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YELLOW SUBMARINE SURFACES 50 YEARS ON

YELLOW SUBMARINE SURFACES 50 YEARS ON

In 1968 SongLink founder David Stark was a 15 year old schoolboy, novice drummer and a huge Beatles fan. Despite only seeing them play live only once he was lucky to meet them all individually on various memorable occasions, and has some fascinating stories which he's currently compiling for a book. However, his most remarkable encounter with the Fab Fourwas when he managed to gatecrash the world premiere of the Yellow Submarinefilm with a friend and ended up sitting directly behind the group, thanks to an incredible series of events.

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David pictured next to George Harrison after the premiere
David pictured next to George Harrison after the premiere
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London Pavilion Cinema in 1968
London Pavilion Cinema in 1968
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Half a century on, David is a music biz veteran and has been Editor/Publisher of SongLink International for the past 25 years. Later this month he'll be presenting the annual SongLink Prizes for songwriting at LIPA (Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) with lead patron Sir Paul McCartney, who inducted David as a 'Companion of LIPA' in July 2006. "It's an incredible accolade," says David, "and I always enjoy meeting Paul at least once a year to chat about the high standard of songwriting at LIPA. Over the past dozen years I've presented SongLink Prizes to a fantastic bunch of talented students, many of whom have gone on to make their mark in the music industry."

Meanwhile Yellow Submarine is being re-issued in cinemas for one day only on July 8th when David will be attending a screening at Picturehouse Central on Piccadilly Circus, situated next to the site of the old London Pavilion where the world premiere was held on July 17th 1968. These days the cinema is better known as tourist attraction 'Ripley's Believe It Or Not', but luckily the building's imposing facade dating from 1885 still exists, being the place where all three of the Beatles' other movies had their London premieres - A Hard Days Night (1964), Help! (1965) and Let It Be (1970), the latter being the only one that David was actually invited to – but that's another story...

In fact the Yellow Submarine premiere was the last major public event that the Fab Four all attended together, also marking what turned out to be London's last-ever mass outpouring of Beatlemania with an estimated crowd of over 60,000 squashed into Piccadilly Circus to see the group and their guests arrive and depart. And David would have remained just one of the crowd if it hadn't been for his spotting a conveniently unlocked door at the side of the cinema, as he recalls in his brand new blog, It's All Too Much.

Click to read more - https://itsalltoomuch.net

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