When John met Paul – It Was 60 Years Ago Today!

So, on July 6th 1957 Ivan Vaughan had the foresight to take his friend Paul McCartney along to St Peter’s Church Fete to see his friend, John Lennon, play with his band the Quarrymen. ‘Ivy’ introduced Paul to John in St Peter’s Church Hall, where Paul McCartney showed off his musical talent, and was later asked to join the band. They start writing songs together, and got pretty good at it.

Paul bought his friend, George Harrison into the band, and they changed their name to the Beatles. Then Ringo came into the band and the Beatles music spread worldwide.

Two people touched by the music, was Richard Porter (me :>) who was moved to start a Beatles Fan Club in London. Around the same time Irina Dyomkina was equally moved in Moscow, USSR, to start a Beatles Fan club there. Irina and Richard met in 1990 and married in 2004. Their daughter, Lilia, was born in 2007.

So today we raise a glass to Ivan Vaughan, without whom…..

The Quarrymen, July 6th 1957
Ivan Vaughan
Richard, Irina and Lilia Porter

Wish Peace and Love to Ringo on his Birthday INSIDE Abbey Road Studios! – an Update

Update – we think only 100 people will be given access to Studio One – so arrive early!

Come together for a moment of Peace & Love at Abbey Road Studios on Friday 7 July, as part of Ringo Starr’s annual Peace & Love Birthday Celebration. Abbey Road Studios are inviting a limited number of fans into Studio One to participate in a live Facebook broadcast of the ‘Peace & Love’ message.

To access this event, you will need one of Ringo’s ‘Peace & Love’ bracelets, available for free exclusively from the Abbey Road Shop. Bracelets will be available while stocks last on Friday 7 July starting from 9.30 am.

Ringo also invites everyone everywhere to think, say, or post #PeaceandLove at noon their local time, thus generating a wave of Peace & Love that moves over the planet on July 7 starting at noon in New Zealand and ending at noon in Hawaii.

It’s very apt the event is in Studio One, because it’s in there on June 25th 1967, the Beatles recorded ‘All You Need is Love’ in front of a worldwide audience of 400 Million people, for the worldwide TV broadcast ‘Our World’.

Wish Peace and Love to Ringo on his Birthday INSIDE Abbey Road Studios!

Come together for a moment of Peace & Love at Abbey Road Studios on Friday 7 July, as part of Ringo Starr’s annual Peace & Love Birthday Celebration. Abbey Road Studios are inviting a limited number of fans into Studio One to participate in a live Facebook broadcast of the ‘Peace & Love’ message.

To access this event, you will need one of Ringo’s ‘Peace & Love’ bracelets, available for free exclusively from the Abbey Road Shop. Bracelets will be available while stocks last on Friday 7 July starting from 9.30 am.

Ringo also invites everyone everywhere to think, say, or post #PeaceandLove at noon their local time, thus generating a wave of Peace & Love that moves over the planet on July 7 starting at noon in New Zealand and ending at noon in Hawaii.

It’s very apt the event is in Studio One, because it’s in there on June 25th 1967, the Beatles recorded ‘All You Need is Love’ in front of a worldwide audience of 400 Million people, for the worldwide TV broadcast ‘Our World’.

 

Summer ‘London Beatles Day’ Coming Soon!

Saturday 22nd July 2017.
It’s not long now until the summer London Beatles Day in Ealing (London W5 2XA)

We will be very pleased to welcome you to the Summer London Beatles Day which will take place on SATURDAY 22nd July 2017 at The Christ Saviour Church Hall In the heart of Ealing in West London on New Broadway (which runs into the Uxbridge Road) London, W5 2XA, from 10am…

The event is  FREE ADMISSION !

(PLEASE NOTE: due to a nightime function in the hall, we are closing at 3.30pm for this event only…)

The event will feature the usual great selection of EVERYTHING Beatles, Records, books, CDs, DVDs & books, posters and much more! – Lots of Beatles vinyl at great prices and in great condition, forget the London shops get down to the BEATLES DAY you will not be disappointed… Plenty of boxes of vinyl for Beatles crate digging!

There will also be a very good selection of Non Beatles items for sale, CDs, vinyl, books etc…
The venue is situated on the main road served by plenty of buses & only a 5-minute walk from Ealing Broadway Station (Central & District lines tube & main line station) plenty of food & drink options in the area. The event will be open from 10am to 3.30pm.  The Beatles Day will be in the Church Hall which is situated behind the main church look out for our signs! … cheap car parking is close by.

Please remember on a Saturday there is NO congestion charge in London

We look forward to seeing new & existing collectors & fans – don’t forget it’s FREE to come in…

For more details see: www.beatlesdays.com

Liverpool to Celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the day John Met Paul

THE DAY JOHN MET PAUL

THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT ST. PETER’S CHURCH CHURCH RD, LIVERPOOL L25 5JF

ADMISSION £2.50 ON THE DOOR

On 6 July 1957, 60 years ago this summer, John Lennon and his band The Quarrymen followed a marching band through the streets of Woolton to play at the annual St. Peter’s Garden Fete.  That afternoon he met Paul McCartney and together they went on to change the face of music forever.

This year, on 6 July 2017, 60 years to the day, we will be celebrating the anniversary of The Quarrymen’s performance at the Fete, and the day John met Paul.  We will step back in time to replicate the Fete and the Grand Dance at the Church Hall.  This will be a community collaboration with the Church and Bishop Martin School where the original Fete took place.

All the elements of a typically English garden fete will be celebrated, including the children’s fancy dress party and the Crowning of the Rose Queen.  Amongst the many attractions will be games, cake sales, refreshments, and much more and, of course, dancing to the music of The Quarrymen and other artists.

10 years into the future, the 1967 Summer of Love, another marching band was born.  2017 also celebrates the 50thanniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  It’s safe to say that The Beatles may not have happened if it had not been for the 6 July 1957 – the Day John Met Paul.

For more details see https://www.cavernclub.org/events/event/the-day-john-met-paul/?date=2017-07-06

Paul McCartney to Gain Control of the Lennon/McCartney songs?

Paul McCartney has come to an out of court agreement with Sony over the control of the songs he wrote with John Lennon.

McCartney sued Sony in January asking the court for a declaration that he could soon reclaim his copyright ownership share to the iconic group’s catalog of songs. Because the Copyright Act of 1976 lengthened the term of copyright protection by 19 years, it created for owners of works who signed over their rights on or before Jan. 1, 1978 the non-waivable right to reclaim them after a certain period of time. The provision McCartney relied on here states specifically: “Termination of the grant may be effected at any time during a period of five years beginning at the end of fifty-six years from the date copyright was originally secured, or beginning on January 1, 1978, whichever is later.”

For Paul McCartney, the important date is October 5th 2018, the 56th anniversary of the release of the Beatles first single ‘Love Me Do’.

Yoko One made an agreement with Sony many years ago.

It’s interesting that many of the reports on this are saying that McCartney will be ‘regaining’ control of the songs. Actually, he’s never had control before. To start with, a music publishing company was set up called ‘Northern Songs’ with publisher Dick James. James had about 50% of the shares, and John Lennon and Paul McCartney about 20% each. Dick James sold his shares to Lew Grade of ATV, and in a fierce battle to get control of he songs, Apple (the Beatles company that is) lost out and ATV got full control. The songs were then sold on and sold again in the early 80s when Michael Jackson bought them from pretty much under Paul’s nose, when they were working together. Jackson then got into financial problems, and sold a portion of his shares to Sony, to being the company Sony/ATV. Jackson’s family have since sold all their shares to Sony.

For more on this, see http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/7850068/paul-mccartney-sony-atv-settlement-beatles-rights

Paul McCartney in Train Journey Shock!

Well, it must be a low news day today. The UK tabloids think it’s news that Paul McCartney travels alone on a train ‘without the usual rock star entourage’. Well, actually, he’s been doing this for several decades – but I guess no-one bothered to take a picture of him doing it. I’m not going to bother to put the photo here :>)

28th June 1990 Paul McCartney ‘Let it Be Liverpool’

27 years ago today, Paul McCartney played a very special concert in his home town. The highlight was a medley of songs associated with John Lennon – ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ ‘Help!’ and ‘Give Peace a Chance’.

When Paul finished ‘Give Peace a Chance’ the audience continued to sing it – and Paul and the band did an encore. A very emotional moment for all concerned, especially Paul, and me, who was in the audience. A very memorable night!

With Gene Simmons in Abbey Road Studios!

I’ve been doing Beatles tours for about 25 years and during that time have taken around 150,000 people on tours. Perhaps the best experience I had was when I was asked to appear on the show ‘Gene Simmons’ Family Jewels.

Gene is lead singer of Glam Rock group Kiss. In the band, known for it’s extravagant make up and clothes. Gene has been ‘happily unmarried’ to Shannon Tweed for more than 20 years. Shannon is a former Playboy ‘Playmate of the Year’ and former girlfriend of Hugh Heffner.  They have two kids, Nick and Sophie.

For the show they are ‘on holiday’ in the UK and I gave them a tour of Studio Two at Abbey Road – where The Beatles recorded nearly all their songs. Normally it is impossible to get into the Studios – but Gene’s crew hired Studio Two for the morning. Even though I’d been in Studio Two many times I still get a thrill being inside the place where The Beatles recorded so many songs. I’d also never done a tour inside the Studio, so I knew it was going to be an unforgettable experience.

I was expecting the family to be rather weird and the whole experience very daunting. In Kiss, Gene was known as ‘Demon’ and supposedly spitting blood on stage, however, in real life he is a real gentleman. He is also an enthusiastic and very knowledgeable Beatles fan – something that surprised me as Kiss are know for their heavy rock.

The day of the tour saw London’s first snow of the winter and was freezing cold. I was glad most of the morning was going to be spent inside.

I left for the studios early as I was worried transport would be affected but luckily the buses weren’t too bad and I arrived in good time. When Gene and his family arrived I was asked by their TV crew to meet them on the famous steps of the Studios and lead them inside. They greeted me very courteously and any nerves I had about the occasion disappeared.

We first entered the control room in Studio Two where I told them a bit about The Beatles recording history in the Studios. I was surprised that Gene knew the name of Andy White, the session drummer that played on Love Me Do. Gene told the story of how he met Ringo at a party at literally picked him up. He then demonstrated on me!

We then went down into the Studio itself and I pointed out the various instruments in there which the Beatles used on their sessions, including the piano used on Lady Madonna. Nick played some very nice tunes on the piano. We were amazed to see that the piano had cigarette burns all over it – including on the piano keys! Gene expressed surprise that smoking was allowed in the studios – it seems the whole family are against smoking (another surprise!)

They were also just as nice when the cameras were switched off.  At one point, I told Gene I had written a book about the Beatles In London. He asked me for a copy – and asked me to sign it for him! A nice touch.

The two hours went by much too quickly. Gene and his family were some of the nicest people I’ve had on a tour. The experience obviously meant more to Gene than the rest of the family, but they all treated me with great respect and listened with interest. A very pleasant morning.

To see the show click http://www.aetv.com/shows/gene-simmons-family-jewels/videos/25-british-invasion

My bit is at about 3 minutes, 50 seconds.

Me with Gene Simmons and family in the Control Room of Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios

 

Celebrate Ringo’s Birthday with ‘Peace and Love’ at Abbey Road Studios

Plans are being made to celebrate Ringo Starr’s 77th Birthday with a gathering of fans at Abbey Road Studios on 7th July. At 12 noon, we will be wishing Ringo and the world ‘Peace and Love’ for his birthday. This will also be taking place at 12 noon in many gatherings around the world. We will also do a mass walk across the famous Abbey Road Crossing.

More details will be announced soon, so please join us on 7th July!