In Part Twelve in our series The Beatles With Records I couldn’t identify what disc a young Julian Lennon was holding in this photograph kindly sent in by reader Ariel Caceres:
Well, thanks to Beatles Blog reader Thomas McConnell, who incidentally is a singer/songwriter from Liverpool, we now have an answer:
He is holding the UK 1978 reissue of the 45rpm single “The Ballad of John and Yoko/Old Brown Shoe” from The Beatles Collection box set. This box set contained every UK Beatles single and had specially created picture sleeves. I even have a copy of the set, but I missed connecting the Julian Lennon photo with it! So, thank you to Thomas for solving that one.
Ariel (mentioned above) has sent in another interesting photograph. It’s of John Lennon and Harry Nilsson holding the early artwork for the 1979 Nilsson LP “Pussy Cats” – which Lennon produced and played on. It also featured the likes of Ringo Starr on drums and Klaus Voormann on bass:
If you’d like to read some more about this album – click here.
I’ve also had sent in a simple but striking candid photograph of Paul McCartney clearly enjoying a quiet browse through a box of second-hand LPs. This comes from French collector and author Claude Defer:
I reckon he looks pretty happy and contented. We’ve mulled over just which album that “Jazz Greats” LP could be at the back of the pile. Maybe Paul was doing some research for his “Kisses on the Bottom” recordings? With only the rear cover in view the album we can see could be any number of jazz records which carry that title. If you have any ideas contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Russian collector Andrey sent the photo below with a bit of a story attached. In August, 1998 Ringo Starr visited Russia for the first time. Andrey was a winner of the Beatles United Radio-TV-Newspaper competition. The prize was a brief meeting with Ringo. Andrey (thats him in the picture) presented Ringo with one issue of the Russian BEATLESBEAT fanzine (released in 90s) and the bootleg CD-album “Rory Storm and the Hurricanes”:
This photo was taken on August 25, 1998 just an hour before Ringo’s show in the Russia State Central Concert Hall in Moscow (this building doesn’t exist any more). Ringo is taking a good look at the CD, which can be seen well in this enlarged fragment:
Later Ringo put his autograph on the photo specially for Andrey. Here’s the Rory Storm Russian bootleg CD cover that he’s studying:
And here’s an honorary Beatle if ever there was one. It’s their manager, Brian Epstein with a copy of their debut LP “Please Please Me”. Parlophone rush-released the album on 22 March, 1963 in the UK to capitalise on the success of singles “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do”:
Thanks again to everyone who provided photos and further information. You can see the other parts in “The Beatles with Records” series here: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 and 17.