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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 7, 1968

Working on the White Album

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 6, 1968

Top 20 Song Chart for April 6, 1968

1 Young Girl - The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett
 
2 Dance To The Music - Sly & The Family Stone

3 Honey - Bobby Goldsboro

4 Lady Madonna - The Beatles

5 La-La Means I Love You - The Delfonics

6 Cry Like A Baby - The Box Tops

7 Valleri - The Monkees

8 (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding

9 Mighty Quinn (Quinn The Eskimo) - Manfred Mann

10 (Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone - Aretha Franklin

11 The Ballad Of Bonnie And Clyde - Georgie Fame

12 Playboy 7 - Gene And Debbe
 
13 If You Can Want - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

14 Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) - The First Edition

15 Summertime Blues - Blue Cheer

16 Scarborough Fair (/Canticle) - Simon & Garfunkel

17 I Got The Feelin' - James Brown And The Famous Flames

18 Rice Is Nice - The Lemon Pipers

19 Love Is Blue (L'amour Est Bleu) - Paul Mauriat And His Orchestra

20 Cab Driver -The Mills Brothers
 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 5, 1968

While in India, Lennon also wrote songs including Mean Mr Mustard, Cry Baby Cry, Polythene Pam and Yer Blues. I'm So Tired, meanwhile, was written during the beginning of The Beatles' stay, when Lennon - free of drugs for the first time since 1964 - found himself unable to sleep.

John Lennon - "I'm So Tired was me, in India again. I couldn't sleep, I'm meditating all day and couldn't sleep at night. The story is that. One of my favorite tracks. I just like the sound of it, and I sing it well."

Although Lennon had told his wife Cynthia that the trip to India would bring them closer together, she found him becoming increasingly distant.

Cynthia Lennon - "I was not having the second honeymoon I'd hoped for. John was becoming increasingly cold and aloof toward me. He would get up early and leave our room. He spoke to me very little, and after a week or two he announced that he wanted to move into a separate room to give himself more space. From then on he virtually ignored me, both in private and in public. If the others noticed they didn't say so.

I did my best to understand, begging him to explain what was wrong. He fobbed me off, telling me that it was just the effect of the meditation. 'I can't feel normal doing all this stuff,' he said. 'I'm trying to get myself together. It's nothing to do with you. Give me a break.'

What I didn't know was that each morning he rushed down to the post office to see if he had a letter from Yoko. She was writing to him almost daily. When I learned this later I felt very hurt. There was I, trying to give John the space and understanding he asked for, with no idea that Yoko was drawing him away from me and further into her orbit."

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 4, 1968

George and John and their wives have about another week in India.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 3, 1968

Half of the Beatles are in India, the other half in Britain.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 2, 1968

George & John are still in India with the Maharishi.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: April 1, 1968

John & George are still in India.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 31, 1968

US Top 40 Singles for the Week Ending March 31, 1968

1. (Sittin’ On) THE DOCK OF THE BAY –•– Otis Redding 
2. LOVE IS BLUE –•– Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra
3. VALLERI –•– The Monkees
4. SIMON SAYS –•– 1910 Fruitgum Co.
5. (Sweet Sweet Baby) SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE –•– Aretha Franklin
6. LA-LA MEANS I LOVE YOU –•– The Delfonics
7. YOUNG GIRL –•– The Union Gap Featuring Gary Puckett
8. THE BALLAD OF BONNIE AND CLYDE –•– Georgie Fame
9. LADY MADONNA –•– The Beatles
10. (Theme From) VALLEY OF THE DOLLS –•– Dionne Warwick

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 30, 1968

The BEATLES’ Inner Light – DISC & MUSIC ECHO – MARCH 30, 1968

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 29, 1968

According to author Jonathan Gould, Lennon and Harrison viewed their bandmates' departures as an example of McCartney and Starr "once again balking on the path to higher consciousness", just as the pair, particularly McCartney, had earlier held out before joining them in their LSD experimentation. While Harrison and Lennon remained steadfast in their devotion to meditation after McCartney left, some members of the Beatles' circle continued to be distrustful of the Maharishi's hold on them. Aspinall was surprised when he realised that the Maharishi was a sophisticated negotiator, knowing more than the average person about financial percentages. According to Saltzman, Evans told him that the Maharishi wanted the band to deposit up to 25 per cent of their next album's profits into his Swiss bank account as a tithe, to which Lennon replied, "Over my dead body." In Brown's account, Lennon was not opposed to paying the tithe until Alex Mardas, the Maharishi's "most powerful critic", intervened.

Mardas arrived after McCartney had left. He pointed to the luxury of the facility and the business acumen of the Maharishi and asked Lennon why the Maharishi always had an accountant by his side. In an attempt to silence his criticism, according to Mardas, the Maharishi offered Mardas money to build a high-powered radio station. Lennon later told his wife that he felt that the Maharishi had, in her words, "too much interest in public recognition, celebrities and money" for a spiritual man. Cynthia Lennon, Cooke de Herrera and authors such as Barry Miles have blamed Mardas for turning Lennon against the Maharishi; in a statement published in The New York Times in 2010, Mardas denied that this was the case. Meanwhile, the weather, which had been quite cool in February, was growing hot and the Maharishi was planning to move the whole group to Kashmir, at a higher and cooler altitude, in a week. This move was something that occurred every year during the annual retreats.

According to Cooke de Herrera, the Maharishi had given the Beatles and Apple Corps the rights for a film about the Maharishi, his movement and his teacher, Guru Dev. While their "people and equipment were on the way", Charles Lutes, the head of the Maharishi's Spiritual Regeneration Movement in the US, arrived and signed a contract with Four Star Films. The contract was negotiated by Horn and John Farrow was scheduled to direct the film. Horn expected that Donovan, the Beatles, the Beach Boys and Mia Farrow would appear in it. When some of the film crew from Four Star Films arrived around 11 April, Harrison and Lennon stayed out of sight. Horn said that the arrival of the Four Star crew was the catalyst for the two Beatles' discontent.