Today Paul and Linda sailed to Catalina Island on a yacht that, according to one source anyway, belonged to director Mike Nichols. A blissful time was had by all, except for actress Peggy Lipton, who had tried to invite herself along and been summarily turned away. As Tony Bramwell describes it,

I had to tell her in the nicest possible way that it was a private party, while Linda stood quietly to one side pretending she wasn’t with us. Peggy was very upset and got very argumentative. I realised that she needed the publicity for her career and had been told to make sure she got it, but Paul was tired of girls who used him. We drove off fast, leaving Peggy standing on the hotel steps in tears.

Peggy did fine in the end — she had a solid career, with credits including The Mod Squad and Twin Peaks, was married to Quincy Jones, and is the mother of the sublime Rashida Jones. But this was clearly something of a low point for her.

Paul had initially been hesitant about bringing Linda along; he was after all engaged. But England was so very far away, and Linda’s vocation as a photographer gave her cover to turn up just about anywhere, so Paul decided to risk it. Many of the pictures taken that day show only the back of Linda’s head, which I assume is not an accident:

But this brief piece of film tells the real story:

Back in Blighty, George was in the studio today with Apple Records signing Jackie Lomax, having offered his composition “Sour Milk Sea” for Lomax’s debut single. George served as producer and played guitar, Ringo drummed, and Paul would add a bass part upon his return for America — making this the one and only Apple release to feature more than two Beatles. Eric Clapton played lead guitar, and keyboardist-to-the-stars (Stones, Kinks, Who) Nicky Hopkins also did his thing. The result sounded like this:

This is much much more driving and upbeat than the demo that George had recorded at Esher, but though it was critically well-received, “Sour Milk Sea” was a commercial failure (except it Canada where it peaked at #29). And I think I can see why: It’s a little too hard-edged to be psychedelic, a little too strange and elliptical to be straight-ahead rock’n’roll. No surprise that the only place they got it was Canada, which this week (2018 time) became the second country in the world to legalize marijuana nationwide. Canada’s always a little ahead of the curve.

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