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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Freda Kelly
Freda Kelly remembers her good friend Tony Barrow

Former Beatles Fan Club secretary Freda Kelly said in an interview Tuesday with Beatles Examiner that news of the death of Beatles PR man Tony Barrow, which was announced last Sunday, was very sad because he had worked closely with her. "I go way way back," she said. "Tony gave me a lot of help. I always kept in contact with him over the years."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
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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
Friday, April 22, 2016
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Sean Lennon mourn Prince

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and members of the Beatles family reacted today to the shocking news of the death of Prince. On Twitter, Paul recalled his personal friendship with the singer, Ringo also tweeted out some personal thoughts. But the person who appeared to be taking his death the hardest was Sean Ono Lennon.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Video: Prince's legendary solo on While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Prince's appearance alongside Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, and Dhani Harrison,  to celebrate the induction of George Harrison into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  in 2004,  achieves the kind of alchemy producers dream of when assembling a one-off supergroup. It is electric. He enjoys it and he knows it is transcendent.

Related Articles  Source: MTV
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Upcoming Ivor Novello Awards might honor George Martin

The show's presenter Paul Gambaccini has hinted there will be a tribute to the late George Martin at the upcoming Ivor Novello Awards on May 19 in London. In an interview he said he was sure Martin, who was dubbed the Fifth Beatle, will get a special moment of recognition following his death at the age of 90 in March.

Source: Sunday World, UK
Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Joe Garagiola
Baseball legend Joe Garagiola passes away at 90

Joe Garagiola, who had an eight-decade career as a baseball player and broadcaster, died Wednesday. He was 90. Best known as the voice of Major League Baseball's Game of the Week broadcasts, as guest host on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, one of his interviews was with two members of the Beatles, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Source: USA Today
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Jeff Beck
Jeff Beck remembers George Martin

On his first day recording with the late George Martin, Jeff Beck sensed what the Beatles producer could bring to his music. "I didn't think we were laying down much of interest, but then we went to lunch break and heard the quality of the sound," Beck recalls. "I thought, this sounds like we're playing in the room, it's clear and fabulous. That first album was a joy."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, March 14, 2016
Beatles biographer says it could have been Lennon, McCartney and Martin

Acclaimed Beatles biographer Philip Norman says, about George Martin, "It could easily have been Lennon, McCartney and Martin." Norman recalls his encounters with the studio genius who helped the band achieve "delirium in sound," saying, "He sought no reward but the satisfaction of turning raw talent into polished hits."

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Beatles producer George Martin honored in new PBS music series

Sir George Martin will be honored in the forthcoming PBS series, "Soundbreaking: Songs From The Cutting Edge Of Recorded Music." The 8-part series was a passion project of the late Beatles producer, he believed that the remarkable evolution of recording technologies is one of the most important stories of the 20th century.

Related Articles  Source: The Wrap
Pop music producers on the genius of George Martin

Beatles studio guru Sir George Martin invented the concept of the modern pop music producer. Today in the Guardian newspaper in the UK, ten of his successors reveal the lessons he taught them, including some who also produced Paul McCartney, Mark Ronson, Trevor Horn, Jeff Lynne and Nigel Godrich.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, March 9, 2016
A personal appreciation of Sir George Martin

I was blessed to enjoy a warm friendship with Sir George Martin over a couple of decades. First brought together in the 1990s by my mentor and first employer, in the early 1970s, the late Derek Taylor, George was warm and friendly by nature so being in his company was always a pleasure. It was the beginning of a delightful friendship.

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
Friends, celebrities pay tribute to Beatles producer Sir George Martin

The world has reacted with much sorrow over the death Tuesday of Sir George Martin. Martin's son Giles told fans on Twitter he appreciated the condolences. Abbey Road Studios, where Martin recorded with the Beatles, issued a statement, and several musicians who worked with him also weighed in today.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Why 'Fifth Beatle' doesn't do George Martin justice

George Martin's passing inevitably causes some mulling on the long-belabored concept of the hard-to-pin-down Fifth Beatle. Martin was the closest the Beatles had to a creative partner, and the genius possessed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney might have flowered into something different were it not for Martin.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Sir George Martin's Caribbean legacy: AIR Studios Montserrat

To those who lived and worked there, Beatles producer Sir George Martin will be fondly remembered as the owner of AIR Studios on the tiny Caribbean island of Montserrat, where a who's who of top musicians recorded hit albums throughout the decade, including The Police's Synchronicity and Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Beatles, stars pay tribute to producer George Martin

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and other celebrities paid tribute to George Martin, who died at 90 on Tuesday evening. Paul McCartney said Martin had been "a true gentleman and like a second father to me." Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family. Giles Martin tweeted, "RIP dad. I love you."

Related Articles  Source: CBS News
George Martin: The Fifth Beatle's life and work in quotes

George Martin, the visionary music producer who helped The Beatles find fame, died on Tuesday. This is his life in his own words, including quotes about his musical upbringing, record producing, how he was like big brother to the Beatles, his favorite Beatles albums, and his favorite Beatles memory.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK

Sir George Martin
Sir George Martin, Beatles producer, dies aged 90

Sir George Martin, revered producer of the Beatles, and the collaborator and friend, has died aged 90. The news first emerged last night in a tweet from Ringo Starr and was later confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter by Universal Music Group and by Martin's management, saying Martin passed away peacefully at home yesterday evening, Tuesday 8 March.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Monday, February 15, 2016
John Lennon's cousin played huge part in Beatle's life, says author

Stanley Parkes, a cousin of John Lennon who spent summers with him before Beatlemania and had a close relationship with him, has died at age 82, it was reported today. Author Ken McNab said Parkes had a significant role in Lennon's life, especially early on. "Stan was seven years older than John and easily the big brother he never had."

Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, January 11, 2016
David Bowie's life touched McCartney and Ringo, too

Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono reacted quickly today to the news of David Bowie's death. "Very sad news to wake up to on this raining morning," McCartney wrote on Twitter. Also Ringo Starr, who appeared in Bowie's Ziggy Stardust film, wrote, "God bless David Bowie. Peace and love to all his family."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
David Bowie: His friendship with John Lennon recalled

The death of David Bowie yesterday has sent shock waves through the music community, stars and fans alike. During Bowie's decades-long career, he became friends with many other famous stars, including John Lennon. May Pang recounts their first meeting in her book, "Loving John," in September of 1974.

Related Articles  Source: John Lennon Examiner
Friday, January 8, 2016

Yellow Submarine Animation Director Robert Balser dead at 88

Robert Balser, an animator who co-directed the cartoon sequences of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine in 1968, passed away on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 88. Yellow Submarine was Balser's first feature film in a career that would eventually span five decades. Later, Balser would also work on the Jackson 5 cartoon and the 1981 classic Heavy Metal.

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, January 4, 2016
Robert Stigwood dies at 81

Robert Stigwood, manager of Cream and the Bee Gees before producing a string of smash musicals and films, has died at 81. In 1967, Stigwood merged his first company with NEMS, which was founded by Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. He produced the 1978 film version of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, December 21, 2015
Beatles interior designer passes away

Kenneth Partridge, who has died aged 89, was the interior design mastermind behind virtually every society party and pop star home of the 1960s, most notably for Ringo Starr and John Lennon. Partridge's work for the Beatles also included the interiors of the short-lived Apple boutique on Baker Street in London.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
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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