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Apple Scruffs

The die-hard, ultra-dedicated Beatles fans of the later Sixties, the Apple Scruffs were a group of fans who’d spend most of their time outside the Apple building, in front of Abbey Road Studios or the Beatles’ homes (Paul’s being conveniently located close to Abbey Road Studios), waiting to see the Beatles.


They were on first name basis with the band... and two Apple Scruffs, Lizzie Bravo and Gayleen Pease, can be heard on the background vocals of the “Across the Universe” version used on Past Masters Volume Two.


In 1970, the Apple Scruffs even had their own magazine, The Apple Scruffs Monthly Book.


In fact, a few Scruffs ended up with Beatle-related jobs: Margo was a tea girl at Apple and Jill a receptionist at Abbey Road Studios.



Famously, Paul wrote "She Came In Through the Bathroom Window" after a few fans broke into his London home (stealing a pair of his pants plus a framed photograph Paul later got back) via, you guessed it, the bathroom window.

Also, George paid tribute to the Apple Scruffs with his song of the same title, released on his first solo album, "All Things Must Pass." Speaking of which, George also wrote a note to three of his favorite Apple Scruffs following the album’s completion:

"Dear Carol, Cathy and Lucy. Now it's finished - and off to the factory. I thought I'd tell you that I haven't a clue whether it's good or bad as I've heard it too much now! During the making of this epic album (the most expensive album EMI ever had to pay for) I have felt positive and negative - please and displeased, and all the other opposites expected to be found in this material world. However, the one thing that didn't waver, seems to me, to be 'you three' and Mal., always there as my sole supporters, and even during my worst moments I always felt the encouragement from you was sufficient to make me finish the thing. Thanks a lot, I am really overwhelmed by your apparent undying love, and I don't understand it at all! Love from George (P.S. Don't hold this evidence against me.) P.P.S. Phil Spector loves you too!"

Carol Bedford wrote a memoir of her days as an Apple Scruff, called "Waiting For The Beatles: An Apple Scruff's Story" (this book is currently out of print).

Also, the new documentary "Beatles Stories" features an interview with Apple Scruff Cathy, who has some really interesting and touching things to say.

Below, a link to some more Apple Scruff info at a fab blog...

Some Apple Scruffs info and photo at Meet the Beatles For Real blog

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