Los Monkees fueron creados en 1966 por unos productores de la Televisión Americana, ellos se inspiraron después de ver la película de los Beatles de 1964 “A Hard Day’s Night“. Mucha gente pensó que los Beatles detestarían a sus nuevos rivales con las muchachitas y los rankings musicales.
Los Beatles cuando los Monkees fueron por primera vez a Inglaterra no dudaron en recibirlos, ellos y su manager Brian Epstein hicieron una fiesta interrumpiendo las grabaciones de su disco “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” para decirles que eran fans de los Monkees y que no se perdían un solo programa.
John Lennon, George HarrisionconMike Nessmithen la fiesta
John Lennon les dijo en sus caras peladas “No me pierdo ni un episodio de ustedes por nada” y George Harrison sabiendo las limitaciones musicales de los Monkees les dijo ” Con el pasar de los años la gente se dará cuenta que ustedes son los mejores.”
Acá vemos una foto de Nesmith y Lennon grabando la canción “A Day In The Life”
Peter Tork fue uno de los músicos de George Harrison’s en Wonderwall Music, McCartney’s llegando a tocar el banjo de cinco cuerdas.
En 1995, Ringo Starr hizo un comercial con los The Monkees para Pizza Hut…
No se diga más : Los Beatles y sus rivales pre producidos Norteamericanos fueron mejores amigos por conveniencia o por química, si Jimi Hendrix estuvo de gira con los Monkees en 1967 en U.S.A todo es posible.
March 25, 1966, The Beatles took the photos that would become their most controversial photos ever taken. The infamous “Butcher Photo Session” would later provide the short-lived album cover forThe Beatles US release of “Yesterday And Today” before they were destroyed and or pasted over.
The Beatles‘ photographer Robert Whitaker called these photos “A Somnambulant Adventure“. The Beatles are featured wearing white coats and draped with dismembered baby doll parts, false teeth and slabs of meat. Here are some alternate photos from the session…
Here’s the actual photo used for the botched album cover…
The Beatles had grown tired of the same old photo shoots so they played along with concept and the photographer. The photos were not originally intended as an album cover but The Beatles submitted photographs from the session to be used for their promotional material. Why Capitol Records chose this as an album cover only to back track is beyond me.
Here’s two pretty cool shots of The Beatles before the white coats and the raw meat.
George Harrison was later quoted as saying that he thought,
“the whole idea was gross, and I also thought it was stupid. Sometimes we all did stupid things thinking it was cool and hip when it was naïve and dumb; and that was one of them.”
There were a few other famous people that were supposed to be included in the photo but for different reasons were either never made, obscured or airbrushed out of the final album cover. A cardboard cut-out of Adolf Hitler was made but was left out of the photo shoot at the last minute. Lennon had requested Jesus Christ but the cut-out was never made because it was only a few months after Lennon had made his famous “The Beatles are bigger then Jesus” statement.
1. Leo Gorcey – An American Movie Actor – He was in the original photo but removed when a fee of $400 was demanded by his agent. The image used was from the movie “Angels with Dirty Faces”.
2. Mohandas Gandhi – Was removed, because according to McCartney, “Gandhi also had to go because the head of EMI, Sir Joe Lockwood, said that in India they wouldn’t allow the record to be printed”
3. Timothy Carey – An American Film and Televison actor – Carey’s cut-out is obscured byGeorge Harrison on the album cover and he can only be seen on out-take photos from the session. The image of Carey is from Stanley Kubrick’s movie “The Killing“.
4. Bette Davis– An American Actress – Like Carey, her cut-out was used for the photo but was obscured by Harrison as well. She can only be seen in photo out-takes from the session. Her cut-out image was taken from the 1939 movie “The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex“.
5. Albert Einstein – His cut-out was mostly obscured in the final photo by John Lennon as only his hair is visible. Einstein can only be seen in the out-take photos.