Category Archives: Day in History

22nd May 1968 – the Beatles Launch Apple Tailoring

May 22nd 1968 – John,Yoko, George and Pattie attend press launch of Apple Tailoring (Civil and Theatrical), 161 Kings Road, Chelsea. Before going to the new shop, they attend a party at Club Dell’Aretusa, at 107 Kings Road. John and Yoko had only been together a few days, and it was the first time they’d been seen in public together. Many of the press shouted out to John ‘Where’s your wife?’

Apple Tailoring was run by John Crittle, who is the father of former prima ballerina and Strictly Come Dancing Judge, Darcey Bussell.

Ironically, the jacket that George wore to the event came from Granny Takes a Trip, another fashionable Kings Road clothes shop!

Before becoming Apple Tailoring, the shop was called Dandie Fashions, and was co-owned by Guiness Heir Tara Browne. Tara tragically died in a car accident, which was written about in song by his friend John Lennon ‘He Blew his mind out in a car’

The building is now occupied by ‘Proud Chelsea’ photo gallery. We will be going past Apple Tailoring on our special Beatles tour on a 60s Routemaster Bus on June 4th. Full details at https://04june_bustour_beatles4ever.eventbrite.co.uk

John Lennon outside Apple Tailoring
George and Pattie Harrison at the party to launch Apple Tailoring
John at Apple Tailoring, with Yoko very much in the background

19th May 1967 – the Launch Party of Sgt Pepper at Brian Epstein’s House

On May 19th 1967, the Beatles gathered at Brian Epstein’s house in Chapel Street, Belgravia, for the launch party of their new album, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. Among the invited guests were all the top music journalists and DJs – including Kenny Everett, who told me about the party in my exclusive interview with him:

  • I believe you met Brian Epstein a few times?

Oh yes, I knew Brian before he was famous. He used to own a couple of shops in Liverpool, one called NEMS and one called Epstein’s. I used to work in an advertising agency and i used to take copy to him to approve. Then he suddenly discovered these four wandering geniuses and said ‘Hey, let’s get famous!’ and the next thing I know is this person I’d been taking advertising copy to was riding around in a 10 mile long car. It was so funny how it came together because after knowing him in the advertising world there I was 15 years later, standing in his house in Chapel Street with the Beatles all dressed in bows and beads at the Sergeant Pepper launch. It was a fabulous party, every single person in the universe was there. I remember them standing up against the fireplace, bonkers, they couldn’t string two words together.

  • Yes, I’d heard John was a little bit…

…A little bit ! He was on Mars! Those were the days, if you took a little something it was fun. then a lot of people went too far and started throwing themselves off buildings so all the fun has been taken out of it.

Also among the guests was American photographer, Linda Eastman. She was already a well known figure on the New York rock scene, and was in the UK to shoot rock stars for a book she was working on. She had met Paul McCartney a few nights earlier at the Bag O Nails nightclub, and met again here. They married 2 years later…..

Paul McCartney and Linda Eastman at the Launch of Sgt Pepper
The Beatles holding the Sgt Pepper cover at its launch
The Beatles at the door of 24 Chapel Street

Paul and Linda McCartney at MPL

As it is the 50th anniversary today of Paul McCartney first meeting  Linda Eastman at the Bag O Nails club in London, I thought I would share this photo I took of Paul and Linda outside MPL in June 1983. They were a great couple, and Linda was very much the love of Paul’s life.

Paul and Linda McCartney, MPL, 1983

May 15th 1967 – Paul McCartney meets Linda Eastman

May 15th 1967 – Paul McCartney meets Linda Eastman at the Bag O Nails Club in Kingly Street, Soho, London.

In an extract from my book Guide to the Beatles London Bill Harry, who was with in the club that night, tells how it happened:

“I was down at the Bag O’ Nails, which was one of our favourite clubs. Paul and John used to go there. I’d meet John and Yoko up at the Speakeasy club, which is in Margaret Street, not far away. John used to give us a lift to the Bag O’Nails. We used to sit in the back of the car with John and Yoko, and Yoko never said a word, never spoke.

“It was Paul who went to the Bag more regularly. I remember one night, Virginia and I were sitting at the table, and Paul was at the next table to us. We were chatting a while, and then Chas Chandler came up with Linda Eastman and introduced Paul to her. We were listening to Georgie Fame performing. Then, Chas Chandler, Paul and Linda left and went to Speakeasy – we went between the two clubs in those days.”

A few days later, Linda was invited by Brian Epstein to the launch party of Sgt Pepper at his home in Chapel Street, where Paul and Linda were photographed together for the first time.

They married on March 12th 1969.

The plaque to the meeing of Paul and Linda

9th May 1965 – A Busy ‘Day in the Life’ for the Beatles!

Sunday 9th May 1965 – a busy ‘Day in the Life’ for the Beatles! During the day, they film many outdoor scenes in London for Help!

Firstly, they all go to New Bond Street to be filmed going into the famous jeweler, Asprey. When filming, John saw lots of fans running towards him. He ran into Asprey to avoid them, and out the other side. He was only in the shop for about 30 seconds, but managed to spend about £600 on jewellery on display. In today’s money that’s more like £10,000.

They then film outside the Dolphin restaurant in Marylebone, renamed the Rajahama for the film. They try to find out about the significance of the Ringo on Ringo’s finger from 2 ‘Easterners’ outside the restaurant. But as Ringo say’s ‘They’re from the West!’ to which one replies ‘No, I’m from the East – Stepney!’ BTW the ‘Easterners’ are played by Alfie Bass and Warren Mitchell, 2 of London’s best known comedy actors.

They’re from the West! Ringo outside the ‘Rajahama’ restaurant

They then go to St Margaret’s, Twickenham, to film 2 attempts of the dreaded Kahili to retrieve the ring. Firstly, Ringo and John are seen walking down South Western Road, where Ringo goes to post a letter in a letter box, outside 1 South Western Road, only to find one of the villains in the box. He then uses a weighing machine outside 42 Winchester Road, only to find there is a guillotine attached! This scene was filmed only a few metres from the Turks Head Pub, where Ringo upset the pub games in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

John and Ringo in South Western Road, Twickenham

If that wasn’t enough, in the evening the Beatles all go to see Bob Dylan in concert at the Royal Albert Hall!

Read all about these places in my book ‘Guide to the Beatles London’ and see then on my Beatles tours. For more info see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

May 6th 2013 – The Quarrymen (With Special Guest!) Play in London

On May 6th 2013, John Lennon’s Original Quarrymen played at the St James’s Theatre in London. During the show a very special guest joined them onstage. No, not Paul McCartney – just your blogger, Richard Porter! Rod Davis asked if anyone could play washboard or tea chest bass, so I played the washboard, and Peter Nash of the British Beatles Fanclub played bass. We played ‘Puttin’ on the Style’, the old Lonnie Donegan song that the Quarrymen had also played at St Peter’s Church Fete in Woolton, Liverpool, the day that John Lennon met Paul McCartney for the first time.

It was a great honour being onstage with the Quarrymen, who are great guys. I’ve got no musical talent whatsoever, so it was really brave asking me up with them!

The Quarrymen, with Richard Porter on washboard!

May 1st 1966 – The Beatles Last Ever Scheduled Concert Performance

May 1st 1966 – the Beatles give their last ever scheduled UK Live performance at the NME Pollwinners Show at the Empire Pool, Wembley (now Wembley Arena).
Also on the same bill were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman’s Hermits, Roy Orbison, The Overlanders, The Alan Price Set, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Sounds Incorporated, Dusty Springfield, Crispian St Peters, The Walker Brothers, The Who, The Yardbirds and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Must have been some show!!
Most of the show was broadcast by ABC TV, but the managers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones hadn’t agreed terms for their artists to be shown, so the cameras were turned off during their performances. However the Beatles were filmed receiving their awards.

The Beatles at the Empire Pool, Wembley

26th April 1982 – Paul McCartney Releases ‘Tug of War’

It was 35 years ago today – the release of Paul McCartney’s ‘Tug of War’ Album. I bought it on the day at Virgin in Oxford Street. On coming out I saw a blue Mercedes car passing me – and realised it was Paul’s car! He was on the way to nearby AIR Studios. Luckily there was a lot of traffic that day and I ran like hell and managed to get to AIR before Paul. On seeing me he said ‘Training for the Olympics are we!’ We had a short chat and he signed my album.
Great memories.

My Tug of War album, signed by Paul McCartney on the day of its release.

24th April – The Beatles In Pubs!

24th April throughout the years sees the Beatles in various pubs!

1960 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney appear together in the Fox and Hounds pub in Caversham, Berkshire. The pub was run by Mike and Bett Robbins, Paul’s cousin. John and Paul hitched from Liverpool, and were asked to play a few songs as a duet. They chose the name ‘The Nerk Twins’ for the occasion – the only time just the two of them performed live.

1964. The Beatles attend the ‘wrap party’ for the completion of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ The party is held in Winchester Hall, the function room of the Turks Head pub, which was used in the film as the location where Ringo interrupts all the pub games. It is thought the Beatles sang a few songs at the party, but this has not been confirmed.

1965. The Beatles film a scene for ‘Help!’ at the City Barge pub at Strand on the Green, Chiswick.  In this scene the Beatles are seen emerging through Post Office Alley – a very attractive walkway down to the River Thames. On the riverside they are confronted by men dressed up as Scotsmen, who are actually from the dreaded Kahili, the sect that are trying to kill Ringo. The Beatles run into the City Barge to escape, but Ringo falls through a trap door into the basement to be confronted by a tiger. The Beatles have to leave the pub by throwing themselves through a plate glass window! Visitors to the pub do not have these problems today – the interior scenes were shot in the film studio, and the pub does not even have a basement. Even without the Beatles connection, this is a great pub in a wonderful location.

The City Barge Pub, Strand on the Green, Chiswick