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The Lost Beatles Photographs (Bob Bonis)

Rare Beatles Photos: 1964-1966

by Mito Habe-Evans
Mar 28, 2011

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During The Beatles' stay at British actor Reginald Owen's Bel Air mansion in Los Angeles during their 1964 U.S. tour, Ringo plays with a toy gun -- reportedly a gift from Elvis Presley.

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Just when we thought there couldn't possibly be anything new to see about America's favorite mop-tops, memorabilia specialist and author Larry Marion brings us The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive, 1964-1966. As it turns out, this guy Bonis snapped hundreds of photos of the Fab Four onstage, backstage, on planes and on vacation during their first and only three U.S. tours, all but a handful of which have never seen the light of day until now.

As their tour manager, Bonis became friends with The Beatles and was privy to the more private side of their life on the road. He brought along his Leica M3 camera and managed to capture some really nice candid moments of these larger-than-life figures.

Bonis never wanted to capitalize on his privileged access, so his photos sat stored away for over 40 years; only his family and friends saw them or even knew of their existence. Bonis died in 1992, and nearly 20 years later his son Alex decided it was time to share his father's collection with the rest of the world.

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