John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr decide not to appeal High Court order

Sunday, April 25, 1971

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On this day, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr announced their decision not to appeal the High Court order to appoint a receiver for Apple.

There’s this hysterical idea that Paul put this Receiver in and that it’s all over. The fact is that the Receiver came in and he was something to do with the partnership. The partnership is a moot question, but basically it’s 20 per cent of The Beatles – that’s five per cent each, which looked after lawn mowers, seeing that the house is paid for, that the food is paid for. Eighty per cent is Apple, and Apple the Receiver has nothing to do with. We’re still fully in charge of it. We sign all the cheques; we do everything with it. I don’t know how the problem will be solved. The Receiver is just as much a problem for Paul as it is for us. It’s just a thorn in the side of all of us.”

John Lennon – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman

The Beatles have stopped playing together. The Beatles will not get together again for financial or any other reasons… The reason should be perfectly plain to everyone… This life and place could do us for the rest of our lives, but there is nothing settled and I am free to choose… I will continue to write music.

Paul McCartney – on April 26, 1971 – From “The Beatles: Off The Record 2 – The Dream is Over: Dream Is Over Vol 2” by Keith Badman

From Aberdeen Evening Express – April 26, 1971

John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison have abandoned their appeal against a High Court order putting the affairs of the Apple Corps company in the hands of a receiver. After a recent 12-day legal battle estimated to have cost over $40,000, it was stated that they were willing to work out a formula outside the courts to allow Paul McCartney to sever his connections with the Beatles and their business empire. The appointment of a receiver had been made pending a full trial of the action brought by McCartney to end the group, but if the out-of-court negotiations, to which McCartney has agreed, are successful, the trial will not come to court. Millions of pounds are involved in the matter which arose from McCartney’s dislike of Allen Klein’s appointment as business manager and the way in which he managed the group and its interests.

From Cashbox Magazine, May 15, 1971
From Cashbox Magazine, May 15, 1971
From The Guardian, April 27, 1971

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