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JOSEPH FERRANTE, THE MUSICIAN THAT THE BEATLES BLOCKED FOR 13 YEARS
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THE NEWS MEDIA
TO THE EDITOR
My name is JOSEPH FERRANTE. I am a musician.
I am writing to inform you of a long history of efforts to block my
musical career and take my ideas. It has now gone beyond the pale.
Some time ago, while I was living in England, I was sent out to tune
the ex-Beatle GEORGE HARRISON's piano several times. After five years
in England I eventually went back to where I'd originally come from.
There I made my own adaptation of the Beatles' "Hey Jude". I took the
original song and re-worked it into a latin "Bachata", mixed with
flamenco. I made a demonstration cassette of it and sent it to George
Harrison. It came back to me stamped with a rude "by bike" in the
place of the usual "Air mail" on the envelope. I phoned him to ask for
an explanation but was told by his secretary that he did not want to
come to the phone.
Mr. Raul Cairo of the Dutch "Music and Media" magazine can testify to
the quality of my arrangement of "Hey Jude", as he wrote an article
about it in the same magazine.
I tried sending demonstration cassettes of my version of "Hey Jude" to
three record companies in Spain, and, some months later, a group
called "Los Roling" came out with a flamenco rendition of Beatles
music. Significantly, it was at the same time that Raul Cairo was
writing up my "Hey Jude" in "Music and Media".
After a Finnish promotional firm requested 28 CDs of the song for
broadcasting on their radio chain throughout Europe the song began to
get airplay. I was told by the firm that they were getting phone-in
requests for the song at the stations and that it was being given a
nice reception by radio listeners. Some ten days later the song
disappeared off the air as though an invisible hand had stopped it.
The Finnish promotional firm did not care to provide any explanation
when I phoned up about it.
Time went by and I made a "salsa" version of the Beatles' song "Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band". This time I sent demonstration
cassettes to record companies outside Europe, including in New York.
Some months later, a well-known latin entertainer got a salsa band
together with performers from "Fania All Stars" among others, and
released an L.P. of salsa-style Beatles music in New York.
Time went by again, and it occurred to me that perhaps I could help
get the Beatles back together again as a Beatles' music specialist
myself and a professional musician in my own right. I faxed a proposal
to that effect to George Harrison, one which he never answered. I did
fax him several times again afterwards trying to set out my ideas
about the Beatles revival venture, only to discover at one point that
he had had his fax number changed. The international operator told me
she couldn't give me the new number, as it was unlisted. About six
months after the fax incident the first "Beatles Anthology" CD came
out, after many, many years without a Beatles release. My idea. He
took it and went ahead without me.
Now I am back in England.
I came back with 14 songs that I'd put together under the title
"Shangri-La", hoping to get a record deal for it. Both "Hey Jude" and
"Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" were included in my
production. There were also two other well-known songs in my own
adapted version. The rest, the other ten songs, were all my own
Even though I am a Rock musician,"Shangri-La" is a multi-styled
I took demonstration cassettes of "Shangri-La" to the ten major record
companies in London. All ten were somehow mysteriously "mislaid".
Representatives of the A&R departments concerned refused even to come
to the phone to give me an explanation, delegating other people to
take the call instead and tell me that they were still having trouble
locating the cassette. All ten cassettes??...Isn't that a bit much to
be a coincidence??...
One of the other two items I'd re-worked for "Shangri-La" was "If I
Had A Hammer". The rhythm and arrangements were all distinctly
different in my version from the original song. One day, after having
delivered my cassettes to the main record companies, I switched on the
television, only to see the launch of a new programme featuring Trini
Lopez's original "If I Had A Hammer" as the theme song...That was
after my version of the long-forgotten song had been heard by the
Again, after my cassettes had gone out to the record companies, a big
night club that was owned by people who had links with the record
industry started running a show they called "Shangri-La". They stole
the name from my production. I ended up having to hire solicitors to
get them to stop using the name, as I had already had it registered
for musical purposes.
During that same period I received dozens of nuisance calls on my
mobile phone from people mocking me with taunts like: "Don't you have
a record deal ?", or "Go find another country", or "I'm not hearing
your songs on the radio"...
Realizing that there must be a *** against me I had promotional
CDs pressed of "Hey Jude" and distributed them to 84 radio stations
around England. After a couple weeks I had letters back from radio
stations saying they couldn't play "Hey Jude" on their programmes,
although some of the selfsame directors went on to praise my
arrangement of the song. Capital Radio described it as "a very
interesting arrangement". The BBC World Service went on to call it "a
very original and quite virtuoso arrangement". From Sony Music I read:
"..I was really impressed with the quality of the performance and your
new arrangement". If the song was good enough to generate such
comments, why wouldn't they play it ? ? ?
After the radio set-back I sent a CD of my adapted version of "Hey
Jude" to Paul McCartney at his office, asking if he could give me a
hand by contacting some of the radio station directors. A week later I
followed up by phoning his office, only to be met with one of the
secretaries, who in a rude and aggressive manner dismissed me with,:
"We've put your CD of "Hey Jude" in a cold cellar...". Why such a
*** reaction ? ?...
So I wrote to Paul McCartney. I even made 16 copies of my letters and
mailed them separately to be sure that one of them at least got
through to him at his home. Yet I never had a reply.
Interestingly enough, just at that time I started to hear massive
outpourings of the Beatles' "Hey Jude" on the radio,and Paul McCartney
himself suddenly began performing live again at the "Cavern" in
Liverpool after years of inactivity.
It was during those same months that I was getting threatening,
anonymous phone calls on my mobile, warning me against giving live
performances or playing anywhere. The calls were always made from
One music agent whom I'd contacted in an effort to find myself a
manager, apologized, saying: "I'm sorry, but I cannot use you...". He
refused to say why and hung up on me.
That was when I realized what a huge operation I was up against. So
huge, in fact, that in the three and a half years I have been in
England this second stay I have as yet to give my first live concert
or perform anywhere, despite having contacted more than 20 music
Five months after my "Hey Jude" was blocked on British radio stations
the latest Beatles' CD came out. This was the second time that my
adaptation of "Hey Jude" had caused a Beatles' Anthology to appear..It
seems some people regard my "Hey Jude" as a threat...
And as another "coincidence", the e-mail address that Paul McCartney
I said before, after my Hey Jude got blocked on british radio, Paul
McCartney rushed in with concerts at the "Cavern" in Liverpool and
launched this second Beatles Anthology CD. Nevertheless, when he saw
that the concerts only gathered a very small audience and that the CD
did not sell as expected, now he pushed for a CD to come out of his
work with his group "Wings"...all this with no let-up, one thing after
another, like he was trying to gain time for something, wanting to be
constantly present in people's minds for some reason....It is with
sadness that I realize that possibly some people could be very afraid
of my Hey Jude....
Most recently, one of my piano tuning customers, who is ...
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