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Cilla Black post-mortem results inconclusive as tributes pour in 

The post-mortem on Cilla Black has not revealed why she died, reports say. Quoting the Spanish police, the reports maintain her death was not suspicious, but that the post-mortem results are "inconclusive". Earlier in the day, it was suggested police were investigating whether her death was caused by a fall from a dizzy spell.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Cilla Black's death may have been caused by fall from dizzy spell 

Spanish police are investigating whether Cilla Black's death was caused by a fall from a dizzy spell, caused by a sudden temperature change in the room. Black may have walked from an air-conditioned room in to midday heat, with the change in temperature causing her to become dizzy, the Sun newspaper reported.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
The Cavern Club pays tribute to former cloak room girl Cilla Black 

Liverpool's Cavern Club has payed tributes to legendary performer Cilla Black, who used to be a cloak room girl there before showing off her singing talent. She was friends with The Beatles and it was through that friendship where Beatle's manager Brian Epstein caught her eye, and that's when her early career flourished.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Britain mourns death of Cilla Black 

Britain is mourning the loss of much-loved entertainer Cilla Black after she died suddenly at her home in the south of Spain. The death of the 72-year-old former pop star and TV host was announced on Sunday. Paul McCartney said,"Such a shock to hear about Cilla's passing. She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit."

Related Articles  Source: The Evening Telegraph, UK
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Friday, July 31, 2015
Video: McCartney's epic sound check serenades Chicago

Most sound checks last a few minutes. Not Sir Paul. McCartney played for well over an hour today prior to his performance at Lollapalooza. Essentially, he did a show for anyone within hearing distance. And because it was smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago, his epic sound check could be heard by everyone all over the city.

Source: Red Bull TV
McCartney performing at Lollapalooza tonight and streaming Sunday

Lollapalooza 2015 gets under way today at Chicago's Grant Park, and arguably the world's biggest rock star, Paul McCartney, will be on hand to headline day one of the three-day festival, his performance will begin at 7:45 p.m. CT. Highlights of McCartney's show will be viewable on the Red Bull TV website on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Ringo Starr's console stereo to go under the hammer

Ringo Starr's prized radio and gramophone is to go under the hammer as part of a Beatles auction at LIPA on August 29. The custom built radiogram was built for Ringo and Maureen Starr when they lived in London in 1965. It is a quality piece with a Garrad Record deck, Leak AMP and Armstrong Tuner with twin speakers.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Hey, Bono, the Beatles were not Irish

At first it looked like Bono had struck again. Not content with secretly implanting U2's new album into the world's otherwise immaculate iTunes libraries, now he's trying to steal the Beatles. "Let's claim all the Beatles ... as Irish," he said on Ellis Island on Wednesday. But The Beatles, at their creative core, were blatantly American.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles Artist Alex Ross paints what he loves

As one of the world's most pre-eminent and respected comic book artists, Alex Ross's work stands out–anyone who's seen his interpretation of classic DC and Marvel superheroes knows what we mean. And now he's bringing that same laser-focus to the Beatles. He said, "The greatest challenge is always in capturing their likenesses."

Source: Man Cave Daily
Comedian explains why he thinks Ringo is the best drummer

Stand-up comedian, TV personality and sitcom writer Al Murray is also a pretty handy drummer, as well, and believes Ringo Starr is a grade A drum hero. He said, "Before I knew who Ringo was or what any of that meant, or any of that nonsense that gets tediously repeated about Ringo, I knew he was a great drummer."

Source: Music Radar
Thursday, July 30, 2015
John Lennon honored with Yellow Submarine tapestry in NYC

Standing in front of artwork depicting Manhattan as a yellow submarine and John Lennon as the pilot displaying the peace sign, Yoko Ono joined Bono and others to honor her late husband Wednesday at Ellis Island. Ono said the tapestry is "so special" and John would have loved it. Wednesday was also declared John Lennon Day.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Paul McCartney to reissue two early-'80s albums

On Oct. 2, Paul McCartney will continue the reissue series that has seen him win Grammys for Band on the Run and Wings Over America with 1982's Tug of War and 1983's Pipes of Peace, albums that contained two of his biggest post-Beatles hits. Special editions will include DVDs, and both albums will also be released on vinyl.

Official Page  Source: USA Today
Paul McCartney claims he and John forgot dozens of Beatles songs

Paul McCartney has claimed that "dozens" of potential Beatles songs were lost as he and John Lennon would frequently forget their work before getting the opportunity to record it. In an interview in The Evening Standard, he revealed that songs he co-wrote with Lennon in the 1960s were often forgotten the morning after.

Source: NME, UK
Christina Applegate recalls the time she kissed a Beatle

Christina Applegate and Paul McCartney were invited to an event thrown by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson in 2013, where guests put on a staged reading of Shakespeare plays. Christina is a huge music fan, and seized the opportunity to take full advantage of the casting, deciding to kiss Sir Paul without telling him.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Interview: Owner of John Lennon's long lost guitar

The Gibson J-160E guitar John Lennon used to write several Beatle hits on has been lost for over 40 years but now is found. In a new interview, fans can now hear the remarkable story of where it has been all these years and the man who has been a good steward of it even though he didn't know it was Lennon's guitar until recently.

Source: PRWeb
John Lennon tribute returns to Liverpool for International Beatle Week

Last year during International Beatle Week, Liverpool actor Mark McGann and Swedish band Pepperland rocked the Royal Court theatre in Liverpool with their In My Life show, telling Lennon's life story from his Menlove Avenue childhood to December 1980. They will reprise the show with two performances on Sunday, August 30.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles' Help! movie more influential than you think

Help! is a Beatles movie, but even without the fab four, it would be an important film. Without Help! there would be no Airplane movies. Jon Landis would have hit his peak with Kentucky Fried Movie. Without Help! there would be no Spike Lee. Spike's got Help! in every available format, he couldn't get enough of it.

Source: Den of Geek
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Beatlemania hits Madame Tussauds Orlando

The wax figures of the Fab Four to be featured in Orlando for a limited time. The figures of The Fab Four set in a pose like the 1969 Abbey Road album cover, Madame Tussauds artists utilised measurements taken from previous sittings with the band, as well as image research from the Abbey Road album photo shoot to style each figure.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Yoko Ono announces new all-star remix LP

Yoko Ono follows up her all-star 2007 covers and remixes LP Yes, I'm a Witch this January with a sequel titled Yes, I'm a Witch Too. Ono will collaborate with Death Cab for Cutie, Cibo Matto and her son Sean Lennon and many more artists who contributed either remixes or covers of tracks culled from Ono's catalog.

Source: Rolling Stone
Photos: The Beatles at Maple Leaf Gardens in 1964

Almost 51 years ago, screaming young people ran amok in the streets of Toronto, proving definitively that Beatlemania was alive and well in Canada. CBC was there, capturing the pandemonium as well as talking to John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison about the fan fury that follows them around the world.

Source: CBC Music, Canada
Lincoln Center honors Richard Lester with film retrospective

A Hard Day's Night and Help! director Richard Lester's 1968 film, "Petulia," screens Aug. 10 and 13 at the Walter Reade Theater, the high point of Lincoln Center's weeklong 15-film retrospective, "Richard Lester: The Running Jumping Pop Cinema Iconoclast," beginning August 7th, which also includes "The Knack ... and How to Get It."

Source: NY Times
Help! film premieres in London 50 years ago today

The Beatles' second movie, Help!, had its world premiere in London on July 29, 1965 at the London Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus, with Princess Margaret and her husband, Lord Snowdon, in attendance. As with A Hard Day's Night, Help! was directed by Richard Lester and included the Beatles' pal Victor Spinetti in the cast.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Two Ringo Starr radio specials now streaming online

Two of Beatles talk show host Ken Michaels' recent live broadcasts celebrating Ringo Starr's 75th birthday are now available online, a 2-hour birthday show, highlighted by a 30-minute set of Ringo's collaborations and a "Ringo Starr Album Sampler" in which he featured one song each from all 18 Ringo studio albums in chronological order.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Sir Paul McCartney back in Liverpool for annual LIPA graduation

Paul McCartney was back in Liverpool today for the annual LIPA graduation ceremony. Sir Paul was on hand to honor the institute's new Companions, who this year included Gemma Bodinetz, the artistic director of the Everyman and Playhouse theatres since 2003. Around 280 students from 16 countries graduated at today's ceremony.

Source: Liverpool Echo
British actor Tom Hughes cast as John Lennon in BBC radio drama

British actor Tom Hughes is to play John Lennon in a forthcoming radio drama. Hughes, known for several roles on BBC One, will portray the iconic singer-songwriter in BBC Radio 2's When Elvis Met The Beatles. Hughes said, "John Lennon is a hero of mine. I'll never have the chance to meet him, so playing him is the next best thing."

Source: NME, UK
Beatles song re-imagined in album of eclectic instrumentals

On the new Spaghetti Eastern Music debut album "Sketches of Spam," a solo project by singer-guitarist Sal Cataldi, the Beatles song Ticket to Ride is reworked into in a wonderfully moody ballad. Cataldi explained, "Lennon's words to me always conveyed a sort of blues-y melancholy, which was perfect for the slow ballad treatment."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Rapper discusses Beatles-inspired cover art of upcoming album

In a new interview, rapper Casey Veggies explained the Beatles-inspired cover of his upcoming debut album, Live & Grow, to be released Sept. 25. He said, "It was an idea we came up with one day just in the studio chilling. I was looking at the evolution chart and then I was looking at The Beatles cover and it just looked classic."

Source: Hip Hop DX
Monday, July 27, 2015
Photo Collection: Paul McCartney Out There 2015 crowd photos

Over the past months Paul McCartney has taken his Out There tour around several different countries including Japan, his first visit to South Korea, Great Britain, France, Netherlands, United States, Norway and Sweden. Each of these shows has been captured by tour photographer MJ Kim and are now online at Paul's official website.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Lost Beatles photos to be revealed in UK at music and arts festival

Organisers of the Woodbridge music and arts event north of Ipswitch, England, have announced this summer's line-up and an expansion of the festival. This year's event will include books about music, with the preview of a new work about The Beatles, featuring never seen before photos from the first years of Beatlemania.

Source: Ipswitch Star, UK
Gene Simmons recalls first seeing the Beatles

Years before the Gene Simmons joined Kiss and helped to cultivate their iconic black and white face paint and dramatic outfits, he was enthralled by the Beatles, but he initially found it hard to relate to them. He said, "I remember thinking they look weird," but later thought they looked cool because his mother "thought they looked silly."

Source: Noise 11
Artist creates controversial comic strip on John Lennon's Imagine

Pablo Stanley has used his illustration skills to create a visual representation of John Lennon's 1971 song, "Imagine." The comic strip depicts lyrics from the song along with images of legendary activists for change such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Harvey Milk, and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Source: World Religion News
Letter about John Lennon's death from his aunt Mimi to be sold

An emotional letter from John Lennon's aunt Mimi Smith written on her personal letterhead less than two months after the Beatle was murdered in New York City will be sold in an online auction next month. Deadline for bidding in the auction is Aug. 12. Previously, a letter Mimi wrote to a fan in 1964 sold for £250 in 2013.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Book Review: John Lennon and the Bronte Connection

A new book published by Jewelle St. James, "John Lennon and the Bronte Connection," is about the author's journey in discovering a past life connection between former Beatle John Lennon and the tragic poet Branwell Bronte. St. James discovers she lived in 15th Century England and John Lennon had been her lover.

Source: The Examiner
Book Review: Wings Over New Orleans by John Taylor

The new book Wings Over New Orleans: Unseen Photos of Paul and Linda McCartney, 1975 is author John Taylor's account and photos of when Paul and Linda McCartney, along with their band Wings, came to New Orleans in 1975 to record their album Venus and Mars. The book is definitely a must have for all McCartney and Wings fans.

Source: Beatles Freak
Friday, July 24, 2015
Ringo's Help! jacket sells for more than $46K at auction

A black wool double-breasted suit jacket worn by Ringo Starr during the filming of the 1965 Beatles movie Help! was sold today for more than $46,500 at a music-memorabilia auction by Boston-based RR Auction company. Also, a Hard Day's Night album cover autographed by all four Beatles auctioned for more than $30,200.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles celebration returns to Orillia today

The Orillia Beatles Celebration is set to return to downtown Orillia, Ontario, Canada, for two days. Spanning five city blocks, the July 24 and 25 festival features music, dancing, vendors, memorabilia, contests and trivia. All events are free, except for the Saturday afternoon concert by "Replay" at the Orillia Opera House.

Source: Simcoe
Hard Day's Night Hotel launches new Beatle themed afternoon tea

Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool is set for the warmer months with the introduction of its new Summer Cooler Afternoon Tea. Their aptly named Beatles inspired cocktails include Strawberry Fields with Pepper a refreshing grass infused vodka based beverage, and Honey Can't Buy Me Love made with sweet amaretto and chocolate flavors.

Source: Liverpool Echo
8 subtle Easter eggs hidden in Beatles songs

The Beatles were always known for being a bit playful with the general public. The band's entire discography, particularly that which came out after they decided to quit touring and commit to the recording booth, is chock full of in-jokes, shout-outs and other cool tidbits explicitly snuck in there for their fanbase to obsess over decades.

Source: What Culture
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Rare John Lennon letter up for auction

A hand-written note from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to Beatles press officer Derek Taylor circa 1969, referencing instructions for an unspecified concert is currently up for auction at RR's Marvels of Modern Music auction that ends today, its current bid is $1000. Also in the auction, Ringo's Help! jacket currently stands at over $14,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Author Ivor Davis tells all about Beatles first U.S. tour

When Ivor Davis was invited join The Beatles on their first American tour over 50 years ago, nothing prepared him for the wild adventure that lay ahead. Davis briefly became the fifth member of the band, documenting their U.S. escapades and ghost-writing George Harrison's column for his London newspaper.

Source: Sunday World, Dublin
Radio play recreates Elvis' meeting with Beatles

The historic moment the Fab Four met the king of rock 'n' roll will be recreated in a new radio play almost 50 years to the day since it happened. A Radio 2 play will revisit the Beatles' trip to Elvis Presley's Bel Air mansion on August 27 1965, the meeting was not filmed or taped and only a few people know what really happened.

Source: Western Daily Express, UK
Beatles Help! screening July 30 in Pasadena for 50th anniversary

For the 50th anniversary of the world premiere of the Beatles movie Help!, the South Pasadena Library will host a free screening on July 30 following a performance of Beatles songs by an ad hoc group of Fab Four-inspired musicians. The screening comes 50 years and a day after Help! premiered in London on July 29, 1965.

Source: Los Angeles Times

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