Thursday, 18 April 2019

McGear tracklist

"McGear" due out 28 June.
Details about the upcoming new edition of «McGear», Paul McCartney’s brother Mike «McGear» McCartney’s 1974 album. Out 28 June, 2019 as 2CD+DVD or single LP or digital download/streaming or numbered vinyl edition including a signed postcard and stuff.

• A newly re-mastered 2 CD & 1 DVD (NTSC/region free) expanded clamshell boxed set edition of this classic album.
• Produced by Paul McCartney
• Featuring songs written by paul McCartney & featuring Wings, Paddy Moloney (The Chieftains) & Vivian Stanshall
• Featuring 21 bonus tracks including 13 previously unreleased out-takes & unreleased tracks & 4 singles
• Re-mastered from the original master tapes
• With illustrated booklet with a new essay and a poster

Disc 1: CD
McGear: Remastered
1. Sea Breezes
2. What Do We Really Know?
3. Norton
4. Leave It
5. Have You Got Problems
6. The Casket
7. Rainbow Lady
8. Simply Love You
9. Givin’ Grease A Ride
10. The Man Who Found God On The Moon
Bonus Tracks
11. Sweet Baby
12. Dance The Do

Disc 2: CD
McGear: Out-Takes & Extras
1. Sea Breezes (Without orchestra)
2. Leave It (Extended version)
3. Dance The Do (Rough 1st mix)
4. What Do We Really Know? (Monitor mix)
5. Paddy Pipes 1
6. Do Nothing All Day
7. A To Z
8. Girls On The Avenue
9. Paddy Pipes 2
10. All The Whales In The Ocean
11. Blowin’ In The Bay
12. Keep Cool (Version 1)
13. Keep Cool (Version 2)
14. I Just Want What You Got – Money!
15. Paddy Pipes 3
16. Viv Stanshall Sings
17. Let’s Turn The Radio On
18. Dance The Do Radio Ad 1
19. Dance The Do Radio Ad 2

Disc 3: DVD
1. Mike (McGear) McCartney Reminisces At The Liverpool Institute For Performing Arts
2. Mike (McGear) McCartney Interview At The Everyman Theatre, Liverpool
3. “LEAVE It” Promotional film 1974
NTSC – Region 0

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a newly re-mastered 180 Gram gatefold vinyl LP edition the album, “McGear” by MIKE McGEAR. Originally released in 1974, “McGear” was the second solo album by Mike McGear (McCartney) and was a more “serious” record than his work with the Liverpool satirical trio Scaffold, or his work with Roger McGough on the “McGough & McGear” album.

Recorded at Strawberry studios in Stockport, (the musical home of the band 10cc), the album was produced by PAUL McCARTNEY (who also played on the album and co-wrote most of the material with Mike) and featured LINDA McCARTNEY and members of WINGS, along with guests such as PADDY (“Pipes”) MOLONEY of The Chieftains. The album featured a selection of tremendous songs such as ‘Rainbow Lady’, ‘Simply Love You’, ‘Givin’ Grease a Ride’ and ‘The Man Who Found God on the Moon’. McGear also featured an inspired cover of the Roxy Music song ‘Sea Breezes’, the evocative ‘The Casket’ and the hit single ‘Leave It’. McGear was charming, eccentric and unique in equal measure and was one of the great unsung albums of its time. The sessions also spawned a non-album single; ‘Dance the Do’ (which featured Vivian Stanshall).

Now acclaimed, but unavailable in any form for over twenty years, this long awaited vinyl reissue of “McGear” has been prepared with the full involvement of Mike (McGear) McCartney and has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and has been cut at the famous Abbey Road Studios. It includes a new poster and is a fine tribute to the eccentric genius of McGEAR.

Unavailable on CD for over twenty years, a long awaited expanded three disc edition reissue of “McGear” has been compiled with the full involvement of Mike (McGear) McCartney and has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes. It has an additional 21 bonus tracks, including 13 previously unreleased out-takes and tracks alongside singles appearing on CD for the first time. The set also includes a DVD featuring Mike (McGear) McCartney reminiscing at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, an interview with Mike at the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool and the 1974 promotional film for the single ‘Leave It’. The set also includes an illustrated booklet with new essay and a poster.

Cherry Red Records LP
Cherry Red Records 2CD+DVD
Amazon UK

Monday, 15 April 2019

Rock and Roll Circus 2CD track list

An updated track list for the new edition "Rock and Roll Circus" came our way, so we thought we'd share:

Disc 1
  1. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Rock And Roll Circus – Mick Jagger
  2. Entry Of The Gladiators – Circus Band
  3. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Jethro Tull – Mick Jagger
  4. Song For Jeffrey – Jethro Tull
  5. Keith Richards’ Introduction Of The Who – Keith Richards
  6. A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who
  7. Over The Waves – Circus Band
  8. Ain’t That A Lot Of Love – Taj Mahal
  9. Charlie Watts’ Introduction Of Marianne Faithfull – Charlie Watts
  10. Something Better – Marianne Faithfull
  11. Mick Jagger’s and John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Dirty Mac – Mick Jagger & John Lennon
  12. Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac
  13. Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis with The Dirty Mac
  14. John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Rolling Stones – Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones
  15. Parachute Woman – The Rolling Stones
  16. No Expectations – The Rolling Stones
  17. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
  18. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones
  19. Salt Of The Earth – The Rolling Stones

Disc 2 CD
  1. Checkin’ Up On My Baby – Taj Mahal
  2. Leaving Trunk – Taj Mahal
  3. Corinna – Taj Mahal
  4. Revolution (rehearsal) – The Dirty Mac
  5. Warmup Jam – The Dirty Mac
  6. Yer Blues (take 2) – The Dirty Mac
  7. Brian Jones’ Introduction of Julius Katchen – Brian Jones
  8. de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance – Julius Katchen
  9. Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st Movement – Julius Katchen
May 3, 2019 seems to be the release date and the following editions are due out:
  • 2 CD + DVD +BLU-RAY
  • 2 CD
  • DVD
  • 3 LP

Also, check out Ken Sharp's interview with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg about the TV Special.

Saturday, 13 April 2019

"Hutch" is dead

Larry Parnes audition, with Hutch behind the drums.
Johnny «Hutch» Hutchinson from Liverpool group The Big Three passed away yesterday, he was 80.
Hutch filled in on drums when The Beatles’ regular drummer Tommy Moore was late for their audition for Larry Parnes in 1960 (depicted) and again in the transition between Pete Best and Ringo Starr in 1962 after Pete had been fired and Ringo was still fulfilling his commitment to Rory Storm and the Hurricanes until they got a new drummer. In 2015, "Hutch" opened up to a UK newspaper about how Brian Epstein wanted him as Pete Best's successor in the Beatles:

Johnny Hutchinson, the drummer who turned down The Beatles before they became the biggest band in history, insists he would not trade places with Ringo Starr if he had his time again.

The quietly spoken musician says: “It was a big call but I have no regrets. I couldn’t carry it on. It was too much for me, playing with my group and playing with The Beatles.”
While Johnny’s name may not be familiar, the 76-year-old played three gigs with the fledgling rock ’n’ rollers in August 1962 but returned to his own band, The Big Three, despite an offer from Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
Johnny believes the offer, once thought to have been made weeks before Ringo was asked to join, may have come the same day incumbent drummer Pete Best was sacked.

Today, in a world exclusive, he recalls the day — August 16, 1962 — Epstein headhunted him.
He says: “I was 23 and playing with The Beatles in Chester. Brian was there and kept looking at me strange. I got off stage after the gig and had to zoom off. Brian said, ‘I was looking at you to see how you’d fit with The Beatles’. “I joked, ‘I don’t really.’ He said, ‘You do, I want you to join The Beatles.’” Johnny then remembers telling a shocked Brian: “I don’t want to play for The Beatles, Brian — I’ve got my own group. “I would not join The Beatles for a gold clock. “There’s only one group as far as I’m concerned and that’s The Big Three. “The Beatles can’t make a better sound than that and Pete (Best) is a very good friend of mine.”

In 1963, The Big Three released an EP on Decca Records.
Johnny adds: “They were lucky to be playing with me. I used to walk around Liverpool and think, ‘I own this city.’ Paul McCartney wouldn’t come near me. I told Brian I couldn’t do the dirty on Pete but he said, ‘John, The Big Three is limited but for The Beatles the world is their oyster.’ I’ll never forget him saying that. He was a very clever man.”
Johnny had already seen enough of his fellow Liverpudlians to decide he would not fit in. He reckons John Lennon was eager for him to join, but Johnny didn’t like the frontman’s drinking.
He says: “Me and John were different people. I used to pick him up when he was drunk face down in his meal. I didn’t drink. I go up to Liverpool airport now and see the sign ‘John Lennon Airport’ and I think, ‘Jesus Christ, if only they knew’.” But Johnny says the pair remained pals, adding: “John made up with me — he always used to say, ‘Johnny Hutch can sing better than you’ to Paul. He wanted me to join.”

So convinced was Johnny that The Beatles would never amount to anything, when he ended up with a self-portrait of John he let his dad use it to fix a broken door.
He recalls: “John owed me ten bob — 50p. So I went to his flat and said, ‘Hey, where’s my money?’ None of us had any money, we were all bums, we played music to get by, they were all lazy bastards. So I said, ‘Where’s my money?’ and he says, ‘I don’t have any’ and I said, ‘I want my money now or I’m taking something.’ There was a portrait of him on the floor in a red waistcoat and a white shirt — so I took that. He had painted it of himself. My ma put it at the fireplace but in the end my dad nailed the back door up with it. We had no timber and the door was bust, so he looked around and saw the portrait of John. How much do you reckon that would be worth now? £100,000? It must be.”

Of all The Beatles, Johnny was closest to George Harrison, who was “my favourite Beatle — a proper mate”. As for Ringo, Johnny takes the credit for urging Brian to recruit him. The two drummers knew each other well. Ringo bought his first car, a Standard Vanguard, from Johnny for £75.

Canny operator Brian apparently decided to keep Johnny in the dark about the talks the band already had with Ringo.

Johnny Hutchinson depicted in 2015.
Johnny says: “Ringo was with Rory Storm And The Hurricanes at the time. I told Brian to get him.

“Pete Best couldn’t play the drums — I could play the drums better than Pete Best with a stick stuck up my a**e. Honest. And Ringo? I gave Ringo the job. I wouldn’t let Ringo play my drums. I just wouldn’t. I didn’t trust him with my drums, just like nobody would get to drive my van.”

After the Chester gig, Johnny played two more the day after.

Ringo came on board at a show one night later, with news of Pete’s sacking leading to protests on the streets of Liverpool and at the city’s famous Cavern Club. The rest is history. Beatlemania swept the globe, while The Big Three parted ways after moderate success. But Johnny insists that, unlike Pete, his world never imploded and he never thought twice about the decision which might have cost him £180million — Ringo’s current worth on The Sunday Times rich list.

But being a rock star is now a distant memory to Johnny, who no longer keeps a drum kit in his house. His focus now is on his 12-strong property empire — although, last week, he took part in a reunion of Sixties Merseybeat legends at the Cavern, where they remembered old pal Cilla Black, who was buried in Liverpool on Thursday.

He says: “It was a great time and I loved it but to me it was just a game. Other bands were after fame and that’s all they cared about. They were all ‘would-bes if they could-bes’ and snotty-nosed kids really. Some bands, as soon as they made it, they p***ed off to London, and I hated London.”

Ringo celebrated his 75th birthday last month with an autograph session at LA’s Capital Records Tower, where The Beatles recorded. Since the Fab Four split in 1970, he has recorded 18 solo albums and been inducted into Music’s Hall Of Fame.
But Johnny, far from being bitter, only has fondness for the man who replaced him and recalls: “Ringo once said, ‘There’s only two drummers that have come out of Liverpool — me and Johnny Hutchinson.’
“He puts me second.”

Rest in peace, Hutch!

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Early version of "Something" promo recovered

Footage from the early edit of The Beatles' "Something" promotional film.
In the wake of the newly found 11 second fragment of The Beatles' 1966 "Top Of The Pops" appearance, Kaleidoscope reports that another gem from the show has been recovered. Apple sent an early version of the promotional film (which is what music videos were called back in the day) for "Something" to the BBC for use on the Nov. 13, 1969 edition of popular music chart show Top Of The Pops. A researcher found a tape of the film buried deep within an Austrian TV archive. BBC must have licensed some Top Of The Pops to them, so there's a few songs from the November 13, 1969 episode, including this. The other songs he found on the tape were by Jethro Tull, Fleetwood Mac and Nancy Sinatra. "When I first saw it I skimmed through it since I thought it was just a black & white copy of the promo we know," says the researcher who found it. But as a long time collector of Beatles film footage, he soon realised that there was something odd about the black and white video. The footage filmed by McCartney and sent to Apple for use in the film has not yet been included, so instead there's a bit of McCartney footage from the "Fool On The Hill" sequence from "Magical Mystery Tour". A little clip of Linda appears to come from the "Let It Be" sessions.

Footage of Linda from "Let It Be" made do for this early edit of the film.
Some outtakes from the other Beatles' sections of the promo is also there, in lieu of the missing McCartney scenes. Kaleidoscope believes that this version of "Something" has remained unseen since its original BBC transmission.

The early edit of "Something" will be shown at an event on the 20th of April in London. The event is called "Music Believed Wiped", a music-themed special of the hugely popular "Missing Believed Wiped" programme which the Kaleidoscope group curates in partnership with the British Film Institute. On the programme this evening is newly found clips of not only The Beatles, but also
Elton John, Fleetwood Mac, T.Rex, Slade and Cilla Black, among others.

Kaleidoscope is a voluntary, non profit-making group devoted to the appreciation and research of vintage television in all its forms. They publish research books and memoirs from radio, film and TV personnel. They also restore old format VCR recordings and store over 50,000 items of television, including videotapes, photos and memorabilia. If you have anything at home which you may think could be of interest, even audio tapes of UK broadcasts, you can get in touch with Kaleidoscope at

Here's the final edit of the "Something" promo, as published by The Beatles.

Monday, 8 April 2019

BBC releases "found" Beatles clip

The BBC has just released this little film clip, which is what we wrote about earlier in our blog post Lost Top of the Pops footage found?

An interview with (Aunt) Jessie Robins

Jessie Robins with Ivor Cutler and John Lennon in a scene from Magical Mystery Tour
An old interview with the actress who played Ringo's Aunt Jessie in Magical Mystery Tour, Jessie Robins recently reappeared in a Facebook group, courtesy of John Bezzini. It was an interesting read, so I thought I'd share it with you. It seems to have been originally published in printing, in London Magazine in 1989, and then it was transcribed and published online in in 2007. Jessie Robins passed away in 1991.

Q: What are you doing nowadays?
A: Nothing much, mostly staying at home with me dogs and oil painting. I find painting very comforting and also me little puppies. I take 'em for walks each day around me garden and it's wonderful. I don't suppose I sound very exciting. (laughs)

Q: How did you react when you got that phone call from Bernard [Knowles] to play Ringo's aunt?
A: I was stunned. It was as if the queen of England was calling to ask if I could join her for tea. IT was that momentous to me personally. I mean I'm going to act with The Beatles. I loved it and I told that Bernard that I'd do it at the drop of a hat. That poor chap jumped the gun a bit when I agreed to do it. (laughs) He said 'Well, can you come down now? I mean right now?' (laughs)

Q: What were The Beatles like?
A: Ohh...they were interesting lads especially that Lennon fellow. (Laughs) When we were shooting that scene where I'm singing some godawful song in that bus we were in, Lennon turns around and says 'Show 'em yer panties! Lift 'em up, mama!' (Laughs) I just lifted up me dress halfway. I'm no exhibitionist.

Q: What was your co-star Ringo like? Was he fun to work with?
A: Ringo was such a sweetheart. I enjoyed him and I felt we had great onscreen chemistry. Whenever he'd forget his lines he'd mutter something under his breath or make a joke. He had an interesting sense of humor, which was beyond me at times.

Q: What do you mean by interesting?
A: Well (pauses) if I could think now. (pauses) In that bus scene when I'm holding two bottles of beer and singing to that accordion, he remarked, "Honey, I've never seen a woman with two bottles in 'er
hand" or something like that. It just struck me as being funny in a raw kind of way- deadpanish, you know.

Q: Did they do any drugs on the set?
A: Mostly pot. I can't think of any other drugs they did except for that. It had a rather god-awful smell, and I can't imagine why they did it; but they did do it and I tried to ignore it.

Q: Were they good directors?
A: They didn't direct the whole picture- only some scenes. Bernard did the majority of the work and I imagined that The Beatles together wrote the script. I think Paul at times was the most capable director. (Laughs) The others were more interested in producing, I think. I could see that they were sometimes on each others case about things, and I felt that they were falling apart. (sighs) They had terrible rows sometimes.

Q: Do you remember any of the quarrels they had?
A: (pauses) I don't want to repeat what they said. It was just awful, some of the things they said to each other.

Q: Favourite song that they did in the movie?
A: Your mother should know, that was real nice (Sings) It was a hit before your mother was born. She was born a long, long time before. (Laughs) I can't remember the words now. (Laughs)

Q: (Laughs) You should've bought the record!
A: (Laughs) I know, I know.

Q: What was your fondest memory of Magical Mystery Tour?
A: I think Ringo kissing me on the lips! It was during that scene where we were fighting and he grabs me, you know. (she demonstrates) Well before I said my line, he up and kisses me on the lips. (Laughs) That was probably my fondest memory.

Q: What did he do after that?
A: We all laughed, so we had to do that scene all over again. We originally had trouble with it because Ringo and I kept laughing. If you watch the movie and go to that bit where Ringo's grabbing me just before I say 'Don't Get Historical', you can see him stifle a laugh. I loved it.

Q: What was your least fondest memory of Magical Mystery Tour?
A: The quarreling amongst the four of them and their excessive pot smoking. I didn't like it and neither did Bernard. I once had a chat with him about it, and he said that he was having trouble with John and George. They couldn't concentrate and it was beginning to show in the movie. I'm not going to go into particulars, but it was still a bad vibe.

Q: What did you think of George?
A: I didn't get a chance to talk with him much, but he I could tell he could be very sarcastic and moody. He wasn't like Ringo or Paul.

Jessie Robins (June 5, 1905 – August 10, 1991) was an English actress whose career lasted from 1958 to 1969. She had various roles in Benny Hill Show in 1958, and appeared in an episode of The Saint in 1963, but she is best known as Ringo's Aunt Jessie in Magical Mystery Tour from 1967. In 1968, she appeared in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a pastry cook.

Sunday, 7 April 2019

The Beatles on TV and video: New book

Jorg Piper and Volker Path's groundbreaking volume on The Beatles on TV and Film.
The subject of The Beatles' TV appearances was covered by the 448 pages book The Beatles - Film and TV Chronicle, 1961 - 1970 by Jörg Pieper and Volker Path in 2005. However, Premium Publishing haven't kept the book in stock or printed new editions, and since it's the only resource in the subject matter, it will cost you a lot of money these days.

Pieper followed up with a companion volume, the self-published The Solo Beatles Film & TV Chronicle 1971-1980, which had 330 pages and was published in 2009. It updated some information from the first book, and also featured solo appearances. The book is sold on a print-after-order basis and is re-structured and constantly updated by the author, as new information becomes available.

But here's a new book catering for Beatles video collectors and fans, as Peter Checksfield has made available his "THE BEATLES – TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE (The Ultimate Guide to John, Paul, George & Ringo on TV and Video)".

A new book by Peter Checksfield chronicles the Beatles TV and video appearances.

Press Release:

‘From The Beatles’ performance of ‘Some Other Guy’ at The Cavern in August 1962, to Paul McCartney’s video for ‘Who Cares’ in December 2018, this book lists every known TV performance, promotional video and live concert telecast by The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Aimed at both casual fans and fanatical collectors, this very readable book also includes chart positions, band line-ups, anecdotes and more, as well as featuring spin-off groups like The Plastic Ono Band, Wings, The Traveling Wilburys and The All-Starr Band.

The author of the acclaimed ‘Channelling The Beat! (The Ultimate Guide to UK ‘60s Pop on TV)’ and ‘Look Wot They Dun! (The Ultimate Guide to UK Glam Rock on TV in The ‘70s)’, Peter Checksfield has been collecting and researching music TV footage for nearly 40 years. He now puts that knowledge and experience into ‘The Beatles – Tell Me What You See’, which really is The Ultimate Guide to John, Paul, George & Ringo on TV and Video!’

This new book only chronicled full length, professionally filmed performances and videos - no news reports, interviews, audience footage or documentaries (unless they feature full length, exclusive, performances). The print edition of the book has 286 pages, paperback.
Here’s the books on Amazon (links are to the kindle version, the paperback should be available within 24 hours):

Amazon UK (Kindle edition)
Amazon USA (Kindle edition)

Friday, 5 April 2019

Blue plaque for 3 Savile Row

The Beatles - 3 Savile Row - Blue Plaque from MONO MEDIA FILMS on Vimeo.

A blue plaque, commemorating the Beatles' final live performance slightly more than fifty years ago was today mounted on the brick wall of Savile Row 3, the former Apple headquarters where the performance took place. Celebrations will be held later this month, enthuses Richard Porter, London Beatles Tour Guide and fan.

Richard Porter: 'I have been guiding Beatles tours in London for over 25 years, and visit Savile Row at least 3 days a week. On nearly every tour I am asked why there is no commemoration to the Beatles on the building. I was therefore delighted when I was approached by David Rosen of Pilcher Hershman, a fellow Beatles fan who works in Savile Row, with the idea of forming a committee to put up a Blue Plaque. We got together with fellow Beatles fans, Max Baxter of Mono Media Films, and David Stark of Songlink, to make it happen. As 3 Savile Row is a listed building, it took a long time for the plaque to be approved, but finally we were delighted to get the green light from Westminster Council.'

The plaque was erected quietly at 8am on April 5th. Amongst those present was actor Bill Nighy and author Dylan Jones. A big celebration will be held in Savile Row later this month.

Richard Porter said "I am very honoured to be part of the team that has finally commemorated such a famous event in musical and cultural history"

Some ten years ago, a request from the City of Westminster to decorate the fasade of the building with a green plaque on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the performance was turned down by the company who owned the building then.

The new owners, Abercrombie Kids are more sympathetically acknowledging the building's famous previous occupants, and have Beatles memorabilia available in the foyer.

The wording on the plaque:
The Beatles
played their last
live performance
on the roof
of this building.
30th January

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

New old George pics on Instagram

George revisits Cliveden House in 1981. Home of the Profumo affair and the palace scenes in "Help!"
Olivia Harrison has taken over George Harrison's Instagram account for a while, and is using it to publish some of the photos she took of George over the years.

The same photos are also posted on the official George Harrison Facebook page. Speaking of Instagram, remember when The Avedon Foundation posted the original photos of Paul and George on Instagram in May and June last year? In October, they also posted John's photo:

So now we're eagerly awaiting Ringo's.

Ringo by Avedon. Still waiting for the unprocessed original image.
George Harrison's Instagram account
Olivia Harrison's Instagram account

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Rare Lennon film footage rediscovered

Film crews from all over the world were there: the Bed-in for peace by John and Yoko. The famous images went all over the world. You would say we have seen them all. But 50 years later, a unique insight of that moment has come to light again.

The above is a film about the discovery. The full original film is 30 minutes long, and has only been shown once before - at the Edinburgh Film Festival the same year - before disappearing into the archives of Dutch broadcaster KRO.

Read more: Digital Journal

Friday, 29 March 2019

Dont Bother me - live performance?

Set list in Paul McCartney's handwriting includes "Don't Bother Me".
Up for auction at Gotta Have Rock and Roll is a Beatles setlist, signed on the flip side by Ringo and John. The interesting thing is that it lists "Don't Bother Me", George's first composition. This is a song which we didn't think was ever performed live by the group, and the jury's still out. The list is short, which begs the question: Did the Beatles both open and close the show? This would mean two set lists, one for opening the show and one for closing it.
Signed by Ringo and John on the reverse.
The item is listed as: "A Beatles Set List For A Concert At Cheltenham England 1963
The set list illustrated above has been written in the hand of Paul McCartney and signed on the reverse by John and Ringo".

Cheltenham would make it November 1, 1963 - the only time they played there - but the set list doesn't match. Some of this concert was filmed (see footage at the end of the YouTube interview clip), and Ringo was singing "Boys" - not "I Wanna Be Your Man". Their hit single "She Loves You" is not on the list either, and they would have performed that song in November of 1963.

Here's what The Beatles Bible has to say about November 1, 1963:

The Beatles' fourth British tour of 1963 opened on this evening with a performance at the Odeon Cinema in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

This was the group's first series of concerts as unchallenged headliners. The Beatles topped a bill featuring five other acts: The Rhythm & Blues Quartet, The Vernons Girls, The Brook Brothers, Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers, and The Kestrels. The compere on the tour dates was Frank Berry.

The following day a report in the Daily Mirror newspaper carried the headline: "Beatlemania! It's happening everywhere.. even in sedate Cheltenham". This is believed to be the first use of the word in print; by the end of the year it would be widely used.

According to that same article in The Beatles Bible, the set list for that particular tour went like this:

I Saw Her Standing There
From Me To You
All My Loving
You Really Got A Hold On Me
Roll Over Beethoven
Till There Was You
She Loves You
Money (That's What I Want)
Twist And Shout.

The first four numbers of course correspond with the set list now on auction, but on that list, George's "Roll Over Beethoven" is substituted by his own composition "Don't Bother Me" and Ringo's "Boys" by the Lennon-McCartney original "I Wanna Be Your Man".
Ticket stub for the second show that evening.
Still, they played two concerts in Cheltenham on that day, so perhaps they catered for the fans who came to both shows? By playing a couple of different songs for them, treating them to a few more numbers from the upcoming "With The Beatles" LP which was due out November 22?

No indication of two sets by The Beatles in the programme listing.

The same set list is depicted at the we-buy-beatles website, operated by UK memorabilia specialists, Tracks. That illustration also identifies it as Cheltenham 1963.

Wednesday, 27 March 2019

An accidental studio: the story on HandMade Films

Bill Jones (son of Monty Python Terry) and Ben Timlet have completed "An Accidental Studio", the story of Handmade Films. It’s on AMC in the UK May 4th, and internationally later in the year.

Coming to the rescue of Life Of Brian when the money fell at the last minute, George Harrison offered to fund the entire movie, mortgaging his house and his office to do so. As a Monty Python fan he credited the Python’s humour for saving his sanity whilst he was a Beatle. Now it was his turn to pay them back. The film was a massive hit, so successful in fact that they decided to set up a company - HandMade Films.

In a rare moment in film history HandMade dominated the British movie scene with its ethos of making and releasing maverick films that everyone else had rejected, from "Monty Python's Life Of Brian", "The Long Good Friday", Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" to "Mona Lisa" and "Withnail And I". George’s generosity in helping others fulfil their dreams, and his hands-off approach allowed filmmakers to shine in their work. As their films won awards and launched careers, HandMade became more than a happy accident. It became a signature of collaboration and integrity.

With unreleased archive interviews and footage with Harrison, exclusive interviews with Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Neil Jordan, and unseen interviews with Bob Hoskins, An Accidental Studio explores HandMade’s baptism by fire, the risks it took in producing uniquely crafted intelligent films and the stories that grew up around it.


Sunday, 24 March 2019

Lost Top of the pops footage found?

From the press call for Top of The Pops June 16th, 1966¨
Although by June 1966 it had been running for over two years, The Beatles had never previously appeared live on the BBC music show Top Of The Pops. They had pre-recorded exclusive performances in BBC studios, or sent promotional clips to be played on the show.

That changed on the 16th of June 1966, with a studio performance of new single "Paperback Writer". The Beatles had agreed two days previously, when manager Brian Epstein passed on a request from Top Of The Pops producer Johnnie Stewart. Unusually, on this occasion The Beatles agreed.

The group arrived at BBC Television Centre at 2.30pm for a rehearsal for the camera, and to pose for publicity photographs and conduct press interviews. More rehearsals followed between 4.15pm and 5.30, and from 6.30pm to 7pm.

The live broadcast took place between 7.30pm and 8pm on BBC One. The Beatles were the final act to appear, and mimed to both "Paperback Writer" and its b-side, "Rain". They were introduced by host Pete Murray.

From the performance: The Beatles mime to "Rain" and "Paperback Writer".
The Beatles' performance has since been wiped by the BBC, and the footage no longer exists in their archives. However, in 2010 a clip of The Hollies performing "Bus Stop" from the same season of Top of the Pops, in front of the same stage decoration as the Beatles, was posted on YouTube by a retired film editor based in the USA. Sadly, he only had that particular clip, but the appearance of the clip has rekindled hope that someone may be in the possession of the Beatles footage.

And today, UK newspaper Sunday Mirror rekindled that hope, as this clip shows:

Newspaper clipping from today's Sunday Mirror.
Q: I did a lot of taping of TV back in the 1960's, using 8mm cine film. One great clip shows The Beatles on Top Of The Pops on June 16, 1966. I believe it was the only time they were on the show live - though they actually mimed "Paperback Writer". I've been told this episode has been wiped clean and no other copies are available. With current technology I'm sure some studio out there could clean it up to make a good copy. I've sent you some stills to see what you think. David Chandler, via email.

A: You could be on to a Fab Fourtune here. The Beatles were introduced by DJ Pete Murray and the appearance has drawn lots of comment on internet forums. Depending on how many - if any - other tapes are out there, yours could be worth several thousand pounds. It certainly requires an in-person inspection.

Of course, the figure of "several thousand pounds" will only be realised if a collector is interested in buying the clip, which will then have to be sold without any copyright. The BBC do not have a policy of paying for material they themselves have lost over the years.

Thanks go to our reader Chris Fisher, who sent us the newspaper clipping!

This was The Beatles' last performance on a TV pop show, and as far as we know, the only time this performance of "Rain" was televised.

"Paperback Writer" was repeated 17 June 1966 BBC2 'Line-up Review'
"Paperback Writer" was repeated 30 June 1966 BBC1 'Top Of The Pops'
"Paperback Writer" was repeated 26 December 1966 BBC1 'Top Of the Pops '66'

Sample photo from the 8mm cine film.
So Chandler may have captured one of these repeats with his 8mm cine camera. Furthermore, it seems that only 11 seconds of "Paperback Writer" was captured, and that it has been examined by Kaleidoscope. It's expected that the segment will be aired during one of the "Missing believed wiped" events later this year.

The text about The Beatles' TV-appearance on June 16 courtesy of The Beatles Bible.

Friday, 22 March 2019

The Beatles - Made on Merseyside

Next Friday, 29 March 2019, BBC Four will be broadcasting a special TV programme, "The Beatles - Made on Merseyside".

They defined music and popular culture like no other band ever will. But how did The Beatles make the journey from Merseyside teenagers to international pop stars in the 1960s? The Beatles: Made on Merseyside recounts how American rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues dragged post-war Liverpool into one of the most vibrant music cities ever with the Mersey Sound.

Featuring unique archive and revealing interviews from those involved in the early years of The Beatles in Liverpool and Hamburg, we discover the story of The Beatles’ previous band formations and why it took so long for them to achieve success. From school bands to colleges, Hamburg to The Cavern Club, The Beatles moved from skiffle to rock ‘n’ roll before creating their unique sound.

The programme will last for 1 hour and 22 minutes and will be available on the internet after it has been on the air. Sadly, the net edition will only be available in the U.K.


I will also like to take this opportunity to apologise for the lack of posts lately. It's just that I haven't been inspired to write anything worthwhile. This situation is likely to continue, at least for the time being. I am still editor-in-chief of the Norwegian Wood Beatles fanzine in Norwegian, and we have just published another 100 page issue. I also still blog in Norwegian on The Daily Beatle also still has a presence on Facebook, where I mainly post links to news items about the Beatles and Paul, Ringo, etc.

I should also inform you that due to changes in Google, comments on blog posts made by people who were logged in with their Google+ user accounts will suddenly disappear. Google does what Google wants, I guess.

Friday, 8 March 2019

One double super album

The best selling Beatles album in the U.S.A.

The late Sir George Martin wanted to have the Beatles' "White album" as "one super single album" by weeding out the songs he felt were surplus and below par. Now the ultimate proof of how wrong he was is delivered by RIAA who, based on sales, February 21, 2019 have certified that the album is the most successful of all Beatles albums, at least in USA.

The "White album", probably helped by last year's 50th anniversary editions has been certified as to have achieved Diamond status 24 times over. Only three more albums in the RIAA history has achieved 24 x Diamond, the other ones being Eagles "Their Greatest Hits 1971 - 1975" 38 x Diamond, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" at 33 x Diamond and then Eagles again, with "Hotel California" at 26 x Diamond.

The Beatles already hold top honours as the highest certified band in Gold and Diamond Award history, with 178 million certifications across a wide range of titles, including the iconic "White Album." Other albums by The Beatles that have surpassed Diamond certification include "The Beatles 1967-1970" ("Blue album") at 17 X Diamond, "The Beatles 1962-1966" ("Red album") at 15 X Diamond, "Abbey Road" at 12 X Diamond, "1" at 11 X Diamond, and "Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band" at 11 X Diamond.

"The Beatles are undoubtedly one of the most influential bands of all time, with music that stands the test of time,” said Mitch Glazier, Chairman and CEO, RIAA. “The magic of John, Paul, George, and Ringo continues to be experienced by new fans across the country and we are honoured to present them with this milestone achievement. Diamond status is already a rare feat – for an album to go 24X Platinum it has truly become part of America’s cultural fabric. Congratulations to the band and their families, Apple Corps, Capitol and UMe, and all who helped create this album and bring it to the world."

Now why they are calling it 24 x Platinum when all other sources say 24 x Diamond and the press release shows the album with a "24 x Diamond" badge, we have no idea. Maybe RIAA are rattling their jewellery.

RIAA Press release
RIAA Top sellers