Paul McCartney träffar Linda Eastman för första gången

Den här måndagen hade Brian Epstein bjudit in till ett middagsparty för att markera färdigställandet av albumet Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Efter partyt gick Paul McCartney till nattklubben Bag O’Nails Club för att se Georgie Fame And The Blue Flames uppträda. På nattklubben hade Paul sitt första möte med sin blivande maka – Linda Eastman.
Plaque marking the first meeting of Paul and Linda McCartney at the Bag O'Nails Club, Soho, London

En minnesplakett finns uppsatt vid klubben.

The Bag O’Nails låg i källarplanet på Kingly Street i Soho, London. The Beatles var stambesökare på klubben, speciellt under åren 1967 och 1968.. Paul McCartney hade ett eget privata stambord på klubben.

Paul McCartney berättar:
The night I met Linda I was in the Bag O’Nails watching Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames play a great set. Speedy was banging away. She was there with the Animals, who she knew from photographing them in New York. They were sitting a couple of alcoves down, near the stage. The band had finished and they got up to either leave or go for a drink or a pee or something, and she passed our table. I was near the edge and stood up just as she was passing, blocking her exit. And so I said, ‘Oh, sorry. Hi. How are you? How’re you doing?’ I introduced myself, and said, ‘We’re going on to another club after this, would you like to join us?’ 

That was my big pulling line! Well, I’d never used it before, of course, but it worked this time! It was a fairly slim chance but it worked. She said, ‘Yes, okay, we’ll go on. How shall we do it?’ I forget how we did it. ‘You come in our car’ or whatever, and we all went on, the people I was with and the Animals, we went on to the Speakeasy. 

The Speakeasy var en nattklubb som låg på Margaret Street, och det var här som de hörde Procol Harum framföra A Whiter Shade Of Pale för första gången.

Linda Eastman berättar:
We flirted a bit, and then it was time for me to go back with them and Paul said, ‘Well, we’re going to another club. You want to come?’ I remember everybody at the table heard A Whiter Shade Of Pale that night for the first time and we all thought, Who is that? Stevie Winwood? We all said Stevie. The minute that record came out, you just knew you loved it. That’s when we actually met. Then we went back to his house. We were in the Mini with I think Lulu and Dudley Edwards, who painted Paul’s piano; Paul was giving him a lift home. I was impressed to see his Magrittes.

Paul och Linda träffades igen fyra dagar senare, den 19 maj 1967, när Linda Eastman deltog på ett pressparty hemma hos Brian Epstein på Chapel Street nr 24 i London för albumet Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

 

Linda Eastman med en Nikon-kamera.