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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, February 12, 2016

Video: Jon Batiste covers Beatles Blackbird on the Stephen Colbert show

To celebrate the 52nd anniversary of The Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan show, New Orleans-born bandleader and pianist Jon Batiste performed a soulful version of Paul McCartney's classic Blackbird on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, with agile keyboard asides and singing the lyrics with perfect fragility.

Source: The Times-Picayune, New Orleans
Paul McCartney admits to trepidation before working with Kanye

Paul McCartney says he had some trepidation about working with Kanye West last year but he insists his experience with the ''crazy cat'' was fantastic. Although he readily admits Kanye is an offbeat character he considers him an ''amazing talent'' and he has a lot of respect for him. Their song "All Day" has been nominated for a Grammy.

Source: TV3, Dublin
How The Beatles still grip Liverpool

Forty-six years after they split, The Beatles are responsible for one in every 100 jobs in Liverpool. A recent report found the Beatles still supported some 2,335 jobs in the city. About a quarter of a million people a year pay to visit The Beatles Story while The Cavern Club admits 800,000 people a year for free to listen to live music.

Source: BBC News, UK
When LAX landed the Beatles

When The Beatles arrived in Los Angeles time stood still. As with their first trip to America, the Beatles arrived on a Pan Am commercial flight. By 4:00 p.m., the crowd was estimated at about 400. At 4:15 p.m., the 707 taxied to Gate 20, the only chance for much of the public to see the Beatles that day.

Source: Air Cargo News
Vintage Video: John Lennon sings Instant Karma in 1970

On February 11, 1970, John Lennon and Yoko Ono brought their band, Klaus Voorman, Mal Evans, Alan White and BP Fallon, to the British television show Top of the Pops, the first of the four Beatles to appear on the program. Four takes of the song Instant Kharma were done in the studio with take three shown the next night, February 12.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
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Thursday, February 11, 2016
National Portrait Gallery displays rarely seen photo of the Beatles

A rarely seen photograph of the Beatles taken in 1964 will go on view at the National Portrait Gallery today as part of its exhibition Vogue 100: A Century of Style. Prior to its loan to the Gallery, the photograph has not been displayed in public since it was taken, and remained unpublished in Vogue's archives until now.

Source: Broadway World

Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons recounts learning from the Beatles

Shortly after securing a job with EMI in 1966, Alan Parsons became an engineer at Abbey Road Studios, and he learned the industry as a teenager while working with The Beatles, the Hollies and Pink Floyd. "Being in the studio with the Beatles was as amazing as you would imagine," Parsons said. "I was working with the greatest rock band in the world."

Source: The Tampa Tribune
Price slashed for island close to Paul McCartney's estate

A private island just a few miles from Paul McCartney's Scottish estate has had 100,000 slashed from its price. The Island off the west coast of Scotland boasts a modern house, private beaches and its own jetty with breathtaking views. The nearby Kintyre Peninsula found fame when Paul McCartney wrote the song Mull of Kintyre.

Source: The Scotsman
Bizarre Beatles tribute All This and World War II back on CD, coming to DVD

The long-lost film "All This and World War II" is making a return in more ways than one. The soundtrack was recently reissued in a very limited collector's CD, and according to a new interview, the film may get a release on DVD later this year, but with a new title, "The Beatles and WWII," and edited content, but the same songs.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
All You Need Is <3: Paul McCartney teams up with Skype

Paul McCartney and Skype have partnered to launch a new range of animated love themed Mojis for Valentine's Day featuring exclusive new McCartney music coupled with Skype's animated designs. Paul recorded his compositions over a week at his Hog Hill Mill studio in Sussex using a variety of instruments and his Moog synthesizer.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com

Beat Bugs
Top stars sing Beatles hits for new Netflix kids series

Netflix has today announced a new Kids' Original series, inspired by the music of The Beatles. Created by Josh Wakely, Beat Bugs sees a number of international artists taking on some of the Fab Four's biggest hits, including Sia, Pink, James Bay, Of Monsters And Men, The Shins, Eddie Vedder, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor and Birdy.

Source: NME, UK
Liverpool Hard Days Night Hotel wins top accolade

Following its acquisition by Millennium Hotels & Resorts in August of last year, Hard Days Night Hotel, the Beatles-inspired hotel located in the heart of Liverpool, was selected by the Luxury Travel Guide Awards due to its outstanding reputation, premium amenities and high standards of customer service.

Source: Travel Daily Media, UK
Beatles sing-along this Saturday in Port Townsend

A Beatles sing-along invades Pippa's Real Tea in Port Townsend, Washington, this Saturday, February 13. Leading the singing are the local group Free Radicals and friends. "Each of us picked up guitars when we first heard the Beatles," "Otis" Otey of the group says. Song sheets will be supplied at the free event.

Source: Port Townsend Leader, WA
Video: The top 5 Beatles songs for fans of The Rolling Stones

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? It's a question that's been debated for decades now, ending friendships, dividing families, testing allegiances along the way. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to like both bands. Consequence of Sound staffers have compiled a list Beatles songs for fans of The Rolling Stones.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Peeking in a Beatles fan's diary the night of their Ed Sullivan Show debut

Yesterday, February 9, was the anniversary of the Beatles' magical debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. Judith Reed West, author of "A Date With a Beatle," her book about meeting up with George Harrison back in the day, has a vivid memory of that historic night thanks to what she wrote in her diary in 1964.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, February 9, 2016
Rare Beatles photographs on display at Michigan art gallery

The Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, MI, is displaying a rare collection of color photos taken of the Beatles during their fourth and final appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The six photos capture the Beatles as they rehearse and perform on the Ed Sullivan Show on Aug. 14, 1965, right before they played at Shea Stadium.

Source: Hometown Life
Looking Back: The Beatles appear on Ed Sullivan in 1964, 51 years ago

In the basement a studio worker listened to the shattering roar above and said simply, "Good God." On duty inside the theatre were 25 security men warily watching for beatlemania sending the fans whooping on stage. When the group vanished backstage, the crazed chanting, "We want the Beatles," broke out.

Source: NY Daily News

Allen Klein
How Allen Klein changed the game for music revenue

Hired by the Rolling Stones in the mid-Sixties, Allen Klein secured sums for them which the more successful Beatles, managed by the painfully naive Brian Epstein, could only dream about. Klein represented only three of the four Beatles, it was Paul McCartney's refusal to have anything to do with him that made the band's split so bitter.

Source: New Statesman
The sweet meaning behind Hey Jude

"Hey Jude," one of the Beatles' most famous songs, is an uplifting ballad that's inspired the masses for decades. Paul McCartney originally wrote a rough version of the song, called "Hey Jules," to cheer up Lennon's then five-year old son, Julian, during his parents' divorce, and it eventually became "Hey Jude."

Source: .Mic
Monday, February 8, 2016
Paul Mccartney hails hospital fundraiser

Paul McCartney has thanked Brits for donating millions to a fundraiser for the U.K.'s most famous children's hospital. Donations flooded in during an annual campaign, due to end on Sunday, to boost the coffers of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, with the tally standing at more than $4.4 million (3 million) today.

Source: Contact Music

Love Me Brew: Paul McCartney brews beer from his estate

Paul McCartney is brewing his own beer using hops from his estate. McCartney named the ale Old Stinkhorn after a mushroom which also grows on his farm. The concoction is bottled on his land in East Sussex and given as gifts to colleagues and friends. A source close to Paul said, "Paul has been making the beer for a while now. It's delicious."

Source: The Sun, UK
Big changes coming to Beatles LOVE show in Las Vegas

According to a spokesman, The Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage in Las Vegas, currently dark, will return Feb. 25, and there will be some big changes. "The show is on a break as a number of exciting, new elements are integrated into the show. We are incorporating new acrobatic acts, choreography, projections and costumes."

Source: Beatles Examiner
The Beatles boost Liverpool's economy by 82m

A new report published today reveals the Beatles are worth almost 82m to Liverpool each year. People in the Liverpool Beatles industry have strong emotional connections with it, but many say they are concerned about unregulated tours and maintaining professionalism, quality, and the "authenticity" of visitors' experience.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The Beatles were paid only 5 for their first gig at Cavern Club

For their first concert at The Cavern Club, over a lunchtime on February 9, 1961, the Beatles were only paid 5, a concert that wasn't advertised, and George Harrison was nearly denied admission to play because he was wearing jeans. Their debut was a success and they were immediately given four lunchtime slots per week.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Friday, February 5, 2016
The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios to come to Liverpool

A live re-staging of The Beatles at Abbey Road Studios is to come to Liverpool's ECHO arena. The show is part of an 11 date tour, following a sold out premiere at the Royal Albert Hall. The Sessions, a live re-staging of the Beatles at Abbey Road, is part blockbuster stage show, part access-all-areas musical documentary.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Could Paul McCartney join Hollywood Vampires for their TV debut?

The Hollywood Vampires, including Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry "and friends," will make their TV debut at the upcoming 58th Annual Grammy Awards, it was announced yesterday. Paul McCartney's camp issued a "no comment" on whether the Beatle, who performed on the group's album, will join them for the show.

Source: The Examiner

Harry Styles
Harry Styles goes 'Paul McCartney-esque' for solo sound

With One Direction on hiatus, Harry Styles is throwing himself into his solo career. And, according to "Marvin Gaye" singer Charlie Puth, Styles is already on his way with some tracks that seem to be inspired by fellow Brit, Beatles singer Paul McCartney. He said, "The last time I saw Harry we talked about McCartneyesque chord changes."

Source: uinterview
Author talks about the early Beatles years at book signing

Bank of Books in Malibu hosted acclaimed journalist and author Ivor Davis last Saturday, as he discussed his book, "The Beatles and Me: On Tour." When he was 26, Davis was sent to write and accompany The Beatles on its 1964 tour, and went to every concert on that tour, experiences he accounts in detail in his book.

Source: Malibu Surfside News
The Beatles' first visit to New York City in 1964: A Day by Day Diary

At 1:20 pm on Friday, February 7, 1964, The Beatles landed in America for the very first time, and music history would never be the same. It would be a busy weekend for The Beatles leading up to their historic debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night as they took New York City by storm.

Source: The Examiner
Full-time Beatles scholar to launch North American tour

Beatles scholar and author Aaron Krerowicz is embarking on a national tour beginning this month, giving presentations on many subjects related to the band. Despite being born 15 years after the band broke up, Krerowicz is one of the United States of America's only full-time professional Beatles scholars.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Yoko Ono brings anti-violence art exhibit to Mexico

Yoko Ono has brought an anti-violence message to Mexico City with the opening of a participative-performance exhibit dubbed "Tierra de Esperanza," or "Land of Hope." The 82-year-old Ono told a crowd Tuesday Feb. 2 at the city's Museum of Memory and Tolerance that "I have come here to bring world peace."

Source: The Yucatan Times, Mexico

Peter Asher
A Peter & Gordon reunion - almost

When Gordon Waller, half of the 1960s folk-rock duo Peter & Gordon, died in 2009, his former partner issued a modest statement to the press, "I am just a harmony guy, and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo." This weekend, Peter Asher's British Invasion tribute show in Laguna Beach will include duets with his old partner through video segments.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Video: Kentucky Beatles fan's impressive collection of memorabilia

Louisville, Kentucky Beatles collector Paul Ratterman's collection is on display at the Jeffersontown Historical Museum, now until June 17th. On February 13th a dinner and evening tour of the Beatles exhibit will include a performance by local tribute band "The Rigbys" at Loui Loui's in Louisville.

Source: WHAS TV, Louisville, Kentucky
Beatles signed photo, sealed Butcher cover up for auction

A photo of The Beatles performing in 1963 in Liverpool taken by Dezo Hoffman and signed by all four members of the group that one memorabilia expert called the best Beatles signed photo ever and is already bidding at $20,000 is among the huge selection of Beatles memorabilia to be auctioned this month in Dallas, Texas.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Beatles author to speak at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi symposium

Dr. Candy Leonard, author of Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade The World, the first sociological analysis of the impact of the Beatles and their music, will be discussing her book at the new Cleveland, MS GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's first Beatles Symposium, "From Cavern to Candlestick,"April 1-2.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
John Lennon's locks from How I Won the War expected to go for $10,000

On September 6, 1966, John Lennon got a very short haircut in preparation for his upcoming dramatic role as Private Gripweed in the film "How I Won the War." A clump of John's hair from this famous haircut will be auctioned off at the Entertainment & Music Memorabilia Signature Auction in Dallas on February 20.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Why Ringo rules

John Lennon reportedly said, "He's not even the best drummer in The Beatles," but the Beatles would not have been the group we know today without Ringo Starr. When Ringo joined the Beatles, the chemical reaction of the combination of those precise personalities created a form of divine magic that can never be duplicated.

Source: The Maine Edge
Photo of George Harrison on his 21st birthday to go under the hammer

A photograph of the late George Harrison celebrating his 21st birthday in Los Angeles is expected to attract worldwide attention. The 1964 color image of George, dressed in a blue shirt and grey trousers, opening a huge "key to the door" to celebrate the milestone, has a guide price starting at just 30 (about $44).

Source: Liverpool Echo
Secondary school pupils to star in Beatles themed musical

Pupils from a secondary school in South Derbyshire, England, are set to star in a Beatles-themed musical this month. Year 7 pupils from the William Allitt School, in Newhall, will be showcasing their talents in a show called Come Together. The show will go towards the pupils achieving their bronze performing arts badges.

Source: Burton Mail, UK
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
McCartney reps say no comment to report he is working on new album

Paul McCartney representatives issued a firm "no comment" today in response to a British newspaper report that the Beatle is working on a new album with celebrated record producer Greg Kurstin. Using contemporary producers is not something new for McCartney. He used four producers for his last album, "New."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Paul McCartney to record new album with Adele's producer Greg Kurstin

The Sun in the UK says it can now reveal that Paul McCartney is working on new material with producer Greg Kurstin, the mastermind behind Adele's now-iconic single Hello. McCartney has songs ready for a new album and, having been so impressed by Adele's comeback, called on Greg to help him hone them.

Related Articles  Source: The Sun, UK
Work begins to transform Paul McCartney's birthplace into housing

Work to transform the former Walton Hospital site, birthplace of Paul McCartney, into a housing development is now underway. The 25m (more than $36m) project to regenerate the site will create 125 affordable homes and a further 70 properties for private sale. Also, a new supermarket will be built on part of the site.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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