Apple Corps: spending


     General Statements:

•DJ's, producers, journalists were going to The Speakeasy on Apple's accounts.

•1968 Memo: "There may be no expenditure of any kind...without written permission". There were also other memos designed to curb the spending of The Fool.

•John (in an affidavit): "We also owned a house which no one can remember buying".

•John (in an affidavit): "The staff came and went as they pleased and were lavish with money and hospitality".

•The Fool made a fireplace for George, a piano painted for John, and the costumes for "All You Need is Love".

•1968 Memo: "...there may no expenditure of any kind...without written permission". There were also other memos designed to curb the spending of The Fool.

•It's not only people that Apple are buying with tremendous expense without much idea of their role in the company. Take the executive jet for instance. I was told to research the cost of buying a Hawker Siddley HS 125 jet, with full interior conversion, livery, service, and so on. I brought all the figures into a meeting and suggested that when we weren't using the jet we should lease it to other companies. "Oh stuff that. We don't know when we're going to want it". "Well you're going to have to exercise a bit of control. We can make sure that it's not leased out on a long lease, even limit the time out to twenty-four hours". "Oh bollucks, we want it here all the time". So that idea died, after all my research (Taylor, A. p. 110).

•Doris Troy: "I was on a nice salary. I never had any problems with money; the money was always there.
I never wanted for anything. Apple rented me a gorgeous flat. It was fun being there and we got a lot of
things done. They even gave me my own office next to Peter Asher." Needless to say the commercial failure of Doris Troy's single was a big disappointment to Apple (Granados, S. Those Were the Days. p. 127).

•Memo fr. George to all staff: The Hell's Angels will be in London within the next week on the way to straighten out Czechoslovakia. There will be twelve in number, complete with leather jackets and motorcycles...They may look as though they are going to do you in, but they are very straight and do good things, so don't fear them or uptight them. Try to assist them without neglecting your Apple Business and without letting them take control of Saville Row.

•December 4, 1968. Press Office Release: We in the Press Office, as undersigned, are paying for an advertisement ourselves because we believe the record Govinda by the devotees of the Radha Krishna Temple, produced by George Harrison, to be the best record ever made! You too?

•Alistair Taylor: Furnishings are an unbelievable expense. One guy has an all-white office which cost the earth. I couldn't believe the bill when I saw it. Another has real antique furniture in his office and expensive old paintings all over the walls (Taylor, A p. 154).

•Apple Promotions Manager Pete Bennett: George Harrison was pleading with me to do something for Badfinger, so I broke Come And Get It on WLS in Chicago by buying air time, one minute commercial spots, and playing Come And Get It. It was like a paid advertisement, but the radio station didn't make us say it was. After we started playing the spots, people started calling in and the program director started playing it, so that's how we broke Badfinger in America (Granados, S. Those Were the Days. p. 128).

•Alistair Taylor: I thought to myself, why shouldn't I have what I want? So I went out to Ryman's and bought a set of their office furniture which really took my eye. I didn't bother to ask the price, but when I found out that it happened to be the cheapest they make, I wasn't surprised. I don't care, as long as I like it. Anyway, Apple now provides Lesley and me with a marvelous flat in Montague Place (Taylor, A p. 154).

     Credit/Debit Figures:

•The liquor bill was £600 per month and the food bill was close to that.

•Thousands of pounds were poured into Apple Electronics with nothing got show for it. Executives wondered what to tell the press.

•The phone bill was £4,000 for a quarter. Non-employees were also using the phone.

•The flower arranger comes in once a week. Corsages and long-stem roses were going to persons unknown.

•Perhaps hoping to sell records through the power of association, Apple paid for press advertisements that showed photos of Grapefruit seated at a table, surrounded by The Beatles, Rolling Stone Brian Jones, Donovan and Cilla Black. Given the catchy nature of the song and the generous publicity that the group received for being "The Beatles' first discovery", Dear Delilah became a minor hit, eventually reaching number 21 in the UK charts in February 1968 (Granados, M. Those Were the Days. p. 15).

•In June 68 the Beatles purchased Saville Row 3 for £500,000. 12,000 square feet.

•Alistair Taylor at an IBM office looking for typewriters: When I decided what I wanted I called him
[the salesman] over. "Excuse me". "Yes, sir". "This one". "Sir?". "I want five of them". "I beg your pardon?'. "We're Apple. I'm the General Manager. Here's my business card"..."I'm terribly sorry sir. There is a
considerable waiting list for these golfball typewriters. I could let you have one on loan". "I don't want to
know about waiting lists. I don't want to know about loans. Can you come up with five of these in the
next three days and bring them fifty yards across the road to our new offices?"...and when he called to say it was impossible I wasn't in the least surprised. This time I came up with the name of Kev Cunningham, who used to play with the Silkie, one of NEMS' "lesser-known" groups, but is now an IBM salesman in Liverpool. He's managed to find three for me and I've unbent a bit and accepted two on loan, so the problem is partly solved (Taylor, A.).