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John and Paul were strumming their D-28 Martin acoustic guitars, singing fragments of songs, musically meandering through some of my favorites: Michelle, All You Need is Love, Eleanor Rigby, and others. I got my camera and after taking a few pictures through the chain link fence, I opened the gate and joined them.
George first recorded The Inner Light on January 12, 1968, at EMI’s Bombay studios and I couldn’t have imagined that by mid-February my path would unexpectedly cross his, and that of the other Beatles, in Rishikesh.
I first saw John, Paul, George and Ringo sitting outside at a long table by the edge of the cliff that overlooked the Ganges and Rishikesh. Somewhat nervously, I walked over. “May I join you?” I asked. “Sure, mate, pull up a chair.” And Paul said, pointing beside him, “Come and sit here.” Taken later, I named this for Paul playing with his baby finger.
I went in search of John, Paul and George and found them sitting at the familiar spot overlooking the river where we’d first met. We said our good-byes and as I started to go John said, “Hey, Paul, send us some of your photos.”
Ringo was calm, quiet, almost motionless as I took this. Of the four Beatles, he appeared the most serene, the most grounded, the most at ease with who he was. I find Ringo’s gentle shyness endearingly revealed in this photograph.
British actress Jane Asher was with Paul for 5 years. She was a lovely-hearted woman of beauty and intelligence. Jane and Paul were the most openly demonstrative and affectionate of the Beatles couples.