George quits the Beatles
On January 10th 1969, George Harrison temporarily quit the Beatles. The band were recording and filming sessions for Let It Be, known as Get Back at this early stage.
During the Let It Be documentary Harrison and McCartney can be seen having an argument about Paul's will to dominate the recording sessions. On January 10th Harrison had enough and walked out, reportedly telling Ringo and John that he was done with the band.
Harrison went home with his guitar and wrote Wah-Wah, which would later appear on his triple album All Things Must Pass.
The three remaining Beatles continued recording in Harrison's absense, with Yoko Ono wailing and screaming incoherently into a microphone. George was later talked into rejoining the group.
"They were filming us having a row. It never came to blows, but I thought, 'What's the point of this? I'm quite capable of being relatively happy on my own and I'm not able to be happy in this situation. I'm getting out of here.'
Everybody had gone through that. Ringo had left at one point. I know John wanted out. It was a very, very difficult, stressful time, and being filmed having a row as well was terrible. I got up and I thought, 'I'm not doing this any more. I'm out of here.' So I got my guitar and went home and that afternoon wrote Wah-Wah.
It became stifling, so that although this new album was supposed to break away from that type of recording (we were going back to playing live) it was still very much that kind of situation where he already had in his mind what he wanted. Paul wanted nobody to play on his songs until he decided how it should go. For me it was like: 'What am I doing here? This is painful!'
Then superimposed on top of that was Yoko, and there were negative vibes at that time. John and Yoko were out on a limb. I don't think he wanted much to be hanging out with us, and I think Yoko was pushing him out of the band, inasmuch as she didn't want him hanging out with us.
It's important to state that a lot of water has gone under the bridge and that, as we talk now, everybody's good friends and we have a better understanding of the past. But talking about what was happening at that time, you can see it was strange". - George Harrison