The only piece of Beatles-related news that I could find recorded for this day is that, according to The Beatles Bible, “George Harrison, Pattie Harrison, Brian Epstein, Eric Clapton and friends attempted to see in 1967 in the fashionable London club Annabel’s, but were refused entry after George refused to wear a tie.” Apparently George — somewhat petulantly, if you ask me — refused to accept the venue’s offer of a loaner tie and the group took their party elsewhere.

I bet they had a fantastic time. In December 1966, there was every reason to feel buoyantly optimistic — the great wave that we now call “the Sixties” was still building and would not peak, according to most analyses, for another six months or so. 2016, meanwhile, has been a bummer of a year, at least in politics and pop culture. There have been many major deaths including those of David Bowie, Beatles producer George Martin, and the United States of America’s last shred of dignity. Tonight I think we’ll be celebrating the end of the old year more than the beginning of the new one.

So long for now. When we meet again it will be a new year, a new time. I have a pretty good idea of what 1967 has in store for us, but look forward to getting into the nitty-gritty of it all. 2017 promises to be, um, interesting. We shall see what we shall see. In the meantime, my advice for today: Party like it’s 1966.


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