I just wrote about this photo for my book about the fan clubs and briefly spoke with the girl in the photograph next to John. Tom Clay (photographed on the end next to George) was an interesting character.
How many rock stars take off their socks and auction them on the spot for charity? John was one of a kind.
The beautiful Barbara Bach and Olivia Harrison attend an event in 1984.
If you have ever seen the footage of the opening of the Apple Boutique, then you might remember the scene where a clown hands John Lennon an apple and he takes a bite.
That clown was actually a well-known clown in England at the time, Pierre the Clown (real name Pierre Picton). In the 1950's Pierre had been a clown in the circus and was a fan favorite. He had a funny bit where he would come out in an old Model T car and parts of it would be falling apart. He was more than just a party clown but was somewhat of a minor celebrity.
In 1967, he became the face of dental hygiene in some advertisement in England. Now I am not sure if there were ads on television or magazines or where they were seen. I do know that a record was released that year of Pierre the Clown telling about stranger danger and dental health.
It was through this record that the Beatles invited him to the opening of the Apple Boutique. If you look at the record, you will see that it was released on EMI. Perhaps it was through EMI that he caught the eye of the Beatles. Maybe Julian or Zak were Pierre the Clown fans. I don't know exactly how it came to be, but on December 5, 1967, Peirre was there right with John Lennon and George Harrison.
However, that isn't Pierre's only association with one of the Beatles. The following year, Pierre participated in the Rolling Stones Rock n Roll Circus - right alongside John Lennon! He doesn't seem to have done anything, but he was there I guess to fill out the look of the circus performers.
An interesting aside note -- in the 1968 class Disney film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Pierre was Dick Van Dyke's stunt double on the car scenes and he kept the famed car up until the end of his life, in 2016. At one time Michael Jackson offered him a large sum of money for the car, and he turned him down.
Today is Aunt Mimi's birthday! So in order to remember her today, I thought I would post this photograph of Mimi with her nephew, John's cat.
Who says that John and Yoko had to be the only couple that wore matching jackets and ties? Looks like Paul and Linda sported that style as well.
George and Magic Alex were in India to make the Wonderwall album in early 1968.
When I was a kid in the 1980's, the video of "I've Got My Mind Set on You" by George Harrison was on heavy rotation on MTV. I didn't even make the connection that the guy that sang this song was the same George from the Beatles at that time, but I loved this video.
Maybe it was because I was just 9 years old when it was popular, but I thought the things moving in the house and the mouse playing a pipe like a saxaphone was so funny. But the funniest part to me was when he sang "It's gonna take money...." and a bunch of bills flew onto the floor.
Come to find out, the guy that directed this video also did the Rutles! No wonder I like it so much!
After I got to know who George was, I thought the video was shot at Friar Park. No -- sound studio in L.A.
To hear the Director talk about this and a funny story about the guy that does the backflip in the film, take a listen to the "Something about the Beatles" podcast