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  • 10/15/17--16:46: The four Goofballs


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  • 10/15/17--17:06: Greeted by Teenagers


  • Really is this a newsworth headline?   Weren't the Beatles almost always greeted by teenagers in the 1960's?

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    Hello Beatle fan!

    I am excited to tell you about the Fall 2017 contest.    As you all know, this past summer I went to Liverpool, London and Las Vegas.   What you didn't know was that along the way I picked up little souvenirs to give out as prizes for you to win!


    Here is what I have to offer


    Las Vegas:   A Beatles Love ink pen, a Las Vegas pack of playing cards, a guitar shaped key chain that say Las Vegas on it, a coupon to buy Love tickets for $55

    London:   An Abbey Road postcard, Abbey Road coaster, Abbey Road Studios eraser, 2 Abbey Road Studios buttons

    Liverpool:   A Cavern Club button,  St. Peter's Church button, Hard Day's night Hotel pin, Liverpool postcard, Liverpool Beatles sites postcard,  small map of Liverpool, Strawberry Fields magnet


    You will be entered into the contest to win one of these amazing prize packs at random (in other words, you don't get to choose which prize you win).    To enter email me at meetthebeatlesforreal@gmail.com

    The question you need to answer in order to be entered is:  What is your favorite song from the Magical Mystery Tour movie?    Your song choices are:   Magical Mystery Tour, I am the Walrus, The Fool on the Hill, Flying, Your Mother Should Know, Hellow Goodbye or Blue Jay Way.

    Please send me those contest entries by October 29, 2017 at 5pm (central time).  All winners are assigned a number and I will use a random number generator to choose the winners.   Remember that anyone from anywhere in the world can enter the contest, but please only one entry per household.   The three winners will be announced on Facebook and on this blog on October 29 and will have 3 days to email me at meetthebeatlesforreal@gmail.com with their mailing address.   If I do not hear from them after 3 days, I will choose a new winner.

    So what are you waiting for???   Spread the word and send me those entries!



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  • 10/16/17--21:08: Red Rose Backstage


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  • 10/16/17--21:11: Frat Boys


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  • 10/16/17--21:20: The Wall


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  • 10/17/17--18:54: Happy Harri



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  • 10/17/17--19:13: Audions for the 5th Beatle


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  • 10/17/17--19:19: Shaking a famous hand...


  • What album does this fan have in her hand?   Do you think she was able to get it signed?

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  • 10/17/17--19:21: Summer of luck






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  • 10/18/17--19:53: The man with his guitar



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  • 10/18/17--19:59: Pokemon Go!



  • Things have gotten a little silly when I see that Dragonite the Pokemon was called up on stage at the Paul concert in Brazil last night (October 17, 2017).      I didn't even realize that Dragonite was a fan.  Does this make Paul McCartney now his Poke master?     

    How does a Pokemon get choosen to go on stage and I am still waiting for my big moment?   Is it crazy that I am jealous of a Pokemon?

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  • 10/18/17--20:14: Ringo wears short shorts


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    Paul and Leslie look over the newspaper before boarding the Magical Mystery Tour bus 



    Every year there are a few new Beatle books that stand out to me as being better than the rest.  I am happy to say that The Cutting Edge by Leslie Cavendish is one of those books.   When you first hear that the man who was the "hairdresser for the Beatles" wrote a book, most people roll their eyes and say something like "wow--anyone that ever knew the Beatles are coming out of the woodwork and writing tell all books.  Now it is the barber-- who next??"     Push those thoughts straight out of your mind because while Leslie was the Beatles hairdresser during their recording years, he was also a contemporary of the Beatles that spent quite a bit of time with them.   He was invited into Paul's home, spent time at Apple, EMI studios and participated in the Magical Mystery Tour among other Beatles adventures.    He was there and experienced things with the Beatles as someone not quite in the Beatles inner circle, but close enough to have an interesting perspective and tells new and different Beatles stories.

    The party for Apple Tailoring.  That is Leslie in the hat on the very end. 


    Leslie was a Beatles fan, just like most every other young person in the UK in 1963.   He listened to their music and loved it.  He even saw the Beatles in concert on April 21, 1963 at the "Jew-do" dance and was in awe of them.      Never in his wildest dreams did he think when he began working at Vidal Sasoon in London that it would lead to him becoming the Beatles official hairdresser.    However, through pure luck, that is exactly what happened.

    In 1966, Leslie found himself at 7 Cavendish Avenue (with his last name being Cavendish -- it must have been fate!) cutting Paul McCartney's hair in his bedroom.    Soon after that he was cutting George and John's hair as well as many of the people that worked for the Beatles.  (He didn't cut Ringo's hair because Ringo's wife was a hairdresser and took care of Ringo's locks.)      When Apple came along,  he got the amazing opportunity to open up a shop in the basement of Apple Tailoring.  Things ended for him, as they did for many people, when the Beatles broke up. 

    What I liked about this book was that it was written in a very casual way.    It felt like Leslie was telling you these stories over a cup of coffee at a cafe -- although maybe I felt that way  because I was fortunately to hear a few of these stories in person with Leslie at the place that was once his shop in London on a tour this summer.     Regardless, I think anyone that read The Cutting Edge will be able to relate to Leslie and find his writing to be very personable.     I also did not find any mistakes in this book.   He obviously had his research down because all of the dates and locations were correct and if there were any errors, they weren't obvious on my first reading unlike so many other books that have been published recently. 

    Me and Leslie on a tour in England (we are standing outside of the building that was once Apple Tailoring.  It is now an art studio and had Beatles art in the window)

    My mom and Leslie standing where he once washed George Harrison's hair 


    As we see time and time again with those that remained employed by the Beatles for long periods of time, Leslie has a lot of integrity.   He never sold locks of the Beatles hair, even though he easily could have.   He never asked them for autographs (with one special  exception) and he always treated them with total professionalism and respect.    It couldn't have been easy for him at times since he was a big Beatles fan before he met them   However,  because he chose to treat them this way and not go blab their secrets to every newspaper in town, the Beatles rewarded him with not only their businesses but with other special treats that you read about in this book.

    As far as I am concerned, The Cutting Edge by Leslie Cavendish is a "must read" Beatles book of 2017.





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  • 10/19/17--18:28: I had the time of my life...


  • Do you spot anyone that looks familar in this group of dancers?   Look to the right side of the photo and you will see our very own Ringo dancing one summer at Bultins.      Ringo always enjoyed a night of dancing!

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    Forgot to post this yesterday -- John and Cynthia arriving at the premiere of How I Won the War on October 18, 1967

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  • 10/19/17--19:03: Preparing for the firestorm


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  • 10/19/17--19:04: Stand my ground


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  • 10/19/17--19:07: The Beatles with Bananas