“You’re going to get a concept that maybe this really is one world and why the hell can’t we learn to live together like decent people.” ~ Astronaut Frank Borman, on seeing the entire earth from outer space as he and the crew of the Apollo 8 returned from orbiting the moon.
Its title isn’t really “The White Album,” it’s simply “The Beatles.” But it was their ninth studio album, and everyone knew who The Beatles were. The record was released on November 22, 1968, and its plain white cover only had the group’s name on it.
Most of the songs on the album were written in March and April 1968 in India. The Beatles returned to London in May to record the album, but there were problems – creative differences between members, and more notably, the presence of Yoko Ono (not yet John Lennon’s wife).
Most music critics wrote favorable reviews of the album, and “The Beatles” hit number one on both the UK and the US music charts.
Many (many!) have recorded what is my favorite song from the White Album, but here he is, Sir Paul McCartney, in a performance from Abbey Road Studio:
Here’s the #5 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968
“People Got to be Free” by The Rascals