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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
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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
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Joe Cocker posthumously tops the German charts

The late Joe Cocker has rocketed up the German pop charts about a week after his passing. Not one, but two of Cocker's albums were in the German Top 100, published by GfK Entertainment. His "Greatest Hits" came in at 98 and "Fire It Up," his 22nd studio album originally released in 2012, jumped to number 48.

Related Articles  Source: DW, Germany
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.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
Beatles movies actor Jeremy Lloyd

Jeremy Lloyd was the co-creator of hit UK TV shows 'Allo 'Allo! and Are You Being Served? and appeared in two films with The Beatles, 1964's A Hard Day's Night and Help! the following year. He also acted opposite Peter Sellers in The Magic Christian, which also featured Ringo Starr.

Source: New Magazine, UK
Monday, December 22, 2014
Newspaper photographer who snapped Beatles dies aged 89

Photographer Jane Bown, known for her portraits of famous people including the Beatles and the Queen, has died aged 89. Bown joined the Observer in 1949, her other subjects included ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, Samuel Beckett and artist Francis Bacon. Several of her pictures are in the National Portrait Gallery.

Source: BBC News
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Joe Cocker

Paul McCartney has led tributes to rock and blues singer Joe Cocker, who has died at the age of 70. He was perhaps best known for his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, which reached number one in the UK in 1968. Paul said, "It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing." Ringo said, "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker."

Related Articles  Source: Belfast Telegraph
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Video: Beatles fans remember John Lennon in Central Park

Beatles fans gathered Monday to remember John Lennon on the 34th anniversary of his death. Musicians played Beatles classics in Central Park's Strawberry Fields to celebrate Lennon's life. Fans said his legacy is still felt in today's music. "He's had an impact on anybody that's ever picked up a guitar, " said one Lennon fan.

Source: NY1
Monday, December 8, 2014
Liverpool Beatles appreciation society remembers John Lennon

Fans of late Beatle John Lennon paid respects to the legendary musician on the 34th anniversary of his death with prayers for peace. The Liverpool Beatles Appreciation Society held a small ceremony at a statue of the band in Cavern Walks shopping centre on Mathew Street, where candles and memorabilia were laid.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney reflects on John Lennon's death

In a recent interview, Paul McCartney recounted how he found out about the death of John Lennon. "It was just so horrific that you couldn't take it in. It was really difficult for everyone. For me, it was just so sad that I wasn't going to see him again, and we weren't going to hang out," McCartney said.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon: 12/8/80

In 1980, critical reaction to Double Fantasy, John Lennon's first new album in more than 5 years, was mixed, perhaps due to the album's co-billing of Yoko Ono, but most fans were pleased. On December 8, the TV news said something about John Lennon being shot outside his home in New York. It was a real punch in the gut.

Source: Like The Dew
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Rolling Stones sax legend Keys dead at 70

Bobby Keys, the saxophonist who played on some of the Rolling Stones' biggest and best songs, has died. He was 70 years old. He first met the Stones in 1964, Keys played the tenor sax on hits like "Brown Sugar"and "Can't You Hear Me Knocking." Keys joined John Lennon, both in music and in drug use, during his "Lost Weekend."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
George Harrison childhood friend Geoff Nugent dies aged 71

The Undertakers' guitarist Geoff Nugent passed away on Sunday at the age of 71. Nugent was born in Liverpool in 1943 within a couple of days of George Harrison, the two were childhood friends growing up in Speke, where they learned to play guitar together. Over the years he raised many thousands of pounds for charity.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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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