Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 28, 1969

Mary McCartney, Paul and Linda McCartney’s first child, is born.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 27, 1969

Each of the Beatles sells his remaining shares in NEMS Enterprises.

(Okay, what does that mean?)

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 26, 1969

The last recording for Abbey Road is over.




The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 25, 1969

Today was the final studio session for the Abbey Road album - final edits of two songs, plus some unused recordings.

The session was from 2.30-8pm in Studio Two. Beginning in the control room, seven seconds were edited from the master tape of Maxwell's Silver Hammer, to remove the song's introduction.

The End was the next song to be edited.  Various sound effects were also recorded for Maxwell's Silver Hammer during this session, but they were never used.

At the end of the day with Abbey Road finally complete, the creation of a safety copy was made. Both he master and the copy were then taken away by balance engineer Geoff Emerick, who gave them to Malcolm Davies to be cut to disc at Apple. The album was the first UK one to not be cut at EMI by Harry Moss.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 24, 1969

In the morning, John Lennon writes the song Cold Turkey. In the afternoon he rehearses it. By the end of the evening, the gut-wrenching song has been recorded.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 23, 1969

The Beatles are not in the recording studio today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 22, 1969

It’s a been a booming era for rediscovered Beatles photos, from the famous lost Beatles photographs taken by their tour manager to Linda McCartney’s tender portraits to Harry Benson’s luminous black-and-white photos of the Fab Four.

On this day in 1969, two days after their final recording session, the Beatles gathered at Tittenhurst Park, where John Lennon and Yoko Ono resided, for a photo shoot they didn’t realize would be their last — an instance of those bittersweet “unknown lasts” that wedge themselves between our lived experience and our memory, sometimes violently and other times with the tender wistfulness of nostalgia.

The cast of characters on that fateful August 22, captured by photographers Ethan Russell and Monte Fresco and Beatles assistant Mal Evans, included the Fab Four, Yoko Ono, a very pregnant Linda McCartney (a photographer herself), Apple Corps’ press officer Derek Taylor, Paul McCartney’s sheepdog Martha, and two donkeys Lennon and Ono kept on the property.

Linda shot some 16mm footage on my camera. That turned out to be the last film taken.” ~ Paul McCartney






The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 21, 1969

Paul McCartney changes the name of his company from Adagrose Ltd. to McCartney Productions Ltd. (MPL).

Meanwhile, the studio session for the Abbey Road album was in the full edit stage. Between 1pm and 2pm, balance engineer Phil McDonald edited the orchestral overdub for The End. He began by making a copy of the tape, before editing the passage then reinserting it back into the multitrack tape.

Then in the control room of Studio Two from 2.30pm until midnight, the final attempt at a crossfade from You Never Give Me Your Money into Sun King/Mean Mr Mustard was made. Paul McCartney had prepared tape loops for this purpose on 5 August 1969, and an early version of the crossfade had been made on 14 August. On this day it was completed in a single attempt, which was known as stereo crossfade remix 12.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 20, 1969

The date was August 20, 1969. The Beatles were recording what was to be their final album, Abbey Road. The date is important (and historic), although the boys probably had no idea of its significance.

August 20, 1969, was the last time the four Beatles were together in the recording studio.

They were recording the final over-dubs of John's song "I Want You (She's So Heavy)," a stark, raw love song written by John. The band's final session was spent working on a fervent love song to Yoko Ono.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: August 19, 1969

The Beatles in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). A synthesizer overdub for Here Comes the Sun is recorded.