The Beatles’ diary -- 31st August 1968

Saturday, 31st August 1968

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

Apple boutique closed down, after fast becoming a drain on Apple’s finances. The incredible debts had spiralled to two hundred grand and the whole thing was a joke. Pete Shotton remembered sitting in the hot-seat: “It was total madness! I had four bosses for a start, all giving different orders. Paul would come in and tell me where he wanted a partition. Almost as soon as we had done it, John would arrive and say, ‘What the fuck’s going on here?’ He’d then want the partition taken down. There was so much back-stabbing and status seeking as Apple took on more and more people, often just people they’d met in a club or a gallery. Then there were the suits, pushing around their bits of paper, sending memos. Most of them didn’t have a fucking clue. I’d come from running a little …

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