On this day…

August 23, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Tensions had been building within The Beatles for some time during the recording of the White Album, and on this day in 1968 Ringo Starr officially quit the band. He immediately went on a Mediterranean cruise to clear his head. On the trip he was inspired to write the song “Octopus’s Garden.” Eleven days later (on September 3), Ringo returned to Abbey Road studios where he found his bandmates had covered his drum kit in flowers. Ringo officially rejoined the band that same day – just in time to record “Hey Jude.” Because of his absence, Ringo didn’t appear on the songs “Back in the USSR” or “Dear Prudence.”

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