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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 30, 1969

The Ballad Of John And Yoko, The Beatles' second UK single of 1969, was released on this day. The b-side was George Harrison's Old Brown Shoe.

The Ballad Of John And Yoko was recorded by John Lennon and Paul McCartney at Abbey Road's studio three on April 14, 1969, without the other two Beatles present. It was released six weeks after it was recorded, while Get Back was still at number one in the UK charts. The Ballad Of John And Yoko was released as Apple R 5786, and was The Beatles' first single in Britain and Europe to be released in stereo.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 29, 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Montreal Bed-In For Peace continues. Unable to enter America in person, John Lennon bombards the nation with phone interviews. The Bed-In coincides with an anti-war demonstration in what has become known as “Peoples’ Park” in Berkeley, California. Unable to travel to the event, Lennon phones through his support to radio station KPFA in Berkeley, advocating a policy of passive resistance (which was Ghandi’s method of protest).

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 28, 1969

Today's session involved the creation of a stereo mix for the song Let It Be, and the compilation of the master tape for Glyn Johns' unreleased Get Back album.

Johns had worked for a number of days on the album, without much involvement from The Beatles, and this day saw the completion of his work.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 27, 1969

In UK Get Back by Beatles With Billy Preston was in the top 5 hits.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 26, 1969

Beatles star John Lennon and his newlywed wife, Yoko Ono, spent a famous week in bed at Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel to promote peace, love and pyjama power.

The couple welcomed scores of friends, fans, fellow musicians, reporters, photographers and others into suite 1742 during their seven-day retreat, which took place two months after their honeymoon bed-in at the Amsterdam Hilton.

The highlight of their bed-in was the composition and recording of Lennon’s antiwar anthem Give Peace a Chance. A piece of paper bearing the hand-written lyrics to the song, given by Lennon to star-struck Montreal teenager Gail Renard after the recording session, was sold for $800,000 at a Christie’s auction in 2008. In 2009, another Lennon placard that had adorned the hotel room — this one with the hand-written message “L’Amour et la Paix” (Love and Peace) — sold for $140,000 at a Christie’s sale in London.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 25, 1969

John and Yoko Ono had flown to the Bahamas from London the day before and wanted to recreate their second bed-in for peace at the Sheraton Oceanus Hotel in Freeport.

However, after one night there, they realized that they were further from the United States than they thought, so wouldn't attract as much publicity as hoped for. Also, the sweltering heat and humidity didn't seem like a good idea for the bed-in.

John was attempting to arrange a hotel stay in Toronto, Canada. Derek Taylor, Apple Corps' press officer, then announces that he has booked a direct flight from Freeport to Toronto at 5pm. Lennon strums his acoustic guitar and sings "Good old Air Canada!"

Despite being held at Toronto airport for over two hours by immigration authorities, they were eventually allowed to enter the country. They spent the night at the King Edward Sheraton Hotel, Toronto, and the following day flew to Montreal.

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 24, 1969

The Beatles' single, Get Back, reaches #1 in the US charts.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono (with Yoko's daughter, Kyoko) fly to Freeport, Bermuda, with the intention of holding another Bed-In for Peace, but leave when John realizes how far from the US they are. Plus, the heat and humidity are too high for comfortably staying in bed for seven days.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 23, 1969

May 23, 1969: The Beatles singer songwriter John Lennon and wife Yoko Ono at London Heathrow Airport, before flying to the Bahamas to stage a seven day 'Bed In For Peace' protest.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 22, 1969

Today, Ringo Starr, his wife Maureen and Peter Sellers, director Joe McGrath, producer Denis O'Dell, and Apple's press officer Derek Taylor set sail for New York on board the Queen Elizabeth 2 luxury liner. They docked in New York.

With principal photography on the film recently completed, the holiday laid on by Commonwealth United by way of thanks to the cast and crew for finishing on time and on budget.

The party then flew to the Bahamas, where they spent two weeks in the sun.

And...Get Back by The Beatles with Billy Preston was the #1 song on May 22, 1969. 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: May 21, 1969

In that special week of May people in US were listening to Get Back by The Beatles. In UK Get Back by Beatles With Billy Preston was in the top 5 hits.