Today Apple Records threw a launch party for Mary Hopkin’s album Postcard, which had been produced by Paul McCartney and included three songs written by Donovan. Both of them were at the party, which was held at a revolving restaurant atop the Post Office Tower in London (pictured), as were Linda Eastman (of course), Eric Clapton, Brian Jones, Tony Visconti (Hopkin’s future husband), and various members of the Hopkin family.

Visconti’s presence gives me an excuse to mention David Bowie, whose “Space Oddity” single he would soon perversely decline to produce, thinking it a cheap novelty number designed to capitalize on the upcoming moon landing. (George Martin was also offered the job, and also passed.) He would, however, produce the contemporaneous album — initially known as David Bowie, then Man of Words, Man of Music, and finally Space Oddity — as well as many others, including Low, on which Mary Hopkin sings backup.

As it happens, the original version of “Space Oddity” had just been recorded on February 5 for inclusion in a short film called Love You Till Tuesday intended to relaunch Bowie’s music career after his sojourn in mime:

And David did finally achieve chart success in 1969, with the timely help of NASA. There will be more to say on that topic at a later date.

As for the Apple party, also among the attendees was Richard DiLello, known officially as Client Liaison Officer and unofficially as “The House Hippie” — which is how he refers to himself, in the third person, throughout his memoir The Longest Cocktail Party. Late last year I thought I was done acquiring Beatles books, but how could I resist that title? And so the volume is conveniently here at hand. Continue reading »