Manfred Stories

PAUL McCARTNEY

In which Manfred meets a Beatle and learns a lesson about money. The antique harmonium stands in the corner of the room, it is very attractive looking, made of old wood and some red velvet. It makes a lovely church-y sound, but one has to...

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Thoughts and Reminiscences: 1963 – Recording

We record “5-4-3-2-1” at Abbey Road Studio 2. Francis, one of the producers of “Ready Steady Go”¹ is in the studio observing, perhaps checking to see if we can deliver what is required. The record is built around a harmonica part, played by Paul Jones,...

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1965 – Crash

Paul Jones¹ is bleeding, with a broken arm and a damaged lip. I regain consciousness, find that I cannot breathe; I struggle for what seems a terribly long time to get a breath. I bang my chest repeatedly and desperately. I feel I am dying,...

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The 1960s – The trappings of stardom

Often at gigs young girls faint with the heat and the crush, and have to be carried out by security people. Their skirts ride up over their hips as they are carried out and at first my instinctive reaction is to look at the girls’...

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The 1960s – My Little Red Book

We are asked to perform one of Burt Bacharach’s songs “My Little Red Book” for the upcoming film “What’s New Pussycat?” Recording is taking place in Abbey Road Studio 2. I am a bit nervous because Burt, one of the great songwriters, will be arriving...

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