Beatles on January 26, 1969 podcast

Today we spend a lot of time with George. I share some of my thoughts about his role within the Beatles and many of the interesting audio moments today involve him. If you are a George fan, you definitely want to check out this podcast.

Has this series gotten you hooked on January 1969?  If  so, you really need the book Drugs, Divorce, and a Slipping Image by Doug Sulpy and RaySchweighardt.  This amazing book gets into much more detail than I can on this podcast.  It is now only $14.95, and you definitely need it if you are serious about this stuff.

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Beatles on January 25, 1969

Today we listen to the Beatles progress on January 25, 1969.  They get some work done but the interpersonal scene is not completely rosy. 


George fans will get a special treat on January 26.

Beatles on January 24, 1969 Podcast

I’m posting this with only 30 minutes to spare.  It’s still January 24 here at Chateau du Roc.  Today is notable because a song that has been giving the Beatles trouble all month finally clicks.  We also hear two new songs and further work on a song that would end up on Imagine. 

Although it isn’t in the podcast, there is a short skiffle session today.  I’ll share an oldies jam with you instead.  You already know “Maggie Mae,” but you might not have heard this.  John and Paul spit out whatever Chuck Berry lyrics they can think of while playing “Get Back.”  It’s this whole weird stream-of-consciousness thing.

The Beatles rehearsed on January 25, but there will be no podcast.   It is Mrs. Rock’s birthday.  I’m going to have to let myself get a day behind.  Don’t worry; you won’t miss anything.  All this will do is extend the series into February.

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Beatles on January 23, 1969 Podcast

Spirits are still high and The Beatles spend a lot of time on Get Back today.  It is seriously being considered for their next single.  Paul plays the most important song of his career: the song that convinced John to invite him to join the Quarrymen.

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Tomorrow’s podcast will be very cool.  The Beatles finally figure out a song that has been killing them all month.  Two new songs make their debut.  I’ll see you then.

Rock Dad out.

Beatles on January 22, 1969 podcast

40 years ago today, the Beatles continued to work on Let It Be.  The civil rights movement has been on our minds this week (in 2009) with the celebration of Martin Luther King day and Barack Obama’s inauguration.  The Beatles were thinking about Dr. King today in 1969.  We will hear some of that.  The Beatles good mood continues and the sessions get a big boost when Billy Preston arrives.  I will play you some of my favorite music from the entire month. 
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Come back tomorrow for more fun, including a version of the first song John Lennon ever heard Paul McCartney play.

Rock Dad out.

The Beatles on January 21, 1969 Podcast

All four Beatles returned to work on January 21, 1969.  Billy Preston gets credit for lightening their moods but the greatly improved atmosphere is evident today.  Billy won’t turn up until tomorrow afternoon.   John gives a crap, George isn’t so cranky, Paul is less bossy, and the little Ringo says is good-natured.

The existence of this session was overlooked until a few years ago.  I will tell you the story of how this happened because it is a good illustration of how knowledge advances. Continue reading

Beatles on January 14, 1969

I’m cheating on this one.  The podcast actually starts with John and Yoko’s arrival late on January 13.  The conversation is intense.  Jan. 14 begins with one of Paul’s piano sessions, where he even plays a verse of “Woman,” which he wrote for Peter & Gordon. 

The Beatles don’t accomplish much on January 14 and even their conversations are not that interesting. It gives me an opportunity to share my thoughts on whether or not Yoko broke up the Beatles.  Check out Allyn Gibson’s comment on yesterday’s post for another interesting view on this subject.  Yes, I know it’s weird that someone could comment on a something before it’s posted. 


That’s Paul on guitar on John’s song “Madman” by the way.

This wraps up the first series of this podcast.  It will return on January 21 when the Beatles resume their sessions in their new basement studio.  I will find something to write about between now and then, so jump back here sometime.  Otherwise, I’ll see you next week.

Rock Dad out.