I was asleep in the spare room when screams woke me. It took me a few seconds to realize that they were Mo's. At that moment she burst into my room: "Cyn, John's been shot. Ringo's on the phone-he wants to talk to you." ...
Maureen and I sat over a couple of bottles of wine and talked about old times. After a while the conversation turned to the death of Mal Evans, the Beatles' former road manager. Mal had been a giant of a man, generous and soft-hearted. We'd known him since the early days when he'd worked for the post office and moonlighted as a bouncer at the Cavern Club. When the Beatles began to be successful they took him on to work for them.
Mal had been a faithful friend to the boys and was especially close to John: they got on incredibly well and, with the Beatles' other loyal roadie, Neil Aspinall, he had been on every tour, organizing, trouble-shooting, protecting and looking after them.
When the Beatles broke up Mal had been lost. He'd gone to live in Los Angeles where he began drinking and taking drugs. It was there, on January 4, 1976, that the police had been called by his girlfriend during a row. She claimed that Mal had pulled a gun on her, and when they burst into the apartment the officers found Mal holding a gun. Apparently he pointed it at them before they shot him. It was only after he died that they found the gun wasn't loaded. It was a tragic story, and we could only imagine that Mal had been under the influence of drugs. The Mal we knew could no more have shot someone than flown to the moon. Whatever the true story, his death had shocked us all and that night, our talk around Mo's fireplace was of what a good man he had been and how awful his premature death was. To us, the idea of being shot was almost unimaginable-how could it have happened to such a good friend?
After a while I went to bed. I knew the others would carry on talking and drinking until the early hours, but I wanted a good night's sleep as I had to get up early in the morning to catch the train home.
I was asleep in the spare room when screams woke me. It took me a few seconds to realize that they were Mo's. At that moment she burst into my room: "Cyn, John's been shot. Ringo's on the phone-he wants to talk to you."
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The Mal Evans section
at "Find A Grave"
|Parts I, II and III of "The Mal Evans Home Movies"|
Don't know how long these will last before
Apple Corps finds a way to kill them, hahaa!
Sooo ~ look at 'em while you're able...
Don't touch that dial! Stay tuned for a real crap TV special!
Especially the part with the strawberry fairies
flouncing around the Maharishi made my brains go ~
dot . dot . dot ... ?!
Here's the description and link to it ~~
"Day in the Decade"
Beatles tribute segment from 1977 Rolling Stone Anniversary
Beatles tribute from hell! From the Rolling Stone Magazine 10th Anniversary TV special in 1977,
found by me on an unlabled Beta tape at a flea market.
Featuring Ted Neeley (the guy who played Jesus in "Jesus Christ Superstar"), Patti Labelle,
Yvonne Elliman and several others. I'm sure most of them would prefer this never be seen again. «