What are Apple Scruffs?

By | June 24, 2011

What are Apple Scruffs?

The Apple scruffs were a loosely-knit group of hardcore Beatles fans who were known for congregating outside the Apple Corps building and at the gates of Abbey Road Studios in London during the waning days of Beatlemania in hopes of seeing or interacting with the band members.

In February 1968 during the recording of “Across the Universe”, two Apple scruffs (Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease) who were standing outside the Abbey Road Studios were invited in on the spur of the moment by Paul McCartney to perform backing vocals on the track.[1]

The Beatles’ song “She Came In Through the Bathroom Window” (Abbey Road, 1969) refers to the day that some of the Apple scruffs climbed into Paul McCartney’s house via an upstairs bathroom window and raided his wardrobe for a pair of trousers which they took turns wearing. They also stole a framed photograph, which they later returned at McCartney’s request.[2]

Following the break-up of the Beatles, George Harrison wrote a song titled “Apple Scruffs” which appeared on his solo album All Things Must Pass.

In 1985, one of the Apple scruffs, Carol Bedford, published a memoir of her experiences as a fan, Waiting for the Beatles: An Apple Scruff’s Story – wikipedia

This was always one of my favorite George songs from All Things Must Pass.  I haven’t heard it for a long time. Listening back now I’m surprised by looseness of it in a few places. No metronome. Still a great song.

Here’s a great sounding PARODY.

Here’s my other favorite song from the album: Wah Wah. Live version:

Badd Ass.  Two drummers. Jim Keltner and Ringo

Keltner is best known for his session work on solo recordings by three of The Beatles, working often with George Harrison, John Lennon (including Lennon solo albums, as well as albums released both by the Plastic Ono Band and Yoko Ono), and Ringo Starr. He and Starr were the drummers on the Concert for Bangladesh, rock music’s first charity benefit, initiated by George Harrison and Ravi Shankar, in August 1971 at Madison Square Garden in New York; he also performed at the Garden in 1972 for John Lennon’s “One To One” benefit for the Willowbrook State School. Keltner later joined the 1974 George Harrison/Ravi Shankar tour, after many phone calls on the road from Harrison. – wiki

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