Saturday, 27 August 2016


Ron Campbell, 76, director of the 1960’s Saturday morning Beatles cartoon series that aired on ABC from September 1965 through April 1969, and animator of the Beatles film “Yellow Submarine,” made an appearance at Long Island Picture Frames on Sunrise Highway in Massapequa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the final New York concert appearance by the Beatles. (He also appearing in Oyster Bay Aug. 16 through 21.)

Campbell, who is originally from Australia, showcased his original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the showing, and he was commissioned and created new Beatles pop art paintings while appearing at the exhibit.  

The Beatles Saturday Morning Cartoon Show received monstrous ratings in its time slot — a 67 percent share! It continually fueled new music to the young people of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons.” He was nominated for a daytime Emmy for Outstanding Achievement in Animation.
“Yellow Submarine,” recently celebrating its 47th anniversary, has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. In his book, “Up Periscope,” “Yellow Submarine” producer Al Brodax gives Ron Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute. 

Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Ed, Edd & Eddy and dozens more. 
His former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children’s television.
Since retiring after a 50-year career, Campbell has been painting subjects based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen. With particular emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide.
Incoming Oceanside students Thomas Harmon, 12, and his brother, Shane, 8, conducted this interview with Campbell:
Herald: How old were you when you started drawing?
Ron Campbell: I started at six years old. The difference between me and other kids was that when they stopped drawing, around seven or eight-years-old, I kept going.
H: Who was your greatest influence?
RC: My great grandmother — and the fact that every time I picked up a pencil, the adults would say how wonderful it was!
H: What is your favorite thing to draw:
RC: I cannot differentiate between the Smurfettes, or Angelica from the Rugrats, or Scooby Doo — they’re all my favorites. That’s like saying ‘Who’s your favorite Beatle? Well, Ringo … then maybe George ... or John … or Paul.
H: What kind of medium do you like to draw with?
RC: Well, in my retirement, I like to use a Japanese felt pen, which is archival (it will last forever); American paints, French paper and English brushes. It’s an international mix!

Friday, 26 August 2016


It’s as much a part of Beatleweek as the marathon Cavern music sessions and the annual convention at the Adelphi.
The Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, takes place on Saturday, this time at a new location – the Unity Theatre.
More than 300 lots are set to go under the (silver) hammer in the event organised by the Beatles Shop in Mathew Street.
Some items, like a rare acetate recording from 1964 or sketches doodled by a teenage Paul McCartney, are expected to go for thousands of pounds.

This year there are also a number of lots connected with Cilla Black, including an Escada jacket she wore on Blind Date, tour programmes and acetate recordings of her singing.
A number of items, meanwhile, were formerly the property of Beatles Fan Club secretary Freda Kelly or Alf Geoghegan, who owned the Cavern between 1966 and 1970.
A long lost Beatles demo disc recorded by Paul McCartney could fetch £20,000 at auction 

Got £20,000 to spare and fancy owning a slice of 60s music history?
Then a rare Beatles acetate disc from 1964 of Paul McCartney accompanying himself on the piano as he sings It’s For You – a song he penned for Cilla Black – could be yours.
You might also have to dig deep to afford a series of pencil sketches drawn by a teenage Paul while at the Liverpool ‘Inny’. Estimate? £6-7,000.

Too pricey? How about a six-string acoustic guitar formerly the property of Rory Storm? A snip at £5-6,000.
Are you the same size as Ringo? Then why not bid for his Comme Des Garcons jacket, worn during the filming of the Beatles Anthology documentary (est £3,000-£3,750).

Even Ringo's pre-Beatles sick notes were up for grabs 

Then there’s a Parlophone promotional card from 1962 bearing the signatures of all four Beatles, which could fetch up to £3,0000.
There’s also a full set of autographs on two separate pages which were signed at the Sunderland Odeon in 1963 (£1,900-£2,200).
Before he was a pop superstar, Ringo worked at Liverpool firm H Hunt and Sons Ltd.
His Richard Starkey sickness and employment records have found their way into the auction, with an estimate of £900-£1,500.

A brick from the original Cavern Club joined lots which included all manner of Fab Four 

An original black and white Beatles dress from Holland c.1964 (£350-£500).
Four letters from the Electricity Board from 1966 about connecting electricity to the Cavern (£400-£500).
An original Beatles brooch from 1964, shaped like a beetle with musical notes on it (£60-£70).
A Beatles childhood Halloween costume from NEMS, USA, c.1964 (£80-£100).
Sgt Pepper limited edition Coalport figurines from 2006 (£80-£120).

A John Lennon inflatable plastic doll c.1967 (£50-£60)
An original Ringo Starr ‘soakie’ from the US c.1965 (£80-£100).
A small section of carpet from Abbey Road Studios (£100-£150).
Beatles Merit Magnet Hair Game c.1964 (£250-£300).
A soup tureen that belonged to John Lennon when he lived at Kenwood (£80-£100).


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Thursday, 25 August 2016


In the days before the internet and social media, posters were the main way of promoting a gig.
And one of those who helped sell Merseybeat – and some up and coming band called the Beatles – to the Liverpool public was Tony Booth.
Now more than 50 years after he created a slew of posters for Brian Epstein and his stable of rising stars, artist Tony is set to hold his first ever exhibition of his work, coinciding with International Beatleweek.
The 83-year-old’s show will open at the View Two Gallery on Wednesday, just down the road from the Cavern Club in Mathew Street.
Only a handful of the original posters produced in the hundreds by Tony in the 1960s have survived, with the majority thrown away once the gigs had taken place.


Artist Tony Booth has recreated his original 60s Merseybeat posters

Although one Cavern Club poster, which he produced for a fee of five shillings (25p), sold to an American collector in a London Auction House for £27,500.
Instead Tony, who trained as a poster artist after leaving school at 15 and started off creating promotional sales material for the Epstein furniture business and record shop, has faithfully reproduced 40 of his favourite posters for the exhibition.
He says: “I never imagined in a million years they would one day be so valuable. I wished I’d kept some myself, but they were simply thrown in the waste paper basket.

“I must have produced many hundreds of hand painted posters for Beatle gigs and shows by other popular groups. I was only paid five bob for each one, but it was non-stop work.
“I got to know Brian Epstein and the Beatles very well.
“It was great to be part of what was happening in Liverpool when Merseybeat was born, though we never knew how big it would become.”

Tony now spends every day at his Wirral studio producing replica posters for fans and collectors across the world, using the same techniques and materials he did half-a-century ago.
Recently he was commissioned by ITV to re-create original posters for its award-winning Cilla drama starring Sheridan Smith , while he is also working on special posters to mark the Cavern’s 60th anniversary. 


Get Back documents the real story of Liverpool’s music outpourings, from post war years to present day. It’s a story of a city where literally thousands of bands and artists, hundreds of clubs, promoters and managers put on the biggest, loudest and longest party in history. This eye-opening documentary film features definitive interviews and live performances from bands, club owners and managers including previously unseen footage of Paul.
The documentary has just been released on DVD and digitally, and is described thus:
“Get Back documents the real story of Liverpool’s music outpourings, from post war years to present day. It’s a story of a city where literally thousands of bands and artists, hundreds of clubs, promoters and managers put on the biggest, loudest and longest party in history.”
“This documentary film features interviews and live performances from bands, club owners and managers including previously unseen footage of Sir Paul McCartney.”
Paul can be seen discussing some of his early songwriting experiences on a clip from Get Back which can be seen below.

Plenty of other Liverpool bands, including Cast, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Coral, also contribute to the film.
Paul has been remembering his ‘irreplaceable’ friendship with John Lennon, which was forged during those early writing sessions, during an interview with Rolling Stone.
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