A day for tying up loose ends: Paul put the finishing touches on “Dear Prudence,” adding piano and flugelhorn. (Paul played flugelhorn? I guess so.) And the “Hey Jude”/“Revolution” 45 hit the shops in the UK, four days after its U.S. release.

Such was the demand for the new Beatles single that EMI had trouble keeping up, despite having contracted with Philips to press additional copies. It would spend 11 weeks on the UK charts, including two weeks at #1. It would also put an end once and for all to the idea that a hit single couldn’t be more than three minutes long.

With “Dear Prudence” put to bed, the three remaining Beatles took a three-day weekend; I’m not sure why, exactly, as Labour Day in the UK is in May. But it dovetails nicely with our own calendar here at The Beatles Plus 50. There will be a short break whilst we do some renovation.

But first, there’s one last loose end to deal with. Somewhere during this weekend Ringo Starr, on holiday in Sardinia, would receive the following telegram:

You’re the best rock’n’roll drummer in the world. Come on home, we love you.

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