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19 December 2016
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And, worthy of a mention, is that Paul and Linda - allegedly - paid a visit in 1968.

25 October 1968.

Paul has denied this visit, however, and the official record shows him to be in America.

But those who say this visit happened, who have included the daughter - Debbie Geoghegan - of the then Cavern owner, and famed-Cavern bouncer Paddy Delaney (who knew Paul), swear it happened, and that there are photographs to prove it...

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Now, unless Faul is real, that's the best damn McCartney lookalike I've ever seen...

And here's something you could come up with a conspiracy theory about...

Photos that claim to show him in Liverpool on 25th, while the official record claims he was in New York.

Despite Paul's denials of this visit, it is included in Spencer Leigh's history of The Cavern, and is given a page in the current Cavern Club official history publication.

So, Paul may have been the last Beatle to visit the Cavern while still a Beatle...

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Did the Beatles ever publicly declare that they had quit touring? How likely was it for your average teenage Beatlemaniac to have known about it in 1966? 

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Silly Girl said
Did the Beatles ever publicly declare that they had quit touring? How likely was it for your average teenage Beatlemaniac to have known about it in 1966?   

There was never any official announcement, more often than not when asked they would say they were happier in the studio as they couldn't be heard by the audiences etc. 

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It's well-known that the Beatles saw Jimi Hendrix perform, but did any of them meet him personally? 

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Similarly, I know that the Beatles met the Pink Floyd (they were recording next door, and looked in on each other's sessions), but I wonder if Paul or somebody ever saw them live. 

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It's safe to assume they went backstage to meet him after the show, as they were both into each other's music and Paul McCartney considers Jimi as an influence on his guitar playing.

Did Pete Best ever see The Beatles live after they hit it big.

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Supposedly Jimi wanted Paul to play bass on a session he was trying to set up with Miles Davis. That would have been rather mind-blowing...

 

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Pete Best joined Lee Curtis and the All-Stars for a time after he was dismissed from the Beatles. The two bands played on some of the same bills during 1962 when the Beatles were breaking... But does that count as "after they hit it big?" Maybe not.

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Pablo Ramon said
Supposedly Jimi wanted Paul to play bass on a session he was trying to set up with Miles Davis. That would have been rather mind-blowing...

That I knew. 

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To a degree, @Necko, you have to go on the probabilities.

Here are some things known from The Beatles perspective.

Their earliest mentions of him were at the beginning of 1967, within weeks of him arriving in town.

A lot of Jimi's early showcases were at places like the Ad-Lib, Beatles central.

Paul made a condition of him being on the named board for Monterey that Jimi played.

It's rumoured that John did backing vocals on Jimi's BBC version of Day Tripper (though, mostly likely, not).

Ringo rented his Montague Square flat to Jimi for a while.

This is the flat where John and Yoko were later busted, and John would tell how they were pre-warned, and completely went through the place because they knew Jimi had been there, and knew what he was like.

What has to be remembered is that the "Swinging London" Jimi landed in was, at most, a couple of thousand people, with more shakers than movers.

The aristocracy were the movers, with the Beatles as "the four kings of EMI", the toppermost of the poppermost.

Most people had to work their way up, while Jimi flew into London with Chas Chandler, who was already part of the aristocracy. It is impossible to think that most of the Beatles wouldn't have met Jimi by the end of '66, and all by the end of January '67.

@Silly Girl, I would argue that there were statements that indicated they'd quit touring. The "No more She Loves You's" comments in late-'66, early '67. They did say they wouldn't be another tour like they had toured.

And a very stoned John (with Mal) was at, and filmed at, the 14-Hour Technicolor Dream at Alexandria Palace in early '67. Floyd headlined.

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@Ron Nasty said
There is a story that Kate Robbins - British comedienne, actress, singer, and Paul's cousin (it was the Robbins' family pub on the Isle of Wight where the Nurk Twins would perform) - tells of the family's reaction when stories of Paul's drug use started making the headlines around 1967.

A family deputation was sent down from Liverpool to London to find out what was going on with him, Auntie Gin being the most well-known of the family members involved. They spent a couple of days with Paul.

Getting back to Liverpool, they were quizzed by other family members about what was going on with Paul, whether he'd got weird, and what was all this talk of drugs...

The story is that Auntie Gin pulled out a big joint, sparked it up, took a long drag, and then started handing it around, telling everybody drugs were nothing to be really worried about... and that Paul was still Paul...

How true the story is, who knows...  

That's an amazing story! I'd not heard it before. Do you happen to know if Kate's version is in print or on video anywhere?

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It's safe to assume they went backstage to meet him after the show, as they were both into each other's music and Paul McCartney considers Jimi as an influence on his guitar playing.

Did Pete Best ever see The Beatles live after they hit it big.  

The last time they were on the same bill was in February 1963, so in between the release dates of Please Please Me (single) and Please Please Me (LP). I'm not aware of Pete seeing them after then, though Neil Aspinall certainly remained close, and in 1967 John Lennon asked Mona Best for a trophy he used on the cover of Sgt Pepper (it looks a little like an elongated Saturn, and is inside the floral L of BEATLES).

https://www.beatlesbible.com/1963/02/19/live-cavern-club-liverpool-278/

Also on the bill at the Cavern were Lee Curtis and the All Stars, The Pathfinders, and Freddie Starr and the Midnighters. And in the crowd for The Beatles' set was Pete Best, drummer at the time for the All Stars, although both he and The Beatles were at pains to avoid an encounter with one another. It was the last time The Beatles set eyes on Best.

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@Ron Nasty said
And, worthy of a mention, is that Paul and Linda - allegedly - paid a visit in 1968.

25 October 1968.

Paul has denied this visit, however, and the official record shows him to be in America.  

I wasn't aware of that. Apparently Paul and Linda flew to New York on 20 October 1968, and returned 10 days later (they spent a little time in Jamaica too). Being in Liverpool on the 25th seems a bit of a stretch, though I suppose they could have come back after just four days.

Also, Paul's hair doesn't look particularly late-68 to me, though I may well be wrong. He had a very similar haircut in March 69 when he married Linda, so it could be from around that time, though of course he could have been rocking the same style for a while.

But I just saw this on Meet The Beatles For Real:

I believe that the Oct 25th date is correct. Paul, Linda, and Neil made a couple back and forth trips to NYC. Paul & Linda were there from the 20th to the 23rd. They came back & then they & Neil flew back to NYC on the 27th. On the 30th they flew to Jamaica and then came back to London on the 1st of November. They spent some after that in Scotland.

Transatlantic travel is pretty exhausting. I suppose Linda might have wanted to get back to see her daughter (assuming Heather stayed in NYC), but flying from London to NY, then NY to London, then travelling to Liverpool and back, off to NY again, to Jamaica, then back to London, all within 12 days? It's possible but I really wouldn't want to do it myself. Unless they had a very good reason to be in Liverpool, why bother?

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So I actually don't have the 2009 remastered editions of Please Please Me, A Hard Day's Night, and Beatles For Sale.  Instead, I have the 1987 versions of those albums and the 2009 version of everything else.  iTunes is having a sale on Beatles albums right now, so do you guys think it is worth it to get the upgrade?  I have noticed some contrast between the older cd's and the new one's, and I think it'd be nice to have the complete set.  On the other hand, I could spend my money on albums I don't have already versus ones I do.  What do you guys think?

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If you like one of the albums, I'd definitely get it. For me, I would definitely buy AHDN, as I love the album. If you really don't like one of the albums, I would advise against buying them, as you already have a copy.

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A word of advice, @limitlessundyinglove 

If you own a record player, I recommend getting the 2009 vinyl box set and either getting rid of the CD's or using them as backups, as vinyl sounds a hell of a lot better than CD's. The problem now is mono vs. stereo. I recommend stereo because it gives you all the songs if you buy the box set, whereas if you buy The Beatles In Mono, you'll have to buy Abbey Road, Let It Be, and the original 7-inch singles of The Ballad Of John And Yoko and Let It Be separately (also, Yellow Submarine, but Mono Masters has the 4 Beatles tracks on said album, so all you'd be missing out on is the non-Beatles B-side), although some would say mono, as every Beatles release from Love Me Do to The Beatles was meant for mono. Just remember, don't use those dumbass plastic sleeves. If you get the sticky piece stuck to the cover, it takes forever to get it off without severely damaging the cover.

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I do actually have several Beatles albums on vinyl, and I prefer vinyl.  However, I like to have the CD too as vinyl is not what you'd call "portable".  That said, I'm not going to go for the mono CD's as they are not all that easy to get. (though I do like to get mono Beatle vinyl when I can).  My question was whether or not it is worth it to upgrade from the 1987 CD versions of PPM, AHDN, and BFS to the 2009 iTunes/CD versions.

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The big difference between the 1987 and 2009 remasters is that for the first 4 albums, the 1987 versions are in mono where the 2009 release has everything except for Love Me Do, PS I Love You, She Loves You, I'll Get You, and You Know My Name (Look Up The Number) in stereo unless if you buy the mono version. Personally, I'd say yes, but considering you prefer mono over stereo, I don't think you'd like the change.

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I do already have the '09 version of With The Beatles, which is in stereo, so I think the other '87 mono versions sound weird next to it.  I'm thinking maybe it'd just be better to have the complete set of 2009 versions.  Honestly, I dunno why they don't just release the 2009 mono CD's to purchase separately or put them on iTunes or something.  Maybe they think people will be confused and won't know the difference.  Thanks for the info though.

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Anytime man. If it's the 2009 mono versions you want, you could try to sell all of your 1987/2009 versions except for Abbey Road and Let It Be and try to get The Beatles In Mono box set.

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NME answers the most Google questions about the Beatles http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-b.....et-1942088

Love their answer to the last question.

I hope we have all the answers on the BB. I don't have time right now to check.

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