Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Flashback: 1961 at the Aldershot Club


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1961, Somewhere in England (Dick Matthews).

The disco ball is riding high and the Beatles are on the stage. You thought the Beatles missed the disco era? Think again!

The Beatles 1961 Aldershot paulmccartney.filminspector.com
You are invited to see this new act, The Beatles, direct from their German tour.

It's fun to do a flashback shot now and then and not go into a whole song and dance (sorry) about it. Just let the picture speak for itself.

The Beatles 1961 Aldershot paulmccartney.filminspector.com
Aldershot Club (Dick Matthews)

The Beatles 1961 Aldershot paulmccartney.filminspector.com
Aldershot Club (Dick Matthews).

The Beatles 1961 Aldershot paulmccartney.filminspector.com
Aldershot Club (Dick Matthews).

The Beatles 1961 Aldershot paulmccartney.filminspector.com
Aldershot Club (Dick Matthews).

The Beatles 1961 Aldershot paulmccartney.filminspector.com
Aldershot Club (Dick Matthews).

Here we have a glimpse into the past of one James Paul McCartney. You can't really see him in this shot - which says a lot right there about the time period - but this is part of his past. And just imagine how many gigs there were like this where they did not take any pictures - why this one is taken, and by whom, would be interesting to know. Perhaps their manager? Or the hotel for promotional purposes? It looks perfectly framed, the mark of professionalism. The disco ball knows all.

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The same performance. Paul doesn't quite have the mop-top look down yet. Aside from the leather jacket, a vestige of Hamburg, he looks downright suburban, corduroy pants and all - which he was. What do you imagine that he is singing? 'Love Me Do'? Aldershot Club (Dick Matthews)

It is the Aldershot Club. 9 December 1961. The Beatles are playing. They are playing for all of 18 people, and happy to have them. Within 2 years, they would be a world sensation. But here, they are a lounge band playing for whoever wanders in. To their credit, several of the folks appear to be enjoying the music. Middle-aged folks, wearing pearls, a few toughs along the left wall looking for opportunity. A wallflower or two on the right. Maybe, spurred on by the music, they hooked up? A typical day in the life of the early Beatles.

A long-ago time of wonder.

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Studio portraits during the same era.

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