Wednesday, December 16, 2015

History: Beatles Book Monthly December 1965

Taking a look at highlights from the Beatles' official fan magazine this month:

Editor "Johnny Dean" bemoans the group's absence from the single charts for a period but brings the cheerful news that a new single featuring the songs "Day Tripper" and "We Can Work it Out" will be released, along with a new LP, Rubber Soul.

He also notes changes in the Beatles' working habits:

In the Fan Club Newsletter, "Anne Collingham" calls December a Red Letter Month, noting not only the new single and album, but a concert tour in England, a TV special ("The Music of Lennon and McCartney" broadcast Dec. 17) and The Beatles' Third Christmas Record, out to fan club member only via the mail soon.

There's also a new contest this month:

An article reports from the set of the Lennon/McCartney TV special featuring guest stars Cilla Black, Marianne Faithfull, Henry Mancini, Peter Sellers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Peter and Gordon, Esther Phillips and more.

In Letters from Beatle People, Deborah Munford asks about John's contact lenses and Anne Martin offers a first-hand report from the Beatles' M.B.E. investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

In Behind the Spotlight, Billy Shephard and Johnny Dean recount those long-ago days of December 1963 and the Beatles Christmas show that year.

This Month's Beatles Song provides the lyrics to "You're Going to Lose That Girl."

Beatles News notes that the Beatles will all be spending the holidays at home. with Paul and Ringo both moving into their new houses "so they'll be kept very busy sorting out where the furniture goes and all the other problems of moving house."

There's also this article about George's use of Indian instruments:

Along with a track list and info about the new album:

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