On the 16th The Beatles returned to “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” recording 14 takes of a new arrangement. But George was dissatisfied with the result, and felt that he was being undermined by the other Beatles. “They weren’t taking it seriously,” in his opinion.

This was one of numerous occasions during 1968 when George was on the point of quitting the band. Instead, to give himself some time to cool off, he left the country. On the 17th George and Pattie jumped on a plane to Greece, accompanied by loyal lieutenant Mal Evans.

Poor Pattie probably had to spend the whole flight listening to George bitch about Paul and John. Or maybe stalwart Mal took on that task. In any case when George returned to London four days hence, he would have a clever new idea to spark interest in “While My Guitar Gently Weeps.”