Monday, 20 October 2014

Spanish English teacher influenced Sgt Pepper?

John Lennon spent 44 days in Almeria, Spain in 1966, filming "How I Won The War" and starting to compose "Strawberry Fields Forever".  A movie and a book have just released about it. The book, "Juan & John" is written by Javier Adolfo Iglesias. It tells the story of Juan Carrión and his encounter with Lennon.

Juan was the first teacher to teach English in Spain by the use of songs by The Beatles. He started doing this because he was fascinated by the music of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and he realised that teaching English with the aid of popular music could be a good way to make his students learn. When he became aware that John Lennon was in Almeria in 1966, Juan decided to contact him to talk about his experience, and also to ask if The Beatles could start to print the lyrics of their songs on their album sleeves. It was getting hard to transcribe them from the records, or from listening to the music on the radio.

The back of Sgt Pepper

Juan managed to find John, and the two spent half an hour talking - later they exchanged letters. As we now know, after this encounter The Beatles printed their song lyrics on the back of their next album, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. They continued this practise for a while, they included a sheet with lyrics in the booklet for their Magical Mystery Tour EP, and the "White album" had the lyrics on an accompanying poster. It may now look as if all of this have been due to the influence of the Spanish English teacher.

A film, "Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados" ("Living is easy with eyes closed"), a fictionalised account of Juan's travel through Spain to visit Lennon was made by David Trueba and premiered in 2013. The film won six Goya Awards in Spain, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Writing and Best Leading Actor. It has been selected as the Spanish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards.

An amateur documentary about Juan & John, "Profesor Pepper" was made by the book's author, Mr Iglesias, in 2011. You may find it on Vimeo, and it's in Spanish.

Juan is now 92 years old, and though retired, he still teaches an English class every day by using Beatles songs.

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Universal Music in Japan: December Lennon releases

Lennon is, as it were, on sale again.
Universal Music is releasing these John Lennon albums in Japan on December 3, 2014:
-John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
-Sometime in New York City
-Mind Games
-Walls And Bridges
-Double Fantasy

in the following formats:

-SHM platinum

with high sound quality, booklets, letters and more.

Amazon Japan is already accepting pre-orders.
Universal Music Japan

Full set of Abbey Road photos to be auctioned

No. 5 as a print. Photograph: Bloomsbury Auctions
A full set of the six photos Iain Macmillan took of the Beatles crossing Abbey Road plus one of the street sign for the back cover of the album will be sold at Bloomsbury’s photographs and photobooks sale on 21 November and has an estimate of £50,000-70,000, The Guardian reports. According to the article, Sarah Wheeler, head of photography at Bloomsbury Auctions has told the newspaper that “They are incredibly rare". “I’ve spoken to other music dealers and no one has been able to find a complete set on the market for at least 10 years.”

So I guess she didn't bother to google this. As regular readers of this blog will remember, Snap Galleries in Piccadilly Arcade, London held an exhibition called "Beatles And Bystanders" in 2011, and sold original prints signed by Iain Macmillan in their shop at the time. Their exhibition ended on July 8, 2011 and not long after, in May 2012, a single print from the collection was sold by Bloomsbury Auctions for £16,000!

Ten years ago, back in 2004, original prints of the Abbey Road photos signed by Iain Macmillan were going for £2,100 a piece, according to an article in The Independent at the time. The price was supplied by Snap Galleries owner, Guy White, who told the newspaper that "prices are never going to go down." I guess he was on the money. The photographer, Iain Macmillan passed away on 8 May 2006.

Source: The Guardian

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Beatles on Thank Your Lucky Stars

18. August 1963: The Beatles drove to the Alpha (ATV) Studios in Birmingham for an appearance on Summer Spin, the summer version of Thank Your Lucky Stars.
Thank Your Lucky Stars was a British television pop music show made by ABC Television, and broadcast on ITV from 1961 to 1966. Many of the top bands performed on it, and for millions of British teenagers it was essential viewing. As well as featuring British artists, it often included American guest stars. The Beatles appeared on Thank Your Lucky Stars eight times between January 1963 and March 1965, eleven if you count "Summer Spin", a kind of summer edition of Thank Your Lucky Stars. One of the show's hosts was Brian Matthew, who also hosted many radio shows with the Beatles on BBC.

Clips from two of The Beatles' appearances on Thank Your Lucky Stars.
Below is a clip from when The Beatles topped the bill on their appearance on ABC Television's Thank Your Lucky Stars, recorded at the Alpha Television Studios in Birmingham, England.
The show was recorded on the afternoon of Sunday 20 October 1963, and was broadcast the following Saturday from 5.50-6.35pm. The Beatles mimed to three songs: All My Loving, Money (That's What I Want) and She Loves You.

Two of the EMI recordings had not been heard before; the show's producer Philip Jones had been given advance acetate discs of them, and successfully persuaded Brian Epstein to have them premièred on Thank Your Lucky Stars before the release of With The Beatles.
While The Beatles were inside the studios, 3,000 fans blocked the streets outside and attempted to storm the building.

All My Loving (ending only) and Money (That's What I Want) from 20. October 1963.
Saturday 14 November 1964: The Beatles rehearsed and recorded their contribution to the television show Thank Your Lucky Stars at Teddington Studios on this day. It was screened on ITV the following Saturday, 21 November 1964, from 5.50pm.
The group mimed to four songs: I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, I'm A Loser and Rock And Roll Music. There was no studio audience present.
Despite their numerous previous appearances on the show, by November 1964 The Beatles were so famous that it was a coup for the producers to have them even mime for an edition. In recognition of this, the show was renamed Lucky Stars Special.

The Beatles' appearances on Thank Your Lucky Stars 

The dates refer to the taping and not the broadcast dates.

13 January 1963 Please Please Me
17 February 1963 Please Please Me

17 February 1963

14 April 1963 From Me To You

Third appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars, 14 April 1963 and still with that old drum logo. 
12 May 1963 From Me To You and I Saw Her Standing There. The drum logo changes between the rehearsal and the actual taping.

12 May 1963: Drum logo change
23 June 1963 "Summer Spin" Liverpool Special. From Me To You and I Saw Her Standing There.

23. June 1963. "Summer Spin.
18 August 1963 "Summer Spin" She Loves You and I'll Get You.
20 October 1963 All My Loving, Money (That's What I Want) and She Loves You.

15 December 1963 rehearsal.
15 December 1963 "Lucky Stars On Merseyside" I Want To Hold Your Hand, All My Loving, Twist And Shout and She Loves You. This footage has survived.
11 July 1964 "Summer Spin" A Hard Day's Night, Long Tall Sally, Things We Said Today and You Can't Do That.
11 July 1964: Looking cool on Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)
14 November 1964 I Feel Fine, She's A Woman, I'm A Loser and Rock And Roll Music.

November 1964: Rehearsal with casual clothes

28 March 1965 Eight Days A Week, Yes It Is and Ticket To Ride.
Each date is linked to its own page over at the Beatles Bible.

June 1963: Lucky Stars (Summer Spin)

The final regular episode of the programme, 'Goodbye Lucky Stars', was presented by Jim Dale and broadcast on Saturday 25th June 1966. The Beatles appeared, courtesy of two promo clips: Paperback Writer and Rain. A Christmas Special was also made that year, without Beatles footage. The show folded, mainly because it was one of the primary targets of the Musicians' Union and their fight against miming on television. Which again was the reason why the Beatles made their Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever promotional films without attempting to mime to the songs.
A treasure trove of mimed appearances, the Thank Your Lucky Stars episodes could have been a great source from which to construct promotional videos for the Beatles' songs. Sadly, most of these episodes are now lost, believed wiped. Below is the last presentation of online clips, this is from the December 1963 all-Merseybeat edition of the show.

December 1963

Thank Your Lucky Stars Complete Episode Guide 1961-1966

15. December 1963: The Beatles with The Searchers, Billy J Kramer & The Dakotas, and Cilla Black

Monday, 13 October 2014

Destiny OST

The soundtrack for Destiny has been released
The soundtrack of "Destiny" is now available on iTunes and Amazon, but not in a physical format. Here are the links: iTunes/Destiny - Amazon/Destiny.
There are 44 tracks, all credited to Michael Salvatori, C Paul Johnson, Martin O'Donnell and Paul McCartney. The "Hope" single is not among the tracks.
The Destiny Original Soundtrack is the official soundtrack for Destiny, composed and directed by Martin O'Donnell, co-written by Michael Salvatori and C. Paul Johnson, with contributions and input from Paul McCartney. Released digitally on September 26, 2014 by Bungie Music Publishing, Destiny OST features forty-four instrumental tracks from the game.
The album marks Martin O'Donnell's final work with Bungie after years of compositions on the Halo series as an employee, and titles pre-dating that franchise.
Martin O'Donell was contacted by Pete Parsons early in Destiny's development and asked him to begin writing music for the game. At the time, Destiny was still in its infancy, lacking any gameplay material for O'Donell to score the music to, so he began writing based solely on the game's ideas, stories and artwork.
As of February 17, 2013, over 50 minutes of the soundtrack had already been recorded with a 106 piece orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London. O'Donell gave the early pieces to Bungie in hopes of fostering inspiration within its development team. Unlike the 2-3 minute pieces found in Halo, Marty has stated that the soundtrack has no time restrictions, with pieces clocking in "as long as they need to be."
O'Donnell collaborated with Paul McCartney on Destiny's music for the better part of two years, trading ideas, samples of melody and themes back and forth. Before the soundtrack was released, Martin O'Donnell was terminated by Bungie's board of directors without cause on April 11, 2014, but Pete Parson assured that his work would remain in the final version of the game.

"New" Collector's Edition on SHM-CD

The new "New", also available as SHM-CD
Paul McCartney's "Collector's Edition" of "New" has been announced in two variations. One features regular CDs, and a more expensive one has the 2 CDs in the package manufactured as "SHM-CDs".
The high quality SHM-CD (Super High Material Compact Disc) format features enhanced audio quality through the use of a special polycarbonate plastic. Using a process developed by JVC and Universal Music Japan discovered through the joint companies' research into LCD display manufacturing, SHM-CDs feature improved transparency on the data side of the disc, allowing for more accurate reading of CD data by the CD player laser head. SHM-CD format CDs are fully compatible with standard CD players.
The format was introduced in 2007, and audiophiles are still arguing whether or not the actual audio is enhanced by the material the discs are made of. These discs are only produced in Japan, which probably explains why the SHM-CD edition is offered by at £93.99, whereas the same product on regular CDs is currently priced at £22.35.

Sunday, 12 October 2014

Some nice Brummy photos

Ringo is mobbed at the Beatles' final appearance on Thank Your Lucky Stars, taped in Birmingham.
The 50th anniversary year continues with articles in several local British newspapers about the Beatles' concert appearances there. Today you can find a great photo gallery over at Birmingham Mail with Brummy-related Beatles pix.

Hull concert recording offered up for auction again

Tour programme from the UK tour which ran from 9th October 1964 to 10th November 1964.
16 pages with Beatles '4 Aces' front cover, measuring 8" x 10.25".
As we reported in June, in conjunction with a Christie's auction, there exists a recording of a Beatles concert from Hull, waiting to be auctioned off, this time it is among the lots in the upcoming Tracks auction.
The reel-to-reel tape contains a rare and previously unheard recording of The Beatles in concert at the A.B.C. Theatre, Hull, 16 October, 1964. The recording has loud screaming throughout, recorded on 1/4 inch Emitape by John Hill from the orchestra pit at the theatre. The recording, over two tapes with an approximate total running time of 24 minutes, contains ten tracks, each introduced by either John Lennon, George Harrison or Paul McCartney, comprising:
1. Twist And Shout
2. Money (That’s What I Want)
3. Can’t Buy Me Love
4. Things We Said Today
5. I’m Happy Just To Dance With You
6. I Should Have Known Better
7. If I Fell
8. I Wanna Be Your Man
9. A Hard Day’s Night
10. Long Tall Sally

This appearance in Hull on 16 October, 1964, came as part of The Beatles’ 1964 British Tour. A Hard Day’s Night, the band’s third studio album, had been released earlier that year in July and this appearance saw them perform six songs from the LP, which formed part of their standard repertoire for the U.K. and later World Tour in 1964. By this time, Beatlemania was in full swing and, with much of the performance drowned out by the intense screaming of the fans, this recording gives the listener a real sense of the atmosphere in the theatre at that time. George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney all take turns to address the audience and make introductions to the songs, with McCartney in particular rallying the audience and scat singing in between songs.
The bidding at Christie's reached £6,500, with the reserve not being met. The auction from Tracks is estimating a sale price of £2-4,000, but there's a snag: This time the tape is offered without copyright, which of course reduces the value of the item. Perhaps Tracks is planning to release a CD of the contents themselves, once the recording becomes public domain in Europe on New Year's Day? However, judging by the description, the quality of the recording may be such that commercial exploitation is out of the question.

Tracks auction.

Three Beatles and Barbara

A photo Barbara Streisand published on Twitter for Lennon's 74th birthday recently.
On April 7, 1973, Universal executive Jennings Lang hosted a fund-raiser at his home for Daniel Ellsberg and Anthony Russo, then on trial for their roles in leaking the Pentagon Papers to the New York Times.
The event turned out to be more than a humdrum cocktail party. Barbra Streisand performed, and agreed to sing to anyone over the phone for $3,000 a song. Guests included Joni Mitchell, David Geffen, Ringo Starr, John Lennon and George Harrison, Yoko Ono, and agent Freddie Fields. Also Peter Bogdanovich, Dihann Carrol, Hugh Hefner, Burt Lancaster, and Sally Kellerman. The event raised $50,000 for Ellsberg's defense. Streisand sang “Happy Birthday” to Ellsberg, who had just turned 42. All told, according to Time, some $50,000 was raised for the defendants’ legal costs.
Although not supported by photographic evidence, according to the Barbara Streisand Archives, George Harrison was also in attendance, making it a Threetles event. He certainly was in LA at the time, and his presence has been confirmed by people attending the party. This date is not mentioned in the otherwise thorough Keith Badman's 'The Beatles - After The Breakup' book.
The photo is of Daniel Ellsberg, John, Yoko, Streisand and Ringo. George is said to have been hiding in the kitchen at the time, to avoid making it a "reunion" photo...
The tweet went: "Barbra w/ John Lennon, Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr. John was a romantic. He said one of his and Yoko’s favorite movies was The Way We Were !!". The tweet was re-tweeted by the official John Lennon account.
Six days before this event, it was announced publicly that John, George and Ringo had split with Allen Klein. The day before the event, on April 6th, 1973, the Lennons dropped into the Los Angeles offices of ITN to videotape an interview on the subject of Allen Klein with John Fielding for London Weekend Television's political and current affairs show Weekend World. During the 10-minute feature, John was asked whether The Beatles performing again as a group is enhanced. Slightly agitated, he replied, "With or without the present situation, the chances are practically nil! Although I hate to say 'definitely' to anything, because, every time, I change my mind. But I don't have a feeling about it and I don't think any of the others really do. If any of you actually remember when we were together, everybody was talking about it as though it was wonderful all the time. All the press and all the people, all saying how great and how wonderful... but it wasn't like that at all! And imagine if they did get together, what kind of scrutiny would they be under? Nothing could fit the dream people had of them. So forget it, you know, it's ludicrous!"

The news item was transmitted across certain ITV regions two days later, on Sunday April 8, the day after John, Ringo and George met up at the fundraiser.

Friday, 10 October 2014

Abbey Road - creating the back cover

The untouched back cover photo
We have received a letter from Mike Cockcroft, who has been doing some further research about the work his dad, John Cockcroft did for the Abbey Road cover. This is a follow-up to our initial post about the subject, "Retouching the Abbey Road cover".

His understanding now, is that the work by his dad relates mainly to the back cover.
The company he was a director of was called Colorcel, it was a professional photographic lab producing Dye transfer prints and offering a retouching service, it was located in London at 52/54 Featherstone street, London EC1. John Cockcroft was a director and the head retoucher. It ran from the late 1950s through to the 70s. The clients where mainly professional photographers and ad agencies. Iain Macmillan was a client. and would have bought his film from them and had it processed there. Ringo was also a client and had his happy snaps processed and printed there (something that amused Cockcroft, as the lab was really for professional photographers and ad agencies who could afford the rates).
Iain Macmillan shot the front and back covers, Mike is not sure if his dad did anything on the front cover, it’s possible he removed some bystanders, but he doesn’t know for certain.

We don't think much was done to the front cover, the bystanders seem to be there, and we believe that colour improvement, especially as far as the sky is concerned, is what mainly has taken place.

However, the back cover shot had no Beatles lettering and that had to be created. Mike goes on to explain the process of how this was done.

Photo with preliminary text, still no "Beatles" or Apple logo

From Macmillan's transparency, a dye transfer print was made using separation negatives, (you end up with a set of three pin registered matrixes, magenta,cyan and yellow, which are then individually placed on top of a print to transfer the 3 colours that make up the Dye Transfer).
The difference between a type c print and a dye print is that on the type c any retouching done would have to be with acrylic paint or gouache paint and an airbrush, and would sit on top of the print surface emulsion, crude and sometimes quite visible. On a dye you could use bleach to remove any part of the image all the way back to white and then use the same dyes that had produced the print to draw back in the missing area, the result in the hands of a master would be undetectable.
As an example, suppose you wanted to remove a person from a shot, you would bleach the area out till it went back to white, making sure you had a soft edge. So now you have a print with a white hole were the person was, what the retoucher would have to do is fill this hole with the surrounding detail. How? With a fine brush, dyes, and a lot of skill and patience, and on a dye if done right you would never know a person had been there, maybe five hours work, done today in 5 minutes in Photoshop.
Dye transfer was a new process at the time and allowed incredible image manipulation,photo composites and retouching, many of the techniques that are so easy to do now in photoshop, had to be done by hand, it required a high degree of artistry and craftsmanship. Here's a link to a video describing the process:

Signs around London

John Cockcroft was supplied with shots of street lettering taken in and around London that matched the Abbey Road signage (possibly supplied by Macmillan).
From these shots, a composite was created of the Beatles lettering and then combined and used to mask this area out on the master set of dye matrixes, so that when a new dye was made, the combined lettering would be part of the image. Whatever imperfections then existed (masking lines etc) would be bleached out, and the detail tickled back in with a fine brush using dyes mixed and matched by the artist to recreate missing detail. The infamous crack in the "s" was bleached back and then drawn in. If this was Cockcroft's input or a request from the art director, Mike doesn’t know, but it helped the lettering look real.

"Beatles" sign created

It’s possible this original artwork still exists somewhere in Apple's archives.

The first run of the cover didn't align the Apple logo properly with the text

I have included this information in my comprehensive blog post about the Abbey Road cover: "The road goes on forever". I keep that blog post updated whenever new information comes along.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Lennon in High definition

John Lennon - the original mixes go high def.
In celebration of John Lennon’s 74th birthday on October 9, eight essential studio albums, two compilations, and the acclaimed John Lennon Signature Box are making their high definition digital audio debuts.
The debate over whether consumers can hear the difference in high resolution audio still rages, but music industry giant Sony is hoping that better-than-CD sound quality will revitalise its music business. On stage at the Europe’s largest electronics trade show, IFA in Berlin, Sony chief executive Kazuo Hirai declared that Hi-Res audio – music recorded in higher quality than CDs – as crucial to the success of its audio products.
“We see Hi-Res as a way to revitalise the music industry, creating a better engagement with the music and customers,” Hirai told a packed auditorium. “We see it as the future of our music business.”

All of the titles have been digitally remastered in high resolution digital audio for the first time from John Lennon’s original mixes and are available worldwide via Capitol/UMe for purchase from all major hi-res digital audio providers.
Beginning today, Imagine and Rock ‘N’ Roll are available in hi-res 96kHz/24bit digital resolution.
On October 14, Double Fantasy, Mind Games, and Walls And Bridges will debut in the same digital resolution, followed by Plastic Ono Band, Sometime In New York City, and Milk And Honey on October 21.
On October 28, two 2010 compilations, the 15-track Power To The People hits collection and the 72-track Gimme Some Truth set, will debut in 44.1kHz/24bit digital resolution.
The John Lennon Signature Box will follow on November 4. Originally released in 2010, the acclaimed collection includes the eight remastered albums and an EP of Lennon’s non-album singles, all newly remastered in hi-res 96kHz/24bit digital resolution, plus several rarities available exclusively within the box set in 44.1kHz/24bit digital resolution.

One of the providers of the new high resolution Lennon releases is HD Tracks.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Lennon on Spotify

John Lennon is on Spotify
It was only yesterday that I was looking for John Lennon on the online streaming service Spotify, and all that was there were a few tracks. Today the albums depicted below have all been added to Spotify. McCartney and Starr was already there, so the only solo-Beatle missing is George (sorry, Pete). Listening to my favourite Lennon album Walls and Bridges while writing this.

Listen to this stream.

John Lennon's music is now available for you to listen to on streaming music services including:

The photo and the photographer

3 Beatles in Paris
In our ongoing albeit somewhat sporadic series about the photo and the photographer, we are moving along to Paris, January 1964. The Beatles, represented by three of them, are strolling around the arc de triomphe with their cameras, both touristing and making themselves available to accompanying photographers.
"Come on, John, strike a pose!"

John stops to make one of his somewhat crippled poses, George and Paul's cameras are firing away.

John posing
And here's the result, although we're not sure which Beatle's camera the resulting shot comes from:

Ah, it's in front of a car dealer's shop!
The photo of the photographers was used on one of our all-time favourite Beatles vinyl bootleg packages, Les Beatles a Paris on the Neon label.

Double LP with foldout cover and souvenir booklet. Currently available as a repressing or as a russian CD.

Monday, 6 October 2014

John Lennon’s Gretsch guitar may fetch $1m at auction

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A guitar that John Lennon played on the recording of “Paperback Writer” is expected to fetch as much as $1m (£626,250) at auction.

Lennon gave his Gretsch 6120 guitar to his cousin, David Birch, in November 1967 – a year after the hit was recorded in April 1966 at London’s Abbey Road studios. Mr Birch said he had fancied forming his own band. “I was just cheeky enough to ask John for one of his spare guitars,” he said. “I had my eye on a blue Fender Stratocaster lying in the studio, but John suggested the Gretsch and gave it to me.” said yesterday that this casual favour meant Mr Birch was now in possession of one of the most significant of Lennon’s guitars to come on to the market in the past 30 years. Online bidding begins on 14 November.

Auction site

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Childhood home of George Harrison goes up for auction

George Harrison at home in Upton Green, Speke, Liverpool, 1961.
(Liverpool Echo) A piece of Beatles history will go under the hammer at Liverpool’s world-famous Cavern Club later this month when the childhood home of George Harrison goes up for auction.
The three bedroom, mid-terraced property in Upton Green, Speke, has a guide price of £100,000-plus. But because of its historical associations as a popular hang-out for the band during their formative years, it has already attracted worldwide interest and is likely to go for much more.

John Lennon’s first home in Newcastle Road, Wavertree, sold at auction for £480,000 last year, from a guide price of £150,000-plus. The buyer is still unknown.

George was born on February 25, 1943, at his family’s previous home on Arnold Grove, a cramped two-up, two-down terrace in Wavertree. His dad Harold was a bus driver, while his mum Louise was of Irish descent. He also had two brothers and a sister.
George's parents, Harold and Louise, sorting through fan mail.

After his parents were offered a brand new council house, the family moved to Upton Green, Speke, in 1950. George spent 12 happy years living there before fame and stardom whisked him away in 1962.
It was from here that George walked the short distance to the bus stop to take him to school at the Liverpool Institute for Boys each day. And at that same bus stop, he befriended another Institute pupil, Paul McCartney.
Shortly after getting to know McCartney, who was already part of John Lennon’s band The Quarrymen, George was invited to join the group, with 25 Upton Green becoming a regular rehearsal venue – due in large part to the tolerance of Mr and Mrs Harrison.
It was from the very doorstep of number 25 that the iconic photo was taken of a 15-year-old George on his way to a Quarrymen gig, guitar case in hand.

Off to rehearsals: 15-year-old George Harrison outside his folks' home 25 Upton Green, Liverpool 1958.

After the band’s success George bought his mum and dad a bungalow in Appleton, outside Warrington, in 1965.

In recent years, the former council property in Upton Green has undergone a complete renovation with a hallway, lounge, kitchen/dining room and a family sized rear garden. The first floor includes three spacious bedrooms, bathroom and WC.

George Harrison's home, Upton Green 25, Liverpool, Speke.

The sale of the house is being organised by Countrywide Property Auctions, and will take place at the Cavern Club on October 20, at 7pm.

Two other former Beatles homes, Lennon's house "Mendips" in Menlove Avenue and the McCartney family home in Forthlin Road have both been purchased by the National Trust, restored back to what they looked like when the young composers lived there, and turned into Beatles tourist attractions. No such interests has been expressed in relation to the former homes of the "tourist class" Beatles members George Harrison or Ringo Starr.