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Friday, July 11, 2014
10 criminally underrated Beatles tracks

The biggest band in history underrated? It does seem strange to use that tag when it comes to The Beatles, but there are many hidden gems in their back catalogue that are due a moment in the spotlight. Classic singles like Hey Jude have become embedded in the public's consciousness, yet other songs have been overlooked.

Source: What Culture
Sony/ATV threatens to withdraw from ASCAP and BMI

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has said it may completely withdraw from two U.S. groups that distribute songwriter royalties if changes are not made to the regulations that govern those organizations. Sony/ATV's big catalog includes songs by the Beatles, they want the option to negotiate rates directly with streaming services.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Beatles TV special scores six Emmy nominations

"The Beatles: The Night That Changed America," the CBS special that commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, received six Emmy Awards nominations this morning. The special is up for Outstanding Variety Special and in the categories of direction, music direction, writing, lighting design and sound mixing.

Source: Billboard
10 most daring collectibles heists in history includes Beatles tapes

The world's top collectibles have a history of attracting the attention of the nefarious parts of society. In 2003, police announced they had recovered over 500 lost Beatles tapes, which had been stolen from the band's 1969 Get Back sessions. The reels contained dozens of priceless, never previously released songs.

Source: Picolecta
Beatles photography exhibition to open

An exhibition of photography by war hero Terence Spencer is coming to the new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery in Shrewsbury, England, this summer, opening on July 19. As a celebrated photo-journalist for LIFE magazine, Terry captured momentous events from the swinging sixties and the rise of The Beatles.

The book that inspired Imagine

Imagine there's no heaven. Easy, right? Now imagine letting a goldfish swim across the sky. Then imagine the clouds dripping. Dig a hole in your garden to put them in. These "instructions," as Yoko Ono called them, spoke to John Lennon after she gave him a collection of more than a hundred of them not long after they met in 1966.

Source: The Slate
Oscar winning composer Ken Thorne

Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning composer Ken Thorne passed yesterday. The composer of Help!, Superman II and III, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum had enjoyed success on both the big and small screens throughout his career. The Beatles' film Help! in 1965 was first feature film composition.

Hungarian Beatles tribute band celebrates Hard Day's Night anniversary

Today is the 50th anniversary of A Hard Day's Night. To celebrate, Hungarian Beatles Supergroup The Bits has created a video playing the song. Rather than putting on costumes and fake mustaches like other tribute bands, the Bits instead concentrate on creating an authentic recreation of the sound of the Beatles as possible.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Paul McCartney to play San Diego for first time since 1976

Paul McCartney confirmed today that he will bring his "Out There" world tour to Petco Park Sept. 28, the first time he has played San Diego since 1976. This will be the first full-venue concert at the ballpark since Madonna played there in 2008. McCartney resumed his tour Saturday in Albany after being ill for more than two months.

Source: Fox 5 TV, San Diego
Ringo Starr becomes fashion model

Ringo Starr has teamed up with fashion designer John Varvatos. Ringo announced in Los Angeles on Monday he will be the face of Varvatos' 2014 Peace Rocks autumn fashion collection. He said, "John Varvatos made me a male model finally."

Source: The Express, UK
Ringo Starr on the 'mystery train song' from A Hard Day's Night

In writing about "the train song" in the film "A Hard Day's Night," and recent efforts to identify who recorded it, at least one reader commented, "Why doesn't someone simply ask Paul or Ringo?" My response to some was "No one 'simply' asks a Beatle anything," knowing the hoops that must be cleared to gain access.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
2014 New Orleans Beatles Festival celebrates 50 years of Beatlemania

New Orleans musicians will converge on the House of Blues on Saturday for the 2014 New Orleans Beatles Festival. Now in its 12th year, the four hour concert showcases the entire career of the Beatles, from the early days in Hamburg through the Sgt. Pepper Psychedelic Revolution to their solo material in the 1970s and 80s.

Source: Off Beat, Louisiana
Why The Beatles still worth a fortune to Liverpool 50 years on

Fifty years since screaming crowds jostled for a glimpse of the Beatles on the Liverpool Town Hall balcony, a new report on the value of the UK's music heritage has put the benefit of the Beatles to the city at around ?70m a year. And, according to Liverpool's tourism industry, they're still yet to fully realise their special value.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles begin recording Maxwell's Silver Hammer 45 years ago today

On July 9, 1969, the Beatles began recording the track with one of the most famous stories in Beatles lore, and a memorably old-fashioned sound to boot. "Sometimes Paul would make us do these really fruity songs," George Harrison once said. Ringo concurred, "the worst session ever was Maxwell's Silver Hammer."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

Concord Music Group acquires Vee-Jay Records

Concord Music Group has acquired the catalog of renowned American R&B/soul label Vee-Jay Records, including more than 5,000 master recordings from renowned artists such as Little Richard, Gene Chandler, Betty Everett and The Dells, among many others. Vee-Jay was the first U.S. record company to release recordings by The Beatles.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Interview: Eight Minutes with Ringo Starr

How do you interview a Beatle in just eight minutes? Very carefully. Ringo Starr doesn't actually like being interviewed. He will cut the interview short if he doesn't like the questions, which includes asking too many Beatles questions. He's much happier just having a conversation. In a new interview, he talks about his artwork.

Ringo Starr's 74th birthday bash in Hollywood

With a portion of Vine Street blocked off, a couple hundred fans gathered in front of the iconic Capitol Records building in Hollywood to celebrate the 74th birthday of former Beatles member Ringo Starr. Mr Starr looks like a man 20 years younger, jumping off the stage to toss out wrist bands to the press and fans alike.

Related Articles  Source: The Examiner
Ringo Starr celebrates his birthday in style

The excitement was electric all morning, as it was Ringo Starr's 74th birthday, and the Beatle himself was in Hollywood. He met with friends and fans both in front of Capitol Records on Vine Street in the heart of Hollywood to give the old peace sign, urging fans around the world to post peace sign photos at #peacerocks.

Related Articles  Source: American Songwriter
First Beatles record tops ten most valuable albums of all time

Your treasured record collection contains some real investment hits. The first Beatles album, Please Please Me, first pressed on the gold and black Parlophone label, in mint condition, is worth ?5,000 or more. The 1958 acetate That'll Be the Day/In Spite of All The Danger by The Quarrymen is worth more than ?200,000.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
LA Beatles Tour guide helps fans reach out to Ringo on his birthday

Yesterday, July 7, 2014, was Ringo Starr's 74th birthday. To let him know how his fans feel on his birthday, Los Angeles Beatles Tour guide Gillian Lomax gathered birthday wishes for Ringo on twitter and combined them into a massive birthday card which she presented to Ringo by delivering it to his house in Beverly Hills today.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Monday, July 7, 2014
Video: Paul McCartney jams with Johnny Depp in new music video

"Early Days" is one of the highlights of Paul McCartney's most recent album, 2013's New. It's music video, featuring Johnny Depp and musicians including Roy Gaines, Al Williams, Dale Atkins, Henree Harris, Motown Maurice, Lil Poochie and Misha Linde, premiered on Paul McCartney's official website today.

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney animated film finally to happen

As they originally reported three years ago, according to Showbiz 411, Paul McCartey has now moved plans forward for his animated film. Reportedly, Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye have received a finished script that everyone's happy with. Offers are out to directors, and one will be named before the end of the summer.

Source: Showbiz 411
Resort launches new Hands of Fame exhibit with Ringo's handprints

New Yorkers no longer need to go all the way to Hollywood's famous Chinese Theatre to see their favorite celebrities' handprints. The Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, N.Y. launched its new Hands of Fame exhibit on Monday, and the first handprint on display is Ringo Starr, who celebrates his 74th birthday today.

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles opens Aug 4 in London

Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles officially opens at London's Leicester Square Theatre on August 4, and will continue throughout September 6. The show opens hot off the heels of the Beatles 50th Anniversary and the unveiling of a commemorative blue plaque at the London offices of Epstein's company NEMS on June 29.

Source: Broadway World
Video: Couple gets engaged onstage thanks to Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney was playing in Albany on Saturday when he noticed two signs in the audience. The woman's sign read, "He won't marry me til he meets you," the other read, "I've got the ring and I'm 64." Ever the romantic, McCartney arranged for the couple to make their way to the stage for the once in a lifetime proposal.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Paul McCartney resumes Out There tour following illness

Paul McCartney resumed his illness-interrupted Out There tour over the weekend with his first concert in more than two months, delivering a show that ran nearly three hours on Saturday in Albany. He included one new song, "On My Way to Work," that he had never before performed in public. "It's great to be back," McCartney said.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
10 Ways A Hard Day's Night changed the world

A Hard Day's Night basically invented the music video. It changed the way musical performances were shot, proved that rock movies could also be great films and made the world safe for go-for-broke comedy. It introduced George Harrison to the future "Layla," and made the Beatles' idiom an essential part of rock stardom.

Related Articles  Source: Vulture
Flashback 1964: Fans Scream at Beatles movie premiere

Twelve thousand screaming teen-agers packed Piccadilly Circus on July 6 for a look at the Beatles as they attended the world premi?re of their first film, 'A Hard Day's Night.' Also present for the charity premiere were Princess Margaret and her husband, Lord Snowdon, but they received a much smaller ovation from the crowd.

Related Articles  Source: New York Times
Friday, July 4, 2014
Hard Day's Night director says George was best Beatle actor

At the premiere screening of the restored A Hard Day's Night, director Richard Lester assessed the acting skills of the four Beatles, saying George was the best in the band "because he didn't try to do too much, but always hit it right in the middle," and that Paul McCartney "was so enthusiastic he perhaps tried too hard."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Behind the new restoration of A Hard Day's Night

The classic Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night returns to theaters this weekend for its 50th anniversary, and it's never looked or sounded better. Criterion has produced a stem-to-stern 4K restoration for both a home-video and a theatrical release for the film's golden anniversary on July 6. The DVD/Blu-Ray is already on shelves.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Sean Lennon to play Liverpool gig with Charlotte Kemp Muhl

Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl are set to play in Liverpool in Sept. Sean says they met at the Coachella Music Festival, but despite living together, Charlotte didn't tell him about her musical talents for more than a year. "She'd written a lot of stuff like screenplays and stories, but I never knew she played guitar and sang."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney's home disappears from Google Street View

A host of stars have had images of their houses blurred on the online mapping service. Paul McCartney's London home is blurred on the 3D map, although his street can be seen. Google has been dealing with a surge in requests to remove data from its search after a European court ruling over the "right to be forgotten".

Source: The Express, UK
Fan's John Lennon tattoo turns out to look more like Harry Potter

A John Lennon fan has become an internet sensation after his tattoo of the singer looked more like Harry Potter than the Beatles star. Social media users began immediately sharing the image including their own acerbic comments on the artwork, and has been branded a "tattoo fail" by one who Tweeted, "Imagine all the wizards."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
How John Lennon's 1969 Toronto concert helped breakup Beatles

In September, 1969, John Lennon appeared with Yoko Ono at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival. He had not performed to a large audience in three years, and was frightened at the prospect. An awestruck crowd greeted the group just after midnight, but the performance was punctuated by Yoko's incessant high-pitched screeching.

Source: National Post, Canada
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Ringo Starr Peace and Love concert special to air on AXS TV

US cable channel AXS TV will celebrate the life and legacy of Ringo Starr with "Ringo Starr: A Lifetime of Peace and Love," on Sunday, July 13. The event is packed with heartfelt moments and great performances from some of music's biggest names who have come together for the first ever tribute celebrating Starr's music.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine

Giles Martin
Another Martin in Beatles' famous Abbey Road Studios

Giles Martin has a key to the room every Beatles fan wants: the climate-controlled vault at Abbey Road Studios where the original tapes that preserve every session from the Beatles are stored. "It's a plain room," notes Martin with some understatement, "but then you can pull out a tape and go, 'So, this is the first take of Strawberry Fields Forever."

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Ringo Starr looks back on A Hard Day's Night

Fifty years later, A Hard Day's Night remains a surreal experience for Ringo Starr. He told the Holllywood reporter, "We were making records and, wow, the records were taking off and then we're playing to bigger and bigger audiences and that's taking off, and now we're doing a movie. It was mad ... but it was incredible."

Related Articles  Source: Hollywood Reporter
Video: Yoko Ono performs Don't Worry, Kyoko at Glastonbury

Yoko Ono performed "Don't Worry, Kyoko" with her band Plastic Ono Band at Glastonbury 2014. The video, which was posted to YouTube by the BBC, has received a lot of attention, but not quite the attention that the 81-year-old would like. One commenter on YouTube said, "If she went on xfactor she'd be laughed off."

Source: American Live Wire
Wednesday, July 2, 2014
George Harrison's former home in Upton Green to be sold at auction

The house at 25 Upton Green in Speke, home to George Harrison during the early stages of Beatlemania, and a popular hang-out for the band during their formative years, is set to be sold at auction. The company responsible for the sale of the house says they have already received national and international enquiries.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: The Beatles reaction to A Hard Day's Night

When the film A Hard Day's Night premiered in London on July 6, 1964, even though they were already bona fide stars, the Beatles were still getting used to seeing their faces at such scale. In this exclusive clip, they describe what it was like to watch A Hard Day's Night in early screenings versus with an audience.

Related Articles  Source: Time
Business lessons that can be learned from A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night, released 50 years ago this weekend, was a game changer, with its combination of smart dialogue, slapstick humor and inspired performances. Also, the use of hand-held cameras contributed to a compelling faux documentary look and its creative editing foreshadowed the contemporary rock video.

Source: Business Lessons from Rock
Beatles artist reveals new artwork of Paul McCartney

Artist Georgina Flood, who is known for her many Beatles portraits, remembers her first Beatles drawings that she posted on Facebook. "I took a photo on my phone of the unfinished piece. I hadn't drawn for 10 years before that and just took a chance on posting it on my wall back in 2010. It got a great response."

Source: Beatles Examiner

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