Paul and Linda McCartney at MPL

As it is the 50th anniversary today of Paul McCartney first meeting  Linda Eastman at the Bag O Nails club in London, I thought I would share this photo I took of Paul and Linda outside MPL in June 1983. They were a great couple, and Linda was very much the love of Paul’s life.

Paul and Linda McCartney, MPL, 1983

May 15th 1967 – Paul McCartney meets Linda Eastman

May 15th 1967 – Paul McCartney meets Linda Eastman at the Bag O Nails Club in Kingly Street, Soho, London.

In an extract from my book Guide to the Beatles London Bill Harry, who was with in the club that night, tells how it happened:

“I was down at the Bag O’ Nails, which was one of our favourite clubs. Paul and John used to go there. I’d meet John and Yoko up at the Speakeasy club, which is in Margaret Street, not far away. John used to give us a lift to the Bag O’Nails. We used to sit in the back of the car with John and Yoko, and Yoko never said a word, never spoke.

“It was Paul who went to the Bag more regularly. I remember one night, Virginia and I were sitting at the table, and Paul was at the next table to us. We were chatting a while, and then Chas Chandler came up with Linda Eastman and introduced Paul to her. We were listening to Georgie Fame performing. Then, Chas Chandler, Paul and Linda left and went to Speakeasy – we went between the two clubs in those days.”

A few days later, Linda was invited by Brian Epstein to the launch party of Sgt Pepper at his home in Chapel Street, where Paul and Linda were photographed together for the first time.

They married on March 12th 1969.

The plaque to the meeing of Paul and Linda

Sgt Pepper Event in the Ground of Chiswick House

20th May 2017 – 21st May 2017

It was 50 years ago today, Sergeant Pepper taught the band to play…

In May 1966, the four most famous people on the planet strolled into Chiswick House and Gardens to create two ground-breaking mini films which would change music history… “Paperback Writer” and “Rain”

To celebrate 50 years since the release of The Beatles’ “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club album”, Chiswick House and Gardens is hosting an extraordinary living installation that recreates the infamous album cover in front of the Ionic Temple, in partnership with Gavin Jones Ltd.

“Get Back” to where the Beatles walked half a century ago with our Beatles map.

Pick one up from our shop and start your Beatles adventure!

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