If you still love those old Beatles albums on vinyl, and are interested in historically rare tracks, then by now you probably know who “Happy Nat” is. Happy Nat is known by serious Beatles collectors worldwide for his in-depth knowledge of rare Beatles recordings and releases, and facts concerning the Fab Four. He has a website called The Beatles Rarity, which he started in 2007, to share his knowledge with fans. This article introduces you to his expertise and work on behalf of Beatles music, and to let you know about our recent interview with him.
A Beatles fan now for thirty-five years, he became a devoted listener of their music way after the Fabs broke up. He got “into it” enough to decide to honor the original mode of listening, by becoming a dedicated archivist of collectible Beatles vinyl.
Nat does a weekly feature every Monday called “The Beatles Rarity of the Week” ( aka BROW.) Each week’s BROW shares a Beatles-related rare recording that is either unreleased or out-of-print.
Just Ask Nat: Another popular feature on the site is #askNat , the “Dear Abby” (or should we say “Dear Abbey” as in “Road?”) for curious Beatles fans around the world. Published every Thursday, Nat expertly answers Beatle-related questions sent to him by his readers, with details and amazing lesser known facts. Nat said, “For example, if you want see a list of what Beatles songs John Lennon played lead guitar on, or you want to know why the “Love” mix of “She’s Leaving Home” was not released, this feature at #askNat can be a great source of info.”
Yet another section called Collector’s Corner examines collectible Beatles vinyl releases to see what they’re worth today and how to spot a fake. Nat explained, “For instance, some topics have included the infamous “Butcher cover” pressing of what was later released as the Capitol LP “Yesterday…And Today;” or the rare Vee Jay release of “Introducing The Beatles.”
Interviews and news: Of course, Nat also puts out regular announcements on new releases, his interviews with Beatles authors and experts, information on the Beatles discography, and more.
Nat also recently did an in-depth, engaging interview with me about being the John Lennon Examiner. Geared toward the more personal subjects, we talked about how I became a Beatles fan at the age of seven, the personal impact of John Lennon’s song “Mother,” which was released around the time of my own mother’s death, the spiritual connection to him, and how I became a writer with a devotion to his memory. You can listen to our interview here. Many thanks to Nat for his interest in my work at the John Lennon Examiner!
In honor of John Lennon’s upcoming birthday, we are giving away some free copies of Larry Kane’s latest Beatles book, “When They Were Boys.” (See the link to our review below.) Congratulations to our last winner, Jose Maria Barua Godoy! Be the first person to answer this trivia question correctly by writing me at firstname.lastname@example.org and win a free copy of Larry’s book. Please include your mailing address: What was the name of the first song John Lennon ever wrote and when did he write it?
Update: Congratulations to Nicole Tomassetti for answering the trivia question correctly! It was “Hello Little Girl”, written in 1957. And congratulations to our last winner, Jose Maria Barua Godoy who answered our first trivia question correctly. The answer of course was, John Lennon was born October 9, 1940 in Liverpool at Liverpool Maternity Hospital.
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