Nearly half a century after he was having a “Hard Day’s Night” and offering to let you drive his car — former-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney is now saying hello and goodbye to a pair of longtime fans.
As the BBC reports, after seeing The Beatles back in 1963 Barbara Bezant and Linda Philips recorded a message for McCartney — who they considered “the cute one.” They were just 17 and 19-years-old at the time.
The message said, in part: “This dream is just to come round the back and see you, but I don't suppose that'll ever happen. But we can always live in hope, can't we?” (Via National Post)
Unfortunately, the reel-to-reel recording the teens sent to the Finsbury Park Astoria in London — a venue the band was soon to play — never made it to McCartney. (Via Wikimedia Commons)
And it disappeared for years until a local historian happened to come across it at a flea market — and instantly took interest.
Quoted by Rolling Stone, he said: “The hairs on the back of my neck stood up and it made me wonder if these two were still with us.”
Thankfully they were, and with a little help from the BBC’s The One Show he was able to get the recording back to where it once belonged — and reunite the two in the process.
Host: “She’s called Linda.”
Barbara: “Linda!?” Linda: “Oh my word. I don’t believe it.” Barbara: “I recognize you now.”
But that wasn’t all they had in store for the long lost friends. They also delivered a response from McCartney himself.
It read: “Hi Linda and Barbara, thanks very much for your lovely tape. It finally got through, better late than never. Great to hear that you found each other after all these years. Keep enjoying the music, love Paul.” (Via Consequence of Sound)
You’re probably wondering how Linda and Barbara reacted after their recording and its response took such a long and winding road to get back to them. They simply said they were “amazed.”
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