"This track hails from The Beatles’ first BBC session that George Harrison took on a lead vocal. It was also the last BBC session that Pete Best played drums on as one of The Beatles. George covers “A Picture Of You” which was already a hit song at the time of the session by Joe Brown and the Bruvvers. You may remember Joe Brown from his performances a few years ago at the Concert For George, but like The Beatles, his beginnings as a musician date back to the British skiffle movement of the late 1950′s. This session was recorded at the Playhouse Theatre in Manchester, UK on June 11, 1962 and also included “Ask Me Why” and “Besame Mucho.” The sound quality here is as good as it gets for this recording of a dated radio broadcast, though at the time, things were on their way to getting better for the band. The Beatles were within 3 months of recording their first single and changing the world.” - HappyNat, The Beatles Rarity
Ringo Starr. Doing the peace sign since way back when……
This perfect human being turns 51 today!
“His Liverpool College of Art roommate, Rod Murray, recalled how Stuart had occasional severe headaches while enrolled at school. ‘Stuart fell over from time to time. We thought he just has a bad sense of balance’”.——biographer Bob Spitz: The Beatles
This quote, if accurate, is important: it reveals that Stuart had health problems before Hamburg’s long nights, alcohol, overwork and pills.
Image: George by Stuart Sutcliffe
"The Harrisons always paid their way honestly. ‘Get out and get a job, son’. Demands that he do something mounted inexorably until…George couldn’t stand being got at any longer and got out. He quit, moving out of the family home and into Gambier Terrace.
It was a boldly independent step for a 17-year-old, and obligingly generous of John and Stu to shove aside some debris and make space. Though the studio room was a pigsty, from George’s point of view, here was sanity, space to think, to smoke, to play his guitar, to be with John and Stu.”—-All These Years/Tune In by Mark Lewisohn
"Paul pretending to be famous, shortly before becoming very famous. He looks more like a bank clerk than a pop star."
- Photo by Mike McCartney
Happy Birthday, George!
"Experimenting by front-lighting Paul’s head against a completely black background. He had to hold the pose for ages without blinking until I got the exposure just right. I took this in about 1962, but it’s eerily similar to Robert Freeman’s cover shot for With the Beatles a year later.”
- Mike McCartney
Anon requested: Drawings/Paintings by Klaus Voormann