Post by bluemeaniepaul74 on Jul 21, 2015 20:30:39 GMT
I'd love to hear people's thoughts on Jimmie Nicol dropping off of the radar all those years ago and how he's managed to resist the lure of the Beatle Dollar ever since.
The money he could've made through Books, conventions, documentaries and the like would've made for a very comfortable life, yet the man who kept the beat for the greatest band in the World, albeit for 2 weeks, decided to turn his back on all of that and remain tight lipped for what amounts to half a century....But why?
Here's a quote from Jimmie some years after his tenure with the Beatles had come to an end;
"After the money ran low, I thought of cashing in in some way or another. But the timing wasn't right. And I didn't want to step on the Beatles' toes. They had been damn good for me and to me".
Okay, so judging by that it would seem Jimmy Nichol is a man of integrity, valuing friendship and loyalty over money and limelight, but let's face it, every man and his dog has cashed in on their Beatle links over the years and I'd guess very few of them thought about loyalty once those cheques started dropping through the letter box. From ex-Manager's to Assistant's, Secretaries and chauffeurs, even school friends and family members have sold their souls and put pen to paper, so why not Jimmie?
Perhaps this paragraph documenting the life of a Beatle on tour might explain why...
In the Netherlands, Nicol and Lennon allegedly spent a whole night at a brothel. Lennon said: "It was some kind of scene on the road. Satyricon! There's photographs of me grovelling about, crawling about Amsterdam on my knees, coming out of whore houses, and people saying "Good morning John". The police escorted me to these places because they never wanted a big scandal. When we hit town, we hit it – we were not pissing about. We had the women. They were great. We didn't call them groupies, then; I've forgotten what we called them, something like slags".
It would seem then that for a short while Jimmie subscribed to the hedonistic lifestyle that was part and parcel of being a Beatle. He was probably privy to things that would've been considered scandalous back in the day and I'm sure Mr Epstein would've had a little chat with him regarding privacy before packing him off back to Blighty with a few quid in his pocket and a Gold watch on his wrist. But what happens years later when the money's gone and the work's dried up?
Here's another excerpt from an interview with Jimmie in 1987...
Interviewer: Why haven't you written a book about your time with the Beatles?
Nicol: Anyone can write a book about someone who is famous that they met or knew. There is so much trash written about the Beatles and not one shows their good side. I guess I could very well write a book. Lord knows, I could use the money. I guess I really don't know. I think maybe my angle is not strong enough.
I find it strange that a man who went on tour with the Fab Four at the height of Beatlemania would say that he didn't think his angle was strong enough. Could it in fact be that if Jimmie did write a book it too would fail to show the good side of the Beatles and would instead paint them in a bad light? Perhaps and perhaps not, I'm sure there were nice moments for Jimmie between the Drinking, Shagging and Drumming (There's the autobiography title right there!) but I bet there's not nearly enough of them to fill a book, and with that we perhaps begin to understand the reasons for his reticence. But still the question remains, what's stopping him from telling the whole story, warts and all? Do we really believe that it's blind loyalty that has kept him out of the public eye for countless decades or would it be remiss of me to suggest that Jimmie's memories could still be considered damaging to the Beatles reputations, particularly those still standing.
Therefore I ask the question..... Has Jimmy Nichol been paid to keep out of the spotlight all these years or is he quite simply a Gentleman?....the last of a dying breed!