The Colour Yellow

Yellow again“Initially, Page had difficulty finding other musicians with whom he could play on a regular basis. “It wasn’t as though there was an abundance. I used to play in many groups … anyone who could get a gig together, really.”[10] Following stints backing recitals by Beat poet Royston Ellis at the Mermaid Theatre between 1960–61,

Royston Ellis:
Royston Ellis (born 10 February 1941, Pinner, England) is a British writer heavily influenced by the American Beat Generation

“According to Lennon in the International Times: “The first dope, from a Benzedrine inhaler, was given to the Beatles (John, George, Paul and Stuart) by an English cover version of Allen Ginsberg — one Royston Ellis, known as ‘beat poet’ … So, give the saint his due.”

Ellis is one of the people the song “Paperback Writer” was based on, quoting a comment he had made years earlier while in Liverpool, and was also present at a liaison between Lennon and “Polythene Pam” in Guernsey in 1963.
In 1980, John Lennon said the following:
That was me, remembering a little event with a woman in Jersey, and a man who was England’s answer to Allen Ginsberg…I met him when we were on tour and he took me back to his apartment and I had a girl and he had one he wanted me to meet. He said she dressed up in polythene, which she did. She didn’t wear jack boots and kilts, I just sort of elaborated. Perverted sex in a polythene bag. Just looking for something to write about.”[1]

Mermaid Conf 2 Puddle Lane Blackfriars

Mermaid 2 Puddle Lane Blackfriars.

Back to Page:
“Following stints backing recitals by Beat poet Royston Ellis at the Mermaid Theatre between 1960–61,[13] and singer Red E. Lewis, he was asked by singer Neil Christian to join his band, The Crusaders, after Christian had seen a fifteen-year-old Page playing in a local hall.[10] Page toured with Christian for approximately two years and later played on several of his records, including the 1962 single, “The Road to Love”

From Neil Christian’s Wikipedia:
“The Road to Love” / “The Big Beat Drum”, released on Columbia and produced by Joe Meek under his RGM Sound imprint.

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