This is interesting, taken in 1973 after John shaved his head, but it’s with May Pang and Yoko, so this has to be very, very close to when John and May took up, as Johns hair has a fair amount of regrowth back, and John and Yoko weren’t toether that long after he shaved it, John looks like he walked off the cover of Mind Games.

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  1. Ishie says:

    Interesting indeed. I can’t recall seeing photos of the three together so this may be the first for me.
    This was probably taken very close to the recording of Mind Games (July/August 1973). Unbeknownst to John & May at the time, the Ono Lennon split was on the horizon and the infamous ‘long weekend’ of 18 months would be soon be upon them.
    Does anyone know anymore about this?
    Great photo find. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Erin says:

    Oooh…great find. Interesting to say the least.

  3. Kwai Chang says:

    “Vector Heading: The Troubadour, West Hollywood”
    I met Ken Fritz(manager Smothers Brothers, George Benson) in the early 80’s. He was still fired up over the Lennon/Nilsson incident…cursing the two “f@cking drunks” and telling me “I never should have gave them the warnings…I should’ve thrown them out at the very first moment”

    I’ve always wondered…whatever happened to that Kotex dispenser?

  4. Alex of the Bronx says:

    God only knows what really went on with this whole situation. There has been so many twists and turns to this story who knows.

  5. Michael says:

    Nobody ever accused John of being a happy drunk.

  6. Cara says:

    @Kwai ~ John got the Kotex at a restaurant called Lost on Larrabee that soon after became my local video store. Heart of West Hollywood, no Kotex dispenser I’m sure. Was probably the first thing to go…

  7. Kwai Chang says:

    Very nice assist! Thank you, ever so kindly.
    Somehow, I thought the Kotex incident was at the Smother’s Brothers’ performance. Was Harry at both?
    (I love the Mind Games album…)

  8. Lizzie says:

    this photo was taken by my late friend janet rudman. i have the original, uncropped print which she sent me at the time. it says nov 73 on the photo, but it probably has something written by janet on the back. i’ll look for the photo tomorrow – it’s too late now.

  9. Lizzie says:

    janet was a new york beatle fan who moved to london and remained there until she passed away of a rare disease a couple of years ago.

  10. Cara says:

    Kwai, John slipped the Kotex in his pocket at the restaurant and bust it out later at the Troubadour. Ann Peebles was playing that night, not the Smothers Brothers. I believe it happened before John and Harry began hanging out, but Jim Keltner and his wife were there.

    Amazing photo, btw, Tammy! Always full of beautiful surprises!

  11. GLCompany says:

    Almost 40 years have gone and we are happy with seeing a cropped picture!
    How many fans like Lizzie have pictures in a cupboard or drawer without knowing and sharing, what a pitty.
    Let’s all scan our treasures and share them with our fellow fans before it is too late.

  12. Lizzie says:

    hi glcompany. yes, there are hundreds of those photos and possibly many have already gone in the trash once the owners pass away. mine are all in my book, the good, the bad and the ugly. i have left out a few where you can’t even recognize who’s in the photo, that’s how bad they are. i have asked my friends to do something about their photos but many of them are not interested in sharing their stories or photos. i have great copies of many of those photos, from the original negative, but i don’t feel comfortable sharing personal photos i did not take since we all know once they are online they will be all over the place and there’s no way to control that. i have shared most of my press photos and photos i bought at beatlefest with this blog, and will keep doing so if i find any more around, but i can’t do it with the photos my friends took. i DO think of all of you every time i’m looking through them…

  13. Lizzie says:

    good lord, i should have edited that post… how many times did i write “photos”? i’m sorry about that.

  14. Kwai Chang says:

    Once I read that John had tried to punch a waitress.
    Her statement was something like “to find out your idol is a real a**hole is just a drag”…Do you know if this incident is related to either of the other two events?
    Thanks, for the great info.

  15. Lizzie says:

    hi everyone: the only thing written on the back of the photo is the name of the people in it (including her friend goldie’s hair) and her name at the bottom.

  16. Ishie says:

    Lizzie … thanks for sharing the photos, memories and moments that you feel comfortable with. I find it very honorable that you respect the photos that were taken by someone other than yourself and totally understand why you don’t post them. It’s marvelous that we have you posting your wonderful stories for us to read and comment on.

  17. Kwai Chang says:

    Lizzie is just the most…
    (I’ll vouch for her…we’re very close)
    I can say no more!

  18. Lizzie says:

    hi ishie! it gives me great pleasure to share my beatle memories – i want people to “feel” what it was like to be there since i am totally aware of how lucky i was. what happened to me and felt “normal” at the time nowadays seems totally unreal! how did that happen? how could i see them almost every day? wow!

  19. Lizzie says:

    good morning kwai – please say no more (i wish we could all watch help together – wouldn’t that be fun?).

  20. alf says:

    There’s a Biography of Harry Nilsson in the upcoming “Book of the Week” series on BBC Radio 4 .

  21. Cara says:

    Kwai ~ John never punched a waitress. “It’s just a rumor” started by Todd Rundgren. But he did take a swipe at a woman outside the Troub who tried to snap a photo of him and Harry getting ejected. He was knocking the camera out of her hand, though. And I believe he punched Tommy and Dick’s manager inside the club. Let’s not forget that he immediately apologized to everyone once he sobered up… and he added Harry’s name to all the cards he sent with the bouquets.

    Lizzie ~ “Bless you wherever you are” (in Brazil) for sharing these memories and these photos with us. You are amazingly generous, a real Beatles jewel for us and for all posterity.

  22. Kwai Chang says:

    Thanks for your help. It’s interesting to find out how little I knew about it. I haven’t read much SOLO chronology. I find this story more interesting than it should be. I guess we’re lucky that ‘CountDown’ didn’t turn John into a vampire…
    Here come the daybreak…
    it’s driving me mad…
    (now, all that can save me is a total eclipse…oh no…oh no)

  23. Lizzie, as time marches on, it does seem like a fantasy and unreal, it’s nice to have you here to remind us that it was all ‘Real’. Imagine seeing a 1967 Paul, or a 1967 John .. talking, intracting .. keep talking Lizzie :-)

  24. Lizzie says:

    dear cara, thanks for all the info. i had read about the incident but never knew so much details (this blog is a real beatle university – i learn so much with you all!). and thanks for your lovely words! i really wish my friends would be willing to share their stories and photos. it feels like such a shame that no one else but a small group of people will ever hear/see them.

    miss tammy, 1967 was that magical year where they were doing so many things and we could see them almost every day. they looked soooooo good! their hair was gorgeous, their outfits outrageous. i can’t wait for you all to read my book! i have been working at it a lot. it’s getting very near to be finished (of course this crazy person is writing everything in one language and translating it into the other immediately, so the two books will be ready sort of at the same time). i used to think it was silly (and it is…) but it’s also fascinating, even for someone like me who was there. to remember all those little details. i’m so glad i kept diaries and letters. i have great memories of talking and interacting with paul, because i felt very comfortable with him, i wasn’t in love with him. with john… it was another story.

  25. Sara S. says:

    Lizzie, I feel so blessed to know you and be able to “hear” all of your wonderful stories about John. I have always loved John, and somehow your stories make me feel closer to him.

    I hope that one of these days your friends will see the importance of sharing their photos and stories. I respect their privacy, but think it is a shame that no one will know some wonderful things about the Beatles.

    Sara S.

  26. Since 1963 says:

    Lizzie, you are a treasure. :)

  27. Since 1963 says:

    Miss Tammy,

    I know what you mean with “Keep talking, Lizzie.” I read and reread her posts trying to somehow make myself get in there, at those times, in those places. Impossible, I know, but Lizzie somehow makes it almost possible. I’m dying here waiting for here book!

  28. Cara says:

    Lizzie, will your book discuss what drew you to John in the first place? I have always been curious why first generation fans chose “their” Beatles, and I’d love to know if what you saw in John in 1963/4 is what I saw when I first discovered him as a kid sometime in the early ’70s.

  29. Jocelyn says:

    Hey, let me get in on this Lizzie love-in too! I always perk up a bit when I see that Lizzie has posted some of her experiences and information. It adds depth to the photos and history. Thanks so much, Lizzie, for your sharing! If you’re ever in Vancouver and need a pickup from the airport, forget the taxi and call me!

    Thanks too, to all the rest of the fine Beatle-people who offer up information about the events and people in the photos!


  30. Erin says:

    Lizzie-I cannot wait to read your book! I always love reading your first hand accounts on here.

  31. Lizzie says:

    oh my god, i REALLY needed to read all these wonderful things you people wrote about me… lizzie love-in – it’s too much! thank you, thank you, thank you (i’m nor worthy, i’m not worthy).

  32. Lizzie says:

    what drew me to john in the first place, let me think… i think it was the trousers! seriously, though, i was veeeery young. the music was out of this world and yes, i was fascinated by his looks, but also by what he had to say – in the few interviews i could get here in brazil and the magazines my dad brought back from the us. when a hard day’s night came out, i had to see it dozens of times just to look at him “moving” (something in the way he moves…). ok, i’ll admit it, i’m from rio and we’re obsessed with sex. and sex is the moving force behind just about everything (i didn’t say that, freud did way back when, and i truly believe in a lot of what he said – the guy was a genius). or you think all those girls were screaming because of the music? NOT!

  33. Lizzie says:

    i don’t really talk about that in my book, only a little bit in the introduction, because my book is all in the past, the diaries, letters, etc., you will be (hopefully!) transported back to the 60’s. now i have to read what i wrote last night (book) again and see if it’s ok. the only thing left to translate into english is the diaries, which i’ll start tomorrow, all the other chapters are done. i have to go over the credits and thank yous. after that, it’s in the hands of the people who do the proof-reading and my graphic designer.

  34. Lizzie says:

    i split this huge post so i don’t feel so bad about being a blabbermouth!

  35. Lizzie says:

    thank you again cara, erin, jocelyn, since and everyone else – i love you all! (jocelyn, i have been to vancouver on tour, but i’m sorry to say i don’t really remember much about it. when you are in those long tours and in a different city every other day, sometimes all you see is the airport and the backstage area of the venue – will certainly get in touch if i’m there again!)

  36. Sara S. says:

    John’s looks is what drew me to him when I first started getting into the Beatles in the late 1980’s. When I had learned that he died, I cried as if it had just happened, because for me at the time, it DID just happen.

    My mom has loved Ringo since she first saw him on Ed Sullivan in 1964. She said that he just looked so cute and she likes how he would shake his head. Then when she saw a Hard Day’s night, she thought he was funny and that settled it. She was a Ringo fan all the way.

    Lizzie let me know what I can do to help you promote your book. :)

    Sara S.

  37. Ishie says:

    Lizzie, what a remarkable journey you have had. You were lucky to have a first hand account of what was happening because you were there and you developed a relationship with the them and you share that gift through your stories.
    I read your comment about your attraction to John and it made me smile …. I recall being 6 years old and watching the Beatles on the “Ed Sullivan” show … all it took for me was seeing a closeup of Paul and that was it! Each one was attractive in his own unique way and the sum of their parts was magical. In every sense of the word they were a phenomenon.

  38. Jorge says:

    Thank you Lizzie for all your insight, stories behind the picture comments, it really puts it all together, from a fellow South American!

  39. Lizzie says:

    thanks for your comments, everybody! sorry this is hurried but i have to work… hi jorge! it’s really cold here in rio (cold for us – most of you would be at the beach!) and snowing in the south of brazil. i want my summer back!!!

  40. J0J0 says:

    Lizzie….for you….
    So long ago
    Was it in a dream, was it just a dream?
    I know, yes I know
    Seemed so very real, it seemed so real to me
    Took a walk down the street
    Thru the heat whispered trees
    I thought I could hear (hear, hear, hear)
    Somebody call out my name as it started to rain
    Two spirits dancing so strange
    Ah! bwakawa pouss, pouss
    Ah! bwakawa pouss, pouss
    Ah! bwakawa pouss, pouss
    Dream, dream away
    Magic in the air, was magic in the air?
    I believe, yes I believe
    More I cannot say, what more can I say?
    On a river of sound
    Thru the mirror go round, round
    I thought I could feel (feel, feel, feel)
    Music touching my soul, something warm, sudden cold
    The spirit dance was unfolding

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