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David Stark's Beatle Connections and Personal Memorabilia
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SongLink editor David Stark has been a lifetime Beatles fan since 1963, and was fortunate enough to meet all members of the Fab Four on various occasions from the late-60's onwards. He has some amazing stories and photos of his memorable encounters, of which these are just a few....

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The Yellow Submarine Premiere
London Pavilion, July 17 1968

David not only famously gate-crashed the Yellow Submarine premiere, but ended up sitting directly behind Paul and the entire group. He recounted the story of his amazing feat in this interview by Richard Buskin, in the Beatles Book monthly magazine of June 1988.
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Yellow Submarine Premiere
David and George

David is standing next to George, who was interviewed by TV in the cinema foyer directly after the movie finished screening. On the right is George's wife Patti.
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Yellow Submarine Premiere
David's Seat

This shot of the Beatles seated at the premiere was taken just before David took his (or rather Mick Jagger's) seat, right behind Paul and next to Keith Richards.
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Yellow Submarine Premiere
Movie Ticket

This isn't David's ticket (he gate-crashed) but one he happened to find later on.
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John & Yoko's Court Hearing
Marylebone Magistrates Court, October 19 1968

David is behind John and Yoko as they head into court for their infamous drug bust hearing, surrounded by police. The photo on the left has appeared in many books and articles over the years. No wonder that David is known as the 'Zelig of Rock!'
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Letter #1 from Beatles & Co
In 1969 the Beatles Book monthly magazine ran a prize draw for 50 lucky fans to win tickets for a planned Beatles live concert to be filmed in Tunisia or the Roundhouse, which never took place. Instead David received an advance copy of Abbey Road, and this letter signed by Ringo and Apple executive Peter Brown.
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Letter #2 from Beatles & Co
In February 1970 David sent John Lennon a portrait which he had made at school, and received this interesting reply from Peter Brown which refers to the 'Get Back' premiere (not then titled Let It Be).
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Let It Be Premiere Ticket
Probably as a result of his earlier letter, David was surprised and delighted to receive an invitation and two tickets to the Let It Be premiere on May 20 1970. Unfortunately The Beatles had just broken up, and none of them attended the event. 35 years later the DVD of the movie is finally about to be released!
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Odeon Kensington, December 11 1969

David once again gatecrashed a Beatles-related film, which starred Ringo Starr and Peter Sellers. Before the movie began, David chatted In the foyer with John and Yoko, with John signing this superb and unique autograph on David's premiere programme, right underneath Lord Snowdon's portrait of Princess Margaret!
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John & Yoko Sign 'Grapefruit'
Selfridges, London, July 15 1971

J&Y did extensive publicity in July 1971 for Yoko's paperback book 'Grapefruit,' including a signing session at London's Selfridges store on Oxford Street. This was the last time that David ever saw John, who on August 31st 1971 left the UK forever to move to New York City with Yoko.
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Paul At Air Studios
Oxford Street, spring 1984

David has bumped into Paul on many occasions, but most of them were not photographed. Paul was recording the 'Give My Regards To Broad Street' soundtrack album around the time this was taken, when David was visiting Air Studios to do a cover story for a pro-audio magazine he was editing.
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George At Capital Radio
Near Warren Street, around 1973/74

David and an unknown female bumped into George and sax player Tom Scott, who had just done an interview with DJ 'Little' Nicky Horne at London's Capital Radio.
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With John's Aunt Mimi
Sandbanks, Dorset, August 1981

David was invited down to John's Aunt Mimi's south coast bungalow for a weekend in late August 1981 by a mutual friend, Kathy from Minneapolis, who occasionally visited the lady who famously brought John up after his mother Julia was killed in a road accident. More...
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David In Liverpool
351 Menlove Avenue and Strawberry Field, around 1982

David is pictured outside John's boyhood home, and the nearby childrens' home which became the subject of one of his most famous songs.
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DAVID STARK'S ARCHIVES
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- The Yellow Submarine Premiere
    London Pavilion, July 17 1968

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The Yellow Submarine Premiere
    David and George

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The Yellow Submarine Premiere
    David's Seat

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The Yellow Submarine Premiere
    Movie Ticket

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John & Yoko's Court Hearing
    Marylebone Magistrates Court, October 19 1968

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Letter #1 from Beatles & Co
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Letter #2 from Beatles & Co
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Let It Be Premiere Ticket
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The Magic Christian Premiere
    Odeon Kensington, December 11 1969

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John & Yoko Sign 'Grapefruit'
    Selfridges, London, July 15 1971

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Paul McCartney At Air Studios
    Oxford Street, Spring 1984

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George Harrison At Capital Radio
    Near Warren Street, around 1973/74

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With John's Aunt Mimi
    Sandbanks, Dorset, August 1981

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David In Liverpool
    351 Menlove Avenue and Strawberry Field,
    around 1982

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