The Beatles’ diary -- 23rd December 1968

Monday, 23rd December 1968

UK singles chart
  1. Lily The Pink – The Scaffold
  2. Ain’t Got No / I Got Life / Do What You Gotta Do – Nina Simone
  3. Build Me Up Buttercup – Foundations
  4. 1-2-3 O’Leary – Des O’Connor
  5. I’m The Urban Spaceman – Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band
UK albums chart
  1. The White Album – The Beatles
  2. Best Of The Seekers – The Seekers
  3. The Good The Bad & The Ugly – Original Soundtrack
  4. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  5. The Graduate – Simon & Garfunkel

The Beatles held a little Christmas party for all the staff at Savile Row. Richard DiLello said: “By 11:30 The Black Room was swollen to standing-room-only proportions with hashish smokers puffing their brains out while the front office catered to the scotch and Coke brigade. By noon all pretence had been dropped and the hash heads were indistinguishable from the juicers. The telephones that refused to quit were barely audible above the record player turned to three-quarter volume. By 3.00, Peter Brown’s office was a scene of unparalleled frenzy. More than a hundred children screamed and smashed their way through a mountain of ice-cream, cake and sausage rolls, impatiently clamouring to be entertained by the ventriloquist and conjuror that they had been promised… The Hell’s Angels …

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