Do you remember The Beatles’ "The White Album"? It was released on November 22, 1968. It was a double album with a plain white sleeve with nothing but the band’s name embossed on it. They wanted it to be a direct contrast to their previous album (Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band), as it had vivid artwork. Very unusual for the Beatle’s, but they didn’t release any singles from the album but they did release two singles that year which were hits including “Hey Jude,” and “Revolution.”
Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April of 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. George Harrison talked the other band members into participating as he was an avid believer in its benefits. It didn’t work.
When they returned to Abbey Road Studios in London to start on the album it took them around five months to record it which was much longer than usual. Arguments broke out about which songs they’d put on the album. Another divisive element was the constant presence of Yoko Ono, whose attendance in the studio broke with the Beatles' policy regarding wives and girlfriends not attending recording sessions. Their famous record producer, George Martin, got fed up and took a leave of absence. After this happened along with their sound engineer suddenly quitting, Ringo Starr left the band briefly in the month of August. The same tensions continued throughout the following year, leading to the breakup of the band in 1970.