Live: Mersey Beat Showcase, London
Den tredje upplagan av Brian Epsteins Mersey Beat Showcase ägde rum denna onsdag i the Majestic Ballroom på Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park, London.
Möte med Peter Clayton om att göra en långfilm om en dag i The Beatles liv
Innan showen träffade beatlarna manusförfattaren Peter Clayton för att diskutera idéer om en långfilm. Dock blev det aldrig något av detta.
Giorgio Gomelsky (mannen som skapade klubben Crawdaddy där The Rolling Stones var husband) berättar en annan story om detta. Peter Clayton hade skrivit för tidningen Jazz Beat och skrivit text till plattor som kommit ut på Decca under 1960-talet. Under 1970-talet var han kolumnist för den etablerade tidningen London’s Sunday Telegraph. 1971 skrev han en rolig ’bekännelse’ How I Didn’t Join The Beatles som inleddes så här:
Normally I keep quiet about how I didn’t make a film with the Beatles in 1963…
The near miss began when a man named Giorgio summoned me to his flat near the West London Air Terminal… [On arrival] I went into a living room where four young men were sitting around eating omelettes off their laps. I suppose I should remember some of those tart witticisms which became such a feature of Beatles Press conferences, but all I can recall are the omelettes, each in the centre of a big plate, like a stranded yellow fish, and the Beatles’ pale faces and grey suits and prolific hair (by today’s standards, of course, they were short-haired; you could see their ears.)
Giorgio’s idea was to make a day-in-the-life film about the band. ”They are fabulous,” Clayton remembered him enthusing. ”So hip. Part of a new culture; they are going to be enormous and we are going to write a film for them.” He and Clayton, with the Beatles’ help, did in fact produce ”a detailed synopsis of a story which I’m still convinced would have worked,” Clayton wrote, and ”in April 1963, we were ready to make the first Beatles film. All that was needed was the approval of Brian Epstein…” But the Beatles’ manager, whom Clayton recalls exhibited ”a combination of shyness [and] profound suspicion of the ways of showbiz,” ”probably mistook Giorgio’s explosive enthusiasm for just another attempt to stampede him into something,” and their film never got made.
”Can you imagine sitting there with the four Beatles and inventing a funny, ’dadaistic’ film, off the cuff?” Giorgio reminisces. ”Apart from anything else, we had a great time. But Epstein didn’t know his ass from his elbow in those early days. He came from Liverpool, the sticks really, compared to London – although he had wanted to become an actor, and even studied in London for a while, I think…
”A few weeks after our meetings, United Artists, which was run by hustling American producers who wanted a quick ’in’ in the nascent London scene, and were ready, as usual, to fork out big money to buy themselves a lion’s share, offers the Beatles a three-picture deal. There was no way we could compete with that – our budget was $20,000 and our esthetic approach well outside studio conventions. But in any case we didn’t get the opportunity to even compete. Epstein, naively – and unethically, in my opinion – just gave them our treatment without ever informing us.”
And that becomes A Hard Day’s Night.
”A couple of years later Epstein wrote me a letter, which unfortunately I misplaced somewhere, in which he apologized. He said he didn’t know, he was naive, blah blah.””
Live: Mersey Beat Showcase, London
Hela 2 000 personer såg The Beatles uppträda denna kväll. Andra artister i detta Showcase var Gerry and the Pacemakers, The Big Three och Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas – alla tillhörande Brian Epsteins artiststall.
Tidigare denna dag hade Gerry and the Pacemakers spelat in en version av Lennon- McCartneys låt Hello Little Girl i EMI Studios.
Detta var den enda gången som The Beatles uppträdde på the Majestic Ballroom.