Well, it’s been quite a while since we had a Beatles With Records post. In between time quite a number of new photographs have been found and submitted by keen Beatles Blog readers – especially Billy Shears, Lammert, and Andrey.
It’s going to be a reasonably big one. So, where to begin? Probably roughly chronologically would be best, starting with Dick Rowe, the Decca A&R man credited (wrongly as it turns out) with rejecting the Beatles at their audition for Decca Records in January, 1962:
Some of the albums on his wall include A Taste of Tijuana by The Mexicans:
Lulu’s Something to Shout About:
And Marianne Faithful’s North Country Maid:
But here’s the band that Decca missed out on:
It is a very youthful looking group on the front cover of the pop magazine Teen Screen. Notice the big “scoop”: WHY THE BEATLES ARE BREAKING UP!…..
There’s a bunch of records on the wall behind them, but they’re holding up with pride a copy of their then-new LP Please Please Me:
You can see a slightly larger and clearer image of that front cover photo in The Beatles with Records Part Two.
And here is the band out promoting that same album:The Beatles were soon to star in their first full-length movie A Hard Day’s Night, and from that film comes these screenshots of one of their co-stars, Wilfrid Bramble. Bramble played Paul McCartney’s grandfather, “a clean old man” who none-the-less is taking a rather keen interest in this very sexy record cover:
George Shearing’s White Satin LP came out in 1960….
In previous posts we’ve had photographs of various members of the band actually playing records. Here’s another, this time George with an unidentified stack of 45’s:
The Beatles were big in France, and there were unique covers produced in that country for their LPs, EPs and singles. Here they are stuck in a lift and signing a copy of the French EP Eight Days a Week:
The Eight Days a Week EP (from 1965) above also featured in The Beatles With Records Part Five.
Onto the Beatles solo now and another interesting photo. This one was taken at John and Yoko’s historic “Bed-In For Peace” in Amsterdam on 30 March, 1969. The weird thing in the photograph is that you can see the image that later (in May, 1969) will become the cover of Unfinished Music No.2: Life with the Lions:
Sticking with John Lennon and his album Rock ‘n’ Roll from 1975. It has a brilliant cover image taken way back in the Beatles Hamburg days by this man, photographer Jürgen Vollmer:
Jumping ahead now to the year 1990, and a charity album called Nobody’s Child: Romanian Angel Appeal. This compilation contained two Beatle-related tracks. One is by the Traveling Wilburys (“Nobody’s Child”), and the other a duet by Paul Simon and George Harrison of the Simon composition “Homeward Bound”. It was recorded during a performance on Saturday Night Live in 1976. George and his wife Olivia got behind publicising the release and here are two different photographs of them holding copies of the vinyl edition:
Next a 1992 launch party for Ringo Starr’s Time Takes Time CD. Ringo does’t look all that pleased about the lady thrusting a Russian pressing of the Beatles LP Help! into his hands for him to sign….
(Turns out that lady is the famous TV sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Quite a few readers have contacted us and identified her – so thanks).
You can read all about the many variations for the Russia-only LP Dr Ruth has here.
And lastly here’s Paul McCartney holding a copy of the CD booklet for his 2006 classical music release, Ecce Cor Meum (Behold My Heart) [see also The Beatles With Records Part Seventeen]:
If you are interested in seeing more of the Beatles With Records check out the past twenty six instalments. More soon!