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2001-Jun-10: Help for Montserrat

In commoration of the 36th anniversary of the writing of Yesterday, Sir George Martin has arranged for a series of 500 valuable Beatles' lithographs of  the original score of the song to be sold at auction to raise money for the island of Montserrat, the British colony which was devastated by a volcano in 1997.   Sir Paul has autographed the first picture in the series with the words, "Congratulations you're Number 1".   George Martin has promised to deliver it in person to the top bidder anywhere in the world.

Sir George thanked his old friend saying:  "I'm very grateful to Paul McCartney for helping me produce these wonderful lithographs and hope they will excite a feverish bidding frenzy."

Sir Paul added: "When the tune of Yesterday came to me in my sleep, I never imagined that the song that I had dreamt up would cause such interest so many years later.  But I'm proud that it has because - like George I love the island of Montserrat and its people. I'll be delighted if this song can help their future."

Sir George went on to explain: " This is not a charity that is helping depressed people. They are determined to make it work and we are going to help them ... It was wonderful to work there. I took Paul, Linda and the kids, and Stevie Wonder came. Nobody took any notice of Paul!''  It was Stevie Wonder who caused a sensation among the islanders.

The lithographs and other Beatles memorabilia will go on display in the HMV flagship store on Oxford Street, London on Thursday, June 14.  The first lithograph and a portion of the limited editions will be auctioned beginning June 14 on Yahoo Auctions' online. 

You may also wish to visit the Yahoo auction site to view a 5-minute video of Sir Paul signing the first lithographs, including several clips of Sir Paul singing (and whistling) Yesterday. Also appearing in the video are Sir George Martin and David Linley who designed the frames (for free, Sir Paul notes in the video).  Viscount Linley is the son of Britain's Princess Margaret and the nephew of Queen Elizabeth.  The site also presents George Martin's designs for the new cultural and community center for Montserrat which will benefit from the funds raised in this auction. 

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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