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Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Jazz legend who toured with Beatles Gene Walker

Internationally renowned tenor sax player Gene Walker. Walker toured with greats including Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin and The Isley Brothers. He also toured with the Beatles, including their first ever American tour, and played in front of a packed crowd at Shea Stadium.

Source: WBNS TV, Ohio
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Monday, July 14, 2014
Drummer Tommy Ramone

Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last original member of 1970s punk band The Ramones. All named Ramone but not brothers, the four neighborhood pals adopted the last name in homage to an early alias used by Paul McCartney. Tommy only played on the band's first three studio albums.

Source: NY Daily News
Thursday, July 10, 2014
Oscar winning composer Ken Thorne

Oscar-winning and Emmy-winning composer Ken Thorne passed yesterday. The composer of Help!, Superman II and III, and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum had enjoyed success on both the big and small screens throughout his career. The Beatles' film Help! in 1965 was first feature film composition.

Source: Soundtrack.net
Monday, June 23, 2014
Las Vegas entertainment legend Steve Rossi dies at 82

Steve Rossi, half of the legendary comedy team Allen & Rossi, passed away on Sunday. Allen & Rossi appeared many times on the Ed Sullivan Show, including all three times the Beatles appeared on the show. "He was a great man and a great friend," fellow Las Vegas performer Wayne Newton said. "He will be missed dearly."

Source: Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Carole King's songwriting partner Gerry Goffin dies aged 75

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "The Loco-Motion," died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. The team also wrote "Chains," which was later covered by the Beatles.

Source: Billboard
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Prince Charles honors friend and composer Sir John Tavener

Prince Charles attended a Thanksgiving Service at Westminster Abbey for his friend, the celebrated British composer Sir John Tavener. One of the most popular and celebrated composers in recent years, The Beatles released Sir John Tavener's oratorio The Whale on their Apple label in 1968.

Source: Royal Central, UK
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Rolling Stones mastermind Prince Rupert Loewenstein

Prince Rupert Loewenstein, who managed the finances of the Rolling Stones for almost 40 years, died on Tuesday at the age of 80. The Bavarian aristocrat and banker, born in 1933, was hired by the Stones to fix their finances after their split from manager Allen Klein in 1971. In 2002, Keith Richards said, "He is a great financial mind."

Source: The Guardian, UK
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
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 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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