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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.

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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
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Lincoln Center honors Richard Lester with film retrospective

A Hard Day's Night and Help! director Richard Lester's 1968 film, "Petulia," screens Aug. 10 and 13 at the Walter Reade Theater, the high point of Lincoln Center's weeklong 15-film retrospective, "Richard Lester: The Running Jumping Pop Cinema Iconoclast," beginning August 7th, which also includes "The Knack ... and How to Get It."

Source: NY Times
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Radio play recreates Elvis' meeting with Beatles

The historic moment the Fab Four met the king of rock 'n' roll will be recreated in a new radio play almost 50 years to the day since it happened. A Radio 2 play will revisit the Beatles' trip to Elvis Presley's Bel Air mansion on August 27 1965, the meeting was not filmed or taped and only a few people know what really happened.

Source: Western Daily Express, UK
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
Monday, July 13, 2015
Live Aid rocked the world for charity thirty years ago today

Thirty years ago today, July 13th, 1985, the Live Aid charity concerts took place, raising millions of dollars for African famine relief. Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof organized the two concerts at London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's JFK Stadium and enlisted a then-who's-who of top acts, including Paul McCartney.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Thursday, July 2, 2015
You Must Hear This: The Cyrkle's insane Beatles cover

The Cyrkle, a very talented, very non-threatening psychedelic-lite band, had Brian Epstein as their manager, opened for the Beatles at Candlestick Park and John Lennon is said to have come up with the strange spelling of their name. They also recorded an insane cover of the Beatles' "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You."

Source: Salon
Monday, June 29, 2015
Peter Frampton reissue includes emotional George Harrison tribute

After an incredible run through the 1970s, Peter Frampton reemerged in 1986, these albums, including his album called "Now" will be rereleased in August and September. On "Now," Frampton pays tribute to his then recently departed friend George Harrison with a searing, emotional cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Source: Noise 11
Friday, June 26, 2015
Sirius XM to pay $210 million to record companies for Pre-1972 songs

Satellite-radio broadcaster Sirius XM has resolved a two-year legal battle for its use of recordings created before 1972, agreeing to pay $210 million to five record companies, including Capitol Records, which includes recordings by the Beatles. "This is a great step forward for all music creators," the RIAA chairman and CEO said.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Pacemaker Gerry celebrating 50th anniversary of Ferry Cross the Mersey

Gerry Marsden will be commemorating 50 years of the release of the iconic film Ferry Cross the Mersey next month. In it, a young Gerry is seen riding around Merseyside on his scooter and boarding the ferry boat with the docks as a backdrop. Besides starring in the critically-acclaimed 1965 film, Marsden wrote the famous theme song.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
James Taylor finally has a No. 1 album

Although Taylor has been wildly popular and influential for decades, arriving on the scene in 1970 on the Beatles' Apple label with his warm guitar playing and soft voice, he never had a No. 1 album until now. Taylor's "Before This World," sold 97,000 albums last week, topping the Billboard 200 chart.

Related Articles  Source: Washington Post
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Book Review: How Allen Klein landed both Beatles and Rolling Stones

He entranced The Stones and beguiled three-fourths of The Beatles. Allen Klein managed the careers of them all for a good spell, making him one of the most important money men in the history of the music business. Until Fred Goodman's well-researched new book, however, no one had the full skinny on the guy.

Source: NY Daily News
Interview: James Taylor on his early years at Apple

Former Apple Records recording artist James Taylor has hit the road to promote his new album "Before This World." Capping off a week which saw his appearance with Jimmy Fallon and a satellite concert from New York's Apollo Theater, JT was on hand to do a Town Hall session for Sirius XM radio and a rare in-store signing appearance.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan
Monday, June 22, 2015
Toronto gallery to present Bob Gruen exhibit

Whether hanging out on a roof with John Lennon, on a runway with Led Zeppelin, or on a subway car with the Ramones, rock photographer Bob Gruen has always had a knack for capturing the moment. Toronto's Liss Gallery is hosting an exhibition of his most-famous work beginning Tuesday and running to July 11.

Source: Metro News, Canada
Friday, June 19, 2015
Video: James Taylor recalls nervous Beatles audition for Apple Records

In 1968, James Taylor signed a contract with the Beatles' new label, Apple, making his self-titled debut LP the company's first release from a non-British artist. But securing that lucrative deal was intimidating for the then-unknown singer-songwriter, who auditioned for Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The best Electric Light Orchestra album you've never heard

When Jeff Lynne released Zoom in 2001, following the defection of almost every former Electric Light Orchestra member, there wasn't exactly a huge demand, even the appearances of both George Harrison and Ringo Starr couldn't stoke up much interest, and it disappeared so quickly that a planned tour was eventually scrapped.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Video: Lady Gaga performs John Lennon's Imagine in Azerbaijan

Lady Gaga helped open the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan last Friday, as she walked out into the Olympic Stadium in a flowing white dress to perform John Lennon's classic ballad Imagine. The performance was a stripped-down affair, with Gaga simply singing the track over her piano, which was covered in flowers.

Source: Digital Spy
Monday, June 15, 2015
Video: Mumford & Sons covers With a Little Help From My Friends

Mumford & Sons delivered a whopping 20-song set at Bonnaroo on June 13, and closed out their encore with an all-star rendition of With a Little Help from My Friends. Mumford & Sons have a well-documented history of covering the Beatles, they last covered With a Little Help from My Friends at Glastonbury in 2013.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
No Beatles on Apple Music streaming service

Apple's onstage promise that you'd be able to stream everything the iTunes Store has to offer on the new Apple Music streaming service was too good to be true. It turns out Apple can't actually offer streaming for every single track available on iTunes. It comes pretty close, but still misses some artists including The Beatles.

Source: TechnoBuffalo
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
Noel Gallagher says Oasis will reform if Paul McCartney helps

Noel Gallagher has responded to Paul McCartney's comment that Oasis should reform. In an interview he said, "tell him if he writes our comeback single, it's on. Tell him to write an Oasis track and then we'll talk. I'll just put that out there." Oasis broke up in 2009, the last song they ever played live as a band was the Beatles' I Am The Walrus.

Related Articles  Source: VVN Music
Paul McCartney throws support behind Cliff Richard

Paul McCartney has thrown his support behind Cliff Richard amid a police investigation into historic sex abuse accusations against the veteran pop star. Richard vehemently denied the allegation and he was not charged, and has now received the backing of McCartney, who gives him the benefit of the doubt and says Richard is a "nice guy."

Source: 3 News, New Zealand
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
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!"

Related Articles  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

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