My friend John Dunbar insisted I watch "Beatles Stories" and made it real easy for me by putting a copy of it in my hands. Thank you, John. I knew nothing about this film.
Power Pop fans may recognize the filmmaker Seth Swirsky from his band The Red Button. What you may not know is that Seth also wrote the hit songs "Tell It To My Heart" and "Prove Your Love" for Taylor Dayne. (He's written many more, but that's not why I'm here.) What I find truly amazing about Seth Swirsky is how he was able to get Brian Wilson, Jon Voight, Graham Nash, Denny Laine, Andrew Gold, Davy Jones, Norman "Hurricane" Smith, Frank Gifford, Art Garfunkel, Ben Kingsley, Mark Hudson, Rick Nielsen, Sir George Martin, Gerry Beckley, Klaus Voorman--who not only designed the cover of "Revolver," but whose picture is *on* the cover of "Revolver," as well (did you know that? I didn't) --Joey Molland, Bob Eubanks, Peter Noone, Susanna Hoffs and about 2 dozen or so more, to share their stories about meeting The Beatles.
Seth Swirsky, Ladies and Gentlemen.
This film knocked me out. Every one of these stories--from Kathy, one of the original Apple Scruffs reading a letter from George thanking her for her inspiration, to Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen sharing his story of being in the studio with John for the "Double Fantasy" sessions and John mentioning how he wished he had Rick on "Cold Turkey" since "Eric Clapton choked"-- made me smile. A few moved me to tears. Mostly, I just had an amazing time.
Seth Swirsky, what the hell?
I have a Beatles story.
I got a call in 1991 from the David Lettermen show. Ringo Starr was a scheduled guest and they found out I had all 4 original Beatles dolls. They knew this because they tried finding Ringo themselves by calling various antique stores, and when they reached Fun Antiques, formerly of the Upper East Side, the owner and friend of mine George Darrow, gave me up, since I had purchased Ringo from him.
A producer asked if she could borrow it for the broadcast. I said, "Sure. Can I have tickets for the show?" She said, "No." I said, "Okay, then no."
We hung up.
She called back.
So, I am escorted inside and hand off my Ringo to Biff. The entire pre-show wait, I'm watching Biff Henderson from my seat, manhandle my collectors item. He was tossing it up in the air like a ball without jacks. At one point he shoved it in the back pocket of his ill-fitting slacks. I wasn't having any fun.
I'd like to finish the story with something exciting like, I met Ringo and he was a blast. But, truth is, they didn't even bring out the doll on air. It sat sideways, face down on those shelves to the right of Dave's desk in the pre-Ed Sullivan Theatre days for the entire broadcast.
Good thing Seth never called me. I would have ruined his film.
Here's the Hurricane Smith clip. If you enjoy this even a bit, you will adore "Beatles Stories."