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Latest Beatles News as of Friday, December 2, 2016

Beatles songs provide perfect soundtrack for Christmas story 

Paul McCartney says "Let It Be" was not religious, but there's no denying his tune and the Beatles' entire songbook is rich in drama and emotion. Naperville church's first production of "Let It Be Christmas" was staged in their auditorium/gymnasium, the show has evolved over the years, adding scenes, story detail and more Beatles songs.

Source: The Daily Herald, Chicago
The story behind one of the most famous Beatles photos 

A new documentary, Harry Benson: Shoot First, gives an in-depth look into a storied career that has spanned more than 60 years, including how the photographer got up close and personal with The Beatles in Paris in 1964, capturing some of the most intimate photos ever taken of the band with his famous "Pillow Fight" picture.

Source: People

Ron Campbell
Beatles' cartoonist still draws on his Fab Four career 

Ron Campbell will bring his "Beatles Cartoon Pop Art Show" to Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts in San Diego Dec. 9-11. The show features 50-plus works inspired by The Beatles, the TV cartoon series Campbell directed, and Yellow Submarine the 1968 feature film, for which Campbell supplied animated sequences of Blue Meanies and Sgt. Pepper-era Beatles.

Source: San Diego Tribune
The spirit of the Beatles still thrives in Mexico City Warning: Page opens with sound 

There are Beatles fans all over the world, but there seems to be something special about Mexicans who love the group. Small towns in Mexico have named streets after them. Mexico City's top classic-rock radio station dedicates two hours every weekday to Los Beatles, and the city is home to more than 50 Beatles tribute bands.

Source: NY Times
Look Back: Beatles dominate top radio hits of 1970 

The Top 40 radio hits of 1970 as featured on Miami's WQAM is one of the best annual lists we've seen. At #19 was John Lennon's great Instant Karma! the first single by a member of The Beatles to sell a million copies. George Harrison's My Sweet Lord chants was at #9. And 1970's #1 single? None other than The Beatles' Let It Be.

Source: Best Classic Bands
25 Years Ago: George Harrison tours for the last time 

George Harrison solo U.S. tour in 1974 was plagued by vocal issues, drug problems and a rock press that seemed more interested in his past as a Beatle than his present solo work. So, after 1974, he would quickly beg off any tour plans. That is, until 1991, when longtime buddy Eric Clapton made it a little tougher for George to say no.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Thursday, December 1, 2016
No, the Beatles did not film Help in Asbury Park

A photoshopped pic of the Beatles on the beach in front of the Asbury Park Convention Hall making the rounds online has a lot of people thinking they did come to the resort city to film their movie Help. But a giveaway that the photo's not real is that the Asbury Tower on Ocean Avenue is visible in the background, it was built in 1973.

Source: My Central New Jesey
Rare Beatles poster to be included in auction this month

A rare Beatles poster is part of a two-day auction planned for the weekend of December 17-18 in Lynbrook, NY. The poster is from 1961 and advertises their debut appearance at Hambleton Hall in Huyton, England. The group has top billing, as "The Sensational Beatles" and the poster is exceedingly rare.

Source: Art Fix Daily

Every song on Sgt. Pepper ranked from worst to best

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band marked the moment pop music made the quantum leap from being frivolous fluff to serious artistic endeavour. George Martin not just allowed, but encouraged the Beatles to let their intuitive compositional genius run riot, and cutting-edge techniques made a record that's still regularly lauded as the greatest of all time.

Source: Team Rock

Laurence Juber
Laurence Juber brings Beatles influences to Morro Bay show

While Laurence Juber's Beatles days are behind him, guitar fiends and music lovers alike can look forward to Juber performing in Morro Bay on Dec. 8. With the recent release of his new Christmas album Holidays and Hollynights, Juber will perform solo pieces as well as play with his bandmates in The Laurence Juber Trio, plus his take on the sounds of The Beatles.

Source: New Times, San Louis Obisbo
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Brilliance of Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime

Paul McCartney's simple, repetitive synth-laden ode to the holiday season has become loathed in recent years, perhaps because it is played over and over and over and over again once the holiday season arrives. But it's important to resist this urge to hate it, no matter how many times the song hits your ears this December.

Source: City Paper, Baltimore
Paul McCartney fantasizes about what Dylan song he'd cover

On his website PaulMcCartney.com, a fan asked Paul McCartney, "If you were to cover one of Dylan's songs, which would you choose?" Paul replied, "Singing Dylan songs can be difficult because something like 'Like A Rolling Stone', it's so Dylan that it would be hard to get the spirit that he puts on it."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
UK pirate radio DJ legend pens autobiography

The autobiography of DJ Tony Prince will be released tomorrow. It tells Prince's story from both sides of the Iron Curtain, as a DJ on Radio Caroline followed by his involvement at Radio Luxembourg after the Russian invasion. In the book he tells of his meeting Elvis Presley and singing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Source: Oldham Chronicle, UK
How Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr survived the '80s

By the time the '80s arrived, the Beatles had been broken up for a decade. All four members, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, had embarked on successful careers as solo artists or, in McCartney's case, with his new band Wings. Yet, the shadow of the boys' former band continued to loom large.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
10 songs you might not know George Harrison had a hand in

Fans of George Harrison know he was a superb guitarist in The Beatles and on his solo albums. But he also exhibited some great talent when he stepped away from the Fab Four and played on other people's albums. Billboard has compiled a list of 10 songs you might not know Harrison can be heard on.

Source: Billboard

On this date in 1970: George Harrison goes solo

On this date in 1970, George Harrison's triple album All Things Must Pass was released in the UK. His first solo work since the break-up of The Beatles that April, it included the hits My Sweet Lord and What is Life? and also several tracks that had been turned down by The Beatles. It also included appearances by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Gary Wright and Billy Preston.

Source: KFVS TV
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
New book to illustrate John Lennon's Imagine

Imagine, a picture book featuring the lyrics of John Lennon's iconic song and illustrated by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, follows a young pigeon on a journey to spread a message of peace and tolerance. Published in partnership with Amnesty International, they will receive a portion of the proceeds from every copy sold.

Source: PR Newswire
Teacher uses Beatles music to inspire students

If it wasn't for a Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Peterson Elementary School music teacher Paul Lovett may not have picked up a guitar as a second-grader in 1967. Today, the Beatles are another lesson in his music curriculum. First-graders learn My Bonnie, and second-graders learn Yellow Submarine.

Source: The Daily Inter Lake, MT
Book Review: Visualising The Beatles by John Pring and Rob Thomas

The colorful book Visualising The Beatles is packed with graphics for every album The Beatles made, from Please Please Me to Let It Be, and highlights things you might not know, such as the instruments you can hear, whether that is bongos, cowbells or sitar alongside the more traditional guitars and drums.

Source: Lancashire Evening Post, UK
George Harrison's sister speaks out on the 15th anniversary of his death

On the 15th anniversary of his death, George Harrison's sister Louise Harrison has revealed she was never told about his cancer, hasn't spoken to her nephew in years and was cut off from the $2,000-a-month pension he left her in his estate. She has also shared previously unseen photographs of her and George.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
George Harrison's memorial tree in Los Angeles

Way up in the hills of Griffith Park in Los Angeles sits the George Harrison Tree, originally planted in 2003 in tribute to the ex-Beatle who prided himself as a gardener, and later a bronze memorial plaque was added. However, the original tree, a pine tree, died in 2014, and was replaced by an oak tree in February 2015.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
10 things you didn't know George Harrison did

"I play a little guitar, write a few tunes, make a few movies, but none of that's really me," George Harrison once said. Harrison was many things, including a master of understatement. But he was right to point out that his true character remains elusive. These are some lesser-known tales from his life outside Beatles.

Source: Rolling Stone
The quiet Beatle's most inspiring quotes

When George Harrison died 15 years ago today, we didn't just lose "the quiet Beatle", but one of the most curious, spiritual, eclectic superstars in the world of music. Today The Huffington Post salutes the unique George with his own words, 10 quotes that demonstrate his wit, wonder and timeless appeal.

Source: Huffington Post
George Harrison is still classic rock's best-kept secret

It's been 15 years since cancer took the life of George Harrison, the former lead guitarist of the Beatles who would go on to become a successful solo star, and a symbol of spirituality and higher awareness amongst mainstream rockers of his generation. He never got to showcase his all-around skill set within the context of the Beatles.

Source: The Daily Beast
Monday, November 28, 2016
George Harrison 15th annual remembrance tomorrow in Hollywood

The 15th Anniversary George Harrison Public Memorial Remembrance will be held tomorrow at George's Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Fans of Harrison and the Beatles are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around his star. Fans are also invited to share songs, poems and personal remembrances at the event "open mic".

Source: Beatles News Blog
Author to release New Beatles Encyclopedia this month

Kenneth Womack, PhD, a world renowned authority on the Beatles and their cultural influence, has written an updated, abridged version of his The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. The title will be released in paperback on November 30, 2016, and is already available on Kindle for the first time.

Source: Beatles News
New BBC Radio 4 Documentary about LIPA speaks to Paul McCartney

Earlier this year Paul McCartney was interviewed for a three-part documentary about the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. The show airs on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow, November 29, and continues on December 6 and December 13. LIPA as set up by Paul and BRIT school founder Mark Featherstone-Witty over twenty years ago.

Listen to BBC Radio 4  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's piano heads to auction

John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's-era home piano, used by Lennon to compose Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and A Day in the Life, among others, is set to hit the auction block on December 10, estimated to sell for between $1.2 and $1.8 million. The handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind will also be auctioned.

Source: Yahoo! Music
The Beatles top most valuable vinyl list

The Beatles have topped the list of most valuable vinyl records to own. A very rare copy of the White Album, owned by Ringo Starr, sold for $790,000 in 2015. The 1963 Love Me Do one-of-a-kind acetate is reported to be worth 80,000 (about $99,350). Also, versions of the Please Please Me LP can fetch up to 7,500 ($9,300).

Source: Gigwise
Looking Back: Robert Zemeckis's first film I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I Wanna Hold Your Hand in 1978 was Robert Zemeckis's first feature credit, both as director and co-writer, and the first of several collaborations with screenwriter Bob Gale. It's set in and around New York City on February 8 and 9, 1964, the hours up to and including the Beatles' legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: Flavorwire

Pete Best
What happened to Pete Best after he left the Beatles

Most music fans know that Pete Best was the original drummer for The Beatles before he was replaced with Ringo Starr in 1962. But do you know what happened to him after that? In honor of his 75th birthday this week, the Civilized web site has put together a retrospective of five notable aspects of Pete Best's post-Fab Four career.

Source: Civilized

Al Brodax
Yellow Submarine producer Al Brodax passes away at 90

Al Brodax, producer and co-writer of the iconic animated Beatles film, Yellow Submarine, died Nov. 24 in Danbury, Connecticut. He was 90. In 1960, he created and headed the television/motion picture division of King Features Syndicate. He wrote and produced more than 500 episodes of Popeye, Krazy Kat, Barney Google and The Beatles cartoon series.

Source: Westport Now
Friday, November 25, 2016
George Martin said Eleanor Rigby influenced by Alfred Hitchcock soundtrack

In an interview recorded for new TV docu-series Soundbreaking, Sir George Martin recalled his inspiration for Eleanor Rigby. Martin said it "cried out for strings; not the smooth, legato stuff of Yesterday, but something very biting... (and) very edgy. It suggested to me the stuff that Bernard Herrmann had been writing for Psycho..."

Source: TV3, Ireland
Rebel yell: How the Irish dominated British rock music

British pop music has been celebrated around the world for decades and rightly so. They were considered English to the core, but many were of Irish descent. The Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership was one of the most important of the twentieth century. It's not too difficult to discern their Irish influences.

Source: The Irish Times
European Union's 'Use it or Lose it' copyright law benefits fans

A law in the E.U. says if recordings aren't officially released within 50 years of being made, the songs become public domain. As a result of this law, passed just a few years ago, massive acts from the '60s and '70s including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles are opening up their vaults of unreleased recordings.

Source: A Journal of Musical Things
John Lennon's letter to the Queen goes on show at the Beatles Story

A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen handing back his MBE will go on show at the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool today. The draft version of the letter which Lennon penned as an act of protest in 1969 was valued at 60,000 (about $74,600) during a memorabilia day at The Beatles Story last month.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Today in Beatles History: White Album released, John returns MBE

On Nov. 25, 1968, The Beatles' White Album was released in the U.S. One year later, on Nov. 25, 1969, John Lennon returned his MBE medal to the queen to protest Britain's support for U.S. involvement to Vietnam, among other things. The other three Beatles kept their medals, which they received in 1965.

More Today In Beatles History  Source: Federal News Radio
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Strawberry Field visitor centre plans finally revealed

Plans for a visitor centre at the famous Strawberry Field have been revealed, 40 years to the day since the Beatles started recording their legendary song inspired by it. The gates there now are replicas, but the originals could be brought back from storage and made accessible to the public under these new plans.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Concert Review: Ringo Starr in Thousand Oaks

Everyone should see a Beatle once in their life. On Nov. 11 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Fred Kavli Theatre, the group thrilled an enthusiastic capacity crowd of aging baby boomers and younger fans eager to see a Beatle in the flesh. At 76, Starr is far more spry and youthful-looking than his much younger band mates.

Source: The Acorn, Agoura Hills, CA

Sir Peter Blake
Beatles designer admits preference for The Beach Boys

Sgt. Pepper's cover designer and pop art pioneer Sir Peter Blake has revealed that one of the projects he is most proud of is the prints he created for musician and former Beach Boys member Brian Wilson's That Lucky Old Sun in 2009. He said, "He is my second favorite musician, after the Beach Boys themselves. I'm an enormous fan."

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Linda McCartney
NYC co-op for sale includes former Linda McCartney studio

A four-bedroom, four-bathroom duplex co-op at 140 East 83rd St. now up for sale for $3.79 million includes a piece of New York City Beatles history. The sprawling unit includes Linda McCartney's former studio. She lived here with her daughter Heather when she was merely Linda Eastman, running her photography business before she married Paul.

Source: NY Post
Retro Video: Paul McCartney makes mashed potatoes

In a video shot way back in 1998, and first posted to YouTube in 2006, Paul McCartney pulls a recipe out of Linda McCartney on Tour: Over 200 Meat-Free Dishes from Around the World and makes mashed potatoes. Linda had died of breast cancer eight months prior, and this cooking demonstration was one way Paul honored her.

Source: Vanyaland

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