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Long-time secretary to the Beatles breaks her silence

A new documentary called, 'Good Ol' Freda,' tells the story of Freda Kelly who was secretary to the Beatles for more than a decade. Kelly reveals stories about the band that she never got around to telling. 

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The Beatles - Paul McCartneyJohn LennonRingo Starr and George Harrison - became the most famous pop band in history.

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They entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2001 as the world's best-selling group, with more than 1 billion records sold.

"The amount of personal attention and true affection that she served the Beatles' fans with - teenage girls, mostly - will probably go unmatched throughout music history," White said.

The film's title comes from the Beatles' 1963 Christmas recording, in which Harrison thanks their secretary inLiverpool, and they all yell in unison, "Good Ol' Freda!"

Kelly was briefly fired by Lennon after she arrived late before a show because she had been having drinks with an opening band. The secretary convinced Lennon to get down on his knees and beg her to stay.

It was Kelly who closed down the Beatles fan club offices after the band broke up in 1970, taking with her boxes of autographs, photos and memorabilia. She did not sell it, instead giving it away to fans over the years, White said.

Reporting by Corrie MacLaggan; Editing by Vicki Allen

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