Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Who Filmed Ringo and Paul Dancing at Stella McCartney’s Roller Skating Party? Why, Devoted Beatle-in-Law Olivia Harrison!

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Last week, a short clip on social media got the Beatles world excited. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were filmed joyously dancing at an after party for Paul’s daughter Stella McCartney’s fashion show. You can hear the 70s hit “Young Hearts Run Free” by Candi Staton playing in the background at the Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood.

A lot of outlets used the clip including Ringo on his Twitter page. But no one gave credit to the videographer. That was Olivia Harrison, widow of George, who was there along with Paul’s wife, Nancy, and Ringo’s wife Barbara Bach.

“Paul just jumped in and said, Film this!” Olivia said. “So I did. It was a great night, we were all there.” Also on the scene was Julian Lennon. The Beatles family sticks together.

I ran into Olivia twice last weekend. First at the Motown love fest dinner for Smokey Robinson and Berry Gordy, and then at Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy dinner. She loved both of them. “These are the best shows I’ve ever seen,” Olivia gushed, which is saying a lot considering the amazing musical history she’s witnessed.

I’ve said this before. No one has ever run a late rock star’s legacy like Olivia Harrison and her son, Dhani. They need a testimonial dinner. George Harrison really knew what he was doing when he married her. Olivia and Dhani are devoted to preserving George’s memory and have done everything right with his catalog. Pick up the 50th anniversary edition of “All Things Must Pass” to see what I mean.

Meanwhile, Olivia has a book out. “Came the Lightening: 20 Poems for George” is a beautiful tribute no Beatle fan should be without. Olivia was recently interviewed about the collection live on stage at the 92nd St. Y by Martin Scorsese, and he doesn’t do that sort of thing for just anyone!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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