Monday, July 06, 2009

March 16, 1971 - The 13th Annual Grammy Awards

Taped: Tuesday 16 March 1971
Aired: Tuesday 16 March 1971

In Los Angeles, The Beatles' Let It Be album receives a Grammy Award for the 'Best Original Score Written For A Motion Picture or Television Special in 1970'. Paul and Linda, who only arrived in LA this morning, collect the award from the Hollywood legend John Wayne. As Paul leaves the building, a reporter asks him if he is in America to record an album. Paul replies by saying: "I have a knife and a fork and I'm here to cut a record" before escaping in a Cadillac amid screams from waiting Beatles fans. The couple depart into the night and remain unseen for months, even failing to show for a concert by Santana, for which they had booked (and received) two front row tickets. Prior to his departure, Paul had given his name to protesters demonstrating against the proposed building of a 200-room hotel in Cavendish Avenue, London. Westminster Council eventually scraps the idea.

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