The Beatles’ diary -- August 1968

August 1968

Sometime during the summer (date unknown) Hunter Davies handed out preview copies of his Beatles book. By and large, everyone was happy with it. “But I had forgotten,” he said, “that Brian had been the one responsible for the main contract… and as he was now dead, the Epstein family demanded to see the manuscript. I was therefore technically beholden to Mrs Queenie Epstein, an old lady, who knew nothing about the pop world, and, even worse, nothing about his secret life. And you can imagine what she thought when she saw the references to Brian being a homosexual. As far as she was concerned, it wasn’t true. So I was therefore rather stuck…” Davies ended up disguising it, but if you read his book, then you can see some little clues popping up every now and …

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Thursday, 1st August

Recording session at Trident Studios (17:00–03:00) during which they recorded Hey Jude.

Friday, 2nd August

Recording session at Trident Studios (14:00–23:30) during which they recorded Hey Jude.

Tuesday, 6th August

Recording session for the radio show ‘Late Night Extra’ at the Revolution This show was transmitted live (BBC Radio 1 & 2) and featured an interview with John Lennon.

Wednesday, 7th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (20:45–05:30) during which they recorded Not Guilty.

Paul and Francie Schwartz caused a rumpus by scrawling “Hey Jude” in the white-wash on the windows of the Apple Boutique. Some local Jews thought he was being offensive and complained to the police.

Thursday, 8th August

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.

Friday, 9th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:30–02:00) during which they recorded Not Guilty and Mother Nature’s Son.

Sunday, 11th August

The Beatles launched Apple Music and declared it National Apple Week. The whole thing was run by Ron Kass (the future husband of Joan Collins) who was head-honcho at Liberty Records. Peter Asher was given the job of A&R man.

Monday, 12th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–04:15) during which they recorded Not Guilty.

Tuesday, 13th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–05:00) during which they recorded Sexy Sadie and Yer Blues.

Wednesday, 14th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–04:30) during which they recorded Yer Blues and What’s The New Mary Jane.

Thursday, 15th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:00) during which they recorded Rocky Raccoon.

Friday, 16th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–05:00) during which they recorded While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Saturday, 17th August

George decided to go to Greece for a couple of days to get away from it all.

Tuesday, 20th August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 3 (17:00–05:30) during which they recorded Yer Blues.

A further session took place between 20:00–04:00 in Studio 2 at which they recorded Mother Nature’s Son, Etcetera and Wild Honey Pie.

Wednesday, 21st August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:30–07:15) during which they recorded Sexy Sadie.

Thursday, 22nd August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–04:45) during which they recorded Back In The USSR.

Ringo quit for two weeks, after he became disillusioned with the constant bickering and snipping at the ‘White Album’ sessions. The straw that broke the camel’s back was Paul’s moaning when he fluffed a drum-fill.

Friday, 23rd August

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–03:00) during which they recorded Back In The USSR.

Saturday, 24th August

Recording session for the TV show ‘Frost On Saturday’ at the Wembley Studios. The programme was broadcast live (LWT) and featured interviews with John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Monday, 26th August

‘Hey Jude’ single – front cover ReleasedUSA single. Hey Jude Peak position: Billboard – #1; Cashbox – #1; Record World – #1

Apple released their first four singles in a specially commissioned box-set. They first one was ‘Hey Jude / Revolution’; and the other ones were by Mary Hopkins, Jackie Lomax and The Black Dyke Mills Band.

Friday, 30th August

‘Hey Jude’ single – front cover ReleasedUK single. Hey Jude Peak position: BBC – #1; Melody Maker – #1; NME – #1; Record Retailer – #1

The Beatles assistant, Neil Aspinall, married his childhood sweetheart, and The Beatles bought him a house as a wedding present.

Saturday, 31st August

Apple boutique closed down, after fast becoming a drain on Apple’s finances. The incredible debts had spiralled to two hundred grand and the whole thing was a joke.


 
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