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Blue Gardenia Club – Fact or Fiction?

I’d just about given up on finding the Blue Gardenia Club, and consigned it to the imagination of Sam Leach, when again it is mentioned in a book! According to Sam, the Beatles went to the club in the early hours of December 10th 1961, after playing in Aldershot, in front of 18 people. Rather than go back to Liverpool, the Beatles and Sam went to the club, which was run by Brian Cassar, formerly of Cass and Cassanovas. At least some of the Beatles got on stage with the house band, making it the first time they had played in the capital.

I’ve been trying to trace the location of the club for over 20 years, but never found proof where it was. I was beginning to think Sam made the whole thing up. However, I was reading Jim Berkenstadt‘s great book ‘The Beatle that Vanished’ – about Jimmie Nicol, which states Jimmie was in the house band there! Berkenstadt quotes famed guitarist  Albert Lee who says “We would go there after the 2 I’s and play until the early hours in Soho.”

Unfortunately, the book does not say the exact location of the club. However, my curiosity has been aroused again, and I will keep searching!

The Beatles on the Cover of Latest ‘Uncut’ Magazine

What do you do when you’ve just released the most significant album in rock history? For The Beatles in late 1967, the answer was simple: go back to work, but in the most playful way possible. In our new issue of Uncut, out on Thursday in the UK (though hopefully subscribers should have their copies sooner), we mark the 50th anniversary of recording sessions which turned into parties, psychedelic and spiritual adventures (“George swore to me he could levitate”), destabilising tragedies and, eventually, a redemptive and surreal trip into the unknown – the Magical Mystery Tour. “The songs had changed, our attitudes had changed,” says Ringo Starr. “Our well-being had changed.”
Read more at http://www.uncut.co.uk/blog/introducing-new-issue-uncut-9-101767#7d1d9O4gfgO7ZwmW.99

Uncut Magazine

Patti Smith Named 2017 John Lennon Real Love Award Honoree

Patti Smith will receive the John Lennon Real Love Award at the Theatre Within’s 37th Annual John Lennon Tribute, taking place December 1st at Symphony Space in New York City.

During the show, Smith will perform a set comprising her favorite Lennon and Beatles tunes, while an array of artists will also team to cover Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in its entirety to celebrate the album’s 50th anniversary. Additional performers will be announced on Lennon’s birthday, October 9th.

For more on this story, see http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/patti-smith-named-2017-john-lennon-real-love-award-honoree-w504202

George Harrison’s sitar to be auctioned

A sitar owned and played by George Harrison is going to be auctioned in the United States.

The instrument, purchased from a shop on London’s Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood.

The Indian string instrument, crafted by a well-known music shop in Kolkata, was later gifted to a friend of Harrison’s first wife, Patti Boyd.

Bidding for the sitar will begin on 28 September at $50,000 (£37,327).

For more see http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-41276669

Finding the Fourth Beatle book Available for Pre-Order

There are only 1000 copies available and in high demand! Even before the Pledgemusic site was launched we received over 50 pre-orders, so don’t miss the chance!
Why should you order the new book? Is there something new to say about The Beatles?

The is the story of The Beatles from 1956-1970 told through the 18 drummers, including Colin Hanton, Pete Best and Jimmie Nicol, and some you may not have heard of. The Beatles’ crises; changes of musical direction, getting a record deal, and finding the drummer who would put the beat into The Beatles: Ringo Starr, the Fourth Beatle.
🎸The story of all the 18 drummers 🎸Those who could have joined The Beatles, but didn’t 🎸Expert analysis of the drummers by drummers
🎸Why Brian Epstein didn’t sign the Beatles contract
🎸Why The Beatles failed the Decca audition 🎸Were The Beatles under contract at Parlophone in June 62?
🎸Why Pete Best was not sacked/dismissed by The Beatles or Brian 🎸Who was asked to replace Pete Best before Ringo 🎸Why Ringo became the Fourth Beatle and inspired a generation of drummers
Pre-order the book and CD/Album https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/finding-the-fourth-beatle

Support the Film – https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/finding-the-fourth-beatle-film-documentary-music-band  Any questions, let me know?
This is the story of The Beatles to the beat of a drum……

Finding the Fourth Beatle book

 

Sgt Pepper Documentary Released in the US

BFD (distributed by The Orchard) is pleased to announce that it will release the all new highly anticipated Beatles documentary IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY! THE BEATLES: SGT. PEPPER & BEYOND on VOD & DVD across the USA on September 8th 2017. From the Emmy nominated director of Monty Python: Almost The Truth, Alan G. Parker (Rebel Truce: The Story of The Clash, Hello Quo, Never Mind the Sex Pistols, Who Killed Nancy) and produced by Reynold D’Silva and Alexa Morris, the film features incredible rare archival footage unseen since the 1960s. The film also features rare interviews with The Beatles’ original drummer Pete Best, John Lennon‘s sister Julia Baird, Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein’s secretary Barbara O’Donnell, Steve Diggle of the Buzzcocks, Beatles associate Tony Bramwell, Pattie Boyd‘s sister Jenny Boyd, Hunter Davies, Simon Napier-Bell, Ray Connolly, Bill Harry, Philip Norman, StEve Turner, Andy Peebles, Freda Kelly and The Merseybeats. For more see https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Beatles-Sgt-Peppers-Documentary-IT-WAS-50-YEARS-AGO-TODAY-Out-on-DVD-VOD-Today-20170907#

PS The DVD extras shows your blogger, Richard Porter, talking about the history of 34 Montagu Square, where Ringo, Jimi Hendrix, and John and Yoko all lived at one time.

 

 

Bangor Beatles Photos to be Auctioned

This fascinating selection of photos gives a rare glimpse into the Beatles trip to Bangor days before they learned of the death of their manager Brian Epstein.
The Fab Four arrived to a fanfare in the north Wales town on August 25, 1967, for a 10-day conference on transcendental meditation having met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at a lecture in London the day before.
They had just released their eighth studio album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and were at the height of their fame.

For more see http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4861588/Pictures-Beatles-Bangor.html