The Beatles’ diary -- 30th January 1969

Thursday, 30th January 1969

UK singles chart
  1. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da – Marmalade
  2. Albatross – Fleetwood Mac
  3. For Once In My Life – Stevie Wonder
  4. Lily The Pink – The Scaffold
  5. Blackberry Way – The Move
UK albums chart
  1. Best Of The Seekers – The Seekers
  2. The White Album – The Beatles
  3. Beggars Banquet – The Rolling Stones
  4. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  5. Best Of Nat King Cole – Nat King Cole
Playing on the roof of Apple HQThe ‘Rooftop Concert’ – 30 Jan ’69Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.

Performance at the Apple Studios in Mayfair, London. They played Get Back, Get Back, Don’t Let Me Down, I’ve Got A Feeling, One After 909, Dig A Pony, God Save The Queen, I’ve Got A Feeling, Don’t Let Me Down and Get Back.

The rooftop concert. They’d already scrapped the big concert idea, and finally decided to go up on the roof and give a free show. Despite rumours to the contrary, it wasn’t a universally popular idea, and it was lunchtime before Ringo agreed to participate, and it was only John and Paul’s cajoling that got him to do it. The second engineer, Alan Parsons, remembered that it was a long time setting up: “They said they were going up on the roof to play, and we sent lines down and recorded it in the basement studio. But Glyn Johns thought that there was going to be a problem with wind going into the mikes. So he sent me out to buy some stockings, or pantyhose. So there I was in this local ladies-wear shop saying, ‘Give me a pair of ladies stockings.’ The clerk said, ‘Yes sir. What …

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