SI23. "A Hard Day's Night" UK LP Flat Fully-Signed By All Four Beatles On
Day Of Release, July 10, 1964
On July 6, 1964, the Beatles attended the Royal World
Premiere of their first feature film, A Hard Day's Night, at the London
Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus. Four days later, on the afternoon of July 10th,
they boarded a flight at London's Heathrow Airport for their triumphant return
home to Liverpool for the Northern Premiere of the film. They arrived in late
afternoon at Speke Airport to the screams of 3,000 fans. A brief press
conference was held, followed by a police-escorted drive to the city centre
along a route lined with an estimated 200,000 people, roughly a fourth of the
entire population of Liverpool. The motorcade arrived at the Town Hall at a
little before 7pm, where 20,000 fans gathered in the streets outside. Here, they
were given a civic reception hosted by The Lord Mayor, Alderman Louis Caplan,
and attended by 714 city officials, friends and family members. During the
celebration, the group stepped out onto the balcony of the Hall and waved to the
throngs milling in the street below. At 9pm, they left in an Austin Princess
limousine for the Odeon Cinema, where the Liverpool charity premiere showing of
A Hard Day's Night took place. At 1:30am, after the premiere, a
limousine ride back to Speke Airport and another round of civic ceremonies, they
took a return flight to London.
July 10th is noted not only for the Beatles' Liverpool
homecoming for the ‘Northern Premiere’, but also it is the release date of their
third studio album, sharing the same name as the movie - A Hard Day's Night,
the first side of which contained seven songs from the film's soundtrack. If
ever there was a high spot in those early days of global success, this was it.
As the four most recognized faces on the planet, the boys were brimming with
confidence over their recording career and the accolades they'd received for the
film. On that very morning of the album’s release, before leaving Heathrow
Airport for Liverpool, they signed for their attending flight stewardesses
cardboard front cover ‘flats’ of the new album. These flats (which measure 12” x
12”) were actually the factory pressed cardboard printed front covers of the
A Hard Day’s Night LP, before being fully constructed into album
covers…..after which a thick, heavy laminate was applied to the front cover.
The accompanying photo shows Paul McCartney preparing to
board the British Eagle airlines flight for Liverpool. The two stewardesses
shown to the right of Paul are each clutching their newly-autographed A Hard
Day’s Night covers. The attendant on the right far is holding the very one
that is being offered here. An enlargement of the cover seen in the photo is
provided for closer inspection of the location of the signatures and the
positioning of the individual letters, making for proof-positive photo
Because the British albums had thick glossy laminated front
covers, the Beatles found it difficult, if not impossible, to sign the fronts
because the ballpoint pens of the day would not take to the glossy surface. The
vast majority of fully-signed British LPs (any title, unless it was a ‘gatefold
album’) were signed on the un-laminated back cover, often on top of the liner
notes — and those few that they attempted to sign on the front have signatures
that are generally incomplete, due to pen skips. This flat, however, was signed
on the un-laminated front cover graphics – with 20 headshots of The Beatles -
making it a far more desirable and rare presentation piece.
As of this writing, there are no known A Hard Day's
Night Parlophone UK LP covers signed by all four Beatles on the front, and
less than ten known examples fully-signed on the back. On this classic cover
(featuring four rows of five head shots, set up as though they were frames from
a movie), each Beatle has signed beautifully in black ballpoint pen on the row
where his respective image appears.
Consider, too, the supreme rarity of having photographic
provenance for any signed Beatles piece. Instances where visual proof of
authenticity is available in the form of photographic evidence simply never
happens, making the photo verification for this signed LP flat all the more
astonishing. You can't ask for better provenance for a Beatles signed piece than
having that piece appear in a photo with one or more of the Beatles!
Adding to the rarity of this piece is the fact that 90% of
authentic Beatles autograph sets were signed in 1963 when the band members were
still reasonably accessible to their fans. Items signed once they had achieved
global fame are relatively few in number because they were generally
sequestered, inaccessible and unapproachable.
In excellent overall condition, the piece has been
expensively framed to museum archival standards. Here is a
chance to own the instantly recognizable front cover of a classic and important
Beatles album, signed on the day of release and at a time when The Beatles were
on top of the world, celebrating their first film — successful, young,
exuberant, creatively prolific and with so much more to achieve…..$65,000
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An Autograph Set Obtained During “Magical Mystery Tour” Filming, Signed On The
Day The “I Am The Walrus” Video Was Shot.
September 11, 1967, two weeks of filming commenced on The Beatles' new
self-conceived movie project, "Magical Mystery Tour". Boarding a Bedford VAL
Panorama coach bus in central London, The Beatles and a motley crew of
passengers (which consisted of their friends and office staff, a camera crew and
a handful of actors and actresses of various shapes and sizes, including a
“Rubber Man”) headed west, cruising the British countryside through Hampshire,
Devon, Cornwall and Somerset counties. Along the way, the coach passed through
such villages and towns as Widecombe-in-the-Moor (Dartmoor), Bodmin, Newquay,
Watergate Bay, Porth and Taunton, stopping at many of these locales.
week of primary filming (September 19-24) was done at the West Malling RAF Air
Station near Maidstone, Kent. Here, most of the interior sequences were filmed
(including "Aunt Jessie's Dream" and the climactic "Your Mother Should Know"
staircase scene), along with exterior shoots for the "I Am The Walrus", Marathon
Race and Tug-of-War sequences.
two-week period provided scores of fans along the route with access to the group
- the most anyone had seen since the waning days of 1963, just prior to their
worldwide fame. Even more incredible was the improvisational nature of much of
the script, which resulted in some of these fans being utilized as impromptu
extras in selected sequences.
The Beatles' approachability, many of the scant few authentic autograph sets
from that amazing year 1967 – a year that found The Beatles at the height of
their creative powers - were signed during the filming of "Magical Mystery
Tour". Offered here is one such set, signed at the West Malling Air Station on
three pieces of paper. All four Beatles have signed on small spiral notepad
paper in vibrant blue ballpoint pen. One page has been signed jointly by Paul
McCartney and George Harrison. Another has been signed by John Lennon and a
third has been signed by Ringo Starr. All three pieces measure 3-1/2" x 2-1/4"
(9 x 5.75 cm).
signatures were obtained by a service wife who was living in West Malling at the
time, autographed on pages taken from her shopping pad. On the reverse side of
the John Lennon signed page, writing in her hand notes things she must remember
to pick up. This set is accompanied by a color snapshot of her two sons with
Paul McCartney at the time of the signing. John Lennon was also standing close
by when the shot was taken, as you can see his right arm, recognizable due to
the distinctive brown pinstripe suit he wore for several scenes in the movie.
The boys were used as extras in the film and can be seen in the Marathon Race
and Tug-of-War segments, which were shot on Saturday, September 23, 1967. It is
on this same day that The Beatles filmed what many consider to be the apex of
the “Magical Mystery Tour” film, their music video for John’s masterpiece “I Am
The Walrus”. This autograph set was signed within very close proximity to the
actual space where this amazing video was shot, on the very same day!
sets from this late in The Beatles’ career are quite desirable because they had
all but stopped signing for fans after their breakthrough in America three and a
half years earlier. In recent years, Beatles autograph sets from the year 1967
have literally dried up and seldom appear anywhere for sale. While this set has
been autographed on three separate sheets, they were obtained at the same time,
using the same pen, on the same lined notepaper. The set could appropriately be
framed with either of 2 photos contained within the “Magical Mystery Tour” LP
booklet (included with this set). The larger of the two images (12” x 24”)
features The Beatles in full stride during the “I Am The Walrus” shoot.
If you are
a fan of “I Am The Walrus”, the “Magical Mystery Tour” film, or if the
spectacular and colorful 1967 is your favorite ‘Beatle year’ - then this is the
set for you…..$12,500
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CP4. Fully Signed "The Beatles Show" Program From September 1963
On Wednesday, September 4, 1963, The Beatles launched a four-night run of shows
promoted by John Smith, a leading London concert promoter. This wasn't the first
series of Beatles gigs Smith had promoted. His first booking with the group had
been for a show in Oxford the previous February. He had also booked several
dates in support of Brian Epstein's Mersey Beat Showcase starting in Croydon on
April 25th of that year. Because several of these Showcase concerts had to be
cancelled, Epstein offered Smith this September mini-tour, for which the
headlining Beatles earned £250 a night. The shows, compered by Ted King, also
featured supporting acts Ian Crawford, Mike Berry, The Fourmost, Rockin' Henri
and Patrick Dane's Quiet Five.
The four-night package kicked off on September 4th at the Gaumont Cinema in
Worcester, followed the next night by a show at the Gaumont Cinema in Taunton.
On the 6th - the third night - they played the Odeon Cinema in Luton before
concluding the "tour" on the 7th with
a show at Fairfield Hall in Croydon.
Smith had a special 8-page program printed for this 4-nighter and the one
offered here has been signed by all four Beatles on the back cover. This
autographed page features four individual Beatle portraits taken in November
1962 by the group's close friend from their Hamburg days, Astrid Kirchherr. Each
Beatle has signed beautifully next to his own portrait
in dark blue ballpoint pen. Because these shows took place at a time when fans
still had in-person (though increasingly more limited) access to the band, this
program was likely signed after one of the four shows on the tour.
The program, which measures 7" x 9-1/2", has been folded vertically down the
middle and there is some wear to the top of the front cover. There is also a
very light, almost imperceptible horizontal fold on the program. None of these
folds affect the cover signatures on the back cover which remain as bold as the
day they were signed.
From their fledgling days as The Quarrymen in 1956-57 through the end of August
1966, it was all about touring for The Beatles. Still, Beatles-signed concert
programs are very rare indeed and are seldom offered for sale. This is your
opportunity to own a gorgeous, authentic example signed during the group's
heyday as the most popular act in their native Britain -- just five months
before they arrived in America and, in effect, conquered the world…..$22,500
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SI22. A Handwritten Letter Signed By All 4 Beatles While On The 1966 U.S.
In the late fall of 1966, a
charity LP called "Beatleviews-66" was released. The record contained interviews
conducted with the Beatles while on their 1966 tour of North America. The
narrator of the LP was Ken Douglas, a deejay from radio station WKLO in
Louisville, Kentucky. In the mid-1960s, Douglas was somewhat of an anomaly among
deejays in America. He was British. As might be expected, amid all of the fan
frenzy surrounding the Beatles and other British groups, this made Douglas (and
his accent) very popular among listeners of WKLO. Never mind that he had long
hair, vaguely resembled George Harrison and wore clothes that looked to be
straight out of Carnaby Street.
London-born Ken Douglas had migrated to the United States in 1964 on the heels
of the British Invasion, having been exposed to America through his earlier
career as the athletic director on a cruise ship. From New York, he traveled to
Louisville to visit friends and met up with a man who had a men's clothing store
that happened to be across the street from WKLO. Douglas got a job at the
clothier and in 1965, through the store's proximity to the radio station, had a
chance encounter with program director Mitch Michael. Michael invited him to
the station, gave him a tour, introduced him to the staff and, seeing the
potential in having a Brit on the air, asked him if he'd like to sit in with one
of his deejays and talk about London life, fashion and music. Douglas did the
gig for about two months, and was soon offered his own show. For "The Ken
Douglas Show", he would make frequent trips to London to interview all the top
British stars, and before long, he was the top jock at WKLO. By early 1966, the
much in-demand Douglas had his own fan club with a devout following of over
encounter with Beatles press officer Tony Barrow led to a meeting with Brian
Epstein, who told him that the next time the Beatles toured America, he'd be
invited to join them. For the first half of the 1966 North American Tour,
Douglas was at their side, in hotels, on the plane, on buses and backstage
before the shows. His reports from the tour helped place WKLO at the top of the
ratings heap in Louisville.
found Douglas someone they could easily relate to - a fellow countryman. In
Cleveland on August 14, 1966, Douglas sat down with Ringo Starr, who told him
about his home life and fatherhood. Douglas also reported on the chaotic scenes
at Cleveland Stadium. Two days later, on August 16th in Philadelphia, Douglas
snared Paul McCartney for a lengthy recorded chat. When Douglas brought up the
diminishing crowds at Beatles concerts, McCartney was quick to remind him that
the Beatles still played to more people than any other act. Douglas predicted
that the Beatles would continue to sell records long after they stopped touring,
which led McCartney to reveal that the group was far more interested in writing
and recording than performing, citing the band's increasing inability to be
heard above the screams. Of course, history has shown that, two weeks later,
their touring days would indeed end. McCartney then spoke with Douglas about his
life in London (having just bought a home near the EMI Studios), the Beatles'
recording schedule after the tour, the trip he took to Paris with John for the
latter's 21st birthday and the mayhem in Cleveland, commenting that he enjoyed
"fan participation" as long as no one got hurt. Finally, referring to the
negative publicity generated by Lennon's "Bigger Than Jesus" statement,
McCartney told Douglas that when there was no good news to report, the papers
preferred disparaging articles. The pair got on well together.
days of Douglas' interview with McCartney, the Beatles' bassist had written him
a letter, which was on Paul’s personal linen stationary. It read:
"Dear Ken and fellow
line to say best, yes best, of luck on this new and courageous enterprise. May
she reign forever, and sail the ocean blue, yes blue.
best to everyone there from all of us here."
then signed his full name, followed by the other three Beatles - John Lennon
(who has added "F.B.O." following his signature), Ringo Starr and finally,
George Harrison, who has written “and not forgetting” before his signature, and
a star-burst symbol afterwards. The “J” used by John is a ‘throwback’ to the
style of “J” that was last seen in early 1963 – some 3 ½ years prior. All four
of the signatures on this letter are perfect; they are excellent and complete
examples, and are as nicely as they could have signed on that day. Additionally,
McCartney has written “ESQUIRE” following his printed name in the letterhead.
included, original mailing envelope is also fully-addressed in Paul’s hand on
307 West Walnut St.
envelope is postmarked from Cincinnati, Ohio on August 21, 1966, the exact
mid-point of the tour. Affixed is the required 5 cent postage, in the form of a
blue tinted George Washington stamp. On the reverse are the printed words "J.P.
McCartney, London, England", the font being an exact match to that on the
stationary – therefore making this the proper accompanying envelope!
refers to the frequent tea breaks that Douglas would take on the air with
students visiting the station. While the content of the letter is subject to
interpretation at this point in history, the "new and courageous enterprise"
that McCartney writes about could refer to Douglas' possible return to the men's
haberdashery business, which had been his occupation prior to his stint at WKLO.
After leaving the station in 1969, he worked briefly at WINN and WAKY in
Louisville and then moved to California where he did return to the men's
clothing business, this time in a partnership with his close friend Davy Jones
of the Monkees. This letter could allude to an earlier possible venture in men's
apparel, which indeed would happen, but not for several years after.
letters signed by all four members of the Beatles are exceedingly scarce, with
less than a handful surfacing to date. Add to that the fact that the vast
majority of known (single signed) personal letters from any member of The
Beatles was written in their early days, through 1963. Anything handwritten from
the mid-1960s, especially while on tour in North America, is exponentially much
This is by
far the best of the few letters signed by all of The Beatles known to exist,
making this an extremely rare opportunity for the discerning collector…..
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SA7. "A Hard Day's Night" UK LP Cover Fully-Signed By All Four
Beatles For American Runaway, November 1, 1964
She's not the runaway who inspired "She's Leaving Home", but 13-year-old
Elizabeth Freedman garnered her own share of international publicity when, on
October 17, 1964, she slipped away at dawn from her Newton, Massachusetts home
and flew to London. Before her overseas adventures were over, she would have a
fortuitous meeting with the Beatles and head back to America with two
fully-signed Beatles LPs.
Elizabeth's love for the Beatles and the Animals prompted her to withdraw $400
from her bank account, secure a passport, obtain a smallpox vaccination and buy
a one-way ticket to London. She left a note at home, saying she was going to see
a movie and instead flew off to Britain. Despite her young age, no one
questioned her along the way. Once she reached her destination, she immersed
herself in the local music and club scene, attending shows by Tommy Steele,
Cilla Black, Cliff Richard, Petula Clark and Long John Baldry. Having recently
attended a concert by the Animals in Boston (where she met Eric Burdon and
another member), Elizabeth hoped to once again meet up with the group, which had
just returned to England. It was also her intention to see the Beatles in
concert, but that seemed unlikely to happen.
In the meantime, Boston police had traced Elizabeth as far as the city's Logan
Airport, where it was discovered that she had flown to England. There the trail
ended. Her widowed, British-born mother, Barbara Freedman, contacted the U.S.
Embassy and Scotland Yard in desperation, asking for their assistance.
Elizabeth's passport photo was sent from the authorities in Washington D.C. to
Scotland Yard, but neither British nor American authorities were able to locate
her. A glimmer of hope appeared when the Embassy soon notified Mrs. Freedman
that they had traced Elizabeth to a London hotel, where she had stayed for two
days after her arrival. Unfortunately, she had disappeared again.
Mrs. Freedman immediately flew to London to begin her own search, starting with
the clubs and coffee bars in the West End.
Enter Beatles producer George Martin. When news of Elizabeth's plight hit the
London papers, Martin made this public promise in print: “When this little girl
is found I promise her I will see she meets The Beatles before she goes home”.
The following day (October 30th), nearly two weeks after her disappearance,
Elizabeth was located at a rooming house in the tough Brixton district in South
London. The London papers had run a description of the missing girl and police
had been tipped off by someone she had met in a club. Mother and daughter were
immediately reunited. The pair stayed in London a few additional days and, while
in England, visited the girl's grandmother, who lived in a town about 70 miles
George Martin’s promise was fulfilled on November 1st when Elizabeth was
escorted into the Beatles' dressing room at the Astoria Theatre in Finsbury
Park. A published account in the November 2nd Daily Express described the
meeting. "So this is the little girl we've been reading about," Ringo quipped.
"I don't think we've been to Boston," George said. Paul replied, "We have.
That's where we had the tea party." The newspaper article reported that after
she ate a hot dog with the Beatles, "Elizabeth saw the show, clutching two
record albums the Beatles had signed." Four days later, Elizabeth and her mother
returned to Boston where she was promptly grounded for a while.
It is a rare instance indeed when a Beatles signed piece comes with such
ironclad provenance, but offered here is one of the two LPs that Elizabeth had
autographed by the group during her backstage visit. This original British
Parlophone Records mono pressing of A Hard Day's Night has been fully-signed by
all four Beatles on the back cover in the same black ballpoint pen. John, Paul
and Ringo have signed at the top above the liner notes and George has signed
below his photo at the bottom. The signatures are large and legible. John and
Paul have also added kisses ("XXX") following their signatures. The LP, which
measures 12" x 12", has very light wear and discoloration on the back, but this
has no bearing on the clarity of the signatures or the overall beauty of this
piece which has remained solely in Elizabeth's possession for almost fifty
The LP is accompanied by copies of several newspaper article clippings (both
British and America) chronicling Elizabeth's escapades, her mother's frantic
search for her and eventually her face-to-face meeting with the boys. As a nice
bonus, Elizabeth's Beatles concert ticket from the night of her meeting with
them is included. Additionally, there are two black & white photos showing
Elizabeth taken at the time of her amazing encounter with the Beatles in their
dressing room. In one, John Lennon is seen holding the very A Hard Day’s Night
album being offered here! He is pictured clutching the album in one hand and the
pen The Beatles used to sign in the other. (Elizabeth recalls Lennon pointing
the pen at the photographer and saying "bang, bang" as if he was shooting him.)
On the same evening, Elizabeth also had all four Beatles sign a copy of the With
The Beatles LP, but gave that album to a friend when she returned home.
Autographed Beatles LPs are among the rarest and most desired of all autographed
Beatles pieces as they represent the music the band created. Certainly, A Hard
Day's Night, the soundtrack album to their first feature film, is the LP that
best exemplifies Beatlemania at its peak. In recognition of the great album that
it is, Britain's Q magazine placed A Hard Day's Night at number five in its list
of the "100 Greatest British Albums Ever". To date, fewer than a dozen A Hard
Day’s Night covers signed by all four of The Beatles have materialized, making
this an exceptionally rare title.
"They were very friendly, sweet, funny and unassuming," Elizabeth writes in the
Letter of Provenance that accompanies the LP. "They were not at all stuck up or
arrogant. I was so dazzled by them...". The girl who ran away from home to meet
the Beatles still has her memories, but now you can own the well-preserved
evidence of her meeting with the four most famous rock musicians of all time.
Don't miss this opportunity to acquire an investment-grade artifact with a
well-documented back-story that gives it an impeccable pedigree….. $60,000
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