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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 26, 1969

John and Yoko hold the second day of their Amsterdam "Bed-In For Peace." They give a television interview with Robbie Dale for Jam TROS TV. They also record some of the material that is eventually released as Amsterdam, one side of their third LP, The Wedding Album.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 25, 1969

Beatle John Lennon and his newlywed second wife, the artist Yoko Ono, attracted the attention of the international press in the cause of world peace on this day in 1969, as they began a publicity campaign they called a ‘Bed-in’ in Amsterdam.

The couple had flown from Paris to Gibraltar to be married five days earlier and on their return to the French capital had formulated a way to use the inevitable publicity generated by news of their wedding.


They were driven to Amsterdam on the morning of March 25 and checked into the Hilton Hotel, where they were allocated room 902 – the presidential suite – which they decorated with photos and hand-made signs.The couple sent out cards to press agencies and newspapers inviting them to ‘John and Yoko’s honeymoon: a Bed-in’. After controversy over the cover of their album Two Virgins, on which they appeared naked, some reporters seemed to believe that it was an invitation to watch them have sex.

Instead, they found the pair “like two angels in bed, with flowers all around us, and peace and love on our heads,” as Lennon reported. “We were fully clothed; the bed was just an accessory.”

John and Yoko took interviews throughout the week, explaining their intention of using their fame to generate headlines about peace instead of war and conflict. Their explanations were met with a mixture of polite interest, amusement and outright hostility.

Lennon explained: “We (thought) would sell our product, which we call 'peace'. And to sell a product you need a gimmick”. And despite the scorn of sections of the press, the campaign was widely publicised around the world.

John and Yoko’s Bed-in – Did you know?

Lennon and Ono met at a preview of her art exhibition at the Indica Gallery, London in 1966. They became a couple two years later, though both were still married at the time.

They were inspired to marry by the wedding of Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman earlier in March and flew to Paris, but were not allowed a license to do so at short notice, having to travel to British protectorate Gibraltar instead.
The week-long Bed-in was recorded, and became a 40-minute film, Honeymoon. Lennon and Ono also made audio recordings in the suite that later appeared on their third experimental LP, The Wedding Album.
A week after the event, the couple flew to Vienna to hold a press conference promoting ‘bagism’ – the concept of covering oneself in a bag in order to avoid being judged on race, appearance or attire.
The wedding, Bed-in and bagism events were all documented by Lennon in the lyrics of The Ballad of John and Yoko, which became The Beatles’ last no. 1 hit in the UK in June 1969.
The couple deemed the Bed-in successful enough to hold another at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada from May 26. It was here on June 1 that they recorded Give Peace a Chance, which would become an anthem for campaigners around the world.

A sketch drawn and signed by John at the Montreal Bed-in (above) was sold for £25,000 at a Sotheby’s Rock ‘n’ Roll auction in 1997.
The recording session featured John and Yoko, her daughter Kyoko and various celebrities called including acid guru Timothy Leary, singer Petula Clark, comedian Dick Gregory, poet Allen Ginsberg, DJ Murray the K and Beatles publicist Derek Taylor.

Source: Chas Early/home.bt.com

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 24, 1969

While filming The Magic Christian in New York, Ringo Starr told US reporters that The Beatles were unlikely to perform in public again, giving an early indication that the dream was over.

This is what Ringo said: "People really have tried to typecast us. They think we are still little moptops, and we are not. I don't want to play in public again. I don't miss being a Beatle anymore. You can't get those days back. It's no good living in the past."

Also, on this day John & Yoko met with Salvador Dali for lunch during their Honeymoon in Paris.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 23, 1969

Nothing much happening today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 22, 1969

The Beatles are not recording together today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 21, 1969

On March 21, 1969, Beatles singer, songwriter and guitarist John Lennon and his wife of a week Yoko Ono received the press at their bedside in the Presidential Suite of the Hilton Hotel, Amsterdam. The couple stayed in bed for seven days ‘as a protest against war and violence in the world’.

 

 

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 20, 1969

John Winston Lennon and Yoko Ono are married at the British Consulate in Gibraltar (near Spain) by magistrate Cecile Wheeler. Beatles aide, Peter Brown, is there to act as witness. They had flown from Paris to Gibraltar early in the morning, landing on the “rock” at 8:30 a.m. The marriage took place at 9:00 a.m. Afterwards, the couple posed for the official photographs (taken by David Nutter) with John in a white jacket, white turtleneck sweater and off-white trousers, and Yoko in a matching white mini-dress and huge floppy hat. They announce to the press that they will be staging many “events” and “happenings.” After the ceremony, they returned to Paris to their luxury suite at the Plaza Athenee Hotel. Said John, "We chose Gibraltar because it is quiet, British and friendly. We tried everywhere else first. I set out to get married on the car ferry and we would have arrived in France married. But they wouldn’t do it. We were no more successful with cruise ships. We tried embassies, but three weeks residence in Germany or two weeks in France was required."

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 19, 1969

The Beatles are taking a break from recording as well as from themselves.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 18, 1969

Lower Richmond Road, London

Location filming with Ringo for The Magic Christian, shooting outside the Star & Garter public house, by the river Thames in Putney, with Spike Milligan acting the part of a ticket-eating traffic warden.

Also, George Harrison and his wife Pattie had an initial court appearance following their drugs bust six days earlier. The hearing took place at Esher and Walton Magistrates' Court. The couple were charged with cannabis possession, and released on the surety of Apple's press officer Derek Taylor.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 17, 1969

Happy St. Patrick's Day!