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Liverpool tour guide bumps into longtime Beatles friend

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Jackie Spencer, who does tours of Beatles sites in Liverpool for BeatlesGuides.com, told Beatles Examiner that on one of her tours this week she happened to run into a name very familiar to Beatles fans. It was Klaus Voormann, who, among his many accomplishments, was the artist who designed the Grammy Award-winning cover for the Beatles' “Revolver” album.

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“The story is I met Pat and Connie from New York to take them on a Beatles tour,” Jackie told us. “As we arrived at The Casbah, just by chance, Klaus was there being interviewed by a German documentary crew.

“As always, he was very kind and gracious and stopped to chat and pose for photographs with us all before he went on his way,” she said. “This was one tour where they really lucked out, because as they arrived at Lime Street Station they also met Gary Miller, Mayor of Liverpool who was there to wave off some proud war veterans on their way from Liverpool to London to meet Her Majesty the Queen. What a lucky day!”

Klaus Voormann has known the Beatles from their days in Hamburg and the Star Club. According to his biography, he approached the band in Hamburg after seeing them play to make contact with them. He showed a record sleeve he'd illustrated to John Lennon and Stu Sutcliffe.

He eventually moved to London and stayed in an apartment with George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Besides his work with the Beatles, he has had a music career of his own, beginning with the group Paddy, Klaus & Gibson, who, like the Beatles, also played at the Star Club. He was also a member of Manfred Mann, the Plastic Ono Band when they played Toronto in a show that was recorded for the “Live Peace in Toronto” album.

He also played on George Harrison's “All Things Must Pass” album and at the Concert for Bangladesh, among many other musical achievements. His cover for “Revolver” won a Grammy Award for Best Album Cover, Graphic Arts in 1966.

In recent years, he designed the artwork for “The Beatles Anthology” and recorded his own album, “Klaus Voormann and Friends.” The album featured guest appearances from many well-known names, including Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Bonnie Bramlett, Don Preston, Dr. John, members of Manfred Mann, Van Dyke Parks and Joe Walsh. According to his biography, he is working on an LP-sized book, “Remember Revolver,” for the anniversary of the album's release.

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