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Thursday, October 20, 2016
One of the fathers of rock 'n' roll, Phil Chess, dies at 95

Legendary hit man Phil Chess has passed away at the age of 95. Chess and his brother, Leonard Chess, cofounded Chess records in Chicago in the late 1940s, through which they played a huge role in shepherding the careers of blues and R&B performers including Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry.

Source: The Forward
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Friday, September 23, 2016

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Monty Python and Rutles actor Terence Bayler dies at 86

Terence Bayler, known for his acting roles with Monty Python and in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, has died aged 86. Bayler was also in the cast of Eric Idle and Neil Innes' BBC sketch show Rutland Weekend Television, and played band manager Leggy Mountbatten in the Rutles: All You Need Is Cash mockumentary of the Beatles.

Source: Yahoo! Movies, UK

1930s Hollywood musicals star Bobby Breen dies at 88

Bobby Breen, the celebrated boy soprano and child actor who appeared in a quick succession of popular 1930s films before puberty set in, has died. He was 88. He was a big box-office attraction for RKO Radio Pictures, and his likeness appears on the album cover of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. He started performing at age 8.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Richard Neville And The John Lennon Connection

Richard Neville, the rebel journalist who inspired two songs by John Lennon, died on Sunday in Sydney at age 74. Neville started Oz magazine in 1963, a radical publication popular with university students. He championed legalised usage of marijuana in the U.K. and John Lennon and Yoko became huge fans and supporters.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
Friday, September 2, 2016
Video Tribute: Fifth Beatle Billy Preston would have turned 70 today

The only artist to be featured on a Beatles record by name, Billy Preston, on "Get Back," died in 2006. Today would have been his 70th birthday. Billy played on records by The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Sly and the Family Stone. He also had major hits like "Nothing from Nothing" and "Will it Go Round in Circles."

Source: Showbiz 411
Thursday, August 11, 2016
Liverpool Beatles tour guide honored with Sgt. Pepper's funeral

Pallbearers donned Sergeant Pepper outfits to pay their respects to Liverpool photographer Phil Coppell, who became one of the city's first Beatles tour guides. A photographer in Liverpool during the Merseybeat era, he was also at the forefront of the campaign to save Number 9 Madryn Street, the birthplace of Ringo Starr.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Leader of group George Harrison played with in 1963 has died

Funeral services will be held Friday for Gerald "Gabe" McCarty, who was the leader and founder of the group the Four Vests that George Harrison played guitar with during his pre-Beatlemania trip to the U.S. in 1963. The two became good friends and kept in touch in later years. McCarty died last Sunday in the hospital at age 83.

Source: AXS
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Paul McCartney leads tributes to Henry McCullough

Paul McCartney has paid a glowing tribute to his late Wings bandmate Henry McCullough. "The solo he played on My Love was a classic that he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. Our deepest sympathies from my family to his," he said. McCullough also played lead guitar on Wings' James Bond theme, Live And Let Die.

Source: AOL, UK
Thursday, June 2, 2016
Paul McCartney pays tribute to Carla Lane

Carla Lane, friend of Linda McCartney, passed away on Tuesday. On his official website, Paul McCartney posted, "The world has lost a great advocate for the rights of animals but more importantly someone who saw the value of her fellow creatures' lives and did everything in her power to show them the love and respect they deserved."

Monday, May 16, 2016
Paul McCartney pays tribute following death of Tony Barrow

Following the news of his passing, Paul McCartney took to Twitter to pay tribute to former Beatles press officer Tony Barrow. "Tony Barrow was a lovely guy who helped us in the early years of The Beatles. He was super professional but always ready for a laugh," McCartney wrote, adding, "He will be missed but remembered by many of us."

Related Articles  Source: NME, UK
Former Beatles publicist Tony Barrow dies at 80

Tony Barrow, the longtime Beatles press officer who coined the term "Fab Four," died Saturday at his home in Morecambe, England. He had turned 80 just three days prior. Barrow served as press officer for the legendary band during their heyday, from 1962 to 68, and also wrote sleeve notes for their early albums.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Man who inspired Yellow Submarine's Jeremy Hilary Boob has died

Jeremy DuQuesnay Adams didn't live a life in music, but it will be the thing he'll always be remembered for. Adams, a longtime professor at SMU, became a part of music history when he was immortalized as the inspiration for a major character in the Beatles' animated film Yellow Submarine. On Monday, Adams passed away at the age of 82.

Source: Dallas Observer
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Young actor who played Ringo in TV movie mysteriously dies aged just 38

Kristian Ealey, known for acting in two British soap operas set in Liverpool, has passed away at age 38. Kristian also played Ringo Starr in the TV film In His Life: The John Lennon Story. He was also a keen musician and was a member of Liverpool based band Tramp Attack. The exact cause of Kris' death is unknown.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Monday, May 2, 2016
Remo Belli, pioneer of synthetic drumheads, dead at 88

Remo Belli, a musician who pioneered the synthetic drumhead just in time to help a generation of rock-and-rollers shape their sound and then saw it become standard on kits across genres, has died in California. A 20-inch Remo drumhead was seen on Ringo Starr's Ludwig kit when the Beatles played on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: Billboard
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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