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BOB DYLAN and two friends - from LIFE MAGAZINE April 10, 1964 in front of the CAT HOTEL (FELINE INN), Old Town Chicago . . . .Photo by Chris Welles . . . Location: 1445 North Wells Street, Old Town, Chicago
The image below come from a magazine piece in Life Magazine entitled: "The Angry Young Folk SInger."
The caption read: "Bearded "bodyguards," Albert Maher and Geno Foreman, travel with Dylan on concert tours to help protect him from the hoards of teen-age admirers. They get expenses but no salaries."
. . . Geno, on the right, is holding a curved wooden wind instrument called an African flute which he carried with him, but did not play with Dylan . . . .
Actually, I think it would be more accurate not to refer to them as Dylan's "bodyguards," but rather that they were his personal assistants who travelled with him making sure his hotel was booked and that he would get to the venues on time, in the same type of job that Victor Maymudes had with Dylan for many years.
Here's a picture direct from the magazine. It was part of a large article which I will show in its entiretry below.
I worked with Marie Fotini on this search. The search challenged us for over 10 years - until the solution - a photo of the building - popped up on my screen totally out of the blue one day.
The only clues were the word "O'Boyle or O'Boxer," the large letters MO, a drawing of a cartoon dinosaur (which turned out to be a cat) on the sign, and a stuffed animal that looked like a leaping rabbit in the window (suggestive of an antique store),.
The store front looked like it could have been in Greenwich VIllage, and I had read that Maher and Foremen had accompanied Dylan to a famous award ceremony in New York where Dylan had met James Baldwin, who was also pictured with Dylan in the article. That all suggested New York CIty.
This was what we thought was a jumping rabbit in the window.
This jumping rabbit was what we thought was in the window. It turned out to ba a jumping cat.
This is a picture of Geno playing an African Flute. He's carrying it in the photo, though it was not really a clue.
So we searched the phone books for "O'Boyle" and O'Boxer with the word "antiques" - and even "moving company," since the sign over them had large letters begining with the letters "MO.". ... But finding nothing we put the search aside for a while. . . Then recently, Monte Conner, another album cover location enthusiast, sent me a Facebook page called Old Town, Chicago, a part of town which, in the 60's was like a mini-Greenwich Village. . . Monte and I were looking for pictures of a Paul Butterfield location there. . . I was scanning through the 100 pictures when I recognized the sign and the name "O'Boyle" tilted at an angle. . . .MIND-BLOWING TIME!
Here's the photo I ran across: The "O'Boyle" matched, the bottom of the cat matched, the MO from MOTEL matched, and the stuffed jumping rabbit (probably a cat) matched! . . . I guess it's true that good things come to those who wait!
So here's the background with the elusive Dylan and friends photo superimposed on it. (click photo to ENLARGE it)
And here, a horizontal verion.e (click photo to ENLARGE it)
Now here is the entire scene impsed on it's actual location - 1445 North Welles Street in Chicago (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Here's the current view with out the photo superimposed. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
If you want to see this Chicago location in Google Street VIews, click here.
It turns out the store was literally a cat "motel" - where you could drop off your cat for a few days weeks while you went away, buy a new cat, or buy pet supplies. It was owned by Peg Calkins who also showed cats in contests. . . The little sign to the left of the doorway reads "Feline Inn."
It also turns out that the author of the Life article, Pete Welles, also took the picture, possibly while he interviewed Dylan on tour in Chicago. Dylan played Chicago's Orchestra Hall on December 27, 1963, 4 months before the issue came out.
The Hall and the Feline Inn were an hour's walk in distance, so Dylan was probably not on his way to the show.
Marie found this brochure for the "Cat Hotel" online on ebay, so I bought it. (click photo to ENLARGE it)
The store also went by the name "Feline Inn." You can just make out the words "Feline Inn" on the main photo of the building - it's o the left of the doorway - on a sign that sticks out into the street.
Here's the front of the brochure. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Here's the middle pages of the brichure. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
And here's the back page. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Here's a copy of the article about Dylan.
This is LIFE MAGAZINE from April, 10 1964 - the Issue with Dylan in it (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
The Dylan article starts on page 109. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
These are the photography credits. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Dave Gahr took the picture of Dylan smoking and the two from the Newport Folk Festival (group singing/ Joan Baez).
Ted Russell took the photo of Dylan and James Baldwin.
Chris Welles, the man who wrote the article, took the photo of Dylan and friends in front of the Cat Hotel.
1st page of the Life article: Dylan puffs a cloud of smoke. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Page 2 of the article. Newport Folk Festival and Joan Baez. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Page 3 of the article. James Baldwin and Dylan with his assistants. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Close up on James Baldwin and Dylan an the Tom Paine awards dinner. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Closer on Dylan, Albert Maher, and Geno Foreman. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Page 4 of the article. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Page 5 of the article. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Close up on Dylan at Joan Baez's home. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
About Albert Maher - from NO DIRECTION HOME (1986), the book by Robert Shelton:
"Maher, a Harvard Square radical who had visted Cuba in 1963 traveled in 1964 on some of Dylan's concert tours out of his own romantic radicalism and admiration for the singer. Maher was the son of John F "Big John" Maher, a millionarie Houston industrialist. The son's radicalization began at 15, when he read Castro, then accelerated in 1961 after the Bay of Pigs. In early 1964, Dylan hung out with Maher sporadically."
Below:Albert Maher from a UPI photofile from 1964. (click on photo to ENLARGE it)
Geno Foreman (Hugh Quin Foreman) (1941-1960) was part of the Boston folk scene of the early 1960's. He played banjo, guitar, and African Flute. He played with Joan Baez at least once onstage at the Club 47 in Cambridge.
Foreman was the son of civil rights activist Clark Foreman and his wife Mairi who lived at 97th Street and Riverside Drive on Manhattan's Upper West Side, a place Dylan and Baez often visited with him. Clark Foreman was also the director of the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee (ECLC) the group that had given Dylan the Tom Paine Award during a large ceremony which also featured James Baldwin.
In 1963, Geno gave Dylan a leather bullwhip at the Newport Folk festival which Dylan carried around and snapped during the event. In 1964 Geno visited Cuba with Suze Rotolo, Dylan's then girlfriend.
In the photo below he is seen with his wife Marcia Stehr Foreman and their daughter Haydee.
Thank you to Marie Fotini for your long-time help in this search and also, again, to Monte. Ya never know what will lead to a solution. . . . To see the former location of where Dylan and his friend/bodyguards were walking, which has a new front, at 1445 North Welles St, Chicago, click here: