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PATTIE BOYD: MY LIFE THROUGH ALENS IS BEING PUBLISHED MARCH, 2021

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The new book “Pattie Boyd, My Life Through a Lens”, is being published March 2, 2021, via Simon and Schuster’s Insight Editions imprint.

It was originally scheduled for last April 7. At one point, that date was pushed back to Sept. 15, 2020. And on June 3, Boyd noted on her Twitter account that her “editor has been unwell and more work was needed with the finishing touches.” It’s available for pre-order HERE and HERE.

In addition to her photos, Pattie Boyd: My Life Through a Lens will include drawings, paintings, and mementos, as well as her own memories collected from a life shared with pop culture icons.


GEORGE HARRISON : ‘SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND’

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At the dawn of the 80s, George Harrison delivered his musical retort to the decadence of the decade with ‘Somewhere In England’
In the 1980s he arrival of the ubiquitous synthesiser en masse, the rise and rise of digital and the whole MTV phenomenon did much to derail some musicians, both old and young. But nothing was going to derail George Harrison with the coming of the decade… he had a new record to deliver.
He began recording the album that would become Somewhere in England in March 1980 and work continued in his home studio at Friar Park at a leisurely pace for the next 7 months. According to George’s son, Dhani, it was because his father was somewhat preoccupied. “He’d garden at night time, until midnight.” In Olivia Harrison’s book, Living In The Material World she says, “He’d be out there squinting because he could see, at midnight, the moonlight and the shadows, and that was his way of not seeing the weeds or imperfections that would plague him during the day, so he could imagine what it would look like after it was done. He missed nearly every dinner because he was in the garden. He would be out there from first thing in the morning to last thing at night.”

When George initially delivered his album to Warners in September 1980 they deemed it too laid back. Clearly, they were caught up in the prevailing mood of the new decade…post-punk-itus.

George agreed to drop four of the tracks that he’d delivered and set to work on some new songs. These were completed in February 1981, with all that happened in the world of the ex Beatles it is surprising, in some senses, that it was completed at all.

It was in December 1980 that John Lennon was murdered and the terrible event spurred George to return to his composition, ‘All Those Years Ago’. He and Ringo had recorded the song in November with a view to its inclusion on Starr’s album, Stop And Smell The Roses that was scheduled for release in 1981.

Instead, George felt compelled to write a new, nostalgic, lyric as a tribute to John, and the song was re-cut with George singing lead, Ringo on drums, Paul and Linda McCartney on backing vocals, and appearances by friends such as Ray Cooper, Denny Laine, Al Kooper and Herbie Flowers. Released in May 1981, ahead of Somewhere In England that came out in June, ‘All Those Years Ago’ spent three weeks at No.2 in America.
George was later obliged by the record company to change the original album cover, featuring an image of him overlaid on an aerial shot of the UK, to one of him standing in front of ‘Holland Park Avenue Study.’ The original cover was reinstated in the 2004 reissue that was part of the ‘Dark Horse Years’ box set.

One of George’s favourite tracks on this record is the opening song, the wry ‘Blood From A Clone.’ With his trademark dark humour, he observed the fact that some of his music was apparently no longer right for the times. “They say you like it, but knowing the market, it may not go well, it’s too laid back,” he sang. “You need some oom-pah-pah, nothing like Frank Zappa, and not new wave, they don’t play that c**p…try beating your head on a brick wall, hard like a stone…don’t have time for the music, they want blood from a clone.”

He later explained to Creem magazine: “That was all this stuff they were telling me: ‘Well, we like it, but we don’t really hear a single.’ And then other people were saying, ‘Now, look, radio stations are having all these polls done in the street to find out what constitutes a hit single and they’ve decided a hit single is a song of love gained or lost directed at 14-to-20-year-olds.’ And I said, ‘S**t, what chance does that give me?’

So… I wrote that song just to shed some of the frustrations. ‘There is no sense to it, pure pounds and pence to it…They’re so intense, too, makes me amazed.’”
Among the standout songs on the album is the evocative lyrical, and philosophical, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, that was the B-side of ‘All Those Years Ago’. George also covered two songs written by Hoagy Carmichael, ‘Baltimore Oriole’ and ‘Hong Kong Blues’, the latter covered in the 1960s by Spanky & Our Gang. Both songs, despite being written in the 1940s, sound like they might be Harrison originals. For many, ‘Life Itself’ is THE best track on the album, and it’s easy to hear why; it is classic George – spiritual and evocative at the same time.

Somewhere In England made its UK debut at No. 13 on the chart of 13 June 1981 and spent a second week in the top 20 before descending. The LP made the American chart on 20 June, climbing to No. 11 in a 13-week run. 18 months later, George returned with Gone Troppo, after which he wouldn’t be back with an album under his own name until the Cloud Nine triumph of 1987.

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RINGO STARR REVEALS HE OFTEN ASKED FELLOW GEORGE HARRISON FOR ADVICE WHEN MAKING MUSIC

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Ringo has claimed that he ‘didn’t have the talent’ to finish recording a song, so he would go to friend, and fellow Beatles member, George Harrison for help.
He reflected on his struggle to complete tracks in an interview with Rolling Stone radio on Thursday, when he made the surprising admission.
Ringo revealed: ‘I used to always go to George to help me end the song. I didn’t have the talent to end a song’.
‘I didn’t have the talent to end a song. With Back Off Boogaloo, I went to George and he helped me finish it.’

 

During his tenure in The Beatles, Ringo wrote two songs by himself: Don’t Pass Me By and Octopus’s Garden, the latter of which he asked George for help with, going on to talk about his more recent music, Ringo added: ‘I actually have one song that had like 40 verses, and I gave it to Harry Nilsson. He got it down to 11.’
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ON THIS DAY: PAUL, GEORGE AND RINGO REUNITED AT ERIC CLAPTON’s WEDDING

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It was 41 years ago today (May 19th, 1979) that a select group of party-goers witnessed the closest thing to a live Beatles reunion when Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr reunited to jam at Eric Clapton’s wedding reception at his English estate.

The impromptu performance marked the one-and-only time that the three former-Beatles had played in public together since the group’s final performance on the Apple Rooftop on January 30th, 1969, also on 3 January 1970, George, Paul and Ringo met at Abbey Road Studios to work on the track with producer George Martin.

Clapton had married Harrison’s ex-wife Pattie Boyd, and set up an outdoor stage for a mammoth jam session which featured the three ex-Beatles, a reformed Cream, the Rolling StonesMick Jagger and Bill Wyman, Elton John, David Bowie, and many more. John Lennon was living in the U.S. at the time, and was not present.

Although the three former “Fabs” also took part in a makeshift sing-a-long jam at Starr’s wedding in 1981, the Clapton wedding reception marks the only time that the former Beatles made music onstage in a somewhat professional manner.

Among the many songs reported to have been performed that day were the Beatles’ 1967 classic “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.”

The celebration included a stage set-up, where guests could take the stage and jam. Photo by Zak Starkey, it shows Zak (on guitar),Jim Capaldi on drums and #PaulMcCartney on bass (playing a right-handed bass guitar).