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Friday, February 10, 2017
An oral history of the Beatles' first U.S. concert

On Feb. 11, 1964, Beatlemania blasted Washington. Two nights after their hysteria-inducing welcome-to-America appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum. 8,092 people crowded into the arena and witnessed the band perform a dozen songs that changed everything.

Source: The Washington Post
Yoko Ono Fast Facts

Yoko Ono turns 84 next week, and CNN has compiled an extensive list that details her life. As a child, Ono moved back and forth between Japan and the US. During World War II, she was in Tokyo during an air raid on the city in March 1945. She was the first woman ever admitted into the philosophy program at Gakushuin University.

Fan Content Warning  Source: CNN
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Paul McCartney invites you to send 'My Valentine' to your loved one

On his official website, Paul McCartney is giving his fans the chance to send a secret Valentine's message to their significant other. Fans enter their name and email address, and that of their Valentine, and a message of valentine wishes. The recipient of the valentine can reply to the valentine to find out who sent it.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Internet's Most shared image of 2016 signed by artist on sale for charity

The only signed print of one of the biggest viral hits on social media, a Beatles Sgt. Pepper's-inspired montage of the celebrities who passed away in 2016, has been donated to the charity by the artist. Chris Barker heard the charity was using the image to promote an event, and donated a signed copy to support the cause.

Related Articles  Source: Cambridge Independent, UK
Award-winning musical biography of Beatles comes to Houston stage

In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles, coming to Houston on March 1, portrays the Beatles as authentically as possible, from their singing to the myriad of guitars used throughout the band's decade-long career, as the band's manager Brian Epstein narrates from his side of the story.

Source: The Paper, Houston
Pics: The Beatles' debut on The Ed Sullivan Show

On, Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first appearance on the The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS, to a live audience of 73 million, the highest live audience ever at the time. Sullivan gets all the credit, but Tonight Show host Jack Paar had had a tape of the group a month earlier, and they had appeared on a CBS news report in late 1963.

Source: Houston Chronicle
February 9, 1964: Beatlemania grips the US

There are a number of dates that have been said to be "the day that Beatlemania began", but February 9, 1964 has possibly the strongest claim to the title. On this day, the Beatles made their first live TV appearance in the US on the Ed Sullivan Show, already popular thanks to their single I Want to Hold Your Hand reaching No.1.

Source: BT News, UK
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Long-lost Beatles concert film expected to sell for £10,000 at auction

Long-lost footage of the Beatles performing on their first north American tour is expected to sell for more than £10,000 (about $12,500) at auction. The 8mm film is from the band's performance in Montreal, Canada in September 1964, when the group were at the height of their fame. It also contains rare color footage of the Fab Four backstage.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Australian Army Band to play the Fab Four at Beatles festival

The Fab Four with a big army band sound. That's the exciting prospect when the the Australian Army Band, based in Newcastle, performs as part of the fifth annual Port Macquarie Beatles Festival. The four day festival gets underway on Thursday night, festival organisers say the performance will have something for everyone.

Source: Port Macquarie News, NSW, Australia
Yoko Ono is spotted arriving in New York in a wheelchair

Yoko Ono has been spotted arriving in New York in a wheelchair just weeks after she joined thousands of protesters marching the streets of NYC for women's rights. The 83-year-old wife of the late Beatle John Lennon arrived at New York's JFK airport on Monday where she was helped through the terminal by an assistant.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles lecture draws large Malibu crowd

Scott Freiman, composer, musician, and software engineer, took a thrilled audience on a long and winding road as he shared backstage moments the Beatles dealt with and endured, and some surprising facts about how it all began, and how the iconic band prolifically produced phenomenal music during the magic year of 1967.

Source: Malibu Surfside News
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Beatles fanatic and expert publishing a textbook on the rock icons

Gregory Alexander, also known for nearly two decades to Chicago radio listeners as Professor Moptop, has recently completed a new textbook about the Beatles. It takes an approach that is academic in its depth and breadth while still understanding the topic is supposed to be a fun frolic through pop culture.

Source: The Chicagoist
Incredible photos show The Beatles' historic first trip to America

This month marks 53 years since The Beatles first visited the USA. Fascinating images, from February 1964, show what happened after The Fab Four landed at JFK airport in New York, where they were met by 3,000 screaming fans who had waited in the cold to welcome their heroes. The visit marked the start of Beatlemania.

Source: The Sun, UK
The Beatles first visit to New York City in 1964: A Day by Day Diary

At 1:20 pm on Friday, February 7, 1964, The Beatles landed in America for the very first time, and music history would never be the same. It would be a busy weekend for The Beatles leading up to their historic debut on The Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday night as they took New York City by storm.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Monday, February 6, 2017
Unseen photographs of The Beatles will go on display in London

David Magnus first photographed the Beatles in 1963, when he was just 19 years old and the band were still relatively unknown. He was there at the pivotal moment when they recorded All You Need Is Love for the first time for worldwide TV. Many of his unseen photographs go on display at the Proud Gallery in London in March.

Source: London Evening Standard
Grammy watch: James Teej nominated for remixing Paul McCartney

Music producer James Teej never expected Paul McCartney would give his approval for a dark remix of one of his songs. And he certainly didn't think it would take him to the Grammy Awards. On Sunday, he will be in the running for Best Remixed Recording along with Timo Maas for their update of "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five."

Source: The Canadian Press
Bagpiper's Beatles performance on train gets frosty reception

A bagpiper in Glasgow got a frosty reception after making a deafening bid to get train passengers to sing along to the Beatles on Saturday. A video which has gone viral shows the majority of passengers seem to be doing their best to ignore the bagpipe's high-pitched tones, or glare at him, while the bagpiper carries on unperturbed.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Medium captures John Lennon and George Harrison's spirits in photo

A medium believes the spirits of John Lennon and George Harrison appeared to her in a ghostly photo. Christine Hamlett says she uses a method called I.T.C (Instrumental Transcommunication), the use of electronic equipment to make contact with spirits. She invites spirits to show themselves in silver paper, then takes a photograph.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, February 3, 2017
This year's Liverpool Beatleweek will be the last in its current form

Liverpool's International Beatleweek is set to change after this year's festival. Cavern City Tours, which runs the week-long event around the August Bank Holiday, says numbers attending have been falling in recent years as the band's core fan base ages, and they have announced they will be "scaling down" the festival in the future.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Port Macquarie Beatles Festival promises a magical mystery tour

The annual Port Macquarie Beatles Festival is now in its fifth year in New South Wales, Australia. Tribute band Beatle Magic will perform The Beatles No.1 hits at Laurieton United Services Club in Port Macquarie on Friday night and the rock 'n' roll dance numbers at Panthers auditorium on Saturday night.

Source: Port Macquarie News, NSW, Australia
Video: The Beatles record Hey Bulldog in 1968

If you're into the Beatles' gear, you'll appreciate this clip of The Beatles performing Hey Bulldog. While John Lennon's ubiquitous Epiphone Casino makes an appearance or two, as does Paul McCartney's Rickenbacker 4001S, the real star is George Harrison's cherry-finish Gibson SG. And then there's that stinging guitar solo.

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, February 2, 2017

Yoko Ono producing John Lennon love story film Warning: Page opens with sound

Yoko Ono is producing a film that will explore her complex relationship with John Lennon, documenting their love story and anti-war causes. Anthony McCarten will write the as-yet-untitled movie. McCarten also wrote the upcoming Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, and Bohemian Rhapsody, the long-in-the-works Freddie Mercury biopic.

Source: Rolling Stone
George Harrison Beatles archive gets go-ahead

Olivia Harrison has won planning permission to build a George Harrison archive. Olivia will remove temporary storage and utility units at Friar Park and erect new buildings including a building for the storage of family papers and objects which are currently stored in "unsuitable conditions" in various places around the estate.

Related Articles  Source: Henley Standard, UK
Sgt. Peppers artist donates unusual homage to smart meters to charity

Artist Sir Peter Blake is donating one of his latest and most unusual pieces to a Kent charity. Produced last year to mark the coming of smart meters to every home in Great Britain, Sir Peter's work takes its inspiration from the in-home displays on the smart meters, making energy use visible in pounds and pence for the first time.

Source: Kent News, UK
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
February 1, 1964: The Beatles first U.S. #1 single

The Beatles released I Want to Hold Your Hand as a single in the U.S. on December 26, 1963. When the song hit #1 two weeks' later on this day, February 1, 1964, it became the first of seven #1 singles they achieved in a one-year period, launching Beatlemania, the British Invasion and the classic rock era.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Is Ringo recording a new album with Peter Frampton?

Ringo Starr posted this on Twitter on Monday: "Back in the studio with the great Peter Frampton thanks for the great day Pete Peace and love," along with a picture of Ringo and Frampton together. Ringo told Billboard last June that he was recording a new studio album for 2017, but there was no mention at the time of Peter Frampton.

Source: Beatles News Blog

Flowers in the Dirt
Listen: Paul McCartney shares rare Flowers in the Dirt demo

Ahead of Paul McCartney's Flowers in the Dirt reissue, the rollicking "Twenty Fine Fingers," an unreleased demo featuring McCartney singing alongside Elvis Costello, has been unveiled. The track, often bootlegged but never officially released, is presented twice on the Flowers in the Dirt reissue, the track sneaked today and the song's 1988 demo.

Source: Rolling Stone
Sgt Pepper's suits to go on display at the Beatles Story

A set of Sgt. Pepper suits are going on show at the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool for the album's 50th anniversary. The suits were made in 2000 by one of the team responsible for the original 1967 outfits worn by the Beatles. The Fab Four originals were kept by the band members, and have never been on show together since.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Could the Beatles unveil a holy grail of unreleased material this year?

Could this year see the release of material from the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones? Until recently all recorded works were copyrighted for 50 years. This law changed in 2011, extending it to 70 years. But there's one loophole that applies to the released music, which still expires after 50 years.

Source: Hit The Floor Magazine

Kids take magical music tour on Lennon bus

On Tuesday, eight students who are part of New West Symphony's Harmony Project, an after-school program for third- through 12th-graders in Ventura, Ca., had the opportunity to write, record and make a music video of their own song on the legendary John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, which hit the road for the first time 20 years ago.

Source: Ventura County Star
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Klaus Voormann celebrates Beatles Revolver cover in book box set

Klaus Voormann, innovative visual artist and one-time bassist in John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band, created one of rock's most vivid album covers for the Beatles' 1966 masterpiece, Revolver. On March 2nd, Genesis Publications will release the "Grammy Anniversary Edition" of Voormann's 2016 book, Revolver 50, which chronicles the creation of that iconic art collage.

Source: Rolling Stone
Nashville Beatles tribute band told no to outdoor show Warning: Page opens with sound

On Jan. 30, 1969, The Beatles performed their final concert on a London rooftop. But when tribute band the WannaBeatles tried to recreate the outdoor concert in Nashville, they were told no. A noise ordinance, complaints from new residents and threat of a lawsuit shut it down, so the show moved indoors, in front of an unusually packed house.

Source: WMC TV, Nashville
Cheers! It's Brandy Alexander Day in the U.S.

January 31 is Brandy Alexander Day in the U.S. It's a brandy based cocktail which has a mixture of cognac and crème de cacao and is said to have first appeared in London in 1922. The drink was reportedly John Lennon's favorite alcoholic beverage, so he would no doubt have raised a glass today.

Source: IOL
Unknown drummer for Cilla and McCartney recorded 70 hits for £7 a time

His name may not be familiar but you'll almost certainly know his work, because for many of us he's on the soundtrack of some of the most important moments of our lives. Between 1958 and 1977, Dougie Wright was Britain's most in-demand session drummer, playing on a parade of hits through the most exhilarating period in pop music.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, January 30, 2017
Meet The Beatles - as comic book heroes Warning: Page opens with sound

Comic book novelist Jason Quinn is the author of a Fab Four book with a difference, a graphic novel called The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays. Quinn said, "There have been graphic novels about The Beatles before...I think what I tried to do was get their characters across, the nitty gritty of them, including the way they spoke."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Review: Blue Note Ringos pay tribute to beatles' final live performance

This obviously wasn't 1969 London when the Beatles gave their final live performance on the roof of their recording studio. It was the rooftop of Sanchos Cantina y Cocina in San Antonio's Five Points neighborhood, where The Blue Note Ringos, a local Beatles tribute band, re-enacted the Beatles' final performance.

Source: Rivard Report, San Antonio
The naked truth about John and Yoko

John and Yoko's 1968 night of sonic passion, Two Virgins, complete with the couple in their birthday suits on the cover, has just been re-issued. In April 2001, reporter Barry Egan was in the seventh-floor New York apartment Lennon shared with Yoko, perhaps the most famous 19th century apartment in New York, the Dakota Building.

Source: The Independent, Dublin
Liverpool statue selfie tour

Liverpool was once again back in the spotlight earlier this month as Cilla Black returned to Mathew Street in the form of a bronze statue. Following the mad influx of selfies with Our Cilla, The Guide Liverpool website put together a Liverpool Statue Selfie Tour, made up of 15 of the best famous faces and scouse legends they could find.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Paul McCartney remembers his friend John Hurt

On the passing of actor John Hurt, Paul McCartney said, "Very sad news about our dear friend John Hurt who I've known since the 60s as a mate and a work colleague. He was always great fun to be with and a fantastic actor with a nicely cynical view of the world. Sympathies to his family, love from me and mine."

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
The Beatles got back where they belonged in rooftop last concert

48 years ago today, The Beatles blasted the London financial district for their last lunchtime concert on the roof of Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row. The impromptu 42-minute set that was closer in style to their earliest and rawest performances at the Cavern Club and the Casbah, than to their half hour pop concerts.

Source: Den of Geek
Friday, January 27, 2017
Two Beatles scholars to lecture at Louisiana libraries in February

As part of its "All You Need is Love" month, the Ouachita Parish Public Library in Monroe, Louisiana will host two renowned experts and authors on the Beatles: Jude Southerland Kessler and Aaron Krerowicz. Both will give presentations touching on the band's historical, cultural and musical influence.

Source: Beatles News
Strawberry Studios: Exhibition marks Stockport's music recording legacy

Set up 50 years ago, Strawberry Studios in Stockport in Greater Manchester, England, was one of the few UK recording spaces outside London. Big names including Paul McCartney recorded there before it shut in 1993. On Friday, memorabilia from the studio which was co-owned by 10cc, will be on display at Stockport Museum.

Source: BBC News, UK

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