Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Fortieth Birthday Post #21: Today in Beatlemania

Monday, July 3, 1967: John and Cynthia Lennon, George and Patti Harrison, and Paul McCartney with Jane Asher attend a private party held at the Speakeasy Club in London for the American group the Monkees. Ringo was unable to attend, as was Monkee Davy Jones. The party was hosted by Vic Lewis, agent for Brian Epstein's NEMS Enterprises, who had contracted for the Monkees to perform at the Empire Pool, Wembley, from June 30 - July 3. Also attending the party were Dusty Springfield, Klaus Voorman, Manfred Mann, the Who, Procol Harum, Lulu, Eric Clapton, the Fool, and guests of honor Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, and Micky Dolenz. Vic Lewis would go on to become managing director of NEMS Enterprises after Brian Epstein's death.

Monday, July 3, 1967: The Beatles' LP "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" reaches #1 in the US charts. It will sit at #1 for 19 weeks and appear in the US charts for 113 weeks.

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