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On May 11th 1968, John Lennon and Paul McCartney traveled to New York City, to announce the Beatles’ newly-formed company, Apple. After a day of business meetings on May 12th, and a day of interviews on the 13th, they held a press conference at 1:30pm on the 14th at New York’s Americana Hotel.

Derek Taylor fielded the questions, and in the audience was Linda Eastman. After the conference she once again spoke to McCartney, and wrote her telephone number on an unused cheque and gave it to him.

On this day McCartney was, by his own admission, suffering from a “personal paranoia” caused by drugs he had taken, so Lennon did most of the talking. At times confrontational and edgy, the conference showed how Lennon and McCartney had become unused to dealing with the press since The Beatles stopped touring.

What I Love About Fall:
• The leaves change color
• You can wear boots/scarves/oversized sweaters
• The way the air smells (crisp and autumn-like)
• Hayrides
• Haunted Houses
• Annual Trip to Salem
• Ghost stories
• Flannels!!!
• Apple cider donuts
• Apple pie
• Cinnamon flavored everything
• Pumpkin spice muffins
• Rainy mornings
• The music gets (more) nostalgic
• Burying under blankets and reading
• Scary movies
• Halloweentown
• Candles
• Fuzzy socks
• Morning fog
• Caramel apples
• Bonfires
• Pumpkin pie
• Record players
• Football
• Pumpkin patches
• Hot tea
• Witches
• Pumpkin seeds
• Carving pumpkins
• Vampires

Apple Cider, I Don't Mind (Acoustic)
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Apple Cider, I Don't Mind (Acoustic)

“Trust is something every growing relationship needs. Without trust, all your conversations are just questions and doubts. I lost my best friend and partner, and didn’t know who to blame. “Apple" is a toast to looking at past mistakes as a chance to move forward.” - Brendan Lukens on Apple Cider, I Don’t Mind.


Ronnie Spector photographed for her single ‘Try Some, Buy Some’ (1971)

Ever since the Beatles came to the US, the group had been fans of Spector’s girl group the Ronettes (and it’s lead singer, Ronnie), who were also opening act for the Beatles on two UK tours.

After Ronnie married Phil Spector in 1968 he imprisoned her at home and forced her to abandon her own career. Following the successful Phil Spector and George Harrison partnership on All Things Must Pass (1970), they planned to  resurrect Ronnie’s career. The plan was a comeback album with Harrison providing many of the songs, and issuing it on Apple Records. Sessions took place at London’s Abbey Road Studios beginning on February 2, 1971. The album was scrapped soon after due to erratic behavior from Phil Spector.

In April 1971 Apple released the single ‘Try Some, Buy Some’, a Harrison-Spector production. The record pleased Harrison to the point that he later re-recorded it for his 1973 LP Living In the Material World (1973). The single was a commercial failure and Ronnie’s comeback was over before it begun. ‘Try Some, Buy Some’ has grown in status over the years. Though she initially didn’t like it, Ronnie performs it in her live shows these days and David Bowie even did a cover for his Reality album in 2003. 

Scott Borchetta interview with Alan Cross for Canadian Music Week (April 2017)


AC: [talking about recognizing a special character] If you come into contact with a true superstar and there is a charisma that comes off of them effortlessly, the kind of person when they walk into the room and your back is to the door - you know they’re in the room…
SB: Yeah, I always say that colors in the room change, like if Steven Tyler walked in right now you’d be going […starts turning around…], Steven is here, okay, I got it… because it’s just that thing. And I’m sure any of you can remember a moment, whether you got to meet Mick Jagger or Taylor, and you just went: “WOW! There’s a lot more juice in this person than everybody else”.

AC: So you were gonna build “Big Machine” the way you thought a record label needed to be built, from ground up. And you had no office, no money, no staff, you had nothing except your eye on this 14-year-old girl. You were scouting this 14-year-old talent?
SB: Yeah, so the irony is I get a package, this is an October 2004 and my deal with Universal goes through September 2005, so I get Taylor’s package in October and I meet her November 2nd 2004, I was blown away… and I go to see her two nights later at the Bluebird Cafe, go to meet the family and I’m just completely knocked out by her being, how smart she was at 15-years-old, how incredible the songs were. And then I go back for a second meeting and say: “If you wanna be signed at Universal I will introduce you to the executives and try to help you get signed, but you need to know something - I’m leaving in a year, I’m gonna start my own label, don’t know what it’s called but I can make you one promise tonight - when I start it, you have a deal with me”. And they looked at me and  just kinda went […motions a blank stare…]. They go: “Wow, we finally found someone who gets her and he’s crazy”. So couple weeks later, Taylor had just turned 15, and she called me herself and said: “Hey, just wanna let you know I’ve made up my mind and I’m waiting for you”. And it wasn’t from a manager, wasn’t from a parent, and I said: “Well, you’ve made my day”.
AC: Why do you think she made that decision?
SB: I think because she have had a deal at RCA priors, she had a development deal and they did not believe in her songs and they were trying to get her to work with other songwriters, different producers and they didn’t feel that they understood her and I was immediately fascinated with her songs. And I didn’t realize it back then but, when she came into the office, she literally came into Universal and she played me a song, a second song, and for those of you who know Taylor’s music, the second song was “Picture To Burn” and I said that’s a hit song. And I think from that moment she thinks: “Okay, I think this guy gets me and understands my songs”. I’ve never once brought up to her idea of doing an outside song. So she know that I believe… at her being she’s a songwriter, yes - incredible at everything else, but in her being, the most important thing and 50 years from now when you look back at this moment they’ll go - oh, the Michelangelo of the moment was Taylor Swift.

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