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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 28, 1970

Today, Malcolm Davies - who had previously worked at EMI, created new stereo mixes of George Harrison’s song For You Blue.

The second of the eight attempts was judged to be the best. However, they were never featured in the Get Back album or the Let It Be album and therefore remained unreleased.

Glyn Johns’ two proposed Get Back albums had been rejected by The Beatles, but there was still a hope to relase the material in some form.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 27, 1970

Back in 1964 on this date:

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Two sessions at Abbey Road, 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 2:30-7:15 pm. In two takes of the second re-make, "And I Love Her" was finally recorded to everyone's satisfaction, and then two more film songs were started and finished, both composed mostly by John: "Tell Me Why", done in eight takes, and his stunning ballad "If I Fell", finished in 15.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 26, 1970

US release of The Beatles' LP, The Beatles Again, later reissued as Hey Jude (Apple). When first released, the cover had the title Hey Jude, but the label had the title The Beatles Again. Songs: Can't Buy Me Love, I Should Have Known Better, Paperback Writer, Rain, Lady Madonna, Revolution, Hey Jude, Old Brown Shoe, Don't Let Me Down, and The Ballad of John and Yoko. 33 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #2.

Also on this day - According to a New York newspaper, John Lennon has slammed the Toronto Peace Festival, claiming the profits aren't being used toward peace initiatives, but to line the promoter's pockets. His album Live Peace in Toronto, however, recently went top 10.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 25, 1970

-John Lennon cancels his participation in the planned Toronto Peace Festival after a dispute over admissions policy. John wanted the festival to be completely free to those attending.

The London Arts Gallery is given a court summons for showing John Lennon lithographs that have been declared "indecent" by the authorities. Or, as the summons itself put it, for showing "an indecent exhibition contrary to the Metropolitan Police Act, 1839."

 

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 24, 1970

Paul McCartney’s worked on his debut solo album on a third Abbey Road session Two mixes were made of two of the songs.

Hot As Sun had been recorded at Morgan Studio, London earlier in the month. It was remixed in stereo in the first of two sessions, and a copy of the best mix of Maybe I’m Amazed made on February 22nd.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 23, 1970

Ringo Starr guest stars on the TV show, "Laugh-In."

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 22, 1970

-Film-maker Charlie Jenkins shoots footage for a promotional film of Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm Amazed, the song not destined to be released as a single. The completed promo film will be broadcast on April 19 in both the UK (by London Weekend Television) and the US ("The Ed Sullivan Show").

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 21, 1970

On this date, Paul McCartney recorded his debut album, McCartney, at Morgan Studios in London. McCartney’s home recordings included the following songs: The Lovely Linda, That Would Be Something, Valentine Day, Momma Miss America, Glasses, Oo You, Teddy Boy, Junk and the instrumental Singalong Junk.

At Morgan, between 10 and 20 February 1970, McCartney recorded Hot As Sun and Kreen-Akrore, plus overdubs for Junk, Singalong Junk, Oo You and Teddy Boy. Mixes were also made at the studio of Oo You, Teddy Boy, Junk and Kreen-Akrore, as well as unused mixes of The Lovely Linda, Glasses, Singalong Junk and Momma Miss America.

Little else is known about the Morgan Studios sessions, other than that the balance engineer was Robin Black. No documentation is known to exist for McCartney’s time there.

Better documented were Billy Martin’s sessions at Abbey Road, which McCartney booked directly rather than through Apple or AIR. On this first day new stereo mixes were made of The Lovely Linda, Momma Miss America, Glasses and Singalong Junk.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 20, 1970

US release of the John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band single Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) / Who Has Seen the Wind (Apple). The flip side is a Yoko Ono song. 13 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #3.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 19, 1970

The Plastic Ono Band appears on "Top of the Pops," in a pre-taped performance of Instant Karma!