1966 highlights



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Interviews


Interview for New Musical Express

Dec 31, 1966 • From New Musical Express


Paul's film music causes a panic

Dec 24, 1966 • From New Musical Express



Beatles Talk - December 1966

December 1966 • From The Beatles Monthly Book


"We can't please everyone" says Paul

November 1966 • From The Beatles Monthly Book


Beatles Talk - November 1966

November 1966 • From The Beatles Monthly Book


Beatles Talk - October 1966

October 1966 • From The Beatles Monthly Book


Red nosed folk of Showbiz

Sep 03, 1966 • From Melody Maker





Interview with BBC

Aug 11, 1966


"The Lennon And McCartney Songbook" radio show

Aug 06, 1966 • From BBC Radio


Beatles Talk - August 1966

August 1966 • From The Beatles Monthly Book




Interview with ITN

Jul 08, 1966 • From ITN


Interview for Reuters

Jul 08, 1966 • From Reuters


Interview for the Manila Times

Jul 05, 1966 • From The Manila Times



Interview for Music Life

Jul 02, 1966 • From Music Life


Interview for Flip Teen Magazine

July 1966 • From Flip Teen Magazine









Paul lashes at 'sniping' Beatle-fans

Jun 18, 1966 • From Disc And Music Echo


Ringo played cards as others sang "Paperback"

Jun 17, 1966 • From New Musical Express


Paul Speaks Out!

Jun 16, 1966 • From New Musical Express


Interview for Disc And Music Echo

Jun 11, 1966 • From Disc And Music Echo


Beatles Talk - June 1966

June 1966 • From The Beatles Monthly Book


Interview for BBC Radio's Saturday Club

May 02, 1966 • From BBC Radio


Interview for BBC Radio's Pop Profile

May 02, 1966 • From BBC Radio


Interview for Flip Teen Magazine

May 1966 • From Flip Teen Magazine


Inner Beatle Secrets: From Paul

April 1966 • From Rave Magazine


Beatles Talk - April 1966

April 1966 • From The Beatles Monthly Book


Paul all alone: running hard to catch up with the music

Mar 25, 1966 • From Evening Standard


Beatles Paul and John, the bards of pop

Mar 21, 1966 • From Newsweek


Paul McCartney on the importance of being a Beatle

Mar 15, 1966 • From Record Beat


Beatles Talk - February 1966

February 1966 • From The Beatles Monthly Book

What happened for Paul in 1966

From Wikipedia, here is what happened to The Beatles in 1966:

Capitol Records, from December 1963 when it began issuing Beatles recordings for the US market, exercised complete control over format, compiling distinct US albums from the band’s recordings and issuing songs of their choosing as singles. In June 1966, the Capitol LP Yesterday and Today caused an uproar with its cover, which portrayed the grinning Beatles dressed in butcher’s overalls, accompanied by raw meat and mutilated plastic baby dolls. According to Beatles biographer Bill Harry, it has been incorrectly suggested that this was meant as a satirical response to the way Capitol had “butchered” the US versions of the band’s albums. Thousands of copies of the LP had a new cover pasted over the original; an unpeeled “first-state” copy fetched $10,500 at a December 2005 auction. In England, meanwhile, Harrison met sitar maestro Ravi Shankar, who agreed to train him on the instrument.

During a tour of the Philippines the month after the Yesterday and Today furore, the Beatles unintentionally snubbed the nation’s first lady, Imelda Marcos, who had expected them to attend a breakfast reception at the Presidential Palace. When presented with the invitation, Epstein politely declined on the band members’ behalf, as it had never been his policy to accept such official invitations. They soon found that the Marcos regime was unaccustomed to taking no for an answer. The resulting riots endangered the group and they escaped the country with difficulty. Immediately afterwards, the band members visited India for the first time.

Almost as soon as they returned home, the Beatles faced a fierce backlash from US religious and social conservatives (as well as the Ku Klux Klan) over a comment Lennon had made in a March interview with British reporter Maureen Cleave. “Christianity will go“, Lennon had said. “It will vanish and shrink. I needn’t argue about that; I’m right and I will be proved right … Jesus was alright but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.” His comments went virtually unnoticed in England, but when US teenage fan magazine Datebook printed them five months later, it sparked a controversy with Christians in America’s conservative Bible Belt region. The Vatican issued a protest, and bans on Beatles’ records were imposed by Spanish and Dutch stations and South Africa’s national broadcasting service. Epstein accused Datebook of having taken Lennon’s words out of context. At a press conference, Lennon pointed out, “If I’d said television was more popular than Jesus, I might have got away with it.” He claimed that he was referring to how other people viewed their success, but at the prompting of reporters, he concluded: “If you want me to apologise, if that will make you happy, then okay, I’m sorry.

Released in August 1966, a week before the Beatles’ final tour, Revolver marked another artistic step forward for the group. The album featured sophisticated songwriting, studio experimentation, and a greatly expanded repertoire of musical styles, ranging from innovative classical string arrangements to psychedelia. Abandoning the customary group photograph, its Aubrey Beardsley-inspired cover – designed by Klaus Voormann, a friend of the band since their Hamburg days – was a monochrome collage and line drawing caricature of the group. The album was preceded by the single “Paperback Writer“, backed by “Rain“. Short promotional films were made for both songs; described by cultural historian Saul Austerlitz as “among the first true music videos”, they aired on The Ed Sullivan Show and Top of the Pops in June.

Among the experimental songs on Revolver was “Tomorrow Never Knows“, the lyrics for which Lennon drew from Timothy Leary’s The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on the Tibetan Book of the Dead. Its creation involved eight tape decks distributed about the EMI building, each staffed by an engineer or band member, who randomly varied the movement of a tape loop while Martin created a composite recording by sampling the incoming data. McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby” made prominent use of a string octet; Gould describes it as “a true hybrid, conforming to no recognisable style or genre of song”. Harrison’s emergence as a songwriter was reflected in three of his compositions appearing on the record. Among these, “Taxman“, which opened the album, marked the first example of the Beatles making a political statement through their music. In 2003, Rolling Stone ranked Revolver as the third greatest album of all time.

As preparations were made for a tour of the US, the Beatles knew that their music would hardly be heard. Having originally used Vox AC30 amplifiers, they later acquired more powerful 100-watt amplifiers, specially designed for them by Vox, as they moved into larger venues in 1964; however, these were still inadequate. Struggling to compete with the volume of sound generated by screaming fans, the band had grown increasingly bored with the routine of performing live. Recognising that their shows were no longer about the music, they decided to make the August tour their last.

The band performed none of their new songs on the tour. In Chris Ingham’s description, they were very much “studio creations … and there was no way a four-piece rock ‘n’ roll group could do them justice, particularly through the desensitising wall of the fans’ screams. ‘Live Beatles’ and ‘Studio Beatles’ had become entirely different beasts.” The band’s concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on 29 August was their last commercial concert. It marked the end of four years dominated by almost non-stop touring that included over 1,400 concert appearances internationally.

Last updated on October 26, 2022

Albums Paul McCartney contributed to, released in 1966




Films released in 1966


Paperback Writer

1966 • For The Beatles • Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg


Rain

1966 • For The Beatles • Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Concerts, TV & radio shows


Summer 1966 US tour

Shows: 19 • Countries: 2


1966 Japan and Philippines Tour

Shows: 7 • Countries: 2


1966 Germany Tour

Shows: 6 • Countries: 1


Top Of The Pops

Jun 16, 1966 • UK • London • BBC Television Centre • TV show


NME Annual Poll-Winners' All-Star Concert

May 01, 1966 • United Kingdom • London • Empire Pool

Sessions




Mixing Strawberry Fields Forever #7

Dec 22, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever



Recording "When I'm Sixty Four"

Dec 20, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Mono)


Recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" #6

Dec 15, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever


Recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" #5

Dec 09, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever


Recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" #4

Dec 08, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever



Mixing the Beatles' 4th Christmas record

Dec 02, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas


Recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" #3

Nov 29, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever


Recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" #2

Nov 28, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever


Recording the Beatles' 4th Christmas record

Nov 25, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Pantomime: Everywhere It's Christmas


Recording "Strawberry Fields Forever" #1

Nov 24, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Penny Lane / Strawberry Fields Forever


Mixing "This Boy", "Day Tripper", "We Can Work It Out"

Nov 10, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on A Collection of Beatles Oldies (Mono)


Remixing "She Loves You"

Nov 08, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on A Collection of Beatles Oldies (Mono)


Remixing "I Want To Hold Your Hand"

Nov 07, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on A Collection of Beatles Oldies (Mono)


"The Family Way" sessions

c. November 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on The Family Way - Original Soundtrack Recording (2011)


Mixing "Paperback Writer"

Oct 31, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on A Collection of Beatles Oldies (Stereo)


"Vega-Tables" session

Oct, 4th 1966


Recording "Mellow Yellow"

September - October 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Mellow Yellow / Sunny South Kensington


Mixing session for "Revolver"

Jun 22, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "She Said She Said", mixing session for "Revolver"

Jun 21, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Mixing "Got To Get You Into My Life"

Jun 20, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)



Recording "Here, There And Everywhere"

Jun 16, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Here, There And Everywhere"

Jun 14, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording and mixing "Good Day Sunshine"

Jun 09, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Good Day Sunshine", editing "And Your Bird Can Sing"

Jun 08, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)



Recording and mixing "I Want To Tell You", mixing "Yellow Submarine"

Jun 03, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "I Want To Tell You", mixing "Yellow Submarine"

Jun 02, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Yellow Submarine"

Jun 01, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Yellow Submarine"

May 26, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)



Recording "For No One"

May 19, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording and mixing "Got to Get You Into My Life"

May 18, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording and mixing "Taxman", recording "For No One"

May 16, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Mixing "Doctor Robert", "I'm Only Sleeping", "And Your Bird Can Sing"

May 12, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Yesterday and Today (Mono)


Recording "For No One"

May 09, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording and mixing "I'm Only Sleeping"

May 06, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "I'm Only Sleeping"

May 05, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Eleanor Rigby", "I'm Only Sleeping"

Apr 29, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Eleanor Rigby"

Apr 28, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "I'm Only Sleeping" and mixing "And Your Bird Can Sing", "Taxman"...

Apr 27, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "And Your Bird Can Sing"

Apr 26, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Mixing "Got to Get You Into My Life"

Apr 25, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Taxman", "Tomorrow Never Knows"

Apr 22, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Taxman"

Apr 21, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "And Your Bird Can Sing", "Taxman"

Apr 20, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Doctor Robert"

Apr 19, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Doctor Robert"

Apr 17, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Rain"

Apr 16, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Paperback Writer / Rain (UK)


Recording "Paperback Writer", "Rain"

Apr 14, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Paperback Writer / Rain (UK)


Recording "Love You To", "Paperback Writer"

Apr 13, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Got To Get You Into My Life", "Love You To"

Apr 11, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Got To Get You Into My Life"

Apr 08, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Tomorrow Never Knows", "Got To Get You Into My Life"

Apr 07, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Tomorrow Never Knows"

Apr 06, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


Recording "Revolver"

April 6 - June 22, 1966 • Songs recorded during this session appear on Revolver (UK Mono)


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