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The Beatles, couples and friends in India, 1968, by Paul Salzman.

About Jane,or Paul and Jane, he recalls:

“Jane Asher was the warmest, most emotionally open of any of the ‘famous folks’ who spent parts of each day sitting outside at the table overlooking the Ganges and the town of Rishikesh, far below. She had been an actress from the age of 6, and while actors and actresses can be notorious for their inflated egos, she had a grounded humility that shone forth.“

“Cynthia Lennon seemed the most pleased by the Maharishi’s plans for the future of his world-wide meditation organization. Jane was the least interested. This was her first visit to the sub-continent and, apparently, she was less interested in the Maharishi and meditation and more interested in traveling with Paul to see the Taj Mahal, and other fabulous sites in India.“

“British actress Jane Asher was with Paul for 5 years. She was a lovely-hearted woman of beauty and intelligence. Jane and Paul were the most openly demonstrative and affectionate of the Beatles couples.“

Much more (and from): http://thebeatlesinindia.com

Dear Prudence - The Beatles

Early in 1968 after coming down from their psychedelic trips and the loss of their manager and friend Brian Epstein, The Beatles went to India together with their wives, girlfriends and friends to find God and practice Transcendental Meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Rishikesh India. Among the other guests at the Ashram were Donovan, Mike Love from the Beach Boys Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence. The Beatles wrote tons of songs during their stay there, most of which appeared on The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album) released later that same year. Dear Prudence is a song penned by John about Prudence Farrow who got a little too carried away with her TM. I love this song because it really shows John’s gift for melody and his sweet gentle nature that he so often hid away.

Today’s Beatles rarity is a charming version of “Dear Prudence” that comes from a collection of demos that were recorded at George Harrison’s Kinfauns home in Esher, with some possibly at John Lennon’s Kenwood home in Surrey, in late May 1968. Unlike the final version, the demo has a repeat of the bridge after the third verse and John says “oops” after a vocal flub in the last verse. It also has a vocal narration over the coda where John cheekily explains the situation with Prudence Farrow (pictured above) that inspired the song. Have a listen right here.

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This is a song about a girl who refuses to come out of a bungalow, written by some guy while he was in vacation in India, possibly on dope. True story, my dog was there and he can testify.