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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Apple Music goes live without the Beatles 

The Apple Music streaming service went live today with a flashy radio station and artist exclusives, including Taylor Swift who agreed, after a heated dispute, to stream her blockbuster album "1989" only on the service. However, The Beatles, who refused to sell their music on iTunes until 2010, remain off the new service.

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Paul McCartney remembers his earliest childhood memory 

On his official Website, Paul McCartney has answered this month's "You Gave Me Answer" question, which was sent in by John from the UK, who asked, "What is your earliest memory, Paul?" There is also link on the site to a video of Paul's crew and band wishing him happy birthday backstage at the Firefly Music Festival.

Award-winning musical biography of Beatles coming to Tacoma 

The closest thing to watching an actual Beatles concert is In My Life A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles, which comes to the Rialto Theatre at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in Tacoma on Friday, October 16. Touring since 2008, the show in Tacoma is part of a 125 stop tour of the U.S. and Canada.

Source: The Suburban Times, Tacoma
Happiness is a Ringo birthday blowout at Minneapolis record store 

Ringo Starr turns 75 on July 7. To celebrate, both the Minneapolis and Duluth locations of the Electric Fetus record store are throwing birthday bashes to honor the lovable lad from Liverpool. Festivities will include 20 percent off all Beatles and Ringo Starr music and merchandise, plus rings, sunglasses, and "Ringo" style T-shirts.

Source: City Pages, Minneapolis
Tom Cruise film Vanilla Sky heads to Blu-ray 

Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise was released today on Blu-ray, with two versions of the film, the 2001 original theatrical cut and the new Alternate Ending Version. The film's title song, music and lyrics by Paul McCartney, was nominated for best original song in 2001 for an Academy Award and in 2002 for a Golden Globe.

Source: Broadway World
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Monday, June 29, 2015
John Lennon's nonsense poetry to be performed at Edinburgh Festival

John Lennon's nonsense poetry will be performed at the Edinburgh Festival after more than 5,000 was raised through crowdfunding. Actor Jonathan Glew was granted the rights to Lennon's poetry collection In His Own Write by his widow Yoko Ono. The book, including short stories, poems and drawings, was first published in 1964.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney to headline anniversary gala

Paul McCartney will perform at a gala event to celebrate the 35th anniversary. The event will be held Sept. 30 in Hollywood. McCartney has a long history in support, in an interview in 2005 he said, "When I first heard, the idea appealed to me."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Autographed McCartney guitar shows up at appraisal event

A blue Fender Squier Bullet guitar autographed by Paul McCarttney was among the items brought in for free appraisals at the Ela Area Public Library fifth annual antiques and collectibles appraisal event in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Purchased for $500 seven years ago, the appraisal expert advised the owner of the guitar to hold onto it.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Peter Frampton reissue includes emotional George Harrison tribute

After an incredible run through the 1970s, Peter Frampton reemerged in 1986, these albums, including his album called "Now" will be rereleased in August and September. On "Now," Frampton pays tribute to his then recently departed friend George Harrison with a searing, emotional cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Source: Noise 11
Ringo Starr gets his due in new book

In the first major biography of the "funny Beatle" in nearly a quarter century, Michael Seth Starr (no relation) charts the life and career of drummer Ringo Starr. The book "Ringo: With a Little Help" separates Starr's life into three parts, pre-Beatles, Beatles and Post-Beatles, and is filled with fascinating stories and quotes.

Source: Houston Chronicle
Statement says John Lennon's great uncle not prolific Victorian criminal

A statement has been released denying recent reports claiming that the great uncle of John Lennon was a prolific criminal living in Victorian Liverpool. Website Find My Past now says "the William Lennon in our records, who was also born in Liverpool in the same year, was not related to John Lennon."

Original Article  Source: NME, UK
Friday, June 26, 2015
McCartney delivers show-stopping Charleston tribute in South Carolina

Performing in Columbia, South Carolina last night, Paul McCartney dedicated a song to the victims in Charleston. "We pray that people of all colors will be able to live together in peace and harmony," McCartney said before playing the 1970 Beatles classic, "The Long And Winding Road."

Source: Huffington Post
Sean Lennon talks about Yoko, Kanye and his favorite Beatles songs

Sean Lennon recently gave an interview where discussed his musical inspirations, his favorite Beatles songs, and what he thinks about Kanye West working alongside his father's former collaborator, Paul McCartney. He said, "I think at first my inspiration came from just wanting to find some connection to my dad."

Source: Billboard
And in the end... The last impression you leave is important

The Beatles' final recording was Abbey Road. The Fabs sensed their days were numbered so they decided to put their bickering aside and pull it together for a grand finale. Concluding their band career with their biggest-selling album, their most joyful recording, and some of their most uplifting lyrics was no small accomplishment.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Sirius XM to pay $210 million to record companies for Pre-1972 songs

Satellite-radio broadcaster Sirius XM has resolved a two-year legal battle for its use of recordings created before 1972, agreeing to pay $210 million to five record companies, including Capitol Records, which includes recordings by the Beatles. "This is a great step forward for all music creators," the RIAA chairman and CEO said.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Pacemaker Gerry celebrating 50th anniversary of Ferry Cross the Mersey

Gerry Marsden will be commemorating 50 years of the release of the iconic film Ferry Cross the Mersey next month. In it, a young Gerry is seen riding around Merseyside on his scooter and boarding the ferry boat with the docks as a backdrop. Besides starring in the critically-acclaimed 1965 film, Marsden wrote the famous theme song.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Hearing Yoko Ono all over again

A small but vocal fan club has rediscovered Yoko Ono's records from the 1970s and found in "Fly" or "Sisters O Sisters" forgotten feminist anthems or anticipations of punk. However, curators Christophe Cherix and Klaus Biesenbach affirm in "One Woman Show" that Ono was a musician and composer from the start of her career in 1962.

Source: NY Times
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney plays John Lennon medley in 1990

Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt tour hit in Liverpool on June 28th, 1990. The year marked the 50th anniversary of John Lennon's birth, and McCartney wanted to do something memorable to mark the occasion, performing a long medley that incorporated Strawberry Fields Forever, Help! and Give Peace a Chance.

Source: Rolling Stone
James Taylor finally has a No. 1 album

Although Taylor has been wildly popular and influential for decades, arriving on the scene in 1970 on the Beatles' Apple label with his warm guitar playing and soft voice, he never had a No. 1 album until now. Taylor's "Before This World," sold 97,000 albums last week, topping the Billboard 200 chart.

Related Articles  Source: Washington Post
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Paul McCartney honored by the City of Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina, Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Wednesday that Thursday, June 25 will be recognized as Paul McCartney Day. The move correlates with McCartney's concert Thursday night at Colonial Life Arena. Wednesday also saw Mayor Benjamin rename a part of Gadsen Street, "Paul McCartney Way."

Source: WACH TV, Columbia, SC
May Pang says John Lennon UFO drawing is fake

May Pang, the former girlfriend of John Lennon, is reported to have claimed a rare drawing of a UFO by the Beatles legend, acquired by an expert on one of North Wales' greatest mysteries, is a fake, and is not anything close to Lennon's drawing style. Pang was with Lennon at the time of their alleged UFO sighting in New York.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Post, North Wales
Video: Billy Corgan covers The Beatles' Something on piano

Billy Corgan has performed The Beatles' Something on piano. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman is currently on an acoustic tour, covering the Fab Four's 1969 Abbey Road cut at an intimate VIP pre-show in Des Moines, Iowa on June 20. Corgan is soon to go on tour called "End Of Times Tour" with Marilyn Manson.

Source: NME, UK
Art expert awaits fate of Beatles mural he painted in 1970s

An Omaha teenager who as really into the Beatles created a "Yellow Submarine" mural in his bedroom in 1977. Visitors to a late-spring estate sale at his childhood home still were able to see his pop-art masterpiece more than 35 years after he painted it, but buyers still are trying to figure out what to do with the art.

Source: Omaha World-Herald
The Beatles in Israel: The concert that never was

The Beatles are still enormously popular in Israel, but this was not always so. While Beatlemania was sweeping the world in the mid-1960s, the Beatles were generally viewed in Israel as a bad influence, so there was no logical reason for the Beatles to perform in Israel. But in 1964, an Israeli promoter had other ideas.

Source: The Jewish Press
John Lennon publishes A Spaniard in the Works 50 years ago

Following the surprising commercial and critical reaction to his first book, In His Own Write, John Lennon was given the opportunity to produce a sequel. A Spaniard in the Works was published on June 24, 1965. As with In His Own Write, Works was a slim collection of short stories and poems, 18 in total, punctuated by Lennon's drawings.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Paul McCartney gives his regards to Philly's Broad Street

Paul McCartney returned to Philadelphia at Wells Fargo Center June 21 and fans say the show was outstanding. "The place was packed, and the crowd was stoked! And Paul was energetic and engaged with the crowd," "Another fantastic and lengthy show, with several surprises and firsts," "Paul was in good voice," fans said.

Source: Beatles Examiner
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson tribute in NYC in July

The new free At the Inn concert series at Manhattan Inn continues with on July 13 as legendary songwriters John Lennon and Harry Nilsson will be paid tribute to by an impressive cast of musicians, including Nicole Atkins and Invisible Familiars, the project of Jared Samuel, who's worked with Sean Lennon.

Source: Brooklyn Vegan
Book Review: How Allen Klein landed both Beatles and Rolling Stones

He entranced The Stones and beguiled three-fourths of The Beatles. Allen Klein managed the careers of them all for a good spell, making him one of the most important money men in the history of the music business. Until Fred Goodman's well-researched new book, however, no one had the full skinny on the guy.

Source: NY Daily News
Wanted: Your memories of iconic Liverpool bar The Jacaranda

This week sees the launch of The Jacaranda's new coffee shop and vinyl record emporium, and the Liverpool Echo is asking for fan's photos of it through the years. The historic Liverpool bar, which reopened last November, will now function as a coffee shop and record store during the day, becoming a bar and events space at night.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Top 5 Beatles cover versions of other artists' songs

Before Lennon and McCartney became prolific songwriters, The Beatles sang several cover versions of other people's songs. During live performances and on early records, they sang songs by artists that inspired their musical development, it wasn't until Rubber Soul where The Beatles permanently stopped recording covers.

Source: The Examiner
Interview: James Taylor on his early years at Apple

Former Apple Records recording artist James Taylor has hit the road to promote his new album "Before This World." Capping off a week which saw his appearance with Jimmy Fallon and a satellite concert from New York's Apollo Theater, JT was on hand to do a Town Hall session for Sirius XM radio and a rare in-store signing appearance.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan
Monday, June 22, 2015
Ringo Starr calls for peace and love on his birthday

Ringo Starr would like you to celebrate his birthday by thinking or saying "peace and love," like he has done every year since 2005. If you happen to be in Los Angeles that day, you can say it with him. Starr will give a peace-and-love salute on July 7 at noon Pacific Time in front of the Capitol Records building in Los Angeles.

Source: KWTX TV
Video: McCartney dedicates Long and Winding Road to Charleston

During Delaware's Firefly Festival on Friday night, Paul McCartney was among the many artists who paid tribute to the Charleston, South Carolina victims. "Let's take a moment to pray for peace and harmony amongst people of different colors in the world," McCartney told the audience.

Source: Music Times
Paul McCartney rules night at Firefly Music Festival

Beatlemania roared in Delaware on Friday night as Paul McCartney, whose birthday was Thursday, unfurled a dizzying, career-spanning marathon show packed with timeless hits at the Firefly Music Festival in Dover. McCartney greeted the crowd, "Good evening, Firefly. I got a feeling we're going to have a bit of a party here tonight."

Related Video  Source: Delaware Online
Toronto gallery to present Bob Gruen exhibit

Whether hanging out on a roof with John Lennon, on a runway with Led Zeppelin, or on a subway car with the Ramones, rock photographer Bob Gruen has always had a knack for capturing the moment. Toronto's Liss Gallery is hosting an exhibition of his most-famous work beginning Tuesday and running to July 11.

Source: Metro News, Canada
An engineer's tour through the history of Abbey Road

"Number 2 studio has been called the Sistine Chapel of recording and I can't argue," British engineer Ken Scott says about Abbey Road. "Every time I'm there I'll stand at the top of the stairs, looking down at where so many great performances have been captured so perfectly, and the hair on the back of my neck stands up."

Source: Vice Noisey
Simon Cowell's Beatles movie gets major music backer

Simon Cowell's "The Fifth Beatle" film project is picking up steam. The project's executive producers have just acquired music rights from publisher Sony/ATV, and they say that the project will include a soundtrack sung by the actors who are chosen to star in the project. The producers are still searching for a director.

Source: NY Post
Friday, June 19, 2015
Video: James Taylor recalls nervous Beatles audition for Apple Records

In 1968, James Taylor signed a contract with the Beatles' new label, Apple, making his self-titled debut LP the company's first release from a non-British artist. But securing that lucrative deal was intimidating for the then-unknown singer-songwriter, who auditioned for Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon UFO link to North Wales extraterrestrial mystery

A leading expert on one of North Wales's greatest UFO mysteries claims to own a rare sketch John Lennon created to record an alien encounter he allegedly experienced in America. Russ Kellett is known for investigating the 1974 UFO Berwyn Mountains incident involving theories of an extraterrestrial craft crashing in the area.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Post, North Wales
School Girls recreate Abbey Road cover

Four school girls from The Kingsley School in Royal Leamington Spa in central Warwickshire, England stepped out on a local zebra crossing similar to how The Beatles did on the cover of their 1969 Abbey Road album. The aim of the stunt was to attract attention to the difficulty the school has been having to find a crossing patrol person.

Source: ITV, UK
New photography exhibition by Mike McCartney to open in Liverpool

Celebrated photographer Mike McCartney will stage a new exhibition at St. George's Hall in Liverpool this Autumn. Entitled "Mike McCartney Luvs St George's Hall," the exhibition runs from September 5 until October 18, and features 60 fascinating images depicting the Liverpool landmark that span more than half a century.

Source: Broadway World Art
Thursday, June 18, 2015
Seven facts you might not know about Paul McCartney

Today Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney celebrates his 73rd birthday. Macca was born on June 18, 1942 at Walton Hospital, to parents Mary and James "Jim" McCartney. To celebrate Macca's birthday, The Liverpool Echo takes a look back at his life in pictures and reveals seven things you might not know about the star.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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