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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Rare John Lennon commemorative guitar sells for 9,000

An incredibly rare guitar, one of only 75 ever made, has just been sold off for 9,000 (about $11,600) in Truro city centre in Cornwall, England. The Martin D-28 John Lennon 75th anniversary edition, steel-strung guitar arrived at renowned rock and roll music shop Modern Music last week and was immediately snapped up by a "big fan."

Source: Cornwall Live, UK
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Thursday, August 17, 2017
How photographer spent his teenage days with the Beatles

Paul Berriff had two paper rounds when he was 12, and wanted to be a photographer for Picture Post or Life Magazine. In 1963, as a trainee editorial assistant, photographing the pop stars of the day, he came into contact with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Hollies and Marianne Faithfull. His pictures are now on exhibition in York, England.

Source: The York Press, UK
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
On working with John Lennon Double Fantasy producer Jack Douglas

Jack Douglas, the producer of John Lennon's final sessions and his Double Fantasy album, has produced new American act Silverplanes. "Jack really helped me to shape the songs," says Aaron Smart of Silverplanes. "What originally made me want to work with him was knowing that he recorded Imagine with John Lennon."

Source: Noise 11
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."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, August 11, 2017

Liam Gallagher
Video: Liam Gallagher channelling John Lennon on new track

Liam Gallagher's new song "For What Its Worth" is the most Lennonish song the former Oasis member has ever recorded. Oasis made their fame and fortune by using Beatles ingredients on their albums, from the first few seconds Liam's new song is 100% Lennon and it doesn't let up. Liam's new album "As Your Were" is due on October 6.

Source: Noise 11
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Why Southern California is where rock music was born

The next time you hear an electric guitar, remember that the first was built in Southern California. On Aug. 10, 1937, a patent was issued to Electro String Instrument Corp. for electrical stringed musical instruments. The Electro String company is now known as Rickenbacker, based in Santa Ana, who's guitars were made famous by the Beatles.

Source: Orange County Register
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
Monday, August 7, 2017
Video: Arcade Fire covers John Lennon at intimate Chicago gig

Arcade Fire mashed up John Lennon, Radiohead and David Bowie during an intimate show in Chicago on Saturday night. In their second encore, they began by playing Lennon's "Mind Games" before adding in a section of Radiohead's "Karma Police", then plthe chorus of Bowie's "Oh! You Pretty Things" before circling back to "Mind Games."

Source: NME, UK

Peter Asher
Peter Asher Q&A: Producing Linda Ronstadt and more

In this interview, legendary British-born producer and performer Peter Asher, Beatles pal and half of the duo Peter and Gordon, talks about the vital role he played in the creation of Linda Ronstadt's recordings and his management of the singer, as well as some of his other production clients, including working with Cher, Diana Ross and Ringo Starr.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Dave Grohl
Paul McCartney plays drums on upcoming Foo Fighters LP

Foo Fighters has recruited Paul McCartney to play drums on one track from their upcoming ninth LP, Concrete and Gold. In a new interview, Dave Grohl called the Beatle "the most wonderful guy in the world." However, Grohl clarified that McCartney isn't the surprise "pop star" guest Foo Fighters have been teasing for over a month.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Eric Clapton
New Eric Clapton documentary to premiere at Toronto Film Festival

A new documentary about Eric Clapton, Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars, will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival, September 7th to 17th, before airing on Showtime in 2018. The film features interviews with Clapton's family, friends, musical collaborators, peers and heroes, including late musicians like B.B. King, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Concert For Bangladesh: Looking back

On August 1, 1971, George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. Not only was it Harrison's first major live appearance since the Beatles quit touring five years earlier, it would go down as one of the greatest evenings of classic rock in history, with appearances by Ringo Starr and Eric Clapton.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, July 24, 2017
Video: Phish debuts the Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever

Phish kicked off their second of thirteen shows at Madison Square Garden with their debut cover of the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour standout Strawberry Fields Forever. The song was streamed across the band's social media accounts as all set openers are during this run. The video of the performance is now available on the internet.

Source: Relix
Video: 14-Year Old Dave Grohl Covering The Beatles

Audio has surfaced of what a YouTube uploader claims is Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl performing with one of his first bands called Nameless when he was a freshman in high school in 1983/1984, the band documented in the Dave Grohl biography titled "This is a Call." In the video, Grohl covers the Who and the Beatles.

Source: Alternative Nation
July 24, 1978: Sgt. Pepper's Movie Opens

The album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles is unanimously recognized as an artistic triumph. The movie of the same name, which opened on July 24, 1978? Not so much. A shoe-in box-office success by the power of their popularity and the appeal of Beatles songs from the Sgt. Pepper's and Abbey Road albums, right? No.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, July 21, 2017
SiriusXM's Beatles Channel announces new Billy Joel guest shots

SiriusXM announced today that Billy Joel will host various guest DJ sessions on SiriusXM's The Beatles Channel that will feature Joel commenting on songs from every one of The Beatles' original U.S. studio albums. While sitting at the piano playing snippets of classic Beatles songs, Joel will reflect on every American Beatles LP.

Related Articles  Source: Sys-Con
Harry Styles follows the lead of John Lennon in new movie

Seven years after starting what would become the biggest band in popular music, arguably its most famous member takes an acting job in a World War II movie. That could describe Harry Styles, in the new movie Dunkirk, and also John Lennon, who took a break from the Beatles to film Richard Lester's How I Won the War.

Source: Uproxx
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tunabunny releases a sprawling, Beatles-inspired opus

Adventurous local Georgia rock group Tunabunny isn't afraid to take an idea and run with it. The band's next undertaking will be a double LP mirroring The Beatles' self-titled White Album titled PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. While the record is intended as a response to the White Album, it carries its own weight.

Source: Flagpole, Athens, GA
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Paul McCartney says Rolling Stones should stick to their hits

Throughout their respective 60-year careers, they have maintained a staunch chart rivalry. Now, Paul McCartney appears to have taken something of a pop at his frontman nemesis, Mick Jagger, claiming bands like The Rolling Stones should concentrate on belting out more of their hits rather than obscure new music.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Sony to start making records again 30 years after abandoning vinyl

Three decades after it was abandoned, Sony will start making records again amid surging demand. A factory south-west of Tokyo will churn out freshly pressed records, Sony Music Entertainment said today. Vinyl has been making a global comeback as it attracts not only nostalgic older consumers but also younger generations.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen lists his 10 favourite Beatles songs

Like so many fellow musicians of a certain vintage, Cheap Trick guitarist and Beatles nut Rick Nielsen first saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. "They completely changed music, especially in America," Nielsen says. "They changed me, too. Until that point I was a drummer. But I became a massive fan."

Source: Team Rock
Monday, June 19, 2017
Ryan Adams discovers the greatness of The Beatles' Revolver

Ryan Adams is currently on the road to discovering the Beatles. Yes, he is well aware he's coming into the game a little later than most, but as Adams explains, he heard far more Rolling Stones growing up in North Carolina than he did Beatles, so it is never something he came across. Last night Adams tweeted his thoughts on Revolver.

Source: Relix
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector plans new single and U.S. tour dates

Ronnie Spector has confirmed plans for a new single, "Love Power", to be released in late July, as well as a series of U.S. tour dates. In 1971, Ronnie Spector released her Apple Records debut single, "Try Some, Buy Some", written and produced by George Harrison, with a backing band that included George, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.

Source: Jazz Corner
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Raspberries 2004 reunion concert includes Beatles covers

On November 24, 2004, the original four members of the Raspberries came together to play their first concert in over thirty years. The 27 song set was captured on tape and will be released on August 18. Mixed in with songs from all four of the Cranberries' albums were covers of tunes from the likes of the Beatles and the Who.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to get vinyl and cassette release

The "Awesome Mix" soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is being released on cassette and vinyl. Featuring classic songs by George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens and Sam Cooke, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 will be released on cassette on June 23 and vinyl on August 11.

Source: NME, UK
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The sad and protracted end of Beatles sideman Billy Preston

Known for his big smile and an even bigger afro, Billy Preston died in an avalanche of health, legal and financial problems in 2006, decades after work with the Beatles led to a string of solo hits in the '70s and a lengthy stint with the Rolling Stones. "Musically, my favorite moment was on the roof for Let It Be," Preston said in 2004.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 5, 2017
35 Years Ago: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder top the charts

When Paul McCartney hooked up with Stevie Wonder to make a plea for racial harmony in 1982, the result was one of the biggest hits in either artist's distinguished career. Ebony and Ivory, produced by George Martin, seemed like a natural for the duet treatment, and McCartney immediately knew who he wanted for a partner.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 26, 2017
New book to tell story of the Beatles' hairdresser

The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles' Hairdresser Who Defined an Era by Leslie Cavendish will be published in September. Cavendish was the hairdresser of the Beatles and many more 60s celebrities including the Bee Gees, The Who, James Taylor, Peter Cook, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Source: The Bookseller
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Beatles dominate tracks on free rail station jukebox

There's a new retro-style jukebox at St. Pancras station in London, so commuters can play every top 40 hit from the past 50 years for free. Out of a whopping 57,000 tunes available, The Beatles claimed the most top 40 tracks on the music box, a huge 280. Other artists range from Frank Sinatra and David Bowie to Ed Sheeran.

Source: Timeout London
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Liam Gallagher creates Sgt. Pepper clothing line

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is launching a range of Beatles-inspired clothing via his Pretty Green clothing company. The Fab Four fanatic plans to honour the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album with a new collection of coats, jackets, shirts and T-shirts.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Apple Records artist Mary Hopkin to sell off 1960s memorabilia Warning: Page opens with sound

Sixties star Mary Hopkin is to auction off a collection of memorabilia from the height of her fame. The collection, which includes items worn at the height of her fame and a rare Beatles poster, is being auctioned off in Cardiff. Hopkin shot to fame in 1968 with her number one single, the Paul McCartney-produced Those Were The Days.

Source: BBC News, UK
Monday, April 24, 2017
Badfinger: Bad breaks, dumb luck and sheer tragedy

It's probably one of the most tragic stories in rock 'n' roll. Badfinger could have been huge. Their connections with The Beatles once earned them the tag of "the new Fab Four". But instead, despite writing and recording some wonderfully memorable music, Badfinger went down in the annals of rock history for all the wrong reasons.

Source: Team Rock
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack includes ELO and George Harrison

2014's smash Guardians of the Galaxy movie was laced with eight-track-era gems, including Redbone's "Come and Get Your Love" and Blue Swede's "Hooked on a Feeling." The music in the upcoming sequel Vol. 2, out on May 5, will include George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord" and Electric Light Orchestra's "Mr. Blue Sky."

Source: Yahoo! Music
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Ringo thinks the Beatles are bigger than Justin

No one's bigger than The Beatles, not even Justin Bieber, according to Ringo Starr himself. The legendary drummer did dinner Tuesday night in Bel Air with ex-Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who once played in Ringo's All-Starr Band. TMZ asked Ringo, if the Beatles and Bieber had both been around at the same time, who'd open for who?

Source: TMZ
Monday, April 10, 2017
Dhani Harrison helps ELO light up their Rock Hall 2017 induction

ELO was inducted into the Rock Roll Hall of Fame by Dhani Harrison on Friday night. Harrison told of seeing ELO in concert at age seven, and said Jeff Lynne is "a great songwriter, producer, musical [genius] of our time, a rare genius, a real live legend, ELO's mastermind for nearly 50 years. Jeff is one of my father's dearest friends."

Video: Dhani's Speech  Source: Best Classic Bands
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
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Dark Side of the Moon console will be used for recording again

The original recording console used on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon which sold last week for over $2.4 million, will be used to record music again, according to its new owner. Used at Abbey Road Studios between 1971 and 1983, the console was also used to record by Paul McCartney & Wings, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Exclaim!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Gregg Rolie to be 22nd musician inducted twice into Rock Hall of Fame

Legendary keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter Gregg Rolie will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City on Friday. He was first inducted as a founding member of Santana, and now for this year's class, Journey, for whom he was the original lead singer. Gregg is currently touring with Ringo Starr's All Starr Band.

Source: Broadway World
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Paul McCartney Elvis Costello collaboration guide

When Paul McCartney teamed with Elvis Costello for sessions that would ultimately yield his 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt, armed with nothing more high-tech than a pencil, paper and acoustic guitar, two of the world's most influential composers climbed the steps to a small office tucked above the studio and pulled tunes out of thin air.

Related Articles  Source: People

Denny Laine
Denny Laine talks Wings, Moody Blues

Denny Laine played in Wings and penned songs including "Mull of Kintyre," the then-best-selling single ever in the U.K. He was also one of the founding members of The Moody Blues, singing their hit "Go Now." He talked about both groups as well as his current tour in a recent interview, including how he originally got involved with Paul McCartney.

Source: Herald Tribune, Sarasota
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
US supreme court will not hear appeal over Vimeo music ruling

The US supreme court will not hear an appeal from record companies including Capital Records which want to pursue copyright infringement claims against Vimeo for hosting unauthorised recordings from The Beatles and other classic artists. The ruling protects websites from liability even for older music recorded before 1972.

Source: The Independent, Dublin

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