Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Oh what a disappointment! I bet this girl never let her parents hear the end of it for not letting her go! I found this story here and it was written by Ron Hayes.
On Feb. 7, 1964 — only ten weeks after the assassination of JFK — a shaggy pop group called The Beatles landed at the recently renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and that new generation of Americans he had inspired found its song.
Kathy Fay shared a bit of that history, too. Through her father’s position as undersecretary of the Navy, her mother had become friendly with the wife of David Ormsby-Gore, the British ambassador to the U.S.
“As soon as my friends heard the Beatles were going to give a concert at the Washington Coliseum, they all started asking me to ask my parents to get us tickets,” she remembers.
“I’m begging my mother. I hounded her and hounded her. Say you’ll pay for the tickets!”
Finally, Anita Fay relented.
Yes, Sylvia Ormsby-Gore, replied, she could provide tickets for Kathy and a few friends. And she would also be hosting a small reception for the band prior to a masked charity ball at the British Embassy.
At the 28-minute Beatles performance, their seats were bad, the acoustics worse, and the deafening screams almost frightening.
But then, on that night of Feb. 11, as she stood in the embassy scarcely believing her good luck, Paul McCartney came over and whispered in her ear: “Close your eyes and I’ll kiss you.”
“I was just doing that to embarrass you,” he said. Then he asked her to be his date at the masked ball later that evening.
Kathy sought out Mrs. Ormsby-Gore, who immediately squelched the idea.
“No, no, it wouldn’t be appropriate,” she said “It’s going to be late and for adults.”
A crushed Kathy reported back to Paul.
“Oh, sure, you can,” he told her.
Again she asked. Again the ambassador’s wife refused.
And so, instead of a date with Paul McCartney, she got pictures — with him, and another with all four Beatles.
Monday, May 30, 2011
I try my best to stick to the theme of this blog, which is fan type photos. However, sometimes I find Beatles photos that are just too cool not to share even though they aren't "fan type" photos. However, this series of frames of Paul does have some relevance because Paul is wearing a shirt that we have seen him wear in many, many fan photos.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
These photos are pretty funny, aren't they? John looks like he is sinking into the floor and Ringo appears to be making the type of noise that I make when I am tired or frustrated with someone.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
I really got a kick out of the fact they are standing near 5 Cavendish Ave in the 2nd photo because I remember seeing that number 5 this past summer and knowing we were REALLY close to Paul's house (his is number 7 and does not have a number). I also totally dig the Lennon-type glasses the fan is wearing. These 2 photos were taken on the same day and are currently available (with copyright) on ebay. Good deal for someone!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
I am sure a lot of you saw this gorgeous John photo on Miss Tammy's Beatles photo blog today. And I am sure that most of you passed on just like I did when you saw it. However, I especially loved it because it is a larger and different frame of my all time favorite Beatles fan photo! This was taken at Kenwood. John had the door painted and you can see the naked lady door knocker. I want more from this fan!!!!!
Friday, May 20, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
I found this story about a fan meeting Pattie Boyd in the Pattie Boyd yahoo group. It was written by Barb Fenrick, who I consider to be one of the leaders of Beatle fans. She was the person who ran the fanzine which I took this blog idea from, The Write Thing, and if you remember from a previous story, she is the person who was invited into Paul's home at Cavendish and got her photo taken with him on the back stairs! This is a great little story about meeting Pattie Boyd (which I must gloat and say that I have met her as well....)
“Meeting Pattie Harrison”
1969 Fan Encounter by Barb Fenick
“The one time I met Pattie personally was in the summer of 1969. During the weekdays
the Beatles were recording at EMI studios, and several times we had seen Pattie drive up
in her own car and spend a few hours inside. Yoko was of course always accompanying
John, Linda came almost every evening and went home with Paul, but Maureen and Pattie
came only once in awhile - of course they had a long distance to travel up from Surrey
too, and Linda only lived around the corner.
One night on the radio we heard George giving an interview and he happened to mention
that the next day, July 27th, was an Indian holy day and there would be a peace march
starting from Hyde Park, and he thought he might go to it.
Of course my friends and I all went down there. We didn’t see George anywhere, but we
did get right into the spirit of the thing, and marched along with everyone else, clapping
and singing Hare Krshna. It wasn’t until we’d already gone several blocks that I
recognized that the girl in front of us was Pattie Harrison. We had been marching right
along unsuspectingly, singing and clapping right smack behind her. She was with Terry
Doran, who is mentioned several times in Hunter Davies’ book. Terry lived at George’s &
Pattie’s Esher bungalow, and was a close friend of both of theirs, acted as chauffeur,
gopher, bodyguard, escort for Pattie, and all around confidant. Pattie’s sister Jenny, who
married Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac, was also along.
Well, once we’d recognized them, we had to say something. So I asked her if she wanted
one of my ‘Beatles Rule’ buttons. She thought I was trying to sell it to her, and said, ‘No,
I don’t have money with me.’ When she realized she could just have it, she smiled and
pinned it on her dress. Aside from a few jokes with her about how hot it was (in the 80’s),
we left her alone, to enjoy the exertion of it all in peace.
The march ended up at Trafalgar Square where there was a rally, and speeches, and more
singing. We stayed till the end, and as the crowd thinned out we saw Pattie and Jenny
standing alone. Jenny was looking flush and sick probably from heat exhaustion, and we
offered her some aspirin, kleenex, and other medicinal aids that Americans are so prone to
carry about. And just before they were about to leave we asked Pattie if we could take one
posed poloroid picture of her, which she very sweetly allowed and then we bid them all a
peaceful trip back to Esher.
From this encounter, and judging from her cheerfulness at EMI, I always thought of
Pattie as a pretty straight, unaffected young woman, who just happens to be very beautiful
and married to George Harrison."
Not all Beatles encounters were as pleasant. After finding John in a bad mood when they
rang his doorbell in July 1969 Barb and her friends waited at Kinfauns...
“George found us in his driveway one day and was also quite surly. Pattie had been in
Paris modeling and he’d just come back with her from the airport. He was in a terrible
mood, and she got out of the car and slammed the door and then slammed the house door
as well, so it appeared they were having a fight and we picked a rotten time to show up.”
(Barb Fenick spent three weeks in London during July and early August of 1969 and had
several wonderful Beatles encounters. Later the very knowledgeable Barb Fenick was
editor of the Beatles fanzine The Write Thing during the 70’s and 80’s in which she told her
I know Miss Tammy always says that size doesn't matter....but this one is a little too small for my tastes. However....it is still worth posting!! Just wish it was bigger. Many thanks goes to Joanne for sending me many, many Paul and Linda photos recently!
so this photo falls into the "new to me" category and I liked it enough that I thought I would post it. Thanks to Guus for sending it along! John in the "Lost Weekend" era has always been a favorite time period for me! Notice that he is once again wearing May Pang's jeans in this photo!
There is a new frame in a series of photos that were taken of John standing in the driveway at Kenwood. I like posting all of them (even though 2 have already been posted) because I enjoy seeing things as a set. I know...I can be such a geek!!!!
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
When the Beatles traveled to Sweden in the fall of 1963, they met a large number of fans (who obviously gave them flowers) at the airport for who they stopped to sign autographs for. They weren't able to stop and chat and sign things for fans at airport shortly after this.