Following yesterday’s press launch, today marked the official opening of Apple Tailoring (Civil and Theatrical), a doomed enterprise run by a young designer named John Crittle. Said he:

We’re pushing velvet jackets and the regency look, although The Beatles put forward plenty of suggestions. They have pretty far ahead ideas, actually. We’re catering mainly for pop groups, personalities, and turned-on swingers. The teenagers seem too frightened to come in, even though they know this is The Beatles’ place. Maybe it’s because the place is too elegant and too expensive.

But there simply weren’t enough pop groups, personalities, or turned-on swingers to make the shop a going proposition; it lasted only a few months.

Also on this day, Paul and Ringo were interviewed for an episode of the BBC TV series Omnibus focused on the British rock scene. According to The Beatles Bible,

McCartney stated that “Pop music is the classical music of now,” and paradoxically complained that some people over analysed The Beatles’ music.

No recording of this show seems to have survived the ravages of time. It is said to have boasted appearances by Cream, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, the Who, Donovan, Pink Floyd, the Animals, and Frank Zappa, as well as Beatle associate Derek Taylor and George Harrison’s mother.

I’ll leave you with this picture of Mama Harrison dancing with John Lennon some years earlier. The looks on their faces make you wonder, don’t they? Nudge nudge, wink wink, say no more.

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