“When George was a kid, he used to follow me and my first girlfriend, Cynthia—who became my first wife—around. Cyn and I would come out of art school together and he’d be hovering around like one of those kids at the gates of the Dakota now. He was literally like that! Cyn and I would be going to the coffee shop or a movie and George would follow us down the street two hundred yards behind. And Cyn would say, ‘Who is that guy? What’s he want?’ I’d say, ‘He just wants to hang out. Should we take him with us?’ She’d say, ‘Oh, okay, let’s take him to the bloody movies.’ So we’d allow him to come to the movies with us.” - John Lennon, 1980



October 9, 1965

On John lennons 25th birthday, he and wife Cynthia along with George, Pattie, & manger Brian attended a birthday celebration at Lionel Bart’s home. John’s childhood friend Pete Shotton and wife Beth were also in attendance. At one point all of the girls sat on a rug & Pete started messing around with a Polaroid camera (something none of them had ever seen before.)

L-R: Pattie, Beth & Cynthia.


The Beatles performed five songs on their Ed Sullivan Show live debut. They sang All My Loving, Till There Was You and She Loves You, in the first half of the programme, followed by an advertisement for Anadin. Ed Sullivan’s other guests - Georgia Brown & Oliver Kidds, Frank Gorshin, Tessie O'Shea - followed, after which The Beatles performed I Saw Her Standing There and I Want To Hold Your Hand.

While Paul McCartney sang the ballad Till There Was You, the cameras panned to each of the Beatles in turn, with their names captioned on the screen. When they got to John Lennon, an additional caption appeared, saying: “Sorry Girls, He’s Married.”

After the show radio DJ Murray The K took John, Paul and Ringo to the Playboy Club. With a police escort they walked several blocks to 59th Street where they were ushered into the club’s Penthouse lounge for dinner.

They later went on to the Peppermint Lounge, where they danced the twist until 4am. 

(The Beatles visit The Peppermint Lounge on their first night in the United States on February 7, 1964 in New York City.)

Birthday Month (The Beatles)
  • January: George Martin
  • Febuary: George Harrison, Yoko Ono
  • March: Pattie Boyd
  • April: Jane Asher, Julian Lennon
  • May: Olivia Arias, Astrid Kirchherr
  • June: Paul McCartney, Stuart Sutcliffe
  • July: Ringo Starr
  • August: Maureen Cox, Barbara Bach, Mary McCartney, Dhani Harrison
  • September: Cynthia Powell, Linda Eastman, Stella McCartney, James McCartney, Zak Starkey, Brian Epstein
  • October: John Lennon, Sean Lennon
  • November: Lee Starkey
  • December: Heather McCartney
George’d be following us down the street, two hundred yards away, and she’d [Cynthia Lennon] be saying, ‘What does he want?’ I said, 'He just wants to hang out. Should we take him with us?’ She’d say, 'Oh, OK, we’ll take him to the bloody movies.’ And we used to allow him to come to the movies with us and things like that.
—  John Lennon on George Harrison inviting himself to tagalong with him and Cynthia from the book The Beatles All These Years Vol. 1 Tune by Mark Lewisohn, Page 231