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Monday, March 20, 2017
Beatles DJ Ken Michaels celebrates 35th anniversary

Long ago a friend of his at the college radio station where Ken Michaels was hosting several music formats from Top 40 to album rock, suggested he do a Beatles radio show. This month, Beatles DJ Ken Michaels celebrates his 35th anniversary since starting his weekly Beatles radio program "Every Little Thing."

Source: Beatles News
Vast Beatles collection goes on auction in Paris

A vast collection of rare Beatles vinyl records, photos and other paraphernalia will go on auction in Paris on Saturday. Beatles aficionado Jacques Volcouve began his collection in 1967 with the album "A Hard Day's Night." Decades later, it has grown to include nearly 15,000 records and more besides.

Source: Voice of America
Mersey Beatles celebrate Sgt Pepper's 50th anniversary in Liverpool

2017 marks the 50th anniversary of Sgt Pepper's and to celebrate the occasion The Mersey Beatles will be performing the whole album live at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool, the theatre named for the late Beatles manager, on April 1. The Mersey Beatles have been recreating the sights and sound of the Beatles since 1999.

Source: Broadway World, UK
Video: Chuck Berry and John Lennon rocking and rolling together

John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted the Mike Douglas show in 1972. One of his guests that week was rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, on the show they teamed up to perform Memphis and Johnny B. Goode, the first meeting between Lennon and Berry. The video of this performance is now available on the internet.

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Paul McCartney remembers Chuck Berry

On the passing of Chuck Berry, along with a recent pic of him and Chuck together, Paul McCartney posted on his official website, "Chuck Berry sadly passed away over the weekend. He was one of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock 'n' roll."

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Celebs including Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger remember Chuck Berry Warning: Page opens with sound

Chuck Berry, the man who invented rock and roll, who passed away on Saturday at 90, inspired most of the greatest rock stars of the last century. John Lennon once said, "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." Ringo Starr honored him by quoting a lyric from the song Rock and Roll Music on twitter.

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Friday, March 17, 2017
Look up or you'll miss these Mathew Street Beatles masterpiecesz Warning: Page opens with sound

A real treat for fans of the Fab Four can now be found directly over the heads of visitors to Mathew Street in Liverpool. The windows directly above the Rubber Soul pub are now covered with psychedelic renditions of John, Paul, George and Ringo, in the style of the Beatles' 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Book Excerpt: Counting Down The Beatles: Their 100 Finest Songs

Something is the finest complete song on Abbey Road. It is also tops on the list of Fab Four songs suitable for slow dancing with one's significant other, thanks to the gorgeous sway of the music and the stirring pull of the words; you practically just have to stand there and this song will move you around by the force of its beauty.

Source: American Songwriter
Concert Review: Beatles tribute Rain poured with good will

There probably won't be a Justin Bieber experience 20 years from now, or an Ariana Grande tribute show. But it's unlikely an act could attain the kind of influence the Beatles had on several generations. Hearing their songs in "Rain - A Tribute to the Beatles" explains plenty and shows just how evolutionary they were.

Source: Sioux City Journal
Thursday, March 16, 2017
John Lennon's doodles for Walls and Bridges could sell for huge sum

A record sleeve covered in doodles by John Lennon as he brainstormed ideas for an album cover has emerged for sale for £15,000 (about $18,550). The black felt tip pen sketchings are believed to have been Lennon's initial ideas for the cover of his 1974 album Walls and Bridges and span both sides of an opened-out record sleeve.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Rent the flat George Harrison and Pattie Boyd shared with Ringo Starr

A Knightsbridge flat that was home to two of The Beatles is available to rent. Ringo Starr and George Harrison, along with Harrison's fiancée, Pattie Boyd, moved into Whaddon House, William Mews, in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. Beatles manager Brian Epstein lived upstairs on the fifth floor.

Source: Homes & Property, UK
Hunt for John Lennon holy grail begins in Liverpool next year Warning: Page opens with sound

A new play described as "The Beatles meets The Da Vinci Code" is set to premiere in Liverpool next year. "Lennon 's Banjo" is the intriguing tale of the very first instrument John learned to play and the ongoing search for it. The instrument belonged to Lennon's mum Julia, following her death in 1958, the banjo disappeared.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Paul McCartney unveils unheard Flowers in the Dirt demo

To celebrate the upcoming reissue of Paul McCartney's 1989 Flowers In The Dirt album an exclusive demo of the album track "Distractions" has been made available for download on Paul said, "It's always nice to be in the mood to write a ballad and that was the case when I sat down to write this."

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Never-before-seen photos show The Beatles in the Abbey Road canteen

Some incredible black and white shots of The Beatles taking a break at Abbey Road studios, never before seen by the public, are now being exhibited. Photographer David Magnus captured the images at EMI Studio 1, Abbey Road, for the BBC, in June 1967 as the band was preparing to perform the All You Need Is Love live broadcast.

Source: Metro, UK
Opinion: In Retrospect, Yoko Ono is a genius

Yoko Ono is, according to revered music critic Robert Palmer, the bridge which connects the popular rock culture of The Beatles with the avant garde work of composers such as Philip Glass and John Cage. As a musician in her own right, Yoko's body of work consists of some of the most avant-garde, boundary pushing music of the 20th century.

Source: Highlander News, UC Riverside
No Reply: the Beatles write a breakup song

On the British release Beatles for Sale and the American Beatles '65, No Reply opens both albums. John Lennon has said it was his version of "Silhouettes" by The Rays, later covered Herman's Hermits. But John's song is a much bleaker version of a lover's realization that he has loved and lost, in it John conveys what it feels like to break up.

Source: Scholars and Rogues
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Sony says Paul McCartney lawsuit over Beatles songs is unripe

Paul McCartney waited decades for his opportunity to reclaim rights to songs he authored as a member of The Beatles. Now, Sony/ATV Music Publishing is telling a judge he should have to cool his heels a little longer. McCartney sued in the US in January, but Sony clearly wants an English court deciding limitations on the rights reclamation.

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Paul McCartney answers fan's question about Flowers in the Dirt song

On his official website, a fan asked Paul McCartney, what inspired him to write the song "Distractions." Paul answered, "It just occurred to me that if you love someone, one of the problems is that you don't always spend enough time with that person.'ve got work or you've got other obligations to other people or whatever."

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Video: Pentatonix's hauntingly beautiful spin on John Lennon's Imagine

Few songs have stood the test of time quite like John Lennon's 1971 hit Imagine. Last Friday, Pentatonix released their own version of Lennon's legendary song, putting their a cappella spin on the moving lyrics and giving the song a new angle, all the while respecting Lennon's original intention and vision.

Source: Rare
Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork talk Beatles and the 60s Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles, and especially John Lennon, were fans of the Monkees TV show. Davy Jones brushed elbows with the Beatles when they both appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on the same historic night in 1964. The Monkees would continue to mingle with the Beatles quite a few times over the years, even during the Sgt. Pepper sessions.

Source: Cleveland Scene
Beatles pervade March Madness in the Top 40 in 1970

In mid-March 1970, Badfinger had their first of four consecutive hits with Come and Get It, written and produced by Paul McCartney, The Plastic Ono Band's Instant Karma! was written, recorded and released within a matter of days, and the Beatles' Let it be was a #1 U.S. pop hit and to many it signals the end of the group.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Grammy-winning producer and label exec Tommy Lipuma dead at 80

Tommy LiPuma, a veteran producer and industry executive whose name appeared in the liner notes for a long string of hit records including Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom, has died at the age of 80. LiPuma also worked with Dr. John, Miles Davis, and Willie Nelson, and co-founded Blue Thumb records in 1968.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, March 13, 2017
Paul McCartney prepares new cassette for Record Store Day

Paul McCartney is a noted supporter of Record Store Day, dropping a handful of extremely limited seven inches into selected shops last year. This time round, Paul McCartney has prepped a new release, and it will only be available on cassette. It will contain three demos with with Elvis Costello from Flowers In The Dirt.

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Inside Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello's prolific late-eighties team-up

For Paul McCartney, it was an all-too-familiar feeling. There he was, paired with an acerbic, rough-voiced co-writer with Liverpudlian roots, Elvis Costello, sitting face to face as they strummed acoustic guitars, finishing each other's musical phrases and lyrics, singing in comfortable harmony. Paul said, "I figured, in a way, he was being John."

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Video: Beatles classic closes out all-star benefit show

New York's Beacon Theater hosted the Love Rocks NYC all-star concert Thursday night. Bill Murray, who was not listed among the concert's many guests, served as the gig's surprise emcee. Joe Walsch, Susan Tedeschi, Jackson Browne, Gary Clark Jr., Sam Moore and more performed With a Little Help From My Friends to close out the show.

Source: Ultimate Guitar
George Harrison's Porsche and rare Beatles concert footage to be auctioned

Over 200 lots of memorabilia is up for bids in Omega Auction's "The Beatles Collection: Vinyl Records and Memorabilia". A Porsche 928S, owned by George Harrison, a reel-to-reel tape of a 1964 radio interview and color film footage of The Beatles performing in Montreal in 1964 are among the lots. The auction will be held March 17.

Source: Ultimate Guitar
50 Years Ago: The Beatles' Penny Lane hits #1

Released as a double A-sided single with Strawberry Fields Forever on the flip side, The Beatles' Penny Lane hit #1 in the U.S. on March 13, 1967. Both songs were recorded during the sessions for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and never included on an official original Beatles album release.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 10, 2017
Concert cable TV channel to premiere Ringo Starr concert this month

AXS TV has announced the premiere of Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band on March 26. Featuring Todd Rundgren, Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister bassist Richard Page, saxophonist Warren Ham, and drummer Gregg Bissonette, the concert was filmed in Fort Wayne, IN, last June.

Source: The Music Universe
Beatles exhibit invades Davenport museum

The Magical History Tour: A Beatles Exhibition," that opens Saturday at the Putnam Museum & Science Center in Davenport, Iowa, includes original artifacts, clothes, autographs and rare photos related to The Beatles, including a drum kit from John Lennon's Quarrymen and the guitar Paul McCartney learned to play on.

Source: Quad City Times, Davenport, IA
Remastering the one Beatles live album finally made it great

The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, recorded in 1964 and 1965 but not released until 1977, was always a frustrating listen. Try as you might, you simply cannot hear much music above the squeal of 10,000 Beatlemaniacs. However, the remastered version of Live at the Hollywood Bowl squeezes astonishing clarity out of the source tapes.

Source: Wired
Playing Paul McCartney is all in the family for Beatles tribute star

It was inevitable Paul Curatolo would wind up in "Rain," the stage show that pays tribute to the Beatles. His dad has played Paul for a number of years, and his "pseudo uncles", as he refers to other members of the cast, have made sure his education included numerous lessons on John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Source: Sioux City Journal
Fab Tech: Guitar pedal recreates Beatles White Album sound

For recording buffs and engineers, The Beatles still stand as one of the pillars against which all recordings are judged. The latter-year Beatles recordings feature exceptional playing and writing, as well as some amazing tones wrung out of the emerging technology of that era. It's those tones that the new Jext Telez White Pedal aims to reproduce.

Source: Reverb
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Paul McCartney adds new Budokan show to upcoming Japan dates

Almost two years to the day since he rocked The Budokan for the second time in his career, Paul McCartney has announced he'll be returning to one of Japan's most sacred venues with his all new One On One tour for a special concert on Tuesday April 25. The announcement follows Paul selling out three nights at the massive Tokyo Dome.

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Godsmack's Beatles cover returns to top Billboard Hard Rock chart

Godsmack's 2012 take on The Beatles' 1969 hit Come Together vaulted in at No. 1 on Billboard's Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart with 11,000 downloads sold in the week ending March 2, according to Nielsen Music. The resurgence was due to a recent post on rock website which spotlighted the song.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Yoko Ono on John Lennon, David Bowie and spirituality

83-year old artist and musician, Yoko Ono, shares her Words of Wisdom with Rolling Stone Australia, including childhood fables, ephemeral success and why it's important to get outside. When asked, what's the best part of success? Yoko answered, "Well, I don't know, because I'm not successful yet. We're not getting world peace."

Source: Rolling Stone Australia
Beatles tour worth it even in the rain

My son, Matt, and I stood in the cold rain last Tuesday in Liverpool, England, waiting for the Beatles Magical Mystery Tour. Despite the downpour, the tour was full. We'd managed to snag the last two seats. It wasn't just the sights we saw, but their stories were poignant, dreary as the rain at times and joyful as the van's rainbows, like life.

Source: Kearney Hub, Nebraska
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
British pop museum moves from London to Liverpool

A museum celebrating British rock and pop history has moved to Liverpool after failing to take off in London. The British Music Experience was at the O2 Arena for five years until 2014, and has now been reborn in the grand Cunard Building on Liverpool's waterfront. Its exhibits include several iconic items from Beatles history.

Source: BBC News, UK
Laurence Juber says instrumental Beatles album was great challenge

Former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber has just released his third collection of acoustic instrumental versions of Beatles tunes, titled, appropriately enough, LJ Can't Stop Playing The Beatles. Juber said that he finds it pleasantly challenging to present Fab Four tunes as solo instrumentals, but, he says, "one that I gladly meet."

Source: WFJA 105.5

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Denny Laine on his partnership with Paul and Linda McCartney

Denny Laine's partnership with the Paul McCartney lasted for a decade and resulted in some of the seventies' and eighties' most beloved tracks. Denny said, "Paul was kind of like a bigger brother and we just went for it. In those days, I actually spent a lot of time in their family, because much of [the work] was done at home or in Scotland."

Source: In The Spotlight
Sean Lennon removes intrusive tree at his New York City home

Sean Lennon has removed the 60 foot tree that Marisa Tomei's parents claimed tore through the foundation of their Greenwich Village townhouse, they said Tuesday. The Tomeis filed suit in February 2015, a judge ruled in their favor last September, Sean appealed but then a settlement was finally reached.

Source: New York Daily News
First ever film footage of John, Paul and George? Warning: Page opens with sound You Heard It Here First

A Liverpool City Police recruitment film from 1958 could be the first piece of film showing future Beatles Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, along with Paul's brother, Mike McCartney. You can't make out the tiny figures in the distance, but after viewing the film, Mike McCartney said, "Wow! That could definitely be us."

Source: Liverpool Echo

George Martin
George Martin: The lost interview

Today is the first anniversary of Sir George Martin's death at age 90. This Q&A with the legendary producer, its first appearance in print since 1974, originally appeared in the January 1971 issue of Record World. At the time, Martin had left EMI and formed AIR, an independent recording/music publishing operation, and offers a "new" insight into his work with The Beatles.

Source: Best Classic Bands

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