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Thursday, April 9, 2015
Ringo Starr steps to the front as the last Beatle enshrined in Rock Hall

Ringo Starr is entering the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo act on April 18. With a few notable exceptions, drummers usually are not that great as frontmen. "I was offered a job to be a bass player with Gerry and the Pacemakers,'' Starr said. "Standing in front? That sounds pretty cool. The only drawback is, I never played bass.''

Related Articles  Source: Cleveland.com
Ringo's drums, clothes to be displayed in Rock Hall of Fame exhibit

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced it will display memorabilia from each of its new inductees in an exhibit that will include a set of Ringo Starr's drums, used during the years from 1964 to 1968. Also on view will be the shirt Ringo wore on the cover of his Goodnight Vienna album that was released in 1974.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Modern mansion has a Beatles connection

Blue Jay is set within the grounds of former royal residence Claremont House Gardens in Surrey, according to the site's developer. The new five-bedroom home in Esher, England, was built on part of the site of George Harrison's 1960s country property Kinfauns, and the property takes its name from Harrison's song Blue Jay way.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, April 8, 2015
Paul McCartney set for VE Day concert in London

Paul McCartney, Elton John, and Rod Stewart will headline a special concert celebrating the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day, aka VE Day. The special concert will be 1940s-themed and it will commemorate the end of the Second World War in 1945. It will be held at London's Horse Guards Parade on May 9.

Source: Artist Direct
Sergeant Pepper's signed cardboard gnome goes to auction

The tiny garden gnome that appeared on 1967 Sgt. Pepper's album cover next to the legs of George Harrison, signed by all four Beatles, is expected to sell for 17,000 (about $25,275) when it goes to auction. It was created by the album cover's designer Peter Blake, and given to an assistant photographer after the shoot.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Chicago a cappella to celebrate The Beatles

The nine singers of Chicago a cappella will take on the classic songs of the Fab Four in their concert, "Beatlemania," this weekend and next in four locations around the Chicago area. The acclaimed vocal ensemble will put a dynamic a cappella spin on familiar favorites by Lennon & McCartney and George Harrison.

Source: Suburban Life
First-ever US Ravi Shankar exhibition to open at L.A. Grammy Museum

"Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music" will be unveiled at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on April 29, marking the first exhibition in the U.S. to celebrate India's most esteemed musician, who died in 2012. April 29 would also have been the renowned sitar player and Beatles' inspiration's 95th birthday.

Source: The American Bazaar
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
Beatles memorabilia among most expensive at auction

The Beatles top the list of the most expensive items to ever go under the hammer. Recent items include John Lennon's psychedelic 1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, sold for 1,748,462 in 1985, the piano John Lennon wrote Imagine on, sold for 1.45 million in 2000, and handwritten lyrics A Day In The Life, sold for 810,966 in 2010.

Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon tribute to benefit Connecticut theatre company

On April 25, "In My Life: The John Lennon Tribute" will be performed as a one-night-only fundraiser for TheatreWorks New Milford. The show faithfully recreates the sounds, stories, and songs of John Lennon as performed by Carlo Cantamessa, who has portrayed Lennon in The Cast of Beatlemania shows for over 30 years.

Source: Broadway World Music
Beatles' lyrics inspire misguided Florida law enforcement probe

Recently, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, the state's elite equivalent of the FBI, sent an agent to investigate a blogger who had used Beatles lyrics to poke fun at Florida Gov. Rick Scott. In a post on Google Plus, Daniel Tilson called governor's proposed tax changes demo "Gov. Scott's Magical Mystery Tax Cut Calculator."

Source: News Herald, Panama City
Beatles Story celebrates record visitor numbers

The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool has revealed record-breaking numbers of visitors as it prepares to mark its 25th anniversary. The attraction welcomed 253,096 visitors from all corners of the world over the past 12 months, up almost 3,000 on the same time last year and 11,353 more than the year before that.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Beatles' 1988 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction

The Beatles were inducted as a band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono accepted the honor. Mick Jagger inducted the band, Ringo then came to the mike to deliver a few jokes. George and Ringo later hit the stage with an all-star lineup to perform I Saw Her Standing There.

Source: Cleveland.com
Monday, April 6, 2015
Video: Over 500 celebrities answer: Lennon or McCartney?

A new documentary poses the question, who was the better Beatle, John Lennon or Paul McCartney, to over 500 celebs, including some of the biggest actors and musicians in the world. They were asked to answer in one word, most could, although a few felt it necessary to qualify their answer. Some couldn't chose. Can you?

Source: Channel 24
Psychologists discover The Beatles can enhance food enjoyment

Scientists have revealed research shows specific music can make certain food taste better. For example, High-pitched music highlights sourness while sweetness is a rich sound. As any Beatles fan, but science now verifies, listening to the Beatles makes your fish and chips taste better, and Pavarotti does wonders to a chocolate mousse.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Original Yellow Submarine drawing to auction for 10,000 this week

The first ever drawing of The Beatles' famous Yellow Submarine which is dubbed the "holy grail of memorabilia" is set to fetch more than 10,000 (about $15,000) at auction. The rare cell painting includes handwritten notes instructing artists on the correct colors to use when recreating the submarine in the film.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Cynthia Lennon remembered at John's Walk of Fame Star in Hollywood

An intimate gathering for Cynthia Lennon was held in Hollywood at John Lennon's Walk of Fame Star outside Capitol Records last week. Event organizer Jerry Rubin greeted the guests at Capitol and talked about when he met Cynthia, and Nicole Alexandra read a poem she composed, entitled, "Ain't She Sweet."

Related Articles  Source: The Examiner
Friday, April 3, 2015
Page signed by all four Beatles in Manchester to be sold on eBay

One piece of paper signed by all four Beatles before their 1964 gig at Manchester's O2 Apollo, formerly known as the ABC Cinema, and a fan letter addressed to George are on sale on eBay for 6,000 (about $9,000). The fan letter contains a six-verse poem about the fab four and has never been published or seen in public before.

Source: Mancunian Matters, UK
Ringo says he still misses his Beatles brothers

Former Beatle Ringo Starr says he still misses his "brothers" in the band. He said, "We proved everybody wrong that music is more important than a name. We made some great music and I am really proud of it to this day. I was in a band suddenly with three brothers. Yeah, I do miss the others, you can't not miss your brothers."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Nellie McKay sings Beatles classic If I Fell

Boundary-breaking and internationally acclaimed recording artist, concert performer and Broadway headliner Nellie McKay is set to releases a new album of cover songs this month titled "My Weekly Reader," and a new music video for her cover of the classic Beatles track "If I Fell" is now available online.

Source: Broadway World Music
Audio: Cynthia Lennon's final radio interview

In one of her last interviews, speaking to presenter Alex Belfield in a BBC radio interview in 2007, Cynthia Lennon revealed she would have to deal with John's mood swings. "It was like living on a knife edge," she admitted. "He was very, very jealous and very possessive and I was aware of his jealousy, but not his violence."

Related Articles  Source: The Irish Mirror
More tributes to Cynthia Lennon from friends and admirers

The expressions of sympathy from friends and fans of Cynthia Lennon continue, among the latest are Freda Kelly, longtime Beatles Fan Club Secretary, Angie McCartney, Paul's stepmother, author Mark Lewisohn and Beatlefan editor Bill King, and Julian Lennon has acknowledged fan's support on his Facebook page.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Ringo Starr cancels Saskatchewan concert

Ringo Starr was scheduled to perform with his All-Starr Band in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, at the Brandt Centre on Oct. 14. However, venue officials announced today that the concert has been cancelled due to "scheduling conflicts". Ringo's shows in Edmonton, Vancouver and Calgary are still on.

Source: CBC, Canada
New book an intimate look at John Lennon and Yoko Ono

In 1980, photographer Kishin Shinoyama spent two days with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, at home, in the music studio and walking with them in Central Park. Shinoyama took hundreds of photographs during those sessions, which can be found in the new book "Kishin Shinoyama. John Lennon & Yoko Ono. Double Fantasy."

Source: Los Angeles Times
Paul McCartney's wife shocked by Kanye collaboration

Paul McCartney has revealed his wife Nancy Shevell isn't a fan of his latest track with Kanye West because of his excessive use of offensive language, which she was unaware was still used. He said, "I think he mentions the N-word about 40 times. It really shocked Nancy because she'd been to school with a lot of black kids."

Source: Sunday World, Dublin
Sir Peter Blake puts razzle dazzle on the Ferry Cross The Mersey

Legendary British pop artist Sir Peter Blake, who designed the Beatles iconic Sgt Pepper's album cover, was commissioned to "dazzle" a Mersey Ferry that was unveiled today. His largest artwork to date, the design covers the ferry Snowdrop, surrounding the passenger vessel with a distinctive camouflage pattern.

Related Articles  Source: Wirral Globe, UK
Phil Spector finishes reworking Let It Be 45 years ago today

And that was that. On April 2, 1970, Phil Spector put the final touches on the Beatles' Let It Be album, ending their time as a recording entity until the Anthology project in the mid-'90s. A month later, on May 8, Let It Be was released, nearly a year and a half after work commenced on the then-named Get Back project.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Friends pay tribute to Cynthia Lennon

Tributes to Cynthia Lennon were led by John Lennon's former bandmate, Sir Paul McCartney, who said, "I will always have great memories of our times together." Ringo Starr tweeted his love to Julian, and Yoko Ono said, "I'm very saddened by Cynthia's death. She was a great person and a wonderful mother to Julian."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon bio author Jude Kessler honors Cynthia

At the New York Metro Fest for Beatles Fans two weeks ago, I delivered a talk called "Cynthia Lennon: the Real Fifth Beatle." And with all my heart, I believe she was just that. She was there in the basement of The Jacaranda, holding John's microphone for him. Cynthia was the first to understand and cherish John's dream.

Related Articles  Source: The Fest
Julian Lennon releases tribute video to Cynthia

Julian Lennon has released a tribute video for his mother Cynthia, the first wife of John Lennon, who has died today. John Lennon's first wife Cynthia died at her home in Spain, her family said. A message on Julian's website said she died "following a short but brave battle with cancer. Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout."

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Cynthia Lennon's life with John remembered in pictures

On the passing of Cynthia Lennon, she is remembered in pictures. They met in 1957 during a class at the Liverpool College of Art. The couple were married in August 1962 in Liverpool. Cynthia and John Lennon had a son together, Julian, in April 1963. The couple divorced in 1968 after John Lennon met Yoko Ono.

Related Articles  More Pictures  Source: ITV, UK
Cynthia Lennon, former wife of Beatle John Lennon, dies at 75

Cnthia Lennon, the former wife of Beatle John Lennon, died on Wednesday at her home in Mallorca, Spain, a representative for her son confirmed. She was 75. Cynthia died after a "short but brave battle with cancer" and her son, Julian Lennon, was at her bedside, according to a statement from the family.

Related Articles  More Information  Source: Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Beatles fan pays 155,000 for John Lennon's mum's former home

John Lennon's mum's former home sold at auction this afternoon for 155,000 ($230,000) to a Beatles fan who last year bought George Harrison's childhood house. The semi-detached property in Allerton was where Lennon was taught how to play the banjo and where he was given his first guitar by his mum Julia.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: How Ringo originally wrote new album on drums alone

Ringo Starr produced and recorded his new album, Postcards From Paradise, at his home studio in Los Angeles. In a new video interview, Starr discusses writing and recording the album, revealing he originally wrote all the album's tracks only by playing the drums before inviting other musicians to record their various parts.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Jeff Beck's expanded concert album includes Beatles cover

An expanded "Special Edition" version of Jeff Beck's acclaimed 2008 concert album, "Performing This Week...Live at Ronnie Scott's," will be released on June 2. It features Beck visiting various periods of his career, and includes an instrumental rendition of A Day in the Life that garnered Beck a Grammy Award in 2009.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
How signed piano made its Beatles connections

On Thursday, a piano signed by both surviving Beatles goes up for auction online, to raise money for veterans and their families. But without a little help from some friends in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the piano might not have survived the long and winding road between Ringo Starr's and Paul McCartney's separate tour stops.

Source: Tuscaloosa News, AL
Audio: New song from Todd Rundgren's next album

It's prolific year for Todd Rundgren. Already part of Ringo Starr's latest All-Starr Band, with playing and writing credits on the new Postcards From Paradise album, Rundgren will be releasing his 25th solo studio album, Global, on April 7, and will be touring to support it. A new song from that album, Rise, can now be heard online.

Source: Billboard
Monday, March 30, 2015
Paul McCartney to release new single with Ed Sheeran and Jamie Oliver

Paul McCartney latest new musical collaborators are Ed Sheeran and Jamie Oliver. McCartney is believed to have recorded the bass line and backing vocals for the new track, which is being released to promote Food Revolution Day, aimed at educating children about food. TV chef Jamie co-wrote song with Ed, to be released in May.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Unreleased 1962 Beatles Cavern recording to be auctioned

A long-lost original recording of The Beatles singing an unreleased version of the song "Some Other Guy" at The Cavern in 1962 that was discovered in a desk drawer 50 years later is to go under the hammer later this year in Liverpool. According to a press release, the owner of the tape will donate all of the proceeds of the sale to charity.

Source: The Examiner
Woman who inspired The Beatles' Dear Prudence once dated Robert Durst

Two months before she went missing, Kathie Durst received a call from her husband's mistress. On the other end of the phone was Prudence Farrow, the sister of Mia Farrow, the muse behind the Beatles song "Dear Prudence." Prudence later told police investigators that she was worried Robert Durst might come after her.

Source: NY Post
Michigan man's Beatles memorabilia collection on display at museum

William Stidham's collection of Beatles memorabilia is now featured at the Lakeshore Museum Center, in downtown Muskegon, Michigan. Album covers and calendars, towels, cards, key chains, pictures and action figures complete with a Yellow Submarine are all on display at the museum center's Collector's Corner.

Source: Michigan Live
Friday, March 27, 2015
Audio: Bamboula is newest track released from Ringo's Postcards

Today, Ringo Starr premiered Bamboula, a standout track from his new album Postcards From Paradise on the Mojo website. It's an extrovert package, with accordion, Rhodes and brass conjuring a Pan-American street party vibe, and an exotic groove concocted in consort with arranger lyricist Van Dyke Parks.

Related Articles  Source: Mojo Magazine
Liverpool's Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel up for sale

Liverpool's Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel is being put up for sale today with a price tag of 11m (more than $16m). The luxury hotel in North John Street opened its doors in 2008 and since then has proved a hit with Fab Four fans from all over the world. It is housed in a historical building that was built in 1884.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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