Box isn't sign of Beatles reunion

December 24, 2003|By Randy Lewis | Randy Lewis,LOS ANGELES TIMES

Flat-out denials from representatives for Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono and a Los Angeles recording studio have not persuaded the curator of an auction Web site that a tape box doesn't prove the Beatles held a secret reunion in 1976.

"Anything other than denials from the Beatles camp would be shocking," says Gary Zimet of the Moments in Time site ( The Ampex tape box with the titles of five songs, a date (11-2-76) and performers listed as John, Paul, George and Rich, remains on the site. The tape itself is blank, allegedly erased at the end of a failed reunion session that ended in acrimony.

The owner of the studio whose name is on the box's label, Davlen Sound Studios, says it was one of many used to teach young engineers how to correctly label tapes.

"Although each former Beatle had recorded at Davlen Sound Studios during the '70s and '80s, no sessions ever included all four group members at one time, let alone a `reunion' of any sort," Davlen owner Len Kovner said in a statement last week.

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