#AtoZ 1968 – “W” is for the White Album

“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:


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Here’s the #5 song from Billboard’s Year-End Top 100 Singles of 1968

“People Got to be Free” by The Rascals

10 thoughts on “#AtoZ 1968 – “W” is for the White Album

  1. Martha,

    I heard recently ‘Black Bird’ and I’m not sure if it was the first time for me or just a re-introduction. I forget some of the oldies from time to time. Everyone on the planet 50+ has heard of the ‘White Album’. We never owned it. It wasn’t until the mid-80s that I got DH a couple of Beatles CDs which I believe was the first time their mewsic was transferred to digital format, so I was very excited to get them for him. ‘People Got To Be’ doesn’t ring a bell with me, so I think this is a new-to-me oldie. I’ve enjoyed reading your series this month and always love the accompanying song choice! TTFN and have a good weekend!

    ~Curious as a Cathy
    A2Z iPad Art Sketch ‘W’ Water Glass


  2. Love the White Album, especially Disc 1. Have you seen the Beatles Cover Band, Rain? They put on a great show. Wish they would come back to Maine.


  3. Back in the day when musicians didn’t hire armies of songwriters and didn’t take years to put out an album. The end result was beautiful. Love the simplicity of their music.


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