photo by michael mccartney

John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Brian Epstein’s office, NEMS, Whitechapel, Liverpool, 19 February 1963, photographed by Michael Ward 

“The Beatles headed for their manager Brian Epstein’s NEMS headquarters in Whitechapel where Michael captured them ‘messing about in the office’. Of particular note is the map on the back wall – the pins denote the various destinations of the second half of the band’s first full UK tour which would begin the following Saturday, February 23rd.” - Genesis Publications

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June 3-4, 1962

The early Beatles pictured at the Cavern, rehearsing for their June 6th recording session at Abbey Road. The day before the recording session, the band drove down from Liverpool to London, staying in the Capitol to avoid traffic jams, weather and anything else that would risk a coveted recording contract with EMI.

June 6, from 7pm-10pm

The Beatles’ session took place, first running through a number of songs before recording four; Besame Mucho, Love Me Do, PS I Love You & Ask Me Why.


Years later, only the recordings of Besame Mucho & Love Me Do would survive, being discovered in a private collection in the ‘80s. Both appear on the Anthology 1 album.

Photographer: Michael McCartney (Mike McGear)

((Exact date of photos unknown, but either June 3rd or 4th.))

Just a little overcome with emotion, 21-year-old George Michael becomes the youngest recipient of an Ivor Novello songwriting award in London, 1985. Presenting it, Elton John had hailed him as “a major songwriter in the tradition of Paul McCartney and Barry Gibb”.

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Two music legends in the studio, Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney Photo Credits; Beatles Magazine website

“We just literally had fun. It was like lots of kibitzing and playing, and throwing stuff at each other, and making jokes.” - Michael on working with Paul

“He was a massively talented boy man with a gentle soul. His music will be remembered forever and my memories of our time together will be happy ones.” -a segment from Paul’s tribute to Michael