The Beatles’ diary -- December 1969

December 1969

Monday, 1st December

Recording session for the TV show ‘Line-Up’. This show was broadcast on 10th December (BBC2) and featured an interview with Ringo Starr.

Tuesday, 2nd December

Recording session for the TV show ‘24 Hours’. Further recording took place on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. This show was broadcast on 15th December (BBC1) and featured an interview with John Lennon.

A further session for ‘Man Of The Decade’ took place later in the day at the Tittenhurst (John’s house). This show was broadcast on 30th December (ATV) and featured an interview with John Lennon.

George’s first solo appearance outside of The Beatles, as part of Delaney and Bonnie’s backing band at the Colston Hall in Bristol.

Wednesday, 3rd December

Andrew Lloyd Webber asked John if he wanted to play the part of Jesus in his new musical, ‘Jesus Christ, Superstar’. He said no. Presumably Jesus also said no.

Friday, 5th December

John tried releasing ‘What’s The New Mary Jane’ as a Plastic Ono Band single but the others vetoed it. (It’s since been made available on ‘Anthology 3’.)

Saturday, 6th December

Recording session for the TV show ‘Frost On Saturday’ at the Wembley Studios. The programme was broadcast live (LWT) and featured an interview with Ringo Starr.

Sunday, 7th December

Recording session for the TV show ‘The Question Why’ at the Lime Grove Studios. The programme was broadcast live (BBC1) and featured an interview with John Lennon.

Tuesday, 9th December

John and Yoko announced that they were fighting to re-open the case of James Hanratty, who was hanged for murder in April ’62. The fact that he was already dead didn’t seem to bother them.

Wednesday, 10th December

The British premiere of Ringo’s film ‘The Magic Christian’. John and Yoko made a fool of themselves by marching past the queues shouting out: “Britain Murdered Hanratty!”

Friday, 12th December

Released a new song ‘Across The Universe’ on the ‘No One’s Gonna Change Our World’ charity album. And John released his ‘Live Peace In Toronto’ album as well.

Sunday, 14th December

Recording session for the TV show ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ at the Television Centre. This show was broadcast on 24th December (Yorkshire).

A white sack with two wriggling occupants was deposited at Speakers Corner in Hyde Park. It was marked with the slogan: “A Silent Protest For James Hanratty.” Hanratty’s dad called for a public enquiry into his son’s hanging and delivered a petition to Downing Street.

Monday, 15th December

Recording session for the radio show ‘British Wireless For The Blind’ This show was transmitted on 25th December (BBC Radio 1) and featured an interview with Ringo Starr.

A Plastic Ono concert in aid of UNICEF called ‘Peace For Christmas’. The group consisted of John, George (…this was the first time that two Beatles had shared a stage since ’66), Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Klaus Voormann, Alan White, Keith Moon (from The Who) and Jim Gordon (ex-Cream). The show was later released as part of John’s ‘Sometime In New York City’ LP.

Tuesday, 16th December

John and Yoko flew to Canada for some more peace-campaigning and to announce a music festival that never happened. Over fifty members of the press gathered at the press conference.

Friday, 19th December

‘The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record’ fan-club disc – front cover ReleasedUK fan-club disc. The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record

‘The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record’ fan-club disc – front cover ReleasedUSA fan-club disc. The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record

Tuesday, 23rd December

John and Yoko met the Canadian Prime Minister, Trudeau, to hammer home their peace message. This was the first (and last) time that they got near anybody important.

Tuesday, 30th December

ITV aired an hour-long ‘Man Of The Decade’. John was up for top gong with John F. Kennedy and Mao Tse-Tung. (In 2002 the BBC aired a nationwide poll to find the ‘Greatest-Ever Briton’, and John once again made the top 10.)

Wednesday, 31st December

John and Yoko spent New Year’s Eve with Yoko’s ex-husband Tony Cox and his new missus. They also gave an interview on Danish TV where they promised to donate all their future record royalties to charity. (Something which they conveniently forgot later on.)


 
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