The Beatles’ diary -- October 1968

October 1968

Sometime in October (date unknown) the Beatles launched Zapple Records (“A is for Apple, Z is for Zapple”), with Barry Miles at the helm. The idea was that it would only ever release ‘spoken-word’ recordings (talking books, and the like). But the only records that came out were George’s ‘Electronic Sound’ and John’s ‘Life With The Lions’, and after that it folded. But they did manage to sign up some decent talent on the way, like Allen Ginsberg, Charles Bukowski, Kenneth Patchen and Ken Weaver. And they even considered releasing a 24-album set of Lenny Bruce recordings!

Tuesday, 1st October

Recording session at Trident Studios (16:00–03:30) during which they recorded Honey Pie.

Wednesday, 2nd October

Recording session at Trident Studios (16:00–03:30) during which they recorded Honey Pie.

Thursday, 3rd October

Recording session at Trident Studios (16:00–02:30) during which they recorded Savoy Truffle.

Friday, 4th October

Recording session at Trident Studios (16:00–04:30) during which they recorded Martha My Dear and Honey Pie.

Saturday, 5th October

Recording session at Trident Studios (18:00–01:00) during which they recorded Savoy Truffle.

Monday, 7th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (14:30–07:00) during which they recorded Long, Long, Long.

Tuesday, 8th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (16:00–08:00) during which they recorded I’m So Tired and The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill.

Wednesday, 9th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–05:30) during which they recorded Long, Long, Long.

A further session took place between 19:00–05:30 in Studio 1 at which they recorded Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?.

Thursday, 10th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–22:30) during which they recorded Piggies and Glass Onion.

A further session took place between 19:00–07:15 in Studio 3 at which they recorded Why Don’t We Do It In The Road?.

Friday, 11th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (15:00–18:00) during which they recorded Savoy Truffle.

Sunday, 13th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–06:00) during which they recorded Julia.

Monday, 14th October

Recording session at EMI Studios No. 2 (19:00–07:30) during which they recorded Savoy Truffle.

Wednesday, 16th October

The Beatles longest-ever session, working for a solid twenty-four hours, trying to decide the running order for the ‘White Album’. Only John and Paul attended, because George was in the States and Ringo was sunning himself at the beach. In the end they put all the animal songs on Side B, all the rock songs on Side C, and George had a song on each side. George Martin tried to convince them that it would be better to release one glorious 14-track album instead, but they were having none of it. Nobody wanted to sacrifice a song.

Friday, 18th October

John and Yoko’s drug bust. At 11.30am three-thousand coppers came bursting in and hustled John and Yoko into the kitchen so they could search the place for drugs.

Saturday, 19th October

John and Yoko appeared in Marylebone Magistrates’ Court, where they were remanded on bail for the following month.

Sunday, 20th October

After a happy month in London with Paul, Linda decided that she’d better go back home and see her kid. So they both flew out to New York for ten days.

Friday, 25th October

John and Yoko announced that they were expecting a baby in February.

Thursday, 31st October

Paul flew Linda back to London and moved her into his Cavendish flat.


 
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