The Beatles’ diary -- 8th August 1968

Thursday, 8th August 1968

UK singles chart
  1. Mony Mony – Tommy James & The Shondells
  2. I Pretend – Des O’Connor
  3. Fire – Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  4. MacArthur Park – Richard Harris
  5. Mrs Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
UK albums chart
  1. Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake – The Small Faces
  2. The Sound Of Music – Original Soundtrack
  3. Crazy World Of Arthur Brown – Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
  4. Dock Of The Bay – Otis Redding
  5. Bare Wires – John Mayall

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (18:45–06:30) during which they recorded Not Guilty.

John and Paul attended a party at the Vesuvio Club in Tottenham Court Road, to celebrate Mick Jagger’s twenty-fifth birthday, and also the launch of their new ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ LP. Tony Sanchez (the club’s owner) remembered: “Mick had flown in at the last minute, with the first advance pressing of The Stones’ new album ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ – the album the whole world was waiting to hear, for this was the record on which the band’s entire future hung. Everything was perfect for the party. The club looked beautiful with huge silver bowls of mescaline-spiked punch, plus plates full of hash cakes, which had become a craze, and little dishes with hash for people to smoke beside every hubble-bubble pipe. My only fear was the club’s proximity to Tottenham Court Road police station. It was …

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