Monthly Archives: May 2018

Beatles Related TV Studios to Become A Theatre

It has just been announced that the TV Studios where the Beatles filmed their appearances on ‘Ready Steady Go’, and their own TV special ‘Around the Beatles’ is to be turned into a theatre. They also made one of their first TV appearance there on the children’s show ‘Tuesday Rendevous’.

The studios were owned by Associated- Rediffusion TV and were called Wembley TV Studios. ‘Ready Steady Go’ was perhaps the best ever music show on television in the UK. The highlight was probably an amazing show starring Otis Redding. To see this show click here

Later, the studios became known as Fountain Studios, and hosted the X Factor – how the mighty fall!

The new theatre complex will open this autumn. For more on the new theatre click here

THE CAVERN CLUB NAMED IN TOP 10 UK LANDMARKS

THE CAVERN CLUB HAS TODAY BEEN NAMED AS THE EIGHTH BEST-RATED LANDMARK IN THE UK IN THE TRAVELLERS’ CHOICE TM AWARDS FOR LANDMARKS, ANNOUNCED BY THE TRAVEL PLANNING AND BOOKING SITE, TRIPADVISOR.

The iconic live music venue, which famously launched The Beatles’ career along with that of many other famous British musicians, has steadily climbed in the rankings, rising one spot from its ninth place ranking in last year’s UK list.

Travellers’ Choice Landmarks awards honour top landmarks worldwide based on the millions of valuable reviews and opinions from TripAdvisor travellers. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that took into account the quantity and quality of reviews for landmarks worldwide, gathered over a 12-month period.

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THE BEATLES’ YELLOW SUBMARINE GRAPHIC NOVEL IS COMING THIS AUGUST

Yellow Submarine is a colourful and surreal trip into the land of the Blue Meanies. Once you’ve seen the film, set to some of the Fab Four’s most familiar and haunting songs, you’ll never forget the stunning visuals… but you might have a little bit of trouble understanding what it’s actually about. Thanks to Titan Comics, you’ll have the chance to pore through the story time and time again with an upcoming graphic novel adaptation.

Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison and colored by Nathan Kane, the Yellow Submarine graphic novel is scheduled for release on August 28, 2018 to coincide with the film’s 50th anniversary.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nA6qOMUPmmA

The Beatles’ Esher Demos: The Lost Basement Tapes That Became the White Album

Rob Sheffield’s book Dreaming the Beatles: The Love Story of One Band and the Whole World is a celebration of the band, from the longtime Rolling Stonecolumnist. It tells the weird saga of how four lads from Liverpool became the world’s biggest pop group, then broke up – yet somehow just kept getting bigger. Dreaming the Beatles, out in paperback on June 19th, follows the ballad of John, Paul, George and Ringo, from their Sixties peaks to their afterlife as a cultural obsession. In this section, Sheffield explores one of the Beatles’ unheard treasures – the May 1968 Esher demos they recorded at George Harrison’s pad, preparing for the White Album, not suspecting their friendship was about to turn upside down.

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May 22nd 1968 The Press Launch for the Beatles’ ‘Apple Tailoring’ in the Kings Road Chelsea

On May 22nd 1968, John Lennon and George Harrison attended a party at the Club Dell’Aretusa in the Kings Road, Chelsea,  to launch ‘Apple Tailoring’ which was opening just down the road at 161 Kings Road. Club dell’Aretusa, a large members-only bar/restaurant/disco. “Are you one of the beautiful people?” demanded Angus McGill’s double-page feature in the Evening Standard. “Simple test: Can you get in to the Dell’Aretusa?”

George was with his wife Pattie, but John was with his new girlfriend, Yoko Ono. They had got together just a few days earlier, and this was their first public appearance as a couple, much to the interest of the gathered media, who kept on asking John ‘Where’s your wife?’ Ironically, George Harrison wore a jacket which he bought from rival clothes shop, Granny Takes a Trip !

George and Pattie Harrison walking to Apple Tailoring

 

John and Yoko walking down the Kings Road

Apple Tailoring (Civil and Theatrical)  which opened to the public on May 23rd 1968,  was the latest addition to the Beatles growing Apple group of companies – they already had a boutique on Baker Street.

The Beatles had known the shop for a while. Before their involvement, it was called Dandie Fashions. ‘Dandie Fashions’ was the brainchild of  John Crittle. He arrived from Australia around 1964, and  it didn’t take John long to get himself established amongst London’s young and hip in-crowd. A fortunate turn of events landed John his first real employment was at  ‘Hung On You’at 22 Cale Street, Chelsea, just off the Kings Road. It later became Jane Asher’s Cake Shop. It later relocating to 420 King’s Road.  John was  a designer and a fabric locator Owner Michael Rainey  was an already recognised aristocrat amongst the ‘Chelsea set’. This was expanded upon when he got together with, and married, London socialite, Jane Ormsby-Gore. It didn’t take that long before the intimidating ‘Hung On You’ became the shop of the stars. Rainey himself recalls: “When The Beatles and The Who started to visit my boutique, I knew we’d made it.”

John Crittle decided to set up his own boutique, and started ‘Dandie Fashion’ at 161 Kings Road in October 1966.  He also managed to secure the ‘Foster and Tara’ clothing designers for the business. Tara Browne was a well-known socialite amongst the in-crowd – being the heir to the Guinness fortune. Tara was interested in making his own way in the world, and when he moved from Ireland to London he also fell in with the young and hip from the arts and entertainment worlds. His interest in men’s clothing led him to starting up his own tailoring company, ‘Foster and Tara’. Tara had many friends in rock and pop, including Brian Jones, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. It is said that Paul McCartney took his first LSD trip with Tara.

Tara Browne was killed in a car crash while on his way to meet the team of Dudley Edwards, Douglas Binder, and David Vaughan, to discuss the design for the shop front. Browne crashed his Lotus Elan into a van parked in Redcliffe Gardens, he swerved so that he took the impact rather than his girlfriend, Suki Potier. This incident will forever be immortalised in The Beatles’ song, ‘A Day In The Life’. Tara’s untimely death also inspired The Pretty Things’ song, ‘Death Of A Socialite’.

Tara Browne and wife Nicky, as photographed by Michael Cooper

After the death of Tara Browne, John Crittle kept Dandie Fashions going, and attracted the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Roger Daltrey and Brian Jones, who all often bought clothes there.

John Crittle was also friendly with the Beatles, and in May 1968, The Beatles went into partnership with Critte to form ‘Apple Tailoring’. The purpose of this shop was to offer the discerning male customer a bespoke service, rather than the ‘off-the-peg’ service that was available at the Baker Street location. As well as this bespoke service, the basement of 161 King’s Road became a hairdressing salon, which was run by Leslie Cavendish. Apple Tailoring lasted longer than the Baker Street boutique but it too closed its doors in 1968. Apple Corps decided to withdraw from High Street commerce and handed the business and all the stock over to John Crittle. Crittle’s daughter is Darcey Bussell, former prima ballerina with the Royal Ballet, and now judge on ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

John Lennon outside Apple Tailoring
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Kiwi violin virtuoso who played on The Beatles’ ‘Hey Jude’ to be celebrated

It’s one of the most recognisable choruses in pop music, and a Kiwi can be found among its ‘nah nah nahs’.

The Beatles’ Hey Jude is turning 50 this year, but a milestone of a more classical kind will honour the late violin virtuoso from Manawatū who took part in its recording.

Alan Loveday, recognised as one of the finest classical violinists of the 20th century, will be honoured with a tribute concert by New Zealand Symphony Orchestra soloists in his home city of Palmerston North in June.

But it is his contribution to one of pop’s enduring classics that will likely resonate most with Kiwis.

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How a Norwich boy taught The Beatles how to rock and roll

When they played the Grosvenor Ballroom, Prince of Wales Road, Norwich, on May 17, 1963, I doubt if anyone realised their links with one Norwich man.

Anthony Esmond Sheridan McGinnity, known as Tony Sheridan, never got the credit he deserved. When it came to playing the guitar he was the one they all looked up to.

The boys who called him “The Teacher” were The Beatles who went on to become the biggest pop group the world has ever seen.

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‘I love you John!’ Frail Yoko Ono visits John Lennon’s two childhood homes in Liverpool

 

  • A frail-looking Yoko Ono visited Liverpool to open a exhibition dedicated to her relationship with John Lennon
  • While in the city, she visited Mendips and 9 Newcastle Road, the homes where the Beatles legend grew up
  • It is believed to be the first time she has visited the Newcastle Road home, having reportedly bought it in 2013
  • She also  posted of a photo of herself in Lennon’s old bedroom online, writing: ‘I love you John. Yoko

A frail-looking Yoko Ono was spotted visiting two of John Lennon’s childhood homes on Friday after traveling from her New York home to Liverpool.

The artist, who was married to Lennon from 1969 until his death in 1980, was in the city to open a museum show dedicated to their relationship, filled with exhibits from her own private collection.

While in Liverpool she visited Mendips, the home where Lennon spent most of his childhood, and took a photo of herself in his bedroom.

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