Monday, December 22, 2014

Beatles Week: Don't forget 'Good Ol' Freda'

Winning documentary about the Fab Four's loyal secretary.

Beatles Week: Don't forget 'Good Ol' Freda'

Paul McCartney and Freda Kelly, from ´Good Ol´ Freda´
Paul McCartney and Freda Kelly, from 'Good Ol' Freda'

It's Beatles Week, in case you haven't noticed.

Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the band's first appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show,' and they'll be a giant package of Fab Four stories in the Sunday Inquirer to mark the occasion.

Of course, there's lots of commercial activity to mark the Golden Anniversary, including the release of The U.S. Albums box set, the second two disc On Air: Live at the BBC collection and the first volume of Mark Lewisohn's epic Tune In: The Beatles, All These Years bio, which I've got a review of in the Sunday Inky.

While everyone's obsessing over John, Paul, George and Ringo though, it would be good to not forget Good Ol' Freda, the 2013 documentary about the lovably efficient and charmingly self-effacing Freda Kelly, the Liverpudlian lass who served as the band's secretary and fan club president for 12 years. 

She's a woman with great stories to tell, who's also remarkably classy and discreet. It's hard not to love her, as the Beatles obviously did. Ryan White's doc is streaming on Netflix. The trailer is below.  

Previously: 'Going Black' on Philly soul radio Follow In the Mix on Twitter

Dan DeLuca Inquirer Music Critic
About this blog

Join Dan as he blogs about music and other forms of popular culture

Reach Dan at ddeluca@phillynews.com.

Dan DeLuca Inquirer Music Critic
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
Stay Connected