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Hanging with the Beatles & Stones - The Lost Archives of Bob Bonis 1964-1966

Updated: Apr 3

As a huge fan of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones having this exhibition at the TRACY PARK GALLERY is a dream come true. I get to sit in a gallery surrounded by the legends at their most beautiful and innocent period, all cheeky grins and schoolboy antics enjoying hamming it up for their friend and tour manager Bob Bonis who captured these moments on his Leica M3 camera not realizing that he was photographing some of the most iconic moments in pop culture history.

- Catalina Guirado

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The Beatles Eight Days A Week

August 22, 1964, Seattle-Tacoma Airport, Washington

40” x 60”

3 x AP

$7500

In this iconic photograph the four Beatles – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, and George Harrison – board their chartered American Flyer Airlines Lockheed Electra plane at Seattle Tacoma Airport in Washington state bound for Vancouver, British Columbia. Waiting for them across the border was their history-making first-ever Canadian concert, at Empire Stadium on August 22, 1964, which was the fourth stop on their first US / Canadian tour. This now-iconic image was requested and licensed to Apple for use as the global image for The Beatles landmark documentary, directed by Ron Howard, Eight Day’s A Week.

 


Bob Bonis (1932-1992) began his career as a talent agent at MCA inNew York City in the late 1950s. When MCA dissolved the agency, Bob started a jazz management firm working with a variety of jazz and big band performers including Frank Sinatra, Benny Goodman, Count Basie, Harry Belafonte, and others. Standing 611" and weighing over 200 pounds, Bob cut an intimidating figure- and earned a reputation for being able to deal with the "wise guys" that ran a lot of the jazz clubs. Because of this ability, he was tapped to serve as The Rolling Stones' tour manager for their first-ever US tour. According to Bill Wyman in his book, "Stone Alone" The Story of a Rock 1n 1 Roll Band", when Bob was asked to go on the tour, his initial reaction was that he didn1t want to go out on the road anymore, he said he wasn1t a fan of rock 'n' roll. But, according to Wyman, when he saw the famous article from Melody Maker entitled "Would You Let Your Sister Marry A Rolling Stone?'' Bob responded, "that's a great sales pitch" and agreed to manage the tour. Bob did a great job of getting The Stones where they needed to be on time. Quite a feat considering that the "bad boys" of the British Invasion worked hard for their terrible reputation for trouble. His experience with them was quite the opposite, and he developed a great friendship with them that lasted long after his role as their tour manager ended. His success with The Stones' tour led the band's management office in England to recommend him to Brian Epstein for the same role with The Beatles. That led to Bob serving as TheBeatles' U.S. tour manager for all three U.S. tours.

From his comment "I'm not a fan of Rock N Roll" to becoming the Tour Manager of the two most iconic bands in Rock history, set in motion an amazing journey for Bob Bonis. Armed with a passion for taking pictures on his Leica M3 when he had a free moment, led us to the images we are enjoying exclusively here at the TRACY PARK GALLERY. This treasure trove of over 5000 images in total was found in Bob's basement by his son after nearly a half-century, he took these amazing pictures from 1964-1966 most of which have never before been seen, published, or sold.


Come and visit us at the gallery and see this collection of rock n roll history for yourselves. Please email us for a catalog of prints available or to request a VIP private view over zoom of images not included in this current exhibition that are available from the archives as bespoke prints.

 



“OMG”

Mick Jagger James Brown Meets at The T.A.M.I. Show

October 29, 1964, Santa Monica, California

30” x 40”

3 x AP

$5000

Taken backstage on October 29, 1964, during rehearsals for the film, Mick Jagger and James Brown – meeting there for the first time – size each other up, backstage. This truly astonishing image captures this historic meeting at the T.A.M.I. Show. Keith Richards was quoted years later as saying that following James Brown on stage was the biggest mistake of their career.



“Its Me”

Mick Jagger watches The Rolling Stones on TV

November 10, 1964, Chicago, Illinois.

40” x 60”

3 x AP

$7500

On August 5, 1964, The Rolling Stones filmed a segment for the hit TV U.S. show The Rd Skelton Hour, on a staircase inside the London Palladium. That show only aired in America on September 22, 1964. A few months later, in November, when the show was a rerun, the Stones were on tour in the U.S., affording Mick the opportunity to watch the show from his hotel room at the Palmer House in Chicago.



“Before the Bowl”

The Beatles Here Comes The Sun August 23-25, 1964, Bel Air, Los Angeles, California

30” x 40”

3 x AP

$5000

In a captivating moment of playfulness, the four Beatles - Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr - were photographed by Bob Bonis, in Bel Air, California, August 23-24, 1964, at the home of actor Reginald Owen aka The Scrooge. They were staying there for their infamous Hollywood Bowl performance.




“The Playboy”

Mick Jagger Reading Playboy Magazine, Los Angeles, California, 1965

40” x 60”

3 x AP

$7500

Mick Jagger, in his hotel room, catches up on the June 1964 issue of Playboy Magazine. What's so fun about this image is that the June 64 issue featured the first-ever nude pictorial spread of James Bond girl Ursula Andress. Four years later Mick was featured in the 1969 issue. The Stones would later stay at the Playboy Mansion in Chicago at Heff's personal invitation. As an ultimate twist 46 years later to the issue his daughter Lizzy bared all for the cameras in the June 2011 issue.

 

These and other images from The Lost Archives of Bob Bonis are exclusively at the Tracy Park Gallery until April 30th. Please contact the gallery for private viewings and a price list.

 

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