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Who is Percy Thrillington?

As a Beatles fan, I like to think I'm pretty well-versed in Beatles history.

So I was a bit puzzled when I saw something on twitter that had been re-tweeted by Paul McCartney. It was from some one named Percy Thrillington who wrote: "Percy Thrillington Esq. wishes to engage the service of a Butler for his country residence – must like large wild animals."

Who is this Percy Thrillington, Esquire? Some socialite friend of Sir Paul's? Seemed unlikely, since the wild animal reference seems to be something that Paul would not advocate.

A quick internet search led me to the story. Percy Thrillington was a fellow dreamed up by McCartney about the same time he was recording the 1971 album RAM with his wife Linda. "Thrillington" was also the name of an instrumental version of the RAM album which was recorded about the same time, but was not released until 1977, with no mention of Paul (except as author of the songs).

The album was not well received at the time, but went up in value when Paul admitted his involvement years later.

So why is this Percy Thrillington suddenly tweeting? Why, to coincide with the re-release of RAM, remastered with bonus tracks, etc. And guess what? When you buy the deluxe edition, you get the jazzy Thrillington album as well.

You can find out more about Percy Thrillington here.

(Or you could go buy the 1976 Klaatu album).



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