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Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Elvis' first guitarist Scotty Moore has died

Legendary guitarist Scotty Moore has died at age 84. He, along with bassist Bill Black at the beginning and later drummer D.J. Fontana, were the musicians backing Elvis Presley on many of his most iconic songs. Moore also had his own recording studio for several years. One of the albums done there was Ringo Starr's "Beaucoups of Blues."

Source: The Examiner
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Monday, June 20, 2016
Paul McCartney among artists petitioning for digital copyright reform

Paul McCartney is among over 160 artists and record labels calling for digital copyright reform by way of petition. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) came into being in 1998, long before streaming services dominated the industry. Artists and industry figures are saying YouTube provides a "safe harbor" for infringement.

Source: NME, UK
Friday, June 17, 2016
A brief history of Vox: The sound of the British Invasion

In the mid-1960s, young groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones led the British Invasion. While each group had its own idiosyncratic slant on the music, they all shared a powerful weapon: amplification courtesy of Vox. Vox amplifiers like the AC30 helped define the sound of these bands and the era that produced them.

Source: Reverb
Monday, June 13, 2016
Paul McCartney charity song one of Christina Grimmie's last recordings

Christina Grimmie, the young singer who was shot and killed after a concert in Orlando Florida on Friday, was one of the contributors to the Paul McCartney and Friends "Love Song to the Earth" charity single. It was one of her final recordings and according to Billboard her final recorded appearance.

Source: The Examiner
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Guy Hands sues Citigroup for second time over EMI deal

Private equity tycoon Guy Hands has renewed his legal battle with Citigroup following his firm's disastrous takeover of EMI, whose roster included the Beatles, in 2007. The Terra Firma chief is seeking damages of 1.5 billion and has alleged that the US investment bank misled him. Citigroup has denied the allegations.

Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren set to rejoin Ringo's All Starr Band this week

Todd Rundgren wrapped up his current solo tour with concerts over the Memorial Day weekend in New Haven. He will now switch his attention to Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, which launches its own US concert tour this Friday, June 3, in Syracuse, New York. Rundgren said that he isn't sure if Ringo will ask the All Starrs to collaborate on Ringo's next album.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Badfinger guitarist Joey Molland looks back on the making of Straight Up

As the first band signed to The Beatles' Apple Records, Badfinger enjoyed worldwide Top 10 hits with Come and Get It, written and produced by Paul McCartney, and No Matter What. When they began working on their third album, Straight Up in 1971, they had been on the road, and recorded with George Harrison on All Things Must Pass.

Source: The Examiner
Monday, May 23, 2016
John Lennon handwritten Mr. Kite lyrics sell for over $350,000

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for The Beatles' Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite from the Sgt. Pepper's album has sold for $354,400 at an auction in New York. Also sold was a guitar that Elvis Presley was given by his father, going for $334,000. Presley gave the guitar to a fan during a concert in North Carolina in 1975.

Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, May 19, 2016

Pictures: A private tour of Capitol Records in Hollywood

You can't miss the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles as you drive down the freeway. As the historic building prepares to celebrate its 60th anniversary, Cpaitol will open their doors for an unprecedented two-day event this weekend that will allow the public to go inside the same building where Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and many others once roamed its halls.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, May 2, 2016
Video: Paul McCartney confirms involvement in California Mega-festival

A couple of weeks ago, Roger Daltry confirmed the Who would be sharing the stage with Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, and Neil Young for a "mega-festival" on October 7 to 9 in Indio, California. The Who, Bob Dylan, and Roger Waters made their cryptic official Facebook announcements on Friday. Paul McCartney followed suit yesterday.

Related Articles  Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Friday, April 22, 2016
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
Thursday, April 21, 2016

Joe Walsh
Joe Walsh bows out of Cleveland show because of politics

Legendary rock guitarist Joe Walsh has withdrawn from a July concert in Cleveland after he learned the event was associated with the opening of the Republican National Convention. Walsh says he was told the July 18 show was a nonpartisan event to benefit families of veterans, and claims he was misled as to the event's true purpose.

Source: Cleveland.com
Monday, April 18, 2016
Setting Elvis & Nixon straight: Elvis did not hate The Beatles

If the 2.5-minute trailer for the upcoming "Elvis & Nixon" film is an accurate representation of what the full movie will be like, this "comedy" about the infamous meeting between The King of Rock and Roll and President Nixon at the White House will most likely be enforcing false stereotypes about Elvis, including that he hated the Beatles.

Source: Elvis Presley Examiner
Friday, April 15, 2016
Coachella promoters hope to add Paul McCartney to mega-concert

Organizers of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival are looking to book Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, the Who, Neil Young and Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, all Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, for a super-concert in October. It would be the first time that Dylan and McCartney have played on the same bill.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, April 11, 2016

Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector shares stories behind the songs

In a new interview, Ronnie Spector shares incredible tales of her days with the Ronettes, Jimi Hendrix, and the Beatles. "I was friends with the Beatles, real friends. we'd sit on the floor at home and have finger sandwiches and play 45s," Ronnie said. She also tells how she met and recorded "Try Some, Buy Some" with George Harrison at Apple Records.

Source: Entertainment Weekly
Friday, April 8, 2016
Rock History: Paul McCartney's secret 1969 track for Steve Miller Band

In 1969, Paul McCartney co-wrote and played on a Steve Miller track called "My Dark Hour." Produced by Glyn Johns, the track came about when Johns happened into the studio right after a big fight among the Beatles over Allen Klein. The song sounds a lot like "Fly Like An Eagle," and what would become Wings type music.

Source: Showbiz 411
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Pictures: Pattie Boyd shares intimate look at her time with George Harrison

She was a woman at the hub of ground breaking music in the Sixties and Seventies. Now the former wife of Beatle George Harrison and Eric Clapton is sharing her unique collection of photographs for the first time in the UK. Pattie Boyd will be exhibiting portraits taken during her life with George and her second husband Eric.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Rock photographer's work on exhibit in Ventura

Rob Shanahan has earned a reputation in the world of professional photography as one of the most prolific photographers of legendary musicians and rock stars, including Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. A selection of Shanahan's photographs is on exhibit at in Old Town Camarillo, Ca., through March 31.

Source: Ventura County Star

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
Thursday, March 10, 2016
Inside the Fifth Beatle's secret recording studio

Many music stars recorded at George Martin's recording studio on Montserrat, which today stands in disrepair. Lou Reed's 1980 release Growing Up in Public was one of the first albums recorded in the studio, and, just months before Hurricane Hugo wrecked it forever, the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels was among the last.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Beast
Friday, February 26, 2016
Holy Grail Beatles record to be auctioned

An extremely rare and valuable Beatles record is to be auctioned next month. Described as "a Holy Grail item," the 1962 10-inch record of Till There Was You and Hello Little Girl lay forgotten in the home of Les Maguire for decades. Maguire was the keyboardist for fellow Liverpool group Gerry and the Pacemakers.

More Pictures  Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, February 19, 2016

Billy Preston
Billy Preston finally at peace with financial legacy resolved

The decade long legal battle over the late Billy Preston's estate and finances is finally over. His legacy, which includes all of his intellectual and intangible property rights, catalog, name, likeness, has finally been settled. Joyce Moore, Billy's partner in Preston Music Group Inc. and his friend for more than 30 years, has finally prevailed after 10 years in court.

Source: Showbiz 411
Thursday, February 18, 2016
Ronnie Spector covers Beatles on new album

Ronnie Spector has revealed details of her first new album since 2006. Called English Heart, the album features covers of songs made popular by British acts during the 1960s, including "I'll Follow The Sun" by The Beatles. "I'll never forget my first impressions of England in that winter of '64. I'd never traveled outside the U.S. before," Ronnie says.

Source: Uncut Magazine
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Close friend remembers Tony Sheridan on anniversary of his death

Feb. 16 marked the anniversary of the death of singer Tony Sheridan, who played a major role in the Beatles' early career in Hamburg. U.S. musician Dave Humphries, who knew Sheridan, performed and recorded with him, said Tuesday he was thinking of his friend. "Miss him. Genius guitarist much underrated," he said.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Beatles poster guru to mark Cavern's 60th anniversary

The man who designed most of the posters for The Beatles' Merseyside gigs has been enlisted to create the artwork for the Cavern Club's 60th birthday next year. Tony Booth, who is now 82, was discovered by Brian Epstein, and went on to create some of the promotional material which helped to launch their early careers.

Source: John Moores University, Liverpool
Was there a secret reporter present when Elvis met The Beatles?

The most legendary meeting in rock and roll history between Elvis Presley and The Beatles took place on August 27, 1965. It is well known that there were no official photos taken or recordings made of the meeting, however, music fans may be surprised to learn that there was one British journalist present that night.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Thursday, February 11, 2016

Alan Parsons
Alan Parsons recounts learning from the Beatles

Shortly after securing a job with EMI in 1966, Alan Parsons became an engineer at Abbey Road Studios, and he learned the industry as a teenager while working with The Beatles, the Hollies and Pink Floyd. "Being in the studio with the Beatles was as amazing as you would imagine," Parsons said. "I was working with the greatest rock band in the world."

Source: The Tampa Tribune
Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Video: The top 5 Beatles songs for fans of The Rolling Stones

The Beatles or The Rolling Stones? It's a question that's been debated for decades now, ending friendships, dividing families, testing allegiances along the way. Contrary to popular belief, it is possible to like both bands. Consequence of Sound staffers have compiled a list Beatles songs for fans of The Rolling Stones.

Source: Consequence of Sound
Thursday, February 4, 2016

Peter Asher
A Peter & Gordon reunion - almost

When Gordon Waller, half of the 1960s folk-rock duo Peter & Gordon, died in 2009, his former partner issued a modest statement to the press, "I am just a harmony guy, and Gordon was the heart and soul of our duo." This weekend, Peter Asher's British Invasion tribute show in Laguna Beach will include duets with his old partner through video segments.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, February 1, 2016

Elton John
Elton John admits he was intimidated by John Lennon

Elton John says he used to enjoy hanging out with John Lennon, whose last public performance came with Elton in New York's Madison Square Gardens in 1974, but admits he was wary of his "abrasive" humor. He said, "We hung out for a couple of years. He clicked with my band and the people around me. And we had so much fun."

Source: Irish Examiner, UK
Thursday, January 28, 2016

Bert Berns
Bert Berns to be inducted into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The late Bert Berns, who wrote the classic song Twist and Shout that became a hit for The Beatles, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year along with a lifetime achievement award. Berns was a prolific songwriter and sought-after producer during the 1960s, but was only 38 when he died of a heart attack in December 1967.

Source: WFJA Classic Hits and Oldies
Monday, January 25, 2016

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson announces Pet Sounds 50th anniversary tour

Founding Beach Boy Brian Wilson has announced a 2016 world tour to celebrate and perform the iconic album Pet Sounds for a final time, in honor of its 50th anniversary. With more than 70 dates being confirmed, and several previously announced dates selling out in record time, Wilson and his band will be joined by former Beach Boy Al Jardine.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Mersey Beat was the first social network for new music fans

Fifty years ago before Facebook and Spotify, Mersey Beat Magazine was the unsung hero of a scene that placed Liverpool at the centre of the musical universe. In 1959, Bill Harry was getting the cash together to fund a jazz publication but, after becoming friendly with a then little known group called The Beatles, he decided to change tack.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
How John Lennon's sons paid tribute to Elvis on behalf of their father

On January 23, 1986, Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon participated in the first annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. On behalf of their father, John Lennon, they helped induct Elvis Presley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Julian said, "Our father was a big fan of Elvis's," and then read a direct quote from John Lennon.

Source: The Examiner
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Rock photographers Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz to appear in Atlanta

Rock and roll photographers try to get as close to their subjects as possible, and few got as close as Pattie Boyd. Married to George Harrison from 1966 to 1977, she inspired his song "Something," and also inspired Eric Clapton to write "Layla" about her in 1970. Her photos of these two and others will be part of a live show in April in Atlanta.

Source: Access Atlanta
The Beatles and Bob Dylan come together in Georgia art exhibit

Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison are together again, in visual art. You can also up the artistic ante with Bob Dylan. Signed artwork by the musical and cultural icons will be featured in a free exhibit at the Ann Jackson Gallery in Roswell, GA., from April 8 through April 10.

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
Sale of Michael Jackson art includes drawings of the Beatles

A man is planning to sell his collection of drawings by Michael Jackson, to raise funds for a drug rehabilitation centre he now runs in Florida. The pastel, charcoal, pencil and pen portraits of figures including Princess Diana, JFK, the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe had been authenticated and were valued in excess of $100 million.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Review: Peter Asher and Albert Lee in Pennsylvania

Brit music makers Peter Asher and Albert Lee played Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA, Sunday. They spoke at length, even more than they sang and played, about their illustrious pasts. Asher, half of '60s hit-makers Peter & Gordon, told a great story about when Paul McCartney wrote World Without Love, which he "maddeningly finished in eight minutes."

Source: Philly.com
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
The 10 best ELO songs

In September 2014, Lynne played his first major ELO show since 1986, at London's Hyde Park, and positive feedback encouraged him to write and record Alone In The Universe, spanning intricate rockers, hypnotic blues and some of his most Beatles-esque ballads. This is look back at the ELO catalog, one of rock's most under-appreciated.

Source: Stereogum
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

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