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    Beatles Band-Signed Menu (1962). A menu for the Fresco Coffee Bar autographed on the back cover by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison in blue fountain pen and by Ringo Starr in blue ballpoint. Paul and Ringo have added "XXX" under their respective signatures. In Very Fine condition, matted along with a color photo of the band. Autograph set is held inside an acid-free mylar sleeve, is professionally matted using all acid-free materials, and can be easily removed if desired. COA from Beatles autograph expert and historian Frank Caiazzo. Menu area: 12.5" x 8", Photo: 9.75" x 7.75". Mat: 16" x 20"

    This menu was also signed by four other entertainers of the day: two members of the Kestrels including Tony Burrows, a legendary British session singer; Dave Allen, a popular Irish comedian; and Kenny Lynch, the first artist to record a cover version of a Beatles song ("Misery") and also one of the celebrities on the album cover of the Wings album Band on the Run. Please visit our website for additional information on these signers.


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    This menu is exceptionally desirable based on the four fine Beatle signatures found at the lower left. Let us direct your attention the four additional "extraneous" signatures found at the upper left. This menu was actually signed in early 1963, February 8th or 9th to be exact. The Beatles were on their first nationwide UK tour along with several other acts, backing up Britain's top female singer, sixteen year-old Helen Shapiro. Their second single "Please Please Me" was climbing the charts at the time. The tour had started February 2, 1963, at the Gaumont Theatre in Bradford and this gig at the ABC Cinema in Carlisle was the fifth show in which the Beatles performed. Interestingly, the band was not allowed into the Crown and Mitre Hotel after the show because they were wearing leather jackets; the local newspaper picked up on it the next day with a critical story. At some point during their stay in Carlisle, they had a meal in a local restaurant, the Fresco Coffee Bar, likely with some of their fellow "second fiddle" entertainers. Some lucky fan or maybe a waitress asked all these guys to sign a menu. Let's take a look at these fellow backup artists and see what happened to them:

    The Kestrels: From the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s, this was one of the most popular vocal groups in England. Rather than a skiffle or rock sound, they specialized in vocal harmonies, not unlike some of the American "doo wop" groups of the period. Two members of this group signed the menu with their first names- Pete Gullane and Tony Burrows (who added "Love The Kestrels"). Tony, a legendary session singer, is known for the dozens of top hits he sang on. In the first six months of 1970, he had four huge American hits as lead singer of four different groups: "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes" (Edison Lighthouse), "My Baby Loves Lovin'" (White Plains), "United We Stand" (Brotherhood of Man), and "Gimme Dat Ding" (The Pipkins).

    Dave Allen: Allen acted as MC on this tour. This Irish comedian's career had started in 1959 on the BBC talent show New Faces and it continued through his retirement in the mid-1990s. His various 1960s and 70s BBC television series were shown on PBS in America starting in the 1980s, giving his career a resurgence. He died in 2005.

    Kenny Lynch: A popular singer, actor, and songwriter, Lynch had just had a major chart hit with "Up on the Roof" when he was added to this tour but his connections with the Beatles did not end there. The Beatles wanted to write a song for Helen Sapiro to record while they were traveling with her. The song they came up with, "Misery," was turned down by her record producer, but Kenny Lynch recorded it himself. This was the first cover version of a Beatles song to be released. Ten or so years later, Paul McCartney used Lynch as one of the "convicts" on the cover of Band on the Run (he's the second from the left, just behind McCartney). Also note his very early use of a Peace Symbol above his autograph.



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