The Beatles’ diary -- February 1969

February 1969

Sometime in February (date unknown) Glyn Johns was entrusted with the ‘Get Back’ tapes, and set about trying to salvage as much as he could. In the meantime, Derek Taylor released a statement that waxed lyrical about “The Beatles great new album”, claiming “there are around two dozen new songs ready for release.” These included ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’, ‘Octopus’s Garden’ and ‘Polythene Pam’ – none of which had got past the rehearsal stage.

Monday, 3rd February

This was the day when John, George and Ringo invited Klein to audit Apple’s books… as a prelude to taking over. But Paul had other ideas. He had received a warning from Mick Jagger about his dodgy dealings, and invited him along to the business meeting to clarify.

Tuesday, 4th February

Paul responded to the hiring of Klein by hiring Eastman & Eastman as general council. (So Klein ended up looking into Apple’s finances, and Eastman & Eastman kept an eye on the legalities.)

Friday, 7th February

George had his tonsils out.

Wednesday, 19th February

Ringo’s landlord served him with a writ for “misuse of property” and for allowing “undesirables” onto the premises (citing John and Yoko’s drug conviction). Ringo was so pissed off that he sold the lease within a week.

Thursday, 20th February

The British premiere of Ringo’s film ‘Candy’, at the Odeon, London.

Saturday, 22nd February

Recording session at Trident Studios (20:00–05:00) during which they recorded I Want You (She’s So Heavy).

Tuesday, 25th February

Recording session at EMI Studios during which they recorded Old Brown Shoe, Something and All Things Must Pass.

George spent his birthday taping demos of ‘Something’, ‘Old Brown Shoe’ and ‘All Things Must Pass’ at Abbey Road. You can hear all of these on ‘Anthology 3’.


 
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