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The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 26, 1970

On this date, producer Phil Spector—called in to save the Get Back/LIB project—remixed "Let It Be," adding his signature orchestra and choir. He used the more rocking January 4 solo instead, and also added an extra chorus at the end. This would become known as the "album version" of the song.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 25, 1970

Today was Phil Spector’s second day of creating stereo mixes from the Let It Be tapes involved work on three songs.

Although best known for his echo-laden Wall of Sound production techniques, Spector was positively restrained during this session. The first song to be mixed was George Harrison’s For You Blue. This was done in a single take, although Spector then made seven further attempts at remixing the intro; the two parts were later edited together.

Also on this date, Ringo Starr is interviewed for the BBC’s Scene And Heard on Savile Row, London.

The first edition’s interview began with Starr discussing “the soul brother” John Lennon, whose fearlessness the drummer expressed admiration for. “He could jump off the Eiffel Tower and I’d approve it,” Starr said.

Wigg asked if The Beatles’ wives had much influence over their husbands’ activities. “Some of them have more than others,” Starr replied. He described Maureen Starkey’s main strength as looking out for the group’s British fans, an example of which was her pressing for the proposed January 1969 concert to be held in England rather than abroad.

Starr spoke of his interest in developing an acting career, saying that he had already made a name as a comic actor. He also spoke of his debut album Sentimental Journey, and of the dancing in the promotional film for the title track.

On the subject of the rumours of The Beatles’ split, Starr claimed the group was as united as ever, and blamed the music press for generating controversy.

The 5 April edition focused on Sentimental Journey, with Starr describing the circumstances surrounding the recording and praising the timeless nature of the songs. He explained why different arrangers were used to introduce variety into the project, and said he was considering the title track and Whispering Grass for future single releases. The latter song was played at the end of the interview.

Wigg continued interviewing the former Beatles into their solo careers, with the last of his interviews taking place in December 1973. An album containing extracts from his recorded interviews was released in the United Kingdom in January 1976, and two years later in the United States.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 24, 1970

Back on this date in 1965......

Twickenham Film Studios, St. Margaret's, Twickenham

At last, shooting began on home territory, Twickenham Film Studios in the west of London suburb of St. Margaret's, where A Hard Day's Night had been shot at the same time in 1964. Working a similar schedule - something like 8:30 am - 5:30 pm daily, the Beatles filmed here and on location until Sunday, May 9th. Including the Bahamanian and Austrian sections, but discounting occasional days off, this second Beatles film was shot in 11 weeks, three more than A Hard Day's Night.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 23, 1970

Today the Producer Phil Spector was brought in to work on the tapes.

Earlier in the year, January Phil Spector had worked with John Lennon and George Harrison on the Plastic Ono Band’s Instant Karma!, during a recording session held at Abbey Road’s studio two. Bringing in Spector was Harrison’s idea, and the partnership evidently worked well. Spector worked in room four of the EMI Studios building. Harrison and Allen Klein were also present, a situation that remained for most of these final sessions for Let It Be.

Spector began by making six stereo mixes of I’ve Got A Feeling. The first of these was a studio recording made on 28 January 1969; the second mix, which was used on the LP, was from the 30 January rooftop performance.

Lennon’s Dig A Pony was next. Again recorded from the rooftop, Spector removed the “All I want is…” lines that bookended the song; they can be heard in the Let It Be film. Two mixes of the song were made.

It took Spector three attempts at making a stereo mix of One After 909. After that he turned his attentions to I Me Mine, again mixing the song three times before he was satisfied with the results. Spector also repeated a section of the song, increasing its length from 1’34” to 2’25”.

The Beatles’ studio recording of Across The Universe, made in February 1968, was the next to be tackled. Eight mixes from take eight were made. Both this song and I Me Mine would be remixed again on 1 April, however, along with brass, strings and choir overdubs.

I got on quite well with Spector except that he wanted tape echo on everything, seemed to take a different pill every half an hour and had his bodyguard with him. I explained to him that this was a British recording studio and that he was safe, but the bodyguard used to come along and sit outside the door… he wasn’t there by the end though, I think Spector felt safe in the end.

Although it is doubtful he knew of Spector’s involvement at this stage, Paul McCartney was also at EMI Studios on this day. Between 3pm and 7pm he made master copies of the McCartney album. Booked under the pseudonym Billy Martin, the session took place in studio three.

Source: The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions, Mark Lewisohn

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 22, 1970

-During an interview with a reporter from the French magazine L'Express, John Lennon states that The Beatles smoked marijuana in a restroom at Buckingham Palace on the day they were given their MBE's (in 1965). Questioned about John's comment, a spokesman for Buckingham Palace replies, "Obviously when people come along to an investiture, toilet facilities are available."

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 21, 1970

Top 20 Song Chart for March 21, 1970

"Let It Be"

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 20, 1970
"You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)" originally released as the B-side of the single "Let It Be" on 20 March 1970.
Composer: John Lennon
 
The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 19, 1970

-A promotional film for The Beatles song, Let It Be, is broadcast on UK television, on the program "Top of the Pops."

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 18, 1970

Back on this date in 1963

The Beatles at the Regal Cinema, St. Aldate Street, Gloucester, Gloucestershire

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 17, 1970

1961 - The Beatles perform at Mossway Hall, Croxteth, Liverpool and at the Liverpool Jazz Society.