13 Responses to “JOHN, RINGO MAL AND ??:”

  1. Breno Augusto Silva Fragoso says:

    Bobby Womack

  2. stylus says:

    Bobby Womack.

  3. mcarp555 says:

    Willie Weeks? Don Cornelius?

    Photos of Mal in the early 70’s are pretty rare, I would think. For years I’ve hoped someone would do a good biography of him. That would be a story worth reading.

  4. Ishie says:

    I’d say it’s Bobby Womack with them ….

  5. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    Yes its Bobby Womack – taken at the Rainbow, L.A. I believe. Over to Hitachi…

  6. Kwai Chang says:

    Was Mal working for John or Ringo in L.A.?
    (Why was he in town?)

  7. jim says:

    @ kwai

    he lived (and died) there (LA)

  8. Kwai Chang says:

    Thank you…do you know why he relocated to L.A.?
    It’s an ugly thing when fate is just a coin that says ‘unfair’ on one side…and, ‘flip again’ on the other side. Mal deserved better…I’m sure he didn’t leave London because L.A. was a better placer to contribute to his own demise. It seems possible that he went there to function in a Beatle capacity since John and Ringo made albums there…with Paul dropping by occasionally to visit.
    One of my favorite Badfinger songs is Carry On Til Tomorrow. I think Mal produced it. It seems a bit sad that it is a perfect Epitaph to him.

  9. mcarp555 says:

    Kwai – Mal’s story is well-known, but very sad. After the Beatles split, Mal was at a bit of a loose end. He was obviously a gofer, tour manager and total part animal, but 1970 yanked the rug out from under him. He took to drink and drugs, left his wife and kids, and moved to L.A. for a new girlfriend and the party lifestyle (‘Life in the fast lane’).

    Finally he fought with the girlfriend, and she called the cops. Mal was wasted, and barricaded himself in the apartment. When the cops broke in, he waved a toy gun at them, and they responded with deadly force. Bye-bye Mal.

    And of course, the famous story that he was cremated and the ashes mailed back to the UK. But they were lost in transit. John suggested checking the Dead Letter office. I don’t know if they were ever found.

  10. mcarp555 says:

    Err, that should read ‘total party animal’!

  11. Cara says:

    Kwai, if you ever come down to the city and go to the Farmer’s Market, Mal lived/died just a few blocks away.

  12. Kwai Chang says:

    ‘Protect And Serve Disease’ doesn’t discriminate.
    (and, no one is immune)
    Now, stand on one foot…close your eyes…tilt your head back
    and, tell me how many Mals did you see in the photo?

  13. Hitachi says:

    I believe this was Nov 30, 1973 when John, Elton John, Bonnie Bramlett and Bobby Womack got up on stage during Dr. John’s Troubadour Club gig in Los Angeles. This looks like an “Afterwards” pic along with Mal.

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