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The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 13, 1969

A group calling itself "Revolutionary Force 9" takes credit for three bombings in New York City. The New York Times notes a "possible connection to The Beatles' song Revolution 9.

Also on this day -  George and Pattie's home was raided by a drugs squad and afterwards they were arrested. The police involved in the raid chose the day of Paul and Linda's wedding to do it. Of the experience afterwards, Pattie Boyd recalled "We were formally charged but released on bail. We got home feeling gloomy, so George said, ‘Come on, let’s go to the party.”

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 12, 1969

On this date, Paul McCartney married Linda Eastman at Marylebone Register Office.

Paul's brother Mike is best man, Mal Evans is a witness, and Linda's daughter, Heather, is flower girl. Magistrate E.R. Sanders performs the ceremony, which is followed by a luncheon at the Ritz Hotel. None of the other Beatles or family members are in attendance (they weren't invited). A throng of crying female fans waited outside for the newlywed couple to make their way to their car. (The fact that Paul was no longer a bachelor was not well-received at the time.)

Although the event was supposed to be a secret, many onlookers and reporters heard about it and turned up for a glimpse of the couple. The registry office had been booked the previous day, and McCartney had bought a £12 ring "just before the shop shut".

Paul McCartney remembers...."We were crazy. We had a big argument the night before we got married and it was nearly called off. We were very up and down, quite funky compared to the eventual image of 'Twenty-five years of married bliss! Aren't they lucky for people in showbiz?' But we are. You get this picture of us swanning along in a little rowboat managing to avoid the white water, but we were right in the middle of that white water, man, so it's even more miraculous that we made it. But we did."

I really don't remember whether or not I invited any of the band to the wedding. Why not? I'm a total bastard, I suppose – I don't know, really. Maybe it was because the group was breaking up. We were all pissed off with each other. We certainly weren't a gang any more. That was the thing. Once a group's broken up like that, that's it.

Mike McCartney's train broke down during his journey from Birmingham to London, and he arrived an hour late. Although he presumed the wedding would have finished, he took the waiting limousine to the registry office, where he found huge crowds of weeping fans. Inside Paul and Linda were waiting for him to arrive.

After the ceremony the wedding party went to St John's Wood Church where the marriage was blessed by Reverend Noel Perry-Gore.

Marylebone Register Office is today known as Westminster Register Office, and is based at Westminster Council House, Marylebone Road, London.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 11, 1969

Paul McCartney and George Harrison decided to procuce Jackie Lomax's debut single for Apple. Sour Milk Sea, was an unexpected chart failure. Ahead of the release of his album, Is This What You Want?, a hastily-arranged session took place for a follow-up single.

McCartney had decided that a cover version of The Coasters' Thumbin' A Ride was to be the single's a-side, with an original Lomax composition, Going Back To Liverpool, on the b-side.

McCartney played drums on Thumbin' A Ride, which was recorded in Apple's basement studio in their Savile Row headquarters. McCartney and Harrison also performed guitar parts, with Harrison on lead.

Going Back To Liverpool may have been recorded on this same date; the drumming sounds like McCartney, and he certainly performed backing vocals and guitar.

The two songs were reported as making up Lomax's next single in an issue of the New Musical Express dated 22 March 1969. However, a new song – titled New Day – was eventually released as the a-side, making Thumbin' A Ride the b-side. Going Back To Liverpool was eventually released as a bonus track on a 1991 reissue of Is This What You Want?.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 10, 1969

Today John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave engineer Glyn Johns the eight-track tapes from the January 1969 Get Back/Let It Be recording sessions at Apple Studios.

The tapes were the result of 11 days of recording, including the rooftop concert, but did not include the Twickenham Film Studios reels.

Johns booked several days at his favourite studio, Olympic Sound Studios in Barnes, London, where he sifted through the recordings looking for suitable recordings. On this first day he made stereo mixes of 13 songs: Get Back, Teddy Boy, Two Of Us, Dig A Pony, I've Got A Feeling, The Long And Winding Road, Let It Be, Rocker, Save The Last Dance For Me, Don't Let Me Down, For You Blue and The Walk.

Source: The Complete Beatles Chronicle - Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 9, 1969

The Beatles are taking a break from recording today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 8, 1969

The Beatles are taking a break today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 7, 1969

The Beatles took a break from the recording studios today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 6, 1969

The Beatles took a break from the recording studio today.

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 5, 1969

Goerge Harrison gave an interview today at Beatles' Apple headquarters in London's Savile Row to David Wigg from the BBC radio show Scene And Heard.

The interview took place from 1-2pm. A section lasting 5'13" was heard on the Saturday 8 March edition, while an extra 4'10" piece was broadcast on Saturday 12 April.

Harrison began by addressing stories that he had left The Beatles during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. He played down the rumours, and denied that the walkout was due to an argument with John Lennon.

Wigg asked whether the group had plans to play live or make more films together. Harrison said that once the financial complications at Apple had been ironed out they may consider a film, said they would definitely record again in the Apple basement studio (they didn't), but avoided discussing the prospect of touring.

 

The Beatles 50 Years Ago Today: March 4, 1969

George Harrison ganve an interview today at The Beatles' Apple headquarters in London's Savile Row on the BBC radio show Scene And Heard.

The interview took place from 1-2pm. Harrison began by addressing stories that he had left The Beatles during the Get Back/Let It Be sessions. He played down the rumours, and denied that the walkout was due to an argument with John Lennon.