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Monday, January 22, 2018
Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family announces Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose last October, his wife and daughter announced in a Facebook post Friday. The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that Petty's cause of death was a "multisystem organ failure" due to mixed drug intoxication. His family said Petty suffered from "many serious ailments."

Source: CBS News
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Friday, January 19, 2018
Theatre Review: Cilla - The Musical

Cilla - The Musica honors the legacy of Cilla Black. The story of the loveable Liverpool girl's rise to fame is told heartwarmingly and vocals are delivered without fault across the cast. Andrew Lancel gives a strong performance as Brian Epstein, who portrays with great presence Epstein's struggle at balancing his demons with his work.

Source: Kent Online, UK
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Sony/ATV signs Joe Walsh to worldwide deal

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has signed a worldwide publishing deal with iconic singer, songwriter, guitarist and Ringo Starr's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, whose role in the legendary group Eagles runs parallel to a hugely-successful solo career. The agreement includes songs such as "Life's Been Good" and "Life In The First Lane."

Source: Broadway World
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Eric Clapton is the picture of health after admitting he is going deaf

Eric Clapton, 72, admitted to feeling anxious he might embarrass himself ahead of stage shows scheduled for 2018 because of his various ailments. Yet he looked happy and healthy as he presented a new biographical film about his legendary musical career on Wednesday night, with the full support of his ex-wife Pattie Boyd.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Paul McCartney among musicians lobbying for change in law to save venues

Paul McCartney has warned the future of music is in danger as he called for a change in the law to protect live venues across the UK. McCartney is joined by musicians and, politicians in backing a plan to stop the closure of grassroots venues after more than a third were said to have closed in the past decade, according to research by UK Music.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Sony/ATV licenses its music for Facebook and Instagram use

Music publishing company Sony/ATV has signed a multi-year deal agreement with Facebook. Under the deal, users will be able to upload and share videos which contain compositions licensed from Sony/ATV's catalog on Facebook, Instagram and Oculus, more than three million songs including including The Beatles and Michael Jackson.

Source: M Magazine, UK
Monday, January 8, 2018
Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas dies at 76

Ray Thomas, singer, flautist and founding member of The Moody Blues, has died at 76. One of Thomas' earliest blues groups El Riot and the Rebels, went on to support The Beatles in Tenbury Wells, Malvern. Following stints in the Hamburg, Thomas returned to Birmingham in 1964 and formed The Moody Blues with Denny Laine.

Source: Counteract, UK
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Beatles and Rolling Stones still the music industry's biggest earners

Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger's bands are the music industry's biggest earners. Figures for 2017 show the veterans out-performed singers less than half their age including Ed Sheeran. The Rolling Stone raked in 116 for every person at their 14 sold-out stadium shows, Paul McCartney pocketed 108 per seat for 36 performances.

Source: Daily Star, UK
Friday, December 29, 2017
Roy Orbison's sons recall Beatles tour in new bio

Roy Jr., Wesley and Alex Orbison have released "The Authorized Roy Orbison," a new book about their father, the enigmatic rock icon. It includes a recollection from Orbison on his 1963 tour of England with the Beatles, solidifying his overseas fan base. During that tour, Orbison started wearing his now-signature dark glasses permanently.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Golden Slumbers: From Abbey Road to Christmas advert

Many Beatles tracks have had interesting afterlives, and Golden Slumbers is one of them. Recorded for 1969's Abbey Road, the song's impact was instant: John Denver and Booker T & The MG's quickly covered it. Neil Diamond played it regularly on tour. It has become a musical touchstone for bands trying to show their sensitivity and maturity.

Source: Financial Times
Beatles' favorite Vox getting back to where it once belonged in UK

Vox, the musical equipment maker beloved by the Beatles and U2, is returning to its British roots by exploring plans to shift more production back from Asia, after a successful test run building handcrafted amps in the UK. A limited edition amp made in Britain retailing for around 3500 saw a huge surge in demand from fans this year.

Source: The London Evening Standard
Beatles lead the charts in December, 1967

In 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the world's first heart transplant. Allen Ginsberg and Dr. Benjamin Spock were among those arrested at a Vietnam War protest in New York City. The WQAM Miami weekly survey was full of songs that are still hits today, with the Beatles with Hello, Goodbye/I Am the Walrus at number 1.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Video: Blossoms Cover Paul McCartney's Christmas classic

Blossoms have rounded off an amazing 2017 by offering up their version of a Christmas classic, they've posted a cover of Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime on their Facebook page as a festive gift to their fans. 2017 saw Blossoms tour their self-titled debut album, including a festival appearance at Glastonbury.

Related Articles  Source: Radio X, London
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Dec 14, 1998: Billy Preston found guilty of insurance fraud

Soul-gospel musician the late Billy Preston, originally from Houston, TX, first met the Beatles in 1962 and was one of a number of people who came to be known as "The Fifth Beatle." In 1998 he pleaded guilty to insurance fraud in a Los Angeles court and agreed to testify against six other defendants, included his former manager.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Smithereens singer Pat DiNizio dies at 62

The lead singer and primary songwriter of the New Jersey rock band The Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, passed away yesterday. In 2007 with the Smithereens, he recorded Meet the Smithereens, on which the group covered the entire Meet the Beatles album. Pat DiNizio had been rehabilitating from a fall, he was 62.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 8, 2017
2017 in Review: A farewell to those who left us

We lost many greats of the music world in 2017, musicians and singers, songwriters and producers, music industry giants and others who made it all happen, including Beatles idols Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, part-time Beach Boy Glen Campbell, McCartney producer Tommy LiPuma, and Apple recording artist David Peel.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy: I owe my career to the Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

Ozzy Osbourne says that he owes his whole career to the Beatles, saying She Loves You changed his life. He said, "I remember exactly where I was. I was walking down Witton Road in Aston, I had a blue transistor radio and when that song came on I knew from then on what I wanted to do with my life...they gave me the desire to want to be in the music game."

Source: Team Rock
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
U2 recreates the iconic Beatles Abbey Road album cover

Irish group U2 takes their smash hits to the iconic Abbey Road studios as they perform their chart-topping tracks for a BBC special, where they recreated the legendary Beatles cover. U2 At The BBC will not only see an intimate performance from the quartet, but will also feature a discussion on the group's undeniably strong musical chemistry.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Jeff Lynne's ELO
Jeff Lynne's ELO adds additional North American tour dates

Jeff Lynne's ELO has added dates added to its first North American tour in 30 plus years. Due to high ticket demand, the tour announced additional shows in Los Angeles, and New York. The announcement comes just after the release of the live concert CD/DVD, Wembley or Bust. Jeff Lynne's last extensive U.S. tour with ELO was in 1981.

Source: The Music Universe
Friday, December 1, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 soundtrack nominated for a Grammy

The soundtrack for James Gunn's Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 has been nominated for a Grammy Award. The album, which includes classic tunes from Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, and more, also includes My Sweet Lord by George Harrison. The 60th Grammy Awards will air live from New York on Jan. 28.

Source: Comic Book.com
Friday, November 17, 2017
Video Interview: Bob Eubanks

Bob Eubanks has done everything from KRLA disc jockey, hosting The Newlywed Game, to bringing The Beatles to Los Angeles. He appeared on Good Day LA this morning to talk about the upcoming DMS11 Wells Fargo Thanksgiving Calif. Championship next weekend, and talked about the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl in 1965.

Source: FOX 11, Los Angeles
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Los Angeles rock radio station signs off forever by playing the Beatles

After spending the morning saying goodbye, Classic Rock KSWD The Sound, Los Angeles, left the airwaves at 1pm PT today. The station was sold to Educational Media Foundation and has flipped to Christian Contemporary programming. The station signed off with side two of The Beatles' Abbey Road, as radio station KMET had in 1987.

More Information  Source: OC Register
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
eBay says Beatles sales surge as music buyers get physical

A survey done for eBay says The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd are leading artists getting a boost as music buyers get physical in preference to digital streaming and downloads. The survey comes as a surprise after reports about the digital revolution, with many teenagers said never to have bought a physical album.

Source: Forbes
Jeff Lynne's ELO announces 2018 tour

Jeff Lynne's ELO announced yesterday the first dates of a U.S. tour as well as their return to the U.K. and Europe, for an extended run of shows in 2018. The shows will see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 inductee perform in the U.S. in August and across the continent in September and October.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, November 10, 2017

The Point
Harry Nilsson's overlooked masterpiece

One day I came across the movie, "The Point." My mother said, "Oh, you'd love this! It's about a boy who gets bullied because he's the only person without a pointed head." As a child with undiagnosed autism who was bullied relentlessly, I had self-esteem issues, so my mom thought it would help me out. Plus Ringo Starr narrated it, and that was a bonus.

Source: Splice Today

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