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the Pale

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Gospel according to Paul

Paul and Linda McCartney on AWSoP

From Many Years From Now by Barry Miles (page 433) on Paul and Linda's first meeting:

It was the first evening any of us had ever heard a record called A Whiter Shade of Pale with words about feeling seasick. The lyrics were all very strange and poetic and the theme was a famous Bach theme but we didn't know that. We just thought, God, what an incredible record! It was sort of a marker record. It was a benchmark. And we were all trying to guess who it was.

So we had to go to the booth and ask,  'What was that one you just played?' and he said, 'Oh yes, Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum. 'Procol what? Is it Latin or something?' And there were rumours around about what that meant. So all the mystery of the evening.

I remember everybody at the table heard A Whiter Shade of Pale that night for the first time and we all thought, Who is that? Stevie Winwood? We all said Stevie. The minute that record came out, you just knew you loved it....

Sent to the Procol Harum mail-list by Marvin Chassman

'When the McCartneys came for lunch'
Already a respected professional photographer, Linda – daughter of lawyer Lee Eastman and Louise Linder Eastman, heir to the Linder department-store fortune – had arrived in London with a commission to take pictures of musicians and ended up committing the heinous crime of falling in love with every woman's favourite Beatle. They met at a Georgie Fame concert, going on to see Procol Harum at the Speakeasy Club before she flew back to New York, without even exchanging phone numbers. The couple were to meet again at the launch party for Sgt Pepper's and, yet again, in New York at a party for the Beatles' Apple record label. It was finally Paul who made the move and phoned to ask her to accompany him on a trip to Los Angeles. And it was Paul who would ask her, several times, to marry him.

Nigel Slater in The Observer 29 April 2007

See also MAGICAL MYSTERY TOURS – MY LIFE WITH THE BEATLES by Tony Bramwell (excerpt here: as Charlie Allison writes to BtP, this is a variant on the story of Paul and Linda hearing AWSoP on their first date - here it appears they went to a Procol Harum gig: he adds 'Funny how she would have heard Bill Eyden at the Georgie Fame gig'!).

See also The Beatles Anthology

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