Memoirs

THE BEATLES AND BEYOND

Don short (£14.99 Wymer, 254pp)

This rollicking memoir is a treasure of stories and gossip — it’s not so much a trip down memory lane, like an all-star cavalcade down the motorway memory.

Not short uncrowned king of show-business reporters. Anyone who grew up reading popular Newspapers in the sixties and seventies, like me, will be for his endless scoops in the mirror when the paper has sold five million copies a day.

Short was a shrewd businessman and went on to Launch a very successful syndication Department for this newspaper.

At least who was in the “daily mirror” reporter, the show business in the sixties and seventies, wrote a memoir. Photo: not from the floor, John and George

When rival papers were wondering whether to check out another short scoop, these words from the famous street editor fleet will sound in my ears: ‘if you do not short says it’s true, it is.’

It was a time before social networks, before mobile phones and the Internet, when, as a journalist covering, you need to be there. If you really wanted to know about the stars, you should know them.

Showbiz is not ruled by public relations and marketing mechanism, which controls so much of the news these days. Then it meant constant travel, though you still stay in the best hotels. The mirror was two aircraft standby in Gatwick airport for use at any time.

For those who — ahem — a certain age, this magical roll of showbiz royalty. In short everyone knew the Beatles, stones, Burton and Taylor, David Bowie, Richard Harris, Elvis, Roger Moore and his various wives. Not here, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Patti Boyd for dinner at his house, and when six year old daughter can’t sleep, the floor singing to her. When Paul and George about a trip to Ireland with her friends, does not track them and climbs into the room with a treasured bottle of whiskey.

John Lennon asks him to act as peacemaker when his father, Freddie, who deserted Lennon at the age of seven years, comes back into his life. It’s not too good and we leave Lennon shouted to the father: go, you’re just a worthless drunk! Back in the gutter where you belong!’ Family, huh?

Does not give report about Marjorie Wallace, who was crowned Miss World in 1973 and had Affairs with stars like Tom Jones (pictured) and George best

Does not give report about Marjorie Wallace, who was crowned Miss World in 1973 and had Affairs with stars like Tom Jones (pictured) and George best

In short, even coined the term “Beatlemania,” and his excellent contacts with the group allowed him to beat the world exclusive story of their breakup in 1970. Paul goes from “the Beatles” reads the headline banner, and the news flashed Around the world.

It was a time when the words ‘man’, ‘dig’ and ‘bread’ (not just ‘money’) scattered like confetti, and when the Metoo was far hashtag.

As Anthony “Zorba the Greek” Quinn said briefly: ‘I don’t know where nature says you should love only one woman. I’m not a person who washes the dishes and puts their Slippers by the fireside’.Not really.

The Beatles and not short (£14.99 Wymer, 254pp)

The Beatles and not short (£14.99 Wymer, 254pp)

Shorter was invited to Thailand by Roger Moore, who starred in the bond movie. After one epic party, he comes across an old, crippled monstrous hangover, and taking Alka-Seltzer with the words: ‘I can’t recall bond ever hangover.’ Bond-not a man – meets Moore. – But, Roger Moore’.

For those with a good memory, there is a splendid account of Marjorie Wallace, who was crowned Miss World in 1973.

Margie, bless her, had Affairs with more or less everything, including Tom Jones and George best. With Jones the romance was intense enough to rock a marriage to long-suffering Linda. In the end, she read the riot act Eric and Julia Morley, who ran Miss World and was afraid that the contest was marred by the features of the life margin. ‘I was a fool, she said to them. ‘I’ll never see any of them’.

A few hours later, Margie came back with Jones in his London hotel. She was stripped of her title, which was quite a show-stopper tabloid in those innocent times.

But the torso still has a way to go. She got engaged in the US racer Peter revson, who died in a car racing accident. The poor margin was desperate. But not so distraught that she could not to meet again with Jones in Las Vegas.

Criticized for moving too fast, she said she will never forget Revson but ‘life goes on’. Spots on the torso. And thank you, don, for the true celebration.

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