Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Mystery of the Missing Beatle

Newspaper article from 1968.  Did we ever learn where John was that night???  Seems odd for him not to be there.   Maybe he avoided it because he didn't want to answer questions about Yoko. 

Mystery of the Missing Beatle
United Press

Ringo flicked cigarette ashes onto a tabletop and ruminated about life.  George discussed vegetables and meditation.  Paul mused about history's ways with fame.  John wasn't there.

Three of the four Beatles turned up Monday to chat with newsmen and photographers following a private screening of the latest Beatles' movie "Yellow Submarine." 

John Lennon was officially "out of town."  "I don't know where John is," said Ringo Starr.  Neither did Paul McCartney or George Harrison.   John was the Beatle most everyone hoped to see.

Lawyers for Lennon and his wife are conferring about their marriage breakup.  Lennon last week proclaimed he was in love with Yoko Ono, a Japanese sculptor, and said his six-year marriage of Cynthia Lennon was "over but not legally."

Miss Ono, married to American film director Anthony Cox, is noted for her avant-garde movie of 365 naked human posteriors.

The Beatles had little to do with "Yellow Submarine" aside from contributing their recording of the 12 songs it features.

Voices not their own are used in the spoken portions of the 85 minute animated film in which The Beatles, through their music, save a country called Pepperland from the scourge of music-hating "Blue Meanies."  the move premiers in London this week.

"We didn't make it," said Paul with a grin.  "You can't blame us if it flops -- which it won't."

Ringo, wearing a black Edwardian coat over a red and white polka dot shirt with frilly front, talked with a cigarette in one hand and a glass of bitter lemon with ice in the other.  His upper lip bore the beginning of a new mustache.

"If you treat everyone as if you're going to die in an hour, you're all right,"  Ringo told a captivated young woman reporter asking him about his attitude toward life.

"Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is a nice fellow but we don't go out with him any more,"  quipped Paul in explaining the Beatles were keen on transcendental meditation but not with their former guru.


  1. I always thought that photo #2 or something from right around that time would have made a great photo for the Free As A Bird picture sleeve. Would that have been considered tacky? (MarkZapp)

  2. It is like they are morphing into White Album Beatles here.
    This would have been the summer of 68

  3. According to Lewisohn, Lennon played the piano intro to Ob-La-Di on that day 's recording session