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 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.

Beatles on January 13, 1969 Podcast

Here’s another look at the Beatles session from 40 years ago today. George quit the band Friday. Paul and Ringo fill in the director on what happened at the band meeting at Ringo’s house yesterday. The reason George left leads me to examine some of the (true?) myths about the Beatles’ final years. I’ll also see if I can put my foot in my mouth by talking about racism and sexism.

I need to introduce a few people not everyone has heard of:

Neil Aspinall – He was the Beatles’ first employee. They hired him to drive them around because he had a van. He stayed with them until last year, running Apple.
Michael Lindsay-Hogg – He was the director of Let It Be.
Mal Evans – He was the Beatles’ second employee, also from Liverpool. They wouldn’t have let him run something as complicated as Apple.

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Check back tomorrow for more discussions about what to do without George in the band. We also get to listen in on Paul as he fools around at the piano.

Beatles on January 10, 1969 Podcast

Listen in on what the Beatles 40 years ago today.  This is the big day.  Something happens today that changes everything. 

And I finally name check Doug Sulpy. 



Due to the schedule of the film crew, no recordings were made on January 11 or 12.  I’ll be back in three days with what happened on January 13, 1969.

Beatles on January 9, 1969 Podcast

Let’s take a look at what the Beatles did 40 years ago today.  Paul frequently spent the first part of the session alone at the piano.  Today is a great example of Paul’s solo piano sessions.  Something happend at these sessions that gave the impression that the Beatles were racist.  We will examine these events in context.  We will also see why George might feel excluded by John and Paul, so it won’t be a surprise when he drops a bomb tomorrow.  Come back tomorrow for the most dramatic day of the sessions.

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