Monthly Archives: April 2018

April 20th 1964 – Paul McCartney films an unused Scene for A Hard Day’s Night

April 20th 1964 – Filming: Paul McCartney’s unused scene in A Hard Day’s Night

Paul McCartney filmed a solo sequence for The Beatles’ debut feature film A Hard Day’s Night on this day. However, it was omitted from the final cut.

The premise was that McCartney was looking for Ringo Starr, who had gone missing temporarily. McCartney discovered a rehearsal room where he had a conversation with an actress, played by 18-year-old Isla Blair. It was filmed at the Jack Billings TV School of Dancing at 18 Goldhawk Road in London, above what was then The Bush pub, on Shepherds Bush Green.

The scene, however, remained unused. There have been many reasons put forward to why this was, mainly centering on it not fitting in with the rest of the film. However, I heard something different. In 2001,  I was asked along to Twickenham Film Studios by Director, Martin Lewis, to help with the bonus DVD of a Hard Day’s Night. One day the crew got together, and the next day the cast, to reminisce about their time on the film.
During the filming, I was told by 2 different people that worked on the film that the real reason this scene was cut was that Isla Blair was wearing a very low cut dress, and Paul kept on looking where he shouldn’t be! Well, he’s always been a breast man!

Paul McCartney with Isla Blair

RINGO STARR ANNOUNCES DETAILS FOR HIS 10TH ANNUAL PEACE & LOVE BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION JULY 7, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018  — On July 7, 2008, RINGO STARR joined fans, friends and family on the streets in front of Hard Rock Cafe Chicago to celebrate his birthday with a simple call to action: Inviting everyone everywhere to say, post #peaceandlove or even think “Peace & Love” at noon, their local time. Ten years later, Ringo’s dream of generating a wave of Peace & Love that spans the planet on July 7 starting at noon in New Zealand and ending at noon in Hawaii continues to unfold.  Last year saw fans in over 23 countries join the movement – from New Zealand to Antarctica, Latin America to Asia, Hawaii and more.

Today the recently knighted Sir Ringo Starr announced that this year he will return to Hard Rock Cafe, celebrating his birthday and joining fans in Nice France, where Ringo will be while on tour with his All Starr Band (tour dates below). In keeping with the international support the event has seen, Hard Rock Cafe will play a video message from Ringo in restaurants around the world just before Noon, inviting patrons and fans to join Ringo and generate “Peace & Love” (details for which will be listed on Ringo’s Facebook page under “Events” – and listed below – for fans around the world who want to gather).

For more see http://www.ringostarr.com/news/ringo-starr-announces-details-his-10th-annual-peace-love-birthday-celebration-july-7-2018

 

April 18th 1963 – Twist and Shout at the Royal Albert Hall!

April 18th 1963. Yet another busy day for the Beatles. During the day, they do a photo session with Fiona Adams. One of the pics is selected as the cover of the Twist and Shout EP.

In the evening, they make their first appearance at the Royal Albert Hall, where they are part of the ‘Swinging Sound 63’ show, broadcast by BBC Radio.

Amongst the audience is Jane Asher, who is doing a photo shoot for ‘Radio Times’ magazine. She is asked to react to the many acts onstage. In the magazine, she is seen screaming at the Beatles. She meets them backstage, and gets on very well with Paul McCartney, and they start dating.

Also in the audience are the Rolling Stones. The Beatles had met the Stones a few days before at the Crawdaddy Club in Richmond, and asked the Stones along as their guests. After the show, Brian Jones helped the Bealtes’ roadies load the van with the Beatles instruments etc. Brian has long hair, and is mistaken for a Beatle by fans. He has to be dragged away from the screaming girls. However, as he is being led away, he has a big smile on his face, and is heard to mutter, ‘I want more of this!’

Hear more about the Beatles at the Royal Albert Hall on our 60s Bus tours www.60sbus.london

The Twist and Shout EP
Jane Asher screaming at the Beatles at the Royal Albert Hall

Remembering Linda McCartney…

It is 20 years ago today that Linda McCartney passed away. I remember that day very well. I had met Linda on quite a few occasions over the years, and always found her to be very nice. She was certainly the love of Paul’s life, and a very devoted mother.

She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995, and pretty much disappeared from public life to fight this horrible disease. In 1997, she appeared with Paul at the premiere of ‘Standing Stone’ at the Albert Hall. Although she had a very different hair style, she looked healthy, and it was wonderful to see her again.

She was making public appearances up until a couple of weeks before her passing, one of the last at Stella’s fashion show in Paris.

The news of Linda’s passing didn’t break in the UK until the early hours of April 18th. I was running the London Beatles Fanclub at the time, as was rung up by CNN for a comment. I didn’t know what to say, as it was such a shock. I thought Linda was winning her battle. My wife, Esther, was going through her own battle with breast cancer at the time, and I suppose we both thought that if Linda couldn’t beat it, what chance did we have? Esther passed away in December 2000.

I was asked to go on BBC breakfast that morning, and looking back at the video later, I looked like a rabbit in the headlights.

Linda got so much flack for being in Wings, but without her great backing vocals with Denny, Wings would have been a much inferior group. She started out a very much a novice on keyboards, but later really held her own.

Much more than anything though, she fought for what she believed in as a veggie and and for animal rights. She was a brilliant photographer too.  And of course, she was a wonderful wife and mother.

RIP Linda, missing you…

Paul and Linda outside MPL 1983 photo by Richard Porter

 

Ed Sheeran to Star in Film about the Beatles

When scriptwriter Richard Curtis started thinking about which star he’d like to appear in a film about The Beatles, the answer must have been blindingly obvious – All You Need Is Ed.

And now the chart-topping singer Ed Sheeran is set to land a leading role in Curtis’s new production about the Fab Four’s music.

Ed, 27, is in talks to appear in the new comedy – tentatively titled All You Need Is Love – about a man who wakes up one day to find he is the only person who can remember the songs of The Beatles.

It is understood that he will appear on screen and write new music for the film, which will also include Beatles hits.

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‘Beatles Quarter masterplan’ proposed by Liverpool City Council

A “masterplan” to boost Liverpool’s “Beatles Quarter” is to be created.

Liverpool City Council is proposing a regeneration area around Mathew Street, where the Cavern Club – which hosted the band’s early shows – once stood.

The aim was to bring an “enhanced and more co-ordinated Beatles tourism offer” to the area, the council said.

City Mayor Joe Anderson said there was a need to improve the area’s 24-hour appeal as the current offer was “not at the level it could and should be”.

The plans could involve the redevelopment of derelict and under-used buildings and the creation of a “more defined and useable public open space”.

 

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Abbey Road Studios Exhibition to Open at the Barbican in London

Opening at the Barbican Centre on April 9th – #InsideAbbeyRoad is a unique and personal insight into the long and decorated history of the studios and the artists working within it, as told through the lens of one of the world’s most prolific and well-loved rock photographers.

Featuring candid shots of Pink Floyd recording ‘Wish You Were Here’, and intimate portraits of some of the most renowned musical legends to frequent the studios, the exhibition will be free to attend and showcases Jill’s finest music photography alongside some rare musical artifacts and images from Abbey Road’s 86-year history.

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New Trailer for the Re-Release of Yellow Submarine

All aboard! Here’s the trailer for The Beatles Yellow Submarine, surfacing in cinemas across the UK and Ireland on 8 July – in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

Brimming with peace, love and hope, and propelled by glorious surround sound, share the Yellow Submarine experience with your fellow fans and initiate those not in the know. This stunning restoration, back on the big screen, is a rare opportunity to fully submerge yourself in The Beatles’ timeless music and visual delights.

Tickets are on sale from 17 April. For more info, visit www.yellowsubmarine.film

Blogger Richard Porter is a full time Beatles tour guide in London. For more on his tours, go to http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

 

Pete Best interview: ‘Let’s have it out – just me, Paul McCartney and a bottle of Scotch’

As he stars in a new play about The Beatles, sacked drummer Pete Best tells James Hall there is still unfinished business between him and Paul McCartney

Pete Best leads me into a cupboard under the stairs of his family’s former home in the West Derby suburb of Liverpool. We descend a narrow staircase and arrive at a warren of dark vaults. Beatles posters cover the walls. In one corner, the word “John” is crudely carved into the wooden panelling. A stretch of ceiling is painted in multicoloured strips, the handiwork of a teenage Paul McCartney.

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