Source: Sounding Board Newsletter Vol 5 - July 1998
In working on photographs for the new Rodale book Martin Guitars: A Celebration of America's Premier Guitarmaker by Jim Washburn and Richard Johnston, we came across a great Rolling Stone cover of Paul McCartney with his left-handed D-28. Paul McCartney and John Lennon both took their D-28 Martin guitars to India during their visit with the Maharishi where they co-wrote many of the songs that appeared on the now legendary Beatles' White Album. Those D-28s showed up many times back at Abbey Road Studios and were probably used to record several of the White Album's acoustic tracks like Mother Nature's Son, I Will, It's Been A Long Time, Blackbird, and Rocky Raccoon. John Lennon used his D-28 during the filming of a video for the song Hello Goodbye which appeared on the Magical Mystery Tour album and film.
Of course, throughout their career, the Beatles performed with many brands of instruments and rarely endorsed any products. Martin guitars did however continue to be seen in the hands of all of the Beatles (excluding non-guitarist Ringo) and throughout their various solo careers, especially Paul McCartney's. Naturally, we are thrilled to have played a part in the incredible history of this influential band.
We are saddened by the recent passing of Linda Eastman McCartney. She was a committed mother and dedicated wife, a first class photographer, a passionate advocate for animal rights, and a successful marketer of vegetarian foods. Her talents and enthusiasm will be greatly missed.
In Memory of Linda Eastman McCartney, 1941-1998