She was at Ringo’s kitchen table when George Harrison said, “You know, Ringo, I’m in love with your wife.” And Ringo replied, “Better you than someone we don’t know.”
She typed the lyrics to George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass. She lived with George and Pattie Boyd at Friar Park, developed a crush on Eric Clapton, and unwittingly got involved in the famous love story between Eric and Pattie.
She’s the subject of Leon Russell’s “Pisces Apple Lady,” a song he wrote to woo her. Other rock legends with whom she was intimate include Ringo, Mick Jagger, and Bob Dylan.
She worked with the Rolling Stones as their personal assistant on their infamous 1972 tour and did a drug run for Keith Richards.
She’s “the woman down the hall” in Joni Mitchell’s song “Coyote” about a love triangle on Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour. She’s the “mystery woman” pictured on the back of the Rolling Stones album Exile on Main Street. She’s the “Miss O’Dell” of George Harrison’s song about her.
Miss O’Dell is the remarkable story of an ordinary woman who lived the dream of millions — to be part of rock royalty’s trusted inner circle. Illustrated with private photographs and jam-packed with intimate anecdotes, Miss O’Dell is a backstage pass to some of the most momentous events in rock history.
“A riveting, honest, and brave account of life with the most famous names in rock and roll history…hard work, tough love, huge loss, pain and gain. I couldn’t put the book down. I just loved it.”
– Pattie Boyd, author of Wonderful Tonight
“Chris O’Dell knew all the greatest names in sixties and seventies pop, from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan. Nicknamed ‘the Pisces Apple Lady,’ she was the ultimate insider, a uniquely trusted employee and friend in a world where betrayal and backstabbing are the norm. Now at last she tells her story, in devastating detail yet without envy or malice…a rockin’ good read.”
– Philip Norman, author of Shout! The Beatles in Their Generation and John Lennon: The Life
“I enjoyed reading it very much. It is an astonishing look into the backstage of rock and roll.”
– Leon Russell