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The Beatles Chronology - 1968


January 1968
o 05: George produces session for Wonderwall in Studio 2, Abbey Road
o 07: George Harrison flies to EMI’s studio in Bombay, India to record the soundtrack to Wonderwall
o 09: Recording: Wonderwall music by George Harrison
o 10: Recording: Wonderwall music by George Harrison
o 11: Recording: Wonderwall music by George Harrison
o 12: Recording: “The Inner Light,” Wonderwall music
o 13: Recording: Wonderwall music by George Harrison EMI Recording Studio Bombay India
o 22: Apple opens offices at 95 Wigmore Street, London
o 25: The Beatles film their Yellow Submarine appearance
o 25: Pattie Harrison models for Ossie Clark
o 27: Radio Appearance: The Kenny Everett Show Kenwood Weybridge
February 1968
o 01: Ringo Starr rehearses for Cilla Black's television show, Cilla, at TV Rehearsal Rooms, North Acton, London
o 02: Tape copying: Only A Northern Song
o 02: Ringo Starr rehearses for Cilla Black's television show, Cilla
o 03: Recording: “Lady Madonna”, “Across The Universe” Studio Three EMI, London
o 04: Recording: “Across The Universe” Studio Three EMI, London
o 05: Ringo Starr rehearses for Cilla Black's television show, Cilla, at Television Theatre London
o 06: Recording, mixing: “The Inner Light”, “Lady Madonna” Studio One EMI, London
o 06: Ringo Starr appears on Cilla Black's television show, Cilla, at Television Theatre London
o 08: Recording, mixing: “The Inner Light”, “Across The Universe” Studio Two EMI, London
o 11: Recording, mixing: “Hey Bulldog” Studio Three EMI, London
o 14: Mal Evans flies to India
o 15: John Lennon and George Harrison fly to India
o 15: Mixing: “Lady Madonna” Studio Three EMI, London
o 16: John Lennon and George Harrison arrive in Rishikesh, India
o 19: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr fly to India
o 20: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr arrive in Rishikesh, India
o 29: Performance: Yoko Ono and Ornette Coleman, Royal Albert Hall, London
March 1968
o 01: Ringo Starr leaves India
o 03: Ringo Starr arrives back in England
o 15: UK single release: “Lady Madonna”
o 18: US single release: “Lady Madonna”
o 26: Paul McCartney leaves Rishikesh
• April 1968
o 12: John Lennon and George Harrison leave Rishikesh
o 19: Apple Corps advertises for new talent
• May 1968
o 11: Lennon and McCartney promote Apple in New York
o 12: Lennon and McCartney meet Ron Kass of Apple US
o 13: Lennon and McCartney give interviews to US press
o 14: Lennon and McCartney give interviews in New York
o 19: John Lennon and Yoko Ono record Two Virgins
o 22: John and Yoko attend press launch of Apple Tailoring
o 23: Apple Tailoring opens in London
o 23: Television: Omnibus - All My Loving EMI Studios London
o 4: Demo recordings for the White Album
o 30: Recording: “Revolution 1” Studio Two EMI, London
o 31: Recording: “Revolution 1” Studio Three EMI, London
June 1968
o 04: Recording, mixing: “Revolution 1” Studio Three EMI, London
o 05: Recording: “Don't Pass Me By” Studio Three EMI, London
o 06: Recording, mixing: “Don't Pass Me By” Studio Two EMI, London
o 06: BBC interview with John Lennon and Victor Spinetti
o 06: Radio Appearance: The Kenny Everett Show
o 07: George Harrison and Ringo Starr fly to America
o 08: Paul McCartney is best man at his brother Michael's wedding
o 08: George Harrison and Ringo Starr visit Joan Baez in California
o 10: George Harrison films a scene for Ravi Shankar's Raga
o 10: Recording: “Revolution 9” Studio Three EMI, London
o 11: George Harrison films a second scene for Ravi Shankar's Raga
o 11: Paul McCartney and Mary Hopkin are filmed for Apple Records
o 11: Recording, mixing: “Blackbird”, “Revolution 9” Studio Three/ One EMI, London
o 15: John and Yoko plant acorns for peace at Coventry Cathedral
o 16: Television: David Frost Presents... Stonebridge House Wembley Middlesex
o 18: Paul McCartney celebrates his 26th birthday at Apple
o 18: George Harrison and Ringo Starr return to England from America
o 18: Première of the In His Own Write stage play
o 20: Paul McCartney flies to New York
o 20: Recording: “Revolution 9” Studio Two/ Three/ One EMI, London
o 21: Paul McCartney flies from New York to Los Angeles
o 21: Recording, mixing: “Revolution 1”, “Revolution 9” Studio Two EMI, London
o 22: The Beatles purchase Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row, London
o 22: Paul McCartney addresses Capitol Records’ conference
o 23: Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman spend time together in Los Angeles
o 24: George Harrison produces Jackie Lomax's “Sour Milk Sea”
o 24: Paul McCartney sails to Santa Catalina Island, California
o 25: Paul McCartney flies from New York to London
o 25: George Harrison produces Jackie Lomax's “Sour Milk Sea”
o 25: Mixing, editing: “Revolution 1”, “Revolution 9” Studio Two EMI, London
o 26: George Harrison produces Jackie Lomax's “Sour Milk Sea”
o 26: Recording: “Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” Studio Two EMI, London
o 27: Recording: “Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”
o 28: Recording: “Good Night” Studio Two EMI, London
o 30: Paul McCartney records “Thingumybob” by Black Dyke Mills Band Exhibition Road, Saltaire, Yorkshire
July 1968
o 01: John Lennon and Yoko Ono launch art exhibition You Are Here
o 01: Recording: “Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey” Studio Two EMI, London
o 02: Recording: “Good Night” Studio Two EMI, London
o 03: Recording: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” Studio Two EMI, London
o 04: Recording: “”Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da Studio Two EMI, London
o 05: Recording: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” Studio Two EMI, London
o 08: The Beatles attend a press screening of Yellow Submarine
o 08: Recording: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” Studio Two EMI, London
o 09: Ringo Starr performs on Solomon King's “A Hundred Years Or More”
o 09: Recording: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, “Revolution” Studio Three EMI, London
o 10: Recording: “Revolution” Studio Three EMI, London
o 11: John Lennon is best man at Alexis Mardas' wedding
o 11: Recording, mixing: “Revolution”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” Studio Three EMI, London
o 12: Recording, mixing: “Don't Pass Me By”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, “Revolution” Studio Two EMI, London
o 13: John Lennon introduces his Aunt Mimi to Yoko Ono
o 15: The Beatles move into the Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row, London
o 15: Recording, mixing: “Revolution”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, “Cry Baby Cry” Studio Two EMI, London
o 16: Recording: “Cry Baby Cry” Studio Two EMI, London
o 17: World première of Yellow Submarine
o 18: Recording: “Cry Baby Cry”, “Helter Skelter” Studio Two EMI, London
o 19: Recording: “Sexy Sadie” Studio Two EMI, London
o 20: Jane Asher announces her split from Paul McCartney
o 22: Recording: “A Beginning”, “Good Night” Studio Two EMI, London
o 23: Recording, mixing: “Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”, “Good Night” Studio Two EMI, London
o 24: Recording: “Sexy Sadie” Studio Two EMI, London
o 25: Recording: “”While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Studio Two EMI, London
o 28: The Mad Day Out: location one
o 28: The Mad Day Out: location two
o 28: The Mad Day Out: location three
o 28: The Mad Day Out: location four
o 28: The Mad Day Out: location five
o 28: The Mad Day Out: location six
o 28: The Mad Day Out: location seven
o 29: Recording: “Hey Jude” Studio Two EMI, London
o 30: Recording, mixing: “Hey Jude” Studio Two EMI, London
o 31: The Apple Boutique closes down
o 31: Recording: “Hey Jude” Trident Studios London
August 1968
o 01: Recording: “Hey Jude” Trident Studios London
o 02: Mixing: “Hey Jude” Trident Studios London
o 06: Mixing: “Hey Jude” Trident studios London
o 07: Tape copying, recording: “Hey Jude”, “Not Guilty” Studio Two EMI, London
o 08: Recording, mixing: “Hey Jude”, “Not Guilty” Studio Two EMI, London
o 09: Recording: “Not Guilty”, “Mother Nature's Son” Studio Two EMI, London
o 10: Paul McCartney is interviewed for New Musical Express
o 12: John Lennon and Yoko Ono attend an Ossie Clark fashion show
o 12: Recording, mixing: “Not Guilty” Studio Two EMI, London
o 13: Recording, editing: “Sexy Sadie”, “Yer Blues” Studio Two/ annexe EMI, London
o 14: Recording, mixing: “Yer Blues”, “What's The New Mary Jane” Studio Two EMI, London
o 15: Recording, mixing: “Rocky Raccoon”
o 16: Recording: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Studio Two EMI, London
o 17: George and Pattie Harrison fly to Greece
o 20: Recording, mixing, editing: “Yer Blues”, “Mother Nature's Son” “Etcetera”, “Wild Honey Pie” Studio Three/ Two EMI, London
o 21: George and Pattie Harrison return to England from Greece
o 21: Recording, mixing: “Sexy Sadie” Studio Two EMI, London
o 22: Cynthia Lennon sues John for divorce
o 22: Ringo Starr quits The Beatles
o 22: Recording: “Back In The USSR” Studio Two EMI, London
o 23: Recording, mixing: “Back In The USSR”
o 24: Television: John Lennon and Yoko Ono on Frost On Saturday Studio One Wembley
o 26: US single release: “Hey Jude”
o 26: Tape copying: “Revolution 9”
o 27: Tape copying: “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, “Blackbird”, “Not Guilty”, “Revolution 9”
o 28: Recording: “Dear Prudence” Trident Studios London
o 29: Recording: “Dear Prudence” Trident Studios London
o 30: UK single release: “Hey Jude”
o 30: Recording, mixing: “Dear Prudence” Trident Studios London
September 1968
o 03: Recording: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
o 03: Ringo Starr rejoins The Beatles
o 04: Filming: “Hey Jude”, “Revolution”
o 05: Recording: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” Studio Two EMI, London
o 06: Television: Paul McCartney and Mary Hopkin filmed for Magpie
o 06: Recording: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps “Studio Two EMI, London
o 09: Recording: “Helter Skelter” Studio Two EMI, London
o 10: Recording: “Helter Skelter” Studio Two EMI, London
o 11: Recording: “Glass Onion” Studio Two EMI, London
o 12: Recording: “Glass Onion” Studio Two EMI, London
o 13: Recording: “Glass Onion" “I Will”, “Glass Onion”
o 17: Recording, mixing: “Helter Skelter”, “I Will” Studio Two EMI, London
o 18: George Harrison is interviewed for New Musical Express and BBC Studio Two EMI, London
o 18: Recording, mixing: “Birthday”
o 19: Recording: “Piggies” Studio Two EMI, London
o 20: Recording: “Piggies”, “Glass Onion” Studio Two EMI, London
o 23: Recording: “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” Studio Two EMI, London
o 24: Recording: “Happiness Is A Warm Gun!” Studio Two EMI, London
o 25: Editing, recording, mixing: “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” Studio Two EMI, London
o 26: Mixing: “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”, “What's The New Mary Jane”,” Glass Onion”, “I Will” Studio Two EMI, London
o 30: Hunter Davies' Biography of The Beatles is published
October 1968
o 01: Recording, mixing: “Honey Pie” Trident Studios London
o 02: Recording: “Honey Pie” Trident Studios London
o 03: Recording: “Savoy Truffle” Trident Studios London
o 04: Recording: “Martha My Dear”, “Honey Pie” Trident Studios London
o 05: Recording, mixing: “Savoy Truffle”, “Martha My Dear”, “Honey Pie”, “Dear Prudence” Trident Studios London
o 07: Mixing, recording: “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Long Long Long” Studio Two EMI, London
o 08: Recording: “Long Long Long”, “I'm So Tired”, “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill” Studio Two EMI, London
o 09: Recording, mixing: “The Continuing Story Of Bungalow Bill”, “Long Long Long”, “Why Don't We Do It In The Road” Studio Two/ One EMI, London
o 10: Recording, mixing: “Piggies”, “Glass Onion”, “Rocky Raccoon”, “Long Long Long”, “Why Don't We Do It In The Road” Studio Two/ Three EMI, London
o 11: Recording, mixing: “Savoy Truffle”, “Piggies”, “Don't Pass Me By”, “Good Night” Studio Two EMI, London
o 12: Mixing: ”Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey”, “Helter Skelter”, “Mother Nature's Son”, “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”, “Long Long Long” Studio Two EMI, London
o 13: Recording, mixing: “Julia”, “Dear Prudence”, “Wild Honey Pie”, “Back In The USSR”, “Blackbird” Studio Two EMI, London
o 14: Recording, mixing: “I Will”, “Birthday”, “Savoy Truffle”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, “Long Long Long”, “Yer Blues”, “Sexy Sadie”, “What's The New Mary Jane” Studio Two EMI, London
o 15: Mixing: “Happiness Is A Warm Gun”, “I'm So Tired”, “Cry Baby Cry” Studio Two EMI, London
o 16: George Harrison flies to Los Angeles
o 16: Mixing, editing: “Why Don't We Do It In The Road”, “White Album crossfades”,” It's All Too Much” Rooms 41/42 Studio Two/One/Three EMI, London
o 17: Mixing, editing: “Why Don't We Do It In The Road”, “White Album crossfades”,” It's All Too Much” Rooms 41/42 Studio Two/One/Three EMI, London
o 18: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are arrested for drugs possession
o 18: Tape copying: “Yer Blues”, “Don't Pass Me By”
o 19: John and Yoko appear in court on drugs charges
o 20: Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman holiday in New York
o 22: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
o 24: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
o 25: John Lennon and Yoko Ono announce pregnancy
o 25: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
o 29: Mixing: “Hey Bulldog”, “All Together Now”, “All You Need Is Love”, “Only A Northern Song”
o 31: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax CBS TV Studios Hollywood USA
November 1968
o 01: UK LP release: Wonderwall, music by George Harrison
o 01: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
o 04: Yoko Ono is admitted to hospital
o 07: John Lennon writes A Short Essay On Macrobiotics
o 08: John and Cynthia Lennon are divorced
o 08: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
o 09: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
o 10: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
o 11: US LP release: Two Virgins by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
o 11: George Harrison produces Is This What You Want? by Jackie Lomax
o 12: Recording: “Electronic Sound” by George Harrison
o 15: George Harrison appears on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
o 20: Paul McCartney is interviewed for Radio Luxembourg at Cavendish Avenue London
o 21: Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage
o 21: George Harrison performs on Badge by Cream
o 22: UK LP release: The Beatles (White Album)
o 25: US LP release: The Beatles (White Album)
o 28: John Lennon pleads guilty to cannabis possession
o 29: UK LP release: Two Virgins by John Lennon and Yoko Ono
December 1968
o 02: US LP release: Wonderwall music by George Harrison
o 04: George Harrison invites Hell's Angels to Apple
o 10: John Lennon rehearses for The Rolling Stones' Rock And Roll Circus
o 11: John Lennon appears in The Rolling Stones' Rock And Roll Circus Broadcasting House London
o 12: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are interviewed for BBC radio's Night Ride
o 12: John Lennon and Yoko Ono are interviewed for Dutch television
o 18: John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear onstage in a white bag

 

 
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