I bought you all the records I told you about years ago, and they are still at home covered in dust, so if you have decided where about’s you are living lately, then let me know and I will send them to you.[…]
Fat Betty has seen all the Happy holiday Photo’s, hasn’t she? but I haven’t, oh no - you won’t show them to me will you! Actually if she had not come to England with King Size, then I would still be wondering which part of the world you where in.[…]
I bought a Jaguar (car) last month, and I think you would like it. I will send you a photograph of it, with the records as soon as I get back to Liverpool.[…]
Could you look through your photographs and find some - or all of the photos that have The Beatles either all together or separately, or that have any of us with other people in them, in fact any photographs at all that may be of interest and then if you felt in a HAPPY ASTRID MOOD, do you think you could either give or lend them to me.[…]
You know that Paul and John are going to be very rich soon, when they collect the money they have made by writing all those songs, and I don’t think that you would like to see me poor and hungry, so I have decided to make a book. It won’t be a DA SADE type book, but a daft story about the BEATLES, with some photographs in it, and then I hope to sell it to all the nice people and then I can buy food with the money… Can’t I? I would like to have some pictures that the people haven’t already seen in all the other books, so that is why I am asking you. It would be very nice of you, even if the pictures were old at the Indra and Kaiserkeller and Top Ten.[…]
I have been ill all week, feeling tired all the time. The doctor gave me a tonic which is like liquid preludin. My balls have been aching too, and banging around on stage! We will be in Paris for three week in January.
I will write again with the records cheerio and love from Georgie (your friend who wants the photos)
Excerpts from a letter written by George to Astrid during The Beatles’ six-night residency at the Gaumont Cinema, Bournemouth, 19th-24th August 1963. George was feeling unwell and was advised to stay in his hotel room at the Palace Court Hotel, Bournemouth. This gave him the time to write his first song, Don’t Bother Me - perhaps just to save him from being poor and hungry! It was also in the hotel that Robert Freeman took the iconic ‘shadow’ photograph for that forthcoming With The Beatles record cover.
I can’t decide if he intends the irony of complaining that he might be “poor and hungry” once the Beatle bubble has burst, right after he says he bought a Jag last week!
This letter is up for auction at Bonham’s shortly, valued between £15000 - £20000. Photos are of the letter and George’s jag that he’s talking about in the letter.
21 JUNE 1963
The Beatles, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas with their manager Brian Epstein. Three of the most listened-to bands of the early 60s. Between them they sold 2,000,000 records in six months.
On this day in music history: January 1, 1962 - The Beatles audition for Decca Records in London. They travel down to the capital from Liverpool for a recording test at Decca’s recording studio in West Hampstead, London. Auditioning for label A&R producer Tony Meehan, the band perform a total of fifteen songs (consisting of numbers from their live stage act) in under an hour. The Beatles are rejected, with London based band The Tremeloes (who audition the same day) being signed instead. Manager Brian Epstein receives a letter from Decca label head Dick Rowe infamously stating that “guitar groups are on their way out, Mr. Epstein”, and “The Beatles have no future in show business.” Six months later, The Beatles audition for and are signed to EMI Records’ Parlophone label by producer George Martin. The bands’ Decca audition are widely bootlegged and traded among fans. Only five of the fifteen songs The Beatles perform at the audition (“Searchin’”, “The Sheik Of Araby”, “Like Dreamers Do” and “Hello Little Girl”) have been officially released so far. They are included on the “Beatles Anthology 1” album in 1995.