The Beatles’ diary -- 11th November 1968

Monday, 11th November 1968

UK singles chart
  1. With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker
  2. Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
  3. The Good The Bad & The Ugly – Hugo Montenegro
  4. Eloise – Barry Ryan
  5. This Old Heart Of Mine – The Isley Brothers
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. The Good The Bad & The Ugly – Original Soundtrack

John’s first solo album Two Virgins was released in the US. EMI took one look at the cover and refused to distribute it, citing the picture of John’s nob and Yoko’s mate on the front, so they farmed it out to Track Records. Capitol also refused to distribute it, on the grounds that it would cause offence to the notoriously fragile American mind, so the relatively unknown Tetragrammaton Records started selling it in a brown paper bag. When John showed it to the boss of EMI he said: “What on earth do you want to do it for? And Yoko said, ‘It’s art’. In that case, I said, Why not show Paul in the nude? He’s so much better-looking.”

It even prompted a few resignations from the board of directors at Apple – Harry Pinsker resigned in protest and took four more with him. The Beatles’ …

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