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Friday, June 9, 2017

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Herb Alpert reveals he regrets not signing the Fab Four

Herb Alpert's cover of the Beatles' Michelle from his upcoming album Music Vol. 1 was released streaming on the internet today. He told Billboard, "In 1962, after A&M Records started, the Beatles were hunting for a record company. I was thinking, 'Man, if I had flown over to London just to see if we could do something...' but the timing was off."

Source: Billboard
Sheffield musician helps reveal the last untold Beatles story

A concert revealing new insights into how George Harrison and The Beatles were influenced by Indian music is being held this evening. The biographical concert reveals new stories and rare images from the recording of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The event also features two surviving musicians who played on the album.

Source: The Star, UK
Dave Grohl reveals how Paul McCartney saved him after broken leg

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl discussed breaking his leg in a new radio interview. "They said, 'You have to have surgery.' So we thought, okay, well let's fly down to London. But I don't know any doctors in London,but I have a couple friends there, so I actually texted McCartney and...he hooked me up with this doctor."

Source: Alternative Nation
Stella McCartney shows clothes made from ocean pollution

Fashion designer Stella McCartney will use garbage from under the sea in her next line. McCartney is incorporating plastic debris from the ocean in her designs this summer, including actual fishnets and bottles. The material will replace woven and recycled polyesters, and it will also be used it as a leather alternative.

Source: NY Daily News
Beatles scholar analyzes Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper, Beatles scholar Aaron Krerowicz is paying a visit to the Van Buren District Library in Decatur, MI, to analyze the album on Monday. Krerowicz is a classical musician with degrees in music composition and musical theory. Now he uses those classical skills to analyze the Beatles.

More: Beatles Calendar  Source: WMUK FM, Western Michigan University
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Fab 4 Music Festival this Saturday

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, the East Coast's only Beatles Music Festival, the "Fab 4 Music Festival," will be held this Saturday, June 10th, from 1pm-10pm. 20 bands will be playing on two stages, special Guest of Honor for the festival is Gene Cornish of The Rascals.

Source: Beatles News
Yoko Ono project at new art centre in Vietnam

Hundreds of art lovers attended the opening of an exhibition showcasing works by 18 Vietnamese and foreign artists in Hanoi on June 6. The exhibition includes the Wish Tree by Yoko Ono. Visitors to the installations are invited to write their wishes on small pieces of paper, known as "wish-tags," and hang them onto the tree branches.

Source: Vietnam Plus
Raspberries 2004 reunion concert includes Beatles covers

On November 24, 2004, the original four members of the Raspberries came together to play their first concert in over thirty years. The 27 song set was captured on tape and will be released on August 18. Mixed in with songs from all four of the Cranberries' albums were covers of tunes from the likes of the Beatles and the Who.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
All 213 Beatles songs, ranked from worst to best

Last week was the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. But Pepper doesn't make sense if it's not put in context. And the only way to do that, given the weight of the Beatles' presence, is to take a look at everything the band put on record over its eight-year recording career.

Source: Vulture
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Another original cutout from Sgt. Pepper cover up for auction

Following the news on Monday about the auction of the cutout of Tony Curtis, it was announced today that the original cutout of Canadian child star Bobby Breen used on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is now up for auction online. It is expected to sell between $50,000 and $70,000.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Critic who slammed Pepper admits he was wrong, and blames his speakers

Fifty years on from his damning appraisal for the New York Times, in which he infamously labelled the album "an undistinguished collection of work," music critic Richard Goldstein has apologised for his remarks, blaming faulty speakers. He says, "My speakers weren't working properly, so I missed a lot of the stereo effects."

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Film version of Sgt. Pepper coming to Blu-ray

The film version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band starring Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees and Aerosmith returns on Blu-ray this fall. Due in North America on Sept. 26 via Shout! Factory, original Beatles producer George Martin served as musical director for the film, which also included Alice Cooper, Billy Preston and Heart.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Liverpool to sing When I'm Sixty-Four in Beatles tribute

Sixty-four choirs will pay tribute to The Beatles across Merseyside tomorrow morning, Thursday June 8, as they sing at the same time. Performances of When I'm Sixty-Four will take place at locations including Alder Hey Children's Hospital, supermarkets, schools and on the streets as the Sgt. Pepper at 50 celebrations continue.

Related Articles  Source: Your Move Magazine
Billy Joel, Eddie Vedder to DJ SiriusXM Beatles Channel

Billy Joel and Eddie Vedder are among the celebrity DJs SiriusXM has lined up for its new Beatles Channel. Vedder kicks off the specials on Friday, playing his favorite music from the Fab Four and talking about his favorite songs. Joel's special is set for July 28. Don Henley and Ron Howard are also set for the initial run of Beatles specials.

Related Articles  Source: Newsday, NY
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to get vinyl and cassette release

The "Awesome Mix" soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is being released on cassette and vinyl. Featuring classic songs by George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens and Sam Cooke, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 will be released on cassette on June 23 and vinyl on August 11.

Source: NME, UK
The true story of the Vox UL730: the amp behind Sgt. Pepper

So much has been made of The Beatles' musical gear over the years, even Fab Four lovers who normally couldn't care less about equipment know about the Rickenbacker 12–string guitar, the Hofner violin bass, and the Vox AC30 amplifiers. But there is one piece of Beatles equipment fans should know and revere but don't: the Vox UL730.

Related Articles  Source: Reverb
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Womack to present new book on George Martin at Ridge Festival

Dr. Ken Womack, author of the two-volume Beatles Encyclopedia and Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of The Beatles will be feted at Beatles at the Ridge, Sept. 15-16, as he releases his new work on Sir George Martin, Maximum Volume: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Early Years 1926-1966).

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Giles Martin talks Sgt. Pepper on the Tonight Show

Giles Martin was a guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night, and shared insights about his work on the Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary reissue. Martin said, "No one's ever said, 'Sgt. Pepper doesn't sound very good. I work for Paul and Ringo and Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison. They're my bosses."

Related Articles  Source: Best Classic Bands
Sgt. Pepper hits No. 1 in Billboard 50 years later

The 50th anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band jumped to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart a week after the release of the new stereo remix. Factoring in streams, Sgt. Pepper was topped only by rapper Bryson Tiller's "True to Self," on Billboard's sales-only ranking, however, Sgt. Pepper is No. 1.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Sgt. Pepper is the bestselling studio album in the U.K. ever

This week in the U.K., The Beatles are back at No. 1 after half a century away with the newly-released anniversary edition of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. This past week, the title shifted another 37,000 equivalent units, which adds to the already impressive total the record has been able to move over the decades.

Related Articles  Source: Forbes
Finding Penny Lane beneath the blue Florida skies

Tucked into a corner of Stirling Art Studios in Dunedin, Florida, is one of the most fascinating collections of pop culture ephemera in the Tampa Bay area. Penny Lane: The Ultimate Beatles Collection includes autographs, gold records, Beatle-played musical instruments, '60s merchandising, posters and photos.

Source: Creative Loafing, Tampa
The sad and protracted end of Beatles sideman Billy Preston

Known for his big smile and an even bigger afro, Billy Preston died in an avalanche of health, legal and financial problems in 2006, decades after work with the Beatles led to a string of solo hits in the '70s and a lengthy stint with the Rolling Stones. "Musically, my favorite moment was on the roof for Let It Be," Preston said in 2004.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 5, 2017
Only All-Beatles radio station in U.S. celebrates one year anniversary

All-Beatles 890 Yesterday radio celebrated their one-year anniversary last Memorial Day weekend. Last year on May 30, the station launched as "Yesterday," playing the original 193 songs from the 13 UK release Beatles Albums. By July 4, the station had grown to be 890 Yesterday and started playing songs from the Beatles solo careers.

Source: Beatles News
Pictures: Beatles Sgt. Pepper at 50 extravaganza in Liverpool

Hundreds of Beatles fans dressed in costumes turned out for a huge extravaganza at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool to celebrate 50 years of their hit Sgt Pepper album. The free event featured 460 performers, 75 Beatles songs and even horses dressed up as the Fab Four, and was inspired by Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Tony Curtis cut-out from Sgt Pepper album cover up for auction

The cardboard cut-out of Tony Curtis used on the Sgt Pepper album cover, signed by Tony Curtis, is expected to sell for about $60,000 in the Heritage Auctions sale on June 17-18 in Beverly Hills. Also up for auction is a sealed copy of the infamous Yesterday and Today butcher cover LP, expected to sell for $30,000.

Related Articles  Source: Antiques Trader Gazette
Cubans rock to once-censored Beatles at Havana tribute concert

Communist-run Cuba, which once frowned upon the Beatles, on Thursday held an open-air covers concert in a Havana park celebrating 50 years since the release of Sgt. Pepper. Beatlemania has flourished belatedly on the island, where authorities in the 1960s and 1970s considered Beatles songs "ideological diversionism".

Source: Nation News, Barbados
Lana Del Rey's perfect praise for Sean Lennon track

Sean Lennon nearly cried with joy after Lana Del Rey declared their collaboration was "perfect". The Born to Die singer teamed up with Sean on track Tomorrow Never Came, which is about John and Yoko, from her new album Lust for Life. "She has exceptional taste," Sean commented of her approach to making music.

Source: Music News, UK
Beatles superfan from Glasgow puts collection under the hammer

A Beatles superfan from Glasgow has put rare memorabilia up for auction. The collection features everything from ceramic busts, posters and records to framed prints, autographs and even a model yellow submarine. Music memorabilia experts believe the 144 lot collection could fetch in the region of £10,000 (about $13,000).

Source: Glasgow Evening Times
Video: Outlander stars treat fans to surprise Beatles karaoke

Outlander stars Steven Cree, Stephen Walters and Nell Hudson belted out a surprise rendition of The Beatles' I Saw Her Standing There for screaming crowds at the Papillon Bistro last night in New York City last night. It comes as Outlander fans wait patiently for the release of the third series of the fantasy hit.

Source: The Scottish Sun
35 Years Ago: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder top the charts

When Paul McCartney hooked up with Stevie Wonder to make a plea for racial harmony in 1982, the result was one of the biggest hits in either artist's distinguished career. Ebony and Ivory, produced by George Martin, seemed like a natural for the duet treatment, and McCartney immediately knew who he wanted for a partner.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, June 2, 2017
Paul McCartney went too pirate for Pirates of the Caribbean Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney went full-on buccaneer in his recent Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales cameo, but producers were worried he'd almost went overboard with the Pirates look. Joachim Rønning said, "He's unrecognizable. I got nervous, because no one is going to see it in a way. It felt like we had gone too far."

Source: USA Today
Beatles fan spots John Lennon's face in Arctic mountain ice

A Beatles fan has spotted John Lennon's face in a snowy Arctic mountain in far off Svalbard known for glaciers and polar bears. Paul Murphy was on holiday with his family when he looked out the window and spotted the bizarre snow patterns on the mountain face, and took pictures. He says, "Once you've seen it, you can't not see it."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Drive My Car and 6 other songs by the Beatles about cars

It's been 50 years since the Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. To join in the celebration, car buying and info website Carjojo has compiled a list Beatles songs that are about, or that mention, cars. Drive My Car is the most obvious. Can you name 6 other songs by The Beatles that mention cars?

Source: Carjojo
First Impressions: Sirius/XM's Beatles channel

All You Need Is Love was the first song played on The Beatles Channel, Channel 18 on Sirius/XM. The channel's programming is heavily weighted toward the group's catalog, but work from the solo years gradually became more of a presence over the first couple of days. There are also songs by artists who influenced The Beatles.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan Magazine
Beatles Yellow Submarine animator to show art from 50-year career

Ron Campbell served as a director on the Beatles TV cartoon show from 1964 to 1965. He also spent eight months animating about 12 minutes of the Yellow Submarine film. Since retiring, Campbell, now 77, has been traveling the country for art shows, typically three days. He will be appearing in Missoula, Montana, this weekend.

Source: The Missoulian
Video: Stunning firework display in Woolton celebrates Sgt. Pepper Warning: Page opens with sound

Thousands of people attended a spectacular light show held in Liverpool to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the release of Beatles album Sgt Pepper. Woolton Camp Hill in suburban Liverpool was lit up with stunning fireworks and pyrotechnics that dazzled the huge crowd who had turned out for the special event.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Mystery Indian musician on Sgt Pepper album reveals his memories

Finally identified after 50 years, Buddhadev Kansara, now 79, played the tamboura on George Harrison's Within You Without You on Sgt. Pepper. He says, "It didn't matter to me if people knew I was on that song, for me it was about the experience of working with The Beatles. I am most happy that people still care for Indian music."

Related Articles  Source: Bucks Free Press, UK
Thursday, June 1, 2017
Which Beatle would buy which car today?

June 1, 1967. Camaro and Mustang were fighting it out for pony car supremacy, Chevy Impala was the most popular car in America, and Japanese cars were tiny tin cans. And on that same day, the Beatles released what many consider the greatest album of all time, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. But what cars would they buy today?

Source: Carjojo
Giant Beatles mural unveiled in Liverpool

Fixing a Hole from the Sgt. Pepper album was commemorated in grand style in Liverpool today with the unveiling of the biggest mural ever created by celebrated US artist Judy Chicago. Part of the exterior wall of the White Tomins and Courage Grain Silo in Stanley Dock has been transformed into a vivid, psychedelic Beatles image.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Audio: All the best covers of Sgt. Pepper

According to online music database WhoSampled, The Beatles are the most covered act of all time, a whopping 2,710 official recordings of songs originally written and performed by the Fab Four, over 2,000 more than second-placed artist Bob Dylan. Sgt. Pepper is responsible for more than its fair share.

Related Articles  Source: Metro, UK
Session drummer recalls working with Beatles on Sgt. Pepper

Tristan Fry, who has worked with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Elton John, was one of the many musicians who contributed to Sgt Pepper. The 75-year-old drummer played the timpani on the album's final track, A Day In The Life. He said, "Looking back now I can appreciate how being involved in the recording...was a complete privilege."

Related Articles  Source: International Business Times
50 geeky facts about Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Warning: Page opens with sound

Despite its release 50 years ago, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band remains one of the world's best-known musical works. 50 geeky facts you might not know about it include where the crowd noises were recorded, why laughing is heard at the end of Within You Without You, and a song that was recorded but didn't make the cut.

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK

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