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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!

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

-John Lennon holds a birthday party for Yoko Ono at the Apple Records offices in London. Yoko is 37.

Also, Ringo Starr in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording (unreleased) takes of It Don't Come Easy. George Martin is producer and the musicians playing with Ringo (drums, vocal) are George Harrison (acoustic guitar), Klaus Voorman (bass), and Stephen Stills (piano).

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

Today, the backing track and lead vocals for Ringo Starr’s Sentimental Journey song I’m A Fool To Care had been recorded on February 11, 1970. During this follow-up session a 15-piece string orchestra was added to that song, and to Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing.

The session began with a reduction mix of I’m A Fool To Care, to free up space on the multitrack tape. Recording started at 10am, with Francis Shaw conducted the string players. The session ended at 1pm.

I’m A Fool To Care was completed on this day, but Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing was finished two days later with the addition of more instruments and vocals.

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

John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin editing the raw footage of their Montreal Bed-In For Peace at a cutting room in London.

 

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

Back on February 15, 1963

The Beatles at the Ritz Ballroom, King's Heath, Birmingham. This engagement which was postponed from January 11. The situation was ideal for the Ritz promoters who presented a group now featuring in the top 3 of the singles chart at the same cost as when they were an unknown act.February 15, 1963.

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

Back on February 14, 1966

George carrying Pattie piggy-back through the surf at Sandy Lane Beach in Barbados posing for the press during their honeymoon.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 13, 1970

Back in 1963.....

The Beatles at the Majestic Ballroom, Hull