1. A BEACH BOY HELPED WITH THE BEACH BOY PARODY “BACK IN THE USSR.”
Mike Love was a fellow attendee of the Maharishi’s course in Rishikesh, India. He recalled McCartney and his acoustic guitar at breakfast one morning playing what would become the first song on the ‘White Album.” Love suggested putting something in the song about “all the girls around Russia.” McCartney listened.
2. RINGO STARR QUIT THE BAND FOR TWO WEEKS.
Starr never felt like more of an outsider within the band than during the recording of the album, and told his bandmates so. He borrowed actor Peter Sellers’ yacht and went to Sardinia. Because he wasn’t around, McCartney played the drums on “Back In The USSR” and “Dear Prudence.” Eventually the group sent him a telegram that said he was the best rock ‘n’ roll drummer in the world, that they all loved him, and asked if he would please return. When he came back, he was greeted with the words “Welcome Back, Ringo” spelled out in flowers on his drum kit.
3. THE PRUDENCE IN “DEAR PRUDENCE” WAS MIA FARROW’S SISTER.
Another student of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in early 1968 was then-20-year-old Prudence Farrow. She locked herself in her hut for three weeks because, as Lennon put it, she “was trying to find God quicker than anyone else.” The song is Lennon imploring her to come out of the hut.