Ed Begley, Jr. helped “SNL” try to reunite the Beatles and save George Harrison’s guitar

Actor and activist Ed Begley, Jr. joined host Kenneth Womack to talk about his decades-long career, Beatles stories, extensive environmental work and more on the Season 3 premiere of “Everything Fab. Four “, a podcast co-produced by me and Womack (a music specialist who also writes on pop music for Salon) and distributed by Salon.

Begley, known for his roles in many popular TV shows and movies, including “St. Elsewhere,” “This Is Spinal Tap,” and “Better Call Saul,” says he first discovered the Beatles as a boarding school student in 1963. And as a drummer in the marching band (and later in a garage rock band) he became “obsessed” with being like Ringo and insisted on getting Ludwig drums.

He quickly devoured every song and album of The Beatles and followed the ever-changing trajectory of their musical journey. “They were doing something amazing,” he told Womack. And, as he later discovered personally, “They were amazing people. All four of them.”

Indeed, Begley’s career and friendships will lead him to meet all of the band members at different times. Notably, he tells Womack, an evening in New York City with legendary musician Harry Nilsson in the 1970s ended with a dinner at John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s, which at one point allowed Begley to “help” with the famous Lorne Michaels. Plea for the Beatles reunion on “Saturday Night Live”.

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He is also still friends with Ringo Starr to this day and has maintained a close relationship with the Harrison family, even helping return George’s famous Rosewood Telecaster guitar to them. Much like Begley himself, he says that George “cared deeply about the environment”, and the two worked together on several planetary projects.

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Her own passion for conservation and safeguarding began with her father, actor Ed Begley, Sr., who passed away just before the first Earth Day. And what started out as a way to save money has turned into a way to save the planet. “People always talk about what they can’t do,” Begley says, “and I always say, do what you can to do. In terms of inspiration for the world, just as fittingly the Beatles did, he is convinced that “we are going in the right direction”.

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“Everything Fab Four” is distributed by Salon. Host Kenneth Womack is the author of a two-volume biography of Beatles producer George Martin, the best-selling book “Solid State: The Story of Abbey Road and the End of the Beatles”, and most recently “John Lennon, 1980: The Last Days in Life. “

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