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John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band and the classic performance of Instant Karma on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops Feb 12th 1970

Left to right – John Lennon [vocals & piano], Yoko Ono [knitting & Kotex eyewear], the Beatles’ road manager Mal Evans [tambourine], BP Fallon [bass guitar & hat], the Apple Records official House Hippy Richard DiLello [camera], Klaus Voorman [bass guitar] and Alan White [drums].

‘Instant Karma’ produced by Phil Spector.

"Instant Karma's gonna get you..."

The following week John Lennon was to be heard being interviewed on BBC radio by Emperor Rosko and telling his host “BP Fallon playing the bass guitar, that’s concept art”.

“I can’t play bass” says BP today, laughing, “but it’s better than whacking a tambourine into John’s left ear and almost putting him off his singing”. Which – as our next two pictures show – is what BP did the previous week on the Top Of The Pops of February 5th 1970…

Instant Karma: John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band TOTP Feb 5th 1970

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BP Fallon tambourine, Yoko Ono conceptualist, Klaus Voorman bass guitar, John Lennon vocals/piano, Alan White drums

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Hope ~ BP Fallon & Yoko Ono

“And we all shine on…”

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BP Fallon presents Ian McLagan with his copies of the BP Fallon & The Bandits LP & CD on which Mac plays. Photography by Crystal Bauer

BP Fallon writes:
I can’t get my head around it, that this most vibey and energetic of men is… gone.

We became friends yonks ago ~ Mac said it was in 1967 ~ when I interviewed the Small Faces in London as we whizzed around Hyde Park in a mini-moke and had a smoke or two. “I know BP Fallon since before he had a hat” Mac used to say. Listen, you’d never meet a more tremendous guy, a warmer person. Miles of smiles. Totally a diamond geezer. And when he played his magical Hammond organ on our Bandits album it was such an honour, such a thrill. I mean, Small Faces & Faces & Stones & Dylan’s band and onwards to our little combo! C’mon!

Mac, thank you for your music and your friendship and the laughter. Please give my love to your beloved Kim. Bobby’s just ahead of you ~ he’s probably blowing with Steve and Ronnie already. It’s not goodbye ~ it’s till we meet again. And love to you, always x

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Ian McLagan & Bandit Nigel Harrison in Red Horse Ranch Studio, Austin, Texas during the recording of the BP Fallon & The Bandits album ‘Still Legal’. Photography by Radek

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Ian McLagan playing Hammond organ for BP Fallon & The Bandits. Photography by Radek


Ian McLagan playing his Hammond on ‘The War To Fight For Love’ ~ dig when he blasts in at 2.37 !!!

Aaron Lee Tasjan of BP Fallon & The Bandits writes on Facebook:
Mac. I still remember calling my manager on the phone to say, “Man, Ian McLagan is coming into our BP Fallon & The Bandits session and I have to produce him and I’m so nervous.” But when Mac came in, he was so kind to me and made me feel completely at ease and made me realize you don’t say or do anything when you work with a guy like Mac. You just sit back and learn how it’s done… which is exactly what I did. The man was pure as pure could be musically and as a person. Any rock’n’roll fan has benefited from his work and contributions to music. Here’s to Ian McLagan: A man who found a way to go straight from his heart to his instrument to your soul. You really couldn’t do any better.

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Two Dodgy Geezers having a laugh. Photography by Radek

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Two Dodgy Geezers still laughing. Photography by Radek

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More Dodginess ~ Mac tries to sell us some dodgy LP that he plays on. Photography by BP Fallon

Ian McLagan May 12th 1945 – Dec 3rd 2014
One of the greatest piano & organ players in rock’n’roll ever.
And one of the nicest guys too.
Mac, we miss you already…

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BP Fallon & Jimmy Page NYC Nov 2014. Photography by & © Bob Gruen

Celebrated rock’n’roll photographer Bob Gruen is always in the right place at the right time.

Jimmy Page was doing a public interview with John Varvatos at the John Varvatos store which is on the site of CBGBs on New York’s Bowery.

Bob Gruen snapped Jimmy and former Led Zeppelin publicist BP Fallon hanging out backstage.

Says Bob: “There are three rules to being a good photographer ~ and the first one is ‘Always carry a camera'”.

Page & Fallon first met in 1966 at MGM’s Elstree Studios outside London when they were both in the “Swinging Sixties” Antonioni film ‘Blow Up’ ~ Jimmy was a Yardbird and BP was an extra in The Yardbirds famous club scene where Jimmy’s fellow-guitarist Jeff Beck smashes his guitar ~ view here:

The Yardbirds ~ with guitarists Jeff Back & Jimmy Page ~ in ‘Blow Up’

Led by remaining Yardbird Jimmy Page, The New Yardbirds were completed by Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham before this stunning new band formed by Jimmy was named Led Zeppelin. BP Fallon became their publicist.

Bob Gruen first came into the Led Zeppelin picture when he photographed the band on tour in America in 1973.

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Jimmy Page & BP Fallon eight miles high on Led Zeppelin’s private jetliner ‘Starship’ 1973. Photography by & © Bob Gruen

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That timeless iconographic image ~ Led Zeppelin and their plane ‘Starship’ 1973 by & © Bob Gruen

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BP Fallon’s Apple Cake

Posted by admin on Thursday Nov 6, 2014 Under "BP Fallon's Apple Cake", Life's A Gas

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BP Fallon’s Apple Cake made by Tere Fox at Rockin’ Raw, New York

This is a story about love and cake.

“I never thought I’d have a cake named after me!” says a delighted BP Fallon.

‘BP Fallon’s Apple Cake’ is created by co-owner and chef Tere Fox at New York’s leading raw food vegan restaurant Rockin’ Raw ~ and as well as being on the menu at Rockin’ Raw is also available via RR’s forty-two outlets throughout New York which include Juice Press, Organic Avenue, Westerly, High Vibe and Live Life.

“Even before it was named after me, this was my favourite cake in the world” says BP licking his lips. “It’s delicious”.

Rockin’ Raw’s owners Luis Salgado and Tere Fox met at one of BP’s famous Death Disco parties in New York. Says Tere: “It was July 26th 2006, I remember that night so well, I remember meeting Luis and it was love at first sight! I remember BP DJing and playing the most amazing music, everyone who was anyone was there, such fun, perfect!

“BP means the world to me. A great inspiration. We’ve never been anywhere with him where the energy isn’t amazing. And the songs he sings are so poetic and when he DJs everyone is smiling.

“Apple cake in North America is the #1 favourite dessert, the most loved. I thought ‘I’m going to call this cake BP Fallon’s Apple Cake because he’s the apple of my eye’!”.

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“Let them eat BP Fallon’s Apple Cake”

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Having your cake and eating it

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They’d met at BP’s Death Disco party three months before ~ Rockin’ Raw’s Luis Salgado & Tere Fox, New York Oct 17th 2006

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Just Married ~ Mr & Mrs Salgado & families & friends ~ plus the Young PinStripe Brass Band rocking it ~ do their Second Line Wedding Parade through the French Quarter, New Orleans Oct 3rd 2014

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A Man & His Cake. Photography by Paul Kostabi

Rockin’ Raw began in Williamsburg on June 21st 2009, when BP DJed the opening party. Luis is from Lima and Tere is from Louisiana and thus the food is Peruvian and Creole influenced. The organic raw food restaurant is now in Greenwich Village in Manhattan at 171 Sullivan Street by Houston.

All photographs by BP Fallon except Paul’s shot above

PS ~ A police escort can be handy :)
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BP Fallon & Imelda May ~ What The Papers Say

Posted by admin on Saturday Oct 18, 2014 Under BP Fallon, Magic, Music, Rock'n'Roll, Spoken Word

ACL Live Shot: Imelda May
Dublin rockabilly turns in a Kustom Kar set and owns the place

by Tim Stegall, The Austin Chronicle
All photography here by Nathan Edge

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BP Fallon introduces Imelda May poetically at ACL, Texas

Graciously, church was in session inside the Zilker tent. A sermon preached by rock’n’roll consultant BP Fallon, ‘I Believe in Elvis Presley’ (“I believe in rockabilly and rock’n’roll”) improvised its climax: “I believe in Imelda May.” One force of nature thus made way for another.

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With May’s crackerjack band setting a gravedigger groove, the Dublin-born rockabilly sensation slinked out in a form-fitting, black-striped dress, hair piled high. Her husband Darell Higham laid down fat, reverb-drenched Eddie Cochran figures from a big, orange, hollow-body guitar as the rhythm section crackled.

Meanwhile, May oozed sultry tones suggesting Wanda Jackson on a Billie Holiday bender…

Read the rest of Tim Stegall’s terrific piece in The Austin Chronicle

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Imelda & her ace band on stage at ACL, Texas

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After the show… the lady who “owned ACL Fest” & some geezer

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