Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ cover used for traffic safery campaign

The Beatles, 'Abbey Road'
Apple Records

Decades after the Beatles turned a stroll across the road — Abbey Road, that is — into one of the most widely copied images of the rock era, police in Calcutta, India are using the Fab Four to try and promote better traffic safety.

Calcutta’s Telegraph newspaper reports that after years of trying to combat rule-flouting pedestrians who don’t think it’s cool to obey the law, officials stumbled across an ad campaign that’s proven wildly successful: using the ‘Abbey Road’ cover to demonstrate that four of the coolest guys in the world understood the value of using a crosswalk.

“We toyed with ideas ranging from Shakira to ‘Gangnam Style,’ keeping the youth in mind. We finally chose the Beatles because of their timeless appeal and the photograph, which fits the bill,” a spokesperson tells the Telegraph. A police commissioner adds, “The Beatles touched thousands of lives with their music and we are simply trying to use their universal appeal to save lives.”

It appears to be working, too. The Telegraph article quotes one young teacher as saying, “Earlier, Calcutta police to me meant pot-bellied and uncool people. But after seeing this, I think they are the coolest! I want to meet the guy behind this idea. Now when I use a zebra crossing, I feel I am walking down Abbey Road!”

Of course, using the Beatles as an example of proper road-crossing etiquette may mean an upswing in the number of Calcuttans who decide to start walking across the street without shoes, which could create its own set of problems. But at least they aren’t imitating the cover of ‘The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,’ right?

Los Beatles llegan a Norteamérica un día como hoy, hace 49 años

49 YEARS AGO: THE BEATLES LAND IN AMERICA

The Beatles
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In October 1963, the word “Beatlemania” was coined in Britain to describe the reactions of screaming young girls every time they heard the Beatles‘ music, either in performance or on the radio. On Feb. 7, 1964, the U.S. got its first proper taste of Beatlemania, as the group arrived in America for the first time.

As their star rose in the U.K., their singles were repeatedly rejected by EMI’s American subsidiary, Capitol Records, and instead issued on small, local labels Vee-Jay and Swan to little success. But by the end of 1963, after a few news reports focused on the Beatles’ success in England, Capitol relented and released ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand.’ The song began its rise up the charts, and while performing in Paris in mid-January 1964, Beatles received word that ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ had gone to No. 1 in America.

A few months prior, Ed Sullivan had arrived in London as the Beatles were returning home from a tour of Sweden and witnessed Beatlemania first-hand. Curious, he inquired about booking the band for his show. An arrangement was eventually reached, with the band appearing on three consecutive weeks, beginning Feb. 9.

Early in the morning of Feb. 7, the group left London on Pan Am flight 101 to conquer America, receiving a send-off at the airport from thousands of fans. That afternoon, they landed at John F. Kennedy Airport, which had been renamed in memory of the slain president six weeks earlier. Unaware of how they would be received in a land where other British acts had fallen flat, they were shocked to discover that an estimated 5,000 screaming fans were waiting for them.

A swarm of reporters and photographers crammed into Pan Am’s office for a press conference. The media, thinking that rock n’ roll singers were incapable of talking in complete sentences, asked a variety of condescending questions, mostly related to their hairstyle. But the Beatles, who were used to this treatment, fired back with wit and charmed those in attendance.

The scenes at the airport, and the rest of that first trip to America, was captured on film by Albert and David Maysles. Originally released in 1964, it was re-edited and released for home video in 1991 as ‘The Beatles: The First U.S. Visit.’


Beatles : Fotos nunca antes vistas …

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Best known for his classic contributions to publications such as Time and LIFE, Henry Grossman maintained a long and fruitful relationship with the Beatles during the 1960s . For over four decades, the vast majority of his Beatles archive (which tops a staggering 6,000 photographs) has been hidden away, awaiting rediscovery. The collection is unprecedented in its scope and intimacy. Now, for the first time ever, these images — most of which have never been published — are finally being made available to fans and collectors for purchase as limited edition prints exclusively through Rock Paper Photo.“The Beatles allowed just a few select photographers greater access than most,” says renowned Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn, “and no one was ever closer than Henry Grossman.” About Henry’s newly-released archive, he adds, ” It’s a thrill to see and a feast to learn from — pure unmistakeable layers of how it was.”Henry’s relationship with The Beatles began in early 1964 when he photographed them during their iconic first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show. By 1965, he had become a trusted friend and companion, traveling with the group to The Bahamas and Austria during the production of Help!

Over the next three years, he would photograph them time and again behind closed doors, capturing a rare insider’s view of The Beatles’ world. Many of those rare photographs are featured in this Rock Paper Photo collection. “They were accustomed to seeing me with a camera, documenting everything that went on around me,” Henry explains. “It was simply part of me, part of who I was. More than that, I had become a friend. So when I pulled out my camera, no one thought twice about it. No one cared. It wasn’t seen as invasive.”

The existence of such a massive cache of never-seen images is one of the most unexpected and significant Beatles discoveries of recent years. From private moments at home with their loved ones, to candid moments off set and at recording sessions, Henry took more photos of The Beatles over a longer period of time than any other photographer. Amazingly, only a small fraction of the more than 6,000 images he took of the group has ever been available for purchase — until now.

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George Harrison

Paul Mccartney

John Lennon
George Harrison
Paul Mccartney and George Harrison
Paul Mccartney
The Beatles
George Harrison

Patty Boyd

 

The Beatles on the set of the Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles at a press conference

 

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John Lennon and Ringo Starr

John Lennon and Paul Mccartney

George Harrison
Ringo Starr

Paul Mccartney
John Lennon and Julian Lennon

Ring Starr and George Harrison

John Lennon

John Lennon
Ringo Starr and George Harrison and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

The Beatles and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi with wives and friends

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George Harrison

The Beatles with George Martin

Paul McCartney algo tomado en la boda de George Harrison en 1966

George Harrison married Patti Boyd on January 21, 1966 in a Surrey, South England.  Paul McCartney and The Beatles manager Brian Epstein served as co-best men at the event.  Here is a photo of the wedding party…

George Harrison Wedding Patti Boyd Paul McCartney Best Man

Looking at the photos from the day, it looks like McCartney might have had a few too many alcoholic beverages.  Here are a few photos of Paul with drink in hand…

Drunk Paul McCartney Best Man George Harrison Wedding Patti Boyd 1966

Paul McCartney Drunk George Harrison Wedding Patti Boyd 1966

Here’s a close-up of a seemingly drunken Paul…

Paul McCartney Drunk George Harrison Wedding

In these photos with the bride and groom Paul looks very happy and getting a bit too close to the new Mrs. George Harrison

Paul McCartney Drunk George Harrison Patti Boyd Wedding 1966

Best Man Paul McCartney Patti Boyd George Harrison Wedding Drunk

John Lennon  y Ringo Starr ni fueron a la boda …….

 

John Lennon y Yoko Ono en el estudio de grabación en 1980 (foto rara)

Foto caleta ( gracias Jack Douglas ) Jack ha trabajado como productor o ingeniero con tanta gente que citaré a los New York Dolls y los Aerosmith entre otras bandas .. (gran tipo por cierto)

Un poco más de historia y como se movió el disco en los charts y el fatítico incidente vía el lunático Mark Chapman.

Tras cinco años de inactividad musical y alejado de los estudios de grabación, Lennon estaba en su máximo momento de creatividad. Por otra parte, había cumplido su sueño de aprender a navegar, llegando a poner en práctica su recién adquirida experiencia viajando en barco a las islas Bermudas  acompañado de un personal reducido. Una vez en Bermuda, comenzó a escribir las canciones que conformarían su nuevo álbum y a finalizar los demos que había grabado durante cinco años en su hogar de Nueva York.

Yoko Ono propondría al productor de muchas bandas ” Jack Douglas “ para trabajar en el futuro álbum de Lennon, dándole las grabaciones caseras para que las escuchara. “Mi inmediata impresión fue que iba a tener un tiempo difícil haciéndolo mejor que en los demos porque allí había mucha intimidad”, relataría Douglas en 2005

Lennon, Ono y Douglas produjeron docenas de canciones a comienzos de agosto, suficientes para llenar el hueco de Double Fantasy e incluso de futuros proyectos: un segundo álbum,Milk and Honey, entraría en la fase de ensayos cuando Lennon fue asesinado en diciembre.

Lennon y Ono decidirían finalmente publicar sus canciones de forma conjunta en un álbum por primera vez desde el controvertido álbum del 72. Subtitulado A Heart PlayDouble Fantasy supondría una colección de canciones en la que John y Yoko cantarían el uno para el otro.

Fichado por David Geffen  para su nuevo sello discográfico, Geffen, junto a Elton John y Donna Summer, Double Fantasy sería precedido por el single “(Just Like) Starting Over”, que entraría entre los primeros cinco puestos de las listas de éxitos. El álbum en sí fue recibido con mucho interés, debido a su publicación tras un periodo de descanso de cinco años en la carrera musical de Lennon. Aún así, las ventas no fueron del todo generosas. El álbum debutó en el puesto #27 en las listas británicas, alcanzando la siguiente semana el puesto #14, si bien posteriormente descendería hasta el #25 y al #46, haciendo del puesto #14 su posición más alta. En Estados Unidos, la situación fue similar: el álbum debutó en el puesto #21, ascendiendo pronto al puesto #12 y posteriormente al #11.

La noche del 8 de diciembre de 1980, Mark Chpaman disparó a John Lennon cinco veces a las puertas del edificio Dakota. Lennon fallecería aproximadamente veinte minutos más tarde. “La última vez que vi a Lennon tenía una increible sonrisa en su cara”, reconocería Jack Douglas al periodista Chris Hunt. “Era la noche que terminamos “Walking in thin ice” “ Estaba emocionado, al igual que Yoko, porque todos sabíamos que habíamos alcanzado lo que John quería hacer con ese tema. Le acompañé hasta el ascensor y le di las buenas noches. Cuarenta minutos después mi compañera vino al estudio, muy pálida”. “Está en la radio”, dijo. “Dispararon a John”

Con la pérdida de Lennon, Double Fantasy alcanzaría el puesto #1 en numerosos países, pasando del #11 a la primera posición en Estados Unidos y del #46 al #2 en el Reino Unido, en el cual se estancaría siete semanas antes de ascender al primer puesto. “(Just Like) Starting Over” también se convertiría en un éxito a nivel mundial, alzándose hasta el primer puesto de las listas, al igual que pasaría con otros álbumes de Lennon y The Beatles Los siguientes singles extraídos del álbum, “Woman” y “Watching The Wheels”, se convertirían también en éxitos.

Beatles: Los cinco personajes removidos de la carátula del “Sargento Pimienta”

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.