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Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Smithereens singer Pat DiNizio dies at 62

The lead singer and primary songwriter of the New Jersey rock band The Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, passed away yesterday. In 2007 with the Smithereens, he recorded Meet the Smithereens, on which the group covered the entire Meet the Beatles album. Pat DiNizio had been rehabilitating from a fall, he was 62.

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Friday, December 8, 2017
An Optometrist recalls late-night chats with John Lennon

Optometrist Dr. Gary Tracy provided John Lennon with his iconic, eponymous "John Lennon glasses" from 1974 to 1979. John Lennon found a safe haven at Dr. Gary Tracy's Optometry and Eyewear. "He came at closing time on purpose," Dr. Tracy explained. "He and Yoko would enjoy just sitting and relaxing and chatting about local things."

Source: West Side Rag
How Hong Kong reacted to the shooting of John Lennon

John Lennon's 1980 murder in New York sent shock waves around the world, not least in Hong Kong, where broadcasters were quick to air tributes. Hong Kong disc Jockey Ray Cordeiro, who had interviewed Lennon and the Beatles three times, said he "almost lost control of his car when he heard the news".

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December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

John Lennon was an artist, a cultural icon, a man of peace who gave so much of himself, who defined us and gave us direction. We will miss him until we too have our day. From the Beatles' start in 1962 until his passing on December 8, 1980, was only 18 years. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

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2017 in Review: A farewell to those who left us

We lost many greats of the music world in 2017, musicians and singers, songwriters and producers, music industry giants and others who made it all happen, including Beatles idols Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, part-time Beach Boy Glen Campbell, McCartney producer Tommy LiPuma, and Apple recording artist David Peel.

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Friday, November 10, 2017
Tailor who made the Beatles' first suits passes away Warning: Page opens with sound

The man who made the The Beatles' first suits has died aged 83. Walter Smith crafted thousands of bespoke suits at his shop, Craft Tailoring, in Liverpool. In 1962, one of his regular customers was Brian Epstein and one day that summer he walked into the shop looking for clothes for the four lads in his new up and coming band.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, October 26, 2017
Paul McCartney writes touching tribute to Fats Domino

Fats Domino, who died Tuesday at 89, was one of the main pioneers of early rock and roll, influencing virtually everyone who followed him, including the Beatles, who covered his songs and met him on one of their first trips to America. Today, Paul McCartney issued a statement on his website remembering the legendary rocker.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Fats Domino
The Day the Beatles met Fats Domino

In 1964, a bunch of rock 'n' roll legends met face-to-face in New Orleans. The Beatles were in the Big Easy for their City Park concert that September and were determined to meet one of their idols, Fats Domino, whom they named as a major influence. Another New Orleans musician, Clarence "Frogman" Henry, agreed to help set up a meeting.

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Fats Domino: a huge talent who inspired ska, the Beatles and bling

Fats Domino, the boogie-woogie master, who passed away today at the age of 89, shaped the course of popular music over and over again. Elvis Presley proclaimed him "the real king of rock'n'roll", his influence proved vast, not least on the Beatles. Ain't That a Shame was the first song John Lennon learned to play.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Friday, October 20, 2017
Fans can pay tribute to DJ Rick Shaw and leave with piece of music history

in 1964, while he worked for WQAM, DJ Rick Shaw, who passed away in September, was the first radio disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles. Fans, friends and colleagues will pay tribute at a memorial Sunday afternoon at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida. The will also be a silent auction featuring Rick Shaw memorabilia.

Source: Miami Herald
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Primal Scream therapist Arthur Janov dies at 93

Arthur Janov, a psychotherapist whose "primal therapy" had celebrities screaming to release their childhood traumas and spawned a best-selling book in the 1970s, has died. His 1970 book "The Primal Scream," made him an international celebrity. His patients included John Lennon and Yoko Ono. He was 93.

Source: CBS News
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
In pictures: Tom Petty (1950 - 2017)

Pictures from the life and career of Tom Petty, who passed away on Monday, including with Bob Dylan in New York in 1986, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers on stage in 1979, with the Heartbreakers after their 40th anniversary tour, with his wife Dana York in 2001, and his induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame last year.

Source: The London Times, UK
Tom Petty tributes pour in from rock stars, fans

On Tom Petty, Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I'm sure going to miss you Tom." Olivia and Dhani Harrison tweeted, "Tom was a tender southern gent in life, a poet and a music master on stage. We will love and miss him for the rest of our days. Our thoughts are with his family and all the heart breakers."

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Tom Petty, a mainstay of rock with the Heartbreakers, dies at 66

Tom Petty, who melded California rock with his Southern heritage to produce a long string of hits, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 66. In the late 1980s, Mr. Petty teamed up with some of his elders and influences to form the Traveling Wilburys, writing and recording with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Roy Orbison.

Source: New York Times
Thursday, September 28, 2017
Founding member of the Fourmost passes away

Billy Hatton, who has died aged 76, was the bass player and harmony singer with the Fourmost, the Liverpool beat group signed in 1963 with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Their first hits, Hello Little Girl and I'm In Love, released later that year, were produced by George Martin and written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Monday, September 25, 2017
DJ who first played Beatles in Miami passes away

For 51 years Rick Shaw's resonant and melodious voice echoed through the airwaves, from St. Louis to Omaha to Denver and finally to Miami. In 1964, while he worked for WQAM, Shaw was the first radio disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles. He met them later that year in Jacksonville. Shaw passed away on Friday, he was 78.

Source: Miami Herald
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Penny Lane classical musician passes away

Michael Winfield, who played oboe on the Beatles' Penny Lane, has passed away. Mike played oboe and cor anglais in the Halle and London orchestras for almost half a century. He taught oboe at the Royal College of Music, in London, and was hugely influential on three generations of players. His funeral will be next Friday.

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Grammy-winning Art Director Chris Whorf passes away

Grammy Award-winning art director Chris Whorf has passed away at age 76. He created artwork for John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album, Yoko's Season of Glass album, and was Art Director for The John Lennon Collection in 1982. He worked with music companies including Warner Bros., A&M, RCA, Capitol, EMI and Geffen.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Monday, August 21, 2017
Dick Gregory passes away at 84

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week. He was 84. He befriended John Lennon and was among the voices heard on Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance," recorded in a Montreal hotel room at Lennon and Yoko Ono's "bed-in" for peace.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Elvis Presley: What they said about the King

The influence of Elvis Presley on his fellow singers and musicians is incalculable, and many of them have gone on the record to say so. John Lennon said, "If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been a Beatles." Paul McCartney said, "When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted to be was Elvis Presley."

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Video: Glen Campbell performs medley of Beach Boys hits

Glen Campbell was in his earlier years an in-demand studio musician as a member of the fabled group known as the Wrecking Crew. He even, for a brief time, was a member of the Beach Boys. Campbell relived his time with the Beach Boys in this video clip from the 80's, in which he performs a medley of the hits that he cut with them.

Source: Rolling Stone
Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson pay tribute to Glen Campbell

Musicians and singers and many other stars paid tribute today to Glen Campbell, who died yesterday following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ringo Starr called him "the real rhinestone cowboy." Brian Wilson tweeted, "I'm very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person."

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Tribute band performer Mark Ehmann dead at 55

Mark Ehmann, a longtime member of the Beatles tribute act Hard Night's Day, died last Friday, July 21. He was 55. On Friday, the band released a statement with pictures documenting Ehmann's tenure with the group. Ehmann played left-handed just like Paul McCartney. A memorial show is being organized.

Source: Dallas Observer
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.

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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.

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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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