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Friday, May 15, 2015
Musicians remember blues legend BB King, dead in Las Vegas at 89

Blues legend BB King passed away peacefully in his sleep at his Las Vegas home on Thursday, he was 89. King was not only the undisputed king of the blues but a mentor to scores of guitarists including Eric Clapton and John Lennon. Ringo Starr tweeted, "God bless BB King peace and love to his family."

Source: Yahoo! News, UK
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Paul McCartney urges Oasis reunion should happen

Oasis are the Beatles' biggest fans but we never knew the feeling was mutual. Now Paul McCartney says the brothers Gallagher should put their feelings to one side for the sake of their music. McCartney, who thinks they are "pretty cool guys" said, "My advice to them? Just get together and make some good music!"

Source: The Mirror, UK
Friday, May 8, 2015
50 years ago, the British nearly took over the U.S. charts

Last year, almost one in eight albums sold in the U.S. were British, as artists like One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and more have achieved a growing piece of the U.S. music sales pie. 50 years ago on May 8, 1965, the Brits almost took the top 10 completely, nine out of 10 songs on the Billboard list were by British artists.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Interview: Roger McGough

Roger McGough, 77, is one of Britain's best-loved poets. He was one of the Mersey Sound poets in the 1960s, found chart success with The Scaffold and worked with the likes of The Beatles. He appears at the Campden Literature Festival this Saturday. In this interview he talks about his poetry and influences.

Source: Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, UK
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Audio: Beatles cover Bob Dylan during Let It Be sessions

On January 28th, 1969 the Beatles were 17 days into recording the album Let It Be. To unwind after 17 takes of "I've Got a Feeling," some of which featured John Lennon on lead vocals instead of Paul McCartney, they played a bit of Bob Dylan's 1966 hit "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" with John on vocals.

Source: Rolling Stone
Hot Chocolate singer and Apple artist Errol Brown dead at 71

Singer Errol Brown, who fronted the pop and disco group Hot Chocolate from the late Sixties through the early Eighties, has died. He co-wrote and sang the 1975 hit "You Sexy Thing" and was signed to the Beatles' Apple label in 1969 after he sent John Lennon a reggae version of "Give Peace a Chance."

More Info: Pictures  Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, May 4, 2015
New Kurt Cobain unreleased demos album to include Beatles covers

Tracks recorded before Kurt Cobain died in 1994 will now be collected into a new LP. Among the recordings are duets with his wife Courtney Love and covers of The Beatles. The collection emerged when filmmaker Brett Morgen was allowed unrestricted access to videos and cassettes for his documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck."

Source: National Ledger
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Roger Waters discusses the Beatles' impact on Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd recorded its 1967 debut just one studio over from the Beatles at Abbey Road studios. But that's where the similarities between Piper at the Gates of Dawn and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band end, says Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, and that his entire approach to songwriting was forever altered.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, April 27, 2015
Beatles, Elvis Presley songwriter Sid Tepper dies at 96

Sid Tepper, who wrote songs recorded by The Beatles and Elvis Presley, has died at the age of 96. Tepper, with writing partner Roy C. Bennett, wrote The Beatles' "Glad All Over" (not to be confused with the Dave Clark Five song of the same name), which they performed on the BBC. He died of natural causes in Miami Beach on Friday.

More Information  Source: Digital Spy
Friday, April 24, 2015
The history of Pete Ham and Badfinger

Like the Beatles, the band with which they're inextricably linked, Badfinger included four men capable of writing and singing lead. Though they didn't have a traditional frontman, Pete Ham, as the composer and voice of their biggest hits, has often been called the heart and soul of the group. His story is a complicated and tragic one.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Gerry and the Pacemakers to play Weymouth next weekend

Gerry Marsden and his band Gerry and the Pacemakers were due to travel across the US last September, but had to drop out when Gerry fell seriously ill. But Gerry is raring to go again, and they will be performing in Weymouth on Saturday, May 2. He said, "When I'm on the stage and the audience are getting into it there's no nicer feeling."

Source: Dorset Echo, UK
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Jeff Lynne's productions with the Beatles rank with his best work

As the young artist behind Electric Light Orchestra, Jeff Lynne hardly made his admiration for the Beatles a secret. So it made sense that he would go on to become the defining producer for the group's post-1960s work, including with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, and the Free as a Bird and Real Love tracks.

Source: Variety
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Audio: Kurt Cobain's chilling, unreleased Beatles cover

Director Brett Morgen sorted through hundreds of hours of unheard Kurt Cobain audiotapes for his upcoming documentary Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck. One gem the filmmaker unearthed was a snippet of the Nirvana frontman recording a chilling cover of the Beatles' "And I Love Her." A full version has leaked online.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, April 16, 2015
Interview: Dave Grohl on vinyl and Record Store Day

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is this year's ambassador to Record Store Day, which will see 400 new and limited-edition releases go on sale, including the re-release of Paul McCartney's soundtrack album "The Family Way." Grohl said, "I have albums from the last 40 years of my life. I still have the first record I ever bought."

Source: USA Today
Black Jacket Symphony to perform songs by The Beatles in Montgomery

The Black Jacket Symphony will return to the Montgomery Performing Arts Centre stage in Montgomery, Alabama, to present "The Symphony of Our Generation" on May 2. Known for its incredible recreation of classic albums in a live setting, they will be performing The Beatles' Abbey Road and The Who's Who's Next.

Source: AL.com
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Audio: New song from Todd Rundgren's next album

It's prolific year for Todd Rundgren. Already part of Ringo Starr's latest All-Starr Band, with playing and writing credits on the new Postcards From Paradise album, Rundgren will be releasing his 25th solo studio album, Global, on April 7, and will be touring to support it. A new song from that album, Rise, can now be heard online.

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
NTSB gets petition to reopen plane crash that killed Buddy Holly

The crash that took the life of the Big Bopper, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly, who influenced the music of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Elvis Costello, happened 56 years ago. Now, the NTSB is being asked to reopen the investigation into the crash to clear the name of the 21-year-old charter plane pilot.

Source: Washington Post
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Brian Wilson tribute concert planned for Los Angeles

Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson will be the subject of a tribute concert in Los Angeles at the end of the month in anticipation of his upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure. The show will feature appearances by the likes of Norah Jones, Heart's Ann Wilson, Wilson Phillips and many more.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, February 20, 2015
Conversations with Peter Asher and Denny Laine

In new interviews, Peter Asher talks about how Peter & Gordon came together, and which has been his favorite job, producer, manager, background vocalist, or songwriter, and Denny Laine talks about talks about his new tour, his early influences, the Moody Blues and his experiences with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Huffington Post
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
BBC Radio 1 cites McCartney as example to deny Madonna ban

Madonna was recently was ousted from BBC Radio 1's playlist reportedly because she was too old. However, on Facebook, BBC Radio 1 posted, "Radio 1 does not ban anyone—please don't believe the papers, an artist's age is never a factor. In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks on the Radio 1 playlist."

Source: E! Online
Lou Reed trashes the Beatles in lost interview

In a recently rediscovered interview, Lou Reed talks harshly about other bands in the sixties and says, about the Beatles, "I never liked the Beatles, I thought they were garbage." In the interview now available on the net, he also says his purpose was "to elevate the rock & roll song and take it where it hadn't been taken before."

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Diana Krall's latest album includes unreleased Paul McCartney ballad

Singer-pianist Diana Krall's 12th album, called Wallflower, includes a previously unreleased ballad by Paul McCartney, If I Take You Home Tonight. Written for Paul's Kisses on the Bottom album, but not making the album's final cut, Krall asked McCartney if she could record it, saying, "It's one of my favorite tracks."

Source: The Globe and Mail, UK
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Grammy Awards bring gold to revitalized Capitol Records

Sunday night's Grammy Awards ceremony put a gold crown on Capitol Music Group's rise from the No. 5 label in market share in 2012 to No. 2 in 2014, with all four of the top awards, record, album, song and new artist, going to Capitol artists Sam Smith and Beck. In all, Capitol artists took home 12 Grammys.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, February 6, 2015
Billy J. Kramer set for U.K. tour

Beatles pal Billy J. Kramer lives in America, but now he's set to play in the U.K. once again. In a new interview, he says, "If you survive 50 years in the music industry, then you deserve more than a five-star medal, but I've got this great feeling of goodness and serenity now." He also talks about his forgotten manager, Brian Epstein.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, UK
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Pattie Boyd and Eric Clapton to exhibit rare rock 'n' roll photos

Otherwise known as the inspiration behind the song "Layla," Pattie Boyd has amassed quite a collection of photographs during her marriages with rock 'n roll greats George Harrison and Eric Clapton. Boyd's collection of personal photos will be on display at the San Francisco Art Exchange starting February 10 through March 15.

Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer
Friday, January 30, 2015
Ringo Starr pays tribute to Rory Storm on new album

Ringo Starr has a song about his first band Rory and the Hurricanes on his next album Postcards From Paradise. Ringo Starr was the drummer in Rory Storm and the Hurricanes from 1960 to 1962 before replacing Pete Best in The Beatles on August 14, 1962. The Hurricanes were one of Liverpool's most popular bands in 1960.

Related Articles  Source: Music News, UK
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Paul McCartney to perform at the Grammys with Rihanna and Kanye West

Rihanna will reportedly perform her new single FourFiveSeconds with Kanye West and Paul McCartney and the Grammy Awards next month. A source said, "Rihanna's seriously pleased to have bagged a big slot at The Grammys and two huge names to kick off her comeback. It is going to be a huge Grammys moment."

Related Articles  Source: MTV UK
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Produceer of Grammy Beatles Salute to get Hollywood Walk of Fame star

Ken Ehrlich will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Wednesday. Ehrlich produces the Grammy telecast and produced "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" last year. LL Cool J, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and John Legend will join Ehrlich at the ceremony in front of Capitol Records.

Source: My News LA
Monday, January 26, 2015
In Photos: Liverpool bands of the 1960s remembered

There were more than 300 bands active in Liverpool at the height of the Merseybeat era. Of course the Beatles is the first name which springs to mind, but there were other big hitters like Cilla Black, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Billy J Kramer and The Searchers, some still with us, others long gone, but their music lives on.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, January 23, 2015
Audio Interview: Guitarist who inspired the Beatles

Even if you haven't heard classical guitarist Angel Romero play, you've heard his influence. He said, "They interviewed George Harrison of The Beatles. They asked him, How did you start playing the guitar? He said, From picking at Angel Romero's records." Romero also influenced the Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: St. Louis Public Radio
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Soul of Billy Preston being fought over in a courtroom

Producing a string of acclaimed albums and hits in the 1960s and '70s, Billy Preston's defied gravity. The same goes for the financial mess that has followed his death in 2005. Besides settling what the bankruptcy trustee believes to be Preston's $4 million debt, there's the fight over money from his intellectual property and royalties.

Source: OC Weekly, CA
Monday, January 5, 2015
Video: Abbey Road studio's old machines used to copy classic vinyl

Recording equipment that would have been used by The Beatles at London's world famous Abbey Road Studios is being used once again to create records on vinyl, so that people can hear what the albums would have sounded like when they were first released. The reissued records sell for £300.

Source: BBC News
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Peter Asher receives CBE in Queen's New Years Honors List

Queen Elizabeth has made her annual New Years Honor announcement of people who will be presented with Knighthoods and lesser honors of the British Empire. Among those named is producer and performer Peter Asher, half of UK 60s pop group Peter & Gordon, who will become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Source: Noise 11
Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shootout comes up Upland

Two of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time face off as The Grove Theatre in Upland, Ca., presents "Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shootout" on Saturday, January 24. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the West Coast's top Beatles tribute bands, they face off against Stones tribute band Jumping Jack Flash.

Source: Broadway World Music
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Joe Cocker posthumously tops the German charts

The late Joe Cocker has rocketed up the German pop charts about a week after his passing. Not one, but two of Cocker's albums were in the German Top 100, published by GfK Entertainment. His "Greatest Hits" came in at 98 and "Fire It Up," his 22nd studio album originally released in 2012, jumped to number 48.

Related Articles  Source: DW, Germany
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.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Monday, December 22, 2014
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Joe Cocker

Paul McCartney has led tributes to rock and blues singer Joe Cocker, who has died at the age of 70. He was perhaps best known for his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, which reached number one in the UK in 1968. Paul said, "It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing." Ringo said, "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker."

Related Articles  Source: Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Smokey Robinson still thrilled by George Harrison's long-ago tribute

George Harrison's "Pure Smokey," a 1976 tribute to Smokey Robinson, gave credit to an artist who had been part of the Beatles' musical foundation, Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me" appeared on 1963's With the Beatles. These hat tips from one of rock's biggest bands didn't go unnoticed by the Motown legend.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, December 15, 2014
Elvis Presley's connection to the Beatles featured in new exhibit

In August 1965, The Beatles finally got to meet their idol, Elvis Presley, at his home in Los Angeles. Elvis pulled out a white Fender bass guitar while Ringo Starr took up a game of pool with members of Elvis' entourage. This famous pool table is now on display at "Elvis at the O2, The Exhibition of His Life," which opened on Friday.

Source: The Examiner
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The John Lennon song by Bob Dylan

It's not the best song of 2012, not even the best song on Tempest, the Bob Dylan album it concludes. But "Roll on John" has staying power, similar to the spirit of its subject, John Lennon. Dylan pays tribute to the great man, taken from us in 1980, now gone twice as long as he and Lennon were friends.

Source: Like The Dew
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Video: Prince's impromptu Beatles cover at jazz club

On Sunday night at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Prince was in the audience watching a Jazz Night event when he decided to take the stage for a cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends. He is dressed like a wizard and taking an absolutely fantastic extended guitar solo, just another Sunday night for Prince.

Source: Death and Taxes
Unreleased demos to be included in book about Apple Records

"a is for apple" is a four-volume series that will take an extensive look at the history of Apple Records. A newly released video clip from the authors of the books contains excerpts from some acetates by Apple Records artist Jackie Lomax, who died last year, including a previously unheard demo of "Is This What You Want?"

Source: Beatles Examiner

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