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Monday, June 8, 2015
John Lennon recording engineer Dennis Ferrante passes away

Recording engineer Dennis Ferrante, whose long list of credits includes work on albums by such diverse artists as John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Lou Reed, Waylon Jennings and Elvis Presley, died June 6 from heart failure. Former Wings drummer Steve Holley said, "Dennis was a storyteller. I never saw him unkind to anyone."

More Information  Source: Beatles Examiner
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Monday, June 1, 2015
Beatles costume designer Julie Harris dead at 94

Julie Harris, an Academy Award-winning costume designer who outfitted the Beatles for both A Hard Day's Night and Help!, passed away Saturday at a London hospital after a brief illness from a chest infection, she was 94. Harris also worked on the James Bond film Live and Let Die, the 007 spoof Casino Royale and Goodbye Mr. Chips.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, May 29, 2015
Veteran Ed Sullivan impersonator leaves some really big shoes to fill

Jerry Hoban, a veteran celebrity impersonator known for his portrayal of Ed Sullivan and who often was seen on stage with Beatles tribute bands, has died, according to a statement yesterday from the Beatles tribute group the Fab Four, with whom he appeared for many years. Hoban also played his Ed Sullivan character in movies and on TV.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Bob Belden who set Beatles to jazz dies at 58

Bob Belden, a jazz saxophonist, composer, arranger and producer, died yesterday at a hospital in New York. He was 58. Mr. Belden was known for conceiving and producing multi-artist thematic albums, and released a series of albums that turned the music of the Beatles, Puccini, Prince, Sting and Carole King into jazz.

Source: Washington Post
Friday, May 15, 2015
Musicians remember blues legend BB King, dead in Las Vegas at 89

Blues legend BB King passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on Thursday, he was 89. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton and John Lennon. Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless BB King peace and love to his family."

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Ringo Starr home owner Margaret Grose passes away aged 91

Margaret Grose, who died last week at the age of 91, had lived on number 10 Admiral Grove, the former home of Ringo Starr, since the seventies. Instead of tiring of the hordes of Beatles fans showing up at her front door, Margaret opened up her home to fans, raising 10,000 through collection boxes for the Linda McCartney Centre.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Hot Chocolate singer and Apple artist Errol Brown dead at 71

Singer Errol Brown, who fronted the pop and disco group Hot Chocolate from the late Sixties through the early Eighties, has died. He co-wrote and sang the 1975 hit "You Sexy Thing" and was signed to the Beatles' Apple label in 1969 after he sent John Lennon a reggae version of "Give Peace a Chance."

More Info: Pictures  Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, April 27, 2015
Beatles, Elvis Presley songwriter Sid Tepper dies at 96

Sid Tepper, who wrote songs recorded by The Beatles and Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 96. Tepper, with writing partner Roy C. Bennett, wrote The Beatles' "Glad All Over" (not to be confused with the Dave Clark Five song of the same name), which they performed on the BBC. He died of natural causes in Miami Beach on Friday.

More Information  Source: Digital Spy
Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Looking Back: 1982 Beatlefan interview with Cynthia Lennon

In early 1982, Bill King interviewed Cynthia Lennon for Beatlefan magazine. She talks about her then touring art exhibit, working with Paul and Linda McCartney, how John and Paul got along, Brian Epstein, meeting fans at Beatlefest, and what it was like being in the public eye and the ex-wife of John Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan Blog
Monday, April 6, 2015
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
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
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 17, 2015
Albert Maysles' Beatles films an enduring relic of their early years

The huge contribution made by Albert Maysles with his brother David to the art of cinematography included a Granada TV programme that they were commissioned to film in 1964. It was a wonderfully exhilarating example of freewheeling cinema verite vividly capturing the Beatles' American welcome in February 1964.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Paul McCartney pays tribute to Albert Maysles

Paul McCartney has issued a statement remembering acclaimed documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles on his official website. He said, "I was so sad to hear of the death of my friend and work colleague Albert Maysles. Albert, it was a pleasure to know you and thanks from all of us who did simply love you."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Friday, March 6, 2015
Ringo Starr pays loving tribute to filmmaker Albert Maysles

Ringo Starr has issued a statement reacting to the death of Albert Maysles. In his statement Ringo said, "Albert Maysles was a beautiful human being. The many times I hung out with him it was always a pleasure. He was a pioneer of his time, even for a short man. He will be missed. God bless him. Peace & Love, Ringo"

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Legendary Beatles documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles dies at 88

Albert Maysles, the revolutionary documentary filmmaker who helped pioneer nonfiction movies, has died. He was 88. Maysles was best known for a handful of documentary classics he made with his brother, David, in the 1960s and 1970s, including the Beatles, whom the pair followed in 1964 during their first trip to the United States.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Former ATV managing director Peter Phillips passes away at 80

Music publishing veteran Peter Phillips died suddenly on February 10, 2015, following a short illness. In the music business since 1958, in 1977 Phillips joined ATV/Northern Songs as managing director. Over eight years at ATV he looked after not only The Beatles catalogue but also artists such as Neil Diamond and The Pretenders.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Pioneer recording engineer-producer John Palladino dies at 94

Sound engineer turned Capitol Records producer John Palladino, who worked on classic recordings by Frank Sinatra, the Steve Miller Band, Paul McCartney, The Beatles and more, died last week, he was 94. He edited tracks on Capitol's U.S. version of Beatles Rarities and created "The Beatles' Movie Medley" in 1982.

Source: SCV News
Friday, January 23, 2015
Man who brought the Beatles to Las Vegas dies at 94

Stan Irwin, a Las Vegas producer and manager has died Wednesday of natural causes in Los Angeles at age 94. Irwin guided the careers of such celebs as Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett and Johnny Carson, and was credited for bringing artists like Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, Bobby Darin and the Beatles to perform in Las Vegas.

Source: Billboard
Friday, January 9, 2015
Beatles cartoon voice Lance Percival dies, aged 81

Lance Percival has died at the age of 81. Percival became known in the 1960s for his performances on That Was the Week That Was. He voiced Paul and Ringo in The Beatles' animated TV show from 1965 to 1969 and went on to play Old Fred in 1968's Yellow Submarine. He died peacefully on Tuesday after a long illness.

Source: Digital Spy
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Video: Elvis Presley remembered by The Beatles

It's been 38 years since Elvis Presley permanently left the building. But the legacy of the man once hailed as the King lives on. "Elvis is my man," Paul McCartney said. "He was a big influence on the Beatles and he just was great." The other Beatles largely agreed, as you can see in a video from "The Beatles Anthology."

Source: UT San Diego
Legendary Cavern Club owner Ray McFall has died

Tributes are being paid to The Cavern Club's legendary owner Ray McFall who has died aged 88. Mr McFall, a legend of the British music scene, first booked The Beatles at the iconic venue and transformed it from a jazz club to the mecca of British rock and roll. He passed away last night in his sleep at the age of 88.

More Information  Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, December 29, 2014
Joe Cocker: The Beatles connections

Joe Cocker first came to fame in the UK in 1968 with his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, and his performance of that song at Woodstock the following summer rocketed him to world fame. The Beatles were not always thrilled by some of the covers of their songs, but that was not the case with Joe.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Man who brought Beatles to America to be remembered in NYC

On Wednesday, February 12, family, friends and artists will come together to celebrate the life of and to pay tribute to Sid Bernstein, the legendary promoter also known as "the man who brought The Beatles to America" and "The Father of the British Invasion" at The Cutting Room in New York City.

Source: Beatles News
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rock pioneer and human rights supporter Lou Reed passes away

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and punk-poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at 71. Reed is most recently featured on a new 6-disc DVD box-set for Amnesty International that features him prominently performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Davy Jones to be remembered at Monkees convention

The one-year anniversary of Davy Jones' passing will be commemorated with a celebration of the former teen idol's life, and his band, at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There will be live concert performances and special guest interviews.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, June 25, 2012
Imagine the Beatles Tribute remembers Victor Spinetti

Neil Burg of Imagine The Beatles Tribute remembers fondly the night they had the pleasure of performing in front of the late Victor Spinetti back in 1995 in Northridge, LA at the Volare Restaurant. Neil says Victor told them that they made him cry when he heard the songs that they performed, especially the songs from Hard Days Night.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I won an award... It's on the wall in my office

The wonderful British character actor Victor Spinetti passed away on Monday at the age of 82. Over the years, I got the chance to spend many hours one on one with Victor. He was the warmest, kindest, most wonderful soul I ever met on this planet. The time I got to spend with him was a wonderful gift which I will never forget.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Another Sgt. Pepper's face passes away

Actor and Hollywood legend Tony Curtis has passed away. He was among the actors and famous people that the Beatles admired that were pictured on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. In March, 2009, he visited Las Vegas to sign autographs and showed up to the event wearing a Sgt. Pepper's t-shirt.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, August 27, 2010
Thinking of Brian

Today we remember Brian Epstein, who passed away 43 years ago on this day, August 27, 1967. He believed in the Beatles when no one else did and tamed them without changing who they were. It's a crime an accident took Brian from us at such a young age. He was only 32, but he lives on in the hearts of every Beatles fan forever.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Sunday, January 17, 2010
George Harrison's nephew passes away

Gordon Caldwell, George Harrison's nephew, and son of Louise Harrison, this morning, Sunday, January 17th, 2010 at the age of 52. Louise said, "Gordon, like his uncle George Harrison, was a very spiritual person and was a siddha".

Source: Beatles News
Friday, July 17, 2009
Peter Asher says Gordon was the duo's heart and soul

In an official statement released today, Peter Asher said of his late partner, "Gordon played such a significant role in my life that losing him is hard to comprehend ? let alone to tolerate. Without Gordon I would never have begun my career in the music business in the first place."

Source: Beatles News Blog
Gordon Waller of Peter and Gordon, dead at 64

Sad news for Beatles fans. Gordon Waller, one half of 1960s singing duo Peter & Gordon, passed away early today at age 64, in a hospital near his home in Connecticut. Peter & Gordon had nine Top Forty hits, four of their hits were specially written for them by Paul McCartney.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Indian musician who performed with George Harrison

Ali Akbar Khan, the revered Indian-born musician who moved to Marin County and popularized his country's music for successive generations of Americans, died Thursday night. In 1971, he teamed with Ravi Shankar to open George Harrison's 1971 Bangladesh fundraising concert at New York's Madison Square Garden.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, March 26, 2009
The wife of Badfinger's Joey Molland passes away

Sad news for Beatles fans and fans of the Apple artists family. Kathie Molland, wife of Badfinger's Joey Molland, passed away in her sleep on Tuesday. Kathie met Joey Molland in 1970 at a Minneapolis night club while Badfinger were on their first American tour. She married Joey two years later in London.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, March 13, 2009

Alan Livingston
The man who brought Beatlemania to America, dead at 91

Former record company executive Alan Livingston died today in Los Angeles at the age of 91. Livingston was the president of Capitol Records at the time the company obtained the exclusive U.S. distribution rights for recordings of The Beatles in December, 1963. Within weeks, Beatlemania exploded in America.

Source: Beatles News

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