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Beatles Royal Command Performance 1963 Poster – Fake News?

One of  the most re-produced photos of the Beatles shows them by a blue wall and doorway. It was made into a poster, licensed by Brian Epstein’s company, NEMS Enterprises, that sold hundreds of thousands copies over the world. The poster had the caption ‘Beatles London Palladium Royal Command Performance 1963 ‘.

Unfortunately, there are several things wrong with this poster. For a start, the 1963 Royal Command Performance was NOT at the London Palladium, it was at the Prince of Wales Theatre. The Beatles played at the Palladium a few weeks before the Royal Command Performance, which might have caused the confusion.

So, was the photo taken at the London Palladium? Err No. In fact it almost certainly wasn’t taken in the UK, and not  in 1963, but early 1964. Here is an out-take from the same photo session:

You can’t fail to notice the huge ‘Ford Service’ sign above the Beatles. There is nothing like this near the London Palladium! You will also notice that the poster photo has been reversed from this one.

So where was the photo taken? I wish I could be sure! Some say in was taken is Paris in January 1964, and some in Washington DC in February 1964. I thought it was Paris, but renowned French journalist and Beatles expert Jacques Volcouve says there was nothing like the ‘Ford Service’ place in Paris, and thinks it was taken in Washington.

Let’s look at more photos, that might give us a clue. Here is another out-take by the blue wall, that shows Paul wearing a shiny (maybe leather?) jacket, which he took off for the most famous photo.

Here are the Beatles coming out of the George V Hotel in Paris, with Paul wearing a leather jacket. Is it the same one? The other Beatles seem to be wearing the same clothes as the ‘Palladium’ poster.

Here is a photo of the Beatles in Washington. All are wearing very similar clothes as the ‘Palladium’ shots, except Paul, who is not wearing a leather jacket, but an overcoat, like the others.

Well the jury is out. What do you think? Paris or Washington? Who was the photographer? Any details would be gratefully received!

One thing is for sure though, it wasn’t taken at the Palladium!

 

Blogger Richard Porter is a London Beatles tour guide. For more info on his tours go to http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

 

 

Back on the London Beatles Walks

I’m back on the London Beatles Walks full time on Saturday after my jury duty. Is going to be a busy few weeks -with Paul McCartney‘s London concert, and Christmas just around the corner.

I still have some spots available for private walks, but they are filling up fast, so book now to avoid disappointment.

For my public tours, you just need to show up and pay on the day. As well as the usual walks, I am doing a special ‘Beatles at Christmas’ walk on December 26th.

Full details of all my tours are at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

Beatles Walking Tours of London!

From Trip Adviser

Magical mystery tour – Beatles walking tour with Richard Porter

It was a fantastic tour that was very insightful and enlightening. It featured very famous sites such as Abbey road and the Apple records building on Savile Row as well as more peculiar sites that would be invisible to the untrained eye. Richard is a fantastic tour guide who has a wealth of knowledge about the beatles as well as the culture of the sixties. Very interesting stories, aided by his booklet of photos relevant to each site. As an avid Beatles fan this was amazing but dont worry if you aren’t the biggest beatles fan, you will still enjoy this insight into the biggest band ever and the culture they both grew in and shaped.

For more details of my tours go to http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

August 8th 2018 Cross Abbey Road 49 Years to the Minute Since the Beatles!

The Beatles crossed Abbey Road at 11:30am on August 8th 1969 for the photo shoot for their new album cover. Since then, millions of other people have done the same. Join us to cross Abbey Road exactly 49 years to the minute since the Beatles, at 11:30am from August 8th 2018. The cast of the Beatles musical,  ‘Let it Be’ will be there – dressed as the Beatles were on that historic day. The cast will be there from 11am.

Not long to the 50th anniversary!!

We will also be crossing Abbey Road later that day on my London Beatles Walk – full details at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

A rather famous album cover :>)

Paul McCartney ‘Secret event’ at Abbey Road Studios Tomorrow

Paul McCartney’s ‘secret London event’ will be at Abbey Road Studios on Monday 23rd July. I was outside the Studios at lunchtime today, and saw huge cameras being set up in car park. Then, this evening, many crates of equipment were being taken into the studios, with the MPL logo clearly displayed.

As yet, I don’t know the time of the event, or what actually is happening. However, as cameras were being set up in the car park, it seems that at least some of it will be outside the studios.

More when I get it :>)

cameras being set up at Abbey Road Studios today

Good Day Sunshine on London Beatles Walks

It will be a ‘Good Day Sunshine’ on my London Beatles walks this weekend, as London will be basking in high summer temperatures.

We have the Beatles ‘In My Life’ walk on Saturday at 11am from Marylebone Station and the Beatles ‘Magical Mystery tour’ on Sunday at 11am from Tottenham Court Road Station. Full details at http;//www.beatlesinlondon.com

MayDay MayDay – New Start Time for Beatles In My Life Walks

From May 1st – the Beatles ‘In My Life’ walk starts at 11am, every Tuesday and Saturday, from outside the main archway entrance of Marylebone Station.

There are places I’ll remember’ – The Beatles ‘In My Life’ tour of London. 
A walking tour of some of the major Beatles sites in the Marylebone area of London; including where the opening scenes of a Hard Day’s Night were filmed; the apartment where Ringo Starr, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon and Yoko Ono all lived; the house where Paul McCartney dreamed ‘Yesterday’; and a tube ride to St John’s Wood to see Abbey Road Studios and cross the famous Abbey Road Crossing.

You can book for the tour at https://www.funzing.com/sd/EatGVX
or just turn up and pay on the day.

More details of this, and my other tours, at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com