1968

Paul McCartney records Thingumybob by Black Dyke Mills Band

The Black Dyke Mills Band, a brass band from Yorkshire, England, was nne of Apple Records’ first signings. On this day Paul McCartney recorded them performing the Lennon-McCartney composition Thingumybob, which became their first single for the label.

Recording: Good Night

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Ken Scott The Beatles began work on Good Night, the White Album‘s final track, on this day.

Mixing, editing: Revolution 1, Revolution 9

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Work on both Revolution 1 and Revolution 9 finished on this day, with final mixing and editing in a session which took place from 2-8pm.

Paul McCartney sails to Santa Catalina Island, California

On 21 June 1968, Paul McCartney had arrived in Los Angeles with other representatives of Apple Records to promote their label to Capitol Records executives. On this day, however, they had a day off, allowing McCartney to spend time with his new girlfriend Linda Eastman.

Paul McCartney addresses Capitol Records conference

On this day Paul McCartney addressed a sales conference attended by executives from Capitol Records, where he announced that all future Beatles records would be released through the group’s Apple Records label.

Recording, mixing: Revolution 1, Revolution 9

Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick The recording of Revolution 1 was completed on this day, and the song and Revolution 9 were both given their first stereo mixes.

Paul McCartney flies from New York to Los Angeles

The previous day, Paul McCartney had flown from London to New York, for the first stop on a promotional trip for Apple. On this day he arrived at his final destination: Los Angeles, California.

Recording: Revolution 9

Studios One, Two and Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Geoff Emerick Following several days’ work compiling tape loops and effects, John Lennon assembled the master tape for Revolution 9 during this session.

Paul McCartney flies to New York

While work continued on the White Album in London, Paul McCartney flew to America on this day for promotional duties for Apple.

Première of the In His Own Write stage play

The National Theatre’s stage version of John Lennon‘s book In His Own Write, directed by Victor Spinetti, had its début at the Old Vic Theatre on London’s Waterloo Road.