Monthly Archives: October 2017

New Paul McCartney Release for Record Store Day

The organizers behind the annual Record Store Day event have revealed this year’s exhaustive list of vinyl exclusives set for release on Black Friday 2017 (Nov. 24).

Among this year’s releases includes a pair of 7-inch singles from Paul McCartney. One is on red vinyl, the other is on green vinyl, both feature a new version of his classic “Wonderful Christmastime” featuring the Roots. The green vinyl B-side is The Decemberists’ rendition of “Jesus Christ” and the red vinyl is backed by a live Norah Jones performance of “Peace.”

For more see http://news.radio.com/2017/10/17/record-store-day-black-friday-exclusives/

It was 60 Years Ago Today! Paul McCartney Debuts with the Quarrymen

On October 18th 1957. Paul McCartney played his first ever gig with the Quarrymen at New Clubmoor Hall in Norris Green, Liverpool. He had met band leader John Lennon, at St Peter’s Church in Woolton on July 6th, and soon after was asked to join the band. However, Paul’s debut with the band was delayed due to him going to a boy scout camp!

Paul’s big moment at the the gig was to play a solo, but nerves got the better of him.

“For my first gig, I was given a guitar solo on Guitar Boogie. I could play it easily in rehearsal so they elected that I should do it as my solo. Things were going fine, but when the moment came in the performance I got sticky fingers; I thought, ‘What am I doing here?’ I was just too frightened; it was too big a moment with everyone looking at the guitar player. I couldn’t do it. That’s why George was brought in.” Paul McCartney. 

The Quarrymen at Clubmoor Hall – a month after Paul’s Debut

October 18th 2013 – Paul McCartney Pops up in Covent Garden

October 18th 2013. I got a text about 11.30am saying Paul McCartney was doing a pop up concert in Covent Garden at lunchtime. I rushed out the house straight away and got to Covent Garden by 12.15. There weren’t that many people there yet so I got right to the front.
I had a problem though – I was supposed to do a tour at 2pm and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to stay for the show.
I was getting desperate when finally Paul onstage at about 1.30pm. He looked great and walked right in front of me to get to the stage.
Paul sang New, Everybody Out There, Save Us and Queenie Eye. As he had a bit of extra time, he repeated Queenie Eye. Here are some of my pics :>)

Paul McCartney in Covent Garden

Ringo Unveils a New Portfolio of His Beatles Photos

The PHOTOGRAPH Portfolio 2017 for Genesis Publications showcases Ringo’s camera work in a series of museum-quality prints, reproduced from the negative for the first time. Created in small artist editions of only 25 numbered copies, each print is signed by Ringo Starr. A certificate of authenticity accompanies the final framed artwork.

New for 2017, Ringo Starr is unveiling rare additions to his PHOTOGRAPH Portfolio. Ringo shows us George during a visit to Miami; Paul in Paris; John and Paul singing in Abbey Road Studios. Stunning landscape pictures, shot during Ringo’s travels across the world, join these insightful portraits. 50 years ago, Ringo shot on both black-and-white and vibrant colour films, and experimented with psychedelic prism lens effects.

For more see http://www.genesis-publications.com/print/ringophotoart2017/the-photograph-portfolio-2017

October 17th 1967 – The Beatles Attend the Memorial Service for Brian Epstein

On October 17th 1967, The Beatles attended the memorial service for Brian Epstein at the New London Synagogue in Abbey Road, London, just a few hundred metres from EMI Studios.

The didn’t attend the funeral for Brian, as his family didn’t want ‘Beatlemania’ around it.

Here is footage of the Beatles arriving for the ceremony. http://www.gettyimages.co.uk/detail/video/the-beatles-arriving-at-memorial-at-new-london-synagogue-news-footage/98865455

Tom Petty Laid to Rest

The funeral of Tom Petty took place yesterday at Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades, California. Many of the reports say that this is also where the funeral of George Harrison took place, but this wasn’t made public at the time.

The Self-Realization Fellowship was founded in 1920 by Paramahansa Yogananda, who was one of George Harrison’s early gurus, and appears on the Sgt Pepper Album cover. His book, Autobiography of a Yogi, was one of George’s favourites, and he gave to many of his friends for inspiration.

A fitting place for Tom Petty’s funeral. RIP

Long Running Beatles Magazine Ceases Publication

The  Sergeant Beatles Fan Club of Spain have announced it is disbanding, and will cease publication their magazine the Beatles ‘ Garden. Sad news indeed, as the club has been running for over 25 years. Juan Agüeras Allende from the Club, was a good friend to the London Beatles Fanclub, when I was running it.

No reason was given for the disbanding of the club, but keeping a print magazine going in the days of websites and blogs mustn’t have been easy. We are sorry to see them go.

Memorabilia Day Returns to the Beatles Story

Memorabilia Day‘ returns to the Beatles Story in Liverpool on 25 October 2017, 12pm – 8pm. It’s the perfect opportunity to have your Beatles items valued by the experts at Julien’s Auctions!

If you would like to attend the event then please arrive at The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe anytime between 12pm and 8pm with your items. Appointments are not essential, but if you require a specific time slot then please contact us.

We hope to see you there!!

October 17th 1963 – A Busy Day at Abbey Road

October 17th 1963 was a busy day for the Beatles at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. They recorded both sides of their new single, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and it’s B Side ‘This Boy’

If that wasn’t enough, they also recorded a Christmas message to be sent to members of the Beatles Fan Club. They would continue to record these discs for the Fan Club for the next 7 years.

I Want to Hold Your Hand was written in the basement of 57 Wimpole Street, where Margaret Elliott, the mother of Jane Asher, had her music room. Paul McCartney had recently moved into the Asher’s house, as he was dated their daughter, Jane. John Lennon visited Paul here on a few occasions, and as he told ‘Playboy’ magazine in 1980:

We wrote a lot of stuff together, one on one, eyeball to eyeball. Like in ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,’ I remember when we got the chord that made the song. We were in Jane Asher’s house, downstairs in the cellar playing on the piano at the same time. And we had, ‘Oh you-u-u/ got that something…’ And Paul hits this chord and I turn to him and say, ‘That’s it!’ I said, ‘Do that again!’ In those days, we really used to absolutely write like that — both playing into each other’s noses.

Of course I Want to Hold Your Hand became the Beatles first number one hit in the USA.

I Want to Hold Your Hand on the Ed Sullivan Show https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jenWdylTtzs

The Beatles 1963 Christmas Record https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZLYO0H65E0

The Beatles 1963 Christmas record
The Beatles 1963 Christmas record