Memorabilia Day: event coming to London

Following on from the success of the Liverpool memorabilia call out day in October 2016, The Beatles Story and Julien’s Auctions will be teaming up once again to bring ‘Memorabilia Day’ to London’s Hard Rock Cafe on Monday 5th June 2017. This special event will give members of the public, fans and collectors the opportunity to have their Beatles and Mersey Beat memorabilia appraised for free by the experts. – See more at:

Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane Single for International Record Store Day

For Record Store Day 2017, an exclusive, limited edition 7″ single of The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and “Penny Lane”, among the first songs recorded during the Sgt. Pepper sessions, which begin in November 1966. Rather than being held for inclusion on the album, the two songs were released as a double A-sided single in February 1967. Amidst intense media speculation about the band’s next move, the single bridged what was then considered a long gap between the Revolver album, released in August 1966, and Sgt. Pepper, which followed ten months later.

The single will be released on 22nd April – in a limited edition of just 7000 copies! Grab one if you can!

The picture sleeve for Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane

April 14th – A Busy Day for the Beatles

April 14th was a busy day for the Beatles over the years. Here are some of the highlights:


the Beatles film an appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars at Teddington Studios. They are met at the studios by Rolling Stones manager, Giorgio Gomelsky. who took them to nearby Richmond to see the Rolling Stones perform at the Crawdaddy Club. The Beatles later go back for a party to the Rolling Stones flat in Edith Grove. Mick Jagger remembers this when we inducted the Beatles into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.


The Beatles are in Ailsa Avenue, Twickenham, to film a scene for their second film, Help! The street is located near to Twickenham Film Studios, where the bulk of the film was made. Ringo Starr entered number five, John Lennon went into number seven, Paul McCartney number nine and George Harrison number 11.

Word went out rapidly that the Beatles were filming in the street, and and large group of fans quickly gathered to watch their heroes in action.

A number of other street scenes were also filmed on this day at Ailsa Avenue. The interior scenes in the houses, which turned out to be an extensive living area, were filmed at Twickenham Film Studios.


The Beatles record ‘Paperback Writer’ and ‘Rain’ in Studio 2 at EMI at Abbey Road.


John Lennon and Paul McCartney record The Ballad of John and Yoko at EMI Studios, Abbey Road.

John plays lead guitar and Paul drums, as George and Ringo were both unavailable.

The Ballad of John and Yoko was the Beatles final number one single in the UK


13th April 1965 The Beatles Record ‘Help!’

On April 13th 1965, the Beatles recorded ‘Help!’ in Studio 2 at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. As with their first film ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, The title of the film was chosen first, and the Beatles had to come up with a song with that title. The task could have been more difficult, if the original title ‘Eight Arms to Hold You’ hadn’t been rejected!

‘Help!’ was almost entirely written by John, who meant it as a cry for help, but at the time, it was just seen as another song. It was recorded in a four hour evening session, ending at 11pm. The Beatles resumed filming ‘Help!’ early next morning!

12th April 1967 – Paul McCartney Creates the Concept of ‘Magical Mystery Tour’

During the flight back to London with Mal Evans, following their week-long holiday in San Francisco, Denver and Los Angeles, Paul McCartney worked up his initial concept for the Magical Mystery Tour soundtrack and television special.

With the impending release of the album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, McCartney had moved on to the ‘next big thing’ — a Trippy TV show. Paul sketched out this ‘map’ of how the show might go, with the basics for such critical elements like ‘Yellow Coach’, ‘Lunch’, a ‘Busty Hostess’, a ‘Laboratory’ scene {better living thru chemistry}, lots of ‘Dream’ sequences as well as the mandatory ‘Stripper and Band’.

Paul McCartney diagram, showing his concept of Magical Mystery Tour

All You Need is …Money :>(

It seems that the BBC has pulled the plug on a TV special celebrating the 50th Anniversary of  the TV show ‘Our World’ – where the Beatles premiered the song “All You Need Is Love.” in front of a worldwide TV Audience of 400 million people.  BBC’s Editor of Special Events and Formats explained they were having trouble “securing funding” and were forced to put the project on hold.

11 April 1965 – the Beatles Appear on the NME Poll Winners Show

On April 11th 1965, the Beatles appeared on the annual New Musical Express (NME) Poll Winners Show at the Empire Pool Wembley. This was an annual event, with amazing line-ups. This year it included not only the Beatles, but the Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Georgie Fame, Them (featuring Van Morrison) Dusty Springfield, Donovan, plus many others.

The Beatles performed I Feel Fine, She’s a Woman, Baby’s in Black, Ticket to Ride, and Long Tall Sally, as well as receiving many awards, including ‘Best Group’.

As was common, much of the show was broadcast on TV. Here is the 1965 show. Pity Jimmy Saville is the compare :>(


It was 50 Years Ago Today – More Details of the new Sgt Pepper Film

Here is the trailer for the great new film ‘It was 50 Years Ago Today’

The film is as good as the trailer. I saw it a few weeks ago and can highly recommend it.

The film will be first shown in cinemas, starting on May 26th. More details of when and where will follow when known.

The DVD/Blu-Ray will be released on 3rd July. It will include well over 4 hours of extras, not in the cinema film! Among the extras is footage of Yoko Ono unveiling the English Heritage Blue Plaque at 34 Montagu Square in London, which was the first place she lived with John Lennon. In the footage is an interview with yours truly about John and Yoko having the ‘Two Virgins’ album cover picture taken there :>) The DVD can be ordered from