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    John Lennon Signed and Inscribed Walls and Bridges Vinyl LP (Apple, SW-3416). An unusually large signature and inscription from John Lennon on the cover of the Walls and Bridges vinyl LP. Was a copy given personally to recording engineer Robert "Corky" Stasiak, who worked on the album.

    Stasiak was a part of a missed connection between Paul McCartney visiting the studio while the album was recorded, which has not been well documented until now. He has provided Heritage Auctions with a detailed account of this, along with when Elton John came in to record "Whatever Gets You Through the Night," in a typed letter given to us.

    Here is an excerpt (that comes with the sale of this lot):

    "During the last few days of our overdub sessions in August John turned to me at the end of the night's work and said 'Corky, how'd ja like to be the engineer that brings the Beatles back together again?' He then drew closer to my ear and in a semi-hushed Liverpool accent whispered 'Me and Paulie are talkin'; tomorrow night at 6:00, don't be late mate', and then he and May left for the evening. I was stunned.

    "I arrived early to make sure everything would be ready to go when Paul arrived. John showed up directed at 6:00 pm. John and I usually worked alone, with only May Pang there to answer the phone, arrange bookings, coordinate production, etc. John and I were a bit anxious as we waited for Paul, and we confessed to each other that we hadn't slept very well last night. We waited until 9:00; John was getting a bit on edge and wanted to cancel the session. He said 'Hey Cork, let's just go out to dinner and be done with it, me stomach's growling.' I suggested that he and May go around the corner to 'Downey's Steakhouse' on 8th Avenue to get a bite without me, while I waited at the studio for Paul. 'When he arrives I'll bring him over, we'll have a drink, and come back and do this thing' I said. 'Great idea, love" he said, and he and May left for dinner. At about 9:45pm the outside front door to the studio creaked opened and that iconic face appeared in the window: 'Paul for John' he said, and I buzzed him in.

    "When I introduced myself, Paul said John had spoken very highly of me last night and immediately asked me 'Are we ready to go?' I told him 'Yes, but John had just nipped around the corner to Downey's to get something to eat, and could we join him there for a drink before starting the session?' 'Oh, he's not here is he?' Paul replied. I offered to escort him over but he said he knew where Downey's was and wanted to go over alone, citing sternly 'Personal business, mate' and left.

    "John and May got back 20 minutes or so later; John was livid that Paul had come late, and then had bailed out on him. John then asked me for the keys to Roy's office (Roy Cicala, the owner of the Record Plant NYC) to make a phone call. Ten minutes later John and May came back down, and John said to me 'Tonight's session is cancelled, but don't wear your tight pants tomorrow Corky, Elton and Tony King are coming.' (Tony was from Apple Records.)"

    According Stasiak, Lennon intentionally misspelled Stasiak's nickname on the inscription. Inscribed, "To Korky / with love / kisses" in thick felt black tip with Lennon's signature doodle and "74" added on the proper cover. Jacket is in VG condition while the vinyl (in a plain white sleeve) is in VG 5 condition.

    Also comes with color photos of Stasiak with Roberta Flack and BB King. LOA from JSA. Notarized LOP from consignor. COA from Heritage Auctions.




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    November, 2019
    16th-17th Saturday-Sunday
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