The Beatles’ diary -- 1st November 1968

Friday, 1st November 1968

UK singles chart
  1. Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
  2. Hey Jude – The Beatles
  3. Jesamine – Casuals
  4. Little Arrows – Leapy Lee
  5. Les Bicyclettes De Belsize – Engelbert Humperdinck
UK albums chart
  1. Greatest Hits – The Hollies
  2. Live At The Talk Of The Town – The Seekers
  3. Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel
  4. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  5. Delilah – Tom Jones

George’s ‘Wonderwall Music’ was released in the UK. This was the very first album to be released on the Apple label (and the first solo album by a Beatle). The film-makers had approached him way back in December ’67 (after getting knocked back by The Bee Gees), to produce the music for the movie. It starred the famous French sex-kitten Jane Birkin, and told the story of a peeping tom, who’s favourite hobby was spying on Birkin through the ‘Wonderwall’. The Beatles’ Dutch mates ‘The Fool’ were commissioned to paint the ‘Wonderwall’. But despite the arousing plot and beautiful cast, the film was widely panned by the critics. But George’s Indian soundtrack came up trumps: “I was getting so into Indian music then,” he said, “that I decided to use ‘Wonderwall’ as an excuse for a …

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