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Wednesday, November 30, 2016
10 songs you might not know George Harrison had a hand in

Fans of George Harrison know he was a superb guitarist in The Beatles and on his solo albums. But he also exhibited some great talent when he stepped away from the Fab Four and played on other people's albums. Billboard has compiled a list of 10 songs you might not know Harrison can be heard on.

Source: Billboard

On this date in 1970: George Harrison goes solo

On this date in 1970, George Harrison's triple album All Things Must Pass was released in the UK. His first solo work since the break-up of The Beatles that April, it included the hits My Sweet Lord and What is Life? and also several tracks that had been turned down by The Beatles. It also included appearances by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Gary Wright and Billy Preston.

Source: KFVS TV
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
New book to illustrate John Lennon's Imagine

Imagine, a picture book featuring the lyrics of John Lennon's iconic song and illustrated by the award-winning artist Jean Jullien, follows a young pigeon on a journey to spread a message of peace and tolerance. Published in partnership with Amnesty International, they will receive a portion of the proceeds from every copy sold.

Source: PR Newswire
Teacher uses Beatles music to inspire students

If it wasn't for a Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, Peterson Elementary School music teacher Paul Lovett may not have picked up a guitar as a second-grader in 1967. Today, the Beatles are another lesson in his music curriculum. First-graders learn My Bonnie, and second-graders learn Yellow Submarine.

Source: The Daily Inter Lake, MT
Book Review: Visualising The Beatles by John Pring and Rob Thomas

The colorful book Visualising The Beatles is packed with graphics for every album The Beatles made, from Please Please Me to Let It Be, and highlights things you might not know, such as the instruments you can hear, whether that is bongos, cowbells or sitar alongside the more traditional guitars and drums.

Source: Lancashire Evening Post, UK
George Harrison's sister speaks out on the 15th anniversary of his death

On the 15th anniversary of his death, George Harrison's sister Louise Harrison has revealed she was never told about his cancer, hasn't spoken to her nephew in years and was cut off from the $2,000-a-month pension he left her in his estate. She has also shared previously unseen photographs of her and George.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
George Harrison's memorial tree in Los Angeles

Way up in the hills of Griffith Park in Los Angeles sits the George Harrison Tree, originally planted in 2003 in tribute to the ex-Beatle who prided himself as a gardener, and later a bronze memorial plaque was added. However, the original tree, a pine tree, died in 2014, and was replaced by an oak tree in February 2015.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
10 things you didn't know George Harrison did

"I play a little guitar, write a few tunes, make a few movies, but none of that's really me," George Harrison once said. Harrison was many things, including a master of understatement. But he was right to point out that his true character remains elusive. These are some lesser-known tales from his life outside Beatles.

Source: Rolling Stone
The quiet Beatle's most inspiring quotes

When George Harrison died 15 years ago today, we didn't just lose "the quiet Beatle", but one of the most curious, spiritual, eclectic superstars in the world of music. Today The Huffington Post salutes the unique George with his own words, 10 quotes that demonstrate his wit, wonder and timeless appeal.

Source: Huffington Post
George Harrison is still classic rock's best-kept secret

It's been 15 years since cancer took the life of George Harrison, the former lead guitarist of the Beatles who would go on to become a successful solo star, and a symbol of spirituality and higher awareness amongst mainstream rockers of his generation. He never got to showcase his all-around skill set within the context of the Beatles.

Source: The Daily Beast
Monday, November 28, 2016
George Harrison 15th annual remembrance tomorrow in Hollywood

The 15th Anniversary George Harrison Public Memorial Remembrance will be held tomorrow at George's Hollywood Walk of Fame star. Fans of Harrison and the Beatles are invited to bring candles and flowers to place around his star. Fans are also invited to share songs, poems and personal remembrances at the event "open mic".

Source: Beatles News Blog
Author to release New Beatles Encyclopedia this month

Kenneth Womack, PhD, a world renowned authority on the Beatles and their cultural influence, has written an updated, abridged version of his The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four. The title will be released in paperback on November 30, 2016, and is already available on Kindle for the first time.

Source: Beatles News
New BBC Radio 4 Documentary about LIPA speaks to Paul McCartney

Earlier this year Paul McCartney was interviewed for a three-part documentary about the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. The show airs on BBC Radio 4 tomorrow, November 29, and continues on December 6 and December 13. LIPA as set up by Paul and BRIT school founder Mark Featherstone-Witty over twenty years ago.

Listen to BBC Radio 4  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's piano heads to auction

John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's-era home piano, used by Lennon to compose Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and A Day in the Life, among others, is set to hit the auction block on December 10, estimated to sell for between $1.2 and $1.8 million. The handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind will also be auctioned.

Source: Yahoo! Music
The Beatles top most valuable vinyl list

The Beatles have topped the list of most valuable vinyl records to own. A very rare copy of the White Album, owned by Ringo Starr, sold for $790,000 in 2015. The 1963 Love Me Do one-of-a-kind acetate is reported to be worth 80,000 (about $99,350). Also, versions of the Please Please Me LP can fetch up to 7,500 ($9,300).

Source: Gigwise
Looking Back: Robert Zemeckis's first film I Wanna Hold Your Hand

I Wanna Hold Your Hand in 1978 was Robert Zemeckis's first feature credit, both as director and co-writer, and the first of several collaborations with screenwriter Bob Gale. It's set in and around New York City on February 8 and 9, 1964, the hours up to and including the Beatles' legendary appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: Flavorwire

Pete Best
What happened to Pete Best after he left the Beatles

Most music fans know that Pete Best was the original drummer for The Beatles before he was replaced with Ringo Starr in 1962. But do you know what happened to him after that? In honor of his 75th birthday this week, the Civilized web site has put together a retrospective of five notable aspects of Pete Best's post-Fab Four career.

Source: Civilized

Al Brodax
Yellow Submarine producer Al Brodax passes away at 90

Al Brodax, producer and co-writer of the iconic animated Beatles film, Yellow Submarine, died Nov. 24 in Danbury, Connecticut. He was 90. In 1960, he created and headed the television/motion picture division of King Features Syndicate. He wrote and produced more than 500 episodes of Popeye, Krazy Kat, Barney Google and The Beatles cartoon series.

Source: Westport Now
Friday, November 25, 2016
George Martin said Eleanor Rigby influenced by Alfred Hitchcock soundtrack

In an interview recorded for new TV docu-series Soundbreaking, Sir George Martin recalled his inspiration for Eleanor Rigby. Martin said it "cried out for strings; not the smooth, legato stuff of Yesterday, but something very biting... (and) very edgy. It suggested to me the stuff that Bernard Herrmann had been writing for Psycho..."

Source: TV3, Ireland
Rebel yell: How the Irish dominated British rock music

British pop music has been celebrated around the world for decades and rightly so. They were considered English to the core, but many were of Irish descent. The Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership was one of the most important of the twentieth century. It's not too difficult to discern their Irish influences.

Source: The Irish Times
European Union's 'Use it or Lose it' copyright law benefits fans

A law in the E.U. says if recordings aren't officially released within 50 years of being made, the songs become public domain. As a result of this law, passed just a few years ago, massive acts from the '60s and '70s including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles are opening up their vaults of unreleased recordings.

Source: A Journal of Musical Things
John Lennon's letter to the Queen goes on show at the Beatles Story

A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen handing back his MBE will go on show at the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool today. The draft version of the letter which Lennon penned as an act of protest in 1969 was valued at 60,000 (about $74,600) during a memorabilia day at The Beatles Story last month.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Today in Beatles History: White Album released, John returns MBE

On Nov. 25, 1968, The Beatles' White Album was released in the U.S. One year later, on Nov. 25, 1969, John Lennon returned his MBE medal to the queen to protest Britain's support for U.S. involvement to Vietnam, among other things. The other three Beatles kept their medals, which they received in 1965.

More Today In Beatles History  Source: Federal News Radio
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Strawberry Field visitor centre plans finally revealed

Plans for a visitor centre at the famous Strawberry Field have been revealed, 40 years to the day since the Beatles started recording their legendary song inspired by it. The gates there now are replicas, but the originals could be brought back from storage and made accessible to the public under these new plans.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Concert Review: Ringo Starr in Thousand Oaks

Everyone should see a Beatle once in their life. On Nov. 11 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Fred Kavli Theatre, the group thrilled an enthusiastic capacity crowd of aging baby boomers and younger fans eager to see a Beatle in the flesh. At 76, Starr is far more spry and youthful-looking than his much younger band mates.

Source: The Acorn, Agoura Hills, CA

Sir Peter Blake
Beatles designer admits preference for The Beach Boys

Sgt. Pepper's cover designer and pop art pioneer Sir Peter Blake has revealed that one of the projects he is most proud of is the prints he created for musician and former Beach Boys member Brian Wilson's That Lucky Old Sun in 2009. He said, "He is my second favorite musician, after the Beach Boys themselves. I'm an enormous fan."

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Linda McCartney
NYC co-op for sale includes former Linda McCartney studio

A four-bedroom, four-bathroom duplex co-op at 140 East 83rd St. now up for sale for $3.79 million includes a piece of New York City Beatles history. The sprawling unit includes Linda McCartney's former studio. She lived here with her daughter Heather when she was merely Linda Eastman, running her photography business before she married Paul.

Source: NY Post
Retro Video: Paul McCartney makes mashed potatoes

In a video shot way back in 1998, and first posted to YouTube in 2006, Paul McCartney pulls a recipe out of Linda McCartney on Tour: Over 200 Meat-Free Dishes from Around the World and makes mashed potatoes. Linda had died of breast cancer eight months prior, and this cooking demonstration was one way Paul honored her.

Source: Vanyaland
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Ringo Starr donates pair of glasses to charity event

Ringo Starr has announced on his official website that he has donated a pair of his glasses to Sight Savers #SpecsAppeal to help people with blindness and disability. Bidding starts on eBay this Friday and runs for 10 days. Other celebs who have donated glasses include Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, Kate Moss, will.i.am and Meryl Streep.

Source: RingoStarr.com
Touching, early photos of Paul and Linda McCartney revealed

A woman whose dad ran the Cavern Club has uncovered one of the first photos Linda McCartney took of husband Paul, just weeks after they got together. Debbie Greenberg has published the pictures in her new book Cavern Club: The Inside Story, which also contains unseen photos of Paul at his brother's wedding in Liverpool in 1981.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Kenny Everett
How Kenny Everett inspired the Beatles

Kenny Everett's friendship with The Beatles is to be examined in a new radio documentary on the BBC. Everett struck up a friendship with the Beatles when he was a pirate radio DJ, and accompanied them on their August 1966 tour of America, sending back daily reports for Radio London. He also produced their 1968 and 1969 Christmas records.

Source: Chortle, UK
New Book: Hello Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo 1966

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' inaugural visit to Tokyo in 1966, Genesis Publications announces a new volume of rare photos which intimately capture this fleeting time in the band's final tour, painting a poignant image of their visit to Japan. These photos of the band have remained unknown to most outside Japan.

Source: Rock 'n' Roll Truth
Ten killer Beatles guitar solos

The Beatles are rarely hailed as a band known for their guitar solos, but nearly any Beatles buff grapples with the pleasing task of sorting out which solos stand apart from the rest. The Best Classic Bands website has made a list of 10 Beatles guitar solos that make a worthy case as the best of the best.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Inside Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever represents one of the most daunting achievements of the Beatles' career, and a landmark in 20th-century music as a whole. Today in a new article, Rolling Stone tells the story of how Strawberry Fields Forever evolved from a skeletal John Lennon demo into George Martin's glorious final version.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Pictures show work finally underway on Liverpool's Welsh Streets Warning: Page opens with sound

Images in the Liverpool Echo show how the refurbishment of the Welsh Streets is taking shape as work finally gets underway on the site. The work comes after a decision by former communities secretary Eric Pickles to reject council bosses' previous plans to demolish the properties, which include the childhood home of Ringo Starr.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Dhani Harrison to divorce wife of four years

Entertainment news website TMZ claims Dhani Harrison, 38 year-old son of the late Beatles legend George Harrison, has reportedly issued divorce proceedings against his wife of four years. Harrison cited irreconcilable differences as a motive for his separation from model turned psychologist Solveig 'Sola' Karadottir.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Photographer sues Playboy over unauthorized use of McCartney photo

Accroding to TMZ, rock photographer James Fortune says Playboy.com posted a photo gallery in 2014 of "15 Hilariously Awesome Celebrity Mullets" that included Fortune's shot of Paul McCartney with a mullet, circa his '70s Wings days. Fortune says he never gave Playboy permission to use the photo and is suing Playboy.

Source: TMZ
Author talks on how Beatles changed the Sixties

Dr. Candy Leonard engaged Suffolk University students and faculty in Boston with a talk on the sociological phenomenon of "Beatlemania" on Thursday. Leonard wrote "Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World," a study of their impact through interviews with Beatles fans from the baby boomer generation.

Source: The Suffolk Journal, Boston
November 22, 1968: The Beatles release The White Album

The Beatles released The White Album on November 22, 1968. It was a sign that it was the beginning of the end, each Beatle worked on their own songs separately and only worked with their band mates when necessary. Despite this tension, The Beatles still managed to deliver one of the most bold albums in the history of rock.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Monday, November 21, 2016
Fab Four autographs and other memorabilia going under the hammer

Four authenticated Beatles autographs obtained in May, 1963 after the Fab Four's gig at the old Odeon in Southend, England, will go under the hammer on Saturday.They are estimated to fetch up to 500 (about $620), but could go for a lot more as the band's memorabilia, especially signed items, has rocketed in value in recent years.

Source: Maldon Standard, UK

Lennon Junior, the hair apparent

It seems that singing/songwriting's not all Sean Lennon has inherited from the his late father John. The 41-year-old looked the spitting image of his father when he was pictured attending an exhibition in New York City last week, sporting long hair and a bushy beard, with glasses and a wide-brimmed hat similar to those regularly worn by his father.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Angry Beatles' break-up letter sells at auction

A furious letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, has sold for 24,200 (nearly $30,000). The letter was sold at a US auction to an anonymous collector in Dallas. Auctioneers said it believed the letter was written around 1971, a year after McCartney publicly announced he was leaving the band.

Full Text of Letter  Source: BBC News, UK

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