Rare Pho­tos of Their Early Years Pub­lished

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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.

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