The Beatles’ diary -- 21st February 1968

Wednesday, 21st February 1968

UK singles chart
  1. The Mighty Quinn – Manfred Mann
  2. Everlasting Love – Love Affair
  3. Bend Me Shape Me – Amen Corner
  4. Am I That Easy To Forget – Engelbert Humperdinck
  5. She Wears My Ring – Solomon King
UK albums chart
  1. Greatest Hits – The Supremes
  2. Greatest Hits – The Four Tops
  3. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  4. Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band – The Beatles
  5. Pisces Aquarius Capricorn And Jones – The Monkees

Flushed with enthusiasm for their new-found hobby, they drew up plans for a documentary on the Maharishi. They even went so far as to cable London to fly out some film equipment. Denis O’Dell remembered: “When the cable came, I was absolutely amazed and I thought, I must get out there and stop that. So I told them about the ‘Lord Of The Rings’ idea that I’d been discussing with United Artists. And almost instantly they started casting themselves in roles, and John told me that he could literally write a whole double album around it.” (O’Dell’s idea – it sounds ridiculous now, but it’s absolutely true – was to have The Beatles inhabit Middle Earth. John was going to play Gollum, George was Gandalf, Paul was Bilbo Baggins, and Ringo was Frodo’s best-mate Gamgee. There were also …

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