Some fantastic never-before-seen pictures of Paul and Linda McCartney have surfaced as part of “The Beatles and Me” project, Dean Johnson, one of the curators of the website, told Beatles Examiner. You can see some of the pictures in the slide show.
The pictures were sent by musician John Taylor, who has a band called The Meanies, according to Johnson.
“Paul and Linda look so happy and excited with making the album,” he says. “His pictures capture the essence of Wings ‘Venus and Mars’ period when they were the biggest band in the world. When people think of Paul, they think of the moptop era and this period of Wings super stardom with his mullet haircut.”
Taylor tells the story of how he encountered Paul and Linda.
“Someone told me that Paul was coming to New Orleans, LA, to record his new album. SeaSaint Studio was only three blocks away from my girlfriend’s house, but I didn’t know if that was where he was going.
“One day after a sales meeting,I drove to the studio, pulled into the parking lot (which only holds about four cars) and tried to get up enough nerve to go knock on the door and ask them if this is where Paul was going to be. I decided that there was no way to do this without me feeling like a complete fool. I decided to just leave and forget about the whole idea.
“I started the car and a car pulled on side of mine. I glanced over and it was Paul and Linda. I was in shock, but they looked at me, smiled and waved. I turned the car off, and got out, walked toward them as they were getting out of the car.
“Paul shook my hand and said, ‘How are you this fine morning?’ I said, ‘Great, you are really all right. And he said, ‘I hope so by now.’” I met them there every day for the next couple of months ’till the album was complete, took tons of pictures, got autographs and just enjoyed this very rare opportunity.
“The Beatles and Me,” based in Liverpool, is an effort to get previously unheard stories of Beatles encounters. A book will be published featuring some of the stories and pictures in March.
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