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Tuesday, 9 June 2009

Kenwood: Terry Doran.

One man who must know a good deal about life at Kenwood is Terry Doran. Originally a business associate of Brian Epstein's (the "man from the motor trade", according to some), he quickly became a close "friend and confidante" of John and George in particular. Throughout 1967 Terry spent a great deal of time at Kenwood, in charge of "rollies", putting Lennon jr to bed, and escorting Cyn round the clubs while John got on with watching television. Here is a sharpened up re-post of him sitting outside Kenwood, plus one with John at Abbey Road getting ready for AYNIL, and a 1981 interview where the interviewer manages to ask him almost no interesting questions whatsoever. (Well done, that man). He has remained quiet about his Beatle associations over the years (admirably so), but I'd love someone to interview him specifically about the Kenwood era...


  1. What a great shot of John in studio #3. Looks like he’s oblivious to the conversation and is lost in thought.

  2. is the other man Mike McCartney?

  3. it is mike. i remember terry as being quite nasty to us fans.

  4. Really? Interesting...any stories? :)

  5. I have a picture that Terry Doran took of me, John, Paul and Mick Jagger sitting on the sofa in Paul's living room at Cavendish Avenue in St John's Wood. He took it using an Instamatic camera that a fan gave me when I went in through the gates of the house on the afternoon of March 31st 1967, on the condition that I get a shot of John for her. I did, sitting in the back garden on the steps. The fan was called Lizzie Bravo and, 40 years later, now living in South America, she showed me the shot on the film cassette I gave back to her. I kept a film cassette for myself which had the picture that Terry D took. Lizzie was one of the girls who, years later, was waiting outside Abbey Road Studios when John wanted some girls to help with the backing on 'Across The Universe' and invited them in to Studio 2. I'd love to know where Terry Doran is now. Nice guy. Nothing's gonna change my world. stuart.kendall@cogent.co.uk

  6. Terry Doran ran Apple (no kids not the people who make ipods) when it first started.
    Check out the band Focal Point (1st band signed to Apple)for more info.

    He wasn't just a confidant of the fab four.

  7. Nobody said he was.

  8. And I would like to know too, if Terry is alive and how to contact him. Unfortunately Paul Tennant left us.
    I met Terry in Lindos/Greece and after he invited me to Friar Park, where I had some unforgettable days...

  9. So that's 2 pieces of artwork by all 4 Fabs, this Monterey one, and the Japan one. Int'resting.

  10. I was with Terry at Dave Lewis's house in Church Norton when he snapped in half (accidentally) his 17th Century pipe which he treasured. I think he was very embarrassed but, we all got shitfaced and he soon cheered up. He was driving Ringo's Mercedes as I recall!

  11. Terry Doran was a director of Apple Publishing, George was the other, when it started in 1967.

    Five years ago I heard he was suffering with Parkinsons Disease.