Never-before-seen photos of The Beatles hamming it in a Bel-Air mansion in 1964 (after their hotel canceled their reservation for fear of being MOBBED by fans)
· The rare snapshots of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison while taken on summer vacation in Los Angeles, California were taken by Bob Bonis, their tour manager from 1964-1966
· The band was in town for their August 23 historic show at Hollywood Bowl
· The Ambassador Hotel cancelled their room reservation for fear they would be swarmed with crazy fans so they stayed at the Bel Air mansion of British Actor Reginald Owen
By ALEXANDRA KLAUSNER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
PUBLISHED: 7 August 2015
They were renowned for their playfulness.
And these photographs, revealed for the first time, show The Beatles at their cheeky best, giggling and playing with a beach ball by the pool in Los Angeles, California.
It is 1964, and John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison are in town for their historic show at the Hollywood Bowl, which was recorded and later released as a hit live album.
Having a ball: Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr (L-R) are all smiles as they lounge by the pool at the home of British actor Reginald Owen who let them stay there after a hotel cancelled their reservation for fear they'd be swarmed by crazed fans
All you need is love: John Lennon lovingly puts his hand on Paul McCartney's shoulder... or is he about to push him into the pool?
Diving right in: The Beatles, pictured relaxing by the pool in LA, hit up the famous Whisky A Go Go club with Jane Mansfield, where George Harrison is said to have thrown a drink at the paparazzi, but hit screen siren Mamie Van Doren instead
Had everything gone to plan, they would be confined to their suite in The Ambassador Hotel preparing for the gig.
But at the last minute their reservation was cancelled because management could not cope with the scale of swarming fans.
Luckily for The Beatles, Reginald Owen offered up his Bel Air mansion for just $1,000.
It meant for a rare break from the fast lane to throw around beach balls and giggle for the camera by the pool, as pictured here.
While in Los Angeles the Beatles hit up the famous Whisky A Go Go club with Jane Mansfield, where George Harrison is said to have thrown a drink at the paparazzi, but hit screen siren Mamie Van Doren instead.
When Ringo Starr met American actor Burt Lancaster in Hollywood, Ringo wore a cowboy's outfit and carried toy guns which were reportedly a gift from Elvis Presley. 'What have you got there? Kids’ stuff!'
Cowboy: Burt Lancaster is said to have sent Ringo two real guns and a holster to which Ringo said, 'I just wanted to be a cowboy'
When Ringo Starr met American actor Burt Lancaster in Hollywood, Ringo wore a cowboy's outfit and carried toy guns which were reportedly a gift from Elvis Presley. 'What have you got there? Kids’ stuff!,' Burt is said to have quipped.
The actor later is said to have sent Ringo two real guns and a holster to which Ringo said, 'I just wanted to be a cowboy.'
Copies of images of the wildly talented and kooky four can be viewed and purchased on Ebay.
Taking a break: With such a hectic concert and travel schedule, the mini-vacation which took place in Bel-Air from August 23-24 in 9164 was a treat for the boys who rarely got to goof off
Moment in history: The band, pictured in 1964 just four years after they formed, was in town for their August 23 historic show at Hollywood Bowl, a show that would push them further into the radar of screaming American girls
THE BEATLES PHOTOGRAPHS
The Beatles only toured the U.S. and North America three times before retiring from performing concerts and touring forever; once each in the summers of 1964, 1965 and 1966. Bob Bonis held the position of U.S. Tour Manager for all three of these tours, and during this time was rarely without his Leica M3 camera. He recorded nearly 800 historic, intimate and extraordinary photographs of The Beatles, their opening acts and entourage during these tours including photographs of them backstage and/or on stage at Municipal Stadium in Kansas City, MO in 1964; at the Sam Houston Coliseum in Houston, TX, Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, MN, and Memorial Coliseum in Portland, OR in 1965; at Olympia Stadium in Detroit, MI, JFK Stadium in Philadelphia, Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis, TN, and Crosley Field in Cincinnati, OH. He photographed them at Seattle-Tacoma Airport in 1964, at Midway Airport in Chicago in 1965, on their chartered plane heading to San Francisco with Joan Baez in 1965 and traveling from Minnesota to St. Louis to perform their second show on one day in two different cities in 1966.
He documented their press conference at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto, Canada in 1964 as well as their brief vacation in Bel Air, California while there to perform at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964. During his lifetime Bob only allowed a very small number of his images to be published in a teen magazine in 1967, and otherwise refused all approaches to exhibit and publish his historic photographs.
The Bob Bonis Archive will be releasing photos from this unique and remarkable archive of never-before-seen photographs as limited edition fine-art prints in small numbers. Each archival print is hand-numbered and embossed with the official Bob Bonis signature logo as authorized by the Bob Bonis Estate, and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity from The GRAMMY Museum®. Enjoy these extraordinary and historically rare photographs of The Beatles as you’ve never seen them before.
The Beatles, Press Conference, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada, September 7, 1964 #1
The Beatles, Press Conference, Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada, September 7, 1964 #2
Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Kansas City, Missouri, September 17, 1964 #1
The Beatles On Stage, Municipal Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri, September 17, 1964 #2
The Beatles, Kansas City, Missouri, September 21, 1964 #4
The Beatles, Kansas City, MO, September 21, 1964 #5
The Beatles at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, August 22, 1964 #1
RINGO STARR with a Gun THE BEATLES 1964 LIMITED EDITION Photograph BelAir #2
RINGO STARR with a Gun THE BEATLES 1964 LIMITED EDITION Photograph BelAir #3
RINGO STARR with a Gun THE BEATLES 1964 LIMITED EDITION Photograph BelAir #4
RINGO STARR with a Gun THE BEATLES 1964 LIMITED EDITION Photograph BelAir #5
RINGO STARR with a Gun THE BEATLES 1964 LIMITED EDITION Photograph BelAir #6
The Beatles in Bel Air, California, August 23-24, 1964 #1
THE BEATLES IN BEL AIR, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 23-24, 1964 #2
THE BEATLES IN BEL AIR, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 23-24, 1964 #3
THE BEATLES IN BEL AIR, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 23-24, 1964 #4
THE BEATLES IN BEL AIR, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 23-24, 1964 #5
THE BEATLES IN BEL AIR, CALIFORNIA, AUGUST 23-24, 1964 #6
The Beatles In Bel Air, California, August 23-24, 1964 #7
RINGO STARR The Beatles GEROGE HARRISON 1964 LIMITED EDITION Photograph BelAir
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHS:
This photograph was taken by Bob Bonis, who was the U.S. Tour Manager for both The Beatles and the Rolling Stones from 1964 through 1966. This is a Limited Edition fine art photograph, derived from the original negative or slide, and is printed on professional grade Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper by the master printers at Duggal Visual Solutions in New York. Thanks to his unequaled access and gifted eye for composition, Bob Bonis captured thousands of unguarded, candid and iconic photographs of the two most important groups in the history of popular music. The majority of these images have never been seen or published and most are available here as Limited Edition fine art prints for the FIRST TIME!
SIZES / EDITIONS:
This photograph is currently being made available in three sizes and editions as follows:
11” x 14” print (the image size is 8” x 12” plus a white border) in a hand-numbered edition of only 250 prints
16” x 20” print (the image size is 12” x 18” plus a white border) in a hand-numbered edition of only 75 prints
20” x 24” print (the image size is 15” x 20” plus a white border) in a hand-numbered edition of only 50 prints
ONCE AN EDITION SELLS OUT IT WILL NEVER BE REPRINTED!
With Limited Edition prints and photographs the price typically increases as the edition sells down. After 20% of an edition sells the price will increase. After the next 20% sells the price will increase again and so on, until the edition sells out completely. To keep things clear we are only listing the number of prints that are available in a particular edition at a particular price. When you have selected a size/edition and it says that (whatever number it says above) are available, it means that number of prints remain available at that price. When those prints have sold we will list the next group of prints of that edition at the next price, and so on, until the edition has sold out completely. By buying your print now, rather than waiting, you will get both the lowest print number available in that edition AND the lowest price! So don’t hesitate or the price may go up – or the edition may sell out.
Our fine art photographs are custom printed to order and require a high level of expertise and intense attention to detail, all delivered by Duggal Visual Solutions in New York City. As these are not “off-the-shelf” items an order may take up to 10 business days to print and ship. Once printed each photograph is inspected to ensure a perfect print it is then hand-numbered and is embossed with the official Bob Bonis signature seal, as authorized by The Bob Bonis Estate. It is then placed in a rigid acid-free acrylic sleeve to protect it from fingerprints and other damage. If you need your photograph by a specific date for a gift or other reason please be sure to let us know in the notes section of your payment, or Contact Us before your purchase to make sure that we can deliver it in time. We will go out of our way to accommodate your needs if at all possible.
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Please be aware that as an edition sells down the price will rise.
CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY PACKAGE:
Each photograph is accompanied by a package that contains the following documents:
A hand-numbered and signed Certificate of Authenticity from The GRAMMY Museum® attesting to the fact that each print is derived from the original negative or slide, and stating the size and print number you have purchased
A Congratulations letter from The Bob Bonis Archive
The story of The Bob Bonis Archive
The backstory of your specific photograph or event information
Suggestions on framing your Bob Bonis Photograph
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