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Fest Day 1 in Full Swing!
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 07/01/07 5:40 pm] [Full Blog] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Fest is now in full swing! The first day of the first ever Vegas Fest for Beatles Fans opened at 2:00 with an introduction by Fest organizer Mark Lapidos and Fest Master of Ceremonies Martin Lewis.

Next, famed reporter Larry Kane talked about all his years covering the Beatles and other famous people, including presidents of the United States, and compared the individual presidents he's known to the Beatles. He remembered President Ford always remembered his name, and recalled the same was true for Paul.

Next, five of the Fest Guest Stars took the stage to reminisce about the Roots of Beatles music.

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Gordon Waller (Peter & Gordon), Laurence Juber and Denny Laine of Wings,
Mark Hudson (Ringo Producer), and Dennie Seiwell (Wings)

Discussing early Beatles influences, they soon joined together on a rendition of That's All Right Mama. Laurence Juber said that George told him one of his early musical references was Hoagy Carmichael. Mark Hudson remembered one of the Beatles' early covers, Till There Was You, which they also broke into.

Denny Laine brought up Eddie Cochran's 20 Flight Rock, and remembered how it was one of Paul's favorite things to play at parties, and Mark Hudson spoke of the influences of the Mills Brothers on the Beatles' three part harmonies.

It was fun listening to these old friends talk about the good ol' days of rock and roll, occasionally singing and playing the songs they were remembering. It was like sitting in their living room with them!

Coming up: The very first Beatles Fest Wedding! Stay Tuned!

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