The Beatles’ diary -- 22nd August 1968

Thursday, 22nd August 1968

UK singles chart
  1. Fire – Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  2. Mony Mony – Tommy James & The Shondells
  3. This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert
  4. I Close My Eyes And Count To Ten – Dusty Springfield
  5. I Pretend – Des O’Connor
UK albums chart
  1. Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel
  2. Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  3. Delilah – Tom Jones
  4. Bare Wires – John Mayall
  5. A Man Without Love – Engelbert Humperdinck

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–04:45) during which they recorded Back In The USSR.

Ringo quit for two weeks, after he became disillusioned with the constant bickering and snipping at the ‘White Album’ sessions. The straw that broke the camel’s back was Paul’s moaning when he fluffed a drum-fill. “Paul is the greatest bass guitar player in the world,” he said. “But he is also very determined; he goes on and on to see if he can get his own way. And while that may be a virtue, it does mean that musical disagreements inevitably arise from time to time.” He also felt down in the dumps about his drumming: “I felt I was playing like shit. I had this feeling that nobody loved me. I felt horrible. So I said to myself, ‘What am I doing here? Those three are getting along so well, and I’m not even playing well.’ It was madness, so I went away on holiday to sort things out.” …

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