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  1. Lizzie says:


  2. Pete F. says:

    Allright allright Mr Epstein, your “Beetles” can play a few numbers but then they have to go. I’m paying for that orchestra to play you know, not to listen to your little group!

  3. Kwai Chang says:

    Look at all that fine wool…
    (forget the snack-bar…hopefully, the husbands will all go to the lounge)

  4. Cara says:

    Are they playing Brian’s cousin’s Bar Mitzvah?

  5. “Number 57!!, your schnitzel is ready!!”

  6. A Car And A Room And A Room And A Room says:

    Grosvenor House Hotel Ballroom, Park Lane, December 2, 1963. They came straight from filming their Morecambe and Wise show appearance at Elstree and weren’t best pleased at having to play a charity do to a bunch of stuffed penguins – which they made clear to Brian!

  7. Kwai Chang says:

    Their reputation preceded them…throughout the UK!
    By the end of 1963, they were truly famous…
    except at that hotel for the “charity do”.

    So THAT’s what is wrong with this picture.
    This crowd is just so upper echelon…
    they still HAVEN’T heard of the Beatles.
    Wow, the husbands are all looking for loyalty on the dinner menu.
    Meanwhile, the band(orchestra) members are holding their positions.
    Okay…some things are more important than cultural phenomenon…
    more important than having fun…more important than being THIS CLOSE to The Beatles!
    Well, they take their donating seriously…
    So, what was the Charity for?
    And, how much did we net?
    (It’s a bloodline thing)

  8. Tammy says:

    This dates from THAT late!?, far out, it must have really thrown them, playing to crazed audiences all year, then THUMP, dropped right in the middle of these pearl graspers.

  9. Kwai Chang says:

    @A Car And A Room And A Room And a Room…
    Thanks for the locale…and, the clues to the context.

    Who: The Fab Four From Liverpool
    What: All-You-Can-Eat ‘Surreality’ Buffet
    When: Monday night
    Where: Park Lane…Grosvenor House
    Why: Treasonous Manager

    Let’s be honest…Monday night really IS the riskiest night of the week. Anything can go wrong. If Morecambe and Wise won’t let you do the rousing ’99 bottles of beer’ version of Moonlight Bay over at Elstree, then you might as well look for a straightness convention to crash. Free Beatle wigs to the first 50 ticket holders that aren’t mannequins. Also, I was really keen on seeing the stuffed penguins…but, this looks like the entire herd is here. I mean, check out the balcony…the whole place is surging with penguins. And, if you stay overnight, there’s complementary continental breakfast(Geritol w/ Peach Melba garnish) and unlimited shuffleboard. Don’t forget to validate your parking ticket at the front desk, the gift shop or, at Club Barley Pop(lounge).
    You see, folks…if the four band members had known that Brian never put his own signature on their contract with him…he would have been fired (again) on this night!

  10. Kwai Chang says:

    The world is a stage…
    but, it’s kinda small!
    Approximately 18″ high…
    The stage lighting system is also…
    kinda small!
    And, if that white rectangular box on the wall
    is part of the sound system…then,
    it looks kinda small, too!
    So, it IS a small world
    and the orchestra isn’t sharing…
    which means, “you guys go ahead and set up on the dance floor”.
    I bet if the ‘antennae’ drumskin was still in place, they would’ve been shown the door before the third song was over. Does ANYBODY in that audience know who they are breathing on? And no cops!!!
    I mean…what the hell???
    They never even played the ‘dance floor’ in Hamburg…
    A new low in management finesse.
    Small world…huge group
    This picture is out of WHACK!!!

  11. Michael says:

    I think I see Leggy Mountbatten in the wings!

  12. mcarp555 says:

    Yeah, but a year or two later, and everyone there was puffing out their stuffed shirt fronts to tell all and sundry how “they wuz there” to see the Beatles live!

  13. Michoo says:

    Michael, “The cellar full of goys”??? 😉

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