On this day 7 December, 1967: Party celebrating the opening of Apple Boutique.
The Apple boutique, a shop located at 94 Baker Street, London W1 and was -as Paul said- “A beautiful place where you could buy beautiful things”. It opened on 7 December 1967 and closed on 30 July 1968.
The launch party for the Apple Boutique in December 1967 was attended by John & Cynthia Lennon, George & Pattie Harrison- (Paul was on holiday in Scotland, and Ringo was filming Candy in Italy) – , Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Cilla Black.
A gift from Paul is to be auctioned to raise funds for two Scottish families affected by the Manchester Arena attack.
Eilidh MacLeod, 14, died and her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, was badly injured in the terrorist attack which killed 22 people on 22 May.
The pair from the Isle of Barra were attending an Ariana Grande concert with thousands of other music fans.
Paul has donated a special edition box set of music by The Beatles. He has offered to personalise the 50th anniversary Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band collection of discs, which is being auctioned by Bonhams.
Eilidh was passionate about music and was a piper with Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band.
Her parents, Roddy and Marion MacLeod, said: “We are extremely grateful for Sir Paul’s kind gesture.”People’s generosity has helped us greatly in the aftermath of our loss and we can’t thank them enough.”
Laura’s father Michael MacIntyre added: “This an amazing and brilliant gesture by Paul McCartney in donating this personalised Sgt Pepper album for auction to help Laura’s recovery and her future. “We are grateful to Sir Paul and the many others who have helped financially to what has been an unbelievably difficult situation that we found ourselves thrust into.”This kindness will help us move on in the future and to ensure Laura lives as full a life as possible after the awful events in Manchester.”
The classic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for the highest bidder at a Bonhams auction scheduled for December 13 in London.
That is what just happened to northern NSW resident and former Londoner Joanne Petersen, then Joanne Newfield, who was the personal assistant for Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s.
Ms Petersen, who now lives in the small town of Bangalow, has been invited to catch up with Sir Paul in Brisbane in December during his Australian tour.
She says it has been nearly 40 years since she has seen him and there is a lot to catch up on.
“I would be typing in the office and Paul and John would be writing songs, scrawling down lyrics, and throwing the pieces of paper on the floor,” she said.
Ms Petersen was close to Epstein and knew he was a gay man.
It was Ms Petersen who found Epstein dead in his Chapel Street home from an accidental drug overdose in August 1967.
She said she wished that he was alive today to see the support for gay marriage.
“Back in the sixties you couldn’t come out as a gay man as it was illegal, and as the Beatles’ manager he could of easily have been blackmailed or publicly humiliated.
“Brian was lonely. I saw loneliness there.”
Ms Petersen was in her early twenties when she got the dream job.
She said she was dancing in an exclusive London club when she caught the eye of Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
“I heard this voice say ‘so, where did you learn to dance like that?'” she said.
She turned around and saw two cheeky lads grinning at her.
“It comes naturally,” she said she replied.
Both men asked for her name and she cheekily asked what their names were.
Ms Petersen told the pair she was unhappy where she worked and the pair told them to ring “Eppy”, as he was looking for a new assistant. She did, and got the job after cheating on her typing test.
Working for Epstein she spent time with the Fab Four regularly, saying they had very different personalities but all worked hard for the band, inserting their individual styles into the famous melodies.
Ms Petersen says Epstein loved the Beatles and managed their egos beautifully, saying he really was the fifth Beatle. And she still remembers listening to the Sgt Pepper’s album and being blown away.
Ms Petersen said Lennon and McCartney were good mates, but their friendship suffered during The Beatles’ break-up.
Despite public opinion, she said the rift continued until Lennon was murdered in December 1980.
She believed Paul is haunted by the fact that he never got the chance to be close again to his childhood friend.
She said no-one could have predicted how influential and famous the Beatles were to become.
“I should of grabbed that half-eaten chocolate biscuit that John Lennon had eaten and put it in a bag and kept it for 40 years, and then sold it as ‘A half eaten biscuit by John Lennon’ and made a fortune,” she laughs.
“Why didn’t I do that?”
On this day 27 November,1966 : John films a cameo for the BBC2 series “Not Only…But Also” starring Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. He plays the part of a London night club doorman.
John Lennon in a guest spot as the commissionaire at a select members-only “Gents’ in Soho with Peter Cook, investigating “swinging London”. The sequence appeared in the special Boxing Day edition on “Not Only, But Also”.
In the UK The Beatles chose to issue the six songs from the Magical Mystery Tour film as a double gatefold EP with a 28-page booklet. EPs, however, were far less popular in America, and Capitol chose to turn it into a full LP, with added tracks from singles released in 1967.
Magical Mystery Tour was issued on 27 November 1967 as Capitol MAL 2835 (mono) and SMAL 2835 (stereo). The package was a huge hit with the public, generating the highest level of initial sales of any album to date, and netting the label more than $8 million in just three weeks.
Realising the Capitol had created a product too popular to ignore, EMI imported a number of copies to the United Kingdom. It wasn’t officially released there, however, until 1976.
In 1987 the US format of Magical Mystery Tour became the standard issue worldwide, when The Beatles’ back catalogue was issued on compact disc.
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