|Stills from 'Revolution'.|
I left home when I was 16, and the agreement with my parents was that I live in a YWCA where I’d not be alone. During the first year I lived in London I met the Beatles (as a fan) very often. At the time I was working as a secretary in Mayfair. After a year I went back home to the North West of England, but after a while I wanted to go back to London.
So the second time I went to live in London, I was staying with my friend’s family in Feltham, Middlesex when one evening I got a telephone call from my American pen friend, who was on holiday in London at the time. She said that my friend Coral and I should go quickly to the EMI studios in Abbey Road as The Beatles were looking for people to take part in an event. No-one knew what the event was at the time.
As Coral and I both knew Mal Evans, The Beatles road manager quite well, I phoned him at the studios. He said we should go to sign a paper if we wanted to take part. So we went along to the Abbey Road studio and asked for Mal, who brought us the papers to sign. I don’t remember exactly what we had to sign for, but if me and Coral remember correctly, it was to say we wouldn’t ask for any payment for whatever we were going to do. We still had no idea what that was.
Whilst we were sat in the waiting room filling in our papers, Paul McCartney came in and was happy to know we’d be there next day.
|Split screen comparison of several 'Hey Jude' videos made from the Twickenham film recordings.|
The weather must have been nice, because I was wearing a summer dress. Another friend of mine had made this dress about a year before. The bright yellow certainly helped me to be seen, although I didn’t realise this at the time. So of course my boss saw me on TV when the video was shown the same day, I think. (For the record: The Hey Jude film had its world premiere four days later, on 8 September 1968 on Frost On Sunday, presented by David Frost) I was supposed to be ill that day and had taken the day off. I swore it wasn’t me. He was a lovely man and just let me think he believed me.
When we arrived at the entrance of the studios, we were told that we were going to be filmed in a video with The Beatles, who were up at a window watching us all, giving us smiles and waves.
Everyone was very excited and happy, of course. Some of the people were regular fans like us, others were students, who I think had been invited from various London schools.
When we were taken inside the studio where the "Hey Jude" video was going to be filmed that morning, we were told what we had to do. It might have been the director (Michael Lindsay-Hogg) who told us, but I don’t remember. I remember David Frost being there and him doing the introduction for his show, but I'm not sure how long he stayed. When The Beatles got to the end of the song we had to go up on the stage or gather round them and sing the "na na nas". Paul helped by saying “now” when it was time to join in. We were all sitting around the studio, waiting for our cue.
|The audience. Still from video.|
|Here is a photo from the filming of 'Hey Jude'. You can spot Margaret in her yellow dress behind |
the neck of George's guitar, Coral's hair is just visible behind George's shoulder. Photo: Apple Corps Ltd.
|Coral with the blonde hair and Margaret with the yellow dress. Video still.|
|Another video still. I believe it's the video labeled version 2 |
where we can't see the girls, they are present in videos #1 and #3.
Like Margaret said, she is currently promoting the French band, The Low Budget Men. All the proceeds of their music (CDs, DVDs, T-shirts, concerts) go to their charity "20 000 Vies" in order to purchase Automated External Defibrillators which they then offer to towns and communities where the group plays, for use in public places. So far, they have offered 100 defibrillators!
Link: The Low Budget Men