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George Harrison's Kinfauns house, Esher, to receive blue plaque 

George Harrison is to be posthumously honored with a blue plaque on his former home Kinfauns, in Esher, England, where some demos for the White Album were recorded. Pattie Boyd, Harrison's first wife, who lived with him at Kinfauns from 1965 to 1970, will unveil the plaque this evening at the site of the original building.

Source: Surrey Comet, UK
Johnny Depp says Paul McCartney is a great actor 

Johnny Depp says he was happy to shoot with Paul McCartney for the fifth instalment of "Pirates of the Caribbean". He said, "Paul's a great actor. Clearly the guy is not lacking in the talent department. If I changed something up in the scene, he'd change something up in the scene. He'd make stuff up. He was amazing."

Source: The Economic Times
Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dead at 89 

For seven of the series' most popular films, from Live and Let Die, with title theme by Paul McCartney, to A View to a Kill, Roger Moore was James Bond. Moore was also known for his role as Simon Templar in the British TV series The Saint. Moore died early today after what his family tweeted, "a short but brave battle with cancer."

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Monday, May 22, 2017
Update: Giles Martin clarifies his White Album remix statement

Last week Giles Martin revealed to the BBC that work had already started on an expanded deluxe edition of 1968's The White Album, with "a lot of stuff" available for bonus material. However, Martin tweeted, "Just to confirm...I said the 'White Album' is the next Beatles album. I promise that I'm not working on it. Enjoy Sgt. Pepper first!"

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Sgt. Pepper 50th Anniversary Box Set number 5 a week before release

One week before its release, the 50th anniversary edition box set of the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" ranks at number 5 on amazon. It's been there more or less every day for the last month. Capitol Records doesn't release pre-order figures, but at this rate the box could be the number 1 album the week it goes on sale.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney praises pot, slams fans on Fixing a Hole

Some people thought Paul McCartney's song Fixing a Hole was about heroin because "Fixing a Hole" was junkie slang for injecting smack. Other people thought the song was to be taken literally, knowing that Paul McCartney had purchased a rundown Scottish farm in 1966. As it turns out, neither story was completely correct.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
The day Jesus dropped by during the Beatles' Fixing a Hole sessions

In August 1966, John Lennon faced a media firestorm in the U.S. after he claimed that the Beatles were "more popular than Jesus." On the night the Beatles were to begin work on Fixing a Hole, one fan got in to see Paul McCartney by insisting he was the son of God. Wanting to keep an eye on him, Paul brought him to Abbey Road.

Source: Rolling Stone
Three endless debates about the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's album

Sgt. Pepper's is considered the most influential album ever. Many music historians buy the idea that Sgt. Pepper's inspired pop music to new heights of ambition. Many also accept the view that it elevated the importance of the album over the single. But after 50 years, there is huge dissonance over Sgt. Pepper's value and legacy.

Source: The San Diego Tribune
Friday, May 19, 2017
Hair, there and Everywhere: Beatles locks auction for more than $10k

Strands of hair belonging to all four Beatles have sold individually for more than $10,000. The hair, which yielded four times its estimated value, attracted the attention of online bidders from all over the world. The strands of hair were saved from the floor of the makeup department during the filming of the movie A Hard Day's Night.

Source: Music Universe
Liverpool filmmakers invited to share A Day in the Life

Aspiring filmmakers are being invited to take part in a unique challenge as part of Liverpool's Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary celebrations. They are being asked to submit short films based on A Day in the Life, that depict a day in their life on Thursday, June 1, 2017, 50 years to the day since the album's release.

Source: Prolific North, UK
Beatles expert's new book celebrates 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper

Beatles expert Bruce Spizer served as a consultant for the 50th anniversary reissue of Sgt. Pepper, which will be available May 26 in with a new, stereo remix by Giles Martin. Spizer's new book, "The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective," is a collection of testimonials and essays about the landmark album's impact.

Source: The New Orleans Advocate
London's iconic Abbey Road studio recreated in China

As part of a deal between Universal Music and China's internet giant Tencent, a working replica of the Abbey Road studio in London will be built in China. The new studio will include a state-of-the-art recording and mastering facility. As part of the collaboration, both parties will also work together to find new ways to develop Chinese artists.

Source: China Daily
John Lennon's accidental 'Getting Better' acid trip

As the story goes, John Lennon swallowed the wrong pill the night he was supposed to record backing harmonies for Getting Better on Sgt. Pepper's. Obviously impaired, George Martin took him on the roof of Abbey Road to recover, then Paul and George Harrison sprinted up the steps, afraid Lennon might fall off the edge.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Paul McCartney postpones date of US tour kickoff by 2 days

Paul McCartney has anounced his One on One Tour in Miami originally scheduled for July 5 has been postponed by two days, moved to July 7 to accommodate "exciting production enhancements." It's not known what those "enhancements" will be, but interestingly, the Miami gig now will coincide with the 77th birthday of Ringo Starr.

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White Album to be next to get Giles Martin treatment

Speaking on BBC Radio 6, Giles Martin, son of The Beatles producer George Martin, has confirmed plans to re-mix the band's 1968 work, the White Album. Asked if there was more material in the Beatles' archive to remaster, he joked, "I kind of hope not," before adding, "White Album, which will be the next release."

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Sgt. Pepper pop up shop coming to Liverpool during Beatles festival Warning: Page opens with sound

As part of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' Sergeant Pepper 's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a special shop selling goods related to the seminal recording will appear on Mathew Street for the duration of the party. It will open on next Thursday, the day the anniversary edition of the Sgt Pepper album will be available to buy at midnight.

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Video: English shoppers stunned by Beatles flash mob

A shopper-stopping performance stunned visitors to the Mill Gate shopping centre in Bury, England, last weekend as dementia awareness campaigners staged their own flash mob. More than 40 singers came together at the shopping centre to perform the Beatles hit, I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends.

Source: This is Lancashire, UK
Beatles dominate tracks on free rail station jukebox

There's a new retro-style jukebox at St. Pancras station in London, so commuters can play every top 40 hit from the past 50 years for free. Out of a whopping 57,000 tunes available, The Beatles claimed the most top 40 tracks on the music box, a huge 280. Other artists range from Frank Sinatra and David Bowie to Ed Sheeran.

Source: Timeout London
Audio: Take 1 of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

The Beatles worked on Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds over four days; rehearsing it, laying down instrumental backing, adding a piano at one point from producer George Martin. Take 1 lacks backing vocals, John is singing lead and Paul McCartney is at a Lowrey organ, a true collaboration, a bit of magic unfolding. It's thrilling to hear.

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Remembering the real Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds

"I swear to God, or swear to Mao, or to anybody you like, I had no idea it spelt LSD," John Lennon insisted to Rolling Stone in 1970. Until the end of his life, Lennon maintained that Lucy in the Sky WIth Diamonds was actually inspired by a painting that his three-year-old son Julian had made of Lucy O'Donnell, his classmate at nursery school.

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How the Beatles wrote A Day in the Life

Fifty years after its release, Sgt. Pepper's A Day in the Life remains a testament to the group's ambitious songwriting. It's an elaborate production, filled with sophisticated George Martin and Geoff Emerick musical trickery. The track speaks to the way the daily unfolding of worldly events touches the private fragilities of ordinary people.

Related Articles  Source: The Atlantic
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Beatles Festival back in London, Ontario for second year

In a celebration of all things Beatles, the London Beatles Festival is returning to London, Ontario, Canada for its second annual event on September 8-10. The festival will include performances of The Beatles music by numerous tribute artists in the heart of downtown London, Beatles films, speakers and vendors.

Source: Blackburn News, Ontario
Frank Ocean thanks The Beatles for helping with writer's block

Frank Ocean has revealed that listening to The Beatles "almost single-handedly got me out writer's block" during writing sessions for his last two albums. Ocean sampled "Here, There and Everywhere" on his song "White Ferrari". The sample saw John Lennon and Paul McCartney be awarded songwriters' credit on the track.

Source: NME, UK
Studio where Ringo recorded is sold and ceases operation

Grandmaster Recorders, the storied Hollywood music studio that played host to many recording artists including Ringo Starr, has sold for $6.1 million to an investor, and ceased operation as a recording studio. The buyer of the two-story 1920-era building, formerly a silent movie theater, plans to turn it into restaurants or a bar.

Source: Curbed Los Angeles
How Beatles rallied around Ringo on With a Little Help From My Friends

When the Beatles were in the midst of recording Sgt. Pepper's, Ringo Starr needed a little help from his friends for his vocal cameo. He said, "They had one line that I wouldn't sing, It was, 'What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?' I said, 'There's not a chance in hell am I going to sing this line.'"

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
How the world reacted to Sgt. Pepper back in 1967

Throughout the States, it was widely agreed upon that Sgt. Pepper was a superior achievement for The Beatles. Taken along with the Beatles' previous successes, Sgt. Pepper's release created an outpouring of esteemed praise for The Beatles. Time's music writer called the Beatles "messengers from beyond rock 'n' roll."

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Liam Gallagher creates Sgt. Pepper clothing line

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is launching a range of Beatles-inspired clothing via his Pretty Green clothing company. The Fab Four fanatic plans to honour the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album with a new collection of coats, jackets, shirts and T-shirts.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Paris Jackson wrote a song for Paul McCartney

Paris Jackson tells Teen Vogue that even though she's a model, music will always be in her heart, and that Paul McCartney would be her "dream musician" to write for. She also says, "I actually already wrote a song I'd like him to sing, but it probs won't happen." Her dad and and McCartney collaborated on several songs in the '70s and '80s.

Source: Teen Vogue
Take a virtual tour of the Cavern Club

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Cavern Club, Expedia UK has utilized Google's Street View to create an immersive visual experience where users can explore every corner of the club. With over 35 points-of-interest around the venue, you'll be able to see photos, quotes, videos, and stories that take you behind-the-scenes.

Source: WZLX 100.7 FM
How Paul McCartney's travels inspired Sgt. Pepper's title track

On November 6th, 1966, Paul McCartney took his Aston Martin DB6 to Le Touquet, France. Wearing a disguise, he travelled toward Paris as an ordinary man, kept a journal of the trip, and shot reel after reel of 8 mm film. It was total freedom, and it made him think about his own band in danger of being suffocated by their own fame.

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Monday, May 15, 2017
Paul McCartney shares photo of his character in Pirates of the Caribbean

Back in March 2016, word first arrived that Paul McCartney was joining the star-studded cast of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment, Dead Men Tell No Tales, for a top-secret cameo appearance. On Saturday, Paul shared a picture of himself, dressed in pirate regalia, on his social media accounts.

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New Beatles book unveils identity of Sgt. Pepper

While the picture of the man depicting "Sgt. Pepper" in the Beatles "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album looks like a character out of a story book, he was actually a real person. In his new book "The Beatles and Sgt. Pepper: A Fans' Perspective," author Bruce Spizer reveals his identity the first time.

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New Zealand radio stations to pay tribute to Pepper's anniversary

To coincide with the release of a suite of lavishly presented Sgt. Pepper Anniversary Edition packages, several local radio stations across New Zealand will be playing a special 1 hour program to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the album's release. The show contains original Pepper's mono mixes and well as some new stereo mixes.

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Tune in new Beatles Channel during free preview of SiriusXM Warning: Page opens with sound

SiriusXM Satellite Radio will be offering a free two-week preview on May 17-30, even if the service is inactive in your car. You'll be able to binge for free on John, Paul, George and Ringo 24/7 starting May 18 on Channel 18 when SiriusXM throws the switch on the largest collection of Beatles recordings ever assembled.

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Sgt. Pepper's at 50: Why it's still worth celebrating Warning: Page opens with sound

In 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles had aroused feverish expectations and lived up to all of them. For 50 years now, it has been more than a record. It is the high-water mark of hippiedom and a landmark in the history of music. It's the best-selling studio album by the best-selling band of all.

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50 Years Ago: Paul McCartney meets Linda Eastman Warning: Page opens with sound

It was just another night out in London on May 15, 1967, for Paul McCartney at Soho's Bag O'Nails club. A little before McCartney showed up, a young photographer by the name of Linda Eastman had been taken to the Bag O'Nails by some of her friends, members of British rockers the Animals. McCartney caught Eastman's eye.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 12, 2017
Unseen footage of Beatles during filming of Help! emerges after 50 years

Unseen footage of the Beatles as they filmed Help! in the Austrian Alps has emerged after being in a garage for more than 50 years. The footage was taken by the late actor Leo McKern, and shows the Fab Four being very larky and giggly, pretending to play instruments in a brass band and messing around with their stunt doubles.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Free event will turn Aintree racecourse into Beatles extravaganza Warning: Page opens with sound

A free festival will see Aintree racecourse in Liverpool transformed into a celebration of one of the Beatles' biggest hits. The event, which is called Mr Kite's Musicircus, was inspired by the song Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite! and will involve thousands of musicians, choirs, soloists, dancers, circus performers and poets.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Pretty Green teams up with The Beatles to mark Sgt. Pepper's anniversary

A limited, 28-piece Pretty Green collection has been launched to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' all-time classic album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Among the items available are 50 Lonely Hearts Club Parkas, the Strawberry Fields Coat and the Pepper Jacket, including the Pepper's drum head logo.

Source: Live4Ever, UK
Why some critics initially hated the Beatles Sgt. Pepper's

Critic Richard Goldstein infamously called Sgt. Pepper's "an undistinguished collection of work." Even some critics who praised it, like Rolling Stone's Greil Marcus, said, "Sgt. Pepper, as the most brilliantly orchestrated manipulation of a cultural audience in pop history, was nothing less than a small pop explosion in and of itself."

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Luxury flat where Ringo Starr and George Harrison lived is up for rent

A luxury flat, where Brian Epstein put Ringo Starr and George Harrison so he could keep an eye on them at the height of Beatlemania, is up for rent for a whopping 1,400 a week. The three-bedroom apartment in Knightsbridge, London, was home to the legendary music stars during their first world tour in 1964.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Rare Beatles concert poster put up for auction by Mary Hopkin Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles tour of North Wales as they were on the cusp of super-stardom in August 1963 is etched in the memories of all those who were lucky enough to see them. Now a poster promoting the concerts has been entered for auction by singer Mary Hopkin who was one of the first acts to be signed to The Beatles' Apple label.

Source: The Daily Post, UK

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