Well, last week was the Bruce Springsteen stuff. I found out I was the only person at the L.A. show that wanted his autograph and didn’t get it. One person had his arm signed. I’m not sure why. Perhaps he’ll get it tattooed. Another kid got lucky. He held up a sign asking for a note from Bruce for his teacher. Well, he got it. Springsteen invited him and his backstage for a meet-and-greet and Springsteen wrote out a note. Springsteen wrote that the kid might be tardy because he’s out rocking and rolling [side note: does anybody ever use the word “tardy” outside of school?]
Anyway, if I were the teacher I would say, “Yes, this note does excuse you. So, I will keep this note, for my files of course.”
I mean...isn’t the note for the teacher? ;-)
I woke up this morning (and got myself a beer). Sorry, any time I can throw a Doors reference in, I do. I turned on CNN and heard about a Beatles record that sold. It went for $110,000 and any Beatles collector went nuts when hearing about it. It’s a 10-inch vinyl which has the first song John Lennon wrote -- “Hello Little Girl.” (borrowing a bit from the old blues standard -- Good Morning, Little School Girl).
A keyboard player from Gerry and the Pacemakers (Les Maguire) sold it at auction, and seven bidders were battling, from the U.S., to China. It went to an anonymous Brit. They estimated this record, which had never seen the light of day, would pull in around $25,000. Now, as somebody that’s into autographs, I was also into the fact that the late Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, had written on the record label “John Lennon and the Beatles” on one side, and “Paul McCartney and the Beatles” on the other.
There’s also a bit of significance in the fact that this record is probably what got them the deal with George Martin and...the rest is history.
The “A side” of the record is of less interest. It’s the Beatles song “Till There Was You.”
Apparently, Maguire got the record from Epstein, since he was also managing Gerry & The Pacemakers (who I’m guess, all probably have pacemakers at this point). But now one of them also has $100,000. Let’s hope when he sends the grandkids birthday cards this year, there’s more than $5 in them.
Maguire said his band recorded their own version of “Hello Little Girl” but it was never released. I’m guessing if that was auctioned, it might get $25.
That doesn’t mean the song never did get out. Epstein managed another band -- The Fourmost. They released it in 1963.
Now, to a guy that’s probably as popular to a lot of teens now as the Beatles were in the early ‘60s -- Justin Bieber. His security team decided on this “Purpose” tour, they would stop doing the meet-and-greets. This is after an obsessed fan, who is on the “watch list” had to be removed from the venue. That’s probably good news to parents everywhere, because he was charging from $900 to $2,000. If you paid the lower price, you met him with a small group. If you paid the big bucks, it was a one-on-one interaction (and I’m guessing, anything you wanted signed).
Bieber apparently wasn’t loving these meet-and-greets. He thinks one fan gave him the flu, and many have pulled his hair and clothes (again, just like The Beatles).
And back to the Beatles, if you’re in San Diego this Saturday, go to Beatlefair http://sandiegobeatlesfair.com/
Denny Laine, a former member of The Wings and founder of The Moody Blues, will be there. He’s a great autograph signer.
See ya in America’s Finest City.