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#askNat – concerning who was in the room when Brian Epstein fired Pete Best

This week on #askNat I have an interesting inquiry coming from Stephen Kennedy in the U.K. who writes plays about The Beatles. His message to me from this past May reads as follows:

When Pete Best got fired from The Beatles at NEMS on the morning of August 16th, 1962, how many people were at the meeting? Most books say it was just Pete Best and Brian Epstein – but I have also read that Neil Aspinall was at the meeting too. What is the truth?

Thanks for writing in Stephen. While on the surface it is a very simple question, it gets a little more complex when we consider the varying accounts in different books. Before discussing this, a little background information is in order.

 

Top row (L-R): Pete Best, Neil Aspinall Bottom row (L-R): Brian Epstein, Mona Best

Top row (L-R): Pete Best, Neil Aspinall
Bottom row (L-R): Brian Epstein, Mona Best

 

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#askNat – Paul McCartney’s chipped tooth

This week on #askNat I’m addressing a question from “Rock Singer” from Osaka, Japan, who writes:

I get great enjoyment out of reading your weekly blog. My question is: Why did they go ahead and film the videos for “Paperback Writer” and “Rain” after Paul McCartney’s motorcycle accident causing his fat lip & chipped tooth? Can you shed any more information on said accident?

Thanks, Nat!

It’s good to hear from you Rock. Greetings from America and what a cool name you have – not your typical Japanese sounding name at all. There is a lot of information scattered about the Internet about Paul’s accident and unfortunately much of it is false and tied in with the whole “Paul Is Dead” theory. For that reason I am glad you brought this up, so as to give me a good opportunity to clear it all up a little bit.

 

Paul McCartney, early 1966 with chipped tooth - a consequence of a moped accident in December 1965.

Paul McCartney, early 1966 with chipped tooth – a consequence of a moped accident in December 1965.

 

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#askNat – concerning the Sessions album

This week’s #askNat question comes from David over in the U.K. whose message sent to me a couple months back reads as follows:

Hi Nat,

Only recently found your site and since then have spent many happy hours enjoying your insight, info and tunes. Here’s a question for you: The Sessions album was going to be an official Beatles rarities release and bootlegs of it circulate. Are these deemed authentic from a verifiable source and were any of the tracks cited for inclusion, eventually released in exactly the same form, on the Anthologies?

All the best,
David

 

Photo from July 1, 1963 outside of Abbey Road studios to be used on front cover of The Beatles' Sessions LP, originally slated for a February 1985 release.

Photo from July 1, 1963 outside of Abbey Road studios to be used on front cover of The Beatles’ Sessions LP, originally slated for a February 1985 release.

 

Thank you for writing in David and I’m so glad you enjoy the website. Thanks also for a great topic that I am surprised has not appeared earlier on #askNat. Here is what I know:

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#askNat – concerning why John Lennon’s “India, India” was not used in the Anthology project

This week on #askNat we are hearing from Matt Doran of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Here is what Matt has to say:

Hey Happy Nat,

When the remaining Beatles got the demos for the Anthology, why didn’t they use “India , India?” To me that demo was complete, with no visible noise and John’s voice is so clear. I have heard other peoples’ mixes on the Internet and they have added instruments and vocals onto it. Any insight as to why they might have overlooked this tune.

Matt

An interesting question you have here, Matt. I’ll start with what I know about “India, India.” It was written and recorded in demo form sometime in 1980 by John Lennon. No accounts of this recording by John have surfaced other than this home-taped demo made at his Dakota apartment. The first time it was heard by the general public was in a 2005 musical called Lennon that was a Yoko Ono-sanctioned stage show about John’s life. It was directed by Don Scardino.

“India, India,” along with a few other demos, was first released officially as bonus material on the Home Tapes collection packaged with the John Lennon Signature Box set released in October 2010.

 

John Lennon in 1980

John Lennon in 1980

 

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#askNat – concerning the ‘train music’ heard in A Hard Day’s Night

I have been getting lots of mail lately about A Hard Day’s Night; I guess due mainly to the popularity of the new reissue of it that just hit the stores last month. One of the questions that keeps popping up concerns the untitled track that springs forth from Ringo Starr’s transistor radio in the scene near the beginning of the movie when they are on the train and a stuffy “regular commuter” snaps at Ringo before switching it off. I’m sure most reading have seen the movie (at least once) and know exactly what scene I’m referring to. The specific questions that are coming up are 1) Who is this music by – is it, in fact The Beatles themselves? and 2) Do you have the complete version of the song? So for #askNat this week I’m going to address this very issue.

 

On the train in A Hard Day's Night (L-R): Paul McCartney, the man on the train (played by Richard Vernon) and John Lennon

On the train in A Hard Day’s Night (L-R): Paul McCartney, the man on the train (played by Richard Vernon) and John Lennon

 

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#askNat – concerning Paul McCartney’s sheepdog Martha

For #askNat this week I have another message from Roger Tomlin in Augusta, Georgia who is after some info about a former pet owned by Paul McCartney. Take a look at what Roger has sent in:

Hi Nat,

At the risk of getting a little too deep into Beatles lore, I’ve always wondered about Paul McCartney’s famous 1960′s sheepdog, Martha. As most probably know, she was the namesake for Paul’s great “Martha My Dear” on the White Album. Where did Paul get her? What were the circumstances surrounding her passing? Where is she buried? And, I seem to have heard somewhere that Paul had a second sheepdog later on. Maybe not a premier #askNat question but you got to admit… it’s rare!  

Thanks Nat

Hello Roger! Nothing is getting “too deep into Beatles lore” for The Beatles Rarity. In 1965 Paul McCartney bought his new St. John’s Wood home at 7 Cavendish Avenue, but did not move in right away since several renovations were necessary. In March of 1966 he moved in with girlfriend Jane Asher and at some point in between, he bought an Old English Sheepdog as a puppy and named her “Martha.”

 

Paul McCartney & his pet sheepdog Martha

Paul McCartney & his pet sheepdog Martha

 

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