The Beatles’ diary -- 11th August 1968

Sunday, 11th August 1968

UK singles chart
  1. Mony Mony – Tommy James & The Shondells
  2. Fire – Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  3. I Pretend – Des O’Connor
  4. Mrs Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
  5. This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert
UK albums chart
  1. Delilah – Tom Jones
  2. Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel
  3. Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake – The Small Faces
  4. Bare Wires – John Mayall
  5. Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Crazy World Of Arthur Brown

The Beatles launched Apple Music and declared it National Apple Week. The whole thing was run by Ron Kass (the future husband of Joan Collins) who was head-honcho at Liberty Records. Peter Asher was given the job of A&R man. “The idea was to create a record company that was more artist-friendly,” he said, “more open to new ideas. People nowadays complain about the ‘suits’ who run record companies, but record companies in those days really ‘were’ run by men in suits. If you went into the office of Sir Joseph Lockwood at EMI for example, you almost felt like you should bow!”

The original idea was to set up facilities and build a brand new recording studio. “And we’ll need a hotel as well,” they enthused. ”So foreign groups will have somewhere to stay when they’re not recording. And …

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