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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 28, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 28, 1970

Today, Malcolm Davies - who had previously worked at EMI, created new stereo mixes of George Harrison’s song For You Blue.

The second of the eight attempts was judged to be the best. However, they were never featured in the Get Back album or the Let It Be album and therefore remained unreleased.

Glyn Johns’ two proposed Get Back albums had been rejected by The Beatles, but there was still a hope to relase the material in some form.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 27, 1970 - 0 Comments

Back in 1964 on this date:

Studio Two, EMI Studios, London

Two sessions at Abbey Road, 10:00 am-1:00 pm and 2:30-7:15 pm. In two takes of the second re-make, "And I Love Her" was finally recorded to everyone's satisfaction, and then two more film songs were started and finished, both composed mostly by John: "Tell Me Why", done in eight takes, and his stunning ballad "If I Fell", finished in 15.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 26, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 26, 1970

US release of The Beatles' LP, The Beatles Again, later reissued as Hey Jude (Apple). When first released, the cover had the title Hey Jude, but the label had the title The Beatles Again. Songs: Can't Buy Me Love, I Should Have Known Better, Paperback Writer, Rain, Lady Madonna, Revolution, Hey Jude, Old Brown Shoe, Don't Let Me Down, and The Ballad of John and Yoko. 33 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #2.

Also on this day - According to a New York newspaper, John Lennon has slammed the Toronto Peace Festival, claiming the profits aren't being used toward peace initiatives, but to line the promoter's pockets. His album Live Peace in Toronto, however, recently went top 10.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 25, 1970 - 0 Comments

-John Lennon cancels his participation in the planned Toronto Peace Festival after a dispute over admissions policy. John wanted the festival to be completely free to those attending.

The London Arts Gallery is given a court summons for showing John Lennon lithographs that have been declared "indecent" by the authorities. Or, as the summons itself put it, for showing "an indecent exhibition contrary to the Metropolitan Police Act, 1839."

 

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 24, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 24, 1970

Paul McCartney’s worked on his debut solo album on a third Abbey Road session Two mixes were made of two of the songs.

Hot As Sun had been recorded at Morgan Studio, London earlier in the month. It was remixed in stereo in the first of two sessions, and a copy of the best mix of Maybe I’m Amazed made on February 22nd.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 23, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 23, 1970

Ringo Starr guest stars on the TV show, "Laugh-In."

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 22, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 22, 1970

-Film-maker Charlie Jenkins shoots footage for a promotional film of Paul McCartney's Maybe I'm Amazed, the song not destined to be released as a single. The completed promo film will be broadcast on April 19 in both the UK (by London Weekend Television) and the US ("The Ed Sullivan Show").

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 21, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 21, 1970

On this date, Paul McCartney recorded his debut album, McCartney, at Morgan Studios in London. McCartney’s home recordings included the following songs: The Lovely Linda, That Would Be Something, Valentine Day, Momma Miss America, Glasses, Oo You, Teddy Boy, Junk and the instrumental Singalong Junk.

At Morgan, between 10 and 20 February 1970, McCartney recorded Hot As Sun and Kreen-Akrore, plus overdubs for Junk, Singalong Junk, Oo You and Teddy Boy. Mixes were also made at the studio of Oo You, Teddy Boy, Junk and Kreen-Akrore, as well as unused mixes of The Lovely Linda, Glasses, Singalong Junk and Momma Miss America.

Little else is known about the Morgan Studios sessions, other than that the balance engineer was Robin Black. No documentation is known to exist for McCartney’s time there.

Better documented were Billy Martin’s sessions at Abbey Road, which McCartney booked directly rather than through Apple or AIR. On this first day new stereo mixes were made of The Lovely Linda, Momma Miss America, Glasses and Singalong Junk.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 20, 1970 - 0 Comments

US release of the John Lennon / Plastic Ono Band single Instant Karma! (We All Shine On) / Who Has Seen the Wind (Apple). The flip side is a Yoko Ono song. 13 weeks on Billboard chart; highest position #3.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 19, 1970 - 0 Comments

The Plastic Ono Band appears on "Top of the Pops," in a pre-taped performance of Instant Karma!

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 18, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 18, 1970

-John Lennon holds a birthday party for Yoko Ono at the Apple Records offices in London. Yoko is 37.

Also, Ringo Starr in the recording studio (Studio Two, EMI Studios, London). Recording (unreleased) takes of It Don't Come Easy. George Martin is producer and the musicians playing with Ringo (drums, vocal) are George Harrison (acoustic guitar), Klaus Voorman (bass), and Stephen Stills (piano).

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 17, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 17, 1970

Today, the backing track and lead vocals for Ringo Starr’s Sentimental Journey song I’m A Fool To Care had been recorded on February 11, 1970. During this follow-up session a 15-piece string orchestra was added to that song, and to Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing.

The session began with a reduction mix of I’m A Fool To Care, to free up space on the multitrack tape. Recording started at 10am, with Francis Shaw conducted the string players. The session ended at 1pm.

I’m A Fool To Care was completed on this day, but Love Is A Many Splendoured Thing was finished two days later with the addition of more instruments and vocals.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 16, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 16, 1970

John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin editing the raw footage of their Montreal Bed-In For Peace at a cutting room in London.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 15, 1970 - 0 Comments

Back on February 15, 1963

The Beatles at the Ritz Ballroom, King's Heath, Birmingham. This engagement which was postponed from January 11. The situation was ideal for the Ritz promoters who presented a group now featuring in the top 3 of the singles chart at the same cost as when they were an unknown act.February 15, 1963.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 14, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 14, 1970

Back on February 14, 1966

George carrying Pattie piggy-back through the surf at Sandy Lane Beach in Barbados posing for the press during their honeymoon.

 

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 13, 1970 - 0 Comments

Back in 1963.....

The Beatles at the Majestic Ballroom, Hull

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 12, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 12, 1970

Today, the backing track for the song Let The Rest Of The World Go By, for Ringo’s debut album Sentimental Journey, was recorded.

Let The Rest Of The World Go By was written in 1919, and was notably recorded by Dick Haymes for the 1944 film When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

Starr’s version was arranged by Les Reed, who from 7-9pm conducted a 31-piece orchestra in Studio Two at Abbey Road. Eleven takes were recorded, six in B flat and a further five in C.

It was decided that B flat was better suited to Starr’s vocal range, and between 9pm and 1am he overdubbed lead vocals onto take six. A stereo mix was made from 1-1.30am, but new vocals were recorded on 18 February.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 11, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 11, 1970

A lot happened on this date in 1970.

John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band tape a performance of Instant Karma! for the BBC-TV program "Top of the Pops," to be broadcast the following evening. The Plastic Ono Band is comprised of John (electric piano), Klaus Voorman (bass), Alan White (drums), Mal Evans (occasional tambourine), and Yoko Ono (blind-folded knitting and card-holding). This video would be given general release on the 1992 "The John Lennon Video Collection." John sings a new vocal on top of a single-track vocal version of the EMI recording from January 27. Two different versions of Plastic Ono Band are taped, the first being broadcast on February 12 and the second being shown on February 19. The video is later included in the DVD, "Lennon Legend," released on November 18, 2003.

1970--John Lennon pays fines, totaling £1,344 ($1867), that have been imposed on 96 protesters who'd been arrested while protesting a rugby game in which a team from the apartheid state of South Africa was participating.

1970--US release of the soundtrack LP, The Magic Christian, a movie starring Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers. The song Come and Get It by Badfinger was written by Paul McCartney, who also produced the track. The album contains some of Ringo's movie dialogue. (Released in the UK on April 10).

The Magic Christian was a popular underground movie in the late 60s, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. John Lennon and Yoko Ono made a cameo appearance.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 10, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 10, 1970

Today, three mono mixes of the Plastic Ono Band’s third single, Instant Karma!, were made. John Lennon had written the song on the morning of January 27, 1970, on an upright piano at Tittenhurst Park, at his mansion in Ascot, Berkshire. It was recorded and mixed later that day, ready for its release as a single the following month.

The mixes made today were for the Plastic Ono Band’s appearance on the BBC television show Top Of The Pops the following day. Engineer Geoff Emerick took out one of Lennon’s two lead vocal tracks during the verses, allowing him to sing live in its place during the show.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 9, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 9, 1970

On this date, Ringo Starr had a session in the studio working on two songs for his debut solo album Sentimental Journey.

He recorded a mono demo of Whispering Grass, a 1940 hit for The Ink Spots. Several takes were recorded, and an edit of takes three and five was taken away by George Martin and given to arranger Ron Goodwin.

Ringo Starr added lead vocals to Elmer Bernstein’s new arrangement of the 1945 song Have I Told You Lately That I Love You.

Starr’s vocals were added simultaneously with a tape reduction mix; it took 18 attempts before everyone was happy with the results. Between 6pm and 7pm the completed recording was mixed into stereo.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 8, 1970 - 0 Comments

ON THIS DAY IN 1964

Studio 50, Broadway and West 53rd St. New York City, New York, USA

The first of what would be several studio rehearsals by the Beatles for The Ed Sullivan Show, and another opportunity for the hordes of US radio and press reporters to gain access to the group. This one began at 1:30 pm. These rehearsals, plus the two next-day actual performances, took place inside CBS Television's Studio 50 in midtown Manhattan.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 7, 1970 - 0 Comments

John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear on British TV for the first time since cutting off their long hair. They tape an appearance on this date, to be broadcast the following day, on London Weekend TV's "The Simon Dee Show." Michael X, the British Black Power leader who was the beneficiary of the auctioning of John and Yoko's hair, appears with them.

And....Joe Cocker's version of The Beatles' classic, She Came In Through The Bathroom Window, peaks at #30 on the pop chart.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 6, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 6, 1970

Today John and Yoko Ono gave an interview to David Wigg for the BBC radio show at Apple Headquarters in Savile Row, London.

Even though The Beatles had split up, and Lennon had no intention to work with them again, he was still reluctant to draw a line under the group in public. Although he admitted there were no plans to work together until the release of the Let It Be album and film, he said he “wouldn’t destroy it [the group] out of hand”, and that the current hiatus could be “a rebirth or a death”.

He did, however, reveal plans to record an album with Ono and Phil Spector, and that Paul McCartney was planning his own solo release (Lennon was unaware that McCartney had been working on the McCartney album since late 1969.)

Challenged by Wigg on The Beatles’ lack of activity, Lennon pointed out that a similar lull had taken place before the release of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He explained further that the discussions over appointing a manager to run Apple had caused a great deal of friction, as had the failure to retain control over Northern Songs.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 5, 1970 - 0 Comments

Back on this date - February 5, 1963

The Beatles at the Shapiro package tour at Gaumont Cinema, Hallgate, Doncaster, Yorkshire

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 4, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 4, 1970

In a publicity stunt on a London rooftop, the newly-shorn John Lennon and Yoko Ono give Michael X a bag of their cut hair in return for a pair of Muhammad Ali's boxing trunks. The British press ignore the latest Lennon escapades, a sign that they have grown weary of the couple’s constant quest for media attention. One thing does not go ignored however: it was at this event that it became evident from John’s ragged physical appearance that he was on heroin.

Cover of Rolling Stone

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 3, 1970 - 0 Comments

Today Ringo recorded the eighth session for his debut studio album, Sentimental Journey.

On this date in 1963....The Beatles headed an eight hour eight band "Rhythm and Blues Marathon" at the Cavern Club (where else?) in Liverpool.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 2, 1970 - 0 Comments
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 2, 1970

Today Ringo and Maureen returned to London from New York. Ringo would be back in the recording studio, to begin a session for his debut solo album Sentimental Journey.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: February 1, 1970 - 0 Comments

Back on February 1, 1963

Another double engagement happened in the Midlands, the venues being 8 miles apart.

The Assembly Rooms, Corporation St, Tamworth, Staffs and Maney Hall (St. Peter's Church Hall), Maney Hill Rd. Maney, Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire

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