Being the fourth week of the month, Reading Between the Grooves features another record label. This month we feature Apple Records which was started as a creative outlet for The Beatles’ own recordings as well as for acts they had signed.
Non-Beatle releases (including the solo recordings of John, Paul, George, and Ringo) in the US were numbered sequentially with an 18XX numbering system (1800-1885); however, since The Beatles remained under contract with Capitol Records, their group releases retained Capitol catalog numbers. The label was initially active in the US from 1968 to 1975.
The label’s four initial singles were released simultaneously in the US on August 26, 1968. They included The Beatles’ “Hey Jude” (2276), John Foster & Sons Black Dyke Mills Band’s “Thingumybob” (1800), Mary Hopkins’ “Those were the Days” (1801), and Jackie Lomax’s “Sour Milk Sea” (1802).
While we featured Billy Preston’s live recording of “That’s the Way God Planned It” from “The Concert for Bangladesh,” we have not featured the single release from July 1969. Although Preston’s had a long term association with The Beatles and had been listed along with the Fab Four on the “Get Back” single, this was not enough to propel his debut single with the label into the Top 40. “That’s the Way God Planned It” only made it to #62 on the Hot 100.