Today’s artistic week-starter is a psychedelic digital painting based on a publicity photo of the late Norwegian starlet, Julie Ege. Ege was originally a model, who turned to acting after finding herself in the UK. She was a Bond Girl in Her Majesty’s Secret Service, and starred in a couple of Hammer Films (Creatures the World Forgot and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires) and worked alongside Marty Feldman and Skip Milligan. Her main claim to fame was as Voluptua, the ruler of Rome in the 1971 Frankie Howerd comedy, Up Pompei. After her acting and modeling careers ended, she returned to Norway and earned a degree in nursing.

Ege passed away in 2008, after her second bout with Breast cancer. Her pose in the original publicity shot was so striking that I decided to use it as the basis for this piece of art.

I am still recovering from Friday’s Beatles Marathon concert by Rubber Soul (and I was just in the audience– imagine how wiped out the performers are). I do want to let you know that you can hear some of the concert as a Bootleg recording Monday on The AIR at 1 PM and 10 PM, and most likely Tuesday at 11 AM and 11 PM, immediately following this week’s Radio Free Charleston, which will devote an hour to even more bootleg recordings of last Friday’s concert. I’ll also be playing more of the concert on Beatles Blast, Wednesday at 2 PM.

I do have to let it be known that we will not be bringing you every single song performed on Friday. I was recording the show with a stereo microphone set up in the back of the hall. Unfortunately, somebody sitting directly in front of where I had the microphone had a few serious coughing fits during the day, which made the audio for a few of the songs unusable (unless you need a recording of someone coughing). So we will eventually bring you, probably, 95% of the songs from the Marathon, but hey, that’s still more than a 190 Beatle songs.

Saturday night on The AIR we’ll devote the two hours of our show, Live and Local, to songs the Beatles recorded in 1968, and that includes most of The White Album, as well as “Hey Jude” and “Lady Madonna.” That will be on the schedule at 9 PM. You can listen at The AIR’s website, or on the embedded radio player below…