The Beatles’ diary -- April 1968

April 1968

Monday, 8th April

Derek Taylor started work as Apple’s Press Officer. He hired 23-year-old ‘House Hippie’ Richard DiLello to assist him. (DiLello wrote a superb book about his time at Apple, called ‘The Longest Cocktail Party’.)

Friday, 12th April

John and George returned home from India. There were a couple of different reasons why they left. One of them was the money. But what really killed it for them were the rumours going around that he’d been chatting up the women.

Sunday, 14th April

John and George came storming round Paul’s house in Cavendish Avenue to tell him all about the Maharishi.

Friday, 19th April

Paul took Alistair Taylor down to the photo studio and had him sit on a stool and sing ‘When Irish Eyes Are Smiling’. The resulting photo appeared in the paper over an ad for any un-signed bands, writers, and poets to send their manuscripts and demo tapes to Apple.

Sunday, 21st April

Enoch Powell gave his famous ‘River of Blood’ speech in Birmingham, which supposedly inspired Paul to write the ‘The Commonwealth Song’ (which later turned into ‘Get Back’).


 
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