The Beatles are still in India.
George Harrison and John Lennon sit on rocks by a river in Rishikesh while studying transcendental meditation.
The Beatles are still meditating under the Maharishi in India.
The Beatles are in India and their approach to meditation was marked by a friendly competitiveness among the four band members. Lennon was complimentary about Harrison's progress, saying: "The way George is going, he'll be flying a magic carpet by the time he's forty." While Lennon was "evangelical in his enthusiasm for the Maharishi", according to his wife, Cynthia, she herself was "a little more sceptical". Cynthia later wrote that she "loved being in India" and had hoped she and Lennon would "rediscover our lost closeness"; to her disappointment, however, Lennon became "increasingly cold and aloof". The Lennons' room contained a "four-poster bed, a dressing table, a couple of chairs and an electric fire". Lennon played guitar, while his wife drew pictures and wrote poetry between their long meditation sessions. After two weeks Lennon asked to sleep in a separate room, saying he could only meditate when he was alone. Meanwhile, he walked to the local post office every morning to check for Ono's almost daily telegrams. One of these telegrams read: "Look up at the sky and when you see a cloud think of me".
Today singer Donovan travels to India and joins the Beatles to study transcendental meditation under Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
US single release: Lady Madonna
The single was released as Capitol 2138. As with the UK version, it had George Harrison's The Inner Light on the b-side.
Lady Madonna was not a great commercial success in America, and only managed to reach number four in the charts. It was, however, the last Beatles single to be released on Capitol; subsequent ones were one their own Apple label.
Pattie Harrison celebrates her 24th birthday in India. George Harrison's wife Pattie celebrated her 24th birthday on this day in Rishikesh, India.
A number of photographs from this day were published in April 1968 in an edition of British music magazine Disc And Music Echo. They included Pattie being given her birthday cake, The Beatles with local entertainer Shah Jahan and flautist friend Paul Horn, George Harrison checking a yogi's pulse, and Paul McCartney playing a tamboura.