Category Archives: Beatles

Happy Prue Day!

A very Happy Birthday for the wonderful Prudence Bury-Fuchs! This is a promotional photo with Prue and Terry, her first husband, after they were married and had moved to New York in 1965.

Prue and Terry Hooper,  New York, 1965

Prue and Terry Hooper, New York, 1965

They were promoting the Youthquake fashion campaign, about which I’ll have more later.

Prue Terry 1965 Notice

There is a new Blu-ray release coming from Criterion of A Hard Day’s Night. I’m very pleased to see that Criterion includes Prue in the cast list.

Pathe-tic!

British Pathé has put 85,000 videos on YouTube, including this one, for all of you youngsters to watch if you don’t understand what all the excitement was about with the Beatles.

Feeling in the pink

A week already since I posted something. Being Sunday again, my usual routine is to listen to the Beeb, and today’s Johnny Walker’s Sounds of the 70′s on BBC Radio 2 featured Mike McGear, otherwise known as Paul McCartney’s kid brother, who played a bit of “Lily the Pink.” Mike’s on the left in this video, with a song he and his mates in the Scaffold put out in 1968.

Before Lily, the Scaffold had this ditty. I knew these records from WBCN in Boston, which was the first American outlet for Monty Python.

More BBC on Sunday

‘Been enjoying a very funny series on BBC Radio 4 from a few years ago, called 1966 and All That. I was happily surprised to hear Eleanor Bron, best known in the U.S. as Ahme in the Beatles movie “HELP!”

And speaking of BBC Radio 4, Brian Sibley has announced on his Facebook page that he’s been given the go-ahead for another series.

After a year-long negotiation, I have just signed a contract with the BBC to adapt T H White’s THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING as six 1-hour dramas for BBC Radio 4 this coming autumn! :-)

THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING was the source material for Walt Disney’s THE SWORD IN THE STONE and Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe’s CAMELOT.

The “They Don’t Know” I didn’t know

Today I heard a record from 1979 for the first time. Johnny Walker’s Sounds of the 70′s on BBC Radio 2 played the late Kirsty MacColl’s “They Don’t Know.” I enjoy simple, accessible songwriting like this.

The only version I knew of MacColl’s song was Tracey Ullman’s cover, featuring a cameo by another Mac, pre-Sir Paul. I can tell this came from the era of the Bangles.