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23 October 2010 – Yoko Unveils a Plaque to John at 34 Montagu Square

October 23rd 2010. Pics I took of Yoko Ono unveiling the English Heritage blue plaque to John Lennon, at their former apartment, 34 Montagu Square. The apartment was actually owned by Ringo, and he lived there for a time with wife Maureen and son Zak. He later let Paul McCartney use it as a recording studio, and after that, Jimi Hendrix lived there. It was then John and Yoko’s first place together.

We go to Montagu Square on my London Beatles Walks. For full details see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

The full story of 34 Montagu Square is in my book ‘Guide to the Beatles London’ for full details see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com/#guideanddvd

My invite to the plaque unveiling
Yoko Ono unveiling the plaque to John Lennon at 34 Montagu Square

 

Was the word ‘Beatlemania’ coined in Gloucestershire?

It was more than 50 years ago but the gigs The Beatles played in Gloucestershire are committed to many memories of gig-goers at the time – but where did the term Beatlemania come from?

It’s been claimed that the word used to describe the hysteria which followed the Fab Four everywhere they went was invented in Gloucestershire, after a gig in Cheltenham.

For more see http://www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/word-beatlemania-coined-gloucestershire-660055

Paul McCartney and his band support Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, an annual global campaign to increase awareness of the disease.  Paul McCartney’s ‘One On One’ world tour has taken him to Brazil this month and in support of the campaign Paul and his band have been wearing pink wristbands on stage at his sold-out stadium shows.  By wearing pink wristbands Paul and his band are helping to convey an important public health message to his audiences.   The mission of the campaign is to help all effected by breast cancer through education, early detection, treatment and support services.

For more see https://www.paulmccartney.com/news-blogs/news/paul-mccartney-and-his-band-support-breast-cancer-awareness-month

How Brian Epstein made the Sixties swing

There never was a time like it for these boys. Just look at the joy in their smiles. So young and fresh-faced in their inexpensive suits and ties, sensible, unshowy haircuts and polished black shoes.

At a glance you might think they are a works football squad, celebrating, along with their young coach from accounts, a lucky away win in an amateur cup first round with a ‘jump for joy’ photo-shoot.

But look more closely and those four young men on the left may seem rather familiar. As well they might, because they are John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and Paul McCartney.

What they are celebrating — along with their friends Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas — isn’t goals, but No. 1 records in the pop charts.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5002222/How-Brian-Epstein-Sixties-swing.html#ixzz4w9SkWomF 

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