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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, January 20, 2017

The Beatles rock Madison Square Garden thanks to Australian drummer

At a recent half-time show for the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, drummer Kye Smith played his Beatles drum chronology, which showcased the Fab Four's entire career by playing a short excerpt of every one of Ringo's drum tracks. His 5 Minute Beatles Drum Chronology can be viewed on YouTube.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Denny Laine on Wings and Band on the Run

Guitarist and Moody Blues founder Denny Laine, Paul McCartney and wife Linda McCartney created some of the greatest rock of the '70s including Band on the Run, considered by many to be Mr. McCartney's greatest work away from John, George and Ringo. Recently, he talked about how he came to work with Sir Paul.

Source: Washington Times

Ron Campbell
Art gallery to feature cartoonist behind Yellow Submarine

The newest show at Kaleid Gallery in San Jose, CA, will feature more than fifty original pieces of art by legendary animator and artist Ron Campbell, inspired by the countless cartoons Campbell had a hand in animating, most notably The Beatles' classic film Yellow Submarine. A special feature of show will be Campbell in person creating his drawings.

Source: Metro Active, San Jose
Help! Poltergeist moves furniture around in hotel where Beatles stayed

A group of ghost hunters were stunned after they spotted a poltergeist on a CCTV camera in the bar of The Antrobus Hotel in Amesbury, Wiltshire, the same place where The Beatles stayed while filming their hit movie Help! Former employees claim to have experienced unexplained events and sightings within the hotel grounds.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Jan 20, 1988: The Beatles Rock Hall induction ceremony

For The Beatles Rock Hall induction ceremony on January 20, 1988, many of the biggest names in classic rock helped to usher the Fab Four in. George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono were in attendance. MIA: Paul McCartney, who sadly was quarreling with his former bandmates over then-unresolved business issues.

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Paul McCartney sues Sony/ATV for Beatles music rights

Paul McCartney sued Sony Corp's music publishing arm on Wednesday in federal court in New York, seeking to reclaim copyrights to 267 Beatles songs that Michael Jackson acquired two decades before his death. Sony/ATV Music Publishing called the lawsuit "unnecessary and premature" in an emailed statement.

Source: Reuters
Ringo Starr's peace song to be available as free download

"Now the Time Has Come," a song featuring Ringo Starr that debuted last September for the annual International Day of Peace, will be available as a free download for the first time tomorrow. Peace Day is observed around the world each year on Sept. 21. Ringo has celebrated "peace and love" annually since 2008 on his July 7 birthday.

Source: Billboard
Scholars and Rogues honors John Lennon

Despite every attempt to marginalize and discredit him, John Lennon still matters and always will. With his songwriting partner and lifelong friend Paul McCartney, he is arguably the premiere composer of the 20th century. As a solo artist he left a body of work that is alternately brilliant, haunting, and petulant. Lennon was a great man.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
John Lennon's 1965 Mercedes set to sell for up to £2.4million

John Lennon 's vintage Mercedes-Benz 230SL Roadster could fetch up to £2.4 million as it goes to auction. The custom-made vehicle was bought by Lennon in 1965, the same year The Beatles released their hit Drive My Car. Auctioneers say the vehicle is especially rare as John Lennon owned very few cars because he disliked driving.

Source: The Mirror, UK

New George Harrison turntable now available

Pro-Ject has launched a new George Harrison turntable to celebrate the late musician's 74th birthday. Called the George Harrison Essential III, it was designed by California-based design agency Studio Number One, and is based on a 2014 art-print lithograph designed for the Harrisons by artist Shepard Fairey. It's limited to 2,500 units worldwide.

Source: What Hi-Fi?
New book offers fresh insights about John Lennon

A newly published book Lennon on Lennon: Conversations with John Lennon anthologizes some of his most illuminating interviews. The majority of these conversations have not been previously available in print, and several of the most important, comprising more than a third of this volume, have not been widely available in any format.

Source: Business Jet Traveler
Jan 18, 1964: Beatles first U.S. chart appearance

On January 18, 1964, I Want To Hold Your Hand debuted on the Hot 100 Singles Chart at #45. The Beatles' impact in America cannot be overstated. When the song hit #1 two weeks' later on February 1, 1964, it became the first of seven #1 singles they achieved in one year, launching both Beatlemania and the British Invasion.

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Video: The day John Lennon met Paul McCartney Warning: Page opens with sound

On July 6, it will be 60 years to the day that John Lennon was introduced to Paul McCartney at the Woolton church fete. The 16-year-old Lennon was playing at the summer event with his group The Quarrymen. On banjo was Rod Davis. In this video he looks back on the day that would go down in 20th century music history.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Capitol Records at 75

Nat, Frank and Dino created the myth. John, Paul, George, Ringo and Brian burnished it. Capitol Records, in the heart of Hollywood, looked down on almost every other US label. On its 75th birthday, publisher Taschen has mined the label's archive for a new book. Alastair McKay of the BBC looks back on the company's past glories.

Source: BBC, UK
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
George Harrison's entire studio catalog to get vinyl reissue

To mark what would have been George Harrison's 74th birthday on February 25th, the Beatles guitarist's entire solo catalog will be reissued on vinyl. George Harrison – The Vinyl Collection features 13 albums, including all 12 of his solo studio LPs, from 1968's Wonderwall Music to 2002's Brainwashed, and the live album Live in Japan.

Official Press Release  Source: Rolling Stone
Sir Peter Blake's biggest ever collage covers hotel during its restoration Warning: Page opens with sound

Towering over Knightsbridge, London, the biggest collage ever created by Sir Peter Blake, the godfather of British pop art, was unveiled today. The image, inspired by his Sgt. Pepper's album cover, will cover the front façade of the five-star Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park until May, during the first phase of its £85 million restoration.

Source: The London Evening Standard
Joe Walsh concert is like rocking with an old friend

As Joe Walsh hit the homestretch with his signature "Life's Been Good," the giant rear screen showed us snapshots of the singer-guitarist with rock's upper tier of royalty: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and Ron Wood and Pete Townshend, but Joe made the two hours seem like hanging out with an old friend.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Rock act from member of Sean Lennon's band to play in Ohio

Brooklyn-based experimental rock act Tongues Unknown will play with local psych rock band Water Witches Wednesday at The Union in Athens, Ohio. Tongues Unknown is the musical project of singer-songwriter Connor Grant. Grant plays with Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl's band The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger.

Source: Athens News, Ohio

Tara Browne
50 Years Ago: Tragic news inspires A Day in the Life

Three of the verses A Day in the Life, the epic song that would close Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, were inspired by newspaper articles that were printed on Jan. 17, 1967. John lennon read that Tara Browne, a 21-year-old heir to the Guinness fortune and London socialite and friend of the Beatles, had died in a car crash in December 1966.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, January 16, 2017
Photos: The rock 'n' roll past of the Cavern Club

The Cavern Club, the legendary venue famed for hosting the Beatles in their early days, first opened its doors to the public 60 years ago today. Originally a jazz club, it didn't take long before the Cavern Club had established itself as the center of Liverpool's rock and roll scene. Stunning photos reveal how wild nights at the Cavern really were.

Related Articles  Source: The Sun, UK
Charity show kicks off Cavern Club anniversary

A special show charity event, at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, is being staged to start a year of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the world-famous Cavern Club. The club marks its milestone birthday exactly 60 years since it first threw its doors open to the music-hungry youngsters of Liverpool back on January 16, 1957.

Related Articles  Source: ITV, UK

Cilla Black statue
Cilla Black statue unveiled at Cavern Club 60th anniversary

A bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled in her home city of Liverpool, marking the 60th anniversary of the Cavern Club, where Black worked as a cloakroom girl in her early years. The life-size statue was commissioned by the late singer's three sons and is situated outside the original entrance to the world famous Cavern.

Related Articles  Source: Sky News, UK
Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool more popular than ever

Turnover has climbed to record levels at The Beatles Story in a year when the Liverpool tourist attraction celebrated its 25th anniversary. The Beatles Story, which has been owned by Merseytravel since 2008, is based close to Liverpool's waterfront and acts as a mecca for fans of one of the most successful bands in pop history.

Source: Insider Media, UK
Acclaimed recording engineer Bill Price dies aged 72

Respected engineer/producer Bill Price has passed away at the age of 72. After working with many famous groups like Eric Clapton and The Moody Blues at Decca Records in the sixties, he worked for Sir George Martin at AIR Studios in London in 1970, where he recorded the Live And Let Die album soundtrack with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Music Week

Alexis Mardas
Magic Alex dead at 74

Yanni "John" Alexis Mardas died Friday at the age of 74, according to CNN Greece. John Lennon became enthralled with Mardas' "Nothing Box," a blinking light box that stimulated Lennon's LSD trips, and recruited the Greek expatriate, now dubbed "Magic Alex," into the Beatles' inner circle, employing Mardas as the head of Apple Electronics.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, January 13, 2017
New Paul McCartney album anticipated in 2017

After announcing his return to Capitol Records, for whom the Beatles famously recorded, Paul McCartney wrapped up his 2016 tour and began work on his first album since 2013's New, going into the studio with producer Greg Kurstin, known for his work with Adele. "I'll put out my next album, but I won't think I'm gonna sell a lot," he said.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Exhibit in Washington DC includes John Lennon guitar Warning: Page opens with sound

John Lennon's electric guitar is included in the Newseum's latest exhibit, "Louder Than Words: Rock, Power, and Politics." Patty Rhule, museum senior manager, said, "In the late-1960's the Beatles decided they needed to make a statement. So with their album, Revolution, they started making a statement about the Vietnam War."

Source: WUSA TV, Washington, DC
Funeral for Beatles' first manager Allan Williams

Friends and family gathered at Liverpool Parish Church to pay their respects to the man credited with discovering the Beatles and was their first manager. Allan Williams, who worked with the Beatles from 1960 to 1961, died in December aged 86. John Keats, from Liverpool's Cavern Club, said he was "a huge part of the Beatles story."

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Sean Lennon appears at Stella McCartney fashion show

Their fathers were one of the most iconic song-writing duos in the history of music. And it seems that Beatles friendship has been passed down a generation, as Sean Lennon supported Stella McCartney and posed for pictures with her at the launch of Stella's new clothing line at New York's Cotton Club on Tuesday.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Apartments in former John Lennon wedding venue swept off market

The upper floors and rooftop of Reece's Ballroom in Liverpool, known as the venue of John Lennon's first wedding, are being converted into modern city centre apartments, and after being announced, all units quickly sold out. Once complete, the Parker Street scheme will deliver 91 studio and one-bedroom apartments.

More Information  Source: Bdaily, UK
Promoter sues Los Angeles Dodgers over Paul McCartney finders fee

With the help of music industry veteran Tommy Davis, Paul McCartney and AC/DC performed sold out shows at Dodger Stadium in 2014 and 2015, restoring the prestige of Dodger Stadium as a major concert venue. The Dodgers received millions in profits, but according to a new lawsuit, never paid Davis for his work.

Source: Yahoo! Finance
Beatles poster artist Tony Booth dies aged 83

The artist who created posters for The Beatles in Liverpool in the early 1960s has died aged 83. Tony Booth made the iconic signs for the Fab Four and other Merseybeat bands in the 1960s. In recent years, Mr Booth made replicas of the posters for fans and had written a book about them which his son hopes will be "part of his legacy".

Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
The Beatles documentary leads BAFTA nominations Warning: Page opens with sound

Ron Howard's Beatles on tour documentary is among the leading nominations for the 2017 BAFTAs, which were announced this morning. Grossing a worldwide total of over $12.2 million, the film, which was produced with the cooperation of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, has been nominated for Best Documentary.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo

Donny Osmond
Donny Osmond wants to sing Beatles song at the Cavern

Donny Osmond is on his way to Liverpool. And while he's looking forward to his gig at the Echo Arena this month, he admits to another ambition too. "I'd love to be able to pop over to the Cavern while I'm there, and see if they'll let me do a Beatles song," he revealed, adding he's thinking about doing one in his Echo Arena show.

Source: Liverpool Echo
New George Harrison bio stretches well past the Beatle years

Recent years have seen plenty of new and "definitive" bios on John, Paul and even Ringo. Now, George gets his own entry with this U.S. paperback reissue of George Harrison: Behind the Locked Door by UK music journalist Graeme Thomson, who also conducted dozens of fresh interviews with friends, collaborators and exes.

Source: Houston Press
Monday, January 9, 2017
Wings saxophonist Howie Casey to perform Wings Over America

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the triple live album Wings over America, Paul McCartney and Wings Saxophonist Howie Casey and his band Beatles with Wings have put together a show performing songs from the album. Howie Casey and Beatles with Wings will be appearing at The Exchange Sturminster Newton on February 4.

Source: Blackmore Vale Magazine, UK

Peter Asher
Take a musical memory tour with Peter Asher

For a time, he shared the top floor of his parents' home with Paul McCartney, and became a friend and trusted business associate of The Beatles. He played a key role in shaping the careers of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, as manager and record producer. But many know Peter Asher best as one half of British Invasion-era singing duo Peter and Gordon.

Source: The Morning Call, Pennsylvania
How to totally misread John and Yoko's War is Over (If You Want It)

At the start of every new year, Yoko Ono takes out a full-page ad in The New York Times bearing the words "War is Over (If You Want It)." If you think "War is Over" refers only to military war or Vietnam, then you're misreading it. There's a deeper message of "War is Over," one that presents a more personal challenge.

Source: Workshop TSL
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's two duet hits in 1983

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney teamed up to achieve the rare feat of scoring two hit duets in little more than a year, with the first, The Girl Is Mine, rocketing to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Jan. 8, 1983. Their next duet, Say Say Say, hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 for six weeks beginning in late 1983.

Source: Billboard
Video: Beatles fifty year anniversary: historic Beatles NYC arrival, concerts

February 7, 1964 marks the Beatles fifty year anniversary of storming U.S. shores. The four young Brits from Liverpool created unbelievable teenaged mayhem and a whirlwind of wild hairdos at New York's Kennedy Airport that day. More than 3,000 screaming teenagers ditched school for the New York arrival.

Source: A New Domain
Friday, January 6, 2017
The Cavern at 60: 25 awesome facts about the Liverpool institution Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's legendary Cavern Club turns 60 on Monday, January 16. Of course it's best known for one band in particular. The Beatles played the Cavern 292 times between February 9, 1960 and August 3, 1963. But there's more to the history of the club, which was closed in the early 1970s and resurrected a decade later.

Source: Liverpool Echo

How John Lennon became first cover of Rolling Stone

For the first cover of Rolling Stone in 1967, Jann Wenner sorted through publicity stills until he came across John Lennon in his World War II outfit for How I Won the War. He said, "It was the best thing we had. But it's defining, since it encompasses music, movies and politics. That was a fortuitous accident. But it began our lifelong association with John."

Source: Rolling Stone

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