The White Album Song That Nearly Tore the Beatles Apart

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Beatles reconvened at George Harrison's home in the spring of 1968 upon their return from Rishikesh, India. It was time to get to work.

They recorded 26 rough demos — five from Harrison, 14 from John Lennon and seven from Paul McCartney. The next step was to take the tapes to the studio for refinement and recording, but one song among the McCartney contributions did not jibe with the others.

"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da" had begun to take form while the Beatles were still in India expanding their spiritual horizons and embracing the practice of meditation. One day, author and fellow meditation student Paul Saltzman witnessed McCartney and Lennon begin to work out the structure of the song.



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