4th December 1968 – Hell’s Angels at Apple!

December 4th 1968. Memo sent by George Harrison to staff at Apple about the arrival of a group of Hell’s Angels to 3 Savile Row.
George had encountered the Hell’s Angels a year before, when he visited Haight Ashbury in San Francisco. George and wife Pattie had been mobbed by Beatles fans and hippies and the Hell’s Angels helped George escape. In thanking them for their help, George said to them ‘next time you’re in London, call us up’  – not thinking for one moment that they would!
However, word reached George that they were due to arrive, hence the memo.
George's memo to the staff at Apple
George’s memo to the staff at Apple

The mention of Czechoslovakia refers to the invasion of the country by the Russian Red Army. It seem the Hell’s Angel’s were going to take the whole army on!

 Luckily, only 2 arrived at 3 Savile Row, but with an entourage of hangers on, and their bikes, which Apple paid to get shipped over!

Frisco Pete and Billy Tumbleweed made an impression at the Apple Christmas party when they stole the Christmas turkey and decided eat it themselves, rather than share it with the other guests. Peter Brown suggested to them that this was unfair – and was given a bloody nose by one of them.

At another point in the party, Neil Innes  realised his five year old child was missing, and discovered him sitting on the knee of a hell’s angel being given a can of beer!

Eventually, the Hell’s Angels were persuaded to vacate 3 Savile Row, and one of them went to stay with Beatles hairdresser, Leslie Cavendish.
It’s not known whether they made it to Czechoslovakia!

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