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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 11, 1969

The Beatles' final recorded album, Abbey Road is completed and waiting for release. Now the Beatles turned to other projects.

What's The New Mary Jane had been recorded during the sessions for the White Album, but was left off at the last minute. Today, however, John Lennon oversaw the creation of new stereo mixes.

Three mixes were made, each of which ended with Lennon's closing comments: "Let's hear it, before we get taken away!" The session lasted from 2.30-5.30pm, at the end of which the mixes were copied onto a separate tape reel which were taken back to Apple by Malcolm Davies.

Lennon was considering releasing the song as a Plastic Ono Band single, although the song remained unreleased until 1996's Anthology 3. This day's mixes were never used, however, as further overdubs were added on 26 November 1969.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 10, 1969

Two films by John and Yoko were premiered today at the New Cinema Club at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The names of the films were Self-Portrait and John & Yoko's Honeymoon.

Mr & Mrs Lennon's Honeymoon was a documentary about the couple's honeymoon bed-in for peace in Amsterdam. Directed by Peter Goessens, it was filmed in colour and lasted 40 minutes. It begins with scenes from the city intercut with Lennon and Ono singing "Hair peace, bed peace", followed by scenes of the couple sleeping and reading newspapers. The second half contains interviews and footage of Lennon talking into the camera.

The event was billed with the words: "John and Yoko's evening of film events will end towards midnight. It will happen once. It will be what they want it to be." Two people sat in a white bag beneath the screen at the ICA throughout the evening, leading many to believe the couple was actually present.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 9, 1969

It's been a quiet week so far.......

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 8, 1969

Nothing to report today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 7, 1969

The Beatles were not doing much together today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 6, 1969

Not much happening today on this date.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 5, 1969

No recordings were taking place. Did the Beatles know it would soon be over?

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 4, 1969

Nothing much happening today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 3, 1969

Paul and Baby Mary

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: September 2, 1969

Bob & Sara Dylan stayed with Pattie & George at Kinfauns after the Isle of Wight concert and the Harrison’s dropped them at the airport for their flight back to New York. Mal Evans, partially shown on left, accompanied Pattie and George to Heathrow.