So join me in my make believe time machine back to July 23, 1969. The summer of 1969 and it seemed like anything was possible. Just a few days earlier the first man walked on the moon. We didn't know it, but the Beatles themselves got together that same day and watched the first cuts of what would become the "Let it Be" film and then had dinner together in what would end up being the last time they hung out socially.
The summer of 1969 was exciting for the Beatle fans. Many fans, such as Barb Fenick, made their first trips from American to London and were anxious to see the Beatles coming and going out of EMI studios. These fans wanted to see Paul and John's new wives that they had read about, they were concerned about John after hearing if his car accident in Scotland and most of all, the came in swarms because they were finally old enough to travel on their own and they hadn't seen one of the Beatles in person since 1966! It was known that the Beatles were recording and album at EMI and so swarms and swarms of fans from around the world came that summer to see them. Of course the "regular" fans were there was well. The Apple Scruffs (who were going by that name by this time) had their usual spots claimed and were very much in the know of the Beatles comings and goings. All of the "new" fans hanging around were a bit of a drag to them, but it was expected in the summer. And then there were the Paul girls (also known as the baddies to some) who were still outraged by Linda's presence but even Paul's marriage to Linda hadn't stopped their devotion to Paul.
Next to arrive is George Harrison along with his wife, Pattie. And who is with him, none other than that big teddy bear, Mal Evans. Mal is acting as George's bodyguard today, and makes sure that none of the fans get too close to George.
John and Yoko arrive, but with Yoko on bed rest, they quickly dip into the studio. They do not have time today for the mass of fans. Ringo and(maybe) Maureen also arrive at some point. It obviously is "bring your wife to work" day at EMI studios.
The Beatles are using Studios 2 and 3 this day. There is a lot of rehearsal that occurs on the song with what will soon have the title "The End." They spend most of the session working on this song, but they also work a little on "Oh Darling" and work on the vocal overdubs on "Come Together." Yoko has had a bed moved into the studio, since she is on strict orders from the doctor to be on bed rest. And while this seems a little strange to everyone, no one says a word of it to John or Yoko. Yoko and Linda (who is pregnant as well) are joined by Mal and Pattie on the bed while the boys set up for the rehearsing.
Yoko takes some photos of John from her vantage point of her bed. You can see the bottom of her dress (pants?) in these photos. She also has put her shoes on.
Mal (or at least I think it is Mal but then he is in a few photos) also takes a few photos of the guys. At this point Mal was the main photographer for Beatle Book Monthly. He tried to take photos now and then of the guys in the studio for the magazine. Maybe these photos were taken original for that reason? Maybe not.
By the time the whole session is over it is 12:30a.m. Not as many fans are outside waiting as when the Beatles first arrived. But there are always some fans who will not go home until they see the Beatles leave the studios. Ringo's driver, Alan, is ready to pick up Ringo and take him back home.
And the last photo is that of Pattie Boyd Harrison.