The Beatles’ diary -- 6th May 1968

Monday, 6th May 1968

UK singles chart
  1. What A Wonderful World / Cabaret – Louis Armstrong
  2. Simon Says – 1910 Fruitgum Company
  3. Lazy Sunday – The Small Faces
  4. If I Only Had Time – John Rowles
  5. Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Andy Williams
UK albums chart
  1. John Wesley Harding – Bob Dylan
  2. History Of Otis Redding – Otis Redding
  3. Greatest Hits – The Four Tops
  4. Greatest Hits – The Supremes
  5. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack

After the happy, groovy ‘Summer of Love’ six months back, the world got a rude awakening in ’68. The Viet Cong launched their famous Tet Offensive at the end of January, and Eddie Adams published snaps of a South Vietnamese security official (the so-called ‘good guys’) shooting prisoners in the head. But when an army general came out with his famous “We had to destroy the town in order to save it” line, the kids rose up and massive anti-war riots ensued in capitol cities across the world. March 17th saw London embroiled, and Parisian kids staged a demo on the 6th May, prompting the cops to launch the gas grenades. A general strike then ensued, and nine million surly Frenchmen stayed at home. De Gaulle was forced to dissolve the French Assembly and call new elections. It was whilst …

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