On this date in 1969 The Beatles got together for what turned out to be their final photo session. It would also be the last time that the four Beatles would be together on a band related project. The times all four would be together in the future would be business related.
The photo shoot took place at John Lennon/ Yoko Ono’s new house Tittenhurst Park which was located in Sunninghill near Ascot, Berkshire. John and Yoko had moved in on August 12, 1969. Tittenhurst Park was a 72 acre estate that John and Yoko had bought earlier in the year but they didn’t get around to moving in until ten days earlier.
The photographers that day were Ethan Russell and Monte Fresco. Beatles assistant Mal Evans also took some photos. Photos were taken in the house and around the estate. The cover of the American compilation release Hey Jude was taken that day. Yoko and Linda McCartney appear in some of the photos as does Paul’s famous sheepdog Martha.
The Beatles final session together in the studio had occurred two days before. John would tell the others he was leaving the group in September but it wouldn’t be until the following spring before it became known that they were breaking up when Paul announced he was leaving.