Rare Photos of Their Early Years Published
Beatlemania hadn’t quite reached a fever pitch when photographer Norman Parkinson took pictures of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr during a recording session at Abbey Road Studios in September 1963. Now those photos have been gathered in a new book, The Beatles: London, 1963. “The atmosphere there was laid-back: just four young phenomenally talented lads from Liverpool having a lot of fun,” says Simon Parkinson, the son of Norman (who died in 1990). “But, and this is a big ‘but,’ they were under the watchful care of that supreme Svengali, George Martin.” Of the band’s manager, Simon says, “He seemed to be everywhere.” The book also chronicles the Beatles’ travel habits. “We would book two twin-bedded rooms for the group,” remembers tour aide Tony Bramwell. “John-Paul and George-Ringo were the usual pairings. They liked staying at the President because there were Turkish baths in [nearby] Russell Square. That kind of thing was still new and entertaining for them.” No doubt they found it fab.
George, Paul, Ringo and John put their heads together in 1963.“The Beatles saved the world from boredom,”George said.