“Pete was the closest friend John ever had, apart from the Beatles… John respected Pete because he stood up to him and could be a bit like John – a bit sarcastic and moody. John went to Pete for advice on lots of things, and their friendship from schooldays continued right through the 1960s. And I know they did meet up in New York in the 1970s.” -
Bill Harry, Mersey Beat publisher.
“One thing he was really proud of was that he was at times the only person, outside the Beatles and the producer, engineer and technicians, who was allowed in the studio with the band when they were recording… He remained close to John until Yoko Ono came on the scene. He said she took him from being a pop star to an artist and he respected that and took a back seat.”- Phillip Goldbourn, Shotton’s stepson
Rest In Peace Pete Shotton (4 August 1941 – 24 March 2017) You’re with John now.
George Harrison appearing, unannounced, on stage with Monty Python during “The Lumberjack Song” (the single was produced by George) in New York City, 20 April 1976 (Photo courtesy Mojo4Music, photographed by Steve Morley)
“[On 20 April 1976] George, wearing the uniform of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, appears unannounced with his friends the Monty Python comedy team at New York’s City Center, at West 55th Street, during their performance of ‘The Lumberjack Song’. He had, in fact, been watching the first half of the show from the audience and went backstage at the interval. The Python team, starting a three-week run at the venue, invited him to join the cast during the song. ‘George is a lumberjack freak. He used that song on his tour to introduce the show,’ says Nancy Lewis, Monty Python’s American manager. (Incidentally, the former Beatle is such a fan of the song that, when George and Olivia go on holiday during the late Seventies and early Eighties, he will use the name 'Jack Lumber’ as an alias.)” - The Beatles Diary - Volume 2: After The Break-Up 1970-2001
Monty Python also appeared at the Concert for George on 29 November 2002: here.
“I first met Michael Palin and Terry Jones in 1972, I think. I met Eric Idle in 1975, at the California premierè of the Holy Grail film. And although that was the first time I’d ever met him, I felt like I’d known them all for years, because I’d watched all the programs and had had them on videotape. So it only took ten minutes before we were the best of friends. I think after the Beatles, Monty Python was my favorite thing. It bridged the years when there was nothing really doing, and they were the only ones who could see that everything was a big joke.” - George Harrison, Rolling Stone, 19 April 1979
“Monty Python. Eric (Idle) is incredible. Michael Palin too. He is very funny. They all are. They filled that empty space for me; after 1968, 1969, they really kept me going, you know.” - George Harrison, I Me Mine
On this day in music history: June 1, 1967 - “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, the eighth studio album by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at Abbey Road Studios and Regent Sound Studios in London from December 6, 1966 - April 21, 1967. Following the innovative and successful “Revolver”, The Beatles further push the boundaries of popular music, with the aid of producer Martin, employing the use outside musicians, and various advanced studio techniques to augment their sound. Mid way through the sessions, Paul McCartney comes up with the concept of The Beatles taking on the guise of “Sgt. Pepper” as being an alter ego for themselves, giving them more freedom to be experimental musically and visually. The recording takes over 400 hours of studio time to complete. The albums iconic cover art is designed by artists Peter Blake and Jann Haworth (photographed by Michael Cooper) features The Beatles dressed in military style uniforms backed by a collage of life sized cardboard cutouts of famous people. Original LP pressings come with a custom psychedelic inner sleeve designed and painted by Dutch design collective The Fool (Simon Posthuma and Marijke Koger). It is released to unanimous praise, and regarded as one of the most influential albums of all time. “Pepper” is nominated for seven Grammy Awards, winning four including Album Of The Year in 1968. First released on CD in 1987 to coincide with the twentieth anniversary, it is remastered and reissued on CD in 2009. The mono version, regarded by many including The Beatles themselves to be the superior mix, is finally released on CD in 2009. The stereo version is remastered and reissued on 180 gram vinyl in 2012, with the mono version following in 2014. Both vinyl releases replicate the original UK LP packaging. For its fiftieth anniversary, it receives new stereo and 5.1 surround remixes, reconstructing the multi-tracks digitally from the session work tapes stored in the Abbey Road tape archive. As the four track masters were composited from previous submasters, many songs required as many as four tape to tape pre-mixdowns before the final mixes were made. As a result of the multiple bounces, the clarity and presence of many overdubs were diminished, particularly the drum tracks. The new stereo, DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround remixes by Giles Martin, reveal a fuller and more natural balance in stereo, rather than the hard left/right panning of the original stereo mixes. “Pepper” is reissued on May 26, 2017 in three configurations, as a two CD, double vinyl and a four CD + DVD and Blu-ray deluxe edition box set. “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” spends fifteen weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, is certified 11x Platinum in the US by the RIAA, is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1993, and is selected for preservation by the National Recording Registry Of The Library Of Congress in 2003.
George Harrison and Jackie Lomax in the studio during the recording of Jackie’s album Is This What You Want? (produced by George and included the Harrisong “Sour Milk Sea”) in 1968; auctioned by Heritage Auctions in the summer of 2014, photographer unknown.
“George was a champion. He made time for me and was protective even, inviting me to his home. I felt really privileged. It was incredible. To have my name associated with The Beatles – what better thing could happen to a budding artist?” - Jackie Lomax, Apple Records website
After George’s passing, Jackie wrote and recorded the song “Friend-A-Mine” in his honor. It appears on The Ballad of Liverpool Slim:
I just lost a friend of mine
I hadn’t seen in quite sometime
But he’s been here in heart and mind
He was a friend of mine
Though I have some other friends
I won’t see one like him again
Now I feel an era end
Yes, he was my friend
Now it’s up to us to carry on
Play the gigs and write the songs
We have to carry on
Yes, he was a friend to me
He taught me ‘bout humility
I just hope when it’s time for me
He will be right there
He will be right there
On this day in music history: June 20, 1966 - “Yesterday And Today”, the eleventh US album by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded circa 1965 - 1966 at Abbey Road Studios in London. A US only compilation LP released by Capitol Records, it consists of tracks extracted from the UK versions of “Help!”, “Rubber Soul” and the yet to be released “Revolver”, as well as tracks released as stand alone singles. It becomes instantly infamous for its cover photo, taken by photographer Robert Whitaker. The photo in question is taken during a photo session in March 1966 and features The Beatles wearing butchers smocks, surrounded by pieces of raw meat and decapitated baby dolls. The photo is first published in a UK trade magazine ad for the single “Paperback Writer”, without any controversy. However, when Capitol Records uses the photo for the album cover of “Yesterday”, the public outcry is immediate and the album is withdrawn before reaching most record stores. The cover is quickly replaced with an innocuous shot of the band sitting around a steamer trunk. The few existing copies featuring the original cover (either in it’s original “first state” or copies with the new cover slick pasted over the original) become highly sought after and valuable collector’s items. Then Capitol Records president Alan Livingston sets aside a box of sealed original first state LP’s (nineteen mono and five stereo copies), which begin being sold by his family years later. The highest amount paid for one of these was $39,000 for a first state mono LP in 2006. The album also includes earlier mono mixes of the extracted “Revolver” tracks “I’m Only Sleeping”, “Doctor Robert” and “And Your Bird Can Sing”, which are converted to re-channeled “Duophonic” stereo for the stereo LP. The album remains in print until it is deleted in 1987 along with all of the other US compiled collections to make way for the release of The Beatles original UK albums on CD. “Yesterday” makes its CD debut in January of 2014 as an individual release and as part of the box set “The Beatles - The US Albums”. The CD reissue comes packaged in a mini LP sized replica of the original “Butcher Cover” artwork, with an additional sticker replicating the “Steamer Trunk” cover slick pasted over some original LP copies. “Yesterday And Today” is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
Please show me ten shirts worse than the 'I'm about to be green screened a million ways' long sleeve tee. I dare you.
Oh, honey! You ASKED!! :)
So, what you need to know is, that he owns about 3 pairs of pants, 4 sweaters, 5 shirts, and every single Beatles T-shirt ever produced. And 5 velvet suits, but we get to that later. Above you see one of his 3 pairs: the SALMON pants. They appear often, and they like to be paired with something that never ever should go with salmon.
Ok, so this was picked for him, but it’s worth noting, he liked this bold choice so much, he kept the shirt.
“Bold choices,” the later years. Here’s a bonus, and it’s the white sneakers that really make this outfit:
Ah yes, pre-velvet era. It’s … it’s a look. :)
Here we are, at the glorious velvet! He has one is several colors, I believe, but this one is my favorite! ;)
So, the “green-screen” shirt is … something, but have you met the “Christmas in July” one? There used to be a thread (I couldn’t find it quickly) called “David Tennant Hates Your Retinas” and it’s kind of self-explanatory. :)
This is last week, I think? I know it’s hard to see it next to the “garden-party” that is Emilia Clarke, but still …
I couldn’t find the full-body shot, but you get the idea. It’s the leopard print tie that puts it all in the top 10.
Here you see the salmon pants making another appearance, with a patterned shirt. You gotta applaud his commitment to the whole “I got dressed in the pitch dark” aesthetic.
I am not sure what this is, but it is worthy of a mention!
One of my favorite throwbacks: Everything about this is glorious!
Now, this is just a cursory search, mind you! If I dig in my archives … :)
Remember, you ASKED! :)
I love this man to bits and pieces, and YES, that includes what passes for his ridiculous “fashion sense.” :)
On this day in music history: February 26, 1970 - “Hey Jude” (aka “The Beatles Again”) by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin, it is recorded at EMI Pathé Marconi Studios in Paris, France, Abbey Road Studios, Trident Studios and Apple Studios in London on January 29, 1964, February 25-26, 1964, April 13-14, 1966, February 3-6, 1968, July 9-13, 1968, July 31 - August 2, 1968 and April 14, 16 & 18, 1969. Compiled by the bands manager Allen Klein, it is the first compilation album of their work released in the US. Consisting of tracks previously issued only on singles (with one exception), many of the songs are mixed into true stereo for the first time including the title track. The album is initially titled “The Beatles Again” but is changed at the last minute, though Capitol presses most of the first run of the LP with the original title on the labels rather than scrapping them. The album jacket features photos of the band (taken by photographer Ethan Russell) in front John Lennon’s home Tittenhurst Park in Ascot, taken on August 22, 1969 during the bands last official photo shoot. In May of 1979, EMI Records releases the album in the UK due to its best selling status in other parts of the world. The “UK Export” LP pressing becomes a prized and sought after item by Beatles collectors, as the album is mastered from superior quality master tapes. The US version of the album is compiled using higher generation duplicate masters. The LP remains a steady seller in The Beatles catalog before it is deleted in 1987. It is remastered and reissued on CD for the first time in January 2014 both as a stand alone release, and as part of “The Beatles US Albums” box set, to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of The Beatles first visit to the US. “Hey Jude” spends four weeks at number two on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Paul McCartney flew to Monteserrat, where Beatles producer George Martin had installed a state-of-the-art studio, to begin work on a solo album. A guest at the sessions was the Beatles’ long-time friend rockabilly pioneer Carl Perkins. He played McCartney a song he had just written, entitled ‘My Old Friend’. ‘After I finished,’ he recalled,
Paul was crying, tears were rolling down his pretty cheeks, and Linda said, ‘Carl, thank you so much.’ I said, ‘Linda, I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to make you cry.’ She said, ‘But he’s crying, and he needed to. He hasn’t been able to really break down since that happened to John.’ And she put her arm around me and said, ‘But how did you know?’ I said, ‘Know what?’ She said, ‘There’s two people in the world that know what John Lennon said to Paul, the last thing he said to him. But now there’s three, and one of them’s you, you know it.’ I said, ‘Girl, you’re freaking me out! I don’t know what you’re talking about!’ She said that the last words that John Lennon said to Paul in the hallway of the Dakota building were, he patted him on the shoulder and said, ‘Think about me every now and then, old friend.’
And that, with minor alterations, was the chorus line of Perkins’ song, ‘McCartney really feels that Lennon sent me that song, he really does.’
The man who perfected the sound of the biggest band of all time. No small feat. He helped the Beatles define their sound, and pinpointed exactly what it was that made them special.
Without him, the course of music history over the last 50 years would be completely different. RIP, George.
On this day in music history: May 8, 1970 - “Let It Be”, the twelfth studio album by The Beatles is released. Produced by George Martin and Phil Spector, it is recorded at EMI and Apple Studios and Twickenham Film Studios in London from February 1968, January – February 1969, January and March – April 1970. The Beatles final album (of new material) is culled mostly from the January 1969 sessions for the aborted Get Back album and film documenting their dissolution and eventual break up. Its original intent is to feature the band playing together in the studio live, with minimal overdubbing and post production. However, things go astray as tensions between The Beatles come to a head during the sessions, leading to George Harrison temporarily walking out. Eventually, the project is completed over a year after the initial recording takes place. Producer Phil Spector is brought in sort through the hundreds of hours of tapes, editing, remixing and overdubbing to compile a cohesive and polished album. It spins off two singles including “The Long And Winding Road” and the title track (both #1 Pop). In the UK and Canada, the album is originally issued as a lavish box set with a large one hundred sixty page paperback book (titled “Get Back”) featuring still photographs of the band taken by photographer Ethan Russell. The boxed edition is not issued in the US (due to cost concerns), and is released in a gatefold jacket with United Artists having the rights to distribute it, though Capitol Records actually contracted to press the record. Original copies are issued with a red Apple label instead of the standard green label, and carry a United Artists catalog number. The album goes out of print in US for three years before Capitol Records acquires the rights to the album (as well the soundtrack to “A Hard Day’s Night”) from United Artists in 1979. The Capitol pressing reissues the album in a single pocket sleeve with a poster inserted into the jacket. First released on CD in 1987, the album is remastered and reissued in 2009, with a 180 gram vinyl LP being released in 2012. “Let It Be” spends four weeks at number one on the Billboard Top 200, and is certified 4x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.