October 1969

UK single release: Something/Come Together

In the United Kingdom, The Beatles had never previously issued songs after they had been made available on an album. All singles were either standalone releases, or came out on the same day as the parent album.

Recording, mixing: Night And Day by Ringo Starr

Studio Three, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Ringo Starr began recording his first studio album, Sentimental Journey, on this day. He recorded Night And Day in two sessions, with George Martin producing.

Paul McCartney denies reports of his death

The ‘Paul is Dead’ myth first surfaced in print in the 17 September 1969 edition of the Times-Delphic, the newspaper of the Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. It quickly snowballed, and was heavily featured on the Detroit radio station MKNR. Towards the middle of October it had broken across the Atlantic.

Mixing: Live Peace In Toronto 1969 by Plastic Ono Band

Studio Three (control room), EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Geoff Emerick A second mixing session for the debut Plastic Ono Band album Live Peace In Toronto 1969 took place on this day, following an earlier one on 25 September 1969.

Mixing: Across The Universe

Room 4, EMI Studios, Abbey Road Producer: George Martin Engineer: Jeff Jarratt The Beatles had agreed to allow Across The Universe to be included on the World Wildlife Fund’s album No One’s Gonna Change My World. To this end, the song was given two stereo mixes on this day.

US album release: Abbey Road

Five days after its UK release, The Beatles’ last-recorded LP, Abbey Road, was issued in the United States on this day. The catalog number was Apple SO 383.