The Beatles’ diary -- 7th November 1968

Thursday, 7th November 1968

UK singles chart
  1. Those Were The Days – Mary Hopkin
  2. With A Little Help From My Friends – Joe Cocker
  3. The Good The Bad & The Ugly – Hugo Montenegro
  4. Little Arrows – Leapy Lee
  5. Only One Woman – Marbles
UK albums chart
  1. Greatest Hits – The Hollies
  2. Live At The Talk Of The Town – The Seekers
  3. Bookends – Simon & Garfunkel
  4. Idea – The Bee Gees
  5. Delilah – Tom Jones

Buoyed by the success of the ‘Hey Jude’ promo, Paul championed the idea of returning to the stage, but he had to badger the others into it: “They were very happy not to work, because they were enjoying the rewards of their success… I was like, ‘Hey guys! C’mon! We can’t sit around, we gotta do something. We’re The Beatles!’” But none of them were up to it – George especially, who refused point-blank to go back on tour. As a compromise Paul suggested that they do a one-off, single venue gig sometime around Christmas. The beauty of this plan was that the Beatles still owed United Artists one more film so Paul had a great idea: they could film the rehearsals and stage the concert as a big finale. “I thought it was a great idea,” said George Martin. “They said, Let’s rehearse all the …

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