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Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Voice of Ringo in Mexico

Jorge Arvizu, the legendary Mexican comic known as "El Tata". Arvizu was one of the greatest voice-over actors and has an impressive resume voicing some of the classic cartoons in television. Characters he dubbed into Spanish included Ringo Starr in the various The Beatles films and cartoons.

Source: Latin Times
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Monday, March 3, 2014

Sid Bernstein
Tribute concert for Beatles promoter to be held in NYC

Legendary American Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein will be remembered at a special tribute concert called "A Legacy Celebrated: Sid Bernstein" June 7 at Symphony Space in New York City. The date is the 70th Anniversary of Sid's Normandy landing during WWII. This is a fundraiser.

Source: John Lennon Examiner
Friday, February 28, 2014
Early Beatles cover singer Duffy Power passes away at 72

Duffy Power, only the second artist to cover Lennon/McCartney, recording I Saw Her Standing There on February 20, 1963, has died aged 72. Duffy was backed by the Graham Bond Quartet, including Ginger Baker on drums. The group, plus Duffy, toured together and guested on the BBC radio show Pop Go the Beatles.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Friday, February 14, 2014
Sid Bernstein honored by family and friends at memorial

The friends and family of Sid Bernstein, who promoted the Beatles' shows at Carnegie Hall and Shea Stadium, came together at the Cutting Room in New York on Wednesday to honor his life. Among those attending the memorial was May Pang, who used to babysit Sid's children. A video message from veteran disc jockey Cousin Bruce Morrow was also presented.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Sunday, February 9, 2014
A tribute to Ed Sullivan

Watching the Sullivan show was a painless education in pop culture. Perhaps it was his newspaper background that made Sullivan view TV as an opportunity to present a little of everything. Eventually, part of the show's appeal became Sullivan himself. Ed Sullivan went off the air in 1971, and Sunday night became just another TV night.

Source: Beatlesfan Blog
Wednesday, January 22, 2014
John Lennon sound engineer Roy Cicala

Roy Cicala, whose career as an audio engineer included work on numerous John Lennon albums. Jack Douglas, producer of John Lennon's "Double Fantasy" album, paid tribute to Cicala on Facebook today, saying, "Lost my mentor, good friend and brilliant engineer Roy Cicala today."

Source: Beatles Examiner
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
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Paul McCartney remembers Phil Everly

Today on his official website, Paul McCartney issued a statement remembering Phil Everly. He said, "Phil Everly was one of my great heroes. With his brother Don, they were one of the major influences on The Beatles. When John and I first started to write songs, I was Phil and he was Don."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Saturday, January 4, 2014
Tributes pour in

Tributes have poured in today for US musician Phil Everly of the Everly Brothers, including US guitarist and friend Duane Eddy, Queen guitarist Brian May, lyricist Sir Tim Rice, English guitarist Albert Lee, Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and singer Nancy Sinatra.

Related Articles  Source: The London Evening Standard
Phil Everly, half of pioneering rock'n'roll duo

From 1957 the voices of the Everly Brothers heralded the birth of rock'n'roll in America with songs such as Wake Up Little Susie and Bye Bye Love. On Saturday, musicians and fans across the world reacted with sadness and nostalgia to Phil Everly in Burbank, CA, as they remembered a lost era and a lost sound.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Friday, November 29, 2013

Beatles landmark: George Harrison tree in Los Angeles

Way up in the hills of Griffith Park sits the George Harrison Tree, which was planted in February 2003 and the following year, on February 22, 2004, a dedication ceremony to unveil a special bronze plaque was held, as the city declared "George Harrison Day" that year in Los Angeles, with Billy Preston and Jackie Lomax in attendance.

Source: The Examiner
George Harrison interview on the 12th anniversary

Today is the 12th anniversary of the one we all called "the Quiet Beatle". In this interview with George Harrison from 1993, he explains he didn't write "Something" for his former wife Patti, talked about where to freeze frame Monty Python's Life of Brian to see him, and who ended up winning the My Sweet Lord case.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
All Things Must Pass

On November 29, 2001, George Harrison. This was a sad day, the second Beatle to leave us. Who'd of thought that by the turn of the century, we would've lost two Beatles? I'm sure, like myself growing up with the Fabs, you just thought they would be around forever.

Source: Huffington Post, UK
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Composer and seeker John Tavener

British composer John Tavener, whose career was boosted with the help of The Beatles. His 1968 cantata "The Whale" brought him fame with the help of The Beatles, who released it on their Apple records label.

Source: USA Today
Monday, November 4, 2013
Beatles pianist session musician

Piano player and songwriter Mike O'Neill. He played with Colin Hicks and the Cabin Boys and Nero and the Gladiators in the 60's, was a prolific session musician and played with the Beatles, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dusty Springfield and Chuck Berry, toured with Joe Cocker and even gave Dire Straits their name.

Source: The Guardian, UK
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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