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26 February 2016
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You can here part of 'Hullo Little Girl' on the BBC (skip to 46 seconds in if you want to avoid the chat); for some reason it runs way too fast. Of course any one who has 'Anthology 1 ' can hear the song itself but then you dont get the scratchy chipmunk on speed effect.

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There’s a cool "Hey Jude Promo Album" on Ebay.

Just type that in the search to find it.  two-virgins

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All this time I thought there was 1 record with all the Decca songs on it made at that HMV meeting. Were only some songs put onto records from the tapes?

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A letter John wrote aged 11 to his Aunt Harriet is going into an online auction on the 3rd April thru Tracks. The letter is estimate at £30,000+. The text reads

“Dear Harrie

Thankyou for the book that you sent to me for Christmas and for the towel with my name on it, And I think it is the best towel I’ve ever seen.

“The book that you sent to me is a very interesting one. I am at the bottom of page 18 at the moment. The story is famous Ships its all about a man called Captain kidd the pirate.

“I am on the second chapter, the first chapter is called the Victory and the second is called the Mary Celeste.

“Thankyou for the red jumper that you sent to me.

“I hope you have a happy new year. Love from John x”

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I wonder if Aunt Mimi had to bribe John into thanking Aunt Harrie for the red jumper.

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 Aww, that's cute a-hard-days-night-john-2Nice to see Paul wasn't the only one with very neat handwriting at an early age. Mine definitely wasn't that nice when I was ten or eleven, that's for sure! 

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Previously unseen photographs of John Lennon fooling around on the set of 1966 war film he starred in are set to fetch £30,000 at auction

The set of 200 candid images - 190 of which have never been published - show the usually intense Beatle having fun on the set of the 1967 black comedy movie 'How I Won the War'.
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Ron Nasty said

In February 1962 Brian took the Decca audition tape into the HMV Store on Oxford Street. On the second floor they had a recording booth, and the ability to cut records from tape (kind of similar in ways to the Percy Phillips set-up all those years before that had led to The Quarrymen's That'll Be the Day In Spite Of All The Danger , just rather more professional). His idea was to get the tape cut to discs as those would be easier to play to people.

The discs were cut by Jim Foy. While the discs were being cut, Brian and Jim chatted. Jim expressed liking the band. Brian proudly explained that some of the songs were even written by the group. Discovering they were unpublished, Jim mentioned one of EMI's publishing companies, Ardmore and Beechwood, was another floor up, and would he like Sid Coleman to have a listen. Brian jumped at the chance.

Sid liked the songs enough (Hello Little Girl Love of the Loved and Like Dreamers Do ) to want to publish them, and via whatever route, that took Brian to a first meeting with George Martin on 13 February. It is this very disc, with Brian writing in the details (giving lead singer and band on both sides, unlike suggested in the article, Hello Little Girl  is clearly credited to "John Lennon & The Beatles"), that is said to be the only one of the discs Brian had had cut that George had time to listen to listen.

It was certainly this disc that was taken to a meeting between the two on 9 May, as George wanted something where he could evaluate the lead vocals to decide who would be the lead singer. The disc was left George Martin while Brian rushed off to send a telegram to the boys in Hamburg.

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This disc took us to where Brian meets George Martin and - for whatever reasons - The Beatles get a record contract.

It sits alongside The Quarrymen's disc in importance and rarity so far as I'm concerned.

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Maybe. I'm not sure if this was a one-off. It's possible that there were more cut, but this one happened to survive. I seem to recall hearing about Brian selling copies of Decca recordings in NEMS. Since this was intended to drum up interest in the group, it would have made sense to have enough to send to radio/TV stations as well as A&R people.

I don't know, it may be unique. It's certainly very special given that it was passed on to George Martin and remained in such good condition. And acetates wore out very quickly, so it's possibly that no others survived.

As for rarity, the Quarrymen's disc was absolutely a one-off. For what it's worth, it was also the only place you could get that music at the time, whereas the Decca auditions were reasonably commonplace by the 1970s. Truly unique.

The estimate of £10,000 was way low, just like I suspected.

It sold for £77,500 ($110,000). http://www.wcvb.com/national/r.....k/38637818

The 10-inch vinyl, which features the first song John Lennon ever wrote -- "Hello Little Girl " -- was **sold to an anonymous British collector** on Tuesday.

It is one of the first times the legendary record has seen the light of day after Les Maguire, keyboard player with British band Gerry and the Pacemakers, had kept it stored in his attic.

The Omega Auction, taking place near the Beatles' hometown of Liverpool, saw seven telephone bidders from various countries including the U.S., Germany and China, go head-to-head -- far surpassing the estimated £10,000 price tag.

There are perhaps few pieces of vinyl in the Beatles' impressive recording canon, more significant than this one.

It was the first disc to bear the Beatles name -- scrawled on the cover by manager Brian Epstein.

Indeed, without this particular piece of lacquer, the Beatles might never have scored their recording contract with producer George Martin -- who passed away this month, aged 90.

New Year, new record

While other budding musicians may well have been nursing hangovers on New Year's Day, 1962, the Beatles were attending an audition at Decca Records in west London.

The lads from Liverpool recorded 15 songs that day. Decca, to its eternal shame, reportedly rejected the group's offering, saying: "Guitar groups are on the way out."

Dismayed but determined, Beatles manager Brian Epstein was still able to take a copy of the audition tape to record store HMV in Oxford Circus, central London, where it was transferred to acetate discs.

Importantly, these discs could be more easily played on a record player -- and by potential record companies.

The engineer listening to the tapes at the time was so impressed that he brought them to the attention of Syd Coleman of EMI's publishing company Ardmore and Beechwood -- then based above the HMV store.

Coleman in turn brought the discs to the attention of George Martin, who invited the band to a try-out at Abbey Road Studios. Martin signed the Beatles to EMI -- the rest, as they say, is history.

A collector's item

The record is labeled in Epstein's own handwriting, and it appears the manager was keen to highlight the lead singer for each song. The tune "Hello Little Girl " is attributed to "John Lennon and the Beatles," while "'Till There Was You " is credited to "Paul McCartney and the Beatles."

Epstein later gave the disc to Maguire, whose Liverpool group he also managed. Gerry & The Pacemakers recorded its own version of the song "Hello Little Girl ," but it was never released in the 1960s. Ultimately, the song was released by Epstein's other band, The Fourmost, in 1963.

I wonder if Paul is the anonymous British collector.

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A letter John wrote aged 11 to his Aunt Harriet is going into an online auction on the 3rd April thru Tracks. The letter is estimate at £30,000+. The text reads

“Dear Harrie

Thankyou for the book that you sent to me for Christmas and for the towel with my name on it, And I think it is the best towel I’ve ever seen.

“The book that you sent to me is a very interesting one. I am at the bottom of page 18 at the moment. The story is famous Ships its all about a man called Captain kidd the pirate.

“I am on the second chapter, the first chapter is called the Victory and the second is called the Mary Celeste.

“Thankyou for the red jumper that you sent to me.

“I hope you have a happy new year. Love from John x”

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The letter failed to sell at auction. 

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It is a pretty odd thing to spend a lot of money on.  

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It is a pretty odd thing to spend a lot of money on.  

So's a tooth.

Plenty of people waste money on odd things.

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I wonder why it didn't sell- maybe it had a high reserve price?

 

I think it's a pretty interesting thing to have, it's one of the few letters/notes that exist from John's childhood and it's full of little spelling and grammar mistakes that only a child would make.

 

Although I wouldn't spend 30,000 on it, I'd pay mmmmm a fiver.

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Reported by Liverpool Echo

A rare document thought to be one of the last items ever signed by John Lennon is to go under the hammer.

The contract for the sale of The Beatles’ Apple headquarters is set to go up for auction in Boston with a guide price of $80,000 (around £55,000)

The document, was signed by all four members of the iconic band when they bought 3 Savile Row in London for £500,000.

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All four Beatles installed their own office in the property, as well as a studio in the basement, where they recorded Let It Be - and performed for the last time together on the roof.

Beatles expert Frank Caiazzo said: “This document was formally adopted in late November of 1980, thus making it one of the last documents signed by John Lennon during his life.

John Lennon signed in black felt tip pen, and has added a facial caricature, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (who has signed as R. Starkey, his legal name as required on documents), have all signed in blue ballpoint.”

More at the link.

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Jay Hastings was the doorman at the Dakota who helped John the night he was shot. Jay is selling the shirt he wore that night. It has stains from John's blood on it.

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That guy must be pretty hard up to sell that sort of thing.

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Here's the picture of the shirt from the story.

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Mr. Hastings is getting old. If he doesn't have children or grandchildren who would appreciate the significance of the shirt, I guess he wants it to go to someone who will.

What a piece of history. We miss you, John.

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I wouldn't want that. Nope. 

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^^^ I actually think that would be very interesting to have. 

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There's nothing more interesting than having a faded white shirt with barely visible blood stains on it. 

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Evangeline said
There's nothing more interesting than having a faded white shirt with barely visible blood stains on it.   

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