Huge Bea­tles col­lec­tion goes on auc­tion

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May­bel­lene (1955), Berry’s first sin­gle, sounds like noth­ing that came be­fore it, and the key in­gre­di­ents are all in place — revved-up gui­tar, clever lan­guage (“as I was mo­tor­vatin’ over the hill”), girls and cars. Based on Ida Red, a 1938 West­ern Swing hit for Bob Wills and His Texas Play­boys, the new title and beefed-up rhythm sec­tion were the ideas of producer and Chess Records co-owner Leonard Chess.

No one be­fore Berry thought to write a pop song about the headaches of pay­ing bills or los­ing your change in a pay phone. In his 1987 au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, he wrote that the lyrics of Busi­ness (1956) were “meant to de­scribe most of the kinds of has­sles a per­son en­coun­ters in ev­ery­day life”. The chug­ging, rapid-fire vo­cal de­liv­ery would in­spire Dy­lan’s break­through word salad

and when Berry won the first PEN New Eng­land Song Lyrics of Lit­er­ary Ex­cel­lence Award in 2012, Dy­lan sent a con­grat­u­la­tory note say­ing: “That’s what too much mon­key busi­ness will get ya.” PARIS: A vast col­lec­tion of rare Bea­tles vinyl records, pho­tos and other para­pher­na­lia went on auc­tion here on Satur­day.

Bea­tles afi­cionado Jac­ques Vol­couve be­gan his col­lec­tion in 1967 with the al­bum, A Hard Day’s Night. Decades later, it has grown to in­clude nearly 15,000 records and more be­sides.

“Start­ing from 1967, I gave my­self an ab­so­lutely im­pos­si­ble mis­sion: own ev­ery­thing con­cern­ing the Bea­tles,” Vol­couve said.

The 60-year-old has de­cided to auc­tion off his col­lec­tion to fund his re­tire­ment.

Among the 332 lots up for auc­tion was the disc Tony Sheri­dan and the Bea­tles: My Bon­nie signed by Paul Mc­Cart­ney and Ge­orge Har­ri­son, with an estimated price of €6,000 (RM28,600) to €10,000.

A lot of 11 al­ter­nate cover pho­tos for the Grammy-win­ning Sergeant Pep­per Lonely Hearts Club al­bum is ex­pected to go for €10,000 to €15,000. Reuters

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Jac­ques Vol­couve with his col­lec­tion.

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