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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
When The Beatles met Elvis, who was Presley's biggest fan?

The most infamous rock and roll meeting of all time occurred when Elvis Presley met The Beatles in 1965. While many stories circulated in later years that the meeting was a flop or The Beatles or Elvis were disappointed, that doesn't seem to be the case. The new book Elvis: Behind The Legend recounts this legendary summit.

Source: The Examiner
The legendary tale of Paul McCartney's untimely death in 1966

Paul McCartney died in November 1966 and was replaced with a lookalike. Sure, it sounds crazy, until you read all the evidence. Then it sounds even crazier. But it's an impressive example of the way a rumour can get, like, seriously out of hand decades before social media's inventors were a twinkle in their fathers' eyes.

Source: Techly
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Beatles first recording contract to be auctioned next month

The Beatles' first recording contract was signed in Hamburg, Germany, where the band honed its craft. The 1961 recording session produced the single "My Bonnie," released in Germany, and led to the Beatles' discovery back home. The six-page contract will be auctioned in New York on Sept. 19 for an estimated $150,000.

Source: NY Daily News
Animal welfare supporter Stella McCartney drops wool supplier

Fashion designer and daughter of Paul, Stella McCartney says she was "devastated" to watch her wool suppliers mistreating sheep. Stella has immediately ceased buying material from Patagonian farms in Argentina and Chile after she was presented with video footage from Peta, which showed scenes of cruelty toward the animals.

Source: The Daily Sun
Dave Grohl has dinner with The Beatles

Dave Grohl recently said in an interview that he had dinner with the surviving Beatles, and that Ringo Starr told Grohl that he was a fan of the Washington DC episode of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways on HBO. "Ringo was like, 'Man, I watched the DC episode, I love Go-go!' I was like, oh my god, I just turned Ringo Starr onto Go-go music!"

Source: Alternative Nation
Henry Winkler remembers meeting 'quiet and shy' John Lennon

Happy Days star Henry Winkler has revealed he was left starstruck by John Lennon. Winkler recalled how Lennon attended a recording of the popular TV show in 1974, with his son Julian. John was very quiet and shy. I didn't know how to engage him in conversation till I started talking about how much I loved his first solo album."

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Duo brings life of fifth Beatle to stage in South Africa

"If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian," said Paul McCartney in 1997. Epstein: The Man Who Made The Beatles which opened on Sunday in Johannesburg is a window into the private world of the man whose career as The Beatles' manager made him a household name, yet whose controversial personal life remained in the closet.

Source: Independant Online
Fans reminisce about 1965 Atlanta Beatles show

50 years ago today the Beatles came to play in Atlanta. "It was the ultimate excitement that the Beatles were coming to Atlanta. I remember the high pitched screaming of the crowd (mostly female) when the Beatles ran out on the field," said Maureen Sellers. Jim Warren remembers, "I was there. It was a night to remember always."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The Beatles played their last show in Boston 49 years ago today

Beatlemania swept over Boston for the final time on this date 49 years ago. Much like the band's first trip to the city in 1964, 25,000 screaming fans showed up to Suffolk Downs for a chance to see them in person on August 18, 1966. The energy at the racetrack was electric, The Beatles played 11 songs for around 30 minutes.

Source: The Boston Globe
Monday, August 17, 2015
Unseen Beatles pictures show Ringo tending to his octopus's garden

Ever wondered why Ringo sang Octopus's Garden? He looks like a natural gardener in an off-duty moment at the height of the band's fame, in a snap that is part of a unique private collection now released for the first time. The photos were taken from 1963 to 1968 for the magazine The Beatles Book, but never made it into print.

Source: Irish Mirror
Beatlefan magazine examines Help! cover photo

In the upcoming issue of Beatlefan, there is going to be a trivia competition where the winner will get a 16" x 16" print of the image used on the cover. The photo comes from the Vincent Vigil collection, and is one of the images which will be going into the permanent collection of the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Source: WogBlog
Video: Beatles concert photographer Bob Bonis

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles only performance in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul. Bob Bonis, who was The Beatles' U.S. Tour Manager was also an avid photographer and had his trusted Leica M3 camera with him as he stood at the side of the stage watching over the performance.

Source: KARE TV, Minneapolis, St. Paul
The day the Beatles came to town

What's it like when a town was invaded by Beatlemania? Bill King looks at what happened in Atlanta on Aug. 18, 1965, in an article originally published in August, 1985. "The entire stadium bordered on hysteria. I can still see the faces of the girls, tears in their eyes, as they hung over the wall and the policemen tried to restrain them."

Source: Beatlefan
The Beatles play their first show in Hamburg 55 years ago

The stints the Beatles did in Hamburg, Germany are widely credited with turning them from just another teenage band in Liverpool into a tight rock n' roll combo. They played their first night at the Indra Club on Aug. 17, 1960. "In Hamburg, we would play for eight hours, so we really had to find new ways of playing," said John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Talented new authors make appearances at Chicago Beatles fest

The Beatles were not "just a band," they were gifted artists. They would have been extremely proud of the authors, musicians, actors, and artists who gathered once again this year at The Chicago Fest for Beatles Fans, many who come back year after year with their handcrafted jewelry, framed art, and well-researched books.

Source: Beatles News
Fans to line two-mile route as world bids farewell to Cilla Black

Tearful mourners will line a two-mile route along the streets of Liverpool as Cilla Black makes her final journey to the church where she married her beloved husband Bobby. Members of the public who wish to pay their respects have been asked to line the route rather than travel to the village due to the secluded nature of the church.

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Friday, August 14, 2015
Listen: Sean Lennon collaborates on new track

Sean Lennon has co-produced a side-project with the psychedelic Fat White Family called the Moonlandingz. A unique video for their latest track, "Sweet Saturn Mine (Sean Lennon De-Mix)" is now available online. Lennon said, "Because it's a side project for all of us in a way, not the main project, things feel a lot more fun and easy."

Source: Music Times
Forthcoming book to investigate Pete Best's firing from the Beatles

Beatles author David Bedford says his next book, titled "The Fourth Beatle," also planned to be made into a documentary film, will be a deep look into former Beatle drummer Pete Best's career with the Fab Four and the reasons behind Best's being fired from the group by manager Brian Epstein on Aug. 16, 1962.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Publicist says Cilla Black's home target of funeral burglary plot

A plot to break into the home of Cilla Black during her funeral has been uncovered, days before the event is due to take place. Black's publicist said security had been increased and all valuables removed from the property after a "professionally cut circular hole" was discovered in its perimeter fence.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
New book says Lennon planned to dodge army by moving to Ireland

The young John Lennon planned to dodge his National Service with the British Army by moving to Ireland, according to a new book on The Beatles' first tour of the USA in 1964. It says Lennon, who went on to be a vocal anti-war protester, had no intention of ever serving if he was summoned to take part in National Service.

Source: RTE, Ireland
Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney for Beatles catalog 30 years ago

Music brought Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson together, and it also tore them apart. They recorded several duets in the '80s, including "Say Say Say," but then their friendship fractured when Jackson, in arguably one of the shrewdest business moves ever, outbid McCartney for the publishing rights to the Beatles catalog in 1985.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Photos: Beatles at Shea Stadium 50 years ago tomorrow

Fifty years ago Saturday, the Beatles performed to a sold-out crowd at Shea stadium in Queens, New York, in a concert many say was the band's greatest. Shea seated 55,600 fans, many more than was considered could possibly attend one concert, the only rock artist who had previously played stadiums half the size was Elvis.

Related Articles  Source: WABC TV, NY
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Video: Author recalls the night The Beatles and Dylan got high

Ivor Davis was present the evening in 1964 when Bob Dylan first met The Beatles. He remembers that evening in a new video interview. Davis has just published The Beatles and Me, his memoir of the band's debut US tour on which he was the only journalist to shadow the band on all 34 dates in February and March 1964.

Source: RTE, Ireland
Book review: Elvis: Behind the Legend reveals surprising Beatles stories

The new book, "Elvis, Behind the Legend: Startling Truths About the King of Rock and Roll's Life, Loves, Films and Music" by Trina Young, reveals new facts about his connection with the Beatles, including the difference in earnings from their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, and the day The Beatles met Elvis in 1965 at his home in L.A.

Source: The Examiner
LIPA students take up roles at Twickenham Studios

LIPA students and graduates are being headhunted to work at the famous Twickenham Studios. There are currently six students and recent graduates from the BA Sound Technology course based at the studios, which are where the Beatles filmed A Hard Day's Night and Help! and are run by a Liverpudlian.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Donovan: Why I went to India with The Beatles

Singer and songwriter Donovan was a friend of all of the fab four, travelling to India with them on their spiritual pilgrimage and even helping each other write songs. "It was an amazing time," says Donovan. "I spent a lot of time with John, George and Paul. We'd write songs outside with peacocks wandering around."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Famous last words: The snub that led to the Beatles' breakup

Allen Klein's most provocative act at Apple Records was directed not at an employee, but at an owner. During a staff meeting at Savile Row, the receptionist buzzed Allen. Everyone in his office heard the message: Paul McCartney was on the line for him. "Tell him I'm in a meeting and I'll call him back later," he said.

Source: Medium.com
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Pictures: Paul McCartney's new NYC penthouse

Earlier this year, Paul McCartney splurged on a Manhattan penthouse, the original listing price for which was $15.5 million. The duplex is located in a boutique building and has five bedrooms and five bathrooms. Most of the rooms in the home, including the living room and the master suite, overlook Central Park and the NYC skyline.

Source: HLN TV
Housing association to build homes on site of Paul McCartney's birthplace

A housing association has received planning permission to build homes on land where Paul McCartney was born in 1942. The site of the former Walton Hospital in Liverpool is to be turned into a development of 195 homes, including 64 houses and apartments for "affordable rent" and 37 houses for shared ownership.

Source: 24 Dash, UK
Cilla Black to be in home city of Liverpool

It has been announced that Cilla Black will be in her home city of Liverpool. Her will take place next Thursday at St. Mary's Church in Woolton, the same church where she married Bobby Willis, her husband of thirty years, in 1969. After, her body will be at a private ceremony in Allerton Cemetery.

Related Articles  Source: International Business Times, UK
Pete Best joins the Beatles 55 years ago today

By the middle of 1960, the Beatles were getting pretty well known around Liverpool and, under a different name, had played some gigs backing Johnny Gentle in Scotland. But after the departure of Tommy Moore, they were without a drummer. They filled that hole on Aug. 12, 1960, when they auditioned and hired Pete Best.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
1972 all-star orchestral version of Tommy to be reissued next month

A remastered edition of the star-studded 1972 symphonic version of The Who's classic 1969 rock opera Tommy will be released on Friday, September 11. Tommy, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra & Chambre Choir, features contributions from three-fourths of The Who and others including Ringo Starr and Rod Stewart.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Danbury Fields Forever Fab 4 Music Festival this weekend

The New York/New England regional Beatles festival, "Fab 4 Music Festival: Danbury Fields Forever," will "come together" Saturday, August 15 from Noon-8pm in Danbury, Connecticut. The music, foods and arts festival is in its fourth year, with 10 acts playing the music of The Beatles, solo material and songs from the 60s.

Source: Westchester Magazine
Unseen footage of John Lennon in recording studio surfaces

It's always been thought that John Lennon videotaped his 1980 studio sessions, but there hasn't been any real proof, until now. A four-minute clip featuring Lennon in the studio singing a rough version of the Double Fantasy song "I'm Losing You" backed by members of the band Cheap Trick popped up Aug. 10 on YouTube.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Audio: Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell upon the death of John Lennon

With the passing of football great Frank Gifford on Sunday, KRTH 101 has found a clip from a very tragic night in music history. Gifford and Howard Cosell are heard discussing, during a commercial break of Monday Night Football, whether or not to tell the audience that John Lennon had been shot and killed outside of his apartment.

Source: KRTH FM, Los Angeles
BBC Radio 2 host breaks down during show dedicated to Cilla Black

Paul O'Grady broke down in tears during his Radio 2 show on Sunday as he remembered his good friend Cilla Black. The presenter, close pals with Cilla for twenty years, was forced to pause towards the end of his show after playing the star's 1966 hit "Alfie," telling listeners, "that always does me in, that one - completely finishes me off."

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
John Lennon defends himself against quote 49 years ago today

On August 11, 1966, The Beatles arrived in the US amid huge controversy after John Lennon's claim that the band was "more popular" had prompted angry fans to burn their records in protest. At a press conference, a visibly nervous Lennon was asked to explain, and apologise for, his comments.

Source: BT News, UK
Monday, August 10, 2015
Johnny Depp's super group reels in Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl

Johnny Depp's new super group called Hollywood Vampires already features Depp, Alice Cooper, and Aerosmith's Joe Perry. Now Depp has managed to add to their entourage with even more famous guests for their first real album, which features guest appearances from Paul McCartney, the Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl and Slash.

Related Articles  Source: ET Online
Liverpool's Hard Days Night hotel sells for higher than expected

International hotel chain Millennium & Copthorne Hotels has agreed to acquire the Hard Days Night hotel in Liverpool, the only Beatles-inspired hotel in the world, for 13.8m in cash, a higher than expected price. It had been put on the market by owner Tony Criss with a reported asking price of 11m in March.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Cilla Black's signed handkerchief up for sale

A signed "luv Cilla" handkerchief is up for auction later this month amongst a collection of Beatles memorabilia. The poignantly signed hanky from Cilla Black, who died just over a week ago at her Spanish villa after a fall, is one of 328 items being offered up to to enthusiasts and investors in Liverpool's annual Beatles Auction.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Audio: The John Lennon demo that nearly became the Beatles' final song

George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited in 1994 to add their finishing touches to a pair of demos left behind by John Lennon for 1995′s three-volume Anthology series, Free as a Bird and Real Love. Another Lennon demo, titled "Now & Then," was briefly considered as a third track, but plans to polish it fell apart.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Beatles' documentarian researches Alabama protest

In early August of 1966, Lennon said he felt his group was more popular than Jesus. English audiences didn't seem overly upset, but when Lennon's remark finally hit American soil, it "went viral," a term often used today by 24/7 news operations, thanks to Birmingham, Alabama, disc jockeys Doug Layton and Tommy Charles.

Source: Montgomery Advertiser (Subscription)

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