There’s a new Facebook page called “The Beatles and Me” that’s trying to gather stories of seeing or just meeting the Beatles. And one of the organizers told Beatles Examiner Tuesday they’ve gotten one very unique story in the short time it’s been up.
Dean Johnson, a musician in Liverpool, said “Our Facebook page is just to give people a chance to tell their own Beatle story. Every day things, from seeing Paul sing ‘Hey Jude’ in a tiny pub on New Year’s Eve” to selling Ringo some bulbs for his garden or living next door to George’s sister and seeing a sports car outside. Just little stories that touched people’s lives and made them feel connected to the Fabs for a few minutes.”
The Beatles are also scouting for stories of seeing the Beatles, though in concert, in “The Beatles Live! Project.” But “The Beatles and Me” is more wide-ranging than just concerts. The new Facebook page has been set up for fans to share their own Beatles stories. Organizers of the page say lots of lucky Merseysiders, as well as Beatle fans around the world, might have seen the Beatles in their ’60’s or many may have had chance meetings with them since. Coming face to face with a real Beatle can be a surreal experience, they say. (Indeed!)
The page already has some well-known members, including Mersey Beat founder and editor Bill Harry, singer Billy J. Kramer, early Beatles promoter Sam Leach and Colin Blumstone of the Zombies. It’s also already received some previously unseen pictures of the band, Johnson says. And organizers say there are plans to turn the best posts into a book.
Johnson cited one story they have already. “A friend of mine was stopped outside the Cavern Club a few months before George (Harrison) died and some scruffy guy asked, “Where is a good place to eat? It’s all changed around here.” It turned out it was George coming back home one last time. Little gems like that.”
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