“All we need is John.”

For today’s Beatles news, let’s check in with Mark Lewisohn’s The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions:

Just one day from The Big Event – and to prove the point the Beatles and Abbey Road  threw open the usually firmly-closed studio doors to more than 100 journalists and photographers.

Adds Geoff Emerick’s Here, There and Everywhere:

To the group’s chagrin, the photographers kept shouting out questions that had nothing to do with the upcoming broadcast. That was because Paul had done a controversial BBC interview a few days previously in which he confessed that he’d taken LSD. The other Beatles stood by him, but I could tell from the looks on their faces that day that they weren’t pleased about the unwanted intrusion into what they saw as their personal lives.

Back to Lewisohn:

The press call took up most of the late-morning period and in the afternoon, from 2.00 to 4.00, there was a rehearsal for the BBC. But afterwards the Beatles and orchestra settled down in studio one to make some additions to the “All You Need Is Love” rhythm track.

And finally Bob Spitz’s The Beatles:

[In the evening] Tony Bramwell was dispatched to the London club circuit with instructions to hunt down famous friends willing to “drop in” on the session. At the Scotch of St. James, Bramwell drafted Eric Clapton; Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull at the Bag O’Nails; Keith Moon and Graham Nash at the Speakeasy; Gary Leeds, one of the Walker Brothers, at the Cromwellian. “Everyone I asked jumped at the chance,” he recalls. “In fact, most called it a night early, in order to put together a wardrobe.”

Not a bad idea, that…let’s call this a lazy day and rest up for tomorrow.

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