Paul McCartney meets with duo Drew And Dy

May 1968
Timeline More from year 1968
Location:
94 Baker Street, London, UK

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Keith Drewett and Peter Dymond, of the duo Drew And Dy, met with Paul McCartney in May 1968 when, while in a taxi, they spot him standing outside of the Apple Boutique. They jumped out of the cab and ran up to Paul and asked him to listen to their music. Paul invited them to the empty boutique and they played him six of their songs.

Interview with Peter Dymond, from Drew & Dy, An Apple Story – Mersey Beat (triumphpc.com:

[…] In May 1968 we arrived in London for an audition with a music publisher and on our way back to the station in a taxi we saw Paul McCartney in the street outside the Apple boutique in Baker Street. We stopped the taxi and ran up to Paul. We said, ‘Please Mr McCartney, all the world knows you have golden ears. We don’t expect you to sign us, please just listen and tell us if our songs have anything.”

He said, “Okay, calm down. Do you have a tape?”

I think he was a little surprised, but certainly very unfazed. When we explained that we didn’t have a tape, he said, “Okay, we’ll have a little audition. Come on in and we’ll find somewhere.” There were no staff that I can remember in the boutique – and no customers. We then went in through a little side door that led directly to a staircase from the street, so we were probably round the side of the building. The clothes were surprisingly conservative. Paul was dressed in a sweater and trousers, much as he was when he did the session later.

Paul got two people to fetch a Revox tape recorder after we had played him about six of our songs on the stairs. They came with a key and unlocked a room and set the recorder up on a table and we taped the six tunes for him. There were these other two in the room as well, but I don’t remember much about them, all I could see was Paul! He smoked a cheroot, I recall. At the end of the day he said something like, “You’ll be hearing from us.” He then communicated by letter (which I no longer have) saying, “Dear Drew and Dy, your songs grow on all that hear them, especially ‘Taurus The Bull’ and ‘Tales Of Frankie Rabbit’, so we’ll be getting together soon to do something, like record.” […]

Peter Dymond

Paul McCartney would produce three songs for Drew And Dy during a session at Trident Studios on August 12, 1968. Those songs would remain unreleased.

From Lot Detail – Paul McCartney 1968 “A Is For Apple” Handwritten Letter (gottahaverockandroll.com) – Truly remarkable content abounds in this Paul McCartney handwritten letter signed by McCartney, “Paul and the mop tops!” Consisting of a two-page handwritten letter to ‘Drew and Dy’, two unknown artists, inviting them to record for Apple Records. The letter reads: “Dear Gentlemen, Your songs grow on all that hear them! I hope you are pressing on. Frankie Rabbit and Taurus are the current favourites here. Also we like you singing them, so we’ll be getting together soon probably to do something – like record. Thanks, Paul & the mop tops!” Paul’s nod to Beatles previous incarnation, “the mop tops”, is both historic and humorous, considering that they were knee-deep in the production of the White Album at the time. what makes this letter appears at the bottom where Paul had hand-drawn an Apple logo with the inscription “A is for Apple.” Clearly, Paul’s enthusiasm for his newly formed company is quite apparent. This letter represents everything Apple was supposed to be; a haven for unknown artists. The ‘Drew & Dy’ two songs, produced by Paul, were never released. […]

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