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Dick Gregory passes away at 84 

Comedian and activist Dick Gregory died late Saturday in Washington, D.C. after being hospitalized for about a week. He was 84. He befriended John Lennon and was among the voices heard on Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance," recorded in a Montreal hotel room at Lennon and Yoko Ono's "bed-in" for peace.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Elvis Presley: What they said about the King

The influence of Elvis Presley on his fellow singers and musicians is incalculable, and many of them have gone on the record to say so. John Lennon said, "If there hadn't been an Elvis, there wouldn't have been a Beatles." Paul McCartney said, "When we were kids growing up in Liverpool, all we ever wanted to be was Elvis Presley."

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Video: Glen Campbell performs medley of Beach Boys hits

Glen Campbell was in his earlier years an in-demand studio musician as a member of the fabled group known as the Wrecking Crew. He even, for a brief time, was a member of the Beach Boys. Campbell relived his time with the Beach Boys in this video clip from the 80's, in which he performs a medley of the hits that he cut with them.

Source: Rolling Stone
Ringo Starr, Brian Wilson pay tribute to Glen Campbell

Musicians and singers and many other stars paid tribute today to Glen Campbell, who died yesterday following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Ringo Starr called him "the real rhinestone cowboy." Brian Wilson tweeted, "I'm very broken up to hear about my friend Glen Campbell. An incredible musician and an even better person."

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Tribute band performer Mark Ehmann dead at 55

Mark Ehmann, a longtime member of the Beatles tribute act Hard Night's Day, died last Friday, July 21. He was 55. On Friday, the band released a statement with pictures documenting Ehmann's tenure with the group. Ehmann played left-handed just like Paul McCartney. A memorial show is being organized.

Source: Dallas Observer
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Paul McCartney pays tribute to Roger Moore

Paul McCartney posted a tribute to late James Bond actor Roger Moore on Tuesday via Twitter. "He had a heart of gold, a great sense of humour and will be missed by the many people who loved him," McCartney wrote. Earlier, McCartney had also expressed sympathy for the families of victims at the Monday night bombing in Manchester.

Source: Billboard
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Roger Moore, James Bond actor, dead at 89

For seven of the series' most popular films, from Live and Let Die, with title theme by Paul McCartney, to A View to a Kill, Roger Moore was James Bond. Moore was also known for his role as Simon Templar in the British TV series The Saint. Moore died early today after what his family tweeted, "a short but brave battle with cancer."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, April 10, 2017
Veteran BBC radio broadcaster Brian Matthew dies at 88

Veteran broadcaster Brian Matthew has died aged 88. Matthew was once dubbed Britain's oldest DJ, having worked at the BBC from 1954 to 2016, hosting Radio 2's Sounds Of The 60s since 1990. As a TV presenter on Thank Your Lucky Stars, Matthew introduced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones to a television audience.

Source: Sky News, UK
Friday, April 7, 2017

David Peel
Anti-establishment icon David Peel dies at 73

David Peel, the anti-establishment New York street singer and political activist known for his songs about marijuana and John Lennon, died Thursday, his longtime friend and former bandmate Jeff S. Levy, who knew him for more than 40 years, confirmed to Billboard. Peel was signed to Apple Records label for his album The Pope Smokes Dope in 1972. He was 73.

Source: Billboard
Monday, March 27, 2017
The Beatles, Pete Shotton and Me

Beatles journalist Bill King looks back fondly on an evening of Beatles stories and more with the late Pete Shotton. He said, "Although Pete and John's relationship grew more distant after the arrival of Yoko Ono on the scene, Shotton particularly disagreed with portrayals of Lennon as being dominated by his wife...he totally adored her."

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Fan Magazine
A few words about Pete Shotton

It wasn't easy being John Lennon's friend, and Yoko didn't make things any easier. The late Pete Shotton, John's childhood and closest friend, said, "He always made me feel special, made it clear he was desperate for my company, especially when he was depressed and fed up, which he was for many years."

Related Articles  Source: Scholars and Rogues
Tributes paid after Pete Shotton passes away

On the passing of Pete Shotton, his step son, Phillip Gouldbourn, said, One thing he was really proud of was that he was at times the only person...who was allowed in the studio with the band when they were recording." Mersey Beat newspaper founder Bill Harry said, "Pete was the closest friend John ever had, apart from The Beatles."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
John Lennon's best friend Pete Shotton dies at 75

Pete Shotton, John Lennon's best friend during their childhood days in Liverpool and a member of Quarrymen, has passed away. He was 75. Shotton met Lennon at Dovedale Primary School when they were six. In 1956, Lennon decided to form a skiffle group called the Quarrymen, and Shotton joined on percussion, playing a washboard.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Paul McCartney explains how Beatles wouldn't exist without Chuck Berry

In early 1958, Chuck Berry released "Sweet Little Sixteen," a song that would change the course of music history. It ignited the urge to celebrate rock and roll in kids throughout America, but it also traveled the world and influenced the Beatles during their defining years, some of their biggest hits were covers of Berry songs.

Related Articles  Source: Esquire Magazine
Monday, March 20, 2017
Video: Chuck Berry and John Lennon rocking and rolling together

John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted the Mike Douglas show in 1972. One of his guests that week was rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, on the show they teamed up to perform Memphis and Johnny B. Goode, the first meeting between Lennon and Berry. The video of this performance is now available on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Paul McCartney remembers Chuck Berry

On the passing of Chuck Berry, along with a recent pic of him and Chuck together, Paul McCartney posted on his official website PaulMcCartney.com, "Chuck Berry sadly passed away over the weekend. He was one of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock 'n' roll."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Celebs including Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger remember Chuck Berry Warning: Page opens with sound

Chuck Berry, the man who invented rock and roll, who passed away on Saturday at 90, inspired most of the greatest rock stars of the last century. John Lennon once said, "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." Ringo Starr honored him by quoting a lyric from the song Rock and Roll Music on twitter.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Telegraph, Sydney
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Grammy-winning producer and label exec Tommy Lipuma dead at 80

Tommy LiPuma, a veteran producer and industry executive whose name appeared in the liner notes for a long string of hit records including Paul McCartney's Kisses on the Bottom, has died at the age of 80. LiPuma also worked with Dr. John, Miles Davis, and Willie Nelson, and co-founded Blue Thumb records in 1968.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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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