It was a good day for Paul today.

First he made an appearance before Capitol Records executives at the Beverly Hills Hilton, where he delivered the potentially awkward news that Beatle records would from now on appear on the Apple label, with Capitol demoted to mere distributors. Paul gave a short speech, and then a promotional film was shown:

It must have been a great relief for the audience to hear a snippet of “Blackbird” and know that there was new Beatle product in the pipeline. At this point it had already been over a year since Sgt. Pepper, a very long interval indeed in the context of the time.

After the film Paul did a meet-and-greet with the assembled suits. By all accounts, he had them eating out of his hand. According to Bob Spitz,

Despite the sobering message, he was still embraced by the audience, who besieged him for autographs and pictures … [Paul] acted like a businessman, not a rock star. When pressed for facts and figures, he had the right responses.

Afterward Paul and his entourage returned to their hotel. Says Tony Bramwell:

When we went into the bungalow to change, followed by the trail of girls, we were rather surprised to find Linda [Eastman] sitting there radiantly, totally spaced out, waiting for Paul. She had a joint in one hand and a beatific smile on her face. Paul immediately detached himself from the circus surrounding him and took Linda aside. As I looked across the room, I suddenly saw something happen. Right before my eyes, they fell in love.

In the evening they all went together to the Whiskey-A-Go-Go for a show by B.B. King (the opening act was Chicago Transit Authority, who would later shorten their name to Chicago). As fate would have it, British musicians Georgie Fame and Eric Burdon — who had both been at the Bag O’Nails in London the night Paul and Linda first met — were also in the audience tonight. Kismet.

It was also today that The Beatles officially acquired the building at 3 Savile Row in London, which would serve as Apple headquarters starting in July:

A historic event would take place on the roof of this building about seven months hence. We shall get there in due time.

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