September 1969

Mixing: Cold Turkey by Plastic Ono Band

Room Four, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: John Lennon Stereo mixes of Cold Turkey, the second single by the Plastic Ono Band, were made on this day at EMI Studios.

Recording: Cold Turkey by Plastic Ono Band

Trident Studios, London Producers: John Lennon, Yoko Ono Despite having recorded 26 takes of Cold Turkey at EMI Studios on 25 September 1969, John Lennon decided the recording was not good enough to be the Plastic Ono Band’s second single.

UK album release: Abbey Road

The Beatles’ 12th official album, Abbey Road, was released in the UK on this day. Their last-recorded album, it was issued only in stereo, as Apple PCS 7088.

Recording: Cold Turkey by Plastic Ono Band

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producers: John Lennon, Yoko Ono The first version of Cold Turkey, the second single by the Plastic Ono Band, was recorded on this day.

Mixing: Live Peace In Toronto 1969 by Plastic Ono Band

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Geoff Emerick Two sessions involving the Plastic Ono Band took place on this day. The first was from 10am-1.45pm, and saw the creation of stereo mixes for the Live Peace In Toronto 1969 album.

John Lennon reveals he is leaving The Beatles

Although the previous week John Lennon had decided to leave The Beatles, Allen Klein persuaded him to keep quiet in public. Nonetheless, on 20 September 1969 Lennon chose to tell the rest of the group.

The Beatles lose control of Northern Songs

In April 1969, The Beatles held 27% of the capital in their publishing company Northern Songs. They wished, however, to take full control of the company, after their former partner and publisher Dick James had opened secret negotiations to sell to television executive Lew Grade.

Paul McCartney performs on Badfinger’s Rock Of All Ages

IBC Studios, London Producers: Paul McCartney, Mal Evans Paul McCartney assisted in a number of sessions for Badfinger’s album Magic Christian Music in 1968 and 1969, producing several songs and writing Come And Get It. Rock Of All Ages, the b-side to the Come And Get It single, was recorded on this day. McCartney co-produced… Read more »

The Plastic Ono Band relax in Toronto

Following their live debut at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival, the Plastic Ono Band were taken to the private estate owned by wealthy Canadian businessman John David Eaton.

John Lennon decides to leave The Beatles

Live music promotor John Brower telephoned the Apple office and spoke to John Lennon, inviting him and Yoko Ono to the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival taking place the following day.

Mixing: What’s The New Mary Jane

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: Malcolm Davies Engineer: Tony Clark With The Beatles’ final recorded album, Abbey Road, complete and awaiting release, the group members largely turned to other projects.