London: Beatle Studios & Clubs (& misc.)
The Decca Studios in West Hampstead were the site of the Beatles'
failed audition for the Decca label on New Year's Day 1962. The
Decca Studio is a long but pleasant walk north up Abbey Road and West End
Lane from EMI Studios. Although the vast majority of their songs were
Abbey Road, the Beatles did occasionally record elsewhere. They
recorded "Baby You're a Rich Man" and some backing tracks for
You Need is Love" at Olympic Studios in the pleasant village
of Barnes, west of London. The Rolling Stones made Olympic their
recording home for in 1967-69, and John & Paul visited to sing
backing vocals on the Stones' "We Love You" and "Dandelion." Trident
Studios (now called The Sound Studio) is located in Soho on 17 St.
Annes Court. The Beatles came here to record "Hey Jude" and several
White Album tracks in 1968.
The Scotch of St. James and the Ad Lib Club were two of the hippest clubs
that attracted London's rock aristocracy in the Swinging London years.
The Scotch of St. James (now the Directors Lodge Club) was an important
live venue; it was located next to the Indica Gallery (in the left
foreground), where John Lennon met Yoko Ono at a showing of her art
in November 1966. The Ad Lib was located on the top floor, reached via
elevator, of the Prince Charles Theater in Leicester Place. The Beatles
came here often, including the night John, George and their wives were
first given LSD. The Bag O' Nails, just off Carnaby Street (now the
Miranda), was one of the hot clubs of the later sixties. It
was also the site of Paul and Linda's first meeting in 1967.
Forte Post House, Heathrow
Beatle exhibit at the
The carport in back of the Forte Post House hotel near Heathrow airport
was the rendezvous point where the individual Beatles would gather to
travel as a group to their grand departures from Heathrow.
An exhibit of Beatle manuscripts, including the handwritten lyrics of "In
My Life," "Help," "Yesterday," "Here There and Everywhere" and several other
songs, is featured prominently on the Manuscripts Room of the British
Museum in Bloomsbury. The collection was donated to England by
Beatle biographer Hunter Davies.
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