The Beatles’ diary -- April 1970

April 1970

Sometime during this month (date unknown), Paul announced that he was planning to release his solo LP at the end of April – just before ‘Let It Be’ came out. The others immediately argued that he should delay it, otherwise it would dent their sales. John said: “We weren’t against him putting it out… We just didn’t want to put out ‘Let It Be’ at the same time. It would have killed the sales. There had to be timing. But Paul’s was just an ego game. We asked Ringo to go and talk to him because Ringo had not taken sides or anything like that, and he had been straight about it, so we thought that Ringo would be able to talk fairly to him. I mean, if Ringo agreed it was unfair, then it ‘was’ unfair.” In ‘Many Years From Now’ Paul said: “They eventually sent Ringo round to my house at …

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Wednesday, 1st April

John and Yoko played an April Fool’s Day joke on the press, convincing them that they were having a dual-sex swap operation.

Thursday, 9th April

The Apple press office denied that the Beatles were splitting-up. They said: “It is just not true! Although it is true that there are no plans at the moment for more Beatles’ recordings, this is quite normal. Next month, their new LP will be issued.”

Friday, 10th April

Recording session for the TV show ‘Fact Or Fantasy?’ at the Apple Corps. This show was broadcast on 26th April (BBC1) and featured an interview with George Harrison.

Paul announced the split in an interview accompanying his new ‘McCartney’ LP: “Spring is here and Leeds play Chelsea tomorrow and Ringo and John and George and Paul are alive and well and full of hope. The world is still spinning and so are we and so are you. When the spinning stops – that’ll be the time to worry. Not before. Until then The Beatles are alive and well and the Beat goes on, the Beat goes on.”

Saturday, 11th April

Paul’s new company, McCartney Productions Ltd., purchased the film rights to Rupert The Bear.

Friday, 17th April

Paul’s ‘McCartney’ LP was released in Britain.

Saturday, 18th April

Arthur Janov suggested that John should visit Cynthia as part of his Primal Therapy session. But the trip was halted abruptly after John’s housekeeper telephoned to say that “Yoko has just called and is threatening to commit suicide unless John returns home immediately!” (…obviously in need of a few sessions herself!)

Monday, 20th April

Paul’s ‘McCartney’ LP was released in the States.

Friday, 24th April

Ringo’s first solo album ‘Sentimental Journey’ was released in the States, selling half a million copies in the first two weeks.

Wednesday, 29th April

John and Yoko’s final Primal Therapy session. After it was over Arthur Janov suggested that they carry on their treatment at his Primal Institute clinic in California, so they flew out next day and ended up staying for four months.


 
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