Monday 22 July 2024

33 B/W PICS OF 1969 AND JOHN LENNON BLUE GLASSES IN SURREY

A pair of round blue-tinted glasses given by John Lennon to a man who was visiting Abbey Road Studios are to go on sale. The glasses are estimated at £2000-3000.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The John Lennon-style glasses, which were gifted to the man in 1968, are expected to fetch up to £3,000.

A collection of photographs taken at the famous music recording studios, including some snapped on the day of the photoshoot for The Beatles album cover of the band walking across a zebra crossing, are also for sale. The photographs are to be sold with copyright and will have a pre-sale estimate of £200-300.


 




















A Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers spokesperson said the glasses were handed to a man, who was with his girlfriend, by Lennon himself.
“The young man saw the spectacles lying on the piano and went to pick them up but was told by his then girlfriend to leave them, to which Lennon replied, ‘it’s OK, he can have them’,” they said.

The collection of 33 black and white photographs taken at Abbey Road will be sold with the copyright for an estimated £200 to £300. It includes images of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and George Martin.

The items will be auctioned on 31 July at Farleigh Golf Club in Surrey:

Farleigh Court Golf Club
Old Farleigh Road
Warlingham
Surrey,
CR6 9PE
United Kingdom
 
 

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Saturday 20 July 2024

THE STORY OF WHY NOTTINGHAM PUB TURNED DOWN THE BEATLES

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The March Hare pub turned down the opportunity to host the Beatles in the early 1960s

In the mid-1960s, Nottingham was as good a place as any to be. By the end of the decade, the city’s music fans had been treated to three performances from the Beatles, two from the Rolling Stones and one from Led Zeppelin.
Not bad going, but the Fab Four could have made their first appearance in Nottingham in very different circumstances had it not been for a shrewd pub landlord.

After opening in 1958, the March Hare pub, in Carlton Road, became well-known for hosting live music and entertainment.

Such was the popularity of the pub’s live music scene that, as the story goes, in the early 1960s the then-agent of a little-known Liverpool band called the Beatles was keen on a performance there. 

However, the pub’s landlord, George Dove, was not prepared to pay the band’s performance fee of £25.

The fee was, in Mr Dove’s opinion, unjustified given he could fill the pub by hiring a far cheaper performer.

Despite this missed opportunity, it’s fair to say that both parties went on to achieve success in their respective fields.

Mr Dove, alongside his wife Maragret, oversaw the pub’s operations until his death several years ago, while the Beatles became the biggest band of all time. 


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Friday 19 July 2024

RINGO STARR ON HIS FAVOURITE SINGER


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While speaking at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony in 2015, McCartney remembered Ringo’s pivotal audition for The Beatles. RIngo played Ray Charles’ ‘What’d I Say’ and “nailed it”. “I remember the moment, just standing there and looking at John and then looking at George, and the look on our faces was all like ‘Fuck. What is this?’ And that was the moment. That was the beginning, really, of The Beatles.”

Like his favourite composer, Ray Charles, Ringo was influenced by music of all different styles, including jazz, country, folk and the blues. However, Ringo favours American blues vocals when it comes to singing, and no artist receives higher praise than LIGHTNIN’ HOPKINS, he said the Texan singer was “one of my heroes”.

In 1959, the year he joined Al Caldwell’s Texans, Ringo made earnest moves to get a little closer to Lightnin’ Hopkins. “At 19, I was trying to emigrate to Houston, Texas because Lightnin’ Hopkins lived there, and I got a list from the British Consulate in Liverpool of factories I could get work in and tried to emigrate in a way that teenagers do, or me as a teenager anyway,” he remembered. “They gave us some forms. This friend of mine and I, we filled them in and sent them off. If they’d have just said yes or no, you never know which way my life would have gone.”

 

 

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