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Beatles meeting in 1969 after recording of Abbey Road - their last studio recording (tape)

Mark Lewisohn plays the tape of a meeting held 50 years ago this month – on September 8, 1969 – containing a disagreement that sheds new light on their breakup. They’ve wrapped up the recording

of Abbey Road, which would turn out to be their last studio album, and are awaiting its release in two weeks’ time.

Ringo Starr is in hospital, undergoing tests for an intestinal complaint. In his absence, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison convene at Apple’s HQ in Savile Row. John has brought a portable tape recorder. He puts it on the table, switches it on and says: “Ringo – you can’t be here, but this is so you can hear what we’re discussing.”

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