Monthly Archives: September 2017

Blue Gardenia Club – Fact or Fiction?

I’d just about given up on finding the Blue Gardenia Club, and consigned it to the imagination of Sam Leach, when again it is mentioned in a book! According to Sam, the Beatles went to the club in the early hours of December 10th 1961, after playing in Aldershot, in front of 18 people. Rather than go back to Liverpool, the Beatles and Sam went to the club, which was run by Brian Cassar, formerly of Cass and Cassanovas. At least some of the Beatles got on stage with the house band, making it the first time they had played in the capital.

I’ve been trying to trace the location of the club for over 20 years, but never found proof where it was. I was beginning to think Sam made the whole thing up. However, I was reading Jim Berkenstadt‘s great book ‘The Beatle that Vanished’ – about Jimmie Nicol, which states Jimmie was in the house band there! Berkenstadt quotes famed guitarist  Albert Lee who says “We would go there after the 2 I’s and play until the early hours in Soho.”

Unfortunately, the book does not say the exact location of the club. However, my curiosity has been aroused again, and I will keep searching!

The Beatles on the Cover of Latest ‘Uncut’ Magazine

What do you do when you’ve just released the most significant album in rock history? For The Beatles in late 1967, the answer was simple: go back to work, but in the most playful way possible. In our new issue of Uncut, out on Thursday in the UK (though hopefully subscribers should have their copies sooner), we mark the 50th anniversary of recording sessions which turned into parties, psychedelic and spiritual adventures (“George swore to me he could levitate”), destabilising tragedies and, eventually, a redemptive and surreal trip into the unknown – the Magical Mystery Tour. “The songs had changed, our attitudes had changed,” says Ringo Starr. “Our well-being had changed.”
Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/blog/introducing-new-issue-uncut-9-101767#7d1d9O4gfgO7ZwmW.99

Uncut Magazine

September 20th 1969 – John tells the others ‘I’m Leaving the Beatles!

On September 20th 1969, the Beatles held a meeting in the boardroom of Apple Corps at 3 Savile Row. The meeting was called to sign a new contract with EMI/Capital that Allen Klein had negotiated. Even though Paul McCartney hated Klein, he was happy to sign the new improved contract.

Things came to a head when the Beatles started talking about their plans for the future. Paul McCartney thought they should go back to basics, and go back to playing in small clubs and pubs. As Paul said said in the Beatles Anthology book:  “I’d said ‘I think we should go back to little gigs – I really think we’re a great little band. We should find our basic roots, and then who knows what will happen? We may want to fold after that, or we may really think we’ve still got it.’ John looked at me in the eye and said: ‘Well, I think you’re daft. I wasn’t going to tell you till we signed the Capitol deal’ – Klein was trying to get us to sign a new deal with the record company – ‘but I’m leaving the group!’ We paled visibly and our jaws slackened a bit.”

Everyone knew at that point the the dream was over. Even though both Ringo and George had walked about before, and came back, everyone knew that John wouldn’t change his mind. However, John was persuaded not to make his departure public, as deals were still being done.

After the meeting, Paul went up to his farm in Scotland with Linda, who was heavily pregnant with Mary, and hardly went to 3 Savile Row again. His absence was part of the reason the ‘Paul is dead’ rumour grew so quickly.

In the end Paul announced he was leaving the Beatles on April 10th 1970. As John remarked at the time, there was no Beatles to leave.

Patti Smith Named 2017 John Lennon Real Love Award Honoree

Patti Smith will receive the John Lennon Real Love Award at the Theatre Within’s 37th Annual John Lennon Tribute, taking place December 1st at Symphony Space in New York City.

During the show, Smith will perform a set comprising her favorite Lennon and Beatles tunes, while an array of artists will also team to cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary. Additional performers will be announced on Lennon’s birthday, October 9th.

For more on this story, see http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/patti-smith-named-2017-john-lennon-real-love-award-honoree-w504202

19th September 1967 – the Beatles Film in West Malling

John, Paul, George and Ringo spent nearly a week at the town’s former RAF site in 1967, after being unable to hire any London film studios at short notice.

The movie, which was largely unscripted, used aircraft hangers for many of the scenes, including the ballroom sequence for Your Mother Should Know, while the video for I Am The Walrus was shot at two locations on the airfield, including atop the anti-blast concrete walls.

The race scene took place on the main runway and perimeter road.

The Fab Four also filmed in West Malling town centre, including the newsagents in the high street where Ringo can be seen buying tickets from John.

The building is now The Rain Grill kebab house, and has its own blue plaque to mark the historic event.

They had taken the long and winding road from Germany to Kings Hill, a journey of more than 450 miles, to visit the set of the famous film to coincide with the anniversary.

The commemorative tour was led by Simon Mitchell, who appeared in the film when he was seven, before his family moved abroad in 1977.

For more see http://www.kentonline.co.uk/malling/news/magical-reminder-of-the-beatles-in-kent-132320/

(PS – I did tours of the Beatles’ London for Simon and his group – lovely people and had a great time.

George Harrison’s sitar to be auctioned

A sitar owned and played by George Harrison is going to be auctioned in the United States.

The instrument, purchased from a shop on London’s Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood.

The Indian string instrument, crafted by a well-known music shop in Kolkata, was later gifted to a friend of Harrison’s first wife, Patti Boyd.

Bidding for the sitar will begin on 28 September at $50,000 (£37,327).

For more see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-41276669

Ringo Starr’s New Album is Out Now

Ringo Starr’s new album ‘ Give More Love’ is now available worldwide

Recorded at Ringo’s home studio in Los Angeles, Give More Love has 10 new tracks featuring collaborations with friends including: We’re on the Road Again featuring Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather; Laughable co-written and performed with Peter Frampton as well as Benmont Tench, Timothy B. Schmit, Richard Page and Amy Keys; Show Me the Way co-written and performed with Steve Lukather and with Paul McCartney; Speed of Sound co-written with Richard Marx and featuring Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton and Nathan East; Standing Still co-written with Gary Burr; King of the Kingdom including performances by Dave Stewart and Edgar Winter; Electricity co-written with Glen Ballard and featuring Joe Walsh and Don Was; So Wrong For So Long co-written and performed with Dave Stewart; Shake It Up co-written and performed with Gary Nicholson and including Don Was and Edgar Winter; and Give More Love co-written with Gary Nicholson including Timothy B. Schmit and All Starrs Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.

Give More Love also has four bonus tracks: Back Off Boogaloo, You Can’t Fight Lightning, Photograph and Don’t Pass Me By.  This version of Back Off Booglaloo is based on the original recording Ringo made when he wrote the song. He recently discovered the tape when he moved houses. The other three bonus tracks are collaborations based on performances from Starr’s 2016 Peace & Love Birthday event. Alberta Cross performed You Can’t Fight Lightning and Vandaveer performed Photograph and Don’t Pass Me By. Starr loved their renditions and asked them to each record them for his new album, also adding his own vocals.

Order Give More Love here:  https://UMe.lnk.to/GiveMoreLove

In October, Starr will hit the road in the U.S. with his All Starrs, the same beloved lineup he has performed with since 2012: Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Hamm and Gregg Bissonette.

Ringo & His All Starr Band 2017 Tour Dates:
Oct. 13-14, 17, 20-21, 24, 27-28 – Las Vegas, NV @ Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino
Oct. 30 – El Paso, TX @ Abraham Chavez Theatre
Oct. 31 – Austin TX @ Moody Theater
Nov. 2 – Sugarland, TX @ Smart Sugarland Civic Center
Nov. 4 – Thackerville, OK @ Global Events Center at Winstar
Nov. 7-8 – Ft Lauderdale, FL @ Parker Playhouse
Nov. 11 – Atlanta, GA @ Fox Theater
Nov. 12 – Norfolk, VA @ ODU Pavilion
Nov. 14 – Morristown, NJ @ Mayo Performing Arts Center
Nov. 15 – New York City, NY @ Beacon Theater
Nov. 16 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center

 

Ringo Starr – Give More Love

 

Finding the Fourth Beatle book Available for Pre-Order

There are only 1000 copies available and in high demand! Even before the Pledgemusic site was launched we received over 50 pre-orders, so don’t miss the chance!
Why should you order the new book? Is there something new to say about The Beatles?

The is the story of The Beatles from 1956-1970 told through the 18 drummers, including Colin Hanton, Pete Best and Jimmie Nicol, and some you may not have heard of. The Beatles’ crises; changes of musical direction, getting a record deal, and finding the drummer who would put the beat into The Beatles: Ringo Starr, the Fourth Beatle.
🎸The story of all the 18 drummers 🎸Those who could have joined The Beatles, but didn’t 🎸Expert analysis of the drummers by drummers
🎸Why Brian Epstein didn’t sign the Beatles contract
🎸Why The Beatles failed the Decca audition 🎸Were The Beatles under contract at Parlophone in June 62?
🎸Why Pete Best was not sacked/dismissed by The Beatles or Brian 🎸Who was asked to replace Pete Best before Ringo 🎸Why Ringo became the Fourth Beatle and inspired a generation of drummers
Pre-order the book and CD/Album https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/finding-the-fourth-beatle

Support the Film – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/finding-the-fourth-beatle-film-documentary-music-band  Any questions, let me know?
This is the story of The Beatles to the beat of a drum……

Finding the Fourth Beatle book