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

The Lennons fly to Los Angeles on the same flight as George and Pattie Harrison, ready for their Primal Scream therapy treatments at Arthur Janov’s Primal Institute. For the entire summer, John and Yoko undergo intensive therapy sessions with the Janovs.

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

Back on this day in 1968

In London it is reported that The Beatles did not receive diplomas crediting them as "gurus," since they didn't pass the three obligatory tests of the Maharishi's Academy of Transcendental Meditation.

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

Back in 1963

Empire Pool, Empire Way, Wembley, Middlessex and Pigalle Club, Piccadilly, London

The afternoon performance at Wembley marked the Beatle's biggest concert date yet, both in stature and size of venue, a reported 10,000 pop fans crowding into the arena to see a 14-act bill, headed by Cliff Richard and the Shadows, in the "New Musical Express" 1962-63 Annual Poll-Winner's All-Star Concert. Although the Beatles hadn't actually won any of the reader's polls, which had been conducted before the end of 1962, the NME slotted them in. They performed four songs, "Please Please Me", "From Me To You", "Twist And Shout" and "Long Tall Sally". The evening booking at the Pigalle Club was an odd one, and the Beatles only appearance at this fashionable central London restaurant/night club later to become the "in" meeting place for the Mod movement. On this evening almost the entire audience was Jewish, the only advertisement for the engagement having appeared in the weekly newspaper "Jewish Chronicle".

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


US release of the Paul McCartney LP McCartney (Apple). Songs: The Lovely Linda, That Would Be Something, Valentine Day, Every Night, Hot as Sun / Glasses, Junk, Man We Was Lonely, Oo You, Momma Miss America, Teddy Boy, Singalong Junk, Maybe I'm Amazed, and Kreen-Akrore. 47 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #1.

The New York Times reports Catholic and Protestant youth groups have adopted the Yellow Submarine as a religious symbol.

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

The album McCartney was released in the United States to mostly disappointing reviews. Paul recorded this album alone mostly at home playing all the instruments and doing all the vocals with Linda contributing some. The biggest stand out song to this day is the beautiful tribute to Linda “Maybe I’m Amazed”. Like Neil Young said when inducting Paul into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, “I loved that record because it was so simple.”

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 18, 1970

The Beatles' single Let It Be is #1 in the US charts for the second straight week.

Also, Therapist Arthur Janov suggests to John Lennon that he should pay a visit to his first wife, Cynthia, and their son, Julian. But the family get-together is halted when Cynthia’s housekeeper informs the party that “Yoko has just called and is threatening to commit suicide unless John returns home immediately.”

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 17, 1970

-UK release of Paul McCartney's LP McCartney (Apple). Songs: The Lovely Linda, That Would Be Something, Valentine Day, Every Night, Hot as Sun / Glasses, Junk, Man We Was Lonely, Oo You, Momma Miss America, Teddy Boy, Singalong Junk, Maybe I'm Amazed, and Kreen-Akrore.

And this....

John Lennon says in Rolling Stone (in regard to the release of McCartney: “I’m telling you what’s going on. It’s John, George and Ringo as individuals. We’re not even communicating with or making plans about Paul. We’re just reacting to everything he does. It’s a simple fact that he couldn’t have his own way, so he’s causing chaos. Paul was the same with Brian (Epstein), at the beginning. He used to sulk and God knows what. It’s always been the same, only now it’s bigger, because we’re bigger.”

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 16, 1970

On this date in 1966...

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Eleven uninterrupted hours, 2:30 pm-1:30 am, completing "Rain", overdubbing tambourine, bass and more vocals, then doing tape-to-tape reductions to add yet more overdubs. Four mono mixes, the third marked "best", were produced at the end of the session. (Rain was first mixed into stereo on December 2, 1969)

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 15, 1970

Back on this date in 1963.....

The Beatles at the Riverside Dancing Club, Bridge Hotel, Teme St. Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: April 14, 1970

On this date in 1965...

Alisa Ave. St. Margaret's, Twickenham, Middlesex

The first time the Beatles are seen in "Help!" is when their Rolls Royce pulls up in a suburban residential street, they get out and proceed to enter four adjacent terraced houses here in Ailsa Avenue (located not far from the studio) - Ringo in number 5, John 7, Paul 9, and George 11, while, across the road, two women bystanders (Dandy Nichols, later to star in the BBC sitcom Till Death Us Do Part, and Gretchen Franklin), ponder on the boys' remarkable normality and whether or not they would appreciate a wave.

What neither they nor the world could see was that, on the inside, the four houses had been knocked into one enormous communal area - although this, of course, was shot on a set at Twickenham. While in Ailsa Avenue this day the Beatles also shot some street scenes.

The group were not involved in shooting on the 15th and then they and the crew enjoyed a long Easter weekend break, re-convening a the studio on Tuesday, April 20th.