Stage photo from Clapton’s wedding party
|Eric Clapton and Pattie Boyd.|
Pattie Boyd and Eric Clapton were married in Tucson, Arizona on the 27th of March 1979. A couple of months later, on May 19th, they held a wedding reception at their home in Hurtwood Edge, in England. A huge number of celebrity guests turned up, including Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. A properly equipped stage had been set up in the garden, should any of the musicians present fancy a jam session. During the course of the evening, it has been reported that all three ex-Beatles were on stage at the same time, belting out old favourites.
The news went around the world that the Beatles had reformed at Clapton’s wedding party, and had performed, among other songs, “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
|Lonnie Donegan with three Beatles.|
Both Clapton and Boyd have since said that John Lennon later called them, asking why he hadn’t been invited, as he certainly would have attended.
Many years later, photos taken during the event started appearing, including a few of the three ex-Beatles posing with one of their heroes from their youth, skiffe legend Lonnie Donegan. But so far, all the photos have been of the guests standing or sitting around in the garden. That is, until forty years after the event, on June 15th, 2019, when Ringo’s son, Zak Starkey posted this photo:
It shows Zak himself on the guitar, Jim Capaldi playing drums, and Paul McCartney on bass guitar. Let’s hope some more photos like this one turns up!