Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Apple Plugging

As soon as they had begun, the "White Album" sessions were put on hold when George and Ringo flew to California on June 7th, 1968. During a visit to Big Sur on June 10th and 11th, George participated in filming for the documentary Raga, featuring Ravi Shankar:

Until George and Ringo's return on June 18th, John and Paul worked largely on individual efforts. They held sessions at Abbey Road to work on sound effects for "Revolution 9" and the play In His Own Write (John), and to record "Blackbird" (Paul). Rehearsals of the latter, from a June 11th session, were captured in a short promotional film, Apple, directed by Tony Bramwell:

Meanwhile, John and Yoko planted acorns for peace as their contribution to the National Sculpture Exhibit, attended the opening of In His Own Write, and produced a pair of short films, Two Virgins and Film No. 5 (Smile):

On June 16th, Paul taped a TV appearance with Frankie Howerd, introducing Apple's latest signing, Mary Hopkin. Then it was his turn to fly to California and promote Apple on the West Coast, staying from June 20th through the 25th and talking with Bobby Dale about the fledgling company.


  1. Hello Dinsdalep,

    I love this blog and your books.

    You've probably researched this more than I have, but I was trying to figure out who this mysterious "Bobby Dale" character is. Seeing as he is British, and Paul refers to him as "Robbie", is this interviewer Robbie Dale from Radio Caroline?:



    Through some clever googling, I came up with this audio clip from August 14, 1967, where he identifies himself as Robbie Dale and his voice sounds awfully close to the interviewer we hear in the McCartney clip:


    I found that audio here, which has some info on it:


    Seems pretty plausible, doesn't it? Just wanted to know if you've been down this road before, and what you thought about it. Thanks!

  2. Good sleuthing! It does sound like this could be Robbie Dale. The only question would be, what was he doing in the US in June 1968? According to that website, after Radio Caroline South closed down in March 1968, Dale moved on to Holland and worked for Radio Veronica. As a matter of fact, Dale mentions Holland in this interview, so maybe he was on assignment for Radio Veronica already!

  3. Yeah, I was wondering that myself. Who knows? Well, he seems to be a Wiki editor, so maybe someone can get in touch with him and ask him directly :)