Sgt Pepper’s True Identity Revealed!

While the picture of the man depicting “Sgt. Pepper” in The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album looks like a character out of a story book, he was actually a real person. His name was James Melvin Babington, and author Bruce Spizer says his new book  “The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans’ Perspective,” reveals his identity and a little of his history for the first time.

For more on this story – see http://variety.com/2017/music/news/beatles-real-sgt-pepper-album-cover-1202425909/?curator=MusicREDEF

Beatles Day Tripper in London 4th June!

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album on a day of celebrations in London.

11 am: Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ walking tour – from outside exit one of Tottenham Court Road Underground Station. Abbey Road, 3 Savile Row, London Palladium, and more! Full Details at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

3:00 PM Special Beatle Tour on a 60s London Routemaster Bus! Seeing Twickenham Film Studios, where the cover of Sgt Pepper was shot, Olympic Studios, and many others.

8:00 PM BEATLES 4EVER playing LIVE at One Kew Road, Richmond – the former Crawdaddy Club, home to the Rolling Stones!

Full details and tickets from https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/londons-swinging-60s-bus-tour-live-music-option-tickets-33953554997

Sgt Pepper Taxi’s In London

Promotion for the release of the 50th anniversary editions of Sgt Pepper is hotting up! A new fleet of taxis has appeared in London, advertising the new release, each coloured to match the costumes the Beatles wore on the album cover. Sgt Pepper will be in the shops on May 26th.

Sgt Pepper Taxis in London

London Beatles Walks on Polish Radio

On 31st May I will be interviewed on Polist Radio Station,  Polskie Radio Lublin about my London Beatles Walks and ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. It will be broadcast live at 9:00 am (UK time). Other people to be interviewed on the show include Beatles authors Philip Norman and Keith Badman. For more details on the station, and to listen online, see http://radio.lublin.pl/

For more on my London Beatles Walks see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

 

Unseen Footage from Help! to be Shown on TV Tonight

Unseen footage of the Beatles larking around as they filmed a movie in the Austrian Alps has emerged after being stored in a garage for more than 50 years.

The footage, entitled Snow Scenes, was taken by the late actor Leo McKern, best known as Rumpole of the Bailey on ITV between 1978-92.

In 1965, McKern was in the Richard Lester-directed film Help! along with the Beatles, playing a cult supervillain called Clang who is after the ring on Ringo’s finger.

The footage will be shown on BBC’s ‘The One Show’ at 7pm.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/may/12/unseen-footage-of-the-beatles-during-filming-of-help-emerges-after-50-years?CMP=share_btn_fb

Mark Lewisohn to Give Beatles Lecture in London

Mark Lewisohn, the world’s leading Beatles historian and author, is giving a lecture on the Beatles in Walthamstow, London, on Thursday 11th May.

Walthamstow Rock ‘n’ Roll Book Club invites YOU to bring along a Beatles or Beatles-related artefact which Mark Lewisohn will talk about for a timed five minutes, explaining the Beatles’ vast history through that specific prism. The item can be anything at all – a photo, a record, a document, a press cutting or magazine cover, a piece of memorabilia, a book – just grab any kind of souvenir that grabs you, and bring it along. Mark won’t know the items in advance and will illuminate them spontaneously, informatively and fascinatingly before moving on to the next.

For details, and tickets see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-beatles-in-five-minute-bites-with-mark-lewisohn-tickets-32720102708

A New Sgt Pepper Album Cover Photo Emerges

A new photo from the photoshoot of Sgt Pepper has appeared on the Beatles official Facebook account. It’s a black and white shot showing how the layout was set up. It also shows the Beatles in different positions to the final photo. Notice the figure of Gandhi, above the Diana Dors. This was removed on the instance of Sir Joseph Lockwood of EMI, as he thought it would upset EMI’s big Indian market.

 

You can see the photo at https://www.facebook.com/thebeatles/photos/a.210725979538.130908.69116329538/10155307452919539/?type=3&theater

9th May 1965 – A Busy ‘Day in the Life’ for the Beatles!

Sunday 9th May 1965 – a busy ‘Day in the Life’ for the Beatles! During the day, they film many outdoor scenes in London for Help!

Firstly, they all go to New Bond Street to be filmed going into the famous jeweler, Asprey. When filming, John saw lots of fans running towards him. He ran into Asprey to avoid them, and out the other side. He was only in the shop for about 30 seconds, but managed to spend about £600 on jewellery on display. In today’s money that’s more like £10,000.

They then film outside the Dolphin restaurant in Marylebone, renamed the Rajahama for the film. They try to find out about the significance of the Ringo on Ringo’s finger from 2 ‘Easterners’ outside the restaurant. But as Ringo say’s ‘They’re from the West!’ to which one replies ‘No, I’m from the East – Stepney!’ BTW the ‘Easterners’ are played by Alfie Bass and Warren Mitchell, 2 of London’s best known comedy actors.

They’re from the West! Ringo outside the ‘Rajahama’ restaurant

They then go to St Margaret’s, Twickenham, to film 2 attempts of the dreaded Kahili to retrieve the ring. Firstly, Ringo and John are seen walking down South Western Road, where Ringo goes to post a letter in a letter box, outside 1 South Western Road, only to find one of the villains in the box. He then uses a weighing machine outside 42 Winchester Road, only to find there is a guillotine attached! This scene was filmed only a few metres from the Turks Head Pub, where Ringo upset the pub games in ‘A Hard Day’s Night’

John and Ringo in South Western Road, Twickenham

If that wasn’t enough, in the evening the Beatles all go to see Bob Dylan in concert at the Royal Albert Hall!

Read all about these places in my book ‘Guide to the Beatles London’ and see then on my Beatles tours. For more info see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

‘Royal Iris’ Ferry Cross the Mersey, now a ‘Rustbucket’ in London

A once-thriving “booze boat ” that hosted The Beatles, the Queen and Prince Philip has been left to rot into a sinking “rustbucket.” It is now moored on the River Thames, close to the Thames Barrier.

The Royal Iris was a familiar sight on the Mersey for over 40 years and was variously known as “the booze boat”, “the love boat” and “the fish and chip boat”. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/party-boat-hosted-beatles-queen-10369057

I’ve been on the Royal Iris myself, when it was used for gigs during ‘Beatleweek’. I hope it can be saved.