Apple Corps Ltd. was devised
as John said after Brian Epstein died in 1967. Several subsidiaries were
evolved and I will be taking a look at some of the artists involved with
John Lennon :"Our
accountant came up and said 'We got this amount of money. Do you want to
give it to the government or do something with it?' So we decided to
play businessmen for a bit because we've got to run our own affairs now.
So we've got this thing called 'Apple' which is going to be records,
films, and electronics – which all tie up".
APPLE CORPS LIMITED
Mary and Macca
Mary and first husband, record producer Tony Visconti
Mary Hopkin (born 3 May 1950),is a Welsh folk
singer, and one of the earliest signings to the Beatles' Apple label.
The model Twiggy saw her winning Opportunity Knocks
and recommended her to Paul
McCartney.Her debut single, "Those Were the Days", produced by
McCartney, was released in the UK on 30 August 1968. which reached
number 1 hit in the UK.
On 21 February 1969, Hopkin's debut album, Postcard, again produced by
McCartney, was released. It included covers of three songs from Donovan,
who also played on the album, and one song each from George Martin and
Harry Nilsson. It reached number 3 on the UK Albums Chart, although it
proved to be her solitary success in that chart.
The next single was "Goodbye", written by McCartney (credited to
Lennon–McCartney), and released on 26 March 1969. It reached number 2 on
the UK Singles
Hopkin's third single was "Temma Harbour". Her first single not to be
produced by McCartney, it was released
on 16 January 1970 and peaked at number 6 in the UK.
In March 1970, Hopkin represented the United Kingdom in the 1970
Eurovision Song Contest, achieving second place with "Knock, Knock Who's
There?". Produced by
Mickie Most, "Knock, Knock Who's There?" was released as a single on 23
March 1970 and peaked at number 2 in
the UK. It was a worldwide hit, selling over a million copies.
Hopkin's final big hit was "Think About Your Children", released in
October 1970, which reached number 19 in the UK. Hopkin has expressed
dissatisfaction with the material produced by Most, who had taken over
as her producer with "Temma Harbour". After appearing in Eurovision,
Hopkin wanted to return to her folk-music roots.
At McCartney's insistence, Hopkin had recorded a cover of "Que Sera,
Sera" in August 1969. Hopkin had no wish to record the song and refused
to have the single released in Britain. Initially issued in France in
September 1969, it was released in North America in June 1970. The
single peaked at number
77 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 47 in Canada and was also a hit
in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Rhodesia
The last single to hit the British charts was "Let My Name Be Sorrow",
which reached number 46 in July 1971. It was produced by Tony Visconti,
whom Hopkin had met earlier for a Welsh recording of "Sparrow". "Let My
Name Be Sorrow" was a hit in Poland in January 1972.
Hopkin's second album, Earth Song, Ocean Song, was released by Apple on
1 October 1971. The album was produced by Visconti and included cover
versions of songs written by Cat Stevens, Gallagher and Lyle and Ralph
McTell, as well as the two title tracks by Liz Thorsen. Hopkin felt it
was the album she had always wanted to make, so, coinciding with her
marriage to Visconti and with little left to prove, she left the music
scene. The album's single, "Water, Paper and Clay", missed the Billboard
Hot 100. It was Hopkin's last single for Apple Records, which she left
in March 1972.
James Taylor is an American singer-songwriter and
guitarist. He achieved his breakthrough in 1970 with the single "Fire
and Rain" and in 1971 with his recording of "You've Got a Friend". He is
known for his covers, such as "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" and
"Handy Man", as well as originals such as "Sweet Baby James".In late
1967 he moved to London. After recording some demos in Soho, his friend
Kortchmar used his association with the King Bees (who
once opened for Peter and Gordon), to connect Taylor to Peter Asher, A&R
head for the Beatles' newly formed label Apple Records.
Taylor gave a demo tape of songs, including "Something in the Way She
Moves", to Asher, who then played the demo for Beatles Paul McCartney
and George Harrison. McCartney remembers his first impression: "I just
heard his voice and his guitar and I thought he was great ... and he
came and played live, so it was just like, 'Wow, he's great.'"Taylor
became the first non-British act signed to Apple. Taylor recorded what
would become his first album called 'James Taylor'from
July to October 1968, at Trident Studios, at the same time the Beatles
were recording The White Album. McCartney and an uncredited George
Harrison guested on "Carolina in My Mind", whose lyric "holy host of
others standing around me" referred to the Beatles, and the title phrase
of Taylor's "Something in the Way
She Moves" provided the lyrical starting point for Harrison's classic
"Something". McCartney and Asher brought in arranger Richard
Anthony Hewson to add both orchestrations to several of the songs and
unusual "link" passages between them; they would receive a mixed
reception, at best. Taylor fell back into an old drug habit by using
heroin and methedrine. He underwent treatment in the UK and returned to
New York and was hospitalized there. Meanwhile, Apple released his debut
album, James Taylor, in December 1968 in the UK and February 1969 in the
US. Critical reception was generally positive. The record's commercial
potential suffered from Taylor's inability to promote it because of his
hospitalization, and sold poorly; "Carolina in My Mind" was released as
a single but failed to chart in the UK and only reached No.118 on the
U.S. charts. While recovering, he continued to write songs and in
October 1969 signed a new deal with Warner Bros. Records. Taylor in the
early 1970s Once he had recovered, Taylor moved to California, keeping
Asher as his manager and record producer, but released from his Apple
contract. In December 1969, he held the recording sessions for his
second album there. Titled Sweet Baby James, and featuring the
participation of Carole King, the album was released in February 1970
and was Taylor's critical and popular triumph.
On December 7, 1980, Taylor had an encounter with Mark David Chapman,
who would assassinate John Lennon just one day later. Taylor told the
BBC in 2010:
"The guy had sort of pinned me to the wall and was glistening with
maniacal sweat and talking some freak speak about what he was going to
do and his stuff
with how John was interested, and he was going to get in touch with John
Lennon. And it was surreal to actually have contact with the guy 24
hours before he
shot John." The next night, Taylor, who lived in the next building from
Lennon, heard the assassination occur. Taylor commented: "I heard him
as quick as you could pull the trigger, about five explosions."
He still performs today
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Everett Preston born September 2, 1946 was a top session keyboardist
in the 1960s, during which he backed artists such as Little Richard, Sam
Cooke, Ray Charles, Reverend James Cleveland and the Beatles. He went on to
achieve fame as a solo artist, with hit singles such as "That's the Way God
Planned It", the Grammy-winning "Outa-Space", "Will It Go Round in
Circles","Space Race", "Nothing from Nothing" and "With You I'm Born Again".
Additionally, Preston co-wrote "You Are So Beautiful", which became a number
5 hit for Joe Cocker. Preston was one of five musicians credited on a
Beatles recording other than the group's four members. Preston continued to
record and perform with other artists, notably George Harrison after the
Beatles' breakup, and Eric Clapton, and he played keyboards for the Rolling
Stones on many of the group's albums and tours during the 1970s.
first met the Beatles as a 16-year-old in 1962, while part of Little
Richard's touring band, when their manager Brian Epstein organized a
Liverpool show, at which the Beatles opened. They'd hook up again in 1969,
when the Beatles were about to break up while recording the last album they
released, Let It Be (they would later record Abbey Road, which was released
prior to Let It Be). Preston is one of several people referred to as the
"Fifth Beatle". At one point during the Get Back sessions, John Lennon
proposed the idea of having him join the band (to which Paul McCartney
countered that it was difficult enough reaching agreements with
four).Preston played organ and electric piano for the Beatles
during several of the Get Back sessions; some of these sessions appeared in
the film Let it Be and on its companion album. Preston also accompanied the
band on electric piano for its rooftop concert, the group's final public
appearance. In April 1969, their single "Get Back" was credited to "The
Beatles with Billy Preston", the only time such a joint credit had been
given on an official Beatles-sanctioned release (as distinct from an
unsanctioned reissue of some Hamburg-era recordings on which they were the
backing group for Tony Sheridan). The credit was bestowed by the Beatles to
reflect the extent of Preston's presence on the track; his electric piano is
prominent throughout and he plays an extended solo. Preston also worked, in
a more limited role, on the Abbey Road album, contributing organ to the
tracks "I Want You (She's So Heavy)" and "Something".
signed to the Beatles' Apple label, in 1969, Preston released the album
That's the Way God Planned It, produced by Harrison, the title song from
which was a hit single in Britain. His relationship with Harrison continued
after the Beatles' break-up in 1970; Preston was the first artist to record
Harrison's subsequent international hit "My Sweet Lord", on his 1970 album
Encouraging Words, which Harrison co-produced with him. He appeared on
several of Harrison's 1970s solo albums, starting with All Things Must Pass;
made a notable contribution to the Concert for Bangladesh, the
Harrison-organized 1971 charity benefit; performed with the ex-Beatle on his
1974 tour of North America; and played at the 2002 Concert for George
tribute, held at London's Royal Albert Hall. Preston also worked on solo
releases by Lennon and Ringo Starr.
In 1971, Preston left Apple and signed with Herb Alpert's A&M Records. His
personal life was troubled with his sexuality, drink and drugs offences and
2006 from kidney disease.
on the Let It Be sessions
John Richard Lomax (10 May 1944 – 15 September 2013)
was an English guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is best known for his
association with George Harrison,
who produced Lomax's recordings for the Beatles' Apple record label in the
John Richard Lomax was born in 1944 in Wallasey, Cheshire.He was a member of
Dee and the Dynamites, The Undertakers, The Lomax Alliance, Heavy Jelly and
In January 1962, Jackie Lomax left Dee and the Dynamites to join the
Merseybeat band The Undertakers.They followed The Beatles' route through
before setting out for Hamburg, Germany, and securing a recording contract.
They signed with Pye Records and released four singles, but they only
week on the UK Singles Chart with "Just a Little Bit" (#49 in 1964). In 1965
they decided to try their luck in the United States.
Lomax spent two years in the US with The Undertakers and a couple of other
groups. In 1967, Brian Epstein took his latest line-up, The Lomax Alliance,
UK to showcase them at London's Saville Theatre. He arranged for a single
and an album to be recorded, and they signed to CBS before Epstein's death.
that period, CBS released two Lomax Alliance singles and one Jackie Lomax
solo single. More than enough tracks for an album were recorded but it was
After Epstein's death, The Beatles' new record label, Apple Records, took
over responsibility for Lomax's recording career, and George Harrison became
production. Despite having three-quarters of The Beatles on the record, plus
Eric Clapton and Nicky Hopkins, Lomax's 1968 debut single on Apple, the
"Sour Milk Sea", backed with "The Eagle Laughs at You" written by Lomax,
made little commercial impression. Lomax and Harrison recorded the remainder
Is This What You Want? album in Los Angeles, with Hal Blaine and other
members of the Wrecking Crew; but as with the concurrent single, the Lomax-produced
success remained elusive when the album was released in early 1969. A final
Apple single followed, a cover version of "How the Web Was Woven" featuring
By 1970, The Beatles' breakup left the remaining Apple Records artists in
During his last years, Lomax resided in Ojai, California, United States,
with his wife, Annie (previously Norma Richardson), mother of fashion
Terry Richardson. On 15 September 2013, Jackie Lomax died, cancer related,
after a short illness, on the Wirral Peninsula while staying in England for
wedding of his daughter.
With The Undertakers in 1964
Badfinger were a Welsh/English rock band formed in
Swansea that were active from the 1960s to the 1980s. Their best-known
lineup consisted of Pete Ham, Mike Gibbins, Tom Evans, and Joey Molland.
They started out as the Iveys in 1961, and became the first group signed
to Apple in 1968. The band renamed themselves Badfinger. From 1968 to
1973, Badfinger recorded five albums for Apple and toured extensively,
before they became embroiled in the chaos of Apple Records' dissolution.
Badfinger had four consecutive worldwide hits from 1970 to 1972: "Come
and Get It" (written and produced by Paul McCartney, 1970), "No Matter
What" (produced by Mal Evans, 1970), "Day After Day" (produced by George
Harrison, 1971), and "Baby Blue" (produced by Todd Rundgren, 1972).
Their song "Without You" (1970) has been recorded many times, and became
a US number-one hit for Harry Nilsson and, decades later, a UK
number-one for Mariah Carey.
After Apple Records folded in 1973, Badfinger struggled with a host of
legal, managerial and financial issues, leading to Ham's taking his own
life in 1975. Over the next three years, the surviving members struggled to rebuild their personal and
professional lives against a backdrop of lawsuits, which tied up the
songwriters' royalty payments for years. Their subsequent albums
floundered, as Molland and Evans alternated between cooperation and
conflict in their attempts to revive and capitalise on the Badfinger
legacy. In 1983, Evans also died by suicide.