Kenny Everett, that aired on the BBC’s Light Programme, a station known for its focus on mainstream light entertainment and music from 1945 until its transformation into BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 2 in 1967.

On the evening of May 19, 1967, Kenny Everett was among a select group of influential disc jockeys and media figures invited to Brian Epstein’s London residence for the exclusive launch party of The Beatles’ new album, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” During the course of the night, Everett had the opportunity to conduct brief interviews with Beatles members John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr.

Capitalizing on this exclusive access, Everett produced a special edition of “Where It’s At” that aired the following afternoon. This unique episode featured a sneak peek of selected tracks from the yet-to-be-released “Sgt. Pepper’s” album, interwoven with snippets from Everett’s interviews with the Beatles.

Everett was unable to play the final track of the album, “A Day In The Life“, because the BBC decided to ban the song on the basis it advocates the usage of drugs.

PAUL: (introducing the opening of the program) “This is Paul McCartney saying ‘This is where Chris Denning’s at.’ This is where it’s at, Chris. Take it!”

JOHN: (introducing the title track, in hushed announcer voice) “We’re sitting in the hushed semi-circular theatre, and waiting for the Seargent Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band to come on. (suddenly louder, excitedly) And here they come now playing the first number, ah let’s go! (pauses, then to Kenny) Alright? I can’t do it for ’em all or I’ll be dizzy.”

(Songs heard: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With A Little Help From My Friends)

KENNY: “Well, by George, in the studio we have old Ringo Starr of The Beatles fame. Ringo, what have you been doing since I last saw you in America a year ago?”

RINGO: “Umm, very much.”

KENNY: (mock-disbelief) “Really?”

RINGO: (laughs) “Uhh, well, I went on holiday… We made an LP… We’ve made a few more tracks, so we’ve been busy.”

KENNY: “What do you think of this new LP? It’s a bit strange compared to the others. Would you term it ‘Psycho-Deeelic’?”

RINGO: “Only if you want to think of it as psycho-deeelic.”

JOHN: “Now we’d like to play you one. It’s a sad little song. (pause) Where’s it gone?”

PAUL: (giggles)

JOHN: “Oh, this is it, yeah. Picture yourself on an old-fashioned elephant. Lucy in the sky for everyone, now.”

(Songs heard: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Fixing A Hole)

KENNY: (regarding the effects used in the studio) “How long would you say… you got into technical details like phasing?”

JOHN: (excitedly) “Oh, phasing is GREAT!”

PAUL: “Double-flanging.”

JOHN: “Double-flanging, we call it. Now there you go, right? We’re on the same thing. Flanging is great. We’re always doing it.”

KENNY: “You used it on ‘Lucy In The Sky’…”

JOHN: (giggling) “You name the one it isn’t on! You know, you name it!”

PAUL: (laughing)

JOHN: (giggling) “You spot it, you get a prize! You get a Sgt. Pepper badge!”

KENNY: (jokingly) “I’ll pick a moustache.”

(Songs heard: Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite, When I’m Sixty-Four)

KENNY: “How many takes did you usually do on this album before you got the perfect take?”

PAUL: “We did quite a few on each one. But, uhh, it’s just ‘cuz it’s changed, you know. In the old days of the LP ‘Please Please Me,’ we went in and did it in a day, ‘cuz we knew all the numbers and we’d rehearsed them and done ’em. We’d been playing them for about a year. But nowadays we just take a song in, and all we’ve got is the chords on the guitar, and the words and the tune. So we’ve got to work out how to arrange it, and that. So we do a lot of takes on each one.”

(Songs heard: She’s Leaving Home, Lovely Rita)

KENNY: “Do you like to have a lot of people in the studio when you’re recording, or do you like to do it completely alone?”

PAUL: “It doesn’t matter. We had a lot of people on some of the tracks, and sometimes we use ’em, you know, and ask them to clap, and that. Depends if it’s good people who don’t hassle anyone and don’t try and mess the session up. Then it’s great, you know, ‘cuz it’s good company.”

KENNY: “I hear you had the Rolling Stones in this session.”

PAUL: “They came down ‘cuz we had a lot of people there, you know, ‘cuz it was a big session and we wanted to make a happening happen. (giggles) And it happened.”

(Songs heard: Sgt. Pepper (Reprise), Getting Better, Good Morning Good Morning)

From Facebook – Photographers at the launch party for “Sgt Pepper’s” at Brian Epstein’s Belgravia home in Chappel street, London, May 19, 1967.
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