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Ritchie Yorke was associated with John Lennon and other members of The Beatles in the late ’60s. He was intimately involved in John and Yoko’s Bed-In for Peace event in Montreal (May 1969), the Toronto Rock `n’ Roll Revival (September 1969 with the launching of the Plastic Ono Band and John’s subsequent private announcement to the other Beatles that he was quitting the band) and the War Is Over campaign and the historic meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (December 1969). 

He conducted the George Harrison interview in September 1969 that revealed the contents of the Abbey Road album. In January 1970, he was appointed the Lennons’ international peace envoy, and travelled the world on their behalf. He continues to be a close friend of Yoko Ono.