Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 14, 1968

Hey Jude - Still Number One!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 13, 1968

Hey Jude - Still Number One!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 12, 1968

Electronic Sound by George Harrison

Today George was introduced to synthesizer Bernie Krause the day before while producing sessions for Jackie Lomax's album, "Is This What You Want".

Harrison was very interested and after the session ended asked Jackie to demonstrated its range of sounds. Krause duly remained in the studio with Harrison into the early hours of November 12th.

Krause's demonstration was recorded, and was later edited down to a 25-minute piece featuring two tracks of Moog sounds. The recording was subsequently released by Harrison as No Time Or Space on his second solo album Electronic Sound.

Krause later launched legal action against Harrison, claiming that the recording was made without his knowledge or consent, and was issued without due acknowledgement. Krause's name had originally featured on the cover of Electronic Sound, but was painted over at Harrison's assistance. The album did, however, carry the words "Assisted by Bernie Krause".

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 11, 1968

Hey Jude - Number One!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 10, 1968

Hey Jude - Number One!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 9, 1968

“Hey Jude” is the #1 single in the US for the seventh week in a row.

At the Same time George Harrison produced Is This What You Want? at Sound Recorders Studio for Jackie Lomax's debut album.

It was released by Apple in March 1969. During this day's session musician Paul Beaver added synthesizer to the song I Fall Inside Your Eyes. Harrison didn't perform on the song.

The core set of musicians on the album were Harrison on rhythm guitar, Joe Osborne on bass guitar, Larry Knechtel on piano, electric piano and organ, and Hal Blaine on drums. They were joined on this day by Paul Beaver on synthesizer, and together recorded the songs Baby You're A Lover and How Can You Say Goodbye.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 8, 1968

Sad Day - John and Cynthia are divorced

Cynthia Lennon was granted a divorce in the London Divorce Court, ending her marriage to John Lennon.

The reason given for the action was Lennon's adultery with Yoko Ono. Cynthia was also granted permission to retain custody of Julian, her son with John.

Here is what Cynthia said: "Our decree nisi was granted on November 8, 1968. I was summoned to the divorce court and went alone, driven their by loyal Les Anthony who, although he was now working solely for John, was still a good friend to me. Walking into court beside my lawyer was terrifying. The place was packed with the press and I had to swear in front of them under oath that my marriage had broken down irretrievably, that my husband had publicly admitted adultery and that Yoko was pregnant by him.

Throughout this awful, surreal experience I felt humiliated and painfully aware that I was alone.

Afterward I fled home and collapsed, sick with apprehension about the future. I had no idea how I would cope and still found it hard to believe that, after ten years together, I had been severed from John's life with a few brief words from a judge in a public court. I should have hated John for what he had put me through. I was certainly angry with him and bitterly hurt. But I couldn't hate him. Despite everything, I loved him still."

During the case John Lennon submitted assets worth £750,000, although this was likely to have been an low estimate. From this he offered Cynthia £100,000, raised from an initial offer of £75,000.

Of the £100,000, £25,000 was to be allocated to a house for Cynthia and Julian, and the remainder was to support the pair until Julian turned 21. A further £100,000 was put into a trust fund for Julian.

Cynthia was permitted to make withdrawals from the fund for school fees, subject to approval from Lennon and Ono. It was also agreed that, should John have more children, the fund would be shared equally among them.


The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 7, 1968

Hey Jude is still Number One!

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 6, 1968

Nothing much happened today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: November 5, 1968

Hey Jude - Still Number One!