22 September 2009
Sept 13th 1967
The Beatles formed an electronics company called Fiftyshapes, Ltd. appointing John Alexis Mardas (Magic Alex) to be the company's director. Alex claimed he could build a 72-track tape machine, instead of the 4-track at Abbey Road (this never materialised).
One of his more outrageous plans was to replace the acoustic baffles around Ringo Starr's drums with an invisible sonic force field. George Harrison later said that employing Mardas was "the biggest disaster of all time."
My understanding is The Beatles agreed to fund Fifty Shapes, a company set up by Magic Alex, but didn't own it or set it up. Later on, when Apple really began to expand, it became part of the company and was renamed Apple Electronics. I may be wrong though.
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