Back to index of Beatles pages by Donald Sauter.

The Beatles In Miscellaneous Teen Magazines

Introductory comments

Hit Parader, May 1968
Hit Parader, July 1968
Hit Parader, March 1969
Hit Parader, Apr 1969
Teen Scoop, Jun 1968
Teen Screen, Jun 1968
Teen Screen, Jul 1968
Teen Life, Jan 1969
Teen World, Apr 1968
Teen World, Mar 1969
Fifteen, Aug 1968
16 Magazine, May 1968
16 Magazine, Sep 1968
16 Magazine, Nov 1968
16 SPEC Magazine, Winter 1969 (late 1968 - early 1969)
16 Magazine, Dec 1968
16 Magazine, Jan 1969
16 Magazine, Feb 1969
Flip, Apr 1969

Appendix 1 - Beatle Fan Quickies
Appendix 2 - Typos


Beatlefan 148 (May 2004) reported on Mark Lewisohn's massive Beatles biography, projected to be three volumes of 900 pages each. "As part of his research, Lewisohn plans to have every available interview and press conference converted to searchable computer text." That's good, but I believe I'm on the record for having called for an even larger project among Beatle fans many years earlier. It's pretty obvious to me that this is the way to do history now, with the essentially unlimited storage capacities of our computers and our interconnectedness. I read a short story once about aliens among us foiling human attempts to band together to bring large projects to fruition so that we don't get too advanced. I sure don't have any better theory.

In November 2005 I bid $2 on a stack of teen magazines at the auction at Spence's Bazaar in Dover, Delaware. I suppose I got about $1 worth of fun out of them, so, to not take a loss, I'm putting the Beatle mentions on the web. If ten people each get ten cents worth of enjoyment...

[Text in brackets] is generally helpful material supplied by me, but occasionally a wise guy comment.
All material not in brackets is directly quoted.
Spaced dots . . . indicates text skipped over by me.
Scrunched dots... indicates ellipsis shown in the magazine text (whether or not they showed it scrunched or spaced.)
DS = Donald Sauter.

*** HIT PARADER, May 1968 ***

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 6.
The Scene

Jerry B. Flat, Jerry Loudmouth, the Jerry Blah Fat show, or how a loudmouth D.J. gets a tv show of his own. How did it happen? . . . It sure is a mystery. . . . But who are we to say that loudmouth D.J. shows are on the way out? . . .

If you want honest-heavy radio where you can hear the Moonglows, and gospel and the cuts on the British Jimi Hendrix album, or jazz or entire albums - write to HP [Hit Parader]. If you really dug the SGT. PEPPER album, you must be bored to tears with your local jock-yock radio shows.

Write us letters telling us what changes you want and we'll see that they get into the right hand. . . . Just remember that pop music radio exists only because you listen to it. - jim delehant

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 8.
We Read Your Mail

Dear Editor:
. . . First of all, I'm far from being "anti-Stones", but this LP really has my personal Yech Award. THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST is the greatest mishmash of sounds ever put on wax. . . .

The Stones could have done so much better if they had not tried so obviously to top SGT. PEPPER'S. Such far-out sounds could be expected of some psychedelic groups, but the Stones are out of their bag on these things. Any comparison between MAJESTIES and SGT. PEPPER'S would be little short of sacrilege.

It would seem that the only groups prepared to progress to "programmed" music are the Beatles (of course), the Mothers, and perhaps the Beach Boys (whose SMILEY SMILE was almost great). . . . - Tom Altizer; Tazewell, Va.

Dear Editor:
. . . Sure, I love the Beatles and other groups, but I think a lot of people who put down the Monkees are being unfair. The Monkees never asked to be a group, so how can people say, "The Monkees are trying to be another Beatles"? The Monkees and Beatles are two entirely different groups with entirely different sounds. . . . - Audrey Fulton; Newball, Calif.

Dear Editor:
. . . I am not a Beatles fan, but I constantly hear criticism of them as musicians and songwriters. They are obviously excellent in both fields. I listen to a lot of jazz guitarists and a great deal of their albums include compositions by Lennon-McCartney. It seems senseless to me that someone would criticize such talented people because they aren't appealing to them. . . . - Andrew Evanoff; Kenosha, Wisconsin

Dear Editor:
. . . I'm glad the Rolling Stones changed their style. Their new album is a gas, so is the new Beatles'; but it's not as good as SGT. PEPPER. . . . - Judi Slandi; Philadelphia, Pa.

Dear Editor:
With the end of 1967 came the release of the second Beatle album of the year, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR - a soundtrack album from the Beatle-produced television film of the same name. The film's plotless story line is concerned with the turning of an ordinary bus trip into a very mystical and wonderful event. . . .

Nearly all of the songs on the album employ sound effects or tapes slowed down or played backwards, creating a weird effect in some cases and realism in another. The bus sounds in the title tune make one feel as if one was right in a bus terminal. . . .

Instead of talking about all the songs in this letter, I'd much rather suggest that everybody go out and buy it. . . . I personally feel it is every bit as good as SGT. PEPPER. . . . Thank you, Beatles. . . . - Mike Kushner; Peel Village, Brampton, Ont., Canada

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 17,52.

In today's kaleidoscopic world of rock, probably the most standardized thing is the rhythm. Lyrics, instrumentation, and singing style in rock are as varied as those in any other form of music. But about 90% of today's rock, from I Am The Walrus to Boogaloo Down Broadway, is tied together by the same rhythmic concept. Four heavy beats to the bar, 1 2 3 4, with lighter beats coming right in the middle of the spaces between the heavy ones - 1 and 2 and 3 and 4. Musicians call it "straight time." . . .

The development of the electric bass was no instantaneous process either. The first groups to use it - Negro R&B bands as well as white instrumental groups - used it only in the most rudimentary fashion, duplicating the square parts that had been played on the acoustic bass since the beginning, or doubling guitar parts sometimes. But gradually people began to see its possibilities. . . .

For the rock world as a whole, there is no doubt that the most influential modern bass player is Paul McCartney. McCartney can take credit not only for establishing a cogent musical style on the instrument, but also for bringing it up to the "front line," making it equal to the guitar in prominence. Visually as well as musically, McCartney provided the first inspiration for at least half the electric bass players going today. . . .

In the past couple of years, many musicians who have experimented widely and wildly with harmony, lyrics and tone have, however, been content to go along with the standard groove, rhythmically; the need to play for dancing has definitely been a factor here. But other groups have begun to crack the time barrier - at least occasionally. The Mothers of Invention especially, and the Beatles (on Within You Without You, for instance.) . . . - barry hansen

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 22.
THE ROLLING STONES - On A Satanic Subject

. . . On a table [in Mick Jagger's apartment] are a pile of stereo cartridges for his car by artists like the Beatles, Ravi Shankar and the Temptations.

A young man with shiny hair and friendly face is using the phone. He is Glyn Johns who is a pop star in Spain and the Rolling Stone's sound engineer in England, or wherever they may record. . . .

The idea of the album title, THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST, was Mick's, taken as a corruption from page 2 of a British passport which reads, "Her Britannic Majesty... requests and requires, etc." . . .

Will they attempt a film of their own in the same manner as the Beatles have with Magical Mystery Tour?

"We've never been a four-headed monster in the same sense that the Beatles have - there was very little unified purpose about the Rolling Stones. We're just five people who come together to make records." . . .

Is Mick at all worried that the content of the present album may be too far advanced for many of the Stones' fans. . .?

"No. There are lots of easy things to listen to, like Sing This Song Altogether. As an album I don't think it's as far out as SERGEANT PEPPER. It's primarily an album to listen to, but I don't feel people will think we've gone totally round the bend because of that." . . .

After the recording [in the BBC Top Gear studio] I had a few words with Brian. . .

"Yes, of course, the album is a very personal thing," agreed Brian. "But the Beatles are just as introspective." . . . - keith altham

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 26.
The Nonstop

. . . "As the Stones begin to lose their surface aggressions it becomes more apparent where their ideas come from. They've never had any ideas!" Pete exclaimed. "They've always been borrowed or stolen. 'Satisfaction' came from 'Nowhere To Run' by Martha and the Vandellas. They told me. The same with 'Last Time'. It was a Staple Singers song. Yet they say that they wrote it.

"Their ideas have always been very obviously inspired by other people, and yet they've been one of my biggest influences. They've probably influenced me even more than the Beatles." . . .

"One of the groups that make it a point to go around and see groups and allow groups to influence them, even though they're way above it, is the Beatles. And yet Eric Burdon put them down rigidly the other day when I was talking to him." . . .

Pete believes that what is happening now is that people in pop music who really work on their records are becoming that kind of pillar [like classical music became]. The San Francisco groups, The Beach Boys, the Beatles . . . are reaching the paramount height and raising their music to the level of an art form.

"Everyone else is just selling albums," he said. . . . - don paulsen

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 35.

. . . / The whole idea behind the term "Beautiful People" is nauseating. / Yech Award goes to It's A Gas by The Hombres. Best Record is I Am The Walrus by The Beatles.

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 44.
Robin Trower & Barry Wilson

Robin Trower has a face like a punchy boxer who stepped into the ring once too often. . . .

"I've always known I would make it. If I didn't believe this I couldn't go on. Look, five and six years ago we were playing James Brown stuff, and before the Beatles came we were doing all that gear; it broke big and we just got left behind. I'm twenty-two and I've been playing since I was fourteen. I've been a full-time musician since I left school." . . .

"I'm B. J. [Barry J. Wilson] I'm a drummer. Twenty years old. . . .

Barry seeks respect from the other members of the group. What they say and think matters to him. Who does he respect? "The Beatles, that's the obvious one. Oh, it's too varied to say. I personally respect Ravi Shankar, B.B. King, Dionne Warwick... I could go on forever." . . . - francis gaye

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 46.

Hi! I have lots of news about the Beatles and a whole bunch of other people, so let's get on with it... George Harrison finally has a solo movie assignment. He's writing the sound track music for "Wonderwall", a British movie directed by a friend of his, Joe Massot... The Beatles "Magical Mystery Tour" got poor reviews from tv critics in England but the average person (none other than Person Belgrade) said that "their enthusiasm far outshines the show's slight amateurism." . . . The Beatle-owned boutique, The Apple, is doing a swell business and the boys are thinking of starting a chain of stores selling hippie clothes, jewelry, records, books and psychedelic stuff. They're also considering a chain of nightclubs. . . . John Lennon's books were adapted for stage by England's National Theatre. One person (not Belgrade) who saw the show reported that "some people were in hysterics - but not many." . . . Warning: Don't be fooled by the little gold sticker on the latest Mitch Ryder album that reads "Contains complete uncut version of What Now, My Love." The album version doesn't contain any dirty words or anything. It's simply fifty seconds longer than the version that was played on radio a few months ago. . . . I'll bet you were wondering when I was going to get around to mentioning the Monkees... There, I've mentioned them. . . . Paul McCartney and Jane Asher took a holiday in Scotland.

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 51.
Four Years After "Memphis"

HP: "Memphis", your one big record, has kept you going ever since 1963.

Lonnie: Yeah, we've been going ever since, touring all over. . . .

HP: What do you think of the Beatles?

Lonnie: I think they're real good. I don't especially care for their overall sound, but they write beautiful songs. Yesterday was an excellent piece of material but I think Sam and Dave did it best.

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 55.

Four young men who have become trademarked by a big, well-produced sound, the Left Banke, see the growing size of pop music orchestrations and productions as leading pop music to new acceptance in circles that never before paid attention to teen-oriented sounds. . . .

Bass player Tom Finn explained, "Pop music still has its own characteristics that set it apart from classical or folk... or opera. But it's starting to take ideas from all of these. The Beatles are starting to write numbers that are almost like symphonies. I hear the Who is experimenting with a teenage opera. Our own numbers take a lot from the Baroque and classical musical periods." . . . - ken schaffer

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 56.

. . . It was the Rolling Stones who turned them [the Beatles] on to one of the best recording studios in Britain. At Olympic Sound . . . Keith Grand and Eddie Kramer hold sway over the control panel. Some time ago they had the pleasure of working with John, Paul, Ringo and George on All You Need Is Love and Baby, You're A Rich Man. Here Eddie recalls it like it was.

When we did Baby, the whole track was completed that same night, mixed and everything, and voices put on. This is very unusual for them because they normally take two or three days to do a track. . . .

Baby didn't have the bass on the first time around; they dub it on later, which seems quite a clever way of working.

Then John - when we were doing this track he was actually in the control room with a microphone, so that he could sing the lyrics to the others in the studio. To edge them on he used to say, jokingly, "come on, Beatle people," which had everyone in stitches! It was very sweet.

On that track, all those backwards-sounding effects you hear are not really backwards things. . . . Various instruments were all played live in the studio and by trickery we've got it to sound backwards. . . . If you overdrive the compresser . . . it can make them sound backwards. . . .

Towards the end of Baby we use a special sound effect where you have a very wavery piano note that keeps on cropping up. That's an Olympic Sound special! At the end of the session, all the engineers ended up playing percussion of some kind. You can hear it on the record. . . .

They come in and they kick it [their song] about in the studio and, once they've got their basic sound, they say, "OK, let the tapes roll" and we just let 'em roll for about half an hour. When they record, they count themselves in, and when they get to the end, they go, "One, two, three, four," back to the top again - no break. . . . On the last take, on the four-track master of All You Need, it just goes on and on.

All You Need was done basically for a television program for which we laid down the backing track. George played violin, Paul played Spike Heatley's five-string bass, which he picked up in the studio, George Martin played piano and John played harpsichord. . . . What I found out, first of all, is that whenever one of them writes a song, he'll take charge of the session. In this case it was John, with a lot of advice from Paul.

They take charge completely, but George Martin is the one who interprets their ideas. . . . Without a doubt, he really is the fifth Beatle. . . . The string things [arranged by George Martin] on All You Need, for example. They were a follow-up from what George was doing on the violin. . . .

They really are great musicians. Take Ringo, for instance: his sound just happens. You just stick a mike in front of him and you don't have to equalize the sound or anything. It's the same with Paul's bass. You just put a mike in front of the bass and it's there; you don't have to alter the sound at all. . . . - valerie wilmer

Hit Parader, May 1968, page 58.
MY Favorite Records
By Otis Redding

(Otis gave us this information several months before he was killed.)

One of my favorite albums is REVOLVER by the Beatles. I love the way they do Yesterday. . . . [Sam Cooke] really knocked me out the way he did Try A Little Tenderness. . . . But Yesterday is my all-time favorite. I also like Day Tripper by the Beatles. . . .

*** HIT PARADER, July 1968 ***

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 6.
the scene


Ten years ago we ran a popularity poll. Remember? Of course not. However, we finally got around to tabulating all two million six hundred and seventy-eight ballots . . .

There was a tremendous amount of confusion in the Dream band category . . . The other winners in the dream band were Dizzie Gillespie - accordion, Jim McGuinn - name dropping, Mia Farrow - best guru, Everett Dirksen - best fuzz-box, Pete Townshend - best 12-string roll-on . . . - jim delehant

[I included that for the Mia Farrow/guru side-slapper. DS]

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 14.

. . . A record reviewer submitted the following review to his editor:

"The best part of the new Jimi Hendrix album 'Axis - Bold As Love" is the startling double-fold cover. More lavish and audacious than the Sgt. Pepper cover, it depicts Jimi and his two musical companions as a 20-armed tattooed Hindu god . . . "

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 17.

. . . The gravest mistake being made is to treat their [Buckley, Cohen and Arlo Guthrie-type "bards"] music as a "Movement". There is simply an insufficient number of honestly creative people in the pop field to place the music on such a high pedestal. In the wake of the enormous popularity enjoyed by very nondescript groups it becomes embarrassing to state that there are perhaps a dozen or so names that deserve praise. (Some of them: Dylan, the Beatles, the Stones, Beach Boys, Mothers of Invention, Butterfield, Ray Charles, the Memphis Sound, Tim Hardin, Aretha Franklin, and a few more we never hear about, either because they don't comb their hair the right way or because they do not enjoy the services of a good press agent.) . . . - juan rodriguez

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 28.
The Continuing Story

On our latest album, "Once Upon A Dream," we have done so many things because we feel there are no limits anymore, thanks to people like the Beatles. They opened up the door to so much variety. First of all, if it wasn't for the Beatles, there would be no groups. They've opened up the lyrical sense of songs and now they've opened up the musical sense. Now there are no barriers or limits.

If something is done differently and in good taste, it's appreciated by a lot of people. That includes the teenyboppers, too. . . . When they dig something like "I Am The Walrus," that proves how far their taste has come.

When we're doing a song that I have written, I like to keep a Rascal flavor in there. . . . If people hear the song on the radio, they will identify with the Rascals, and they will know us, because we have our trademark just like the Spoonful, Beatles or Stones. . . .

There's an Indian song that Felix plays sitar on. He's become quite a sitar player. . . . He's quite friendly with Ravi Shankar, who probably showed him some things. It's astonishing because he only got the sitar a short while ago . . .

I like horns to emphasize a point on a song, not to fill up a record and make it sound like all horns. The Beatles use horns in a very nice way. . . .

Everyday we learn something new musically. What we learn, we put on the record, and this might teach other people what we've learned. Just like the Beatles have done. . . .

Our manager, Sid Bernstein, is the greatest man in the world. He booked the Beatles at Shea Stadium, he's had the Stones, Hermits, D.C.5. But, we're his group. We're like one organization.

It was very exciting for our organization to do something as big as the Madison Square Garden concert in New York. It was the biggest concert given since the Beatles at Shea Stadium. . . .

What we want to do now is project an album as a whole medium of entertainment for us. Listening to a Rascals album will be like going to a Rascals' concert. This is how we want to make it. "Sgt. Pepper" is like listening to an evening with the Beatles.

We hope to have an annual Christmas show. . . . - gene [cornish] and jim

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 28.

Lady Madonna
(As recorded by The Beatles/Capitol)

Lady Madonna children at your feet . . .

The Inner Light
(As recorded by The Beatles/Capitol)
George Harrison

Without going out of my door . . .

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 35.
pictures I hear by Brigitta

I'm not going to be ashamed to admit that I have fallen in love with the Bee Gees. . . .

"The Earnest of Being George", as its title tells us, quite intentionally sounds like the Beatles in 1965 - ("Run For Your life"). . . .

"Birdie Told Me" is an immensely attractive little song with the shuffling Music Hall quality of the Beatles' "Your Mother Should Know"; although "Birdie Told Me" is a more cosmopolitan song . . .

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 42.
Meet Vince Melouney

His first chart success came with a group called the Vibratones. At this time the progressives on the Australian scene, Vince among them, were looking towards England for their inspiration.

"We got a couple of English lads into the group, a singer, a rhythm guitarist, and they brought over English ideas. This was when the Beatles were just getting big and we did a lot of their numbers." . . .

Success was to come, however, when Vince joined a group called Billy Thorpe and the Aztecs who don't mean a light here but in Australia notched up a total of seven No. 1 hits.

The group had the distinction of knocking "Ticket To Ride" from the No. 1 spot while the Beatles were over there . . . - nick logan

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 44.

From the Northwest came the best-selling record artist of all time, still far ahead of the pursuing Beatles... and that would be Bing Crosby. . . .

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 46.
granny's gossip

The Beatles are expected to begin their full-length movie in late summer or early autumn. I hope so. . . . Bob [Dylan] has continued to remain in hiding. He hasn't even attended a Gabby Hayes Fan Club meeting in almost two years. . . . The Young Rascals didn't want, and fortunately didn't receive, much publicity about their taking Swami Satchidananda with them to Hawaii. They ate macrobiotic foods and meditated a lot. . . . The Beatles have said that they would return to the United States for a tour if they could be sure that audiences would listen to their music quietly without screaming. Petitions signed by fans promising to be quiet if the Beatles come back are being started all over the country. If you send petitions signed by all your friends to me, I'll forward them to the boys. . . . The Beach Boys are keeping busy. Brian and Carl Wilson have been hanging around with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who'll be doing a college tour with the group. . . . "Candy", the ribald comedy movie with cameo appearances by Ringo Starr, Marlon Brando, Richard Burton, James Coburn and many others, hasn't even finished filming yet, but already it's been tentatively scheduled for a television showing on ABC-tv in 1972. . . . The Scaffold received a little help from their friends on their new album. Paul McCartney produced it and Jimi Hendrix, Graham Nash of the Hollies and ex-Traffic guitarist Dave Mason, who some are calling the fourth Scaffold, made various contributions. . . . Remember Ricky Nelson? He's now the proud father of twin sons. Maybe he's thinking of doing a family tv series? . . . This year's edition of Who's Who In America lists the Doors, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, Mamas and Papas, Donovan, Country Joe & The Fish, Grateful Dead, and the Monkees. The only other pop stars recognized previously are the Beatles and Elvis Presley. . . . The Beatles' Apple Films may do an hour-long documentary movie on the life and work of famous dancer Dame Margot Fonteyn... Famous writer Derek Taylor, who once was the Beatles' press officer, has returned to London from California to head their Apple Records. . . . Sid Bernstein, manager of the Young Rascals, is planning a pop music festival in New York City sometime late this June. The Rascals, the Beatles and other celebrities are on the board of directors. Teen volunteers, from all over the country, are needed to publicize the festival. If you'd like to help, write to POP FESTIVAL, c/o Sid Bernstein . . . If you're wondering why your old Granny hasn't been going to the movies lately, it's because I've been too busy going to nightclubs and concerts. . . . In the Village, . . . the Candymen, who now include an incredible live version of "I Am The Walrus" in their repertoire, have played the Electric Circus recently. . . . Till next time, hang loose.

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 55.
we read your mail

Dear Editor:
. . . I wish to bring to your attention an album which certainly deserves mention in your fine magazine - OF CABBAGES AND KINGS by Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde. . . .

I also believe that Hit Parader could do well with no further articles on America's contribution to mediocrity: The Monkees. Rather run more articles on the Beatles (still the greatest), Donovan, Chad and Jeremy (of course), and others like them who are creating music . . . - A satisfied reader; Bristol, Tenn.

Dear Editor:
. . . Say hello to Granny for me and tell her I saw Person Belgrade peddling pinwheels on Broad and Market yesterday. Person deserves better. Give him a job or something. . . . - Marian Calabro; Kearny, N.J.

Dear Editor:
. . . Somebody has finally given recognition to what must surely be one of the most phenomenal groups on the contemporary scene, The Vanilla Fudge. . . . However your description of their single, You Keep Me Hangin' On, as being "overworked" is terribly unfair. This song, I feel, ranks along with such achievements as East-West, The End, and A Day In The Life for mind-blowing power. . . . - David Henman; Saint John, N.B.

Dear Editor:
. . . Every time I read your magazine, I get a kick out of the Yech Award. But I think it's unfair to condemn records because there has to be some talent there or else it wouldn't have been recorded. I don't think that All You Need Is Love and 96 Tears should have gotten that award because they were good records. . . .

Finally, I'd like to see a large analysis of the Rolling Stones' new album, THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST. It is an unbelievable album. I also feel that SGT. PEPPER was the album of the century. The Beach Boys' WILD HONEY is also very good. I hope your magazine will give the latter a good review. . . . - A reader; Phillipsburg, N.J.

Dear Editor:
I agree fully with the letter . . . about the STRANGE DAYS album by the Doors. I'd go so far as to say it is better than SGT. PEPPER. . . .

In your Platter Chatter of the last issue, you put down SATANIC by the Rolling Stones. If you don't like that, how can you like MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR by the Beatles? . . . The Stones, in my opinion, were trying to copy SGT. PEPPER, and the Beatles' LP was all of the old singles, plus a few good ones (Magical Mystery Tour, You Mother Should Know). I think that both groups could do much better. . . .

With all the fancy covers on LPs the music seems to be getting worse. Groups are spending too much time on the covers. A perfect example is THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST. - Robert Brenton; Chicago, Ill.

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 58.
my favorite records
by Chris Dreja - Yardbirds' Bass Guitarist

. . . I really like the fact that the Beatles locked themselves in a recording studio for ten days and tried to sound as unlike the Beatles as possible. They came out with Yellow Submarine, although I know a lot of people thought it was rubbish. I think it was an advancement, especially for them. But there are so many things, even if you don't realize it at the time. So many musical forms you can be influenced by.

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 63.
new stars on the horizon

. . . A new group for whom a long life is being forecast is Grapefruit, a four-man combination based in London.

Their personal manager is head of The Beatles' Apple Publishing Company, which also publishes their songs. Their recording manager is Terry Melcher (son of film star Doris Day) . . . It was John Lennon who solved everyone's problems by suggesting their name - Grapefruit.

Grapefruit came into being via a chance meeting between Terry Doran, managing director of the Beatles' Apple Publishing Company, and John Perry [Grapefruit lead guitarist to be] in a London club. . . .

Within a week the four of them [including George Alexander, a good bass man suggested by Doran, and Geoff and Pete Swettenham, two schoolmates of Perry] were in the recording studios. . . .

RCA Victor in Britain, delighted with the sound the four boys produce, signed them up and released their first disc, Dear Delilah, in Britain on 19 January. Grapefruit uses Beatle and Bee Gees-like orchestral backings, sound effects and bass rhythms.

Then a problem arose: What to call the group. Suggested names were tossed back and forth but none of them seemed to fit. Then the group's personal manager, Terry Doran, casually asked John Lennon if he had any ideas. Twenty-four hours later John called on the phone and the group was christened - Grapefruit. . . .

George Alexander (bass guitar) born: 28 December 1947 in Glasgow. . . . Intensely dislikes films and movie-going. [There's one you don't read every day. DS]

Hit Parader, Jul 1968, page 64.
An Introductin To

. . . With a growing reputation as an important new songwriter, Syd [Barrett] has been influenced most by Lennon-McCartney, but likes Dylan, Jagger, and Tibetan music. . . .

*** HIT PARADER, March 1969 ***

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 8.
we read your mail

Dear Editor:
. . . Some more examples of good music in the pop field are RUBBER SOUL (Beatles), HIGHWAY 61 REVISITED (Dylan), AFTER BATHING AT BAXTERS (Jefferson Airplane) . . . - Bob Benjamin; Beachwood, Ohio

Dear Editor:
. . . Could you please print this in your We Read Your Mail Section:

WANTED: One male or female (preferably the latter) music composer . . . who is interested in a songwriting partnership with a young girl lyric-writer. . . .

I'd really appreciate it if you mention that it means so much to me at this moment. I've been trying to get a partner since Dick James Publishing in London, England, wrote and told me this is the best way. . . . - Heather Sexton; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Dear Editor:
. . . With so many great records out I would like to make some observations on the best of them.

Mike Bloomfield proves himself to be the best guitar player in the United States and with the exception of classical guitar player Andres Segovia, in the world. He proves himself on the Electric Flag's album A LONG TIME COMIN'. . . . - Perry Rowicki; Toronto, Ont., Canada

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 9.

. . . HP: I'm told that you play on the Jackie Lomax record ("Sour Milk Sea" backed with "The Eagle Laughs at You," one of the first releases on the Beatles' Apple record label). Did the Beatles ask you to?

Clapton: Yeah. We did favors for one another. I guess George (Harrison) liked working with me 'cause first of all I worked on "Wonderwall," the sound track music he was doing, and he liked that so he used me on the session. Paul, Ringo, George and me.

HP: They do quite a bit of overdubbing, don't they?

Clapton: No. Nothing at all, except the voice and except for a small part of the guitar solo, the last part of the guitar solo. . . .

HP: Are you tempted by any Indian instruments?

Clapton: No, because I've tried my hand and it's just an impossible thing. It's too late for me to do that in this life. . . .

HP: Do you like any groups now, any artists?

Clapton: I've been back in England so I haven't noticed too much of what's going on over here, but I've liked a lot of the groups in England. I like the way the Stones are going and I like the way the Beatles are going. There's a group called Fairport Convention which is ridiculous, frighteningly good. There are lots of new groups, so many of them that it's unbelievable that London could hold so many bands. . . . - pete johnson

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 12.

Hot sun on the back of my neck, exhaust fumes at the back of my throat, four friends in front of the tape recorder. Left to right Mr. Derek Taylor, Mr. James Paul McCartney, Mr. Peter Asher and Mr. Tony Bramwell, some of whom may be known to you. Hand reaches down to the recording button... push forward... raise the mike and speak.

Inhibited by the wayside Question Time, and the first enquiry is an inarticulate one. "Films? How about films? I mean, you must give me something specific... the United Artists commitment

P. Mac Cee: The only trouble is, Alan, I don't like to be specific. Now, I wouldn't mind if I had a few things to say. But I'm afraid it has to be... general."

Looks like it's going to be hard going this. Yes, but I say, and Paul sends up the whole thing wid dis sudden Brooklyn bit about we's just a group of boys who get togedder, by d' roadside, an' we's gonna make it big wid our next album on d' Apple label. . . .

Yes, yes, I struggle, but the commitment to United Artists...

P. Mac Cee: "Right, well go on, and I'll give you some evasive generalization! There's a few films in the air. There's films I'd like to make on my own, with not me in 'em, just people in 'em. Just anything films.

"Films of what goes on. Films of grass. Films of people moving about. And then films I'd like to make with the Beatles band. Which would be musical films.

"But... they shouldn't just be musical films, which everybody offers. They should be the other thing as well. And it's probably going to be up to us to think of it, because people don't seem to be coming forward with offers."

It's going nicely now. I'm warming up to it. I ask if the Beatles are now dedicated to making what should be made, and incidentally - there'll be money.

"If you didn't need money to get things, and if you got things by swapping 'em then by a roundabout method we'd be dedicated to swopping.

"We're only dedicated to doing."

But then, I say, you're obviously out to expand Apple and make it a thriving concern, and Mr. Asher agrees but points out that the reason is not to make a fortune. Mr. Taylor agrees and says the Apple policy is to make and sell hits, hits, hits - hit records, hit films, and hit electronics.

Suddenly: "There's something else you want to know, Alan, and I'm willing to give it to you. But if you just sort of say: 'Films,' then I'll say: 'Right, Alan. Eggs."

Get a bit hurt. Ah yes, I say, but you know what I want to know. "Yes," beams Paul, "I know I do!"

Mr. Derek Taylor puts it all in focus: he interviews me. Alan Smith, he says - are you dedicated to making money, as it is said of you that you are? I have to admit it, I am. I believe money will help my loved ones and me and to live in comfort and style. "And style?" emphasizes Mr. Taylor - "you're in good shape, Alan." It was nice to have me on the show. I'm being put down, and although goodwill dilutes the sting, it's still a bit uncomfortable being grilled by so many chefs at the roadside barbecue. So it's back to the car and I think - Right, Mate. No punches pulled this time. Turn the tape over, put it at the beginning, switch on and know I'm wiping out Cilla Black and Davy Jones with every word.

Do the bold bit about now, look here, I interview many artists and most of them are specific, you know.

"O.K. then," says P. Mac Cee, feet up and defences coming down. "Whenever we lay off recording for a long period of time - which we do - we get out of the habit, and it's not together and it's not happening. It takes a couple of weeks to get to know each other again and how we play.

"For instance, when I went to L.A. I heard things on the radio that completely changed a lot of things I'd been thinking about music and about sounds I was hearing. So it made me write a few songs differently or arrange them differently."

Long discussion about Apple and what it means and what it stands for. Paul points out that in the past there were creative people who had to go on their knees for work, and for records and films and to get the breaks, man. "And everyone gets down on their knees and grovels a bit."

The idea now is that Apple is an organization where you don't have to do that, where if you're good you get recognized. The trouble is that so much of the pop and record at the moment is run by people who don't have a clue what it was about.

The ones who do know - it shows. Jerry Wexler, Herb Alpert, Berry Gordy and so on. When you have thinking, involved people like this, it isn't necessary to depend all the time on the Big Fat Men.

Start to get around to the no-punches-pulled bit. Talk about cripples, or disabled persons, as my correspondent of last week tells me. (Sorry. A word can cut like a knife.)

What about helping people like this, I ask. What about giving them the money to buy things to make things, to obtain their satisfaction and self-respect?

Paul: Well, what about helping the cripples?

Me: Because maybe they're having a hard time of it, and you're doing all right. Don't you believe in human kindness?

Paul: Cripples are not necessarily having a hard time of it. And even if they are having a hard time of it - it's their own hard time. It is, man. It doesn't matter what you say about helping cripples or India... there's no way to pour millions of pounds into India and make India all right.

Let me get to your conscience, I say. You must have seen, in India, people with their bellies hanging out with hunger. No, says Paul. I didn't see that. Have you?

But doesn't it worry you? "No," says Paul flatly, "starvation in India doesn't worry me one bit. Not one iota. It doesn't, man.

"And it doesn't worry you, if you're honest. You just pose. You don't even know it exists. You've only seen the Oxfam ads. You can't pretend to me that an Oxfam ad can reach down into the depths of your soul and actually make you feel for those people - more, for instance, than you feel about getting a new car.

"If it comes to a toss-up and getting a new car, you'd get a new car. And don't say you wouldn't - 'cos that's the scene, with you and most people.

"The point is also 'Do you really feel for Vietnam?' and the answer is the same. Maybe I'd rather listen to a rock record than go there to entertain, and maybe, underneath, that's true in all of us. I know one is morally better than the other, but I'd never get around to it. I'd be a hypocrite."

Says he believes in something called God, but anything and everything is God. Never thinks about eternity or outer space - more concerned with inner space.

The Crunch. Ask him to analyze himself and tell him I have always believed him to be Likeably - repeat, likeably - Insincere. . . .

Pause. "To you, possibly," says Paul. "Because I think 'Here's an interview!' I don't' think Alan Smity, person, at all. I think I have to watch what I say because you don't say certain things to papers.

"Whenever I'm face with a Pop Press Conference or a drink with the reporters, I can't be sincere... 'cos I wouldn't be there. But I suppose that by being pleasantly insincere, I can at least get to know people on some level in the short space of time."

Long conversation and then finally, a statement. "The Truth about Me," says Paul, "is that I'm... Pleasantly Insincere!

"And really that's the Whole Truth, and nothing but." - alan smith

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 14.

"Each group's music has its source at a different time and has its particular culmination at a certain point, that point where you take it about as far as it can go. For us, our [the Lovin' Spoonful] magical time was about two years ago now. . . .

"It was really good chemistry. It goes away though. It goes away fast sometimes, it goes slow, it goes away according to how well you can handle it, how mature you are going into the group, and now everybody is sort of out of it. That doesn't really include everybody. Certainly the Beatles are perfectly active. The Stones have a beautiful kind of rejuvenation process. . . . But there are a tremendous number of groups who have broken up, and they're all of a peculiarly common school. . . .

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 18.

. . . "We are going to aim for as many people as is possible to get them into our thing, you know. So you get the single out and some of the singles buyers are going to album buyers. Then they are interested in the other things we are going to do.

"Like John Lennon's books. They sell because people think here is another facet of that interesting bloke. So we have our books and films and within two years we will have built or started on our first fun palace." . . .

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 22.
Last Time Around

. . . Within the Springfield were three of the best pop songwriters, singers and guitarists to be found in any American rock group: Steve Stills, Neil Young and Richie Furay. It is amazing that all three could be contained in one group and perhaps inevitable that eventually they would fragment. The Beatles hold together somehow, but the Beatles have the assurance that they are being listened to. The Springfield never drew sufficient attention to salve the yearnings of three collective egos. A rock writer in a national magazine casually dismissed them as a "better than average group," a brush-off which was symptomatic of their lack of stature outside of Southern California. . . .

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 25.

. . . The first Butterfield album was released in the late fall of 1965, about the same time as RUBBER SOUL. Even if it didn't quite outsell the The Beatles, the BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND on Elektra EKS-7294 was an immediate hit. . . .

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 35.
pictures I hear, by Brigitta

For those who don't happen to feel comfortable with the precepts and ideas of Chairman Mao, it's comforting to know we have the Beatles with us in Revolution. The Beatles don't make a distinction as to who commits destruction or repression. They are anti-violence and pro-love. It says so in the song. The Beatles discuss "Revolution" with a peaceful and fairly well-ordered sound, more reminiscent of All You Need Is Love, than of I Am The Walrus, in shape and style, which is to say it is repetitious and not brilliantly formed. But the song is philosophically important, because it shows that the Beatles are not apolitical, and that they have taken a look around at the turbulance of world events and want to tell us where they stand. Maybe the Beatles thought of writing Revolution after seeing the film Les Chinoises. The implications of Revolution make an interesting contrast to the sentiments expressed in the Rolling Stones' Street Fighting Man. The Beatles and the Stones never seemed farther apart.

I am glad to know that the Beatles will not contribute to support violent causes of any type, but Hey Jude, in all fairness, would have to be called the "A" side of the record. It is quite a darling work of art, though I question the necessity of at least the last minute and a half of the recessional chorus, and it does tax the patience of the disc jockeys.

Hey Jude is a warm Caribbean song conceived of Lovely Rita out of Fool On The Hill. What a pure and ecstatic seduction it is, drunk on meditation, orange suns rising and setting all over the place. Yes, Hey Jude is definitely an orange song, with a touch of mauve; guavas and hibiscus - "...You say goodbye and I say hello..." breadfruit. No doubt Donovan would like it; so would Genoa Keawe and her Hula Maidens.

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 36.

It was good then, good when we were young then, when we were new and The Apple was fresh and the other apples, wrinkling and shrivelling in creaking barrels, tended by old misers and ghostly villains, drew their shroud-skins more tightly around themselves and said "They'll learn, they'll learn it's no fun, no fun at all."

It was, though. It was fun in Wigmore Street with the office-Beatles, hobbits entranced by their new spring business-suits sprinkled with bright buttons, mandalas and daisies which winked reassurance at the other young revolutionaries and seemed to say: "We're still on your side, don't let the suits deceive you."

In the early, shining summer of 1968 we had Apple Music, Apple Shops, Apple Films and Apple Electronics. We hadn't made a record and we hadn't made a film. We hadn't sold a single invention and we hadn't opened any shops outside London. What is more, we had spent nearly a million pounds of The Beatles' money. So it was then, when "But surely it's time you had a record out," "But don't you think it's time..." "But it can't be possible for the Beatles..." when most of the questions began like that, we said "Yes" or "No" or "Wait", because even then it was beyond doubt, beyond the far-shaded tip of a shadow of doubt within any of us forty or so at Apple, that in the fullness of time, the hits would mount and the albums increase across the universe so that every village which had passed the Age of Mud would have the green Apple smiling at them from the record stand beside the record player, beyond doubt that when the patents of the inventions of Magic Alex Mardas were safe from the thievery of the business bandits who at the beginning of time would have stolen the blue-print for childbirth had they been Abel. One week "The Observer" came to Apple to see, "The Mirror" to reflect, and both were drolly surprised to find that John and Paul came in on time, whatever the time. For Paul it was about half past ten and for John, a man of erratic sleep, three hours later. Each stayed until nightfall, and further, in those days and my goodness we kept busy. We had suggestion boxes for suggestions, and the amazing thing was that the suggestions were read and interpreted and, incredibly, implemented in many cases. "I suggest we..." Done. "May we please have..." Certainly.

A time-and-motion man would have lost his reason in those days in Wigmore Street. I had a slim shoebox of a room and such were our promises of a hearing for anyone with something creative to offer; anyone off the street who was frustrated with years of screaming for someone to listen; any singer who could climb a scale; anyone with a piece of colored paper which he called a painting; any caller with rhyme he believed to be poetry; any Fellini of the 1970s. Such was our published pledge to be a market place for the lowly artist, a gathering of Beautiful People, that by dusk any night there could be a duo of guitarists "better than Clapton," a Mancunian who saw himself as a mingling of "Mr. Kite," "John Wesley Harding", "Billy Shears", "The Mighty Quinn" and "Popeye the Sailor Man" and having thus seen, sought 50,000 pounds to make a film of him acting out the fantasy, California author-to-be with hair like a hedge in Heswell, a sculptress who had never sculpted but who wanted facilities to make a nude out of patent leather and then cover it in oil to induce "tactile delight," (you and whose army?) a Geordie who had caught the Parisian inflections of his French girlfriend and who wanted a flat in which to rehearse - and me, sitting on the floor, on the windowsill, in the waste paper basket, on our hands, on each other's head. All this, and cups of tea, and cigarettes, and Scotch and ahead, a train to dark Dorking, all this was in a cupboard tolerable only to a typist cowed by years of pain.

But it was good because we met some fine people and some terrible people and that's how it goes. In the big corner room, John and Paul and George and, Ringo would play host to those with goods to sell and needs to be met. Nilsson came in after arriving in England and met Kenny Everett there, and Twiggy came the day before with Justin, both of them looking wonderful and happy and quite rightly. Ron Kass, Apple Music head, fresh to Apple in 1968, from the chieftancy of the outriding Liberty Records International Division, walking with diplomacy from room to room, learning the strange dialect of the Liverpudlian and there were lots of us then - Neil Aspinall, the managing director, with a face like a carving of Alexander the Great, 26, from Liverpool; Alistair Taylor, ex-Nems record store, ex-Epstein's general manager, now Apple's general manager at 33, from Liverpool; Tony Bramwell; 23, Apple Films assistant, ex-Epstein office boy brighter than white white, from Liverpool; Peter Brown, 32, ex-Epstein personal assistant, calm and very smooth and very nice, now special assistant to The Beatles ("Ringo, I was talking to Mr. and Mrs. Burton and they would love you to have lunch on the yacht next Sunday..." "Leslie Grande tells me the Queen would like the Beatles... really it is a frightfully difficult one to solve, however...") from Liverpool. Me, an adjustable spanner now reunited with The Beatles after a tryst with California, from Liverpool. Mal Evans (with Nel, a former road manager), Mal the grinning giant now helping with the management of Apple's first signed artists, as Artists Relations officer (or "man", or whatever anyone outside chose to call his role, for really none of us had any titles then, except when we were negotiating to have one, because Sir Frank or Lord Kenneth or whoever Apple was negotiating with, liked our side to have, titles too). Mal is from Liverpool. Pete Shotton too, Peter The Dane who washboarded Lennon's Quarrymen, who now stands at his right hand. Laurie who lives on the switchboard - Nems and Liverpool. And, of course, The Beatles. They are from there too. From Wallasey we had Brian Lewis, grey-sideburned, slim and a Man-About-the-Globe, 44; from Ireland, Denis O'Dell, 45, Apple Films. Peter Asher, 23, of Gordon now, also, an Apple A&R chief from which London gave one other executive when we were beginning - Stephen Maltz, 26, chief accountant. "Well," they said in the Town, the Town outside our world in Wigmore Street," it's just an old pals club." "Well Town", we said, "it is. Old pals and new pals and business with pleasure and also a profit and you know it can't be bad."

Could it? Well, Peter Sellers came in and saw that it was good, and another fellow determined to find it bad, came in and started a row, and said he had taken a dirty job in a garage and gone to live in Brixton to purge his soul, to learn about suffering, what did we think of that? "Nothing," we said, "Nothing at all. You're talking --- " we said (just as we might say to each other, and often did without rancor for The Beatles were nothing in those startling sixties if they were not frank) and he grew angrier than we and left amply satisfied on a nice negative note.

Yes, but what did we do then, in 1968 when we had only two signed singers. Two? Yes. James Taylor sharp-eyed, made of bone and wire in North Carolina and Mary Hopkin, fashioned in dew, freckled and shy and mini in a mini skirt from the Rhondda Valley. What tasks had we, when the third Beatles' film had neither name nor script, nor contract, when Apple Publishing looked for its first hit?

Well, what we did was, we planned and talked and laughed and got ready for when - for whenever. We each found work to do and from each other we took work, and to each other we gave work and thus we found the very work we liked doing, and the very work we did best, and we did it well and some of us thought it would have been wonderful, always, to have been allowed to carve our jobs out of a stone of our own choosing, rather than have choked all those years, on the dust of the chalk thrown to us in the name of WORK as a four-lettered euphemism for slavery.

We bartered with United Artists, and traded with EMI and Capitol; and a dozen rivals, and we prayed as hard to be trusted as we dared to hope, that we ourselves could trust. The Beatles decided to eliminate business lies, lies so standardized by practice that they had become known as "standard business practice" and they said they didn't know what "the party of the third part ult. inst and heretofore" could mean "having regard to the precedent" therefore that form of obscuring the truth was swept into the vacuum which hangs somewhere in the generation-gap, that gap that existed in the 1960's which, remember, was before Youth took over. It was remarkable how diverse The Beatles, already diffuse, became in 1968. From the elegant and exquisite madness of the high Summer of 1967, through the valley of the shadow of the Autumn death of Brian Epstein, up through the Himalayas into meditation, and out of the folds of the Maharishi's conjurors' cloak into George's film with Ravi Shankar in Big Sur, to John's art exhibition at the Robert Fraser Galley, to Paul's collaboration with the Black Dyke Mills Band (Paul's collaboration with whom?) in the Apple recording of Thingamebob,' for the Kenneth Cope TV series, to the magnificent making of the album - successor to Sergeant Pepper, to the new offices in Saville Row, where lingered a quaint aura in which the ghost of Jack Hylton, who had given some of London's most avante garde private film shows in this, his former home, sat chatting quietly with the severed head of a much older host who began his career in the same house with the 18th century Earl of Burlingham.

Through all of that, The Beatles ran Apple, had the ideas, heard the ideas, adopted them or forgot them, and Apple knew that with such people, its core must be sound and so Apple Corps Ltd. had no apologies to make, nor has now.

That was all a long time ago and it was a lovely time, because no one had fear for we knew that there was no fear to fear for we believed that as no one feared that which was past, and that as Now and even the Future would soon be the Past, there could be no fear. Then, as now, it does not exist; it cannot exist on its own - derek taylor

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 38. 

Mary Hopkin left school four weeks before taking her university entrance examinations. Her marathon eight week run on the preposterous Opportunity Knocks TV talent contest didn't allow for sixth form swotting, and alongside a recording contract with Apple Records, any possible matriculation certificate was positively insignificant. So she pressed her navy skirt - the one that got her into so much trouble for being so risque (two inches above the knee) - and passed it on to a younger girl in school.

But she saved the blazer: "When she was at school she would never wear it. Now she wants to keep it - for the badge," says her mother, fingertip-testing her hands primly across the creases of her dress.

Although they will never admit it, none of the Hopkin family can fully realize what is happening to them: can grasp that it was no less than Twiggy who told the Paul McCartney how great their Mary was; can begin to understand the expense and enthusiasm, that only a Beatle launching, his dream organization, could put behind her.

Father, Mr. Howel Hopkin, housing officer with the Pontardawe Rural Council, Glamorgan South Wales, looks on the whole splendid charade of star-creating with a bemused benignity: "No, I'm not nervous - you get hardened to this sort of thing in local government. It's probably a good training for anything"... but then... "your man's takin' a lot of pictures, isn't he? Mrs. Hopkin's father took photographs. Best pictorial photographer in Wales he was - won 13 firsts, he did."

And Mary herself, at eighteen, the girl from the valleys and Top Rank Dancing in Swansea on Saturday nights; the girl who lost five pounds in weight during her Opportunity Knocks stint. "I feel so different from those London girls. When you go out with someone here it's just kissing, but I know they take it for granted there - I'm so confused."

She meets us at the front door of their stone' house (mock nineteenth century - actually post-War) in the steep-sided Brynawel Road, Pontardawe, with her hair just washed and fluffy. She's clearly in a state of off-hand nerves. Her answers to pleasantries and compliments come out instantly to hide her shyness; we ask her how she feels about anything (everything) and it's "all right."

With ease she peels off the events, polite but obviously bored. "We went up to Cardiff and I auditioned for Opportunity Knocks, and I was chosen from about two hundred. And apparently Twiggy saw me, and I got a message asking me to phone someone at Apple Records called Peter Brown - and when I did I found I was talking to someone with a Liverpool accent, and I found out later it was Paul McCartney - would you like a cup of tea? - and he sent a car for me from London, and he auditioned me, and he asked me if I'd like to sign a contract, and - Mum says "Would you like some fruit cake?"

As she speaks we study her. John Kelly, the photographer whom Paul McCartney sent down "to record every inch of her life at home," is performing strange contortions on the floor, clicking like a madman, pushing his exposure meter under her nose, next to her bust, into her hair, then wandering 'round the floral room perusing the Victorian Swansea Pottery tea service, the gilt painted frame to the Renoir print, the display cabinet of golfing cups, the books on Welsh culture and history. Mary keeps on with her tale - learned pat with the telling. She's slim and flat-bottomed and has a good forehead dusted with powder, fine straight legs not too many weeks out of ankle socks, and an all-embracing air of innocence - not the sweet-little-have-me-if-you-can-get-me sort of girl - all commercial facade, but someone gauche and childlike and with an accusing honesty. Mary Hopkin hasn't time to learn the tricks of any trade.

"Yes, Mary's always been singing. I wanted her to be in serious singing and music. Perhaps be a music teacher or something." Her mother is talking and pouring tea and cutting cake and becoming chief narrator. Mary sits quietly, only interjecting to disagree when her mother's innate sense of public relations looks like opening a credibility gap. "Of course it was in chapel that she started singing - doesn't everybody in Wales? She's been faithful in Tabernacle (the Pontardawe Congregational Tabernacle) since she was four, but she can't go as much as she'd like to now, because of all the late nights.

"As a child she was always sweet-tempered and not a bit mischievous (Mary cringes under the weight of her blushes). And she's quiet around the house, too, and very cool. When she had to go to Cardiff to make her first television appearance I was in a terrible state rushing - trying to get her ready, but she insisted on having a good breakfast. She never panics, you see."

Mrs. Hopkin races on: "You have to trust them don't you? I mean if she'd been going to the University she would have had to leave home. She's had a sheltered life but she'll be able to live in London with her sister (Carol who starts at a London art college in September). If she keeps on as she is now we'll be happy with her. I would have liked her to have gone to Cardiff College of Music, of course, but now this has happened... well..."

Professionally, Mary's career began with some engagements in Working Men's Clubs in South Wales, ("the furthest I got was Brigend, near Cardiff') and some appearances singing folk songs on Welsh television programs. She was given her guitar, which is now battered and cracked, three years ago, together with a mandolin. She never learned to play the mandolin, but caused a positive liturgical crisis when she took her guitar down to Tabernacle one Sunday morning.

"My interest in folk music was started by a golfing friend of my father's. He's a sanitary inspector called Ieuan Lewis. He's very interested in Welsh culture and began looking for songs for me. He was at Dylan Thomas' funeral, you know."

We nod with fitting reverence.

"It was through him that I became interested in Judy Collins and Joan Baez." And it doesn't take a very acute listener to spot their influence in her singing.

In the T-shaped valley town of Pontardawe (population: 10,000, industry: light engineering) Mary's already a star.

Even the cats, they say, voted for her when she appeared on television, and everybody wants to know the Hopkin family now. A walk through the rural lanes, (and equally rural streets,) with Mary is a running congratulation, shrilled in a garbled mixture of Welsh and English from behind every privet hedge, or lace curtain, and from out of every slow moving car. This could only happen in Wales. Could any but the Welsh share another's good fortune and success without a trace of envy or malice? If Mary Hopkin lived in London the neighbors wouldn't give a damn.

Standing on Elephant Rock above the town at night, father Howel Hopkin becomes almost sentimental: "They're all from 'round here, you know: Richard Burton was born just over there, Ray Milland more this side, Donald Peers in that direction, and now Mary Hopkin down here in Pontardawe. "

Says Mrs. Hopkin: "All my mother's side were very musical - nice tenors, you know. And we entered Mary in the Eisteddfods and the Urdd Festival - but she never won anything for the singing. I would have liked her to have been a serious singer, she had voice training in Cardiff every Saturday morning, but when Paul McCartney phoned... She's always been a Beatle fan, thought. Her bedroom wall was covered with their pictures one time. When they first started we were on a touring holiday in North Wales, and had to stay three days in Llandudno, because they were going there and Mary wanted to see them."

Back at home again the telephone drills its alarm. Mother, making ham sandwiches, answers: "It's to say you must go to London tomorrow, and have you learned the songs that Paul asked you to?

Mary takes the phone herself. Mother continues. "While you were out Elizabeth Taylor was on the telly. Oh she was beautiful. She's bought this Claude Monet painting, they said."

And then confidentially to her daughter: "Don't you go up to London in a first class carriage, because I don't want you sitting by yourself. You never know who might get in with you. Go second class with everybody else. Well, you never know."

Already, after a few television appearances, Mary Hopkin is becoming a national favorite. In a time when the girl next door is a randy little nymph she offers an aura of simplicity. When she sings, her voice is pure and straight. She's the daughter every father would want.

She Says: "There's a man in Ireland whose dying of cancer and he wrote to me asking for a record. He only has a few weeks left to live. It makes you wonder...

"No, I've never been in love. I think it's daft the way some of the girls at school were always in love with a different boy. There's no one at all now. I just haven't the time. And when I'm in London I feel so much of a country bumkin alongside all those sophisticated girls. Still I'll be happy to get to London now and again." - derek taylor

(As recorded by Mary Hopkin/Apple)

Once upon a time there was a tavern . . .

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 40.
And Censorship

. . . I set up my equipment and M. Jagger treats me to spirited version of "Hey Jude" before leading with his left.

"I thought the Beatles were awfully nice on telly last night - didn't you, Keith? Did you like John's hair?"

"I thought it was lovely and fluffy," agrees Keith.

"Yes, I like the Beatles," nods Mick, "Great record."

Adopting Floyd Patterson's famous peek-a-boo stance I inquire whether we might see the Stones shortly on "live" TV?

"We're always doing it," jabs M. Jagger. "We've never stopped doing that 'Top of the Whatsits.' Anyway I don't think the Beatles were live. I noticed the picture sliding at the beginning of their clip and that's something that only happens on a video tape. So I 'sussed' it; not that it matters." . . .

Would the solution to a lot of their [censorship] difficulties be to have their own label like the Beatles Apple?

"The Apple label is still really EMI," said Mick. "I mean they distribute for Apple and if the Beatles wanted something out which they did not approve of no doubt it could be stopped. That doesn't really interest me." . . . - keith altham

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 51.

. . . He's [Jimmy Fielder, bassist] lanky and droll and has a refreshing sense of down-home cool about him, ranking his favorite groups as "The N.Y. Philharmonic, The Cream and The Beatles." . . .

I don't believe that jazz and rock can be mixed successfully. This is an opinion that is the cause of none too little exasperation on the part of my jazz-fiend friends. But that's another story. . . . Certain dissonances of jazz pop up occasionally and it's a refreshing twist, but the sound of BS&T is no closer to true jazz than "Norwegian Wood" is to raga. . . . - ellen sander

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 58.
my favorite records
by Felix Pappalardi

I believe classical music is getting very popular because of exposure. The Beatles did a lot for that. The first time I heard "Eleanor Rigby" I said, "Wow, that's just like Bedrich Smetana." He wrote a string quartet called "From My life" (RCA Victor LSC2887) and "Rigby" is precisely in that style. "Yesterday" is very much like this, too.

Now, anything can happen. More and more people from different backgrounds are meeting and exchanging ideas. The classical thing is only a small part of it. The more things we get influenced by, the more we learn. It will be very exciting I'm sure.

Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 59.
Bobby Scott Talks to Jim Delehant

. . . Take a small country like Ireland, one of the most musical countries in the world. It has one of the largest folk literatures of any nation. However, Ireland hasn't produced a Beethoven or a Brahm probably because it's unnecessary. The Irishman's need is taken care of in his folk literature and it's right from the people. In America, the folk literature comes out in Motown and the Jesse Colin Youngs and in a broader sense, the Beatles. Harmonically these young people are using changes that are very interesting and perhaps even purer than jazz. They're drawing on a rural feeling which is country western and blues. The richness and courage to be simple. . . .

*** HIT PARADER, April 1969 ***

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, cover.

[Cartoon picture of the yellow sub Beatles.]
The Beatles Yellow Submarine PREVIEW

[Photo of George Harrison.]

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Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 6.
the scene

What does a station do if it plays top forty music and yet feels progressive rock music justifies radio air-play? . . .

Quite often, material on LPs surpasses top selling singles. . . .

Having a background as a guitarist with a Seattle rock group, I find the progress of rock and roll (is there still such a world?) the last few years, the most exciting thing that's happened to music since John Lennon met Paul McCartney. . . .

Rather than destroy top forty radio, I feel progressive rock will gradually blend into top forty. . . . - john steen

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 13.
Thinking About The Future

. . . We sat down and talked about the Cream - and the split.

"There were two ways we could have done it," said Jack. "We could have kept the group going and spent half our time on other things and half on the group; like the Beatles do other things as well. . . . But somehow it seems to have gone a bit beyond that. Things seem to have gone too far." . . . - nick logan

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 18.

. . . Traffic, said Bobby [Krieger], were among his favorite British groups. He also like Jimi Hendrix and during the [British] stay had been to see the Nice, who were very good, and Tim Rose, who used to play concert dates with the Doors in the States. He also expressed a wish to see Terry Reid and the Beatles. . . .

So first there was Jim [Morrison] and Ray [Manzarek] and then drummer John Densmore came into the picture. Ray was attending one of the meditation centres of the Maharishi in Los Angeles when he met John in his class. Bobby Krieger also met with the other Doors through the meditation school and he and Densmore are still active disciples of the Maharishi's teaching.

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 20.

In 1964, the Beatles opened their influential floodgates causing an international reappraisal of values in business, politics, morals and the arts. To this day, their power has not subsided, in fact, their influence penetrates deeper into the initial trusts they established. They have raised standards in so many areas involving communication that there is no longer any need to accept shuck. Their influence on the film industry alone is enough to merit a book on the subject.

The animated film, "Yellow Submarine" inspired by the Beatles music and personalities, will undoubtedly add new dimension to the Walt Disney style full-length film feature.

By far the most enthusiastic reactions to "Yellow Submarine' screenings have come from art directors and designers and other film makers who recognize this as a real milestone in the art of animation.

Designer Dong Kingman was so impressed, he asked for a special screening for the faculty of the Famous School. Peter Max, himself the talk of the art world, said it was the most "fantastic" movie he'd ever seen.

The Beatles were more surprised than anyone that their first Apple movie venture generated so much interest. They worked closely with producer Al Brodax right from the inception of "Yellow Submarine", wrote four new songs ("All Together Now," "Only A Northern Song", "Hey Bulldog," "It's All Too Much") and helped choose old Beatle songs that would fit the mood of the story. The song "Yellow Submarine" was the original inspiration for the film and the other songs included are "Eleanor Rigby", "Love You To," "A Day In The Life," "When I'm 64," "Nowhere Man," "Lucy In The Sky," "Sgt. Pepper," and "With A Little Help From My Friends."

King Features, producer of the Beatles tv cartoon series, also had a hand in presenting the film based on an original story by Lee Minoff. The man responsible for the marvelous color drawings is design/director, Heinz Edelmann.

The story goes like this.

On a peaceful day in the happy kingdom of Pepperland, a concert by Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is interrupted by an anti-music missile attack from the Blue Meanies. The Chief Blue Meanie, his assistant Max, and their 99 numbered henchmen turn their splotch guns on the docile Pepperland populace, determined to rid the world of music, happiness and love ("A world without music is a Blue world.")

Old Fred, conductor of the Band, flees to the old Lord Mayor, who puts him into the Yellow Submarine for a last-minute escape. The sub surfaces in Liverpool where Ringo wanders the shore in boredom. Old Fred explains the situation and Ringo takes him home to John, found painting with words; Paul, playing classical music; and George, who appears out of a haze of transcendental meditation.

Armed with a battery of puns and four new songs, the Beatles board the Yellow Sub and head for Pepperland. They are detoured through the Seas of Time, Music, Science, Monsters, Consumer Products, Nowhere, Phrenology, Green and Holes.

They romp through time warps; chase Lucy through her "Sky With Diamonds;" climb clocks and soup cans; telephone the Queen; get battered in a giant pinball machine, serenaded by Albert Schweitzer, and frowned in an avalanche of apples; among other strange adventures.

Characters they encounter on their mad "modyssey" include Shakespeare, Freud, the US Cavalry, Father MacKenzie, Moses, Cicero, Paul's clean old grand-dad, Napoleon, Methuselah, Mozart, cowboys, Indians, King Kong and the Sheik and several unidentifiable "things." Ringo takes a liking to the super-intellectual Boob, (a poetic personification of the "Nowhere Man" and "The Fool On The Hill") and takes him along on the trip. In the Sea of Green he is captured by a giant blue hand.

A pepper-powered sneeze propels the Beatles through the Sea of Holes into occupied Pepperland; now almost completely drained of color by the splotch bomb blitz. The Lord Mayor is astonished by the resemblance between the Beatles and the original Sergeant Pepper Band.

Disguised as Apple Bonker, the Beatles sneak past the Meanie guards into the musical instrument compound. Then it's Beatles versus Meanies, guitars against splotch guns. Even the Boob turns up to deliver a few blows against the "blue menials". The battle is a swinging affair. The Chief Blue Meanie rallies his forces, including the ferocious Flying Glove, the Butterfly Stompers, the Hidden Persuader Men with guns in their shows, the Snapping Turtle Turk, with his mouth in his belly and the Count Down Clown with his nosecone nose. Can Good triumph over so much Evil? The outcome is a colorful secret - a surprise ending which carries the fantasy right into the theater itself.

[With picture of Yellow Submarine characters, The Blue Meanie, The Apple Bonkers, The Boob, The Submarine, Jack The Nipper, Robin The Butterfly Stomper, and Mini Meanie. Also, four stills from the film.]

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 25.

. . . JAY [Ferguson, lead singer]: I started out on piano at a very early age. My biggest piano flash was Mozart, several years of Mozart. From that I went to folk music, and I started playing banjo. Bill Monroe, the Stanley Brothers really turned me on then. With the first Beatle album I became a convert to electric music, and they're still my biggest influence outside the group... I can say no more. . . .

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 31.

(As recorded by The Beatles/Capitol)
John Lennon
Paul McCartney

In the town where I was born . . .

(As recorded by Joe Cocker/A&M)
John Lennon
Paul McCartney

What would you think if I sang out of tune . . .

(As recorded by The Beatles/Apple)

Hey Jude don't make it bad . . .

(As recorded by The Beatles/Apple)

Say you wanna revolution . . .

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 35.
pictures I hear by Brigitta

. . . And Mary Hopkin, the Beatle discovery, there with her beautiful, clear, innocent amateur hour, freckled voice, is leading us back through the Bible, through Pete Seeger's musical interpretation of Ecclesiastes - "Turn, Turn, Turn." Mary expresses the song with many pretty melodic embellishments and minute turns of note which we might partially credit to producer Paul McCartney - since McCartney has been known to have a definite weakness for pretty melodic embellishments and minute turns of note. Still, Mary's child purity gives me this song as the alienated vague buzzing of the Byrds never could: This is sentimental, but it is honestly felt music. (And isn't the Bible a fine instrument of reference)

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 36.
An Interview With STEVIE WINWOOD

. . . HP: Do you feel your music is unique in an English way? Can you feel traditional English music, mannerisms and your country in your music? . . .

Steve: I don't even think about it myself. But that's because I'm from England.

HP: But the Beatles are the only other English groups I can think of who are into that.

Steve: What about the Who?

HP: They don't have it. They seem to be more generally American rock and roll.

Steve: Really? I don't think so.

HP: I say that because you seem to have something more traditional, more classical. . . .

- jim delehant

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 40.

. . . Terry: All of us came out of Los Angeles folk music. . . . As the Men, we all rehearsed at the Troubador in Los Angeles. We were on a big stage in the main room and the Byrds were starting in a little room in the back called the Folk Den. . . . They were the first pure folk-rock band. . . . The people were openly accepting all forms of music to go along with the words - jazz riffs, classical riffs, Afro-Cuban. It was so obvious where it was all heading, but the record industry didn't see it at all. The Beatles blew the lid off and Jim McGuinn was in awe of the Beatles at the time. That's all he'd talk about. He'd get onstage and sing Beatle songs. . . .

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 42.
SLY, Head of

. . . HP: What kind of music were you into when you put the group together?

SLY: I was a radio announcer so I was into everything because I played everyone's records. It was basically an R&B show, but I played a lot of stuff that wasn't R&B - Dylan, The Beatles. There are a lot of stations that won't play black music and a lot that won't play white music because of the program directors prejudices. They associate black music with blackness and pop with whiteness. But on my show they gave me carte blanche and it was groovy.

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 45.

. . . "I could not leave pop music algether. I love making records; I love making music; I love writing songs. . . . I like every part of the pop business - though I'm sick and tired of back-biters. There is just no point in it.

"If you knock another artist it can only be through jealousy. Every new group that suddenly bursts onto the scene is wide open to criticism. They should stop the griping and stop the knocking. "

How had the knockers got at them?

"The Beatle bit," Barry replied. "But we expected that in a way because Robert [Stigwood] was going round saying we were the musical talent of 1967. This was the publicity and we were wide open to it. And we were a bit green. We were just the Australian group at the time.

"But we took the knocks hard. You are never really prepared for criticism. There is always somebody having a go and we still get the knocks. You can't go any higher than the Beatles and they still get the knocks.

"When we first came out, Jimi Hendrix said we were two-year-old Beatles. But we are very good friends with Jimi Hendrix now.

"He was just giving an opinion at the time. People just like to have a go at other artists.

"Five years ago, everyone was for everyone - when the Beatles were at their heyday. Now everybody is trying to destroy everybody else. . . .

Did he see any glimmer of improvement? "It always gets worse before it gets better. Something new will happen but I would not like to prophecy what. But it will be a totally new thing; something that doesn't exist now. Like when the Beatles came there was no one else like them."

We returned to the subject of the split. Would it not have been possible for the group to stay together with its five members doing their own separate things within that framework, like the Beatles do?

"No, because the Beatles did it and that was that," said Barry.

"I am not saying it cannot be done by someone else. But as long as the Beatles exist everyone who does it again will be called Beatles' followers. You can sell as many records as the Beatles did [but] it will never recreate what the Beatles did. - nick logan

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 50.
The Creativity of Production:
An Interview With BOB THIELE

by Ellen Sander

H: What essentially is the difference between an independent producer and an A&R man?

Thiele: Through the past 20 to 25 years most record companies had "house producers." They would supervise all recording sessions, sign artists and look for material that would be suitable for the artist. A&R stands for artist and repertoire.

Both the record companies and the artists relied heavily on the A&R man. He really controlled the destiny of the artist and as far as recordings were concerned, he had a job as long as he could produce hits - any kind of hit.

With the advent of the Beatles the entire attitude about producers changed. The Beatles had more of a say about their records than any previous artist. They were the ones who decided what and how they wanted to record. They relied on George Martin, too, but they were the first to stand up for their own creative rights. That started the era of the independent producer. The power has changed hands, so to speak.

Now, generally, creative groups are recorded by independent producers. He's got the time for them. . . .

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 52.
In Electric Ladyland

Greetings from your friendly rock historian! . . .

When it became apparent, sometime in 1964, that the Beatles were heading in the direction of freer experimentation, . . . a great many of the heavier rock talents were pointed in that direction. . . . Groups reached far and wide for other musical sounds . . . Then, beginning in 1966, we had the great syntheses . . . The Beatles led the way, of course, with Revolver . . .

Sgt. Pepper seemed like the ultimate, but there was always the expectation that future albums would exceed Sgt. Pepper just as it had exceeded what went before. Then came the Christmas rush of 1967 when everybody tried to do just that. Axis, Bold as Love... Their Satanic Majesties Request... After Bathing at Baxter's... Magical Mystery Tour. A lot of good music, a lot of albums sold, but somehow none of the far-out sounds and weird head trips blew our minds like what had come before. . . .

Experimentation is much more suspect now than before, and audiences and critics wear a new skepticism.

And into this atmosphere comes Jimi Hendrix and his new superalbum. . . . This album seems more fit for the times than any other album that has come out so far this year. (This is being written before the appearance of the Beatles' and Stones' new albums; I just thought I should point that out.) . . .

House Burning Down is some kind of a social commentary on riots, perhaps Hendrix' equivalent of the Beatles' Revolution. Musically, this is the only extraneous tune on the album, as most of the licks and stereo effects are slightly less effective repeats of what has gone before. . . . - barrett hansen

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 56.
GEORGE HARRISON - Songwriting and Recording

"Richard. Little Richard. That's who I'd love to record. He's a fantastic character with a fantastic voice - and whether he's singing rock or gospel, he's still great."

George Harrison unconsciously tapped his soft shoe in rhythm as he talked and we both jumped at the deep end of nostalgia as we chatted about the good old days when El was King and Richard used to tuttifruit his head off.

Extending his "I'm a Rocker Again" thesis and continuing his comments reported recently George said he didn't care to dwell on the "Mystical Beatle George" any more.

"It's still all 'Within You, Without You,'" he added, "but I don't want to go into that any more 'cos now I'm being a rock and roll star."

The crooked grin broke into a crooked smile.

"I'm still writing, though, and after 'Sour Milk Sea,' I've got a few songs I've done on the next Beatles' LP. At least, I think they'll be on it. We haven't worked it all out yet.

"I've got a lot of songs kicking about in the air, and there's also about two or three I've got at home. But I don't know whether to do 'em or not.

"Sometimes I write them and with the mood I'm in, they're OK. But I come back to 'em later and I'm not in that mood anymore, so I think: "Oh, well... Rubbish!

"I've been doing that for years.

"Come to think of it, I've probably thrown away at least 20 good songs which, had I followed them through, would have been at least as good as all the other ones.

"Sometimes I put on a tape at home, and I find there are five bits of songs I wrote around 1954-5-6 or seven, that I just forgot completely about.

"I've got a song I liked when I first wrote it, and I still like it, but in between I thought: 'Aw, this is a bit too much. People are not gonna believe this.'

"Anyway, I took it out recently, looked at it, and I know they're still not going to get it. The reason is it still tends to have that deep meaning thing - and I'm trying to get out of that.

"I now want to write songs that don't have any meaning, because I'm a bit fed up with people coming up and saying: 'hey, what's it all about? What does it mean?'"

I asked George if he got any really creative experience out of writing and recording.

He said: "Of course - it's all like a challenge. You get the idea and you've got the bit of plastic to put it on but then there's the actual thing of going through all that bit of getting musicians together and making people do things the way you want, trying to get the best out of it.

"And then, in the end, when you've done all that, you've got a little thing there, like a painting... and you put it out... and people say: 'Oh, it's a load of ... man.'

"But it doesn't matter. Not to me anyway, because you get a lot of people who do like it, and it is worth while."

We got onto the Beatle Fan's Biggest Hope Of All - will the Beatles ever play live again?

Answer from George, with that smile again: "It just depends. The thing I'd like to do most of all is play resident in a club.

"Not to go touring... because I didn't like all that traveling and playing, and all that sort of thing.

"But if we were to do a live show, I'd prefer to do it like at the Top Ten in Hamburg for three months, and just play in the one place for about three months.

"Then we could get rid of the myth once and for all of the Beatles being Something Apart from everybody else.

"Obviously, we go through cycles. At the moment, it's all that bit like getting my guitar out again, and it's happened quite a bit on this next album of the Beatles.

"We've got 'together' for it. Like, in the early days we were pretty good because we played for so long in one place. That's why I'd like to do a resident spot. Then you've got your amps and your drums set up, and get used to the one sound.

"All these people come to see you, too, so you can't hide. You can't fake anything. It's like, you know, you've got your trousers down. And there's nothing to hide.

"Now, we're trying to get as funky as we were in the Cavern. 'Cos in the Cavern and Hamburg, all we really were was thump-thump-thump. But so together, you know, because we were playing all the time. And those were the days when we used to think that 'Twist and Shout' was too way-out for a single. All very Shadows it was, then, and getting into suits.

The next album is much simpler than 'Pepper' because it's more down to guitars, bass and drums, and maybe a piano. There's a nice one of Paul just playing with his guitar, singing by himself but with just a bit of brass on it."

We got on to the subject of the King, and George said:

"I remember at school there was all that thing about Elvis. You never really wanted to go to school, you wanted to go out and play or something. So when some record came along like Elvis' 'Heartbreak Hotel,' and you had this little bit of plastic... it was so amazing. Now, it's hard to realize that there are kids like I was, where the only thing in their life is to get home and play their favorite record, and maybe it's ours.

"We know Elvis is great. We know he is. He stopped being a rocker, and they made him go into the Army and by the time he came out he was a clean healthy American doing clean healthy songs and films. But basically, he's got such a great bluesy voice.

"It would be great if the Beatles and Elvis could get together for an album. It really would." -alan smith

Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 58.
my favorite records
by Stevie Winwood

. . . But I like all kinds of music at different times. I adore Bob Dylan and enjoyed that MUSIC FROM BIG PINK album very much. That's a beautiful band. The Beatles. You can't really put them down, and Otis Redding. . . .

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Hit Parader, Apr 1969, page 65.
Buddy Guy Talks To Jim Delehant

I'd say the Beatles made guitars big in the white market, but we've always had them. I heard James Brown say the other day he never made it big until the Beatles mentioned his name a few times. Now, James Brown has been around for almost fifteen years doing that same thing. The white market fell onto a lot of things through the Beatles. In the Negro market if you're good that's all they need. Negroes always liked any kind of music if it was good. I haven't changed my style since I first started and now I can play the same thing in a white joint or a Negro joint.

*** TEEN SCOOP, June 1968 ***

Teen Scoop, Jun 1968, page 7.


Dear Pam: In regard to the comparison between the Beatles and the Monkees, I have to tell you that there is none. The Beatles have better voices and the songs they write have meaning and worth. I know that the Beatles and their songs will be around long after the Monkees have gone. - Judy Schwartz; Amityville, New York


Dear Pam: Once and for all I would like to put an end to all the Monkee-Beatle arguing. The Beatles are out and the Monkees are in. The Beatles think they're too good for their fans while the Monkees are always thinking of their loyal followers. Monkees 4-ever! - Sandy Johnson; Des Moines, Iowa

Teen Scoop, Jun 1968, page 19.
Tommy James comes to Teen Scoop

[Caption] Sitting in front of a poster of Ringo Starr, Tommy tells us of the most embarrassing thing that ever happened to him and the Shondells: "We were scheduled to play before a sellout crowd but at showtime there wasn't a soul in the ballroom. It turned out we had come to the wrong place by accident." [The poster is the psychedelic one done by Richard Avedon for Look magazine, with Ringo holding a dove.]

Teen Scoop, Jun 1968, page 40.

By Gene Cornish

In past issues you've met Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli; now meet Gene Cornish, the down-to-earth Rascal. . . . Professionally, Gene is considered by many (both fans and experts) to be the premier guitarist in the pop field today. Now, as he speaks his mind . . .

There are two people I strongly admire and wish to be like. One is my father, a knowledgeable man who understands his limitations and has great patience. The other is Paul McCartney, a master at writing and at guitar-playing. McCartney is also a worldly figure... he fits in anywhere.

Teen Scoop, Jun 1968, page 45.

. . . Like SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEART'S CLUB BAND, Phil Och's PLEASURES OF THE HARBOR is a carefully planned listening experience. Phil, who's an avid movie buff, scored the album like a motion picture, and he plans to make a short film feature using the album. . . .

Teen Scoop, Jun 1968, page 63.


Most of us spend a good part of our lives searching. . . . Well, my search is over! I've found the answer - Transcendental Meditation - and after I've explained it to you, maybe it'll be your answer, too. . . .

It is taught by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who has become famous as the "guru" who inspired and influenced the Beatles with his teachings. . . .

The Maharishi teaches that it slowly opens a funnel between the lower physical consciousness and the higher phychical consciousness . . .

The actual practice of meditation takes about 15 minutes, twice daily in a quiet atmosphere. The results are fantastic. . . .

Teen Scoop, Jun 1968, page 66.
London Listenings

From Maureen O'Grady

London (Teen Scoop Special) London is just a beehive of activity, there is so much happening. The Beatles, as usual, are right in the thick of things. Twiggy asked the boys if they would be interested in helping her with her first film. Of course they said yes, and will produce and write the music for her debut.

They've also signed up their first recording group, the Grapefruit. John Lennon suggested, the rather unusual name. In typical Beatle style, Grapefruit was launched on its professional career at a huge reception in London. John and Cynthia, Ringo and Maureen and Paul and Jane were there. George was in India writing music for the film "Wonderwall." Other big names that attended the reception were Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, the Moody Blues, the Hollies and Cilla Black and Donovan. It was very crowded, and John got so hot and thirsty that he was continually behind the bar helping himself to a drink.

Ringo and Maureen really lived it up during the filming of "Candy," which was shot on location in Rome. Ringo found his part, that of a sexy Mexican gardner, a little embarrassing, but he enjoyed the social whirl. Two of the costars in the film are Marlon Brando and Richard Burton. It was dinner one night with Marlon, pub crawling the next evening with Richard and Elizabeth Taylor, then out on the Burton's yacht for the weekend.

Incidentally, the Beatles' "Magical Mystery Tour," which was roundly panned here by the critics, has been dubbed "The Tragical Misery Tour."

The boys finally got together again, in India. John, Ringo and Paul joined George there for instructions in Transcendental Meditation from the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. . . .

*** TEEN SCREEN, June 1968 ***

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, cover.
Teen Screen

[Photo of Paul McCartney.]

FOUR SEASONS! (color pinup!) Frankie Valli! Maharishi's a crutch!

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 5.
editor's letter

Dear Teeny Screeners:

Well, school is almost over, and finals are coming up. Studying hard? I didn't think so! (Do it anyway!) . . .

Hasta Luego,

P.S. Due to confusion, let me repeat that pix for the Beatle Memory Album must be photos YOU took; we can't accept pictures taken from other magazines! - Terri

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. . . An upcoming television special is going to feature the Beach Boys on their 15 day tour with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Also on the show will be some of the entertainers who are now devotees of the famed Maharishi. . . .

Beatles George Harrison and John Lennon took their wives and left recently for a several month visit to India for study in meditation with the Maharishi. George also plans to study more on the sitar while in India. The Beatles are also planning to produce a second television special for British tv. - Dick Clark

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 9.
TS in Hollywood

. . . ELSEWHERE . . . The Beatles were still in India as of this writing but the Rolling Stones were harder to find. Mick Jagger recently vacationed in South America . . .

Speaking of the Stones, has anyone noticed that the electronic mish-mash at the end of the first side of THEIR SATANIC MAJESTIES REQUEST, when speeded up to 78rpm is really We Wish You A Merry Christmas? 'Tis true; those boys are clever!

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Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 22.

(Editor's note: In a recent edition we printed a poem by 13-year-old Debbe Leviton . . . entitled "To A Hippy." As a result we have received hundreds of letters . . . - T.)

I disagree with most, if not all, of what Debbe says. . . . If she had lived for any reasonable length of time with the so-called hippies, she would have found that these people can be divided into two distinct groups or classes: The dressy or part-time hippie, and the true, peace and love hippie.

The first type . . . is the type that is seen most often. The latter class . . . is the group that does the best job and wins the least credit. I believe that the most famous examples of this type are the Beatles. They know what they are talking about and have found where it is at. . . . - Lisa Robillard, Trenton, N.J.

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 25.
"We won't always be teenage idols!"

. . . On the Monkees, Frankie [Valli] feels they would have made it anyway . . . He loves them and firmly believes that each Monkee is extremely talented as an individual. "You only have to see their concert to have it proven to you." . . .

And what artists are at the top? The Beatles. No one has come close to them, for they are a rarity, explains Frankie. "The only group to come close is the group I mentioned before, The Monkees, and they have gone as far as they can go in their present situation. Musically, the Beatles are superior. As far as a single artist, I have to choose Frank Sinatra. . . .

We got to discussing Frankie's plans to study with the Maharishi and Frankie's view on the subject was this: "I think the Maharishi is good because he gives teenagers another way out. Before the Maharishi showed us the way to a full and happy life without the use of drugs, kids thought they had to follow in the footsteps of their idols who admittedly used drugs. It can't possibly be harmful to stop and meditate for 15 to 20 minutes. I'm so nervous and can't seem to relax that I'm seriously considering studying the Maharishi's form of Meditation. It's helped so many people - and Joe Long also said he is interested." . . .

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 30.
JOHNNY BARBATA: Turtles' drummer!

. . . The Turtles just recently returned from a fantastic tour of England where their appearance at the Speakeasy Club in London brought out such celebrities as the Beatles, Stones, and Jimi Hendrix! . . .

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 37.
Why Beatle fans hate Monkees! And Vice-Versa!


[First page of article was thankfully missing. DS]

. . . The Monkees are really in a different category - through no actual fault of their own, but because of the same reason you can't really compare the Wall Street Journal with the Free Press. They're both in the same business, but there's really no comparison. Each is tops in it's respective field within a field.

The same is true of the Monkees and Beatles.

Even if you grant that the Monkees wouldn't be here without the Beatles, still that only means as a "group." Davy was and is a tremendous actor, he would still be acting; Micky would probably soon have found his niche as a comedian; Peter is a good instrumentalist and folk singer; Mike can be powerful behind the scenes, writing, producing, etc. They wouldn't be as famous as they ARE, but you couldn't say they wouldn't be "anywhere" without the Beatles. So can we hate them for that?

And as for the Beatles, even if they hadn't been the first group to break through the old lethargy, even if it had been someone else, they still are a great group! And John and Paul's song writing innovations, and George's sitar-inclusions, and Ringo! All would still be with us. Their talents would not have gone undiscovered. Can we hate them for that?

The point I'm trying to make is this: Everyone should have a favorite group, but don't hate any opposing groups. Your group might not even BE the Monkees or Beatles - Stones fans, Raiders fans and all the other groups' fans are just as adament in their love for their groups. But hating only puts YOUR group down - it makes it seem as if the opposing group is better, and you are jealous! No one wants people to think THAT!

Just remember, John and Paul wrote a song called "All You Need Is Love" - but Peter Tork wrote a song with the words "in this generation, love is understanding..."

Let's love.

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 38.
Fan Clubs

by Shirley Gay

. . . And a personal note to Kitty Uhlman: yes I would like to be an honorary member. See the You Asked column this month for the answer to your question. [Kitty published "Something New - The Beatles Fiction Fanzine" in the 1980s. DS]

One last note before signing off: what's happening in Beatle and Stone newsletter land? I kinda got used to hearing from you all every month and all of a suddy you all disappeared! Where are you?! . . .

YOU GET: membership card, pix, stamps, stickers, bio, contests, newsletters, more.
YOU PAY: $1.00
WRITE TO: Maria Campo, . . . E. State Fair, Detroit, Mich. 48205.

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 48.
The Strawberry Alarm Clock

. . . To top it all off, the group was presented their gold records for "Incense and Peppermints." I have never seen five happier guys in my entire life. I think I felt as happy as they did. . . .

All in all, it had been one of the most enjoyable days of my life. Of all the groups I've interviewed, The Strawberry Alarm Clock are just about the nicest guys I've ever had the privilege to meet. They're hitting big, and they'll hit bigger, you can be sure of that.

I truly believe that the Beatles aren't the only ones with Strawberry Fields! - Jo

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 52.
You Asked

I read that Frank Zappa of the Mothers of Invention was Best Musician in 1967, and the Mothers' album "Absolutely Free" came a close second to the Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper." Is this true?" - Ricky Krieger; Patchogue, New York


Recently I saw a movie called "The Family Way" with Hayley Mills, John Mills, and Hywel Bennett. I've really flipped over Hywel. I think he is so cute! I would like to know if you have any information on him and if you could tell me where I could write him. - Mary Jane Vreeland; Goshen, N.Y.

Hywel was born in Garnant, South Wales on April 8, 1944. He is 5'10" enjoys pop music, and lives at home with his folks. "Family Way" was his first flick. . .

Maybe I'm just dumb and maybe not, but could you please tell me what SASE stands for? - Dave Gunder; Midland, Mich.

For the umpteenth time, SASE means self-addressed stamped envelope!!

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 56.

[Of the 280 or so pen pal listings, 19 mention the Beatles as a "Fave" or "Likes". Here are just the names and towns.]

William Burr, Lincoln, Nebr.
Jo Oborne, Revere, Mass.
Linda B. Johnson, "Wants Paul Beatle nuts to write", Chicago, Ill.
Joseph Brennan, St. Petersburg, Fla.
Janet Portelly, "Likes: Beatles, kids from London", Jackson Hts., N.Y.
Larry Bauman Jr., Chula Vista, Calif.
Joyce Grammatico, Roseville, Mich.
Barb McCartney, Saint Paul, Minn.
Jean Paul Gobeil, Montreal, Queb.
Christine Cook, Halifax, N.S.
Lorraine Gagliardi, Niagara Falls, Ont.
Audrey Lutsky, Montreal, Queb.
Linda Heslegrave, Montreal, Queb.
Terry Pugsley, Victoria, B.C.
Larry Thwaites, London, Ont.
Anker Fuglsang, Hobart, Tas. Australia
Juttal Hanke, Grantschen, Germany
Liliana La Torre, Pueblo-Libre, Lima, Peru
PFC Al Nazorek, APO San Francisco, Calif.

[This was my biggest surprise - an 8th-grade classmate of mine at Johnnycake Junior High School writing for pen pals in Teen Screen! Hey, Barb, if you ever find this, say Hi! DS]

Barbara Criddle, 14
1658 Kirkwood Rd.
Baltimore, Md. 21207
Wants boypals.

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 64.
You Wrote

I dare you to print this letter to the teens of America!

If you're a teen, you're in big trouble, and if you're reading this book, you're in more trouble than you think.

Who's in this book? Beatles? Raiders? Monkees?

. . . My name is Mindy Sall and I'm 14. I have been pretending to like Peter Tork of the Apes. You see, I have been trying to get some information for a book that I've been working on for the past 2 years called the Blank Generation. The book and its author are both considered quite odd, simply because they are willing to face reality. If I didn't have a boyfriend, I wouldn't cover up with a dream such as Davy Jones.

Did you buy this magazine to read about the so-called stars or their so-called music? When you sing to their garbage, do you sing with a record or with a face? Do you use such words as groovy, fab, dig, outasite? Well then, we're going backwards rather than ahead.

If you have any sensible views or answers to these questions, write me!

Mindy Sall
422 Rhode Island Ave.
Cherry Hill N.J. 08034

I was very annoyed at that letter from Mrs. Grubb and her darling daughter Brenda. I'm glad my mother's not that way. I don't want to sound like a momma's girl, but my mother's really with it! She thinks the Beatles are fantastic geniuses; that the Bee Gees are the greatest since the Beatles and Stones. She thinks Brian Jones is great and to top this off my grandmother loves Mick Jagger! (I'm beginning to get worried!) - Anti-Grubb; Brooklyn, N.Y.

I read in a recent issue where someone thinks the same as I do about the Beatles. He said he threw away three Beatles albums and was never so glad to get rid of them. Upon reading this I threw away my third and last Beatle record. I think the Beatles have ruinned themselves by wearing beards and mustaches and they look horrible. They should wake up and come to their senses and clean themselves up. ALSO, some of the songs they have now are the most stupidly composed. - Dan Bond; Fond de Lac, Wis.

I've had it up to here!! TS used to be the boldest mag out, till they started all this rot about the Monkees! It's down right sickening! You can't pick one mag up without finding the mugs of 4 imbecile children on it! What's wrong with you magazines, you've completely abandoned groups like Gary Lewis and the guys! - Dolly Papp; Lincoln Park, Mich.

Teen Screen, Jun 1968, page 66.

PIX TRADE: Will trade pix of Micky
Dolenz for same of Rolling Stones.
Write first stating amount of pix 
wanted. - Mari Hall, Danvers, Mass. 

BEATLE FANS: Am Selling 207
2 1/2 x 3 1/2 pix of Beatles. (154 b/w, 53
color). Also 12"x12" book of full page
pix and info for $3.00. - Susan Miller, 
Fontana, Calif. 

WANTED: Actual photos only of S&C,
Sally Field, Beatles, M&P, Eric Burdon
or any other good pop group. Will
pay, but send SASE. - Elaine Stalb,
Brooklyn, N.Y. 

BOOK WANTED: Will trade photos of
Beatles and/or Monkees for book entitled, 
"The Autobiography of a Yogi."
Also want anything of Silver Beatles,
and photos taken at Monterey International
Pop Festival. Send SASE. - 
Dottie Jarecki. Chicopee, Mass. 

*** TEEN SCREEN, July 1968 ***

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, cover.
Teen Screen




Sajid or the Maharishi!


Airplane or the Raiders!

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 10.

BRITISH BITS: The Beatles are all back from India but the Maharishi has refused to grant them teachers certificates. He says they didn't spend enough time with him at the center to warrant their getting the credentials.

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 11. Advertisement by Hollywood House.

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Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 13. Advertisement by Life-Tone.
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Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 14. Advertisement by British Stars.
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Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 18.
horoscope CANCER

[Photo caption] Ringo Starr - July 7

. . . The Cancer man is not the easiest man to love. He is an idealist and while he expects to make mistakes himself, he is astonished if a loved one slips in any manner because his standards are so high. [At first glance, this paragraph appears to be associated with Ringo's photo. Actually, it is just part of the generic astrological write-up for Cancer. DS]

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 30.
Mark, Davy or Sajid?

. . . Why should we only get to choose between republicans and democrats? Why not our own (the Pop) party?

So we here at Teen Screen decided to remedy the situation by holding our own convention and nominating our own candidates. . . .

  Mark Lindsay              The Beatles                 The Raiders           
  David Jones               The Bee Gees                Jefferson Airplane    
  Pat Paulsen               Four English Bobbies        The Teen Screen Staff 
  ______________________    ______________________      ______________________
VICE PRESIDENT:           PEACE CORPS HEAD:           U.S. SENATE           
  Dino Danelli              Peter Tork                  You                   
  Micky Dolenz              Robert Vaughn               Me                    
  Your Homeroom Teacher     Schwartz (my black cat)     Tiny Tim              
  ______________________    ______________________      ______________________

  Sajid Khan
  The Maharishi
  Gentle Ben

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 43.
Roger Daltrey Sells Out On

. . . "The trend is now shifting toward rock 'n' roll, which we also started doing these past few months. As a matter of fact, the new Beatles' album is going to be primarily rock 'n' roll." . . .

"Europe is terrible for tours. The French are the most arrogant, blase and ignorant people. . . . I think naivete would sum them up." . . .

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 48.
Fan Clubs

by Shirley Gay

Happy summer vacation to one and all!!

I received an interesting letter from Yvette Ashby who wants to start a club for lonely people. Write Yvette and tell her your problems and likes, etc. and she will fix you up as a penpal with someone who has similar problems. The name of the club is Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club 11 [II?]. Send a SASE to 26 Quincy St., Boxton, Mass. 02121.

Another type of pen pal club is being formed for all Beatlemaniacs. Send a SASE along with your name, address, age, fave Beatle and other info to Bev McPherson, 62 Oregon Ave., Woonsocket, R.I. 02895. . . .

YOU GET: banner, mascot, bios, stamps, newsletters, journals, more.
YOU PAY: 65 cents and 4-6 cent stamps.
WRITE TO: 540 West 6th Ave., Oshkosh, Wise. 54901

YOU GET: Lifelines, Wallet pies, contest, newsletters.
YOU PAY: 70 cents and 6-6cent stamps.
WRITE TO: Linda J. Johnson, 344 Abbie St. S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. 49508.

YOU GET: monthly bulletin, membership cards, more.
YOU PAY: 75 cents and 12-6 cent stamps.
RITE TO: Mrs. Robin Gadbury, 3719 Starr King Circle, Palo Alto, Calif. 94306.

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 49. Advertisement by Jeri of Hollywood.


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[Hey! That address is starting to look mighty familiar! My Star, Super Posters, Folk Rock Stars, Life-Tone, British Stars, Jeri of Hollywood... It's actually the address for Teen Screen magazine. DS]

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 56.

[Of the 300 or so pen pal listings, 25 mention the Beatles as a "Fave" or "Likes". Here are just the names and towns.]

Donna Mouchka, Belle Plaine, Iowa
Patti Heil, Bucyrus, Ohio
Debbie Darone, Warren, Ohio
Wendy Grover, Wiscassct, Me.
Paula Thompson, South Whitley, ind.
Kathy Helsel, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Marilyn Mouland, Bonavista, Nfld., Can.
Janet Blankstein, Dunneville, Ont.
Bill Brown, Windsor, Ont.
Cris Skarupa, Hamilton, Ont.
Majvor Back, Sandsund Jakobstad, Finland
Silvia Meza, Villa Ohregon d On Angel, Mexico
Citlah Mesedoza O., Col. Moileona, Mexico
Wendoline McGrath, Aberdare, Glomorgan, S. Wales
Jean York, Manchester, Lancs., England
Reynaldo Cue, Manila, Philippines
Steve Foxlow, Preston, Lancashire, England
Sonja Smith, Willesden, London, England
Sue Simpson, Guildford, Surrey, England
Lynette Horton, Nr. Weston-S-Marie, Somerset, England
Jessica Leong, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ricky Zaw, Rangoon, Burma
David Valberg, S'pore, Singapore
Ekrol Dyer, Kingston, Jamaica
Judith Jagdath, Kingston, Jamaica

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 62.
You Asked

Recently in your magazine you printed an article about the Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I am interested in the Maharishi's philosophy and in obtaining further information about it. Could you give me an address I could write to? - Linda Mathews; Detroit, Mich.

All information can be obtained by writing the Students' International Meditation Society, 1015 Galey, Rm. 112, Los Angeles, Calif. 90024.

Could you please tell me what ever happened to Joe and Eddie? - Bernice Moyer; Oil City, Pa.

Joe died in an automobile accident sometime ago, and Eddie is on his own.

Could you tell me how old John Lennon's son is and if it's true that Paul was fat when he was younger? - Joe Kozlowski; Des Plaines, Ill.

John's son Julian turned five last April 8, and Paul was fat when he was younger.

Could you tell me who sings, "I'm Happy Just to Dance with You," "No Reply," "Baby You're A Rich Man," "All You Need Is Love," "I Am A Walrus," "Paperback Writer," "Strawberry Fields Forever," and "I'm Down." They are all Beatle songs. Also, do any Beatles sing or play or talk on anyone else's records? Are the Beatles making any more movies? I heard they are writing three movies themselves. - Susan Crowley; Dayton, Ohio

In order, The Beatles who sing the above songs are George, John, John, John, Paul, John, and Paul. It is rumored that The Beatles have sung on some Stones' songs, and vice versa, but we have no definite proof. As for movies, Ringo has a small role in the movie, "Candy." Meanwhile The Beatles are working on a feature-length cartoon, "Yellow Submarine" which they are writing themselves.

When is "Magical Mystery Tour" going to be shown in the U.S.? - Robert Cobb; Lynbrook, N.Y.

Negotiations are still being held. Rumor has it that if we don't get to see it on tv we may get to see it in the movie theatres. As of this writing, nothing definite has been decided.

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 64.
You Wrote

I'm completely fed up with these bigotted people who have some sort of cockeyed idea that all boys with long hair are dirty, unwashed drug addicts or femmes!

I was very upset when I read that boys would not be admitted to Disneyland if they ahd long hair. And as for mini-skirts, what are they going to do? Stand out in front with a measuring tape? How ridiculous! Not that Disneyland is so great but suppose other institutions begin to follow their awful example? It's as stupid as condemning someone for their skin color.

I, as well as many many other girls, feel that long hair looks fantastic on boys. Our country is democracy and we should feel proud and free to wear our hair as we choose! What are your views?

Stone and/or Beatle people please write! - Valerie Ross; Rye, New York

This letter is to anyone and everyone. For almost 3 years I have been a fan of a pop singer and I know how it is. The pain, the tears, the depressed feelings - I've felt them all, and haven't yet quite learned how to cope with life as it is when you feel as I do, especially about someone who doesn't even know you exist.

Well I'm sure there are thousands of girls who know how it all is too, and maybe friends can't solve your problems, but they can listen... Everyone please write! - Wednesday's Child; Superior, Wis. 54880

For quite some time now, I have been going to write to some teenage magazine to express my utter disgust and repugnance with such literature and also with the so-called "groups" of rock singers. While I do not claim to be perfect, I find these rock and roll groups repulsive beyond belief!! Consider for a moment J.S. Bach or Geroge Handel. Here we are dealing with the very essence of musical perfection! Consider, if you will, the flowing beauty of a Bach organ fugue. This is music to penetrate the very soul, and has come to us from a period of time close to 300 years. And Handel... the English peole were so fond of him and his music they gave him their greatest honor of all, burial in Westiminister Abbey. As for the Beatles, they hardly qualify.,.

The appearance of these modern day kooks is simply astounding. I once saw a photo of Michy Whatshis Name and I thought he was a girl. All this yelling and screaming and so-called 'luv' talk makes me ill. I know that there will be hundreds of you who will not agree with me, but if anyone reads this who does agree, I would appreciate it if you would write to confirm the fact. - Jack Bridgemwater; Beaver City, Neb. 68926

As a member of the Hate Davy Jones Club, I would like to say that Davy fans are taking this much too seriously. I don't believe that any of us really hate him or wish to do him any harm. This club is just our way of protesting all the attention that he is given. He has so much publicity that we get sick of seeing his face. All that stuff that is printed about him is taking up space which could be devoted to people who deserve it. (people like Paul McM., John L., George H., Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, the Bee Gees and others). I feel that if we all band together then we could send letters to magazines and say that they are from hundreds of us instead of just one. That would carry more weight, wouldn't it? - M.A. for H.D.J.C.; Inglewood, Calif. 90302

Your comments concerning Roger McGuinn and his having a "swelled head" are beginning to bug me. Apparantly you have not taken the time to get the real facts.

In my opinion, you should correct these erroneous statements by speaking to the man himself. I assure you, he's not the ax-swinging orgre you make him. - Mrs. Roger (Ianthe) McGuinn; Beverly Hills, Calif.

I agree that the Beatles songs were good at first but they are awful now. Everyone may think that I'm crazy but I like good songs and not trash like they play. And another thing is their beards, I think they are creepy. (I think the Monkees are groovy, by the way, but I agree too much is printed about them.) - Denny Bush; Cedar Grove, Tenn.

Congratulations for publishing the crummiest, lowest magazine of the year. That is what it is in my estimation. If I couldn't do any better than that I'd be ashamed of myself. I'm talking about your crummy April issue.

First of all in your "You Wrote" column, I was reading under the heading of "In Defense" about kids opposed to even mentioning Jesus Christ in your magazine. What's the matter? Don't you think your Saviour is good enough for you? I think Jesus has just as much a part in the pop groups lives as anybody else... I think you had a lot of nerve even printing those letters!

Also I don't believe half the stuff your magazine prints. It all sounds like a bunch of lies. It sounds exactly like something somebody made up because he didn't have anything else to do. And your article TS in Hollywood was crummy. That reporter, whoever he is, just sounded jealous because he couldn't get any good stories or something. Every word he said came out sort of sarcastic. (I do agree with him on one thing - it is sort of stupid to keep a person out of Disneyland because he has long hair or she wears a mini skirt.)... - Betsy Jane; Urbana, Ohio

I dislike defending myself as a rule, but in this case I'll make an exception. First of all NOTHING in TS is EVER made up. And what did you mean about my being "jealous" in the Hollywood column? . . . - T.

I just finished reading Elaine Levine's letter and I was never so glad to find out that someone wishes that the Beatles would go back to three guitars and a drummer.

But I guess all of us have to get out of our old ways and intoo new ways. I have grown out of my old ways but yet, I haven't grown out of my love for the Beatles. They all changed, even Paulie has, but we all have to change. Plenty of times I wish that Beatlemania would start all over. But then I think would it be right? When the Beatles said they weren't going to tour any more, my whole life just fell apart. But we could all write to our disc jockey's and ask them to start a campaign to get them back. All Beatle fans write. - Elaine Svientek; Chicago, Ill. 60609

This is in regard to J. Morris of Dallas who thinks Sonny Bono is so great.

I, one of the world's greatest Beatle fans, do not "run off at the mouth" on Lennon & McCartney writing 100 songs in 5 years, but what gets me is the fact that J. Morris said that Sonny has written nearly 50 songs in only 3 years. Simple match will tell you what 50 is half of 100 and that 2 1/2 is half of 5 years. Therefore John and Paul have written 50 songs in 2 1/2 years! Also, Beatles songs are works of art, more than Sonny's silly and corny lyrics. Another thing, so Sonny "sings, arranges, conducts, produces, acts and photographs." So do the Beatles, only they do it a lot better. And if "Sonny understands kids like you wouldn't believe" and they don't try to set themselves up as the world's great spokesmen... - Beth Anderson

Teen Screen, Jul 1968, page 66.

PIX WANTED: Will trade pix of your fave
for pix of Beatles, Stones, Simon and
Garfunkel, Doors, Who. Will match amount
of above with other pix. Send SASE. -
Karen Sturans, W. Columbus Ave., Chicago, Ill. 

BEATLE CARDS: Will buy Beatle cards.
Write first. - Mickey Hobbs, Mt. Green
RFD, Morgan, Utah.

FOR SALE OR TRADE: Beatle pix and
articles, also pix of their groups. - 
Kristine Karsten, N. Woodburn St., 
Milwaukee, Wis.

*** TEEN LIFE, January 1969 ***

Teen Life, Jan 1969, page 19.

Keep up with what's happening in the West with our gal, Joyce Becker! . . .

I hear tell that PAUL McCARTNEY's been calling BILLY GRAHAM in L.A. all the way from London town. Could it be that he's (Paul) interested in joining Graham's evangelistic crusade?

Teen Life, Jan 1969, page 48.
All the latest on the British scene from TL's TRUDY MOORE.

NOW that the PAUL McCARTNEY-JANE ASHER five year romance is over, Paul's currently dating American FRANCES SCHWARTZ. Fran, who came over to work for Apple last year, met Paul in California and now they're constant companions. . . .

CILLA BLACK has a nasty habit of breaking off door handless in her office. Seems that when the staff there knows she's on her way, they go about installing "Cilla-proof Handles." Well, an ounce of prevention...

LULU's current boyfriend turns out to be footballer GEORGIE "BEATLE" BEST. Her fling with DAVY JONES now completely and utterly over, the little redhead says, "I haven't seen or heard from Davy for ages. Georgie and I have been friends for a LONG time." . . .

GEORGE HARRISON's wife PATTIE has opened her own clothes stall in the famous Chelsea Antique Market. 24-year-old Pattie and her younger sister Jenny have a tiny stall in the quieter section of the busy market and have already built up a list of customers that's sort-of a fan's dream. Friends like JOHN LENNON, MICK JAGGER and his own MARIANNE are regulars - buying velvet trousers, ruffled shirts and caftans. "George doesn't mind at all," said Pattie. "Jenny and I are learning as we go along. And certainly their venture is proving to be a lot more successful than THE BEATLES' own fling in the fashion field... the ill-fated Apple closed its doors after only six months! . . .

THE BEATLES' major discovery - and the girl they're putting a lot of time and money into - is a sweet, pure-faced young thing named MARY HOPKINS. Originally, Mary was discovered on a TV talent show by model TWIGGY. Twiggy phoned PAUL McCARTNEY and said he should listen to Mary sing. He did - and signed her on the spot. Mary's everyone's idea of what a girl pop star isn't. She's strawberries and cream, quiet, shy and terribly home-loving. London frightens her and she doesn't know what's hit her yet. But everyone here is betting her first single. "Those Were the Days," is going to be a number one smash. Including Paul - and he ought to know.

[Picture of Jane and Paul in backseat of a car.]
Perhaps the last pix you'll see of Paul 'n Jane!

Teen Life, Jan 1969, page 51 (complete article).

Everybody line up! We're going to take you on a guided tour through Paul's place! Hop on...

WE'RE GOING TO PAY A VISIT TO Paul McCartney. Feel honored, because Paul doesn't like sight-seeing tours" through his home as a general rule. But this is an exception. You're the guest of honor on a special trip that takes you inside - and through - Paul's private rooms!

Your trip begins on Cavendish Avenue in London, a quiet, extremely residential street in the elegant St. John's Wood area of London. That's Paul's place over there on the right, the two-tone, three-story house surrounded by the brick wall with the sturdy-looking metal gate in the center.

Walk right up and ring the bell on the gate. A voice from inside the house will ask your name and business from a hidden loud-speaker. Once you're "okayed," just push open the gate. Remote control from the house has unlocked it for you.

You go up the front steps and into the hall. There, to one side, is the small but ultra-modern kitchen. Notice all the conveniences. Paul could easily have a catered dinner for one hundred people with no trouble whatsoever. What's bubbling on the stove right now? Stew, isn't it? Paul loves stew - with plenty of onions - and eats it all the time. Although the kitchen's filled with brand-new equipment, you can't "help but notice the salt and pepper shakers there on the counter. It looks to you like they came from the five-and-ten. And they do. Paul picked them up, because he liked them. And even though he has much more expensive salt and pepper shakers, he insists the little plastic ones be used on his table.

From the kitchen, it's only a few steps to Paul's elegant living room. On the left, you see the working fireplace and the large color television nearby. You're tired already? Then relax for a minute in one of the plush dark green chairs that are part of Paul's Edwardian furnishings. Sheer comfort, isn't it? But don't get too cozy... there's lots more house to cover...

Ah, here's an interesting room in the back of the house. There's not much in the way of furniture in it. But what's there is certainly eye-catching. Can't you just picture all four Beatles sitting around that gigantic plain wood table? Perhaps they're having a snack or perhaps they're having a conference. Here the Beatle atmosphere just oozes.

But you've caught a glimpse of the garden in back. Almost like a jungle, isn't it? Paul really loves flowers and shrubbery of all kinds. And he makes sure his garden's kept looking as beautiful as possible all year round.

Now go upstairs. Don't be shy. You've reached the second floor and you're standing in the middle of Paul's fabulous L-shaped bedroom. Well, it is lovely and elegant and spacious and fit for a Beatle. And the adjoining bathroom, all marble and tile and shining' chrome - that's pretty groovy too. Paul must have very pleasant dreams in this room.

If you still have some energy left, climb up to the top floor. As if you couldn't guess, you're in Paul's famous music room. Along the whole length of one wall you see a complete stereo unit, with tons and tons of records piled here and there on it and near it. And you can't help but notice the piano. It's painted a dazzling color! Plunk! Plunk! It sounds pretty good, too.

What's that in the corner? Look closely and you'll see it's a pile of painted boxes. Actually, they're shirt boxes. Paul can never be completely idle. So during times when he relaxes, he occupies his mind painting the shirt boxes with psychedelic colors. And they do make a lovely decoration!

Once downstairs again, you're almost ready to leave. But don't go yet. Take a peek into the basement. Oh, yes, those rooms over there are the quarters for the servants. Paul has a butler and an occasional maid. And they need their rooms, too.

Just look at all the furniture down here! It's almost enough to furnish a whole house. They're, pieces Paul's taken from here and there. Until he finds a use for them, they'll stay down in the basement.

This is where Paul keeps his movie and sound equipment when he's not using it, too. Although most of the other stuff in the basement is tossed casually around, this equipment is stacked neatly. Obviously, Paul cares a great deal about these things.

And now, the tour is over. You've been inside Paul's home and peeked into the rooms he lives in. We hope you enjoyed it!

Teen Life, Jan 1969, page 52.
Munch, Crunch, Have Lunch With the Stars!

[Pictures of Sajid, Mickey, Peter, Mama Cowsill, etc. eating. The Beatles are shown sitting around a square table in a lunch room or cafeteria.]
The Beatles have a cuppa while a fan chats.

Teen Life, Jan 1969, page 54.

. . . DAPHENE OWENS, Kirkersville, Ohio, sent in one of her giggles:

Boy: May I kiss you?
  (No answer)
Boy: May I kiss you?
  (No answer)
Boy: Are you deaf?
Girl: Are you paralyzed?

Teen Life, Jan 1969, page 65.
The Cowsills' Family Problem

. . . They don't want to be labeled "the singing family." They want to be known as individuals who sing together.

There have been a few other labels or names pinned on the Cowsills, too. And the group doesn't like them much, either. They've been referred to as "The Kool Aid Kids". And their music has been called "bubble gum rock."

It's all very fresh and young-sounding, but The Cowsills take their work more seriously than Kool Aid and bubble gum.

They put time, effort and lots of feeling into their songs. And they're proud when their fans... young and old... dig their music.

"Our music will change and grow with us," said Bob Cowsill. "Take the Beatles, for example. When they started, people thought they were just a bunch of cute, long-haired kids. Everyone was waiting for Beatlemania to pass over and The Beatles to fade away. But just look at what they've done. No one calls their music kid stuff today. And no one calls them mop-tops!" . . .

Teen Life, Jan 1969, page 66. Advertisement by Golden Press.
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They're wild, weird, wonderful - but nice. The Yellow Submarine itself; John, Paul, George and Ringo in their new gear; Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band; the Blue Meanie; the Apple Bonker, the Boob; the Snapping Turtle Turk... and more, more, more, as featured in the smash hit movie. . . . Have a pop-out party. . . . Make mobiles. . . . Brighten up your home . . . in the mod mode. It's easy and fun for young and old. And - wow! - the whole bag comes to you for just $1.00. . . . Start your fun cruise with the Beatles on the Yellow Submarine! . . .

*** TEEN WORLD, April 1968 ***

Teen World, Apr 1968, page 10.
Star Bright

by Judith Felice

[Photo of Beatles. George and Ringo are in back holding up a yellow submarine.]
The Beatles are in full agreement when they give their OK on Yellow Submarine.

SPECIAL SCOOP: Seems that Paul McCartney was very upset with a top motion picture man for trying to take out his girlfriend Jane Asher... You can be sure that neither Paul nor any other Beatle will do a flick for this man's company!

Teen World, Apr 1968, page 16.

If you're planning to snag a Rascal, TW has paved the way for you! . . .


Develop an     Tell him he  . . .    Get used to   . . . 
interest in    resembles             the constant
painting and   Paul                  sound of the
classical      McCartney!            drums!      

Teen World, Apr 1968, page 18.
Scoops and surprises on the groups you adore!

HERE I am... back again with more groovy news about your own American favorites and your English cousins! Just read on for the very latest gossipy chatter - from a strictly British viewpoint! . . .

Unconventional BEATLE JOHN is quite old-fashioned when it comes to the rearin' of his JULIAN. He throws his "mod" views out the window when he stands by the old Victorian principle that a woman's place is in the home - raising her children. John would never, never, ever let a nanny come into his home to care for his child. That's Cyn's duty. Recently when he and the rest of The B's went to Greece on holiday, he brought his wife and son with him. However, if he hadn't been able to take Julian with him, Cyn wouldn't have gone, either. She'd have stayed where she belongs - home with her child!... And while we're on the topic of THE BEATLES, it should be noted that they've invested some of their pounds (dollars, to you) in a new boutique called the Apple. So you just might be seeing them in even wilder-than-ever clothes - if that's at all possible. If any of you fans are thinking of paying a visit, it's located at 94 Baker Street. Come one, come all! . . .

The great Indian influence has finally hit one of your American groups - THE YOUNG RASCALS. The boys, all devoted fans of RAVI SHANKAR, were his guests at his concert, at Lincoln Center in New York. Afterwards, they were able to have a little tete-a-tete (chat) with him. And when they left, they were even more inspired than before. FELIX CAVALIERE is the proud owner of a beautiful hand-made sitar... DINO DANELLI's taken with the Tabla, which is drums... and EDDIE BRIGATI's interest lies in the Tambora - lute... which GENE CORNISH also plans to study. The boys hope to visit India sometime this year to study Indian culture and visit Ravi at his home. Who knows - maybe they'll even have time to stop off and visit The Maharishi!!!

THE ROLLING STONES latest album is a real knockout! Its 3-D cover holds many little surprises that are not obvious to the eye at first sight. For example, have you found the neatly-concealed faces of our BEATLE guys. If your answer's no, you'd better look a little harder! It took me about one straight hour of searching! But I finally did manage to spot them before I went crazy! Happy hunting, fans!!! . . .

That's about it for this issue. But I'll be quite busy scouting around for more newsy gossip and hot data for the next. Till then... BYE!


Teen World, Apr 1968, page 33.

Besides doing "their own thing," The Candymen have the phenomenal ability of doing copies... exact copies... of famous numbers by top groups. . . . Their Beatle bits are the most unbelievable. If you closed your eyes when they sang a Beatle song, you'd swear it was coming from The B's themselves. In fact, their organist can make his voice sound so much like Paul McCartney's, it's almost scary!

Handsome Jon is a speed-lovin' guy! It's not at all unusual to see him racing around the Hollywood Hills in a groovy sports car or on his Honda! . . . His latest car addition is a Volkswagen bus which he painted with psychedelic designs - a la John Lennon! . . .

Teen World, Apr 1968, page 27.  Advertisement by Teen World.

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Teen World, Apr 1968, page 28.

[Caption] Beatle John talks to Michael Crawford! If you listen real hard, you can hear it, too!

[Caption] That's no Mexican Bandit or Beatle - it's Paul Revere in hairy disguise! [Paul is wearing a long-haired blond wig and a bushy, walrus-type mustache.]

Teen World, Apr 1968, page 41.

[The first of the two pages was missing. DS]

[Caption] Maureen and Ringo make a very graceful exit from mate John's car-with-the-mostest! They'll be seeing the film, too, then have a bite to eat!

[Caption] It's John and Cyn, arriving for the premiere of "How I Won the War." Cyn's in a metallic dress 'n coat set... John's adorned with a pink and green jacket topping a silver suit! No matter where they go, they're recognized! We wonder why!?!?

Teen World, Apr 1968, page 44.
GROUP SOUP (cartoons)
This kettle's brimming over with the tastiest!

["Dino" says to Paul McCartney:] What do you mean I look more like Ringo than like you?
[Dino would be Rascal drummer Dino Danelli. Photos in other of these teen magazines confirm that he was quite the Paul look-alike. DS]

Mick Jagger: I saw Twiggy on tv last night.
John Lennon: What was she wearing, a stick shift?
(Original idea from Belinda Tanner, Baton Rouge, La.)

GUESS what? Once again TEEN WORLD is asking for your help with our feature "GROUP SOUP"! We want you to make up a "soup" (or situation) involving the groups you love! . . . Just imagine... your name, appearing right next to The Monkees, Raiders, Hermits or Beatles! . . .

Teen World, Apr 1968, page 50.
dear editor...

Dear Editor:
It's unbelievable - but it's true! I can't think of one thing missing in your mag. I thought the December TEEN WORLD was outasite. "The Monkees Answer 107 Secret, Intimate Questions!" was fabulous and "The Beatles' Hidden Horoscopes' was a gas. . . .

It's just unbelievable how your magazine seems to get better and better with each issue. "The Monkees' 'Naughty' Nights" was something else - I even read it twice! "Secret 'Beatle Thoughts" was the best article I've read anywhere about them. Your gossip was groovy and scoopy - and it really was hot! . . . - Margot F., Orlando, Fla.

Dear Editor:
Thank you a million billion times! TEEN WORLD is the grooviest mag I've ever read. You're always first with the most when it comes to group scoops, gossip and information. Your articles and contests are a dream 'cause all my fav groups are involved - like The Raiders; The Hermits, The Cowsills, Lewis and Clarke, The Turtles, Jefferson Airplane, Spanky and Our Gang, The Beatles - and of course, The Monkees! . . . Thanks a trillion times, TEEN WORLD! - Teddie A., Kansas City, Mo.

*** TEEN WORLD, March 1969 ***

Teen World, Mar 1969, page 10.
...Star Bright

MARY HOPKINS, the little Welsh singer discovered by PAUL McCARTNEY, has caused quite a stir in show business circles - and not simply because she has a lovely voice. Seems she's been doing a lot of quitting lately - and the end doesn't seem to be in sight yet. First, she bowed out of a British tour already set up with TINY TIM topping the bill because she felt she wasn't ready for a major tour. Then she split with her manager, TERRY DORAN. Terry, a good friend of THE BEATLES, had been responsible for grooming her and getting her ready to walk into the public eye. Next, she split with Apple, The Beatles' company! She's now being managed by her father and older sister. . . .

Teen World, Mar 1969, page 21.

The Monkees have a problem. And only you can help them out. Where should they go from here? That's what they want you to help them decide!

They've had their own tv show... they've made singles and albums - they've gone on concert tours - they've made a movie. What's next? Something different?

Other groups have faced this same problem. The Beatles took a chance and directed their own tv special. . . . The Rolling Stones wrote a score for a movie. The list can go on and on - but the problem remains. What about the Monkees? What should they do next? . . .

NEW YORK, N.Y. 10003

I want to help the Monkees!  Here's my suggestion: . . .  

Teen World, Mar 1969, page 23.

There's a rumour floating around that BEACH BOY BRUCE JOHNSTON has been wearing the same pair of tennis shoes for four years now. Either he's very light on his feet or his tennis shoes are made of cast iron!. . . .

GRAPEFRUIT ran into a bit of trouble in Glascow while doing a concert. A gang of boys jumped on stage, threatened them with knives, ruined their equipment, ripped their clothes and generally pushed them around. Grapefruit, fearing even more violence, finally decided to leave the stage. Luckily, they all got off in one piece. . . .

I'll be back next issue with more stuff. Till then -

Teen World, Mar 1969, page 28.

BOBBY SHERMAN . . . Every chance he gets, he practices the many instruments he plays, including drums, trumpet, French horn, trombone, bass guitar, guitar and harmonica. . . .

Besides his instruments, Bobby has a sound studio that can give competition to a Beatle. He has regular studio recorders and makes regular studio tapes... with different instruments on different tracks. . . .

If a girl wanted to date Bobby, she'd sure have to learn how to sit quietly while he's making music. . . .

Teen World, Mar 1969, page 44.

. . . The Gibb Brothers didn't have much going for them except faith and hope. They hadn't done too well in Australia. And now, although they'd signed a management contract with Robert Stigwood (friend and business associate of the late Brian Epstein) things didn't look much better. . . .

But "New York Mining Disaster" came to the attention of the public - and for a very strange reason. People said The Bee Gees sounded just like the Beatles. The comparison was meant as a criticism (an unfair one, since The Bee Gees had actually been singing before The Beatles came to fame) - but it got the song played on the air. The more it was played, the more it was knocked by the professional critics. . . . Though the critics didn't like it, the kids did! . . .

Teen World, Mar 1969, page 49.


A Beatle lover, Helga plans 
to be a nurse.  Everyone, 
write to her and she'll
answer.  She's 15 years old!

[There are about 40 pen pal ads in each of these issues of Teen World. This is the only ad that mentions the Beatles, but very few fave artists get mentioned in the ads. The questions on the enrollment form don't ask about that. DS]

Teen World, Mar 1969, page 54.
dear editor

Dear Editor:
I'm writing to tell you what I really, honestly think of Sajid Khan. I hate him! He stinks! Every magazine I pick up (including TW) is full of Sajid, Sajid, Sajid! I'm fed up with him. Sure, many girls are crazy about him, but they don't realize what a phoney he actually is. I don't think he's even good-looking, but he has to do everything, including sing. He sounds terrible. He's a put-on. He's conceited. He's ugly and I hate all his put-on bones in his ugly, conceited body. I double, triple dare you to print this awful, but truthful letter. - G. N., Los Angeles, Cal.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Well, you can't please everybody!
[Davy Jones, Sajid Khan, and Mark Lindsay were the BIGGEST of the BIG of teen idols during this 1968-1969 time frame. These magazines oozed their pictures and stories. I lived through the period, but have no recollection of Sajid. You might look him up in the internet's movie database. DS]

Dear Editor:
I think' it's sickening when magazines stop printing stories about really terrific people just because they don't have people jumping off roofs and screaming themselves silly anymore. Sure, maybe The Beatles don't have the kind of fans they once had, but they're still the greatest group in the whole world. So I'd like to thank you for not forgetting them. "Wild Beatle News" in the November issue was really up-to-to-the-minute. You're faithful, TW... and I'll be faithful to you, too. - E. M., Detroit, Mich.

Teen World, Mar 1969, page 56.
Lulu Life

. . . Today, Lulu lives in her own house in St. John's Wood, London - not far from Paul McCartney. It's a three-story town house with a garden in back, which she decorated in dark green and white, mustard and brown or warm pinewood to cover the walls. . . .

Teen World, Mar 1969, page 62.

The Beatles Fan Club
Cynthia Millo
35 Maple Avenue
W. Wanwick, Rhode Island . . . 

John Lennon Fan Club
"Lennon Luvvers Limited"
Robin Gadbury
3719 Starr King Circle
Palo Alto, Cal. . . . 

*** FIFTEEN, AUGUST 1968 ***

Fifteen, Aug 1968, page 3.

This is a very serious story. . . .

"I've tried to learn about all religions," he said. "I've read all the Hindu writings - and believe me, there're a lot of them! Of course, I've read all about my own Moslem religion, too.

"I date lots of Jewish girls I'm meeting at Beverly Hills High. I love Jewish girls, and they love me! . . .

I went to a Catholic school in India (St. Peter's Convent), and I go to a Catholic church now. I'm still a Moslem, but I've learned all people are alike - they just have different ways of believing. . . .

But Sajid doesn't feel he must blindly praise everything called a "religion." . . .

"The Maharishi Yogi? He's making a lot of money, and that's it! As a spiritual leader, I just don't see him at all! Of course, many people do; I know the Beatles follow him. He's just got a way of preaching I don't believe in." . . .

Fifteen, Aug 1968, page 7. Advertisement by Fifteen.

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This is Ginger, speaking, luv! . . . We've got one out here in the FIFTEEN office and all the kids from Sunset Strip have fallen in love with it! . . .

Fifteen, Aug 1968, page 13.

Well, your fave FIFTEEN has the SUPRISE OF THE CENTURY in store for you. Now you can actually take BOTH SAJID AND KIP to your VERY HOME! . . .


Simple! Easy! All you've got to do is fill in the official COMPUTER CARD on these pages. . . . We will then have the nice man at American Digital Forms run YOUR card through his MONSTER computer. . . . When your card races through the ADF Computer (at over 800 miles per hour) it will be compared with SAJID's card and with KIP's too! The person who comes closest to being a "perfect match" for either KIP or SAJID will win the grooved out contest. . . . - Luv-U-4-F-R, Ginger

Take a pencil and fill in each box that best describes YOU.

_ _ 1. My eyes are blue. . . .
_ _ 4. I don't think I get enough allowance to keep a snail alive. . . .
_ _ 19. I love the Beatles more than the Monkees. . . .
_ _ 25. I weigh less than 135 pounds. . . .

Fifteen, Aug 1968, page 22.

Yes, it's true, almost everybody is coming to Ye Olde America this summer to go on tour. HERMAN will be here first, followed by the BEATLES (in August) . . .

Fifteen, Aug 1968, page 43.

Spooky! Already 8 of the 15 eerie predictions made last month have cum true! Just take a look at the 15 gassers THIS month! Shudder! Shake! Shiver! . . .

2. It's sad but true that one of the BEATLES will make a terrible announcement in the next 60 days. It concerns his very personal life, and will come as a shock to all his fans. What makes it specially terrible is that there is a baby involved in the announcement. (The BEATLE is NOT Paul McCartney.) . . .

*** 16 Magazine, MAY 1968 ***

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 21. Advertisement by 16 Magazine.
Get ALL 6 of these color pin-ups FREE!

[Photos of Davy, Micky, ???, Mark Lindsay, John, and Paul.]

NOBODY gives anything away free nowadays. Nobody but 16, that is! Take the six groovy pinups displayed on this page. Every one of 'em is a big, beautiful portrait in living, breathing color! And all six of 'em will be mailed to you free, free, ABSOLUTELY FREE when you subscribe to 12 issues of 16 Magazine! . . . Yup! Just $3 will get you 12 eye-popping issues of 16 Magazine and six drooly color pin-ups!

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 24.

. . . Oohhh - JANE ASHER didn't get married, 'cept on tv. She played the bride to RICHARD WARWICK on a British tv drama called the Casting Session. Unless MISS ASHER and MR. McCARTNEY have gone and tied the knot!

[Photo caption] Jane with Richard on tv.

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 31.

. . . IRENE ALLWEISS of Northville, Mich., doesn't just want a short trip to Dreamsville - she'd like to learn how to stay there. IRENE is a Beatle fan and wrote the far-out foursome for some information on Yoga and Meditation. John, Paul, George and Ringo sent her a large book of Yoga instruction, two of Ravi Shankar's World-Pacific LP's to meditate by, and a copy of one of their favorite books - Herman Hesse's Siddartha. The boys also autographed a copy of Magical Mystery Tour LP and sent along a color group photograph. Dreamsville will try anything to make your wildest dreams come true! . . .

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 32.

ATTENTION ALL SEEKERS! 16 Magazine presents a superb shower of ten sparkling, significant and sensational Beatle secrets! They are sure to make all serious students of current Beatle lore snicker, shout and sigh!

[A photo accompanies each one of these secrets.]

This looks like a summit meeting of top English pop stars - and it is! Standing left to right, a bearded Brian Jones, Donovan (sporting a new mustache), Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Cilla Black and Paul McCartney lift goblets of grapefruit juice and drink to the health of the four young men seated at the table. Why? Cos these four newcomers are members of a brand new group called Grapefruit - one of the first offerings from the Beatles' new company, Apple. (Wonder if the next offering will have a popular fruit as a title? Bet it does!)

For a closer look at Grapefruit, we submit their first publicity photograph. This talented group was named by John Lennon. Their personal manager (Terry Doran) is the head of Apple Publishing Company, which will publish all of their songs. And their recording manager is none other than Terry Melcher. Lead guitarist John Perry is seated in front and George Alexander (bass), Geoff Swettenham (drums) and Pete Swettenham (rhythm guitar) are behind him. Their first disc is called Dear Delilah, and you can find it on the newly formed Equinox label.

Paul, Jane Asher, Cynthia and John sip another glass of grapefruit juice on the sidelines during the Grapefruit launching party. If you have an eye for fashion - and the Beatles seem to be the fashion trend-setters of the world lately - take a look at their party clothes. Paul is wearing a single-breasted sports coat with shoulder-pads, and seems to have traded his usually tight-fitting trousers for a "wider-look" - topping it off with a wide tie. Cynthia and John are symphonies in satin. How do you like John's "muttonchop" sideburns? Shades of the Civil War!

Just in case you wondered why George Harrison didn't get into any of the pictures, the answer is simple: he wasn't there! Here is George now - on his way to India, where he began work on the musical score for a new motion picture called Wonder Wall. George is doing all the music himself (just like Paul McCartney did for Family Way). You can bet your boots that George visited his friends and teachers Ravi Shankar and the Maharishi if his schedule permitted it. George is carrying an Indian Tabla drum. Wonder if he is learning how to play the drums as well as taking Sitar lessons - a one-man band?

Twiggy, who already has been launched as a pop singer, is going to be a film star too! The Beatles' new film company (called Apple Films, of course, is planning to produce a picture in which Twiggy will star. The far-out foursome will write the music for it also. Early report on the coming film describe it as a "1920's-style fairy tale" and the title is yet to be announced. (The Beatles are negotiating for the rights to a book called The Wishing Tree by William Faulkner - think there is a clue there?) Twiggy is pictured here with her boy friend Justin de Villeneuve and her new English Sheepdog puppy.

Paul McCartney's proud pop - Jim McCartney - paid a welcome visit to Paul's St. John's Wood house, and father and son spent quite a lot of time together. They strolled around the grounds, talked about everything under the sun and posed for a picture. Here it is - two generations of the McCartney clan!

Paul McCartney and Jane Asher showed up at the premiere of the film Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush and posed for a picture or two. Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush is London's latest hip in movie and boasts a far-out musical score (title tune was written by Stevie Winwood of the Traffic and eight more tunes were penned by Spencer Davis), so most of the first-nighters were dressed up like Christmas trees. Not Paul. He stood out in his near-conventional black jacket, striped tie, baggy trousers and cuffs! Jane put aside her mini-skirt for a black ankle-length outfit - but looked elegant, as always!

This picture is dedicted to anyone who wondered just how Ringo Starr would look as a "Mexican gardener" in the sure-to-be-controversial new movie Candy. This is one of the first photographs of Ringo in character, and it shows him at work - pruning plants and axing aphids. Although he is wearing a hat that must have belonged to a 1940 edition of the Jolly Green Giant and is sporting a mustache - he still looks like Ringo, doesn't he? From advance reports on his performance - he's sensational! 16 will tell you more about Ringo Starr - the actor - when all the reports are in.

Girl fans who flocked to London's Heathrow Airport because Monkee Davy Jones was arriving got a double treat. Ringo Starr (wrapped against the cold in a long, grey Cossack-style fur coat) and his wife Maureen made a surprise appearance. Ringo and Maureen and the family poodle "Tiger" were on their way to Liverpool for a visit with Ringo's family.

No, it's not Hallowe'en. It's a wild costume party at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London to celebrate Magical Mystery Tour (which drove the London critics up the wall). It was also an excuse to really dress up. Maureen came as an American Indian princess and Ringo as a circus ringmaster; John appeared as a "rocker", Paul took a stab at a Cockney street singer and Jane went all-out as a dance-hall performer from the vaudeville era. A jolly time was had by all!

SUPER-SPECIAL BEATLE BONUS SECRET: Bet'cha didn't know that negotiations are now under way for a concert which might prove to be the musical event of the year - maybe the musical event of the era! The Beatles want very much to perform with Leonard Bernstein and the Philharmonic Orchestra in New York City - this year! If things go off as planned, this summer might mark the beginning of yet another giant step in music. Just think what John, Paul, George and Ringo will sound like with Leonard Bernstein conducting. Zounds!!

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 34.

[Paul's face takes up the centerfold. It's signed by Paul:]

To 16-ers:

 Love & 

      Peace - - 

Paul McCartney

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 36.

. . . Davy's dressing room features a double-deck sleeping bunk, the top half of which is covered with clothes, photos and copies of 16 and 16 SPEC. A rack with some of Davy's achkans on it stands in the corner and there is a large, colorful hare krishna poster on the wall. Davy explains to you, "Hare krishna is an ancient chant and the words are whispered softly or thought upon in solitude. They bring a feeling of joy and contentment. We Monkees first learned about hare krishna from the Beatles. They had made up a little song using these words and George Harrison taught it to Micky and Micky taught it to us."

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 42.
"My Greatest Love Lesson -
The Word is Love and The Answer is Yes"


When you read 16, from time to time at the end of Geegee's column there is mention of "The Word". As you all probably know by now, "The Word" is love!

The expression "The Word" started with the song of the same name - which was recorded by the Beatles and written by Paul McCartney. In fact, it's one of Paul's favorite tunes - and mine too!

Now that we all know what "The Word" is, I want to tell you what all this means - for it's the greatest lesson I have ever learned. You see, love can solve any problem . . .

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 51.  Advertisement by 16 Magazine.
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16 Magazine, May 1968, page 51.
THE LO-DOWN por La Gatita

. . . Get a load of PATTIE BOYD's new look in make-up. She featured it when she turned up with the rest of the BEATLE gang at the opening of the London flick Here We Go 'Round the Mulberry Bush. . . . England's famous NME polls announced ENGELBERT HUMPERDINK as the top personality of the year - knocking the BEATLES, the STONES and the MONKEES right out of the box. . . . GORDON WALLER has released his first single Rosecrans Boulevard. PETER ASHER is A&R-ing PAUL JONES' newest single. However, PETER & GORDON have not broken up. They will continue to record together and hope to visit the States and work here as a duo again soon. . . .

Face-fuzz is in forever, I guess. STONE BRIAN JONES turned up with a beard at the BEATLES' GRAPEFRUIT party just in time to say hello to DONOVAN - with a mustache!... JOHN LENNON's dad got married to 19-year-old PAULINE JONES. Meanwhile, back in Surrey, JOHN received his dad and - after years of estrangement - they made up and are close friends. . . .

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 59.

[The cartoon above the title line shows John Lennon leaning out of the back window of his psychedelic Rolls Royce, smiling and reading 16 Magazine.]

16 Magazine, May 1968, page 63.

Dear Miss Stavers,
I love the SUPREMES and I seldom see them in 16. Could you tell me what's new with my fave group? - Beatrice Frances; Rego Park, N.Y.

Dear Beatrice,
The SUPREMES have just returned from an engagement at The Talk-of-the Town in London - where they were a smash success!! Opening-nighters included PAUL McCARTNEY, JANE ASHER, PETER ASHER, BETSY DOSTER, MICHAEL CAINE and LAURENCE HARVEY - to name a few.

[With a nice picture of Paul and the Supremes.]

*** 16 Magazine, SEPTEMBER 1968 ***

16 Magazine, Sep 1968, page 7.
WHAT would YOU do if two live MONKEES came for dinner at YOUR house?

What happened to JEFF could happen to YOU! . . .

Both Davy and Micky requested music to dine by, so we put on some Rascal, Beatle, Monkee and Bobby Rydell records. One thing you sooner or later find out about musical celebrities is that they love to listen to music loud. So do I - but those poor neighbors! After we finished our main course, Micky and Davy, along with the rest of us, gobbled up desserts of peaches and ice cream. . . .

16 Magazine, Sep 1968, page 8.


FIRST it was the Beatles - and now it's the Monkees. Seems like the "older folks" just can't stand it when young people become popular and successful - and manage to stay that way! The Monkees, caught in a crossfire of abuse from magazine writers and newspaper columnists (from all over the world), have a hard time trying to convince one and all that, while Davy, Mike, Peter and Micky are unique individuals, they are still a working team. And that working team is called the Monkees. And the Monkees are NOT finished! . . .

When Samantha Juste decided that it was time to go home to visit her folks for a few weeks Micky Dolenz, of course, took her to the L.A. airport. He presented her with a round-trip ticket, but a week after she was gone he presented himself with the same! Seems he missed Sam too much, so he went off to England to see her and to meet her folks. While there, he appeared on Top Of The Pops (an English TV show), caught the Scaffold's show (he and Sam ran into Paul McCartney backstage), and tried to sneak off to Scotland to go fishing - for a few days.

16 Magazine, Sep 1968, page 40.

. . . Everyone has gone nutsy over NILSSON since the BEATLES plugged him on their recent trip to the States. HARRY NILSSON is a West Coast writer-singer who records on RCA-Victor. The TURTLES have just recorded Story Of Rock And Roll, which is a NILSSON song. NIL's latest RCA-Victor LP is Aerial Ballet. Itza don't miss!

16 Magazine, Sep 1968, page 47. Advertisement by 16 Magazine.
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16 Magazine, Sep 1968, page 48.

JOHN LENNON and Paul McCartney made a 16-predicted visit to New York City in May to discuss the many projects of the Beatles' new company - Apple Corps, Ltd. They answered questions at a press conference and on TV - telling about the activities of their many-faceted company.

Apple Films plans to make four movies - The Jam, which will be produced John Barry (who wrote the music to Born Free and the James Bond films); Walkabout, which will be filmed in Australia; Gorgeous Accident and a film based on John Lennon's two books. Apple Films also plans to grant money to up-and-coming film-makers who are having trouble getting financial support. PGR&J also plan to produce two TV specs, but details and titles have not been finalized.

The Beatles' next movie will also be an Apple Production. The current rumor is that the film will be based on The Hobbits by Tolkien; and that each Beatle will play several different parts - but the Beatles aren't talking! Keep on the lookout for the Beatles' cartoon feature Yellow Submarine. It had its world premiere at the London Pavillion on July 18 - but no release date (as of this writing) has been set in the U.S.!!

Apple Corps, Ltd., is also going into the field of electronics! This division is headed by Alexis Mardas, whom the Beatles refer to as "Greek wizard"! A new store - Apple Tailoring - on Kings Road in Chelsea, London, had its opening in June. It will feature "quasi-formal" wear designed by John Crittle. (Whatza "quasi-formal"?) The psychedelic mural outside the Beatles' Baker street boutique (which is over three-stories high) had to be removed. Neighboring shopkeepers complained that it was "...unsightly and not in the tradition of a high-class shopping locality!" (Gee, we thought it was pretty!)

While Paul and John were in America - Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison and their wives, Pattie and Maureen, flew off to the Cannes Film Festival to see Wonderwall - the film for which George wrote the music. . . .

Paul McCartney's younger brother, Scaffold member Mike McGear (he made up his last name so that he wouldn't be accused of using his brother's name to gain fame) is busy writing a personally illustrated storybook for children. He is pictured here - center - with fellow Scaffolders Roger McGough and John Gorman. . . .

[Caption] John & Paul at press conference.
[Caption] Ringo & Maureen leaving for Cannes.
[Caption] Ditto Pattie & George.
[Caption] The Scaffold (Mike in center).

*** 16 Magazine, NOVEMBER 1968 ***

16 Magazine, Nov 1968, page 5.
16's All-Star Birthday & Gift Guide

JOHN LENNON (BEATLES): Birthday October 9; hat - 7 1/2 shirt - 15 1/2-inch neck/32-inch sleeve (or Medium); sweater - 40 (or Medium); shoe - 9 1/2 B; socks - 11; ring - 10; favorite colors - all the colors in a peacock's feather; favorite gifts - anything you'd like to send - the wilder the better; address - c/o Apple Corp., 95 Wigmore, London W.1, England.


16 Magazine, Nov 1968, page 16.

[This is a 2-page cartoon crowded with pop stars in a saloon-like milieu.]

Gloria's Inn is always jumpin' -
There's never an admission fee!
It's always filled with pop stars
From records, movies and TV! . . .

Come in and dance with Sajid Khan!
Sip a soda with Brendon Boone!
Swap stories with Gloria Stavers -
Or hear a brand new Beatle tune!

16's Fab Frenchy - "Picasso Of Pop" -
Took hold of her magic pen
And sketched for you a souvenir -
Of your visit to Gloria's Inn!

(If you don't recognize all of the faces here - check the guest list on Page 53!)

16 Magazine, Nov 1968, page 24.

Dear Miss Stavers,
What is the very best address to write to the Beatles? I would like to join their fan club. Could you help me? - Patsy Clark; Arlington, Va.

Dear Patsy,
The Beatles have a fabulous fan club that is run by them in America. New members get a large program booklet filled with pictures of the boys as they looked "yesterday" (this is really a collectors item), a membership card, a giant color poster of the Beatles "today" and (as long as they last) a 1967 Beatles Christmas record. At Christmastime 1968 all members will receive a brand new personal Beatle record not available any other place in America. If you would like to join, send $2 to Beatles USA Ltd., Box 505, Radio City Station, New York City. For prompt service, be sure to write "I'm A 16 Reader" on the outside of your envelope.

16 Magazine, Nov 1968, page 30.

. . . College was difficult for Peter [Tork]. Perhaps it was because he paid too much attention to his folk music - not to mention pop music, after the Beatles came along. At any rate, he flunked his second term and left school to go to work in a thread factory for 14 months. . . .

[I include the following Davy Jones anecdote not only for the Jane Asher connection, but because Davy starred in an Oliver! scene on the Ed Sullivan show which introduced the Beatles to America. Cool.]

. . . As we know, David ultimately chose acting [over becoming a jockey.] He traveled to London to audition for the musical Oliver! He did not get the part, but he was encouraged by the fact that the director told him his singing was good. What happened was - when David spoke the supposedly cockney dialogue, the whole cast broke out into laughter at his thick Lancashire accent. Davy felt that he wanted to run back to the riding school and forget about his name in lights. . . .

Music was very important in the Jones' home. . . . The family concerts were a thing to look forward to. This is why David suffered great disappointment when he failed at the audition of Oliver! . . .

Six months after he was laughed out of the Oliver! audition, Davy was cast in the lead role in Peter Pan with Jane Asher. Jane taught Davy the cockney accent he had needed for Oliver! and David went back to the director of Oliver!, auditioned again, and snagged the role of the Artful Dodger. Within a week he was off for Canada - where the Broadway company was previewing the show. . . .

16 Magazine, Nov 1968, page 53.

 1. Davy Jones             22. Sally Field
 2. Richard Harris         23. Mama Cass
 3. Phil Volk              24. Freddy Weller
 4. Mike Smith             25. Micky Dolenz
 5. Drake Levin            26. Charlie Coe
 6. Frenchy                27. Arte Johnson
 7. H.P.                   28. Bill Cosby
 8. Chris Jones            29. Chris Crosby
 9. Larry Bishop           30. Pat Paulsen
10. Steve De Naut          31. Tommy Smothers
11. Tiny Tim               32. Jonathan Frid
12. Sammy Davis, Jr.       33. Jim Morrison
13. "Dreamy" Dreamsville   34. Smokey The Bear
14. Mark Lindsay           35. Warren Beatty
15. Paul McCartney         36. Peter Tork
16. Mike Nesmith           37. Dino Danelli
17. Spotte Nesmith         38. Sajid Khan
18. Bob Dylan              39. Larry Lynx
19. Gloria Stavers         40. John Lennon
20. Barry Cowsill          41. Mr. Spock
21. Paul Revere            42. La Gatita

16 Magazine, Nov 1968, page 63.

Get set for BUZZ LINHART. BUZZ (who started the whole raga thing - if you don't believe it, ask DAVE CROSBY) is one of the most gifted guitarists-composers-singers to rise from the strugglin' Village Night Owl days. . . . [Is that who George got it from??? DS]

16 Magazine, Nov 1968, page 64.

JULY marked the very first Apple wedding with John Lennon and Donovan acting as joint Best Men. Alexis Mardas (26-year-old head of the electronic department of Apple Corps) wed 22-year-old Eufrosyne Doxiades (daughter of a Greek millionaire) at the Greek Orthodox church in Bayswater, England. Forty guests (including Yoko Ono and George and Pattie Harrison) arrived in taxicabs moments before the wedding began... If you have a little money in your piggy-bank, you'll be interested in knowing that John Lennon's home on St. George's Hill in Surrey, England, is for sale. It's offered at a modest $120,000. (A cardboard butler, a fake dog with plastic fangs, psychedelic walls, circular beds and playrooms for three tiger cubs go along with it - absolutely free!)

Paul McCartney (with friends Derek Taylor, Peter Asher and Tony Bramwell) went to Bradford, England, for a musical weekend. Paul conducted the famous Black Dyke Mills Band for a recording of one of his original tunes, Thingumybob (other side: Yellow Submarine). The results can be heard on Apple Records... Among the many celebrities who attended the world premiere of Yellow Submarine (the Beatles' animated feature film) at the London Pavillion Theatre were John, Paul, George and Pattie, Ringo and Maureen, Yoko Ono, Grapefruit, Keith Richard, Julie Driscoll, Donovan, Animals and Move (to name a few!) Yellow Submarine opened to mixed reviews in England, but all Statesiders who have seen it say that it's psychedelic stone super-smash!... John Lennon told the British press "...I love Yoko Ono" - and went on to prove it by dedicating his art exhibit at the tiny West End Gallery in London "To Yoko from John Lennon". The show consisted of John cutting the strings on 365 helium-filled balloons (with cards attached reading "Write to John Lennon") and letting them fly! As he cut the strings, John said: "I pronounce these balloons high!"

Actress Jane Asher announced on a British TV program, Dee Time, that her five-year-romance with Paul McCartney is over. Jane also admitted that the emerald and diamond ring that she's been wearing since last Christmas was an engagement ring from Paul. (We told you about that ring right here in this column - over six months ago! 'Member??) Paul's comment was: "After five years we deserve some privacy. Especially at a tricky moment like this!" (Hope Paul and Jane iron out their problems by the time you read this - but who knows?)

DID'JA KNOW?? DEPT.: Did'ja know that the first Apple Corps concert in England will be "The Beatles Present Tiny Tim" at Albert Hall in the late summer?? Did'ja know that the Beatles want to make a film with director Stanley Kubrick (who directed 2001: A Space Odyssey) as soon as they finish their third movie for United Artists?? Did'ja know that Apple Week was celebrated starting August 16 - cos Apple discs showed up in the U.S. for the first time?? (Look for the Black Dyke Mills Band and Mary Hopkins' singles, and George Harrison's original score to Wonderwall on an LP.)

RUMOR OF THE MONTH: The Singer Sewing Machine Company has persuaded the Beatles to do a TV special in America. It took several trips to England and many confabs - but it's "all but in the bag!" (Let's hope so!) . . .

TIM HARDIN stopped them dead in the stalls at his Albert Hall performance in London. Enthusiastic applauders included the BEATLES, DONOVAN, some STONES, MARIANNE FAITHFULL, CILLA BLACK and GEORGIE FAME. . . .

[Caption] Paul, Ringo, "John" & George ["John" in quotes because it's his Yellow Sub cardboard character.]
[Caption] Jane: "It's all over." (?)
[Caption] Yoko & John

*** 16 SPEC, WINTER 1969 ***

16 SPEC, Winter 1969, page 8.

A fantastic Beatle "revival" is on the way! The boys' glorious full-length, animated, cartoon Yellow Submarine will be released all over America beginning November 15 and running through the end of the year. Their next LP (which did not have a title at press time) features 24 brand new Beatle tunes and will be on the new Apple label, distributed by Capitol Records. A sneak preview of the LP featured a "wild" rock 'n' roll number sung by Paul called Backing USSR which is a political spoof - combining the sounds of Fats Domino, the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and "early-Beatles up-to-date". For this new LP, Ringo wrote one song himself and co-authored one with John. You will hear Ringo singing solo on Prudence. All in all, it's a fantastic LP - with two ballads, all the rest hard rock - and should bring those unbelievable Beatles back to the fore with a great big bang! On December 15, the LP Yellow Submarine will be on sale. This Apple LP includes some of the score from the above-mentioned animated movie, a new version of Yellow Submarine and four new Beatle tunes from the movie. Of course, it's old news by now that Hey Jude/Revolution was one of the biggest Beatle hits ever (selling over three million copies) and that Mary Hopkin's single (produced by Paul McCartney) called Those Were The Days was also a smash. Though another Apple release - Jackie Lomax singing Sour Milk Sea (produced by George Harrison) - was not as big as the others, it was an exceptionally good record. (Rumor has it that Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were playing guitars and drums on SMS.) Prediction: Jackie's next single will be a bigger hit and one day he will be a big star in America.

The Beatles' TV show Magic Mystery Tour will be released to schools and colleges all over America beginning late in the fall, and it will be available throughout the school year. JPG&R also did a film clip of a live performance singing Hey Jude and Revolution... (Hope ya saw it.) Other items: George says that there's no truth to the rumor that he's moving out of his country home in Esher, Sussex. George and Pattie took a brief vacation in the Greek islands, where they were joined by Twiggy and her fiance Justin... When Mary Hopkin's single passed Hey Jude on the British charts (Jude had already been number one for several weeks), Paul jokingly said to Mary, "Let's, run away and get married" - starting another series of ridiculous "romance" rumors about the world's most-sought-after-bachelor! Actually, the Beatles look upon Mary with the kind of tenderness and awe you feel for a lovely young sister... Those who know say that Paul will soon make up with his one-time steady Jane Asher... Pattie Harrison and her sister Jenny Boyd have named their booth in the London Antique Mart "Juniper"... By the way, if you bought the single record Yellow Submarine on the Apple label, those voices you hear are street children Paul rounded up for the occasion, and the orchestra is the Black Dyke Mills Band. The flip side, a tune called Thingumybob, which Paul wrote for a British TV show, sounds very much like the very first 78 Victrola-type records which were released back in the '20s! Paul's sheepdog "Martha" attended all the recording sessions, and afterwards the Black Dykes, Paul and "Martha" posed prettily for the cameras.

Beatle buddy Billy J. Kramer married his "number one fan" Ann Ginn at St. Mark's Church, Rugby, on August 24, after a five-year romance. . . . Mick has bought himself an island off the Irish coast (as has John Lennon), and has begun work in the Warner Bros. movie Performance. . . .

[Picture of Paul, Martha and the Black Dyke Mills Band.]
Paul & friends

16 SPEC, Winter 1969, page 15. Advertisement by 16 Magazine.





16 SPEC, Winter 1969, page 20.

Rumors about many of your fave pop groups are bustin' out all over! Are they true? Her and now 16 Spec gives you the facts and sets the record straight! . . .

The Beatles and the Mamas & Papas fall into a category of their own. It would not be correct to say they are breaking up, since they are still recording as a group - but they're actually not together in the true sense of the word, because they no longer do live concerts or make tv appearances as a group. The Monkees may very well fall into this category now that their tv show has been cancelled, but that remains to be seen.

16 SPEC, Winter 1969, page 25.

EVERY YEAR the radio pours forth hundreds of new tunes - all of them trying to become number one!! But only a select few make it. Each and every one of the lyrics here did!! These top songs of '68 sold over a million copies each - and earned a gold record for the artists who recorded them. So how'd ya like to trip with 16 Spec down memory lane - and sing along with some of the golden hits of the past year?!

(as recorded by The Turtles on White Whale Records.)

Imagine me and you, I do. . . .

(As recorded by' the Beatles on Capital Records. Lead sung by Paul McCartney. Piano played by Paul McCartney.)

Lady Madonna,
Children at your feet. . . .

(As recorded by Lulu on Epic Records.)

Those school girl days
Of telling tales and biting nails are gone. . . .

16 SPEC, Winter 1969, page 42.

Test yourself and see if you can identify your fave guys!

THESE beautiful little boys all grew up to be gorgeous guys and six of your very favorite stars! Take a good look at their baby pix, read the clues, and see how many of them you can identify correctly. . . .

A. Definitely the apple of every girl's eye.
Sings, writes songs - he's a talented guy!

. . .


A. Paul McCartney . . .

16 SPEC, Winter 1969, page 54.

When The MONKEES arrived in Australia in mid-September to begin their Far East tour, they got the second biggest reception (the BEATLES got the biggest) ever given any public personalities! . . . The "restless natives" almost stripped DAVY JONES to the bone as he tried to dash from the MONKEE limo into Miller's Brighton Hotel . . .

Super-busy CHRIS [JONES] is being pursued . . . to play the lead in the movie Or I'll Dress You In Mourning, which is the life story of Spain's top matador EL CORDOBES. [El Cordobes was referred to as "Beatle in the bull ring" in the January 1965 Playboy article. DS] . . .

16 SPEC, Winter 1969, page 60.

RECENTLY London's Piccadilly Circus . . . was filled with fans and English pop stars galore . . . The Reason? It was the scene of the grand opening of . . . Yellow Submarine. Expectant and excited crowds of well-wishers packed the London Pavillion Theatre for the show. Shall we join them?

Look! It's John Lennon and Yoko Ono! John wore a cream-colored suit and a black ruffled shirt - topped off by a strange leather necklace (which he's hardly ever without). . . .

Dig George Harrison! George showed up in a yellow suit . . . and a yellow round-crowned hat with a submarine button on it! (Don't worry, gang - his lovely wife Pattie came along too!)

Paul McCartney made the scene in a silk collared black suit . . . and a cream-colored tie (with an old Beatle button as a tie-clasp). Paul arrived solo.

Here's Ringo Starr . . . Maureen chose a demure, high-necked broderie anglaise blouse . . . for the occasion. Now, let's join the gang - including Donovan, Twiggy, the Animals, Mick Jagger, etc. - and take a look at Yellow Submarine!!

THE HEROES of our story are four Liverpudlians - Ringo, George, Paul and John - who battle their tuneful way through enough mind-blasting conglomerations of kooky characters to make Alice In Wonderland seem normal by comparison! So let's follow their zany exploits now - all aboard the Yellow Submarine!!

Our story begins in the mythical kingdom of Pepperland - a land usually filled with love and understanding - where (alas!) the Lord Mayor has big troubles and needs help!

It seems that the Chief Blue Meanie, who with his followers The Apple Bonkers and the Snapping Turtle Turks, are allergic to love and make life miserable for the residents of Pepperland!

The Lord Mayor (at wit's end) sends for Old Fred, the bandleader of Pepperland and the skipper of the Yellow Submarine. Fred rushes off to Liverpool in search of help!

Old Fred finds the Beatles and talks them into accompanying him back to Pepperland aboard his sub. The journey is filled with a multitude of misadventures - like their trip through the Sea Of Monsters.

Along the way, the Beatles take on another passenger - The Boob (full name, Jeremy Hillary Boob, P.H.D.). The Boob inspires them to sing a song just for him - Nowhere Man!

The Boob pulls them out of a tight spot by fixing the Yellow Submarine's ailing engine. He also joins them in a fight against the awesome elements in the Sea Of Holes.

When the weary travelers arrive in Pepperland, they find its once happy citizens have been turned to stone by the Blue Meanies. The Beatles, fearless foursome that they are, rush to the rescue!

They dress as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and rally the frozen Pepperlandians to rebellion. After an all-out battle - the Beatles conquer the Blue Meanies with love!

Don't miss Apple Films presentation of the King Features Production of Yellow Submarine, when United Artists Pictures sends it your way this winter! . . .

16 SPEC, Winter 1969, page 68.

Dear Miss Stavers,
Would you please run a picture of my fave - the king of rock 'n' soul - the one and only LITTLE RICHARD? - Dorothy Newley, Birmingham, Ala.

Dear Dorothy,
LITTLE RICHARD - who was one of the BEATLES' very first idols - is still knocking 'em out with his fantastic recordings and public appearances. . . .

*** 16 MAGAZINE, DECEMBER 1968 ***

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[Photo of Sajid - ] I've Got a Secret - or five or ten!

[Photo of Davy - ] So've I -

[Photo of ??? - ] Me too!




. . . Please send me 1001 Top Star Secrets. I am enclosing a one-dollar bill. . . .

16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 4.

Dear Miss Stavers,
I don't know whether my membership in the BEATLES (U.S.A.) Ltd. Fan Club has expired or not. If so, can I rejoin? - Ellen Asher; New York City

Dear Ellen,
If your membership card does not have a number on it, your membership has expired and it's time to renew. Because of increased postal rates the dues are now $2.50, but the kit is fabulous! You get a brand new BIG Beatles portrait booklet (with pictures in it you can't get anywhere else), a new membership card, a complete career history of the Beatles, a groovy newsletter, and a 1968 Beatles Christmas record with a color collage sleeve created by John Lennon and Ringo Starr. You also get a beautiful 1965 Beatles poster and extra surprise bonuses throughout the year. For "Beatle-starved" cats, it's the only place to go. . . .

16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 6.

THE BEATLES took another look at their famous Apple Boutique (which had its grand opening on Baker Street less than a year ago) and decided that it was in danger of becoming just an "ordinary clothing store". Though John, Paul, George and Ringo are far from being classified as "ordinary", they got tired of being shopkeepers - so guess what they did? They opened the doors of the Apple Boutique to the public and gave away the entire contents (over $60,000 worth of far-out clothing and doo-dads) - for free!! Hundreds of lucky fans and customers stripped the store of over 2,000 articles of clothing, etc. in less than two hours! (The Beatles selected a few things for themselves and their friends the night before the give-away. Poor Ringo went away empty-handed, cos he couldn't find anything in his size!) When all the stock was gone - Apple on Baker Street closed its doors forever!... There's another Beatle-owned Apple store on Kings Road that is open for business as usual. It is run by designer John Crittle and specializes in quasi-formal wear - and haircuts! (If the Beatles ever get tired of being in the barber business d'ya think they'll give away free haircuts?)

Recently, visitors to the famous Chelsea Antique Market in London found a new stand featuring art nouveau articles. Guess who's running it? Pattie Harrison and her 20-year-old sister Jenny - that's who!(Pattie and Jenny have always loved antiques and opened the stand just for fun! Wonder what George this about this business venture?)... Paul McCartney (still "not talking" about, his break-up with Jane Asher) has been painting the town "white" lately. A few nights after the Apple "give-away," Paul and his date (a 24-year-old American girl, Fran Schwartz) paid a 2 A.M. visit to the deserted store - and scrawled the words Hey Jude and Revolution all over its darkened windows in white paint! (Guess Paul couldn't wait to advertise the first Beatle tunes on Apple Records!) Don't get up-tight about Fran, McCartney luvvers! She works for Apple Corps. and is not Paul's romantic interest - "just his friend!... Jane Asher attended the London premiere of The Graduate with the director of her last stage play, Summer. His name is Robert Kidd, he's 24 years old and he hails from Scotland. (Even though Paul and Jane are not spending any time together - many of their friends feel that they might "make-up" soon. Hope so!)

August marked the publication of two brand new books about the lives and times of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Be on the lookout for The Beatles: The Authorized Biography by Hunter Davies (published by McGraw Hill) and The Beatles: The Real Story by Julius Fast (published by G. P. Putnam & Sons). They're both headed for first place on the best-seller list... Maybe someday your great-grandchildren will be able to visit Paul McCartney's villa in St. John's Wood - and it'll look exactly like it does today! England's Minister of Housing announced that Paul's pad (a Georgian classic home) is marked for preservation! (D'ya think it'll be called the "Beatle Museum of Musical History"??)... That's Paul McCartney you hear singing lead on Hey Jude (the 18th Beatle single) and John Lennon singing lead on the flip-side, Revolution. (Did'ja know that seven-minute-long Hey Jude was once ten minutes long? The Beatles cut three minutes from the first version!)... Paul McCartney's protege Mary Hopkin made her musical debut on Apple Records with Those Were The Days, written by American Gene Raskin and produced by Paul McCartney. Sandie Shaw promptly followed Mary's lead with another version of the same tune!... Yoko Ono has completed her fifth motion picture (entitled Number 5) with John Lennon as its one (and only) star! It consists of 90 minutes of John smiling - in color! (Yoko filmed a two-and-a-half-minute smile - and lengthened it to 90 minutes with special equipment and cameras.)

DID'JA KNOW? DEPT: Did'ja know that George Harrison wrote and produced Jackie Lomax's (another new voice on Apple Records) recording of Sour Milk Sea? Did'ja know that Ringo plays the drums on it? Did'ja know that Jackie Lomax was a member of an English pop-group called the Undertakers and that George met him at the Cavern in Liverpool long ago? Did'ja know that an "underground" LP featuring the voices of John Lennon and Yoko Ono will be released in England before Christmas? Did'ja know that Yoko Ono's name means "Ocean Child" in Japanese? Did'ja know that one of the first people to get free clothes from Apple Boutique was Michael Pollard (who played "C.W. Moss" in Bonnie And Clyde)? Did'ja know that Paul McCartney and Peter Asher are still the best of friends?... RUMOR OF THE MONTH DEPT: The current Beatle rumor is that Italian film director Federico Fellini has approached the Beatles to write the musical score and appear in a new movie based on the book Satyricon. If the rumor is true - look for the freaky foursome to appear with such stars as the great Mae West, Jimmy Durante (wonder if Ringo and Jimmy will have a nose contest?), Groucho Marx, Danny Kaye, Terence Stamp and many more. Hope this rumor becomes a fact - sounds like quite a movie!!

["Mad day" photo of Beatles with various helmets, Ringo with boot.]
Beatles' newest photo!

[Photo of Crittle with female mannequin in ruffly mini-dress.]
Crittle's "quasi-formal" gear.

16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 25
Look Ma, I'm Laughing

16 will pay $1 for every joke published . . . We'll also pay $2 for each drawing we publish here . . .

[Portrait of Paul McCartney.]
Paul McCartney was inked by Sissy William of Fort Worth, Texas.

16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 43.

Dear Miss Stavers,
I have read that Paul McCartney and Jane Asher broke up; that Cynthia is suing John Lennon for divorce; and that Phyllis and Mike Nesmith have separated! I just cannot believe these stories! Are they true or just rumors? - Lily Trent; Salt Lake City, Utah

Dear Lily,
Unfortunately, they are all true. Let's hope that by the time you read this, at least Phyllis and Mike will have made up.

16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 58
THE LO-DOWN por La Gatita
. . . PETER TORK'S steady girl is called "REN", but her real name is REINE - and she's a direct descendant of Mary Queen of Scots! . . . It's finally beginning to happen for super-talented singer-composer BUZZ LINHART. By the time you read this, he will have played (along with MITCH RYDER) the Royal Palace in Portugal, have done a tour of England, and starred for two weeks at Revolution, the BEATLES' new disco in London.
16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 63.

. . . Just before the Doors' recent trip to England, Jim [Morrison] sneaked into London on the quiet - hoping to find out what the English reception for the Doors might be. He needn't have worried. The second night he was there Mick Jagger, whom he became friends with in Hollywood this past summer, turned up and hauled Jim off to a fantastic party - whose guests included all of the Rolling Stones and all of the Beatles!! . . .

John [Densmore] and Robby [Krieger] have been attending an Eastern philosophical school (which practices meditation) for the last two years. Prior to that, both were students of the Maharishi. They don't make a point to discuss this in public, but they still attend the school and meditate. . . .

Several years ago, Robby's rabid musical interest switched from flamenco guitar to the sound of the sitar. In all, the Doors own four sitars and they all have played them at one time or another - but Robby is best at it. . . .

*** 16 MAGAZINE, JANUARY 1969 ***

16 Magazine, Jan 1969, page 10.
THE MONKEES & YOU - in Australia!

. . . Then, suddenly, the limo moves into the public area and - whammo! - the Monkees and you are overwhelmed to see thousands upon thousands of cheering fans jammed along the wire fence by the roadway! All are carrying Monkee banners and screaming at the top of their lungs. "Hey, man," you hear Micky say to the driver, "we can't just drive by and leave them like that. We gotta stop and say hello."

The driver slows the car and stops. The Monkees hop out - and pandemonium breaks loose! Four teenage girls who crash through the barriers trying to reach Davy lead the police in a hilarious chase around the outside of the airport. It takes 30 Commonwealth policemen to catch them and lift them bodily over the barriers and into the crowd! At this point, the boys are asked to get back into their limo - and you smile proudly as you hear one policeman exclaim, "Why, this is as bad as it was with the Beatles!" . . .

16 Magazine, Jan 1969, page 27.

Did you ever wonder what it's like to be with Desi Arnaz, Jr., when the sun sinks low and the moon shines over Hollywood? Well, wonder no more - cos you're about to find out, as dashin' Desi escorts you on a night around town! . . .

Then Desi drives to Benedict Canyon and stops in front of a gate on a street named Blue Jay Way. You both get out of the car and look through the gate. Desi explains to you that the house at the end of the driveway inside the gate is the famous home the Beatles, Herman's Hermits and many other top groups rented when they stayed in California. Then Desi lets you in on a secret - "George Harrison wrote a song about this place and - appropriately - it's titled Blue Jay Way."

16 Magazine, Jan 1969, page 32.

. . . The rage of England and Europe turned out to be none other than JIM MORRISON and the DOORS. After five "standing-room only" concerts in London (not to mention partying with the ROLLING STONES and the BEATLES), JIM, RAY, JOHN and ROBBY went off to Frankfurt, Germany, where they televised a DOORS tv spec in the streets of the city - actually, right in front of City Hall! . . .

16 Magazine, Jan 1969, page 40.

No food! No water! Just oceans of sand and YOU - alone with Paul, George, John and Ringo on a deserted desert island!!

[Each of the following paragraphs serves as a caption to one of the "Mad Day" photographs of Jul 28 1968. The main photographer of the day was Don McCullin. There were seven different London photo locations, none of which was a desert island. DS]

[Photo of John lying on the ground - dirt or sand? - with other three crouched over him.]
Blimey, mates - look what the tide washed in!! You sure can find some strange objects when you go beachcombing with the Beatles! (Wonder why Light-fingered George is smiling so widely??)

[Photo of John wearing goggles over his glasses.]
"I'll tell you why!! He copped my favorite specks! O.K., Georgie-boy - let's see you get them now! Cor!! What's that I see clankin' around over there??"

[Photo of Paul draped in heavy chains at Wapping Pier Head.]
Hey, Paulie - howdja manage to get hung-up in that old dungeon (chains 'n' all)?? You say your fans finally captured you? So how did your fans find you on a deserted desert island?

[Photo of Ringo with parrot on his shoulder.]
High-ho - here's Ringo, The Terror Of The Seven Seas! If you don't believe it, ask his fine feathered friend. (This faithful parrot has never been known to lie - much!)

[Photo of George.]
"Hey, guys! Will you stop clowning around and take stock of our situation? We're stranded here - no food or water! We don't even know where we are! What're we gonna do?"

[Photo of John and Paul.]
"George has a good point, John. Deserted islands are a nice place to visit - but who'd wanna live here? Just think - no more fish-n-chips - no more recording sessions - and we'd miss the next issue of 16 Magazine! I can't bear it!"

[Photo of Paul, Ringo, and Martha in geodesic dome in Paul's garden.]
POOOOOPH!! "Wow - it was all a dream! I was sitting in my sky-dome with 'Martha' and Ringo all the time! It seemed so real I can still feel the sand in my head - I mean shoes!"

[Photo of Paul scratching Martha's head.]
"Don't worry, 'Martha' - the next time I dream-off to Wonderland, I'm taking you with me! I won't leave you behind like Alice left her cat 'Dinah' when she went tripping off!"



16 Magazine, Jan 1969, page 52.
The British Bag

BEATLE-FLASHES!!! The brand new Beatle double LP on Apple Records contains a total of 24 entirely new Beatle tunes. (The far-out foursome selected the 24 tunes from 40 unreleased sides - meaning it could have been a triple record set!) If you were expecting the Beatles to continue along the experimental path they started with their Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP - guess again!! John, Paul, George and Ringo have returned to the happy land of rock and roll. Both Paul and John play piano on the LPs, John plays his brand new special electronic organ, John and George both play the bass while Paul sings, Ringo sings solo on two numbers (one of which he wrote himself), some of George's original compositions are included, and - all in all - it's a fantastic set of records you'll treasure for years to come!! There is no title for the Beatle package as of this writing - but it's in your record store as of November 16th.

You can forget about those rumors of a romance between Paul McCartney and Apple employee Fran Schwartz. Fran quit Apple in September and returned to America. Meanwhile, Paul has been seen with 24-year-old Londoner Maggie McGivern - whom he met when she served his table in the Revolution discoteque. (Wonder if there is anything to the current rumor that Paul really digs Mary Hopkin - whose first disc Those Were The Days took over the number one position from Hey Jude in England?).

George Harrison recently received a gift from America that was quite unusual. The Native American Church of the Peyote Indians sent him a magnificent peace pipe and the following message: "Pray you smoke this pipe in peace and may great spirit bless your work. May the light of life shine in your home and in your heart." The pipe has become one of George's most prized possessions... Busy George has been producing more Jackie Lomax material for future release on the Apple label. At a recent session, Jackie recorded his own composition You've Got Me Thinking - with Eric Clapton on guitar and Ringo Starr on the drums!

Congratulations to Neil Aspinall, managing director of Apple Corps Limited! Neil married 24-year-old Suzy Ornstein in London at the end of August... John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on David Frost's English TV show. They discussed art, people and much more. John seemed to be saying that we all don't communicate enough - and if we did, the world might be a more peaceful place. (Makes sense, doesn't it?) . . .

[Photo of Beatles performing Revolution, or I'm a monkee's uncle. DS]
Beatles belting out Hey Jude.

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16 Magazine, Jan 1969, page 54.
The truth about the marital bliss - or lack of it - of some of your fave stars

ALMOST ALL married couples have their ups and downs . . . A star doesn't have nine-to-five working hours and they can't lead "normal" lives. That's why many of these marriages are doomed from the beginning! However, not all teen-star marriages end in divorce, and in some cases love does conquer all! Here are the true facts about some of the marriages of your favorite top teen stars.

The biggest shock of 1968 was the fact that Cynthia and John Lennon broke up! Cynthia has filed for a divorce and no one seems to know what's really going on - for John has remarked, "We're not divorced yet!" However, John has appeared in public holding hands with Japanese artist Yoko Ono on several occasions and he has even stated publicly that he loves Yoko. John and Yoko have made two films together, and they recently announced that they will record an LP. Everyone is very confused as to what the outcome will be. At press time, the Lennon home in Surrey is up for sale, John has taken an apartment in London, and Cynthia took their son Julian with her and they are living with Cynthia's mother. Beatle fans still hope that a miracle will occur and that Cynthia and John will be reunited. . . .

*** 16 MAGAZINE, FEBRUARY 1969 ***

16 Magazine, Feb 1969, page 6.

. . . When MARY HOPKIN was in NYC to do the Ed Sullivan Show, she popped by 16's offices ("Right now, I don't know what my next single is - the decisions regarding me are in the hands of PAUL McCARTNEY," quoth she), and then rushed on to catch DONOVAN's sell-out Carnegie Hall concert.

16 Magazine, Feb 1969, page 22.

. . . Just write a short letter (on one side of the sheet only!) telling what you would dearly love to have. Could be a personal phone call - or a personal letter - from your favorite star. Could be a personal keepsake from your dream guy. . . . After you've mailed your letter, don't fail to get every issue of 16 Magazine and watch the Dreamsville answers page - because that's where you'll see the glorious news that everything you wished for, dreamed of, longed for has come true! . . .

GAIL was at her wit's end and said that this was her seventh try at getting into Dreamsville! Well, seven is your lucky number, GAIL - cos you're in!! Paul McCartney personally autographed a large picture of himself, picked out a book of his favorite poems (and autographed it too!), sent along a personally autographed copy of Hey Jude and added a portable radio, so that you'll never miss the latest Beatle hits! (Hope these gifts tickle your heartstrings, GAIL - Dreamsville doesn't let you down!)

16 Magazine, Feb 1969, page 32.


. . .

John and Cynthia Lennon's divorce was granted on November 7th by a London court. . . .

Great Beatle News!!! PAUL, JOHN, RINGO and GEORGE will tape a live performance with a live hippie London audience in the Roundhouse Club in December - strictly for the USA! As soon as the film is finished and in the can, it will be offered to the three top American TV networks. Highest bidder gets it - and early in '69 you get to see the BEATLES on a full one-hour color TV spec!! . . .

16 Magazine, Feb 1969, page 52.

By Gloria Stavers

What's happening?!!

It started out as a teeny little question, but day by day and month by month it grows bigger and bigger, like something's going on with those Monkees and we don't know what it is - (to borrow a line from a Bob Dylan song). . . .

Well, anyway it has become more and more clear as time has gone by that maybe the Monkees' intense craving to write and cut their very own records with as little outside assistance as possible was perhaps not the wisest move to make. . . .

Somewhere along the line the Monkees also went on a "hair craze". Pictures appeared in the centerfold of one magazine showing all the boys except Davy covered with fuzzy growths that made some fans think they looked like a cross between Sunset Strip hippies and real live monkeys! But the Beatles had set the trend and there was no stopping any groups from growing a hirsute foliage on their chinny-chin-chins. . . .

Perhaps, as they themselves [the Monkees] have said, they're tired of being four lovable little mop-tops and are trying to emerge as individuals. Only time will tell what the results will be.

16 Magazine, Feb 1969, page 64.

Beatle Paul McCartney and Neil Aspinall paid New York City a sneak visit in late October. Their phone call to 16 reported that Paul's visit was "strictly personal". Fact is, Paul came here to pick up his State-side girl friend photographer Linda Eastman. Paul and Linda then spent a few days on his Scottish farm, and at press time they were holding hands by the Taj Mahal in India. Prediction: wedding bells! Paul's visit came at the same time that Tetragrammaton Records announced they will release John Lennon and Yoko Ono's highly controversial LP Two Virgins. Wonder if there is any connection?... Paul's protegee Mary Hopkin left for England the day before he arrived. Mary was in America for the first time to sing her smash Apple recording Those Were The Days on The Ed Sullivan Show. (Mary didn't get to see too much of New York - cos she had to go right home to fulfill her English TV commitments... Looks like John Lennon will soon have a brand new half-brother or sister! John's widowed dad Freddie Lennon and his 20-year-old wife are expecting an addition to the Lennon clan next spring... The Beatles took another bite out of their Apple Corps. They closed down the film division in October without making a single film. Denis O'Dell, former Apple Film division head and still a director of the Apple Corps, is producing a film version of The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. (The Magic Christian and Ringo's first film Candy were both written by Terry Southern.) The cameras start rolling around the first of the year... Jane Asher's starring role in a revival of John Osborne's exciting play Look Back In Anger at the Royal Court Theatre in London made the English critics standup and take notice. From advance reports, Jane is just great!

Since over one half of the 30 new songs in the Beatles' double Apple LP - called The Beatles - can be adapted for stage performance, there is an excellent chance that the fab four will be giving a live English performance before the new year. We sure hope so!... The Beatles have been invited to appear at a star-studded charity concert at the London Palladium in December. It's called The Fave Rave and the proceeds will go to the Invalid Children's Aid Association. Graham Nash of the Hollies (who is organizing the whole affair) asked Paul McCartney if he would be the M.C. If Paul can arrange to appear, he'll introduce such pop stars as Jimi Hendrix, Eric Burdon & the Animals, Herman's Hermits, Donovan, the Hollies and Mary Hopkin - to name a few!... The latest English rumor is that the lyrics of Hey Jude were written by Paul McCartney to John Lennon as advice about Yoko Ono. What do you think??... Look for John Lennon's white Rolls Royce in Mick Jagger's first movie Performance, now filming in London. John lent it to good pal Mick for a segment. (Paul lent one of his paintings too!) From advance reports, Mick Jagger's debut as an actor will open a whole new non-musical field for the talented Stone to roll in! . . .

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for JOE COCKER. JOE'S first A&M Records single With A Little Help From My Friends was an instant hit in England and he appeared with TINY TIM at the end of October at the Royal Albert Hall. . . . England got its first look at SGC recording stars the NAZZ at the end of October. TODD, THOM, CARSON and STEWKEY visited England to record their second LP at the recording studio used by the BEATLES and the ROLLING STONES in St. John's Wood... Talented BUZZ LINHART recorded his first LP in ENGLAND too. BUZZ was backed by the EYES OF BLUE and recorded a raga using the same Indian tabla player who backed the BEATLES in Help. . . .

Shades of Magical Mystery Tour!! Decca recording stars THE WHO recently toured the London area in a bus - complete with psychedelic paint - to plug their latest LP Magic Bus. . . .

16 Magazine, Feb 1969, page 66.



*** FLIP, APRIL 1969 ***

Flip, Apr 1969, cover.
teen magazine


[Cover photo: Paul McCartney and Mary Hopkin.]

Flip, Apr 1969, page 11.
"Those Were The Days" ...And This Is The Girl!

[This article certainly appears to be derived from the one by Derek Taylor in Hit Parader, Mar 1969, page 38. DS]

"I got a message asking me to phone someone at Apple Records called Peter Brown - and when I did I found I was talking to someone with a Liverpool accent and I found out later it was Paul McCartney - and he sent a car for me from London, and he auditioned me, and he asked me if I'd like to sign a contract."

And that was the day that Mary Hopkin, a red-cheeked l8-year-old from Pontardawe, Wales, was virtually guaranteed the fame and fortune that "only a Beatle launching his dream organization could put behind her."

A star for six months now, Mary is still more of a country girl. "I feel so different from those London girls," she says. "When you go out with someone here, it's just kissing, but I know they take it for granted there - I'm so confused."

"Here" is Pontardawe, Wales, a T-shaped valley town of 10,000 hard-working people filled with the graceful spirit of the Welsh. As Mary's father stands on Elephant Rock high above the town, he looks down into the valley and says: "They're all from round here, you know. Richard Burton was born just over there, Ray Milland more this side, Donald Peers in that direction, and now Mary down here in Pontardawe."

Singing since she was four, Mary was discovered by Twiggy when she appeared on a local TV show called, fittingly, "Opportunity Knocks." Twiggy happened to tune in, heard Mary, and told her friend Beatle Paul about her. Paul, in the midst of launching Apple Records, was interested and he called Mary. The recording contract he gave her caused her to leave school four weeks before her university examinations, during which time she recorded a song called "Those Were The Days." It was the first record released by The Beatles' new company, and it went to number one round the world!

These days, Mary is a regular London super-star whose opinions are still as straight as they were when she was unknown. "No," she says, "I've never been in love. I think it's daft the way some of the girls at school were always in love with a different boy. There's no-one at all now. I just haven't the time. And when I'm in London I feel so much of a country bumpkin alongside all those sophisticated girls. Still, I'll be happy to get to London now and again, it's very exciting."

But now the excitement even gets to Pontardawe. The phone rings in the mock-19thth century house the Hopkins live in; and Mary's mom says: "It's to say that you must go to London tomorrow, and have you learned the songs that Paul asked you to?" Mary gets on the phone and when she gets back, her mother has a bit of advice for the daughter who has just gotten off the phone with a Beatle:

"Don't you go up to London in a first class carriage, because I don't like you sitting by yourself. You never know who might get in with you. Go second class with everybody else. Well, you never know."

And that's true. Except that about the only sure thing in this uncertain world these days is Mary Hopkin! - flip

Flip, Apr 1969, page 16.

. . . It all began when he was four and his dad bought him a Sears & Roebuck guitar. . . .

Late last year, his album sold a $1 million in one day, and he had three records on the Top 100 charts at once! Only The Beatles and The Monkees had ever done that before Glen. . . .

But, no matter what happens, he's not going to change his style. It's the same style he's had since he was strumming on a Sears & Roebuck guitar back in Delight [Arkansas]. . . .

Flip, Apr 1969, page 20.

. . . every Sunday night . . . Mrs. Smothers' favorite sons have been turning their happy hour into a love-in and a sing-in. Every singer who's near Hollywood hopes to be invited to stop by the show and join in the happening. . . .

When George Harrison was in Los Angeles to record his Apple discovery, Jackie Lomax, he made one surprise guest appearance: On The Smothers Brothers Show! The Beatles, like most pop people, are flipped that the guys have been given an hour each week to, do their thing and, except for their weekly arguments with the CBS censor, to do it their way. . . .

[Photo of Tommie Smothers, George pointing with his right hand, and Dickie Smothers.]
George Harrison seems to be saying: "I want YOU!" No matter what he's saying, like most pop people he wants to say it on the Smothers show.

Flip, Apr 1969, page 21.
How The Doors Opened!

. . . Jim [Morrison] looks at society with anger. He sees the ugliness of society, as opposed to, say, The Beatles - who look at the goodness and beauty of the world we live in. Because he is the lead singer, Jim's point of view seems the strongest. . . .

Flip, Apr 1969, page 42.


. . . ERIC BURDON's guru is DYLAN... SCAFFOLD's 'Lily, the Pink' was an old Armed Services song cleaned up... At Rolling Stones' circus TV were the Jr. pop stars, Julian Lennon, Nicholas 'Faithfull' and Mandy Moon, daughter of Who's drummer KEITH MOON. . . . PAUL McCARTNEY seems just a bit more Apple than the other BEATLES. . . . BEACH BOYS' mistake was 'Bluebirds over the Mountain' - you can't beat BRIAN WILSON but who's trying. . . . Strange talking record of Atlantis was a slipped disc for DONOVAN here.

ERIC CLAPTON a devotee of DYLAN's the Band and their music from BIG PINK. . . . DEREK TAYLOR, who is of Apple and of The BEATLES, an intellect not to be underestimated. . . . It's no use waiting for The BEATLES or The STONES to do a fade out because that kind of musical talent never dies and over the years just watch McCARTNEY and JAGGER go... RINGO moving out of his Surrey home - for the princely sum of $150,000 should you want to buy. . . . JIMMY SCOTT coined the Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da phrase which Lennon and McCartney turned into a hit song - he's a former conga drummer with GEORGIE FAME. . . . ERIC BURDON seeing flying saucers regularly, really... I have a grey squirrel without a tail in my garden; what have you got in yours... NINA SIMONE frightens me to death... JOHN LENNON put on an interesting performance with YOKO ONO as a guest act on a recent Albert Hall show, inside a sack... Don't just stand there SAJID sing something! . . .

To people who really think LENNON is so unintelligent he did not know he would be open to ridicule from certain sections over appearing nude on an album sleeve with YOKO ONO: Look they're just like us - the good, the bad and the ugly!... MICK FOWLER is a new GRAPEFRUIT... Melvin Clump is a new turnip... I am a runner bean. . . . JOHN LENNON, MITCH MITCHELL, ERIC CLAPTON and KEITH RICHARD formed a Super Groop and jammed backstage at Stones' tv circus - "Peggy Sue" and "Jailhouse Rock". . . . WHO JOHN ENTWHISTLE recalls he nearly left to join the MOODY BLUES once... Brilliant series of DEREK TAYLOR BEATLE article in Disc and Music echo here. . . . Britain's best DJ is American Emperor ROSKO... BRIAN JONES going East to study magic. . . . MARY HOPKIN may just be trying to be a little too exclusive. . . . GEORGE HARRISON remembered my name after not seeing me for two years, and I was highly flattered. . . . HELLS ANGELS paid the APPLE offices a visit on their motor-bikes in London... GEORGE HARRISON's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" one of the outstanding tracks on the BEATLES' double album. . . .

Flip, Apr 1969, page 44. Advertisement by Flip.
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Flip, Apr 1969, page 45.
What Do You See In

"Doesn't she have beautiful eyes?"

"Don't her eyes turn you off?"

Whichever way you feel about them, Peggy Lipton's big brown eyes are conversation starters. . . .

They are eyes Paul McCartney has looked into, eyes Mike Cole and Clarence Williams [Mod Squad] look at every week, eyes which belong to one of the most beautiful young actresses in Hollywood. . . .

Flip, Apr 1969, page 49.
How The Bee Gees And Vince Melouney REALLY Feel About Their Break-Up!

The Bee Gees are now four since their "odd man out" Vince Melouney decided to go his separate way. It was no great surprise to us who knew that Vince, who was never a Bee Gee at heart, although he admires their composing talents, should want out. . . .

Vince is now leading a group known as Ashton, Gardner and Dyke, who were once a part of Liverpool Remo Four. The Remo were considered the top Liverpool group - second only to The Beatles at the time of the Mersey pop boom. Tony plays piano, organ and vibes. Kim Gardner plays bass and Roy Dyke drums.

"We completely missed out on the Liverpool thing," says Roy. "We were one of the top groups who just could not seem to break through. We backed artists like Gene Pitney, Tommy Roe and Billy J. Kramer for a time and played a little jazz for a while." . . .

Roy is a Liverpudlian whose father was a musician in a dance band and still plays round the Pool. It was through his father's records and going with him to clubs that Roy first became interested in music and jazz. . . .

Barry [Gibb] was full of the fact that The Bee Gees had taken a 'Golden Otter' award in one of Germany's biggest pop papers. The previous holders had been The Beatles. What does Barry think of The Beatles' double album?

"With The Beatles you always get a feeling at first that some of their things are diabolical but a few weeks later you listen again and they sound great. They are always three steps ahead of everyone else and that makes it very hard to judge by comparison." . . . - flip

Flip, Apr 1969, page 56.

. . . Ex-Yardbird Jimmy's [Page] formed a group called Led Zeppelin, and it looks like one of the happening groups of the new year. . . .

Flip, Apr 1969, page 61.

[This is a meager, 12-word crossword puzzle. Paul McCartney is pictured in one of the corners. Rascal Dino Danelli is pictured in the corner above. Yep, separated at birth... DS]

4. Grooviest magazine in town. [FLIP]
8. Dino Danelli is one. [RASCAL]

5. The cute Beatle - and unmarried. [PAUL]
6. The most-fab English group. [Lessee... 7 letters; starts with B. Ummm???]

Flip, Apr 1969, page 63.

The Beatles' Yearbook!

Working backwards, FLIP has presented a chronological history of the career highlights of The Beatles. In our first part, 1967 and 1968 were covered. Here, to complete the record, is The Beatles' official diary for the first five years of their existence. In many ways, they were the most exciting years.

[I have retained everything except record releases. DS]


January 1          First recording company audition in London 

January/April/     Back in Germany at Hamburg's 
May                Star Club 

June 9             "Welcome Home" night at Liverpool Cavern 

August             RINGO quit Rory Storme's Hurricanes, 
                   shaved off his beard, joined THE BEATLES 
                   in place of Pete Best on drums. 

August 23          JOHN LENNON'S wedding at Mount Pleasant 
                   Register Office, Liverpool. To Cynthia Powell. 

September 4-11     First recording sessions at EMI Studios, St. John's 
                   Wood, London with George Martin as producer. 

                   "People and Places" (Granada TV) in Manchester 

November 26        Recorded second single: "Please, Please Me" 

December           Fifth and final trip to Hamburg 


January 1          Commenced tour of SCOTLAND 

                   in The Helen Shapiro Show 
                   "Thank Your Lucky Stars" (ABC TV) 

February 16        FIRST NUMBER ONE RECORD HIT when 
                   "Please, Please Me" reached the top 

March 9-31         U.K. CONCERT TOUR 
                   with Tommy Roe and Chris Montez 

April 1            New Musical Express Poll Winners' Concert 
                   at the Empire Pool, Wembley 
April 8            JULIAN LENNON born at
                   Sefton General Hospital, Liverpool

May 18/June 9      TOUR with Gerry and The
                   Pacemakers and Roy Orbison

June 18            Paul's 21st birthday

August 3           Final appearance at Liverpool's Cavern Club

October 13         "Sunday Night At the London Palladium" (ATV)

October 24/29      SWEDEN - concerts/television

                   at Prince of Wales Theatre, London

November 1/        THE BEATLES SHOW tour with
December 13        Peter Jay and The Jaywalkers and The Brook Brothers 

December 7         JUKE BOX JURY (BBC. TV.) 
                   All four boys acted as the panel on this disc 
                   programme. Also shown the same evening on BBC. 
                   TV - a film of the Northern Area Convention of The 
                   Official Beatles Fan Club from Liverpool Empire 

December 21        Bradford Gaumont/Liverpool Empire/Finsbury 
December 22        Park Astoria - THE BEATLES CHRISTMAS SHOW. 
December 24/       Also on the bill: Rolf Harris, The Barron-Knights, 
January 11         Tommy Quickly, The Fourmost, Billy J. Kramer and 
                   The Dakotas and Cilla Black 

January           PARIS OLYMPIA (3 weeks) 
                  with Trini Lopez and Sylvie Vartan 

February 7/21     First U.S.A. Visit. Appeared twice on 
                  "The Ed Sullivan Show" (CBS. TV.) 
                  Concerts at Coliseum, Washington (11), Carnegie 
                  Hall, New York (12), Holiday in Miami 

February 25       George's 21st birthday 

March             Commenced work on first film, "A Hard Day's Night"

March 23          JOHN LENNON IN HIS OWN WRITE published - 
                  John's first book 

May 6             "Around The Beatles" (A.-R.T.V. - repeated June 8)

June 4/6          DENMARK - concerts 

June 8            Commenced tour of HONG KONG/AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND, 
                  (Ringo caught tonsilitis and missed concerts in 
                  Denmark and Hong Kong

July 6            Royal Premiere of film "A HARD DAY'S NIGHT" 
                  at London Pavilion 

July 25           George on BBC. TV. programme "Juke Box Jury." 
                  Ringo appeared on the panel the following Saturday 
August 19/        5 WEEK TOUR- U.S.A. and CANADA 
September 21      

October           Taped Insert for America's "Shindig" (ABC. TV.) 
                  at Granville Theatre, Fulham, London 

October 9/        BRITISH TOUR with Mary Wells 
November 10       

December          Ringo has operation for the removal of his tonsils, 
                  University College Hospital, London 

January 16        Hammersmith, London, with Freddie and The 
                  Dreamers, The Yardbirds, Elkie Brooks, Jimmy 
                  Savile, Mike Haslam, The Mike Cotton Sound. 


February 11       RINGO STARR'S wedding at Caxton Hall, London.
                  To Maureen Cox

February/March    Recording songs for next film "Help"
                  Filming in Bahamas (February 22 - March 12)

March 13          Commenced filming in Austria 
April 11          New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert, Empire 
                  Pool at Wembley. (Televised by ABC. TV April 18) 
                  Appeared as panel on "The Eamonn Andrews Show" 
                  (AVC. TV) 

April/May         Continued filming at Twickenham Studios 

June 12           Announced that The Beatles have been awarded the 
                  M.B.E. (Member of the Order of the British Empire) 

June 20/July 4    EUROPEAN TOUR - concerts in France, Italy and Spain 

June 24           Second book by John Lennon published - 
                  A SPANIARD IN THE WORKS 

July 29           Royal Premiere of film HELP! at London Pavilion 

August 1          "Blackpool Night Out" (ABC. TV.) 

August 13/        U.S.A. TOUR 14 Taping Ed Sullivan Show (CBS. TV.) 
September 1       for transmission 9. 9. 65.  15 Opening concert at 
                  Shea Stadium, New York 

September 13      ZAK STARKEY born, 8:00 a.m., Queen Charlotte's 
                  Hospital, Hammersmith 

October 26        Investiture at Buckingham Palace - presented 
                  with M.B.E. medals by Her Majesty The Queen 

December 3/12     BRITISH TOUR with The Moody Blues, The Koobas
                  and Beryl Marsden

December 17       "The Music of Lennon and McCartney" (Granada 
                  T.V. - Shown London Area only 16th December) 

January 21        GEORGE HARRISON'S wedding at Epsom Register Office, 
                  Surrey. To Patricia Anne Boyd 

March 1           First showing of "The Beatles At Shea Stadium" 
                  (BBC. TV.) 

April-June        Lengthy series of recording sessions 

May 1             New Musical Express Poll Winners Concert, 
                  Empire Pool, Wembley 

June 24           GERMAN TOUR: Munich/Essen/Hamburg 

June 27           Hamburg/Tokyo flight 
June 30/July 2    JAPAN CONCERTS: Budo Kan, Tokyo

July 4            MANILA CONCERTS: National Football Stadium

August 12/        U.S.A TOUR beginning in Chicago, 
August 29         ending in San Francisco

September/        JOHN LENNON solo movie debut; shooting 
October           "How I Won The War" on location in Germany and Spain

October           GEORGE on holiday in India; RINGO on holiday
                  in Spain

November          PAUL composed soundtrack music for Boulting
                  Brothers' picture "The Family Way" and went 
                  on holiday, motoring through France and 
                  Spain then flying to Nairobi, Kenya 

December          BEATLES re-assembled in London for new series of
                  recording sessions

- flip

APPENDIX 1 - Beatle Fan Quickies

Here are some artists who named the Beatles as personal favorites in these teen magazines. Since there was no further elaboration it didn't seem worth adding a whole section for each little Beatle mention. I list them together here.

Paul Wheatbread (Union Gap). Teen World, Mar 1969, page 38.
Gary Withem (Union Gap). Teen World, Mar 1969, page 39.
Kerry Chater (Union Gap). Teen World, Mar 1969, page 39.
Bobby Hart, (Boyce & Hart). 16 Magazine, Sep 1968, page 64.
Barry Cowsill (Cowsills). 16 Magazine, Sep 1968, page 68.
John Cowsill (Cowsills). 16 Magazine, Sep 1968, page 69.
Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi & Billy). 16 SPEC Magazine, Winter 1969, page 28.
Susie Cowsill (Cowsills). 16 SPEC Magazine, Winter 1969, page 30.
Barry Cowsill (Cowsills). 16 SPEC Magazine, Winter 1969, page 30.
Paul Cowsill (Cowsills). 16 SPEC Magazine, Winter 1969, page 31.
Bob Cowsill (Cowsills). 16 SPEC Magazine, Winter 1969, page 31.
Bill Cowsill (Cowsills). 16 SPEC Magazine, Winter 1969, page 31.
Desi Arnaz IV (Dino, Desi & Billy). 16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 31.
Billy Hinsche (Dino, Desi & Billy) names Pet Sounds and Rubber Soul as favorite albums. 16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 31.
Keith Allison (Where The Action Is, ABCtv). 16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 48.
Bobby Sherman (Shindig; Here Come The Brides, ABCtv). 16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 48.
Michael Shea (Huck Finn). 16 Magazine, Dec 1968, page 57.
Peter Galman (The People Next Door, CBStv). 16 Magazine, Feb 1969, page 44.
Stefan Arngrim (Land Of The Giants, ABCtv). 16 Magazine, Feb 1969, page 44.

APPENDIX 2 - Typos

Here is a list of oddly-spelled words and oddly-turned phrases you may have noticed above. Besides not wanting to alter the original text, I figure it's annoying to the reader, and rude to the writer/editor, to pepper quoted material with "sic"s. Moreover, some may actually be correct, and some may be intentional even if not correct. More fundamentally, I like typos. I get a warm feeling that I've met a soulmate whenever I find one because I am such a fallible being myself. You can figure most other spelling, punctuation, and grammar mistakes above are probably mine. Hope I'm not the last person alive making them in our marvelous spell-checked universe.

the alienated vague buzzing of the Byrds never could
any many, many more
Brahm [Brahms]
Geroge Handel [George Handel]
Glascow [Glasgow]
Help. [Help!]
Jack Bridgemwater [Jack Bridgewater?]
Jo Oborne [Jo Osborne?]
London Pavillion [London Pavilion]
MARY HOPKINS [Mary Hopkin]
Mary Hopkins' singles [Hopkin's]
Paul McM. [Paul McC.?]
rock and roll (is there still such a world?) 
Saviour [looks odd to me in full-blooded American teen magazines]
Siddartha [Siddhartha]
simple match 
so much of the pop and record at the moment
Super Groop
Tape CARtridge
The Mobe Grape [Moby Grape]
Thingamebob [Thingumybob]
This is Ginger, speaking, luv!
tonsilitis [tonsillitis]
Troubador [Troubadour]
Westiminister Abbey [Westminster Abbey]
Wonder Wall [Wonderwall]
W. Wanwick, Rhode Island [West Warwick]


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