In a letter to Paul Drew in 1966, George Harrison reveals that the Beatles’ “Revolver” was almost recorded at Stax Studio. The letter has been recently sold in a auction.
Paul Drew was an Atlanta DJ who traveled with the Beatles during their 1964 and 1965 U.S. tours, interviewing the group many times.
George Harrison wrote this three page letter on May 6, 1966 during the recording sessions for the album Revolver.
The letter was recently put on sale by Los Angeles-based rock collectibles dealer Jeff Gold, who acquired it from Drew’s widow shortly after he passed away in 2013.
Part of the letter says:
“We have been writing and recording for the last few weeks, and I will let you have copies as soon as they are available. The single is “Paperback Writer” c/w “Rain” and is issued in the States on about 4th or 5th of June. The album we are making should be out about August, but I hear Capitol will have an intermediate album, with unused tracks from ‘Rubber Soul’ and a few old singles and about 2 or 3 of the new tracks we have just cut” (That “intermediate” album would eventually be released as Yesterday and Today)
And in post script George Harrison makes an extraordinary revelation: “Did you hear that we nearly recorded in Memphis with Jim Stuart. We would all like it a lot, but too many people get insane with money ideas at the mention of the word ‘Beatles’, so it fell through ! I’ll keep in touch, G.”
This is a confirmation of voices circulated before, the Beatles seriously contemplated recording at Stax in Memphis with producer Jim Stewart (George mispelled his name).