Ringo rejoins the Beatles
On September 3rd 1968, having left The Beatles on August 22nd, Ringo Starr rejoined the group. Starr had left amid tensions and disputes during the recording of The White Album. Paul McCartney had to stand in as a drummer when the band recorded Back in the USSR in Ringo's stead.
"I had definitely left, I couldn't take it any more. There was no magic and the relationships were terrible. I'd come to a bad spot in life. It could have been paranoia, but I just didn't feel good - I felt like an outsider. But then I realised that we were all feeling like outsiders, and it just needed me to go around knocking to bring it to a head." - Ringo Starr
In an attempt to show Ringo how much he meant to the band George Harrison had his drum kit decked out with flowers. John, Paul and George also sent Ringo a telegram saying they loved him and he was the greatest rock and roll drummer in the world.
After this group gesture Ringo felt good about himself and the band again and recording continued on The White Album.