Monday, 2 September 2013

Stars on 45RPM: A Pick Of Apple Records

Famously known as The Beatles record label in the late 1960s, Apple Records scored a wealth of hits not only for The Beatles group and solo projects but also for a variety of recording artists. My own memories of Apple are undoubtedly the  defining record label design with its shiny green skin on the A Side and its White cut in half core on the B side.

Here are a few releases I have in my collection...
Apple 13
The Plastic Ono Band: Give Peace A Chance / Remember Love, Apple 13, 1969
John Lennon's first official  45RPM outing away from The Beatles and the first of many collaborations with Yoko Ono. Recorded live at John and Yoko's Bed-In protest in Canada, Give Peace A Chance still carries a powerful message some 45 years on from release. The B side features a gentle Yoko vocal Remember Love.

Apple 26
Mary Hopkin: Knock Knock Who's There? / I'm Going To Fall In Love Again, Apple 26, 1970
Mary Hopkin represented Great Britain in The Eurovision Song Contest in 1970 with Knock Knock Who's There? Produced by Mickie Most. The song might not have won the contest but was a firm favourite with me as a two-year-old! I couldnt resist the above copy I found in a Newport Charity Shop last December for 20p with a cool paper sleeve!

Apple 2
Mary Hopkin: Those Were The Days/ Turn Turn Turn, Apple 2, 1968
Mary Hopkin's first single was produced by Paul McCartney after Paul saw her on TV's Opportunity Knocks. Those Were The Days coupled with a beautiful version of Pete Seeger's Turn Turn Turn raced to the top of the UK chart on release in August 1968.
Mary's daughter, the recording artist Jessica Lee Morgan retweeted my above collage on Twitter on August 25 with the comment "@RetrospaceAndy nicely done! @themaryhopkin would be pleased!"

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