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.
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John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr watched Bob Dylan and The Band perform at the Isle of Wight Festival on this evening.
George Harrison and Mal Evans had travelled to Portsmouth on 26 August 1969 to meet Bob Dylan. The American singer was due to perform at the Isle of Wight Festival on 31 August, his first public performance in three years.
George Harrison and Mal Evans drove to Portsmouth on this day, to meet Bob Dylan.
The Beatles united for a final photographic session on this day. It was also the last occasion in which all four members were together for band duties; thereafter their only meetings were business-related.
All four Beatles gathered at EMI Studios on the morning of Friday 8 August 1969 for one of the most famous photo shoots of their career. Photographer Iain Macmillan took the famous image that adorned their last-recorded album, Abbey Road.
The Beatles and their wives all took holidays in the early summer of 1969: Paul and Linda McCartney in Corfu; Ringo Starr and Maureen Starkey on a cruise aboard the QE2 then on to the Bahamas; John Lennon and Yoko Ono held their second bed-in in Montreal; and George and Pattie Harrison in Sardinia.
Morgan Studios, London Producer: Felix Pappalardi George Harrison had previously written the song Badge with Eric Clapton and recorded it with Cream in 1968. When Cream split, however, he remained on good terms with all the former members.
The Beatles’ experimental label Zapple Records was launched on this day, with the UK release of two albums: George Harrison‘s Electronic Sound and John Lennon and Yoko Ono‘s Unfinished Music No 2: Life With The Lions.
Inside Studio 3B at the BBC’s Broadcasting House in London, George Harrison gave an interview on this day to Sue MacGregor for the Radio 4 show The World At One.
On 12 March 1969, George Harrison and his wife Pattie had their Esher home raided by the Drugs Squad. Following an initial court appearance six days later, their trial took place on this day.
George Harrison and his wife Pattie had an initial court appearance following their drugs bust six days earlier.
The notorious Sgt Norman Pilcher of the Drugs Squad chose the day of Paul McCartney‘s wedding to Linda Eastman to launch a raid on the home of George and Pattie Harrison.
Jackie Lomax’s debut single for Apple, Sour Milk Sea, was an unexpected chart failure. Ahead of the release of his album, Is This What You Want?, a hastily-arranged session took place for a follow-up single.
At The Beatles’ Apple headquarters in London’s Savile Row, George Harrison gave an interview on this day to David Wigg from the BBC radio show Scene And Heard.
EMI Studios, Abbey Road Engineer: Ken Scott On his 26th birthday, George Harrison went alone to EMI Studios on Abbey Road, where he recorded solo versions of three songs.
The Beatles, Allen Klein and John Eastman held a meeting at the Apple HQ, 3 Savile Row, London, in which Klein was formally appointed The Beatles’ business manager.
On Saturday 1 February 1969, at Apple’s headquarters at 3 Savile Row, London, a meeting was held in which Allen Klein outlined his assessment of The Beatles’ finances.
One of the most contentious figures in The Beatles’ story, Allen Klein became their manager during their final months as a group, at the behest of John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
All four Beatles met on this day to discuss their future, following George Harrison‘s sudden departure on 10 January.