When he wasn't holding John's hand, Derek Taylor also helped out George with the bridges adding "You know that what you eat you are".
That Time Paul McCartney Debuted 'Hey Jude' For a Bunch of English Villagers
In an excerpt from his memoir, Beatles press officer Derek Taylor recalls an acid-fueled trip to the English countryside with Paul McCartney in 1968
By Rolling Stone
Saturday 05 May 2018
Derek Taylor, circa 1970. ANL/REX Shutterstock
Derek Taylor was always one of the most beloved figures in the Beatles’ inner circle. The Apple press officer was famous for his superhuman levels of charm and wit, both badly needed in the band’s dark final days. When John, Paul, George and Ringo fell apart, Taylor wrote his 1973 memoir As Time Goes By, one of the very best books written about the Beatles – but strangely little-known, just because it was impossible to find a copy for so many years. So it’s great news for fans that Faber & Faber is finally bringing Taylor’s lost classic back into print, with a new introduction by Jon Savage. Taylor chronicles the 1964 world tour, the chaos of American Beatlemania, the L.A. scene of the Byrds and Beach Boys, the utopian Summer of Love, the bitter end. Taylor is candid; at one point, he admits, "I don't think I ever hated anyone as much as I hated Paul in the summer of 1968." But he also captures the unique warmth and optimism the Beatles embodied. In this chapter, he joins Paul and his sheepdog for a spontaneous road trip in 1968, as they make a surprise stop in the English countryside. It’s an unforgettable moment from an unforgettable book. –Rob Sheffield
Paul McCartney signing autographs with Jane Asher and Derek Taylor, circa 1964.