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Mal Evans diaries opened (Beatle Thread)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Blackbird, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    I don't remember seeing this posted anywhere. Thought it was interesting.

    LONDON TIMES March 20, 2005
    Here, there and everywhere
    By Mark Edmonds
    The Beatles were his life. He was their mate, driver, skivvy — even
    co-musician. Mal Evans's diaries, seen here for the first time, reveal the
    everyday secrets of pop's greatest band

    Mal Evans began the 1960s as a Post Office engineer in Liverpool. By the end
    of the decade, he'd appeared in three out of five Beatles films and was an
    occasional musician on their albums. It was Mal playing the organ on Rubber
    Soul, Mal who sounded the alarm clock in A Day in the Life. On Abbey Road,
    it was Mal, not Maxwell, who banged the Silver Hammer.

    Part of the Beatles' small but exceptionally protective inner sanctum, Mal
    was one of just two witnesses at Paul McCartney's first wedding. Among the
    hundreds of claimants to that threadbare title "fifth Beatle", he was
    arguably the most deserving. Wherever the Beatles went, Mal would never be
    far behind.

    In the 10 years he spent as their road manager, Mal was blessed with a
    greater insight than most into the group's spectacular rise, their
    domination of pop in the middle years, and their painful implosion in a
    welter of recriminations. Throughout the decade, he kept a series of diaries
    and wrote an unpublished autobiography; all of this has until now remained
    unseen, part of an archive that went missing when Mal himself died in
    bizarre circumstances in 1976.

    For many years, an ever-growing number of Beatles historians have regarded
    the Mal Evans archive as the holy grail. Last year, rumours surfaced that it
    had turned up in a suitcase in a Sydney street market (not true) and that it
    contained outtakes of unreleased Beatles songs (ditto). The reality is
    rather more prosaic: 10 years after Mal's death, Yoko Ono was told about a
    trunk full of his effects that had been found by a temp clearing out files
    in the basement of a New York publisher; she arranged for them to be shipped
    back to his family in London. Among those effects were the diaries, which
    his widow, Lily, kept for years in an attic at her home.

    Together with some photographs, most of them taken by Mal himself, they
    amount to a fascinating collection: the unwitting historic recollections of
    a Forrest Gump of a man, who by sheer good fortune ended up in the right
    place at the right time.

    The story, inevitably, begins in Liverpool. A keen rock'n'roll fan, Mal
    would while away what he called his "extended lunchtimes" at the Cavern Club
    before putting in a brief appearance at the Post Office and then heading off
    to his house in Hillside Road, Mossley Hill.

    In 1961 he had married a local girl, Lily, whom he had met at the funfair at
    New Brighton. Their first child, Gary, was born in the same year. Mal's life
    was settled, mundane and ordinary; nobody could have predicted that the
    bizarre twists and turns of his life in the next 15 years would lead to a
    premature and avoidable death at the hands of the police in California.

    At the Cavern, Mal was soon noticed by the Beatles, who had a lunchtime
    residency at the club. George Harrison felt that Mal, at 6ft 3in, would make
    an ideal bouncer. He was also of an exceptionally gentle disposition, and
    Harrison was canny enough to realise that this too would be useful in the
    years ahead.

    In the first few pages of his 1963 Post Office Engineering Union-issue
    diary, which includes information about Ohm's law and Post Office pay rates,
    he reflects upon his good fortune. Looking back on the previous year, he
    writes: "1962 a wonderful year... Could I wish for more beautiful wife,
    Gary, house, car... guess I was born with a silver canteen of cutlery in my
    mouth. Wanted a part time job for long time — now bouncing... Lost a tooth
    in 1962."

    With this, Mal sets the tone. We soon find he is more Pooter than Pepys. As
    the Beatles' road manager — and trusted implicitly by all four — he is
    presented with an "access all areas" ticket to one of the best parties of
    the century. Yet somehow he never quite realises it.

    The year 1963 is crucial for the Beatles, ergo for Mal. At the start of the
    year it is becoming clear that working with them, particularly on tour, is a
    more engaging diversion for him than family life in Mossley Hill. The band,
    now managed by Brian Epstein, are beginning to realise their potential. Mal
    drives them to London for one of their early BBC appearances, and later they
    make the most of the capital.

    January 21, 1963: "Lads went shopping. Paul and George bought slacks. George
    a shirt in Regent St. This was before the Sat Club recording and we lost
    them for a while. Back to Lower Regent Studios for recording talent spot.
    Met Patsy Ann Noble, Rog Whittaker, Gary Marshall, a really good show. Also
    on the bill was a Birkenhead singer. At about 8.15 the boys went to Brians
    room in the Mayfair for a Daily Mail interview. I parked the gear and joined
    them later... We left London at about 10 o'clock, stopping at 'Fortes' on M1
    for large dinner — bought by the Beatles — and so homeward bound. Met a lot
    of fog... suddenly after leaving M1 short time windscreen cracked with a
    terrible bang. Had to break hole in windscreen to see... Stopped for tea at
    transport cafe... and arrived home at about five o'clock. I was up at 7.45
    but lads laid in till about five that night. Lucky devils. They were on that
    night at Cavern as fresh as ever with no after effects. The Beatles have
    certainly gone up in my estimation. They are all great blokes with a sense
    of humour and giving one the feeling they are a real team."

    For much of the early 1960s, touring became Mal's life. Against the wishes
    of Lily, left at home with Gary, Mal gave up his job at the Post Office in
    order to be at the Beatles' beck and call full time, clocking up industrial
    levels of mileage driving from Liverpool to London. He was also expected to
    attend to almost every personal whim.

    John Lennon, who had a predilection for enigmatic silences, would punctuate
    these with murmured requests such as "Socks, Mal" — at which point Mal would
    scoot off to Marks & Spencer to fetch six pairs in navy cotton.

    By the spring of that year, Beatlemania was under way; Mal and Neil
    Aspinall, another old friend from Liverpool, accompanied the Beatles on all
    of their tours, making up what was an astonishingly pared-down entourage.
    Aspinall still runs the Beatles' Apple organisation.

    The Beatles' first European tour began in Paris in January 1964. The
    ever-loyal Mal was on hand, this time accompanied by Lily and their young
    son. Mal writes about a "big punch-up" with photographers in Paris. In the
    manuscript of his unpublished book he recalls that this was "the only fight
    I got involved in on behalf of the Beatles" — although he was terrified when
    he and the band were nearly beaten up by Ferdinand Marcos's thugs in Manila
    in 1966.

    To mark the news in 1964 that the Beatles had reached No 1 in the US for the
    first time, Mal writes that Epstein threw a party at the hotel. Some
    journalists then hired prostitutes to provide a lesbian show for the Beatles
    in the room next to Epstein's. "It was a little unnerving to have these
    ladies performing before our eyes with each other in one room, with Brian,
    George Martin and his wife and the rather more staid members of the press in
    the adjoining living room. I guess celebration caters to everybody's
    different tastes."

    With Beatlemania in full swing, Mal seems strangely oblivious: there is no
    sense in any of the diaries that he is working for the most famous, most
    successful pop stars of the time. But odd, intimate little moments are

    March 18, 1964: "Had plastic cups in top pocket — milk poured in by George.
    John says after sarnies: Mal you are my favourite animal."


    Continued next post
  2. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    After two further exhausting years on the road, the Beatles were ready to
    give up touring: the whole tiresome process had ceased to be of interest to
    the group. The Beatles, and Mal, for that matter, were just about worn out.

    But there was now a larger role for Mal as a studio "fixer": as the music
    became more complicated, he was dealing with an increasingly outlandish
    inventory of instruments and equipment, and he sometimes contributed as a
    musician. More than any other year so far, 1967 presented Mal and the
    Beatles with undreamt-of possibilities: it was the year of satin tunics,
    Carnaby Street and Sgt Pepper; the band was at its creative, cohesive peak.
    On a more mundane level, Paul found himself without a housekeeper at his
    house in St John's Wood — so Mal moved in with him. Mal writes of this time
    fondly, but complains of Paul's dog, Martha, fouling the beds.

    Within a few months, Mal had moved his family — his second child, Julie, had
    been born in 1966 — from Liverpool to Sunbury-on-Thames, about equidistant
    from Paul's house and the homes of the other three in the Surrey stockbroker
    belt — another indication of how he'd let the band take over his life. Mal
    was also beginning to enjoy some of the more illicit aspects of the
    mid-1960s rock'n'roll lifestyle.

    January 1, 1967: "Well diary — hope it will be a great 1967. Have not
    slept... Friday night's recording session and journey to Liverpool. Late
    afternoon went over to the McCartneys in Wirral, and had dinner with them.
    Paul and Jane [Asher, McCartney's then girlfriend] had travelled up for the
    New Year — also Martha. Fan belt broke."

    January 19 and 20: "Ended up smashed in Bag O' Nails with Paul and Neil.
    Quite a number of people attached themselves, oh that it would happen to
    me... freak out time baby for Mal.

    "Eventually I spewed but this because of omelette I reckon. I was just
    nowhere floating around. Slept till 5pm. Flowers arrived for George for his
    anniversary tomorrow. Made up yesterday with new number for I'm counting on
    it and ringing alarm [he is referring to A Day in the Life, Sgt Pepper's
    closing opus]. So George came back to flat for tea tonight that is before we
    went home. He was in bedroom reading International Times. I was asleep on
    bed, very bad mannered. Left for home with Neil driving... On M6, starter
    jammed. 10/- to free it. Hertz van still no comfort... I spent some time in
    rest room."

    Mal's diary describes the recording of the Sgt Pepper album in some detail,
    referring to the song Fixing a Hole as "where the rain comes in". But there
    are soon signs that he is beginning to feel a little hard done by.

    The rest of 1967 was as busy for Mal as it was for the Beatles: the
    overblown, complicated Sgt Pepper was time-consuming. As soon as it was
    completed, Mal flew with Paul to LA to see Jane Asher, who was touring with
    the Old Vic company. The three took a trip to the Rockies and returned to LA
    by private jet. Mal took up the story:

    "We left Denver in Frank Sinatra's Lear Jet, which he very kindly loaned us.
    A beautiful job with dark black leather upholstery and, to our delight, a
    well-stocked bar."

    When they arrived, they went to Michelle and John Phillips's [of the Mamas
    and the Papas] house and Brian Wilson [of the Beach Boys] came round. Mal
    writes of joining in on a guitar for a rendition of On Top of Old Smokey
    with Paul and Wilson. Mal, however, was not impressed by Wilson's
    avant-garde tendencies; at the time he was putting together the Smile album.
    "Brian then put a damper on the spontaneity of the whole affair by walking
    in with a tray of water-filled glasses, trying to arrange it into some sort
    of session." Mal wasn't keen on glass harmonicas — he would have preferred

    When they returned in April 1967, the Beatles began work on what was to
    become the ill-fated Magical Mystery Tour project. The band, with Paul
    taking an increasingly dominant role, was showing signs of stress. Mal

    "I would get requests from the four of them to do six different things at
    one time and it was always a case of relying on instinct and experience in
    awarding priorities. They used to be right sods for the first few days until
    they realised that everything was going to go smoothly and they could get
    into the routine of recording... Then I would find time between numerous
    cups of tea and salad sandwiches and baked beans on toast to listen to the
    recording in the control room."

    Once they'd completed the recording, Mal, Neil and their families were
    whisked to Greece by the Beatles at George Harrison's expense. They spent a
    month under sunny skies on a wooden yacht in the Aegean. By their return,
    however, darker clouds were forming on the horizon. Before the summer was
    out, Epstein was dead after an overdose. Without his guiding hand, the
    Beatles plunged further into the chaotic Magical Mystery Tour project. As
    ever, Mal was a crucial element, organising the coach tour that formed the
    centrepiece of the film, recruiting actors and extras, then flying to Nice
    with Paul to film the Fool on the Hill sequence.

    According to Mal, this trip, as did many, took place on an impulse; without
    luggage or papers. Paul sailed through immigration with no passport, but
    they were refused entry to the hotel restaurant because they didn't look the
    part. They headed off to a nightclub. "We had dinner in my room... The only
    money we had between us had been spent on clothes, on the understanding that
    money was to be forwarded from England by the Beatles office. After the
    first round of drinks... we arranged with the manager for us to get credit."

    The next day, Mal and Paul returned to the club. "We took advantage of our
    credit standing, as money had still not arrived from England. News about
    Paul's visit to the club the previous night had spread, and the place was
    jammed. Now Paul, being a generous sort of person, had built up quite a bar
    bill, when the real manager of the club arrived demanding that we pay
    immediately. On explaining who Paul was and what had happened, he answered,
    'You either pay the bill, or I call the police.' It certainly looked like we
    were going to get thrown in jail. It was ironical, sitting in a club with a
    millionaire, unable to pay the bill." Eventually the hotel manager agreed to
    cover the money.
    Paul and Mal returned to London, where Paul was to edit the film. But it was
    panned by the critics when televised that Christmas.


    The year 1968 saw the genesis of Apple, the group's trip to Rishikesh in the
    Himalayas at the invitation of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi — and increasing

    By the time the band arrives in India, Mal is already there, having carried
    out a recce a few days earlier. Ringo demands a doctor as soon as he gets
    off the plane. From Mal's memoir from February: "'Mal, my arm's killing me,
    please take me to a doctor right away.' So off we go looking for one, our
    driver leaving us to a dead end in the middle of a field, soon to be filled
    with press cars as they blindly follow us; so we explain to them that it's
    only Ringo's inoculation giving him trouble. When we arrived at the local
    hospital, I tried to get immediate treatment for him, to be told curtly by
    the Indian doctor, 'He is not a special case and will have to wait his
    turn.' So off we go to pay a private doctor ten rupees for the privilege of
    hearing him say it will be all right."

    The Beatles, accompanied by an entourage that included Mia Farrow, Donovan
    and the Beach Boy Mike Love, write half a dozen songs in India, most of
    which are to end up on the White Album they release later that year. Mal's
    diary comments favourably on the sense of karma that seemed to have settled
    upon them. "It is hard to believe that a week has already passed. I suppose
    the peace of mind and the serenity one achieves through meditation makes the
    time fly." He even enjoyed the food, unlike Ringo, who famously turned up
    with a case of baked beans.

    But the tranquillity does not last. "Suddenly... excitement... Ringo wants
    to leave... Maureen can't stand the flies any longer." Mal himself spent a
    month in India, before returning to London to help out with the White Album

    Later in the year, Mal travels to New York with George. They go to visit Bob
    Dylan and the Band, who are rehearsing at Big Pink, the Band's upstate

    November 28: "Up at 10.30 into Woodstock... To Bob [Dylan] for Thanksgiving.
    Meet Levon [Helm] of the band, he is drummer plays great guitar. Around the
    table after turkey, cranberry sauce etc. & also Pecan pie. Bob, George,
    Rich, Happy, Levon... around the guitars while many children play; Sarah
    [Dylan] great — turkey sandwich & beer. To Richard [Manuel] & Garths
    [Hudson] home for farm sessions — home to bed."

    At this point, Mal's 1968 diary comes to an end; it has been an
    action-packed year with two hit singles and a sprawling double album — but
    the Beatles are no longer a cohesive unit.

    In the midst of a miserably cold winter, the band and Mal set off for
    Twickenham Studios, where they are to start work on the project that is to
    become Let It Be, a filmed record of the Beatles at work. Already there is
    discord within the group, and in front of the cameras they begin to
    disintegrate; from Mal we also get the first murmurings of real discontent.

    January 13, 1969: "Paul is really cutting down on the Apple staff members. I
    was elevated to office boy [Mal had briefly been made MD of Apple] and I
    feel very hurt and sad inside — only big boys don't cry. Why I should feel
    hurt and reason for writing this is ego... I thought I was different from
    other people in my relationship with the Beatles and being loved by them and
    treated so nice, I felt like one of the family. Seems I fetch and carry. I
    find it difficult to live on the £38 I take home each week and would love to
    be like their other friends who buy fantastic homes and have all the
    alterations done by them, and are still going to ask for a rise. I always
    tell myself — look, everybody wants to take from, be satisfied, try to give
    and you will receive. After all this time I have about £70 to my name, but
    was content and happy. Loving them as I do, nothing is too much trouble,
    because I want to serve them. "Feel a bit better now — EGO?"

    The Let It Be film is to feature the Beatles in what is to become their last
    public performance, on the rooftop of the Apple office building in London's
    Savile Row. Squabbles put to one side, the band, accompanied by Billy
    Preston on keyboards, are clearly enjoying themselves. Mal is unusually
    perky too.
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    January 24, 1969: "Skiffling 'Maggie May'; Beatles really playing together.
    Atmosphere is lovely in the studio — everyone seems so much happier than of
    recent times."

    January 27: "Today we had the engineer to look at the roof of No. 3. 5lbs
    sq. in is all it will take weight wise. Needs scaffolding to make platform.
    Getting helicopter for shot of roof. Should get good shot of crowds in
    street, who knows police might try to stop us. Asked Alistair [Taylor, Apple
    office manager] to get toasted sandwich machine."

    January 29: "Show on the roof of Apple. 4 policemen kept at bay for 40
    minutes while the show goes on."

    With the Beatles in free fall, Mal busies himself with jobs for other Apple
    artists and fetching and carrying for individual Beatles. Throughout the
    1960s he and Paul had an affinity, and in March 1969, Mal was one of just
    two witnesses at Paul's wedding to Linda Eastman in London. The same day,
    George Harrison's home is raided for drugs.

    March 13: "Big drama, last night about 7.30pm Pattie rang the office from
    home for George to say '8 or 10 policeman including Sergeant Pilcher had
    arrived with search warrants looking for cannabis'. George went home with
    Derek and lawyer, and was released on £200 bail each."

    Mal, meanwhile, has financial worries.

    April 24: "Had to tell George — 'I'm broke'. Really miserable and down
    because I'm in the red, and the bills are coming in, poor old Lil suffers as
    I don't want to get a rise. Not really true don't want to ask for a rise,
    fellows are having a pretty tough time as it is."

    The Beatles record their last album, Abbey Road, in the summer of that year.
    Mal's diaries note that four alternative titles were mooted before the band
    settled on a title that celebrated the home of EMI studios. "Titles
    suggested: Four in the Bar; All Good Children Go to Heaven; Turn Ups;
    Inclinations." Mal helps with John's Instant Karma, but he is finding Paul

    The next year, 1970, sees the Beatles continuing with their solo projects.
    The band is no longer recording together.

    January 27: "Seem to be losing Paul — really got the stick from him today."

    February 4: "To bed at 4.30am to rise at 7.45 to help get the children
    dressed... Lil had a driving lesson at 8am, then driving test at 9am which
    she passed. Bed after a couple of hours. Feel a cold coming on again. Walk
    into office late afternoon to meet Ringo go to shake he says 'Give us a
    cuddle then' its worth a million pounds that is and feel really recharged.
    George & Steve bass & guitar. Nanette. Ringo Drums."

    February 5: "Bed this morning late. Up at 1 to phone. Conversation with
    Paul, something like this: 'Malcolm Evans' 'Yeah Paul' 'I've got the EMI
    [Abbey Road studio] over this weekend — I would like you to pick up some
    gear from the house' 'Great man, that's lovely. Session at EMI?' 'Yes but I
    don't want any one there to make me tea, I have the family, wife and kids

    Mal clearly took Paul's distance to heart. There was now no group to look
    after. Mal continued to work with John, Ringo and George on their solo
    efforts and with the small stable of Apple musicians he had helped to build
    up. But for him, the adventure was pretty much over. When the Beatles broke
    up, there was a very strong chance that he would too.

    Mal remained an employee of Apple until 1974, when he moved to LA,
    ostensibly to work as a record producer. He left Lily and the children the
    same year, moving in with Fran Hughes, whom he had met at the Record Plant
    studio in Los Angeles. The split from Lily had depressed Mal, and it was
    clear that he continued to miss the family, long after he walked out on
    them. Neither his family nor the Beatles, his second family, were now close.
    "The times I had with him were brilliant. He was an extraordinary person,"
    says his son, Gary. "But from the moment he met the Beatles to the moment he
    died, he wanted to live two parallel lives. He would have lived six months
    in the States and six months here if he'd been able to get away with it."

    On the morning of January 5, 1976, exactly two years after Mal had walked
    out, Lily took a call from Neil Aspinall. He told her that Mal had been shot
    in LA. "I immediately thought he'd been shot in a bank," says Lily. "I had
    to wake up the kids and tell them. I didn't know he was low. He must have
    been missing the kids, depressed."

    Mal had been killed by an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department, who
    had been called to a disturbance at his home in LA after it had been
    reported that he had been brandishing a weapon, which may or may not have
    been an air rifle. Fran had called the police. Gary believes he was drinking
    heavily and may have been on cocaine at the time: "It was all part of the
    rock'n'roll, '70s lifestyle." Gary added that he thinks his father may have
    been behaving like that in the knowledge that even if he was unwilling to
    end his own life, the LA police would show no such hesitance.

    George arranged for Mal's family to receive £5,000 on his death; he had no
    pension and he had not kept up his life-assurance premiums. Lily and Gary
    have met Paul twice to discuss the ownership of some Beatles lyrics Mal had
    tidied up, which she wanted to sell. Paul appears to have reached generous
    out-of-court settlements with her. Over the years, the Mal Evans archive has
    dwindled as Lily has been forced to sell other parts of it piecemeal.

    As she looks back on the 1960s, Lily regrets the amount of time Mal gave up
    for the Beatles, but has fond memories: she and the children adored the huge
    firework parties that Ringo organised at his homes in Weybridge and Ascot.
    For Gary, who was 14 when his father died, memories of the 1960s are also
    bittersweet. "The Greek holiday was wonderful... There were good times
    interspersed among the 'Where is he's?'"

    "I'd go to school on the Monday, and the teacher would say, "What did you do
    at the weekend?' I'd say, 'I went round to John Lennon's house.' I thought
    that was normal. Sometimes I found it all a bit too much. I'd be picked up
    from school by my dad in Lennon's psychedelic Rolls-Royce, He'd be wearing a
    cowboy hat, surrounded by kids. I thought, 'I don't need this.'"

    Ultimately, Gary remains disappointed about the fact that the Beatles did
    not make proper provision for his father or his family. When Mal left, Lily
    had to return to work to pay the mortgage and keep the children going. "It
    was very tight," Gary recalls. "We were on free school meals. It's very
    galling when you look back at what my dad's input was into that band and we
    ended up like that." We asked Sir Paul McCartney to comment, but a
    spokesperson said he was "unavailable".

    It's difficult to properly evaluate Mal's contribution to the Beatles, but
    for a long period he was regarded as indispensable. He was trusted,
    universally liked and desperately loyal: his diaries give away no
    indiscretions, though he would certainly have been party to them. Even Lily
    acknowledges that "he would have had a few flings". But none of that
    bothered her: she always seemed more concerned that he was "too nice for his
    own good" and that the band would treat him "like a dishcloth".

    If he had followed her advice and remained a Post Office engineer in Mossley
    Hill, he would have missed out on Sgt Pepper, the Beatles in India and his
    meetings with Elvis, his hero. And his passing, too, in the sprawling
    suburbs of Los Angeles, might also have turned out to be just a little less

    The Sunday Times Magazine

    March 20, 2005

    Diary extracts

    January 20, 1963: Mal drives the Beatles to London

    Picked up George at about 10.45 then picked up John, Paul & Ringo... George
    bought me dinner at Whitchurch and took over the driving up to about 20
    miles before the M1... My only wish was for better headlights on the van
    otherwise admirable to drive, and I could not have wished for better
    company. They [the Beatles] made me feel at home with them at once. After
    steady 70-75 down the M1, entered London via Finchley... The boys seemed to
    know their way and... took us to the door of EMI house. There we met Kenny
    Lynch, Jess Conrad & Carole Deene all nice people...

    January 4, 1967: recording Penny Lane

    Travelled to London left about 11am. Lil's back acting up a little again.
    Recording "Penny Lane" but Paul and John still not satisfied. So will do
    voices again tomorrow. Went to Bag O' Nails about 3.45 after session. Cyn,
    Terry and Stan. Jane came to studio in her car. Had fish and chips in
    studio. Joss sticks burning a plenty tonight, really do get to like the

    January 27, 1967: Sgt Pepper

    Started writing song with Paul upstairs in his room, he on piano. What can
    one say about today — ah yes! Four Tops concert at Albert Hall. Beatles get
    screams they get the clap. Off to Bag after gig. Did a lot more of "where
    the rain comes in". Hope people like it. Started Sergeant Pepper.

    February 1, 1967

    "Sergeant Pepper" sounds good. Paul tells me that I will get royalties on
    the song — great news, now perhaps a new home.

    February 2, 1967

    Recording voices on Captain [sic] Pepper. All six of us doing the chorus in
    the middle, worked until about midnight. Bag took Cynthia [Lennon]. Bed
    about 5.30pm after no sleep. Ugh! Cleaning lady Mrs Turner. Cor!!! Had to go
    to doctor in 6 George Street. Bought Ringo some undies for his visit to the

    March 30, 1967

    Played cow bell on Ringos number [With a Little Help from My Friends]. Paul
    asked after who played that great cow bell... In India, and recording the
    White Album

    February 17, 1968

    The press really tried kicking down the gates into the Ashram — the Indian
    people on the Ashram called me half way through, but as soon as an Indian
    reporter told me "No bloody foreigner is going to stop me in my own country"
    I cooled it.

    February 23, 1968
    The Beatles all met Maharishi on his cottage roof... off to the beach after
    lunch, well it's not really the beach but the bank of the Ganges... Jane is
    still not well although the others minor complaints have been "faith
    healed", and Ringo had a dead rat in drawer.

    July 9, 1968

    Oobledee [Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da] goes well and Eric Clapton plays a visit...
    Off to the pub for toasted cheese sarnies, later Paul went to the pub, with
    George, Neil and Pete for a pint. John and George guitars — Ringo drums for
    new version of "Revolution". Put up slide for kids and filmed Julie on it.

    September 13, 1968

    Heard today that police arrived at EMI to bust us after we had left. On
    further enquiries this did not appear to have happened — wouldn't matter
    anyway, what would they find?

    March 12, 1969: Paul and Linda's wedding

    Paul & Linda got married this morning at Marylebone Registry Office; due to
    at 9.45am but Mike's train from Birmingham was delayed... When Peter Brown
    and myself passed the Registry Office at about 9.15 there were only a few
    photographers and ardent fans standing in the rain, but when we left at
    11.30am or perhaps it was 11.15am we were mobbed by a crowd of about 1,000.
    Heather [Linda's daughter] was carried out by a policeman and Ray of the
    hire car company... Back at home, they did a couple of TVs and then went to
    the local church to be "BLESSED". Off to the Ritz Piccadilly for a wedding
    lunch, where we were joined by Neil and Sue, Escargot for moi; TV interview
    in the Ritz and deliver Paul & Linda McCartney to home and feet up by the
  4. Adam Barkley

    Adam Barkley Mayday!

    Aug 26, 2003
    Jackson, MS
    Cool article, Blackbird
  5. bassmonkeee


    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    Very cool! Thanks for taking the time to post all of that.
  6. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

  7. I seem to remember that thing about the Australian suitcase story, but that was bunk?

    Great stuff!

    I really would have figured "the boys" would have taken better care of Mal.
  8. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2002
    I enjoyed that! Thanks!
  9. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Don't shoot the messenger.
  10. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well - can it be an accurate source, if it doesn't exist....;)
  11. Against Will

    Against Will Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2003
    Big Sound Central
    George and Ringo come off as really good, solid guys. The way Paul treated him was pretty cold, though it may be imprudent to pass judgement when I've only read excerpts. But still, kind of shocking that cute, nice Paul would be such a jerk.
  12. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    You're right. I made the whole thing up.

    Damn your cunning perspicacity! :p
  13. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Well - I was just wondering where it came from....:meh:
  14. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Well, I supposed it was "The Times", then...
  15. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Pacific Northwet
    Total fanboi of: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses
    The newspaper thing may be similar to a paper from where I was at...
    There were two runs of paper, one was The Tribune, and the other was The Democrat, and eventually it became one to be The Tribune Democrat. Maybe something along those lines is what happened here as well. Try researching for papers from that era and see if you come up with any answers ;).