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Hey Lulu: The stoned and brilliant performance that saw Jimi Hendrix banned from the BBC


ON January 4, 1969 Jimi Hendrix appeared on Happening for Lulu. Sharing the bill with Pan’s People, Badfinger and Johnny Harris, Hendrix and his Experience would perform a duet with the Shout singer at the BBC’s London studios. Well, they were supposed to. But it never did happen.

Charles R Cross recalls what occurred in his book Room Full of Mirrors. After breaking into Hey Joe, as arranged and introduced by the pop Pixie, Hendrix had enough:

“We’d like to stop playing this rubbish and dedicate a song to The Cream, regardless of what kind of group they may be in, dedicate to Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce”.

The band then began playing Sunshine of Your Love.

Hendrix told his girlfriend Kathy Etchingham (pictured above in 1969): “I’m not going to sing with Lulu. I’d look ridiculous.”

Noel Redding writes in his book Are You Experienced? The Inside Story of The Jimi Hendrix Experience:

“We cringed,… [tit was] so straight it was only natural that we would try to combat that atmosphere by having a smoke in our dressing room…In our haste, the lump of hash got away and slipped down the sink drainpipe. Panic! We just couldn’t do this show straight–Lulu didn’t approve of smoking! She was then married to Maurice Gibb of the Bee Gees, whom I’d visited and shared a smoke with. I could always tell Lulu was due home when Maurice started throwing open all the windows. Anyway, I found a maintenance man and begged tools from him with the story of a lost ring. He was too helpful, offering to dismantle the drain for us. It took ages to dissuade him, but we succeeded in our task and had a great smoke.”


Photo: Lulu marries Maurice Gibb of the pop group the Bee Gees at the Parish church, Gerrard’s Cross in Buckinghamshire on 18/02/1969.

Redding adds:

“This was fun for us, but producer Stanley Dorfman didn’t take it at all well as the minutes ticked by on his live show. Short of running onto the set to stop us or pulling the plug, there was nothing he could do. We played past the point where Lulu might have joined us, played through the time for talking at the end, played through Stanley tearing his hair, pointing to his watch and silently screaming at us. We played out the show. Afterwards, Dorfman refused to speak to us but the result is one of the most widely used bits of film we ever did. Certainly, it’s the most relaxed.”

Posted: 28th, September 2013 | In: Flashback, Key Posts, Music | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Lady GaGa Grants The Queen And Miley Cyrus An Audience: Royal Variety Show In Pictures

TO Blackpool for the Royal Variety Performance, with Lady GaGa, Miley Cyrus and Bette Midler. As AA Gill said, the French guillotine their Royals, we make ours go to Blackpool to watch a variety show. But Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip did pretty well. As well as Gaga and Cyrus, they saw Chaka Khan, Anastasia and Michael Buble. They got to see American stars. Of course, this the British show, so they also had to endure Frank Carson, Diversity, Alexandra Burke and Lulu – always Lulu. We were there. We’ve got the pictures…


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Queen Elizabeth II American singer Lady Gaga (right) following the Royal Variety Performance in Blackpool.

Posted: 8th, December 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment (1) | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Stella McCartney Hires The Mighty Boosh To Switch On Her Lights, In Photos

WHEN we saw the invite to see Stella McCartney turn on the Christmas lights, we thought Paul McCartney’s daughter was turning on the Oxford Street lights, the ones that make it better to see shoplifters. But no, Stella was turning on the lights in her shop, something one imagines she or an underling does every day.

Helping her to turn on the lights were Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh, who flipped the switch to the thrill of such passers by as Lulu, Kate Moss, Pam Hogg, Twiggy, Jamie and Louise Redknapp and Paul McCartney. Katie Price is available for when the lights need turning off. The pictures:


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Stella McCartney and her husband Alasdhair Willis are seen outside her shop as Stella turns on her Christmas lights at her West London boutique.

Posted: 24th, November 2009 | In: The Consumer | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Barack Obama Blesses Fox News And Turns 50

1188640AS Barack Obama seeks to block Fox News, and fails, Anorak is minded of this comment by the great sage on political matters, the shouty singer Lulu:

There’s so much to be gained from being around people who are smarter than you. If there aren’t any to hand, read about them or observe them in the media. Barack Obama, for example, is so clever, so inclusive. Whenever a problem comes up these days, I find myself saying, ‘How would Barack address this?’”

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Posted: 23rd, October 2009 | In: Politicians | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0

Bianca Gascoigne In Thigh Boots, Sun Sets On Mars

key-bEARLIER this week, Anorak’s woman in a smock went to the Comfort Prima High Street Fashion Awards at the Battersea Evolution in London. Some of the leading names in ligging were there: Jo Wood, Nicola McLean, Brendan Cole, Lulu and Suranne Jones.

The evening celebrated natural beauty…

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Posted: 12th, September 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comment | Comments RSS feed:RSS 2.0