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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #80 on: July 20, 2010, 09:53:32 PM »

You can send an e-mail to Chas from here: http://www.chasmcdevitt.com/cmc_contact.php

There's some pictures on his website, but none showing a bassguitar in the late 50s.


Thank you Bobber!! ;)

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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #81 on: July 21, 2010, 07:47:38 AM »

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Tony Sheridan, Tokyo Beatles Fan Club Magazine, 19 (1998), (=apud Eric Krasker, The Beatles. Fact and Fiction. 1960-1962 , Biarritz, Séguier, 2009, p. 159):

"...Tony Sheridan explain why listening to 'Sweet Georgia Brown' really gives that impression: 'He [McCartney] sounds like a double bass, 'cause I told him to play like theat. I didn't like the new idea of Fender guitar bass. When I first heard Elvis singing 'Jailhouse Rock', that was the first time I heard the electric bass and I didn't like that. Before that, Elvis had always that big bass. I still think the big bass is the best, it has more sound. So I asked Paul to always play as deep (deep notes) as posible, and to play like a big bass player..."














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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #82 on: July 21, 2010, 08:11:37 AM »

Thanks for pic, Bobber; John looks knackered in that one!
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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #83 on: July 21, 2010, 08:15:01 AM »

Thanks for pic, Bobber; John looks knackered in that one!

What I was trying to point out is that Davey Jones is just Paul in disguise. ha2ha
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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #84 on: July 21, 2010, 01:20:25 PM »

Liverpool Stadium, 3 May 1960.

Gene Vincent (=who was the backing band??):







Gene Vincent toured the UK a few times in 1960 using a British backing band called "The Beat Boys" who had Georgie Fame on piano (before he got famous in his own right).



According to this page ...
http://www.roganhouse.co.uk/rh_gal071203p.html
... the line-up was Red Reece (drums), Georgie Fame (piano), Ray McVay (saxophone), Vince Cooze (bass) and Colin Green (guitar).

Only a couple of weeks before that Liverpool gig on 3rd May, Gene Vincent had been in a car crash - the crash that killed Eddie Cochran - but Gene refused to cancel his tour.
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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #85 on: July 21, 2010, 01:49:47 PM »

Gene Vincent toured the UK a few times in 1960 using a British backing band called "The Beat Boys" who had Georgie Fame on piano (before he got famous in his own right).



According to this page ...
http://www.roganhouse.co.uk/rh_gal071203p.html
... the line-up was Red Reece (drums), Georgie Fame (piano), Ray McVay (saxophone), Vince Cooze (bass) and Colin Green (guitar).



I just searched for The Beat Boys and found this site ....
http://www.myspace.com/beatboys65
... which has a different line-up for the band in 1960. It looks like Georgie Fame left them in late 1959, so that band with Gene Vincent isn't The Beat Boys after all (it is definitely Georgie Fame in that picture with Gene Vincent).
Georgie Fame was based in London by 1960 so it must have been a London band. (The Beat Boys were based in Lancashire.)
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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #86 on: July 21, 2010, 04:49:47 PM »

Thanks Peter!! ;)

Let's go on search to find out that band...

Best!! ;)

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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #87 on: July 21, 2010, 09:33:03 PM »

Found this old picture of Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps. Is that a bassguitar on the left?

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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #88 on: July 21, 2010, 09:40:28 PM »

It seems that Gene was also backed by what became Sounds Incorporated later. SI joined the Beatles on their 1965 tour of the USA.
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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #89 on: July 22, 2010, 08:44:00 AM »

By the way Xose, I remember Astrid Kirchherr's picture book contains a lot of pictures of other Liverpool bands. I'll have a look if they're portraited with their bassguitars.

There's a bassguitar hanging on the wall in the picture of Hessy's shop.
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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #90 on: July 22, 2010, 09:10:51 AM »

Liverpool musicians, spring 1964. There's Rory Storm in the centre. Picture by Astrid Kirchherr and/or Max Scheller.

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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #91 on: July 22, 2010, 09:48:34 AM »

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Found this old picture of Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps. Is that a bassguitar on the left?



Yes: a Fender Precision one, 1st generation...

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There's a bassguitar hanging on the wall in the picture of Hessy's shop.


Could I have a look at that photo??

Thanks in advance!! ;)

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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #93 on: July 22, 2010, 10:39:33 AM »

Thank you!! ;)

Where are the basses??  ???

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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #94 on: July 22, 2010, 10:56:36 AM »

Thank you!! ;)

Where are the basses??  ???

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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #95 on: July 22, 2010, 11:23:21 AM »

Yes. It looks like a Framus Star Bass...

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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #96 on: July 22, 2010, 11:46:21 AM »

I'm not sure. I have the original picture in Astrid's book. The logo looks different.
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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #97 on: July 22, 2010, 08:05:14 PM »

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I'm not sure. I have the original picture in Astrid's book. The logo looks different.


The logo..., is not like this??  ???



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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #98 on: July 22, 2010, 08:40:33 PM »

Yes, on second thoughts I think it is. There is another picture of the window shop which, I think, shows another bassguitar. I'll try to scan it tomorrow.
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Re: The beginnings of Paul McCartney's bass playing
« Reply #99 on: July 22, 2010, 08:46:27 PM »

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Yes, on second thoughts I think it is. There is another picture of the window shop which, I think, shows another bassguitar. I'll try to scan it tomorrow...


Excellent, Bobber... Thank you very much!! ;)

Meanwhile, I'm bringing a small -but very cherished- piece of my own history as Höfner bass player.

As you know, these photos are dated Summer 1978:







But before getting the bass I'm playing at those photos (=something which happened around February that year), I had got another 'piece of Höfner bass' in 1977:



A 4th Höfner bass string, that I purchased at a local music shop in La Coruña (=my native city), that I was intending to put into my old Spanish guitar (=something which never worked out) and that I still keep.

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