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Memories are made of this…

The wonderful tribute to BP Fallon on the Miriam O’Callaghan programme on RTE Radio 1 with special guest Robert Plant talking about his friend.

BP recalls his childhood and bumpy schooldays, hiding on the Dublin to Liverpool boat to go see The Beatles at The Cavern, this schoolboy appearing every Saturday on the Telefis Eireann pop television show ‘Pickin’ The Pops’. He flashes back to when he appeared – twice – on ‘Top Of The Pops’ with John Lennon. He talks very very fondly of Marc Bolan, remembers Henry McCullough, discusses making his first record with Jack White, talks about his friend David Holmes – plus much much more.

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Talking about Led Zeppelin, Robert Plant says “In the middle of all the pressure it was pretty tough and the great thing about Bernard, Beep, coming on board with us is that he helped dilute a lot of the intensities that were thrust upon us… in the middle of it all Beep was a settling factor. We had years of fun in the smallest and shortest time…

“Beep was there with great ideas, good suggestions, pointing this way and that way… there was a point of conjecture and discussion that wouldn’t have been there otherwise… He was an extension of the adventure and the lifestyle of the band itself…

“Beep is a good friend, I’m very pleased to be paying for this call myself!”.

And Mirian O’Callaghan asks Robert twice about Led Zeppelin getting back together again – to a hilarious response.

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The Lobsters – BP Fallon & Robert Plant – plus bassist Andy Sylvester sing backing vocals with Melvin’s Marauders in The Queen’s Head pub in Stourbridge near Kidderminster, May 17th 1979

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Marc Bolan & BP Fallon, London 1971. Photography by Barrie Wentzel

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BP Fallon & Miriam O’Callaghan

With thanks to Miriam and to Conor Kavanagh, producer of The Miriam O’Callaghan Show.

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John Lennon: October 9th 1940 – December 8th 1980 RIP
“I believe in Dr Winston”


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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John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 1970: John Lennon & Yoko Ono & Mal Evans & BP Fallon. Photography by Ron Howard/Redferns courtesy of Guitar World.

“So it’s John Lennon’s 75th Birthday, God bless him. I’m very sad he’s not here and I’m very glad that he was. Glad? John Lennon changed my life, he changed everything for so many people, he and The Beatles and beyond. The world will never be the same, thanks to John and his chums.

“And yet… Give Peace A Chance. Yes please. We need it now as much as ever – wars all over our battered yet still blessed planet, lunatics rushing around with guns, this uncertain globe melting from greed and stupidity.

“Did John Lennon save the world? No. But he gave it a try in his naive and magical way, Dr Winson O’Boogie from Liverpool, England, with his guitar and his music and his aspirational and inspirational thoughts.

“Was he perfect? No. Strangely strange but oddly normal, a fallible human being like all of us, not some deity but an enormously special and gifted rock’n’roller who reached out. John, thank you. We love you. Rest in peace”
– BP Fallon, October 9th 2015

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'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’ produced by Phil Spector.

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John Lennon, Phil Spector, members of Stevie Wonder’s band and BP Fallon, Madison Square Gardens, New York City 1972

John Lennon: October 9th 1940 – December 8th 1980 RIP
“I believe in Dr Winston”

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John Lennon: October 9th 1940 – December 8th 1980 RIP
“I believe in Dr Winston”


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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John Lennon (vocals/piano) & BP Fallon (bass guitar/backing vocals) ~ “Like the moon and the stars and the sun…”

“Happy Birthday, John ~ I wish you were down here. We sure could use you on this battered but still amazing planet, use your rock’n’roll and your humour and your people-power. God bless you, dear magical Dr Winston O’Boogie. Rest In Peace. And thank you for being such an upful influence on my life and on millions of others too. I miss you & I love you x”
~ BP Fallon, Austin, Texas Oct 9th 2014

John Lennon: October 9th 1940 – December 8th 1980 RIP
“I believe in Dr Winston”

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 and video 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

Yoko & John with Peter Fallon and Eamon Carr’s Tara Telephone
‘Capella’ publication, the very edition ~ ‘Capella 3’ ~ that contained the drawing that John Lennon had done for ‘Capella’ the previous year at his and Yoko’s 1969 Amsterdam Bed-In.
‘Capella 3’ cover artwork by Jim Fitzpatrick.
Yoko & John photographed 1970 by Richard DiLello.
Photograph printed 1970 by Pete Saunders for Peter Fallon.


Photography: A Misfit, a Teddy Bear and flowers, Strawberry Fields Central Park New York City by BP Fallon

“And we all shine on…”

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