By: AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
“Better late than never”!
That’s what Paul McCartney had to say after finally receiving, and subsequently responding to, a tape sent to him by two fans nearly five decades ago.
According to the BBC, the women, named Barbara Bezant and Lyn Phillips, were 17 and 19 when they initially sent the video in 1963. After recording their message to Sir Paul using a reel-to-reel tape, the duo addressed it to London’s Finsbury Park Astoria, where the Beatles were slated to play that December.
In the recording, Bezant and Phillips asked to meet McCartney “round back” after the show, though admitted they knew it would be unlikely.
Needless to say, the women never got the chance to meet Paul, and even more, the tape never even made it into the rocker’s hands.
Fast-forward several years and the recording fell into the possession of historian David McDermott, who came across it at a flea market. Wondering if it would be too late to fulfill the once hopeful fans’ dream, McDermott submitted the tape to BBC’s “The One Show,” who tracked down the long-lost friends and reunited them for the first time in 40 years at The Beatles Story exhibition in London.
Finally, Bezant and Phillips got their reply from Paul in the form of a letter that read:
“Hi Linda and Barbara, thanks very much for you lovely tape. It finally got through, better late than never. Great to hear that you found each other after all these years. Keep enjoying the music, love Paul.”
Paul McCartney is currently getting ready to host his very first Twitter Q&A in support of his forthcoming album New, due out October 15. The event is set for tomorrow (October 3) at 9:40am EST.
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