What you see on this page are the signatures of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Ringo Starr on the dates given. Excellent or poor, sloppy or neat, unusual or consistent, each one was signed in front of me and in complete “in-person” unless otherwise stated
I was not able to obtain any signatures in person by John Lennon as, sadly,
he was assassinated before I began collecting autographs.
I am fully aware that The Beatles’ autographs are by far Rock and Roll’s most forged, and therefore most scrutinized, pieces of R&R memorabilia. So I appreciate any concerns or questions people have regarding the signatures on this page. To the best of my memory, I have accounted for the acquisition of every signature as to and where it took place.
(Click on the image to see the original color version)
OCTOBER 23, 1989: Obtained by me in person as Paul returned to the bungalows at the Beverly Hills Hotel, from the opening night of the “Flowers in the Dirt” L.A. Forum show. After this night, there was added security around the hotel and I felt there was no chance that I, or any of the others that were there on opening night, would be able to obtain any further autographs. This was the first time I was ever able to obtain Paul’s signature.
FEBRUARY 21, 1990: I learned early on in my collecting attempts that everyone has a price and for a price you can get into anywhere. Such was the case at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards at The Shrine Auditorium. Earlier in the day, for $300, I purchased a vendor’s “PASS” for the event. Paul’s arrival was synchronized with the moment he would take the stage to accept his lifetime achievement award. He arrived less than 3 minutes before walking onstage and was promptly escorted just offstage and off camera.
After receiving his award, Paul was brought to the photographer’s wall and had photos taken. Just after that, I stepped up to Paul and asked him to sign the above LP. I handed it to him, he signed it and handed it back to me. Then some security people stepped in front of me, and Paul left the Shrine Auditorium. He stopped briefly to greet and shake hands with many of the other celebrities who were backstage waiting for him.
JUNE 29, 1990: Signed by Paul McCartney in Knebworth, England, during the sound check for the June 30, 1990 all day (All-Star) pop festival. Paul was signing autographs for many of the workers and vendors as he was watching Elton John, Eric Clapton and Genesis having their sound checks.
(Note: The brass plaque I had designed states “July” when it should be “June”,
an oversight I did not catch until after it was framed).
PAUL McCARTNEY at ROCKLINE
October 26, 1990
There has been some debate and speculation about whether the following 6 signed items contain authentic Paul McCartney signatures. So here is the story of how I obtained them.
On October 26, 1990, Paul McCartney was the guest of Rockline in Universal City. A crowd of over 100 fans and many autograph requestors were outside the building as he and another man entered (that crowd would grow to over 300 by the time his interview was over and he left the building). During the time Paul was in the building, the other man who accompanied him into the building came outside, gathered up a mountain of various memorabilia from the crowd and took it back into the building. After some time, he returned outside and disbursed the items of memorabilia back into the crowd, gathered another collection of memorabilia, and repeated the process.
The items displayed in Part I were signed during the first wave of items collected and returned, and the items in Part II were signed during the second wave.
If you listen to the recording of the broadcast, Bob and Paul joke about how many signatures Paul was feverishly turning out during the show.
I have included these items on my website for this very important reason:
Although I did not personally see Paul sign these items, the fact remains that within a few hours, 300 pieces of autographed memorabilia went home with over 200 different people. Whether these items were actually signed by Paul (for it is possible they were signed by someone else “assisting” him), it is a very vital and important date in the history of Paul McCartney “signatures”, because we are dealing with so many people that went home with so many signed items of memorabilia.
Now, given Paul McCartney’s long history of personal generosity and integrity toward his fans, some of which I have personally witnessed, I find it hard to believe he would be party to any situation that would result in conning them with inauthentic signatures.
NOVEMBER 10, 2005: All three of the “High in the Clouds” books were signed in Westwood at Borders Book Store. Their rules for the signing were simple: An advanced purchase of a ticket would guarantee you a spot in line and one signed book (only). There would be no photographs taken and no other memorabilia of any kind to be signed. (If I remember correctly, there were to be no inscriptions either, though I am not 100% sure). I brought a helper who stood next to me and also got a book signed for me to ensure I would at least take home two signed books.
After getting my two books signed I waited just outside the door of the bookstore to attempt getting a third signed book. As each person exited, I offered $500 cash to any who would sell me their signed book. It took about 20, perhaps to the 25th person, but finally for a price of $900, one of them did sell me that third book.
I cannot say which of the above signatures that third book is.
However, all three were signed as stated.
REQUEST: If anyone who may read this story was there that day, and may remember me
outside the door (I stick out like a sore thumb), please do contact me
as I really would like to speak with you.
APRIL 1, 2001: Purchased online through the Collectors Show
at The Meadowlands Expo Convention Center, New Jersey, which Pete Best was attending.
2013: Very early photograph of the PETE BEST line up of The Beatles,
signed much later by drummer Pete Best and purchased off his official website.
VARIOUS DATES/SOME NOT EXACTLY REMEMBERED: Jeff Lynne signed the above Traveling Wilburys photo at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) (I want to say it was early summer 1989); Tom Petty at Rockline Studios on June 26, 1989; Bob Dylan was signed the night of his Greek Theatre concert as he was followed to a house later the night of September 10, 1989; George Harrison in the Hollywood Hills from a town car that I was in – one of two cars that were following him as he left a restaurant in the late summer of 1989. His car pulled over and he signed through the window with the agreement that we would no longer follow him. He signed all 4 of the above items, and about 15 other items from the 6 people who followed him. This would be the only time I ever was able to get George Harrison’s signature.
JUNE 3, 1991 and DECEMBER 12, 1993: The above Ringo Star Tour Book was signed outside The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood on June 3, 1991, the night of the Nils Lofgren concert, which both Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach were attending.
Ringo signed the above Abbey Road LP and photograph at the Levon Helm book signing at Book Soup in West Hollywood on December 12, 1993.
The following Beatles autographs WERE NOT obtained by me in person.
They were obtained through different independent auctions I attended personally
at Wolfer’s Auction House in San Francisco (one of which was on June 18, 1992).
IN ADDITION TO THE ABOVE ITEMS SIGNED AND AUTOGRAPHED
DIRECTLY BY BAND MEMBERS, THE BEATLES HAD MANY
SUPPORTING BAND MEMBERS.
I like to call the following signed items my “Beatles Related Signatures”