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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 22, 1969

On October 22 1969 Paul McCartney tried to end a month of fevered press speculation started by a story published in a tiny Des Moines student magazine on September 17.

From his remote Scottish farm Paul quoted Mark Twain: 'Rumours of my death have been greatly exaggerated.'  

But not everyone was - or is - convinced. 



The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 21, 1969

Not much news to report.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 20, 1969

The Wedding Album was released by Apple today. the third long player of experimental recordings by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The couple's first collaboration, Two Virgins, marked the beginning of their relationship and artistic partnership. The follow-up, Life With The Lions, mostly documented their 1968 stay in London's Queen Charlotte Hospital, where Ono suffered a miscarriage.

The Wedding Album commemorated their wedding in Gibraltar on March 20, 1969. Although it was the final installment in their trilogy of avant garde and experimental recordings, the couple continued to document their lives on tape until Lennon's death in 1980.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 19, 1969

Not much happening today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 18, 1969

Since the Beatles decided to call it quits, there's not a lot going on.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 17, 1969

No news today

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 16, 1969

The Beatles are ready to sell their Northern Songs Ltd. shares.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 15, 1969

Lennon performed Give Peace A Chance with the Plastic Ono Band at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival Festival on 13 September 1969. He introduced the song with the words "This is what we came for, really". Lennon confessed he couldn't remember the words, so largely ad-libbed during the verses. The version was released in December that year on the album Live Peace In Toronto 1969.

Give Peace A Chance quickly became a peace anthem. 50 years ago, October 15, 1969 it was sung by half a million demonstrators in Washington, DC at the Vietnam Moratorium Day, in a rendition led by folk singer Pete Seeger.

That's what it was for. I think I heard... I don't know, I just remember hearing them all singing. I don't know whether it was on the radio or TV, but that was a very big moment for me. That's what the song was about, because I'm shy and aggressive. So I have great hopes for what I do, my work. And I also have great despair that it's all pointless and shit – how can you top Beethoven or Shakespeare or whatever. And in me secret heart I wanted to write something that would take over We Shall Overcome. I don't know why, that's the one they always sang. I thought, 'Why isn't somebody writing one for the people now?' That's what my job is. Our job is to write for the people now. So the songs that they go and sing on their buses are not just love songs. I have the same kind of hope for Working Class Hero, but I know it's a different concept. I think it's a revolutionary song – it's really just revolutionary. I just think its concept is revolutionary. I hope it's for workers and not for tarts and fags. I hope it's about what Give Peace A Chance was about.
John Lennon, 1970
Lennon Remembers, Jann S Wenner

A concert version of Give Peace A Chance was included on Lennon's Live In New York City album, recorded at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1972 and released in 1986. Two concerts, matinée and evening, took place on 30 August 1972, billed as the One To One concerts with funds raised for mentally handicapped children. Give Peace A Chance was the final song performed at the second concert.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 14, 1969

Not much news today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: October 13, 1969

It was an uneventful day.