The Beatles’ diary -- 8th August 1969

Friday, 8th August 1969

UK singles chart
  1. Honky Tonk Women – The Rolling Stones
  2. Give Peace A Chance – Plastic Ono Band
  3. Saved By The Bell – Robin Gibb
  4. In The Ghetto – Elvis Presley
  5. Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman
UK albums chart
  1. According To My Heart – Jim Reeves
  2. Flaming Star – Elvis Presley
  3. His Orchestra His Chorus His Singers His Sound – Ray Conniff
  4. The World Of Val Doonican – Val Doonican
  5. The Best Of Glenn Miller – Glenn Miller
Preparing for the ‘Abbey Road’ photoshootShooting the cover for ‘Abbey Road’ – 8 Aug ’69Photo: Iain Macmillan

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–21:45) during which they recorded The End, I Want You (She’s So Heavy) and Oh! Darling.

The Abbey Road photoshoot. The photo was taken by Iain Macmillan at ten in the morning. He had to stand up a step-ladder in the middle of the street while the police held up the traffic. He shot numerous poses, some walking away from the studio, and some towards it (the final shot shows them walking towards it). In a couple of them Paul wore his sandals, but in the one on the cover he’s bare-foot. This fuelled the fires of the ‘Is Paul dead?’ debate, because being barefoot is supposed to be an old Mafia sign of death. And it was also pointed out that he was carrying his fag in his right-hand, when everyone knew that he was left-handed. And to top it off, the number plate on the parked car was LMW 28IF, which was supposed to signify that he’d have been 28 if he’d lived (when, in …

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