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‘Good ol’ Freda’ Breaks Her Silence About the Beatles

The Fab Four's secretary finally opens up about her years working for John, Paul, George, and Ringo in a new documentary.

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Chris Queen

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September 7, 2013 - 9:00 am

Good Ol Freda

Over the years we’ve heard so many stories about the Beatles and just when it seems we’d heard it all, one woman who was involved with the band throughout their entire career is speaking out for the first time.

Beatles manager Brian Epstein hired an unassuming teenage girl from Liverpool to serve as the secretary to his musical charges, and Freda Kelly filled that role for the band’s entire career and even for a year after their 1970 breakup. She’s going public in a new documentary.

A film, titled “Good ol’ Freda,” was financed through crowd funding site Kickstarter, which raised almost $60,000 from 660 backers. McCartney even gave his blessing to the project, approving the licensing of four original Beatles songs – something that seldom happens in film – and audiences are able to visually feast on never-before-seen photographs.

Kelly basically gave away all her memorabilia (likely worth millions now) to desperate and devastated fans in 1974. She went above and beyond during her time to ensure that fans were given the real deal. That involved sneaking threads from McCartney’s shirts, arranging for hair snippets and making sure Starr really did sleep on a pillowcase before returning it to an overjoyed fan – but apparently she drew the line at fulfilling requests to send along fingernail clippings. So intent on being honest, the secretary once let go of a whole crew of assistants who were exposed for trying to pass off a girl’s hair for that of a Beatle.

Kelly opens up on plenty of topics in the documentary, holding back about very little. She additionally helped take care of Ringo Starr’s parents, a part of her job she remembers with great fondness in the film.

And as candid as Kelly became throughout the filming process, there was still one topic in particular that was off-limits.

“I asked if she dated any of the Beatles,” [director Ryan] White said. “And she stared me down in her charming way.”

Kelly does, however, confess to zipping her lips about such things as Lennon’s wandering eyes while married to college sweetheart, Cynthia Powell. Yet she had no qualms about putting the boys’ in their place when the occasion called for it.

The public will hear many of the tales in Good ol’ Freda for the first time when it opens – Kelly’s own daughter admits to not knowing “95 percent” of her mother’s stories.

Good ol’ Freda opens in select theaters today, and will release simultaneously via video on demand and iTunes. Here’s the trailer:

All Chris Queen wanted to be growing up was a game show host, a weather man, or James Bond. But his writing talent won out. By day, Chris is a somewhat mild-mannered office manager for an IT managed services provider, but by night, he keeps his finger on the pulse of pop culture and writes about it. In addition to his Disney obsession (as evidenced by his posts on this website), Chris's interests include college sports -- especially his beloved Georgia Bulldogs -- and a wide variety of music. A native of Marietta, GA, Chris moved with his family as a child to nearby Covington, GA, where he still makes his home. He is an active charter member of Eastridge Community Church and enjoys spending time with family and friends. In addition to his work at PJ Media, Chris spent nearly a year as a contributor to NewsReal Blog. He has also written for Celebrations Magazine and two newspapers in Metro Atlanta. Check out his website, www.chrisqueen.net.

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Who really cares? Millions of fans, I suppose. It just goes to show you that even mediocrity can survive the grave. 4 musicians(?) who could not sing in time with each other or in tune, vocalizing mundane lyrics and other gibberish of doubtful originality. Just goes to show you how so many people will hold on to a misspent youth and try to make something noble about it.

Yes, yes, I know I'm quite in the minority and obviously brainstroked, but at least I haven't wasted my time on this fantasy. I have other fantasies of questionable taste to wallow in.
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What's da hubbub, Hubbub?

You look like you could use a bit of time outside, away from the keyboard.
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You're probably right. Forgive me, for violating the norms of good commenting. I forgot where I was.
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