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convention pamphlet

August 21st, 2010

This is a photo of a Pete Best autograph on a 1987 fan club convention pamphlet.  Pete Best was the first drummer of The Beatles, replaced by Ringo Starr during the recording of “Love Me Do.”

I have met Pete Best before, and he is a rather nice fellow, especially considering he got a bit of a raw deal with being booted out.  :-/  I love Ringo, but it still stinks for Pete.

Born in November, 1941, Pete Best lived in Liverpool as a child, as did all of The Beatles.  He joined the band in August of 1960, and was asked to leave the band around August 1962.  Unfortunately, Pete states that he never received an explanation as to why he was replaced.

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Help!

August 20th, 2010

Similar to my previous blog post, this is a premier movie ticket for the “Help!” movie.  It is unused.

The ticket, unused, is around 8 and a half by 4 inches.  It’s rather cute!  I don’t know what would be better – watching the movie or keeping a piece of fun memorabilia!

I think one of my favorite scenes from the movie was actually a cut scene.  I like the scene in which The Beatles play bumper cars with real rental cars in the surf!  I’m jealous…

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A Hard Day’s Night

August 19th, 2010

Pictured here is a premier movie ticket to see “A Hard Day’s Night.”  This is a movie made in the early 1960s, which starred each of The Beatles.  It was sort of a ‘day in the life,’ during which The Beatles shuttled to a television theatre production.  The movie showed them being pursued by throngs of fans, rehearsing, and getting into trouble.  Of course, there is a ton of great music in the movie!

One tidbit that many casual fans do not realize is that George met his first wife on the set of this movie.  She is the beautiful blonde on the train – one of two ladies that Paul hits on in the café of the train.  Patty is also pictured as The Beatles leave the train.  Later on in life Patty went on to marry Eric Clapton, one of George’s closest friends.

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Yellow Submarine

August 18th, 2010

This image is one of a yellow submarine!  This die-cast metal yellow submarine was manufactured by Corgi and has a movable periscope and pop-up hatches.  It’s a little over five inches long and is quite heavy for being such a small item.

I had fun finding this item.  When I graduated from school, my father and I took a Beatles trip to England.  We went to London and Liverpool, site-seeing all of The Beatles’ sites.  While in Liverpool, much to my amazement, we went into a five-and-dime antiques shop and I bought this little trinket for, if memory serves me, $10!!!  Money well spent!

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Anthology Floor Display

August 13th, 2010

Anyone and everyone knows about the Beatles Anthology!  In 1995 The Beatles Anthology aired within the United Kingdom and the United States.  It took about five years to develop, and all three living Beatles (at the time), plus Yoko, came together to tell The Beatles’ story, spanning from the 1940s through the end of the band’s time.  The story is mainly told through archival footage, straight from The Beatles’ mouths.  Along with the airing of the documentary, there were three albums of outtakes, rehearsals, and concerts released.  It was an awesome time for any Beatles fan.

Pictured here is a floor display for a store, which was used to hold a VHS set of the Anthology documentary.  The VHS tapes would be housed in the center of the display in the hole.  The cover closes over the tapes, though not with a tight seal.  I actually store my Beatles Pillow (from yesterday’s blog posting) in this floor display, for safe keeping!

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Beatles Pillow

August 12th, 2010

This is a really cute item in my collection!  I actually store it in a clear plastic bag, and it never sees the light of day.  Hehehe.

The pillows were manufactured in 1964 within the United States, licensed under Seltaeb and NEMS.  (Notice that’s Beatles spelled backwards.  😉  There were four different kinds of pillows; this one has a blue backing.  It is about 11.5” x 11.5”.

I’ve also seen these pillows manufactured with red backings.  Their worth is in the hundreds of dollars.  Pretty good for a pillow, eh?

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1969 Happy Christmas Holiday Flexi-Disc

August 11th, 2010

This is the last of a series of blog posts about The Beatles’ Christmas flexi-discs.  This is the 1969 Happy Christmas holiday flexi-disc.  The cover features a photograph by Ringo.  To me, it looks like the inner workings of a mind…light plotches everywhere, little pieces of thought blurry…

The record was released December 19, 1969 on Parlophone Records, running almost eight minutes.  Once again it was recorded separately in the fall of 1969.  George and Ringo were barely on the album, and John and Paul were on it extensively.  Paul sings his “This is to Wish You a Merry, Merry Christmas,” to the fans.

This flexi-disc makes me a bit sad, because it is the end of The Beatles.  They didn’t even get together to make the album.  :-/  But as always, I’m grateful for the kind words from the boys!

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1968 Christmas Record

August 10th, 2010

The 1968 Beatles’ Christmas flexi-disc is  quite long – almost eight minutes – of separately recorded fun.  That’s right, the Beatles weren’t together when they recorded this record.  Paul’s “Happy Christmas, Happy New Year” and John’s poems (“Jock and Yono” and “Once Upon a Pool Table”) are on this record, along with Tiny Tim!

Finally, this year, the US fan club members received a flexi-disc as well.  But, the one pictured here is the U.K. version.

I love the colors on the front of this sleeve.  It’s very pretty.  If you look carefully at it, can you see what it resembles?

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1967 Christmas Record

August 9th, 2010

In 1967 The Beatles recorded Christmas Time is Here Again!  It is the most elaborate holiday flexi-disc The Beatles ever created for the U.K. fan club members.  It was recorded on November 11, 1967 and released December 15, 1967.  It runs around six minutes in length.

The premise of the recording is that many groups audition for a BBC radio program.  “Christmas Time Is Here Again!” plays throughout the recording.  The members of the band play various characters throughout the recording, including actors, musicians, and game show contestants.   John reads his poem, “When Christmas Time is Over” at the end of the recording.

Once again the American fan club members only received a post card during this time of year….

This is probably my favorite holiday flexi-disc because you can hear the Beatles having fun making the recording!  I wish I was there for the session!!!

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1966 Christmas Record

August 8th, 2010

Today’s item on the block is the 1966 Beatles’ Fourth Christmas Record – Pantomime:  Everywhere It’s Christmas.

The U.K. version of the 1966 Christmas flexi-disc was recorded on November 25, 1966 and released on December 16, 1966.  Its runtime is almost seven minutes and it is comprised of a bunch of songs and skits, much to the delight of Beatles fans everywhere!  “Podgy the Bear and Jasper” and “Felpin Mansions” are two of the skits performed.  “Please Don’t Bring Your Banjo Back,” “Everywhere It’s Christmas,” and “Orowanya” are three songs performed.

Unfortunately the US fan club members only received a postcard – no flexi-disc.  In my opinion, that’s what makes the holiday flexi-discs even more rare.

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