John and Yoko drove to Scotland today for a short holiday after visiting Wales. The Beatles were taking a break from the Abbey Road Sessions and this month was for resting and vacations.
The couple left their white Rolls-Royce at home, and instead took their Mini Cooper bringing along six year old Julian Lennon (without Cynthia's permission) and Yoko's daughter, Kyoko Cox who was five.
On the first leg of the journey, to visit his aunts Nanny and Harrie in Liverpool, Lennon realised the Mini was too small to carry the four of them and their luggage. He instructed his chauffeur Les Anthony to bring them a more practical British Leyland Austin Maxi. Anthony then took the Mini back to Weybridge.
They stayed in the small village of Durness, in Sutherland in the Highlands. Lennon had previously enjoyed childhood holidays in the area between the ages of nine and 14, staying at the remote family croft at 56 Sangomore at Sango Bay which he had helped his Uncle Bert to renovate.
Lennon's cousin Stanley Parkes later recalled "John never forgot those times at Durness. They were among his happiest memories. He loved the wilderness. John was nine when he started coming up with my family to the croft in Durness. The croft belonged to my stepfather, Robert Sutherland, and John just loved the wildness and the openness of the place. We went fishing and hunting and John loved going up into the hills to draw or write poetry. John really loved hill walking, shooting and fishing. He used to catch salmon. He would have been quite a laird. In the last letter to me before he was killed he quoted a famous Scottish saying that says 'It's a braw, bricht moonlicht nicht since I last had a word'."
John Lennon and Yoko Ono paid went on a short visit to Wales before setting off on a motoring holiday in Scotland,
First, they drove to Tywyn, a seaside resort on the Cardigan Bay, on the west coast of Wales. With them were Lennon's six-year-old son Julian and Ono's five-year-old daughter Kyoko Cox.
The visit was just days before the investiture ceremony held at Caernarfon Castle in north Wales for Charles, Prince of Wales, which took place on 1 July 1969.
The tourists sent a postcard, bearing the image of the 20-year-old prince, to Ringo Starr and his family, c/o Peter Brown at the Apple offices at 3 Savile Row, London. It contained the simple message: "Hello".
The postcard, bearing the postmark of Tywyn and dated 23 June 1969, was included in Starr's 2004 book Postcards From The Boys.
The raunchy musical review "Oh! Calcutta!" (written by Kenneth Tynan) opens in New York. The script includes a comic “masturbation” scene called “Four In Hand,” based on a suggestion by John Lennon (the idea came from John’s recollections of the “circle jerks” he participated in with his teenaged mates in Liverpool).
Today, John and Yoko Ono pre-recorded an appearance on The David Frost Show.
The recording took place at InterTel studios at Stonebridge House in Wembley, London. The David Frost Show was syndicated in the United States, allowing the Lennons to broadcast their peace message to a wider audience than they would get in the UK.
John and Yoko Ono began by throwing acorns into the audience; Lennon proclaimed it "acorns for peace week". He also held aloft a copy of Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions, and wished the Queen a happy birthday.
Then Yoko Ono gave Frost a "box of smile". When the host opened the box, he found a small mirror inside, designed to reflect back his own smile.
John discussed the Two Virgins with Lennon proudly claiming that it was selling for £10 on the black market after being widely banned. Frost joked that, where it had gone on sale, the price tag had been placed in a strategic place on the controversial cover.
Extracts of Cambridge 1969 and No Bed For Beatle John were played from a copy of Life With The Lions. Frost asked the couple why they record and release such unfinished works, which led Ono into a discussion on the nature of art and creation.
Following a commercial break, Frost asked about Bagism, and Lennon and Ono explained their desire to live in a world free of prejudice and discrimination. Lennon talked about their press conference in Vienna.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono clashed with satirical cartoonist Al Capp in Montreal hours before the recording of Give Peace A Chance at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada.
John and Al Capp had an argument that later appeared in the documentary film Imagine. Capp introduced himself with the words "I'm a dreadful Neanderthal fascist. How do you do?", and later sarcastically congratulated Lennon and Ono on their Two Virgins album cover.
Then John Lennon and Yoko Ono recorded Give Peace A Chance in room 1742 of the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.
The recording session, which had been arranged at the last minute, was attended by dozens of journalists and celebrities, including Allen Ginsberg, Abbie Hoffman, Tommy Smothers, Timothy Leary, Petula Clark, Dick Gregory, Murray the K, Derek Taylor, Rabbi Abraham Feinberg and members of the Radha Krishna Temple. Many of them were mentioned in the lyrics, either directly or allusively.
The song was recorded by Montreal studio owner André Perry with four microphones and a four-track tape recorder. Lennon played acoustic guitar and was joined by Tommy Smothers of the Smothers Brothers, also on acoustic guitar. A wardrobe door provided percussive sounds.
EMI requested that Perry come to the hotel for the recording. He hired a four-track Ampex machine from RCA Victor, and arrived at around 5pm.
Four microphones were used: one for Lennon and his guitar, another for Tommy Smothers, and two for the rest of the room.
Give Peace A Chance was briefly rehearsed, then the recording was quickly done. It took place at around 10pm, and afterwards Perry remained behind to record the song's eventual b-side, Yoko Ono's Remember Love.