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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 11, 1969

Paul McCartney and George Harrison decided to procuce Jackie Lomax's debut single for Apple. Sour Milk Sea, was an unexpected chart failure. Ahead of the release of his album, Is This What You Want?, a hastily-arranged session took place for a follow-up single.

McCartney had decided that a cover version of The Coasters' Thumbin' A Ride was to be the single's a-side, with an original Lomax composition, Going Back To Liverpool, on the b-side.

McCartney played drums on Thumbin' A Ride, which was recorded in Apple's basement studio in their Savile Row headquarters. McCartney and Harrison also performed guitar parts, with Harrison on lead.

Going Back To Liverpool may have been recorded on this same date; the drumming sounds like McCartney, and he certainly performed backing vocals and guitar.

The two songs were reported as making up Lomax's next single in an issue of the New Musical Express dated 22 March 1969. However, a new song – titled New Day – was eventually released as the a-side, making Thumbin' A Ride the b-side. Going Back To Liverpool was eventually released as a bonus track on a 1991 reissue of Is This What You Want?.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 11, 1969

UK release of The Beatles' single Get Back / Don't Let Me Down (Apple). 9 weeks on the charts; highest position #1.

1969--The Beatles formally announce their plan to make a counter-offer against ATV's bid for Northern Songs.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 10, 1969

Today John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave engineer Glyn Johns the eight-track tapes from the January 1969 Get Back/Let It Be recording sessions at Apple Studios.

The tapes were the result of 11 days of recording, including the rooftop concert, but did not include the Twickenham Film Studios reels.

Johns booked several days at his favourite studio, Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, London, where he sifted through the recordings looking for suitable recordings. On this first day he made stereo mixes of 13 songs: Get Back, Teddy Boy, Two Of Us, Dig A Pony, I've Got A Feeling, The Long And Winding Road, Let It Be, Rocker, Save The Last Dance For Me, Don't Let Me Down, For You Blue and The Walk.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 9, 1969

The Beatles are taking a break from recording today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 8, 1969

The Beatles are taking a break today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 7, 1969

The Beatles took a break from the recording studios today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 6, 1969

The Beatles took a break from the recording studio today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 5, 1969

Goerge Harrison gave an interview today at Beatles' Apple headquarters in London's Savile Row to David Wigg from the BBC radio show Scene And Heard.

The interview took place from 1-2pm. A section lasting 5'13" was heard on the Saturday 8 March edition, while an extra 4'10" piece was broadcast on Saturday 12 April.

Harrison began by addressing stories that he had left The Beatles during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. He played down the rumours, and denied that the walkout was due to an argument with John Lennon.

Wigg asked whether the group had plans to play live or make more films together. Harrison said that once the financial complications at Apple had been ironed out they may consider a film, said they would definitely record again in the Apple basement studio (they didn't), but avoided discussing the prospect of touring.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 4, 1969

George Harrison ganve an interview today at The Beatles' Apple headquarters in London's Savile Row on the BBC radio show Scene And Heard.

The interview took place from 1-2pm. Harrison began by addressing stories that he had left The Beatles during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. He played down the rumours, and denied that the walkout was due to an argument with John Lennon.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 3, 1969

The Beatles were not recording today.