This blog is going to have a lot of information. Information that you may or may not already be aware of. For that reason, I have decided to break this blog up into two parts- as to not overwhelm any readers with too much- too quickly. So bear with me, wont you?
Whether you are a seasoned Beatles Mystery seeker- or new to the game, you have found yourself here because something (or someone) has guided you. (Thank you!) I feel that the information you are about to receive is important. It may shed some light on the Beatles Story for you- or it may not. It may change your current worldview- or it may not. Whatever the case may be- take what you will from it, and enjoy.
I have dedicated a large portion of my life seeking out the Beatles Mysteries. I am in love with the Beatles. Always have been- always will be. I consider them to be the utmost of genius- musically and otherwise. The Da Vinci’s of the 20th Century I call them. They never cease to amaze me. But on this blog- I am going to divert just a bit from my normal “Crazy Beatle Coincidences” rantings- just for a moment, and point your attention to a time before the Beatles (What?? BEFORE the Beatles?? Did that ever exist??) – a time of war. WWII to be exact- the Beatles- John, Paul, George and Ringo were just being born.
Meet Petula Clark CBE:
Petula Clark first broke into the limelight during World War II. She entertained the troops, both on radio and in concert. She is said to have performed in over 200 shows for the forces all over England before the age of nine and by war’s end, Petula Clark–the British “Shirley Temple” who had come to represent childhood itself–was so popular in England she was asked to sing at a national victory celebration at Trafalgar Square. She has also been dubbed “The First Lady of the British Invasion”. more
If Petula Clark is the First Lady of the British Invasion- what does that make the Beatles- -The Presidents of the British Invasion? hmmm… Let’s not get ahead of ourselves yet- the British Invasion doesn’t begin for 20 more years… we will come back to this later. Continuing on.
In 1949, Polygon Record Company Ltd. is established by Alan A. Freeman and Leslie Clark, who was anxious to control distribution of his daughter Petula Clark’s recordings. (Those associated with it fondly referred to the company as “Dead Parrot Records”.) Freeman also produced recordings of London performances by Marlene Dietrich”
Near the end of 1955, Polygon was sold to Nixa Records, then part of Pye Records, which led to the establishment of Pye Nixa Records. Nixa utilized a selection of Clark’s Polygon tapes to release her first LP, Petula Clark Sings.
In 1959, Pye Nixa became Pye Records and ATV acquired 50% of the label. ATV bought the other half of the business in 1966.
So here we have this young girl- entertaining the troops during WWII, who had one of the very first independent record labels in the UK made exclusively for her recordings. Petula is coined “The Shirley Temple of the UK” and her Father’s business partner Alan A. Freeman also produced Marlene Dietrich recordings. Well that is interesting.
Here we have standing next to each other on the Sgt. Pepper cover- Shirley Temple in her WWII entertaining the troops garb and Marlene Dietrich. Shirley Temple is one of the few “stars” on the Sgt. Pepper album to be featured more than once. Shirley Temple makes the cover three times. This is the only image on the cover of Temple in her WWII “uniform” however, and she is so conveniently placed right next to Ms. Dietrich.
Who is Marlene Dietrich?
Marlene Dietrich, the husky-voiced diva who abandoned Nazi Germany in favour of the United States, was long considered a spy in her adopted homeland, according to newly published FBI files. Dietrich entertained US troops during the war, saying it was her most effective way of fighting Hitler. She was a favourite with the GIs, but US officials – particularly the then boss of the FBI, J Edgar Hoover – largely mistrusted her.
Dietrich partially succeeded in quashing the allegations when she offered to prove her loyalty to the United States by becoming a spy for the country in February 1944.
Her role as special service contact involved “collecting observations about subversive activities in Europe” while on trips to the front to entertain the troops.” more
So Marlene Dietrich was a spy? And possibly a DOUBLE agent?? More confirmation of Dietrich’s espionage:
“With the establishment of the OSS Morale Operations (MO) branch, psychological warfare redefined America’s intelligence and communications. MO employees worked with “black” propaganda—disinformation that is deniable by (and not traceable to) its source. This technique became an effective tool for influencing enemy opinions and perceptions.
Born in Berlin; became an American citizen in 1939. “
Singer, actress, and OSS volunteer.
Entertained frontline Allied troops throughout World War II, often within firing range of enemy units.
Recorded popular songs such as “Lili Marlene,” “I Couldn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night,” “Miss Otis Regrets,” “Taking a Chance on Love,” “Time in My Hands,” “Annie Doesn’t Live Here Anymore,” “Mean to Me,” and “The Surrey with the Fringe on Top” in German; OSS then broadcast the recordings to combat-weary German troops as part of a psychological warfare operation designed to lower their morale and fighting effectiveness.
OSS director William Donovan extended his gratitude for Dietrich’s help:
“I am personally deeply grateful to you for your generosity in making these recordings for us.”
They used her MUSIC in psychological warfare against the Germans? Yikes. She was just trying to give these weary soldiers some entertainment… right?
“But he’s got high hopes, he’s got high hopes
He’s got high apple pie, in the sky hopes”
– High Hopes Frank Sinatra
Thanks Frank. I do have high hopes. I hope that you are starting to see a bit of a pattern here. Speaking of High Hopes- Bob Hope was an infamous entertainer of the troops in WWII through the USO organization. And He was not just an entertainer… he was the WWII USO organization ringleader and Master of Ceremonies. If you are any type of conspiracy nutter like I am- then you may know where this is going already. If not- well don’t flip your Beatles wig- but try to keep up. I will post links for further information as needed, so that we don’t bog down this blog with TOO much information. 🙂
Among Bob’s numerous awards and honors are:
Knight Commander Order The British Empire Chivalric order est. June 4, 1917 by George V of United Kingdom
Knight Commander of Order of St. Gregory The Great — given to Catholic men and women [servants of Papacy, Jesuits] in recognition of their personal service to the Holy See & The Church (RCC) and for unusual labors.
Bob Hope was born Leslie Townes Hope; May 29, 1903 – July 27, 2003 in London, England. He and the USO organization has long been suspected of British intelligence operations- and using MKUltra propaganda and techniques in his elaborate Hollywood-starlet style shows for the young-impressionable soldiers in WWII, fighting for our freedom. Thanks Sir Bob Hope!
Some more information From ATS:
Bob Hope was a very loved man, for his entertainment, and comedy background as well as his movies, and USO shows. But there is a little about him that has not been mentioned, such as his connection with the British Empire, his Papal Knighthood, and what he was really doing during his USO shows, and why it is important to know why he was able to travel around the world, with the “front” of entertainer, and had such high connections.”
At least 17 of the “famous faces” on the Sgt. Pepper album have entertained the troops through the USO organization.
There is a ton of information out there about this period of time and why it is so important to understand what was happening behind the scenes during these WWII ‘operations’ I urge you to read more information about it. It has much to do with the subconscious-subliminal programming we all have been bombarded with since this time, and will help to make part two of this blog make a bit more sense. (Hopefully).
Let this all sync in for a moment- and meet me for PART TWO.
I hope you are all feeling patriotic after reading Part One of this Flaming Pye blog. You may be thinking at this point- what does all this have to do with Flaming Pyes? Or Apples? Or the Beatles for that matter? Well- let’s get right into that shall we?
As Mentioned in the previous post, Petula Clark CBE as a young girl, entertained the British troops and was coined “Shirley Temple of the UK”. She also had her very own record label Polygon records – designed solely for the control of her publishing rights by her father, who also published several of Marlene Dietrich’s songs which were used for psychological warfare against German troops, and whom is suspected to be a double-agent. Polygon records eventually merged with Dixa records to become Pye records in 1955….. Phew!
Pye records Info via Discogs:
Pye Records was a British record label whose best known artist was Petula Clark, who recorded for the label from 1957 through 1971. The Pye Company originally sold televisions and radios and entered the record business when it bought Nixa Records in 1953. In 1955, Pye acquired Polygon Records, a label that had been established by Clark’s father to control distribution of her recordings, and merged it with Nixa Records to form Pye Nixa Records. In 1959, the name was changed to Pye Records and ATV acquired 50% of the label. ATV bought the other half of the business in 1966. Two subsidiaries were created during the sixties: Pye Golden Guinea Records and Piccadilly. They were replaced by Dawn Records (2) in the seventies. Pye also had several series and sub-labels, such as Pye International and Pye Jazz.
As of September 1980 the rights to the name Pye expired and the label was renamed to PRT Records.Sublabels:Blueprint (2), Calibre, Calibre + Plus!, Century 21 Records, Dawn Records (2), Disco Demand, Disco Duplex, Discovatin, Golden Guinea Collector Series, Golden Guinea Popular Series, Golden Hour, Goldengroove, Hammer Records (2), Jazz Today Series, Marble Arch Records, Mini Monster, Piccadilly, Precision (2), Precision Tapes Ltd., Pye Big Deal, Pye Golden Guinea Records, Pye International, Pye Jazz, Pye Records Special, Pye Sacred Series, Pye Special, The File Series, Top Brass Series, Virtuoso (2)Parent Label:Pye Records Ltd.
I am going to go out on a limb here and say that Pye Records was a product of the British Intelligence system designed originally as psychological warfare to combat enemy troops during WWII- (I think this is a very safe assumption given the details outlined here). After the war- the focus turned from the enemy to the masses. I suppose the question to ask would be why the same music used in part as psychological warfare against enemy troops in WWII was now being mass produced for sale on the American market? Commerical music at this time was all the rage. People could not get enough of their favorite artists. Radio stations played the new hits over and over and over and over and over… Call it what you want- dismiss it if you must. But there is something important to understand here. Music can be used as a weapon on the mind. Music can have profound effects on the psyche especially when combined with visual stimuli (ie. Television) . The way certain musicians and/or actors, artists etc. are portrayed to the public can have a massive effect upon the human consciousness and psyche. The entertainment industry knows this- they invented the “pop-star” idol image. One popular musician (or four) can gain a lot of power with the people simply by having a few ‘hits’ on the top Billboard Chart and gaining the admiration and ultimately, for some, the outright worship from the masses. In turn, it was also a great way for Britain to pay off some of its debts from the massively expensive and damaging effects of WWII.
Pye Records had many British artists printed onto vinyl from their inception. Many of these artists have been associated with the occult, secret societies, or both. Interesting to note here, are the various sub-labels Pye has used for publishing over the years. Particularly these:
Dawn Records, Golden Guinea Collector Series, Golden Guinea Popular Series, Golden Hour, Goldengroove, Pye Golden Guinea Records, Pye Sacred Series.
I am noticing a lot of “Golden” and “dawn” used in their sub-labels. How about you? Curious because The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn is a secret society very much ‘alive and well’ during the World Wars. It has also been mentioned countless times, by countless celebrities and musicians either symbolically or sometimes blatantly throughout the 20th century and beyond.
I am not going to get into the various details regarding The Golden Dawn and its’ elite members in this blog. There is a lot of information on the internet available to you- but beware of fear-based negligent and degrading articles and information regarding this order- a lot of mis/dis information does exist- mainly (in my opinion) due to the deeply planted roots within the British and American government (as well as others). The only fact that you really need to know to continue the stream of this particular blog is that Golden Dawn had a notorious member: Mr. Aleister Crowley; whom we have covered many times over in the numbernineblog. So this, my friends is important. Some further info on the Golden Dawn and it’s influence on modern pop culture here.
Aleister Crowley- notorious member of The Golden Dawn was also a British Spy. So many spies so little time!
A wonderful piece of information detailing accounts of Crowley’s work for British Intelligence has been laid out in this book by Richard Spence:
According to Spence:
During World War II, Crowley became editor of a pro-German magazine called The Fatherland, in which he published incendiary, anti-British articles. He later claimed that these writings were so absurd and outlandish that they ultimately helped the cause of the British. Crowley also proposed many ideas to help the allies, most of which were rejected. One of them, while initially dismissed, was later implemented. This involved dropping occult pamphlets on the German countryside that predicted dire outcome for the war and depicted Nazi leadership as Satanic. His expertise in communications, propaganda and the management of public opinion would be used to make his Thelema a major force in today’s popular culture.”
A document from the U.S. Army’s old Military Intelligence Division supporting Crowley’s own claim to having been a spy:
“Aleister Crowley was an employee of the British Government … in this country on official business of which the British Consul, New York City has full cognizance” [13. Richard A. Spence quoting a U.S. military document, Secret Agent 666]
Curious how we keep coming back to people on the Sgt. Pepper cover, and their association with espionage and intelligence work for one or more world governments… this should really come as no surprise though. These simple truths have been noted by Beatlemaniacs and historians for decades now. Here, we can neatly tie secret societies (namely the Golden Dawn), military intelligence, and celebrity entertainers all together into one cute little package. Isn’t it sweet? Aww. Still not convinced they are all related? Take a moment to inform yourself about some various secret operations of this era- like “Operation Mistletoe” for example. There is no shortage of information out there regarding the complicity of the occult, military intelligence and their hired celebrity propagators.
Back to Pye records- after eternally stamping the sounds of Petula Clark and Marlene Dietrich (and a host of other musical warfare acts) onto vinyl albums, and the war completed- Pye records shipped up and shipped out overseas becoming Pye International. Now Americans also could enjoy the psychological warfare of the second world war in the comfort of their own homes! To be fair, the practice was not just coming from the British side. The US had their very own programs developing since wartime as well. Thanks to the groundbreaking work of Dave McGowan and his book Weird Scenes Inside the Canyon, we now have a pretty good picture of how the Laurel Canyon musicians of the mid-60s were prepped and primed by their military officer parents. Do read his book if you have not already.
WWII was well over by this time, and Petula Clark had moved on from cute curly-haired kid ‘with a voice like chapel bells’ to a smokin hot blonde with quite a few big hits. Remember she was not only dubbed “The Shirley Temple of the UK” as a child- but once the 1960’s rolled around she was on the frontlines of the British Invasion. Coined “The First Lady of the British Invasion.” And she brought along with her many “soldiers” from the Pye Label.
Other notable artists on Pye records are:
John Paul Jones
Billy Shepard and the Ranch Hands
Billy Pepper and the Pepperpots
Even John Lennon’s father; Freddie Lennon recorded a few tracks in 1966 on Pye Records. Wasn’t he in the military as well? Hmm. Nothing to see here. Moving on…..
ATV publishing owned 50% shares of the Pye Records labeling company in 1955. By 1966- they purchased the other 50%. ATV Publishing now had full control over the publishing and distribution of Pye records. My, My 1966 was a very big year. (Many ‘Beatles Mysteries/PID’ enthusiasts will contend).
ATV also owned Northern Songs- The Beatles publishing company as well. ATV is the world’s largest music publishing company, encompassing thousands of artists and copyrighted material.
In 1985, Michael Jackson will make a bid on ATV’s entire catalog- (not just the Beatles copyrights as so many are lead to believe). This encompasses nearly all the entire British Invasion artists. Not sure how pleased certain individuals or interest groups were about this “takeover”, but soon after- Mr. Michael Jackson’s troubles began.
Well, I had a vision when I was twelve. And I saw a man on a flaming pie, and he said, ‘You are the Beatles with an A.’ And so we are.” -John Lennon”
Have you ever noticed that on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper album the Beatles are dressed in military fatigues? Albeit dang fancy ones- but in British military style nonetheless. Well of course you have.
Have you ever considered that the “people” gathered there behind them may actually be there to “entertain” the Beatles- rather than the other way ’round?
In 1976 a curious film titled “All This and WWII” was produced as a musical documentary that juxtaposes Beatles songs, performed by a number of musicians, with World War II newsreel footage and 20th Century Fox films from the 1940s. It lasted two weeks in cinemas. The film featured clips of the Army of the Third Reich, Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy, Milton Berle, Humphrey Bogart, Richard Burton, Neville Chamberlain, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Clark Gable, Adolf Hitler, Bob Hope, Joseph P. Kennedy, Laurel and Hardy, James Mason, Benito Mussolini, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin and James Stewart, among others. A film featuring WWII clips and Beatles music?? Well thats a bit odd isn’t it? Perhaps the discussion in this article makes a bit more sense in this context.
Were they trying to tell us something more with their coded references in Sgt. Pepper? Most people think they were. What it was exactly- we are still (nearly 50 years later) trying to figure out. One thing is for certain- their use of known spies and famous occultists and Freemasons within the “crowd” is definitely noteworthy. And seemingly- their continued nod to the military industrial complex throughout their careers within and without the Beatles keeps coming up- time and time again. Is this what they were trying to convey to us? Perhaps partly- it is. Perhaps- I am a total nutter and deserve a flaming Pye right in my face!
As a final thought, before I wipe the Pye off my face- Was George trying to convey the same message with his album “Dark Horse” which incidentally is also the name of his own record label company? Some interesting symbolism here on this cover-(note all the record label logos) as well as a nod to Sgt. Pepper once again…
To Be Continued…..