Beatles 50th Blog

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 30, 1969

John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey had traveled the day before to watch Bob Dylan perform at the Isle of Wight Festival. George Harrison and his wife Pattie had arrived the previous day. Paul McCartney didn't attend the festival as his daughter Mary had been born. 




The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 29, 1969

UK release of the Jack Bruce LP Songs For a Tailor, which contains the song Never Tell Your Mother She’s Out of Tune. George Harrison, using the pseudonym “L'Angelo Misterioso,” plays guitar on the song. The LP was re=released in the US on October 6, 1969.


The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 28, 1969

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

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 27, 1969

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

(Okay, what does that mean?)

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: August 26, 1969

The last recording for Abbey Road is over.




The Beatles - A Day in The Life: 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 - A Day in The Life: 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 - A Day in The Life: August 23, 1969

The Beatles are not in the recording studio today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: 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 - A Day in The Life: 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.