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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Paul McCartney on the passing of Allen Toussaint

On his official website, Paul McCartney has issued a statement about musician, composer, arranger and record producer Allen Toussaint, who passed away yesterday. "Sorry to hear that Allen Toussaint died after a concert in Spain...His songs will be cherished by people like me who will have fond memories of Allen forever."

More Information  Source: PaulMcCartney.com

Andy White
Fifth Beatle Andy White dead at 85

Andy White, the Scotland-born session musician who played drums on the Beatles' debut single "Love Me Do" and "P.S. I Love You," passed away Monday in New Jersey after suffering a massive stroke. He was 85. White was paid 5 for the three-hour session and received no royalties for performing on the band's legendary first single.

Source: Rolling Stone
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Thursday, August 20, 2015
Video: Sir Cliff Richard sings at Cilla Black's funeral

Sir Cliff Richard was among 300 close family and friends at Cilla Black's funeral ceremony today in Woolton in Liverpool. He paid tribute to her life in a speech and told several anecdotes about their friendship before singing his song Faithful One, raising his hands in the air during the emotional performance.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Turn out for Cilla Black's funeral would have made her proud

The day the council installed a bathroom in her family's flat was the day 12-year-old Cilla Black decided she would be famous. Cilla said, "It took me all of 20 seconds to discover the echo." Spending lunchtimes earning five bob a day as Cavern Club's cloakroom girl, she would badger bands to let her sing alongside them on stage.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Photos: Cilla Black celebrity floral funeral tributes led by Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr, Joan Collins and celebrities from the world of entertainment led the floral tributes to Cilla Black in Liverpool on the day of her funeral. Former Beatle Ringo Starr wrote, "Cilla, Peace and Love, Ringo and Barbara." Another tribute said, "All our love to our darlin' Cilla and family, the McCartney family."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Cilla Black musical planned forWest End is now on hold

Although reports said that Cilla Black had a meeting with producers interested in turning her life story into a musical, these plans are now on hold for the time being. Sheridan Smith, who played Cilla in ITV's recent hit drama series, is frontrunner to play the lead role. Cilla had been "thrilled" by the idea, according to the BBC.

Related Articles  Source: Bulletin Leader
Monday, August 17, 2015
Fans to line two-mile route as world bids farewell to Cilla Black

Tearful mourners will line a two-mile route along the streets of Liverpool as Cilla Black makes her final journey to the church where she married her beloved husband Bobby. Members of the public who wish to pay their respects have been asked to line the route rather than travel to the village due to the secluded nature of the church.

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Friday, August 14, 2015
Publicist says Cilla Black's home target of funeral burglary plot

A plot to break into the home of Cilla Black during her funeral has been uncovered, days before the event is due to take place. Black's publicist said security had been increased and all valuables removed from the property after a "professionally cut circular hole" was discovered in its perimeter fence.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Cilla Black to be in home city of Liverpool

It has been announced that Cilla Black will be in her home city of Liverpool. Her will take place next Thursday at St. Mary's Church in Woolton, the same church where she married Bobby Willis, her husband of thirty years, in 1969. After, her body will be at a private ceremony in Allerton Cemetery.

Related Articles  Source: International Business Times, UK
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
BBC Radio 2 host breaks down during show dedicated to Cilla Black

Paul O'Grady broke down in tears during his Radio 2 show on Sunday as he remembered his good friend Cilla Black. The presenter, close pals with Cilla for twenty years, was forced to pause towards the end of his show after playing the star's 1966 hit "Alfie," telling listeners, "that always does me in, that one - completely finishes me off."

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
Friday, August 7, 2015
Cilla's body flown home to Britain

Cilla Black's body has been flown back to Britain, her publicist confirmed. The singing and TV star died of a stroke after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa last weekend. A post-mortem examination revealed that she died of a stroke after a fall, her publicist said earlier this week. She would not have suffered, it added.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
UK TV network ITV plans Cilla Black tribute

ITV is planning a Christmas tribute to Cilla Black. A source said, "Cilla had ITV in her blood and bosses want her to be properly recognised. "The shows she fronted for them are a huge part of her legacy. They see her as true ITV royalty and want to reflect that in a huge telly extravaganza." Cilla presented 2 shows for the channel.

Related Articles  Source: The List
Cilla Black was Liverpool's First Lady

Cilla Black was a hugely popular singer in the 1960s, she then had a four-decade run as a top TV personality in Britain. Famously she was discovered by the Beatles, her vocal skills later attracted the respect and affection of Burt Bacharach. Cilla was also a champion of the world remembering and honoring Brian Epstein.

Related Articles  Source: Showbiz 411
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Friend says Cilla Black knew she was dying

Cilla Black was ailing and "willed herself to die", according to a long-time friend, Terry McCann, who said she told him she knew she was going to die and her beloved late husband Bobby Willis was "waiting for me." Post-mortem examination results may not be officially published for several days or possibly weeks.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News
Monday, August 3, 2015
In Pictures: Cilla Black and the Beatles in 1963

In a photo taken during rehearsals for ABC's Thank Your Lucky Stars at Birmingham's Alpha Studios on December 15, 1963, Cilla Black is photographed with The Beatles, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers. Cilla became a star who would entertain the nation for five decades.

Related Articles  Source: Birmingham Mail, UK
Cilla Black post-mortem results inconclusive as tributes pour in

The post-mortem on Cilla Black has not revealed why she died, reports say. Quoting the Spanish police, the reports maintain her death was not suspicious, but that the post-mortem results are "inconclusive". Earlier in the day, it was suggested police were investigating whether her death was caused by a fall from a dizzy spell.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Cilla Black's death may have been caused by fall from dizzy spell

Spanish police are investigating whether Cilla Black's death was caused by a fall from a dizzy spell, caused by a sudden temperature change in the room. Black may have walked from an air-conditioned room in to midday heat, with the change in temperature causing her to become dizzy, the Sun newspaper reported.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
The Cavern Club pays tribute to former cloak room girl Cilla Black

Liverpool's Cavern Club has payed tributes to legendary performer Cilla Black, who used to be a cloak room girl there before showing off her singing talent. She was friends with The Beatles and it was through that friendship where Beatle's manager Brian Epstein caught her eye, and that's when her early career flourished.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Britain mourns death of Cilla Black

Britain is mourning the loss of much-loved entertainer Cilla Black after she died suddenly at her home in the south of Spain. The death of the 72-year-old former pop star and TV host was announced on Sunday. Paul McCartney said,"Such a shock to hear about Cilla's passing. She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit."

Related Articles  Source: The Evening Telegraph, UK
Thursday, July 23, 2015
British journalist Peter Jones dead at 85

Peter Jones, widely-respected British music and show business journalist, died on July 10 at 85. Jones was a much-loved figure on the U.K. scene for decades, especially noted for his early support of The Beatles, wrote the highly popular Beatles Monthly under the pen name Billy Shepherd and was the author of "The True Story of the Beatles."

Source: Billboard
Friday, July 17, 2015
Birmingham radio legend Doug Layton passes away

Doug Layton, a Birmingham radio legend, who had a part in a record-burning campaign against the Beatles in 1966 and for nearly 30 years was announcer for the Alabama Crimson Tide football broadcasts, died this week. Layton was 81 years old and had battled cancer for over two years. He had retired from the football broadcasts in 2001.

Source: Radio Ink
Monday, June 8, 2015
John Lennon recording engineer Dennis Ferrante passes away

Recording engineer Dennis Ferrante, whose long list of credits includes work on albums by such diverse artists as John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Lou Reed, Waylon Jennings and Elvis Presley, died June 6 from heart failure. Former Wings drummer Steve Holley said, "Dennis was a storyteller. I never saw him unkind to anyone."

More Information  Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, June 1, 2015
Beatles costume designer Julie Harris dead at 94

Julie Harris, an Academy Award-winning costume designer who outfitted the Beatles for both A Hard Day's Night and Help!, passed away Saturday at a London hospital after a brief illness from a chest infection, she was 94. Harris also worked on the James Bond film Live and Let Die, the 007 spoof Casino Royale and Goodbye Mr. Chips.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, May 29, 2015
Veteran Ed Sullivan impersonator leaves some really big shoes to fill

Jerry Hoban, a veteran celebrity impersonator known for his portrayal of Ed Sullivan and who often was seen on stage with Beatles tribute bands, has died, according to a statement yesterday from the Beatles tribute group the Fab Four, with whom he appeared for many years. Hoban also played his Ed Sullivan character in movies and on TV.

Source: Beatles Examiner
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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