Beatles A Day in the Life Blog posts of '1969' 'March'

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 31, 1969

With their "Amsterdam Bed-In For Peace" completed, John Lennon and Yoko Ono fly to Vienna (John takes the white bicycle with him on the plane). In Vienna, they "appear'"at a press conference at Hotel Sacher inside a white bag (Bagism and total communication being part of their peace initiative) to promote their film "Rape." One source claims that, instead of appearing inside a white bag, they are covered by a white sheet. “How do we know it’s you?” members of the press inquired of the bagged-up Lennons. ["Made a lightning trip to Vienna / Eating chocolate cake in a bag / The newspapers said, / 'She's gone to his head / They look just like two gurus in drag'..." -- John Lennon]. That evening, their film "Rape" premieres on Austrian television. Commenting upon John's recent activities, the Daily Mirror reports that, "...a not inconsiderable talent...seems to have gone completely off his rocker."



The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 30, 1969

Day 6 of John and Yoko’s "Amsterdam Bed-In For Peace." As requested by John, The Buffoons visit the Lennons at the Hilton.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 29, 1969

Day 5 of John and Yoko’s "Amsterdam Bed-In For Peace." John sings Don't Let Me Down for Dutch radio, and Donald Zec of The Mirror talks with Lennon. The Modern Jazz Quartet are amongst the day's visitors. In the evening, John watches his interview with Robbie Dale (from March 26) and he sees Dutch group, The Buffoons, and wants to meet them.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 28, 1969

-Day 4 of John and Yoko's "Amsterdam Bed-In For Peace." They have an interview with Akiva Nof of the Voice of Israel, and John sings I Want You.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 27, 1969

-Day 3 of John and Yoko's "Amsterdam Bed-In For Peace." The Lennons are given a white bicycle and the Resistentie
Orchestra pays a visit and plays some music with John.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: 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 - A Day in The Life: 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/

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: 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 - A Day in The Life: March 23, 1969

Nothing much happening today.

The Beatles - A Day in The Life: March 22, 1969

The Beatles are not recording together today.