The Beatles’ diary -- 28th March 1969

Friday, 28th March 1969

UK singles chart
  1. Where Do You Go To (My Lovely) – Peter Sarstedt
  2. I Heard It Through The Grapevine – Marvin Gaye
  3. The Way It Used To Be – Engelbert Humperdinck
  4. Gentle On My Mind – Dean Martin
  5. Please Don’t Go – Donald Peers
UK albums chart
  1. Goodbye – Cream
  2. Diana Ross & The Supremes Join The Temptations – Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations
  3. Engelbert – Engelbert Humperdinck
  4. Best Of The Seekers – The Seekers
  5. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack

Dick James sold his shares in Northern Songs, causing consternation at Apple. He gave his 32% to Sir Lew Grade for £3 million quid and a stack of shares in ATV. Grade already had 3% himself, so when he got thirty-two from James he found he had a controlling interest (the Beatles only had 30% between them).

James’ reasons remain a little sketchy, but it was well known that he’d been trying to find a way out ever since Brian died. John and Paul had been treating him like shit for years – pissed off that they were still on the 1963 royalty rates. Their venom was nothing new, but now that Epstein was dead, James had lost his buffer-zone between him and the Beatles, and was getting all of this abuse in the face. When the press started posing questions he tried to pass the whole thing …

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