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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Yoko Ono to get new neighbor in the Dakota

Movie star Lauren Bacall's apartment at the Dakota has been bought by a mystery buyer, last priced at $23.5 million. Bacall lived in the 4,000-square-foot wood-paneled apartment for more than half a century up until last year. Meanwhile, Roberta Flack put her apartment in the building on the market for $9.5 million in May.

Source: NY Daily News
Liverpool-born Beatles tribute band to appear in Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Embassy Theatre announced Tuesday a Beatles tribute band would be making a stop in the Summit City on its first American tour. The Mersey Beatles were born in Liverpool, they played for a decade at the Cavern Club where the Beatles got their start, and they also kind of look like the band members.

Source: WANE TV, Fort Wayne
Beatles animator to visit Atlanta suburb

The cherished characters of both the Yellow Submarine film and the Beatles animated TV series were all brought to life by celebrated animator Ron Campbell. Fans of the artist will have the opportunity to meet Campbell and view and purchase his art when he visits the Ann Jackson Gallery in Roswell, GA, on Aug. 7 and 8.

Source: Neighbor Newspapers, Atlanta
Library walking its books to new home recreates Abbey Road cover

Book lovers have begun the process of carrying piles of books to the new home of Ashburton Library, which is moving from its current site in the town hall to its new home in Ashburton Post Office in St Lawrence Lane. Moving the books to the new site, they have been recreating the iconic Beatles Abbey Road album cover.

Source: Torquay Herald Express, UK
Studio Profile: George Martin's AIR Studios

In August 1965, records were still largely produced "in-house" by the major record companies, in the UK it was EMI, Decca and Pye. Then, Associated Independent Records (London) Limited, or AIR for short, was created by George Martin, Ron Richards and John Burgess from EMI, and Peter Sullivan of Decca.

Source: Audio Media International
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
May Pang to speak at university music programs

May Pang, music executive, confidante and companion of John Lennon, will give lectures at music programs at universities around the U.S. beginning this fall. May is well known for her relationship with John Lennon during the infamous "Lost Weekend" in the mid 70s, she worked him in the studio and was his personal assistant.

Source: The Examiner
Pictures: Ringo Starr's jacket from Beatles film Help!

The jacket Ringo Starr wore in the Beatles' 1965 film 'Help!' will be sold at auction this week. The auction house describes the jacket as a predominantly black wool and double-breasted suit coat with soft gray vertical line patterns, a label from tailor D.A. Millings & Sons marked "Ringo" is sewn on inside the inner right pocket.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Jedward gets help with Sharknado theme from Sir Paul

Jedward makes a cameo appearance in new movie Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! and given the task by producers of writing the theme song for the B movie, they turned to Paul McCartney, who admitted he's a fan of the band. McCartney told them "not to mention the name of the film, to make it universal for people."

Source: The Sun, UK
Beatles makes Bhagavad Gita fun for kids

The Bhagvad Gita has been a universal, all-time bestseller. But even its translated versions have been rather difficult for adults and the young alike to fathom in its true spirit. Now, author Roopa Pai's version of the book is peppered with interesting anecdotes, fun and trivia and even using analogies of The Beatles and Michael Jackson.

Source: Times of India
The truth behind the worst ever Beatles cover album

"Beatle Barkers" is a 1983 LP that features barnyard animal noises played in the tune of Fab Four classics. Although he's responsible for bringing it again to light to sell old stock of the LP, Virginian born Jerry Williams, a.k.a. Swamp Dog, did not perform on the album as he originally hinted as part of his sales pitch.

Source: Austin Chronicle
Monday, July 20, 2015
1st volume of new books on John Lennon and Yoko Ono gets release date

Author Chip Madinger has announced that the first volume of his "Lennonology" series is near completion. Fifteen years in the making, "Strange Days Indeed - A Scrapbook Of Madness" reflects John Lennon and Yoko Ono's partnership for the entire time period they were together, and is written in the form of a daily journal.

Source: The Examiner
2005 Beatles documentary now streaming on Qello

The Beatles: From Liverpool to San Francisco is a 2005 documentary that is now available on streaming service Qello. The documentary explores the career of The Beatles, including their daily busy schedules and the rise of Beatlemania, and begins with an explanation of how each of The Beatles grew up in Liverpool.

Source: Mxdwn Music
Heather Mills disses Paul McCartney's musical background

Heather Mills, Paul McCartney's ex, says that she is "very musical" and is in charge of teaching their 11-year-old daughter Beatrice music because McCartney cannot read music. McCartney and John Lennon never learned how to write down music, McCartney has compared reading music in his childhood piano lessons to "homework".

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Sydney Channel 9 commentators recreate the Abbey Road cover

Channel Nine's commentary team, in London from Sydney for a cricket match at Lord's, has recreated The Beatles' famous Abbey Road album cover. They studied the intricacies of the original that the foursome attempted to observe in their recreation, however, one of them refused to hold a cigarette as McCartney had.

Source: 9 News, Sydney
Guitarist revives McCartney obscurities for jazz

Paul McCartney will forever be identified with The Beatles, but jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli's new album attempts to revive some of the legend's lesser known solo tracks. Pizzarelli, known for his own songs and collaborations, said McCartney himself came up with the idea for the album, "Midnight McCartney," which comes out Sept. 11.

Source: Yahoo! News, Australia
Visiting Liverpool

The first person I spoke to in Liverpool was the clerk checking my passport at Liverpool John Lennon Airport. He said "thank you very mooch," and he sounded so much like Ringo Starr I thought he was putting me on. I found friendliness and the lively conversation Liverpudlians make to be among the nicest things about the city.

Source: Huffington Post
Friday, July 17, 2015
Beatles tribute show comes to Zimbabwe

The Beatles will be immortalised following the staging of "Come Together, A Beatles Cabaret" based on their musical career and lives at Reps Theatre in Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe, on Saturday. This is the first time that such a colossal production is staged in Harare, the production is made up of a local talented cast.

Source: All Africa
Champion snowboarder Amy Purdy gets surprise gift from Ringo

Champion snowboarder Amy Purdy, who lost both of her legs at age 19 and then entered and won medals in three events in the USASA National Snowboarding Championship just three months later, told on a TV show yesterday how she bumped into Ringo Starr while in a jewelry store and the present he subsequently gave her.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Behind the Scenes: The Ludwig Drum Factory

The Charlotte Observer has posted a photo gallery showing the behind the scenes workings of The Ludwig Drum Factory in Monroe, NC. Among the artists using Ludwig drum kits are drummers Ringo Starr, Brian Hitt of REO Speedwagon, Jason Bonham, Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick and Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz with Weird Al Yankovic.

Source: Charlotte Obsewrver
Birmingham radio legend Doug Layton passes away

Doug Layton, a Birmingham radio legend, who had a part in a record-burning campaign against the Beatles in 1966 and for nearly 30 years was announcer for the Alabama Crimson Tide football broadcasts, died this week. Layton was 81 years old and had battled cancer for over two years. He had retired from the football broadcasts in 2001.

Source: Radio Ink
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Record company promises to replace faulty disc in Lennon box

Copies of the Rock 'N' Roll' LP in the new Lennon box set have been found to be faulty, with "Sweet Little Sixteen" repeated on the disc and "You Can't Catch Me" missing. Universal Music has pledged to replace the defective copies, and has set up a webpage where consumers who bought the set can exchange the defective disc.

Source: Music Times
Video: Manny Pacquiao's rendition of Let It Be

Manny Pacquiao recently gave his musically inclined Instagram followers a treat with a video that shows Pacquiao, accompanied by his wife Jinkee, playing the Beatles hit Let It Be on the piano. This isn't the first time the fighter has showcased his musical talents, in fact, he has released three albums and two singles.

Source: Marca.com
Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles to be performed in Cape Town

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles, a window into the private world of Brian Epstein, a man who shaped music and style across the world, whose controversial personal life remained known to only friends and close business associates, will run at Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town, South Africa, from October 7 through 17, 2015.

Source: Broadway World South Africa
Mayor of Henley proposes a tribute George Harrison would love

The Mayor of Henley has proposed a George Harrison memorial garden. Councillor Lorraine Hillier made the suggestion on last week. "I would like to see a garden for George Harrison rather than a statue," she said. Olivia Harrison has said the idea of statue didn't appeal to her. George Harrison moved to Friar Park, Henley in the Seventies.

Source: Henley Standard, UK
Beatles hits without the Beatles

51 years ago in late June 1964, the No. 1 song on Billboard's Hot 100 was a Lennon-McCartney composition. Only it wasn't by the Beatles, it was a Paul McCartney–penned song recorded by a British duo named Peter and Gordon. 17 years after that, in June 1981, the No. 1 song was by a Dutch studio collective calling itself Stars on 45.

Source: Slate
Nashville vinyl record factory still spinning like it's 1962

United Record Pressing still operates in the same Nashville facility where the Beatles' first American single was pressed when Vee-Jay Records released Please Please Me on a 45 RPM record in 1963. United manufactures up to 40,000 records a day, and demand is so high that if you're not already a customer, they won't even take your order.

Source: Nashville Public Radio
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Rod Stewart enraged over use of sealskin photo

Rod Stewart is denying he knew the coat he wore at a St. John's fur shop last weekend was made of sealskin. A post to Stewart's official Facebook page says the veteran rocker, who played St. John's July 11, is upset with how the widely shared photograph is being used for something he does not support.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! Music
Book Review: The Beatles: Extraordinary Plagiarists

In the new book The Beatles: Extraordinary Plagiarists, author Edgar O. Cruz defines the Beatles more as fantastic and brilliant plagiarists of mostly African-American music, not the greatest composers since Beethoven, and the Beatles are more about songwriting wizardry, trend-chasing, and sly borrowing than innate, God-like genius.

Source: Digital Music News
Rare shots of The Beatles first trip to America go on display

Unpublished photographs of the Beatles have gone on show for the first time in London. Collector Edward Adams has picked 20 images from his library of more than 1,000 candid shots of the band by photographer Joe Allen, taken during the first of their two trips to America in 1964, which sparked Beatlemania across the country.

Source: London Evening Standard
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Video: Behind the scenes at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Paul McCartney's official web site has just posted a special behind-the-scenes video of Paul inducting Ringo into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony took place in April at Cleveland's Public Hall and included Paul and Ringo performing I Wanna Be Your Man and With A Little Help From My Friends.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Unconfirmed report says next McCartney reissues coming September

The next two long-awaited remasters in the Paul McCartney Archive Collection, "Tug of War" and "Pipes of Peace," will be released on September 18 if a report by an online music site is correct. McCartney's label did not reply to a inquiry asking for a confirmation of the release date, and no info about bonus tracks was in the initial report.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Video: Zac Brown Band covers of Let It Be

One of the most adventurous ensembles to grace the country charts these days is the Zac Brown Band, and that pioneering spirit is especially evident in the group's eclectic live shows, which have been highlighted by a stripped-down cover of the Beatles' Let It Be, which turns into a swaying, arm-waving sing-along.

Source: Rolling Stone
Rod Stewart accused of insulting Paul McCartney by wearing seal skin coat

Rod Stewart has been slammed by anti-sealing protesters after he was pictured wearing a sealskin coat, and campaigners say the act was a direct insult to Paul ­McCartney who has publicly condemned seal hunting. Stewart's red-faced management said he regrets not checking what the jacket was made of.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Special Liverpool screening to honor 50th anniversary of Help!

Woolton Picture House in Liverpool will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' classic film Help! with a special showing of the film on July 16. There will be a good old fashioned interval for ice creams and coffee, and a talk will be given about the making of the film. Tickets for the screening are £5.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Scottish island for sale is 15 miles from Mull of Kyntyre

Gigalum Island, off the west coast of Scotland, has gone on the market for £550,000. It's being sold as "the perfect solution for island hunters on a more modest budget" at less than cost of a London flat. Nearby Kintyre Peninsula became famous when Paul McCartney wrote a song about area, where he's had home since 1966.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, July 13, 2015
Paul McCartney is still striving to feel relevant

Paul McCartney says he still feels he has something to prove. "I never really felt like, 'Oh, I did good.' Even at the height of The Beatles," he admits. "I'm constantly working on it. Maybe I could write something that's just more relevant or new and that always drags me forward," he said about his struggle to improve.

Source: The Express, UK
Award-winning musical biography of Beatles returns to Washington state

While many of us don't have the opportunity to see the two surviving Beatles Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr live in concert these days, the closest thing to watching an actual Beatles concert will be "In My Life," a musical theatre tribute to the Beatles at the Admiral Theatre in Bremerton, Washington, on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Source: Central Kitsap Reporter
George Harrison's sister offers more personal view of Beatles in new book

"I felt there were so many crazy books out there about The Beatles I didn't need to add to it," says Louise Harrison, but she finally decided it would be OK to do so because no one who has written about the Beatles has the personal knowledge she does. That's why she penned "My Kid Brother's Band a.k.a. The Beatles."

Source: Fresno Bee
New Beatles tribute band brings Lennon's voice to the Seattle area

Seattle has been the home of several fantastic Beatles tribute bands over the years. In the last two months, a new trio has formed here called "The Fab 3." Their recent show featured two sets of Beatles music that was extremely well done and enjoyable, with a tightness rare for a band that has only been together such a short time.

Source: The Examiner
Live Aid rocked the world for charity thirty years ago today

Thirty years ago today, July 13th, 1985, the Live Aid charity concerts took place, raising millions of dollars for African famine relief. Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof organized the two concerts at London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's JFK Stadium and enlisted a then-who's-who of top acts, including Paul McCartney.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Friday, July 10, 2015
Yellow Submarine artist in Des Moines this weekend

The man behind many of the animations in the Beatles film "Yellow Submarine" will appear at the Heartland Gallery in West Des Moines this weekend. Ron Campbell has been working in animation for five decades, in the 1960s he worked on the Beatles film including the Sea of Time sequence.

Source: KCCI TV, Des Moines
Paul McCartney breaks out Number 9 song in Stockholm

Yesterday, July 9, at his concert in Stockholm, Sweden, Paul McCartney recognized the Beatles' longtime connection with the number 9 by the addition of a song to his set list. Macca played "One After 909" as the fourth number of his set, replacing "Good Day Sunshine." He also brought back "Hi Hi Hi" in the encore.

Source: Beatles Examiner

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