Beatles Lend Songs to Film About Former Employee

'Good Ol' Freda' will premiere March 9th at SXSW

The Beatles
Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
February 20, 2013 12:40 PM ET

The Beatles have given their blessing to a new documentary about their former secretary by lending their music to the upcoming film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

100 Greatest Artists: The Beatles

Good Ol' Freda tells the story of Freda Kelly, who ran the Beatles fan club and spent 11 years working for the band. Director Ryan White secured the rights for four Beatles tracks, including "Love Me Do" and "I Saw Her Standing There," but won't reveal how much it cost. Beatles originals are notoriously difficult and expensive to license; Mad Men forked out $250,000 last season for a clip of "Tomorrow Never Knows."

Kelly is now in her late sixties, and the film will be the first time her story has been told. "Freda closed the Beatles' offices, so she left with truckloads of Beatles stuff and gave it all away to fans over the years," said White. Though Kelly has kept mum about her experiences, White says she is now opening up "for her two-year-old grandson – she sees it as a sort of home movie."

Good Ol' Freda will premiere March 9th at SXSW.

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

More Song Stories entries »