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ON THIS DAY IN LONDON
17th March 1969 Fashion designer Alexander McQueen was born in Lewisham, London.
17th March 1954 Born today: Lesley-Anne Down, London, actress (A Little Night Music, Moonraker)
17th March 1954 Born today: Wally Stocker, London, rock vocalist/guitarist (Babys-Missing You)
17th March 1931 Born today: Eunice Gayson, London England, actress (Dr No, From Russia With Love)
17th March 1928 The first James Bond girl, from Dr No, actress Eunice Gayson was born in Croydon.
17th March 1921 Dr Marie Stopes opens Britain's 1st birth control clinic (London)
17th March 1904 The Daily Mirror's Handcuff challenge to Harry Houdini at the Alhambra Theatre.
17th March 1845 Rubber band patented by Stephen Perry of London
17th March 1789 Born today: Edmund Kean, London England, tragic actor (Shylock)
The Butcher Sessions
Bizarre photo shoot of the 'The Beatles' took place here
Location: 1 The Vale, King's Road, SW3
Description: This was the place where the then 'official photographer' Robert Whitaker took perhaps the most bizarre photo shoot of the 'The Beatles' to coincide with Capital Records promotion of 'Yesterday' and other Revolver singles.
The format of the shoot was based around an array of dismembered doll limbs and raw meat of various descriptions from Sausages to joints dripping with blood.
It seems that John was the keenest donning a smock and mixing pieces of doll with bits of meat, before Paul, George and Ringo got involved to make even more Beatle history. Any other band at the time doing such a shoot would have ruined their careers...but of course the Beatles where a different story.
The pictures taken were as extraordinary as they were sick and few were used by Capitol...it was but a few months after this fateful day during Spring 1966 that Whitaker's two-year stint as official snapper for NEMS Enterprises ended.
Tagged in this Tour: The Beatles take London
Tagged in this Tour: The Ultimate Beatles Tour