Item #3972 ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS. The Beatles, Mal Evans.
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS
Unknown concept drawings for "Helter Skelter" and "Cry Baby Cry"

ORIGINAL 1968 CONCEPT DRAWINGS / SET ILLUSTRATIONS FOR TWO "WHITE ALBUM" SONGS ("HELTER SKELTER" AND "CRY BABY CRY") BY THE BEATLES ASSOCIATE MAL EVANS

London: 1968. Original drawings by Mal Evans on a 18.5" x 13" lead sheet, the music score annotated in pencil (this discarded sheet was likely left behind at the Apple Boutique after filming the movie "Hot Millions"). On verso: three drawings on two panels by Mal Evans for proposed music videos or perhaps record covers. Some minor wear. Accompanied by the printed label of Julien's Auctions April 10, 2020 (lot 145), and preserved in a mylar sleeve. Very good. Item #3972

OUTSTANDING RELIC FROM THE BEATLES "WHITE ALBUM" ERA, BEING CONCEPT DRAWINGS OF SCENIC DESIGNS BY MAL EVANS, CLOSE FRIEND OF THE BAND AND INDISPENSABLE MEMBER OF THEIR INNER CIRCLE, BOTH IN AND OUT OF THE RECORDING STUDIO, AND AN ERSTWHILE (ALBEIT UNCREDITED) MUSICIAN ON MOST OF THE BEATLES' ALBUMS.

Offered here are Evans' drawings of set designs for "HELTER SKELTER" and CRY BABY CRY," no doubt for music videos or album sleeves to be released by Apple Records, none of which ever appeared. Indeed, EVANS ACTUALLY PERFORMED ON "HELTER SKELTER" (on trumpet, in a duet with John Lennon who played sax-reed), and in doing so was the only non-Beatle on that epic recording.

The illustrations here:

Ad 1. Helter Skelter (one image, with 13 words, all in blue ink); song written by Paul McCartney;
Ad 2-3. Cry Baby Cry (two images, with 12 words, one deleted, all in black ink); song written by John Lennon.

The present drawings were written on a discarded double-page lead sheet with handwritten corrections in pencil, containing printed lyrics and music for the song "This Time" from the crime movie "Hot Millions" (starring Peter Ustinov), a film released only a couple months prior to the "White Album."

¶ Liverpudlian MAL EVANS (1935-1976) joined the The Beatles' crew in 1963 and stayed with them every step of the way until their breakup in 1970. After the death of Brian Epstein in 1967, Evans became the most important member of The Beatles' entourage. At first he was hired as the band's roadie, setting up and checking their equipment, while also serving as their unofficial bodyguard. He was basically The Beatles' "fixer," and was relied upon to solve problems large and small, despite the fact that his official title was "personal assistant" and his pay was ridiculously low. He was a constant companion to the group, on call 24-hours a day. Evans went on all of their tours, working before, during, and after the show, from the Cavern Club to Shea Stadium. After the Beatles stopped performing live, in 1966, he was present at nearly every single recording session.

As a constant, trusted presence, The Beatles occasionally used Evans as an extra musician; he appears on most Beatles albums from 'Rubber Soul' (1965) onwards. Evans most obvious contribution is on "A Day in the Life": George Martin instructed him to stand next to Paul McCartney's piano and count out 24 bars (these would be filled by the now infamous dramatic orchestral crescendos), culminating with the aleatoric alarm clock which Evans took the liberty of engaging (without instruction from Martin or McCartney). On that same song Evan was one of five who played the final "endless" note on piano (an Emaj chord).

For a brief time Evans was even designated as Managing Director at Apple Records. Indeed, among the many claimants to that threadbare title "fifth Beatle," he was arguably the most deserving: wherever the Beatles went, he was with either with them, or not far away. Onstage and offstage and backstage, inside and outside the studio, he took care of everything, all the while remaining a dear friend.

PROVENANCE: Julien's Auctions, The Beatles at the Hard Rock (Spring 2020) lot 145, one of four Mal Evans lots in the sale: drawings (lot 143), typed lyrics to "Helter Skelter" on Apple Corps stationary (lot 144), and handwritten lyrics for Ringo Starr's 1971 song "It Don't Come Easy" (lot 146).

CATALOGUER'S NOTE: we have been listening to this song since 1969, and never knew that a "helter skelter" is the British term for a spiral fairground slide -- easily discernable in the present drawings.

Price: $1,600.00

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