12th April 1967 – Paul McCartney Creates the Concept of ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

During the flight back to London with Mal Evans, following their week-long holiday in San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles, Paul McCartney worked up his initial concept for the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack and television special.

With the impending release of the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, McCartney had moved on to the ‘next big thing’ — a Trippy TV show. Paul sketched out this ‘map’ of how the show might go, with the basics for such critical elements like ‘Yellow Coach’, ‘Lunch’, a ‘Busty Hostess’, a ‘Laboratory’ scene {better living thru chemistry}, lots of ‘Dream’ sequences as well as the mandatory ‘Stripper and Band’.

Paul McCartney diagram, showing his concept of Magical Mystery Tour


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