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Oh! Darling (27.56)
The Beatles

January 27th, 1969 (Apple Studios, London): The Beatles play an extended run-through of ‘Oh! Darling’, with John offering harmony and call-and-response to Paul’s lead vocal. (Note: A considerably shorter and edited version of this take was included on Anthology 3.)

PAUL: When you told me…

JOHN: When you told me…

PAUL: You didn’t need me…

JOHN: You’d never leave me…

PAUL: Anymore / You know I nearly broke down and died / Oh when you told me / You didn’t need me anymore / You know I nearly broke down and died…

There is such a thing as magic, and The Beatles was magic. Life is an energy field, and yeah, just a bunch of molecules really. These particular molecules are formed to make these four guys - but then formed into this band, called The Beatles. Did all that work… and? You know, I often think there was, what we humans call “magic’ - something metaphysical, something very… alchemic, something very… magical - how it happened, the songs were very well structured. I think there is just also, a physical strength to the magic; that it’s well done. And I do think the main thing, it is something, that’s sort of magic with a K. Am I being too far out, or what?
—  Paul McCartney

Paul visited Robert’s gallery and would often drop by his flat to see who was there and what was happening. Robert was a superb host; he always mixed the latest drinks, had the best drugs, and a room full of interesting people.

Through Robert, Paul entered the world of art; he met Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton and, in the course of listening to their conversations, he learned a great deal about art appreciation.

Paul: ‘The most formative influence for me was Robert Fraser. Obviously the other Beatles were very important but the most formative art influence was Robert. I expect people to die so I don’t feel a loss but there’s a vacuum where he used to be.’

—  Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, Barry Miles

Paul McCartney pointing out the hypocrisy of the press and their ‘Moral Crusades’.

On 17 June 1967, Life Magazine ran an interview with Paul McCartney in which the Beatle admitted to having taken LSD. The UK press immediately seized upon it, and two days later McCartney gave a statement to Independent Television News (ITN).