The Beatles’ diary -- 26th August 1968

Monday, 26th August 1968

UK singles chart
  1. Mony Mony – Tommy James & The Shondells
  2. Fire – Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  3. This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert
  4. Do It Again – The Beach Boys
  5. Help Yourself – Tom Jones
UK albums chart
  1. Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel
  2. Delilah – Tom Jones
  3. Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  4. Greatest Hits – The Hollies
  5. A Man Without Love – Engelbert Humperdinck

‘Hey Jude’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Hey Jude Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

Apple released their first four singles in a specially commissioned box-set. They first one was ‘Hey Jude / Revolution’; and the other ones were Mary Hopkins’ ‘Those Were The Days’ b/w ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’ (both produced by Paul), Jackie Lomax’s ‘Sour Milk Sea’ (written and produced by George) b/w ‘The Eagle Laughs At You’ and The Black Dyke Mills Band’s ‘Thingumybob’ (written and produced by Paul) b/w the Beatles’ ‘Yellow Submarine’. The first two were huge successes (Mary Hopkins knocked ‘Hey Jude’ off the top spot!) but the other two sank without trace.

Richard DiLello was given the unenviable task of delivering four box-copies to the Queen, the PM, Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon, and he even got a reply! It said: “Dear Sir, I am commanded by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother …

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