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2002-Dec-05: The Beatles in Wales

The Beatles and WalesDavid Jones new book "The Beatles and Wales" will be released next Thursday to coincide with the 37th anniversary of the band's last tour of the U.K.  This title will no doubt appear on the Christmas lists of Beatles and Paul McCartney fans.

Based on contemporary materials and previously unpublished accounts, Mr. Jones takes his readers on a voyage with the Beatles across Wales, including a 1963 two-night stint at the Ritz Ballroom on the promenade in Rhyl, as well as a headline performance at Odeon Cinema in Llandudno (where they were billed as Britain's fabulous disc stars) with a 13-year-old Pontardawe schoolgirl named Mary Hopkin in the audience, who would became one of the first artists to sign with the Beatles' Apple record label. Sir Paul produced her timeless hit single Those Were The Days.

The book also includes stories such as that of Welsh guitarist Dave Edmunds who was working at a music shop in Cardiff in 1963.  When he was sent to the Capitol Theater to try to sell drumsticks and guitar strings to the Beatles.  Edmunds ended up spending the afternoon backstage and giving Paul McCartney a set of bass string.  Mr. Edmunds recalls, " We were too nervous to charge them so we just gave them everything.''  Dave Edmunds when on to top the British charts in the 1970s with I Hear You Knocking and remained friends with Sir Paul and directing the 1990 John Lennon tribute concerts in Liverpool.

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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