The Beatles’ diary -- 15th February 1968

Thursday, 15th February 1968

UK singles chart
  1. Everlasting Love – Love Affair
  2. The Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann
  3. Judy In Disguise (With Glasses) – John Fred & The Playboy Band
  4. Am I That Easy To Forget – Engelbert Humperdinck
  5. Bend Me Shape Me – Amen Corner
UK albums chart
  1. Greatest Hits – The Four Tops
  2. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  3. Greatest Hits – The Supremes
  4. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  5. 13 Smash Hits – Tom Jones

John and George flew to Rishikesh to study Transcendental Meditation. (Paul and Ringo flew out a few days later.) They were met by Mal, and Cynthia remembered their arrival being very unheralded – which made a nice change from the usual rigmarole. They got into three battered old taxis and passed through villages filled with “incense, sewage, gorgeous kohl-eyed children, and hideously deformed beggars.” The retreat itself was 150 feet above the Ganges, and was surrounded on all sides by jungle-covered mountains. But they were a bit surprised by the luxurious surroundings, because it had a swimming pool, a helicopter pad, and was surrounded by a barbed wire fence! The accommodation consisted of six simple bungalows, and the rooms were furnished with a bed, a chest of drawers and a …

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