Roy Orbison's Son Has Acquired The Rights To "The Beatle Who Vanished" Movie
Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:17:41
Roy Orbison's son Alex has acquired the movie rights to The Beatle Who Vanished, a book about Jimmie Nicol. Who is Jimmie Nicol? You may ask.
Nicol was the drummer who filled in for a tonsillitis-ridden Ringo Starr during The Beatles' 1964 tour. His time as an essential member of the Fab Four was fleeting, but the stuff of legends for a band that was at the center of a cultural whirlwind.
Speaking with Billboard, Alex Orbison described his interest in the story of the Beatle Who Vanished. "The arc of Jimmie Nicol as a person and the overall ride of his intersection with that historic high point of what seemed to be the beginnings of Beatlemania."
Ringo Starr was hospitalized with tonsillitis and pharyngitis, the day before the Beatles were scheduled to embark on a world tour in June of 1964. Unable to postpone the trek, which would go down in history and provide some of the most arresting images of pop music and Beatlemania, the Fab Four hired, on George Martin's recommendation, a 24-year-old drummer called Nicol to fill in for Starr.
According to The Beatles Bible, Nicol was familiar with all the Beatles songs since he played as drummer on a 'cash-grab' Beatles cover album.
Highlighting the (sometimes cruel) nature of the music industry, and the velocity of the Beatles rocket to superstardom, Nicol's tenure with the Beatles lasted just 13 days, in which he performed 10 concerts and one TV appearance. Starr made a speedy recovery from his treatment and rejoined the group in Australia. Beatles manager Brian Epstein gave Nicol a £500 check, a watch inscribed "From The Beatles and Brian Epstein to Jimmy — with appreciation and gratitude" and a ride to the airport.
For Beatles fans the story of Nicol is a fascinating insight into a period of their history, and shows that music leaves many unsung heroes along the path to success.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff