Besides the collecting of "normal" records and memorabilia, which is the base of any Beatles collection, I'm also occupied in collecting records by artists who are sideways connected to the Beatles.
From my interest in this related material several subcollections have grown: Cilla Black, Harry Nilsson, Badfinger, Mary Hopkin, Peter & Gordon, Scaffold and Monty Python, just to mention a few.
Through the years quite a lot of records with the Beatles as subject for songs have been released.
Many countries also had their own artists who made Beatles tribute records, sung for local markets in their own languages. Sometimes only a picture on the sleeve connected to the Beatles did the trick. Especially about 1964, during the "Beatlemania" period, many artists released their own Beatles tributes. These tributes were mainly direct love tokens to the Beatles but ironical versions have also been made.
Many of these tributes remained obscure and rather unknown and they were
released in small quantities. The Carefrees were not an exception
on this but their performance of "We love you Beatles" became rather
well-known because of the use of this song in programs concerning The Beatles.
Nowadays artist still create Beatles tributes but logically, this is most often done from a nostalgic point of view.
Cilla Black as part of a Beatles related sub-collection speaks for itself. The direct connections of Cilla with Brian Epstein and the record company Parlophone are evident. The give away songs "Step inside love" and "It's for you" and her performance of "Yesterday" form a small sub-collection on it's own.
Peter & Gordon also belong to the row
of artists who performed give away songs of Lennon & McCartney.
"Nobody I know" and "World without love" are well-known hits. And ofcourse "Woman" where McCartney as a writer used a pseudonym to show that the record could become a no.1 hit without anyone knowing that his name was connected to it.
Family & Friends
The material that Paul's brother Mike McGear released in the seventies forms quite a complete and nice part of my collection. At the time I was able to buy the then new material. The older material, for example his work with Scaffold, is up to now not complete.
The co-operation of the Beatles with the Bonzo Dog Doodah Band
dates from the film Magical Mystery Tour.
The Bonzos have a small part in the movie. The single "I'm the urban spaceman"
of the Bonzos, produced by Paul, followed in 1968.
Monthy Python comes in when George Harrison produces the Monthy Python single "Lumberjack song" for release on single halfway the seventies.
In 1978 Neil Innes of the Bonzo Dog Band and Eric Idle of the Monty Python team found each other and co-operate in The Rutles project. The Rutles was a filmed perfect parody on the careers of the Beatles.
Eric Idle as well as Neil Innes and their connections have my interest and this sub-collection is still (slowly) growing.
And Harry Nilsson
In the early seventies the relation Beatles versus
Harry Nilsson started with his cover version of some Beatles' songs made into a medley.
Beatles were very thrilled by his medley and got in contact. Ringo's drums can be heard on several Harry Nilsson albums and John made his contributions to the "Pussy Cats" LP The sleeve picture of "Pussy Cats" shows both guys, Harry and John, dressed up as "pussies".
See all my Beatles Cover Versions at www.beatlescovers.nl
Beatles cover versions (Beatles songs performed by other artists) are surely related. Without Beatles no cover versions. Cover Versions within my collection have quite an important role. See Covers, or visit beatlescovers.nl which is dedicated to my Beatles Cover Version collection.