The Beatle Who Vanished

By Jim Berkenstadt

HOW may DRUMMER JIMMIE NICOL easily VANISH AFTER fiddling with THE BEATLES IN 1964?

The Beatle Who Vanished is the 1st ancient account of Jimmie Nicol, an unknown drummer whose trip from humble beginnings to saving The Beatles' first global travel used to be just one a part of his legend. although his thirteen days of status made headlines, the real secret of Nicol's tale is riddled with blacklisting, betrayal, medicines, divorce, financial disaster and an eventual disappearance that led many to query even if he's lifeless or alive.

Discover the exceptional info of a Beatles tale by no means prior to printed!

*Draws on new documentary facts *Interviews with The Beatles, Nicol and eyewitnesses *Inner circle travel debts of Nicol and The Beatles *Uncovers the secrets and techniques at the back of his post-Beatles occupation and disappearance *Over a hundred infrequent archival photos and memorabilia illustrations * includes a Foreword via Former Beatles Bass participant, Chas Newby

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Hodkinson was once uncertain the way to qualify this musical summit. “We went alongside to the tryout or practice session. i really received into the studio with Jimmie. I knew Paul from Liverpool and he acknowledged hi and remembered me. ”28 in accordance with Nicol, “I didn’t need to audition for them. It used to be only one practice session within the studio. ”29 in response to PR guy, Greg Tesser, who was once within the room, “Yes, Jimmy certainly did an audition – this I do have in mind. ”30 the final word at the topic may still visit Beatles’ manufacturer George Martin who defined the scene, “Jimmie Nicol was once a great little drummer who got here alongside and realized Ringo’s elements rather well.

Jimmie, Peter and The Spotnicks recording in Japan. picture credits: � Roland Ferneborg. the next day to come, The Spotnicks have been again to paintings with an entire itinerary beginning at 1:00 p. m. First up have been journal interviews with “Teen-Beat” and “Seven Aces” on the inn. Jimmie and his band friends dealt with the questions with self belief and humor. With the Q & A out of ways, the band sat down with their supervisor to debate the busy agenda that lay forward for the subsequent month within the Land of the emerging sunlight. After dinner, The Spotnicks headed off to a practice session studio to accomplish a soundcheck run-through and song up their tools for the impending live shows.

12 despite the fact that, in any case, the facility of affection received out over Jimmie’s Australia plans; and the hot Mr. and Mrs. Nicol settled right into a artistic and household lifestyles jointly in Mexico. There, they might reside in the home of Julia’s mom and dad. Mexico urban, 1968 Jimmie Nicol’s love for Julia helped him to higher savor existence in Mexico. He confidently summed-up the 1st 12 months in his new domestic nation. “I have lived right here a yr or so and that i can’t escape from it, this kingdom has whatever I haven’t present in a 3rd of the area.

Regrettably for Nicol, the deal was once now not for three singles. The Sound of Jimmy Nicol might have just one probability to make the charts with the intention to be provided an choice to make extra files. Ken Jones had moved into checklist construction within the early Nineteen Sixties, whilst his personal orchestra did not chart. He had had nice good fortune generating hits for The Zombies in 1964, and he was once one of many present “hot” Decca manufacturers of the day. Jones used Gus Dudgeon as his engineer at the Nicol classes. Gus had started his occupation at Decca’s Olympic Studios as a tea boy and tape jockey.

His resume now incorporated monstrous band drummer; consultation sideman; arranger; band chief; and a member of Georgie popularity & the Blue Flames. future had intervened and was once now catapulting his upward push to the head of the leisure international with The Beatles. Nicol’s brain used to be reeling as he wearing his most sensible white blouse, darkish slacks, and white raincoat for the adventure of an entire life. simply to determine all of this used to be fairly taking place, Jimmie went out early within the morning to choose up a handful of newspapers. The headlines all proven that Jimmie Nicol used to be taking up for Ringo Starr within the Beatles!

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