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Latest Beatles News as of Tuesday, January 24, 2017

John Lennon car sells at auction 

A 1956 Austin Princess formerly owned by John Lennon has sold at auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, for $159,500. The sale included the car's original, registration signed by John Lennon. Purchased by Lennon in 1971, the car was seen extensively in his 1972 made-for-TV documentary "Imagine" with Yoko Ono.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Musical biography of The Beatles comes to Phoenix stage 

The closest thing to watching an actual Beatles concert might be "In My Life – A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles." The show portrays the Beatles as authentically as possible, from their singing to the myriad of guitars used throughout their decade-long career, and their lovable sense of humors and cheeky banter.

Source: Paradise Valley Independent, AZ
Beatles and Stones show settles an old score 

No doubt the 60s are long gone, but Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance. Onstage, the bands alternate mini sets and trade improvised barbs and banter between songs to act out the famous rivalry.

Source: Orange Country Breeze
The restoration of The Beatles at Shea Stadium 

On August 15, 1965, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium. Realizing the show would be a milestone event, Brian Epstein decided to film the concert for posterity for a television special to air that Christmas. A restoration of that film recently appeared in the­aters, accompanying The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years.

Source: Mix Online

Joey Molland
Concert Review: Joey Molland's Badfinger 

Badfinger has never really moved past 1975. These days, the band's legacy is preserved primarily by Joey Molland, the lone surviving member of the band. In a performance in January at Mohegan Sun, Molland's band struggled with details, but got the broad strokes right in an economical survey of the band's history, from good times and bad.

Source: Best Classic Bands

Brian Epstein
55 Years Ago: Beatles sign first contract with Brian Epstein 

By late 1961, the Beatles were one of the most popular bands in Liverpool, but were desperate to find a representative who would secure them a recording contract. Brian Epstein resolved to represent the group after seeing them perform at the Cavern. On Jan. 24, 1962, the Beatles inked a five-year management contract with Epstein.

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Video: Justin Bieber plays drums on cover of Come Together Warning: Page opens with sound

No, that's not Ringo Starr, that's Justin Bieber! The Biebs decided to show off his drumming chops by joining Andrew Watt during his show last Friday at The Peppermint Club in West Hollywood, California. While on stage, Andrew and Justin, along with the rest of the band, did a pretty sweet cover of Come Together by The Beatles.

Source: Hollywood Life
Original Beatles drum kit goes on auction for $75,000

The drum kit used for the recording of the Beatles' first US number one, Love Me Do, has been put up for auction with bidding beginning at $75,000. Andy White played the drums on the recording of Love Me Do on September 11 1962 at the EMI Studios at Abbey Road, London. The drum will be auctioned on Thursday.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
A brief history of the ownership of the Beatles catalog

Last week, Paul McCartney sued music publisher Sony/ATV to regain his ownership stake in the Beatles catalog. If successful, it would end a long and painful battle for McCartney over the ownership of his own songs, involving everyone from early Beatles manager Brian Epstein to Michael Jackson, who bought the Beatles catalog in 1985.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
Photos capture The Beatles filming in Knole Park in Sevenoaks

This month marks the 50th anniversary of when Beatlemania hit Sevenoaks. The Beatles recorded promotional videos for Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane, from January 30, 1967. They visited the deer park on three occasions in January and February that year, each time accompanied by Swedish film director Peter Goldmann.

Source: Kent Live, UK
The man who photographed the Beatles, the Stones and The Who

Ethan Russell is the only photographer to have had his work on album covers for The Rolling Stones, The Who and the Beatles. Russell was at Twickenham Studios to document the filming of Let It Be. He spent 30 days there photographing the Fab Four, as well as taking in the famous final live concert on the roof of the Apple building.

Source: The Hamilton Spectator
Drummer for Spooky Tooth Mike Kellie dies at 69

Mike Kellie, who was a founder of both Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones and had a lengthy career as a session drummer, working with artists including George Harrison, Peter Frampton and Traffic, died on Thursday, Jan. 18. He was 69. The news came via the Facebook page of John Perry of the Only Ones.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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.

Related Articles  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

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