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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
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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
Monday, March 20, 2017
Video: Chuck Berry and John Lennon rocking and rolling together

John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted the Mike Douglas show in 1972. One of his guests that week was rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, on the show they teamed up to perform Memphis and Johnny B. Goode, the first meeting between Lennon and Berry. The video of this performance is now available on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Paul McCartney remembers Chuck Berry

On the passing of Chuck Berry, along with a recent pic of him and Chuck together, Paul McCartney posted on his official website PaulMcCartney.com, "Chuck Berry sadly passed away over the weekend. He was one of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock 'n' roll."

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Celebs including Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger remember Chuck Berry Warning: Page opens with sound

Chuck Berry, the man who invented rock and roll, who passed away on Saturday at 90, inspired most of the greatest rock stars of the last century. John Lennon once said, "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." Ringo Starr honored him by quoting a lyric from the song Rock and Roll Music on twitter.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Telegraph, Sydney
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork talk Beatles and the 60s Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles, and especially John Lennon, were fans of the Monkees TV show. Davy Jones brushed elbows with the Beatles when they both appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on the same historic night in 1964. The Monkees would continue to mingle with the Beatles quite a few times over the years, even during the Sgt. Pepper sessions.

Source: Cleveland Scene
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Laurence Juber premieres acoustic version of And Your Bird Can Sing

Today Laurence Juber premiered his new acoustic arrangement of the Beatles' And Your Bird Can Sing, from his new album, "LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles!" which will be released this Friday. The album is Juber's third collection of solo acoustic arrangements of Beatles tunes, produced at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

Source: Guitar World
Why Tom Jones turned down chance to record a Beatles classic Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Jones, currently a coach on The Voice, UK, has revealed that he passed up the chance to record Long and Winding Road even though it was written especially for him. Jones explained it was because Paul McCartney wanted him to release the song as soon as possible, but Jones already had another single ready to go.

Source: Wales Online, UK
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Beatles, Elton John and the Who illustrator Alan Aldridge dead at 73

Renowned artist Alan Aldridge, whose distinctive designs graced the covers of classic albums by the Who and Elton John and filled the bestselling book The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, has died at the age of 73. Aldridge also designed the Hard Rock Cafe's iconic logo. His daughter Lily poster on Instagram, "thank you for the years of magic."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, February 13, 2017
Tom Petty remembers meeting George Harrison and Ringo Starr

Last night, Tom Petty was given the MusiCares Person of the Year Award in Los Angeles. During his speech, he told a story about the night he met George Harrison and Ringo Starr, working with Leon Russell in 1974. "The first session, in comes George Harrison and Ringo. They didn't need any words, those cats were so cool, you know."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison join Tom Petty at Heartbreakers reunion

Tom Petty got his band the Heartbreakers back together for a high-class gig to launch Grammy weekend. During the show, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison, joined Petty on "I Won't Back Down." Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh were in the audience. The Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour begins April 20 in Oklahoma City.

Source: CBS Local
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Could the Beatles unveil a holy grail of unreleased material this year?

Could this year see the release of material from the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones? Until recently all recorded works were copyrighted for 50 years. This law changed in 2011, extending it to 70 years. But there's one loophole that applies to the released music, which still expires after 50 years.

Source: Hit The Floor Magazine
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Unknown drummer for Cilla and McCartney recorded 70 hits for 7 a time

His name may not be familiar but you'll almost certainly know his work, because for many of us he's on the soundtrack of some of the most important moments of our lives. Between 1958 and 1977, Dougie Wright was Britain's most in-demand session drummer, playing on a parade of hits through the most exhilarating period in pop music.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, January 30, 2017
Liverpool statue selfie tour

Liverpool was once again back in the spotlight earlier this month as Cilla Black returned to Mathew Street in the form of a bronze statue. Following the mad influx of selfies with Our Cilla, The Guide Liverpool website put together a Liverpool Statue Selfie Tour, made up of 15 of the best famous faces and scouse legends they could find.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Friday, January 27, 2017
Strawberry Studios: Exhibition marks Stockport's music recording legacy

Set up 50 years ago, Strawberry Studios in Stockport in Greater Manchester, England, was one of the few UK recording spaces outside London. Big names including Paul McCartney recorded there before it shut in 1993. On Friday, memorabilia from the studio which was co-owned by 10cc, will be on display at Stockport Museum.

Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Peter Asher
Behind the music with Peter Asher

Looking ever the pop star, the legendary Peter Asher stepped onto the stage at the Malibu Playhouse Wednesday evening dressed in silver shoes and a sparkly jacket. Since bursting onto the music scene 50 years ago as half of Peter and Gordon, Asher has been a huge part of the music world as a performer, manager, record executive and megahit record producer.

Source: Malibu Times
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Beatles and Stones show settles an old score

No doubt the 60s are long gone, but Beatles vs. Stones A Musical Showdown pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance. Onstage, the bands alternate mini sets and trade improvised barbs and banter between songs to act out the famous rivalry.

Source: Orange Country Breeze

Joey Molland
Concert Review: Joey Molland's Badfinger

Badfinger has never really moved past 1975. These days, the band's legacy is preserved primarily by Joey Molland, the lone surviving member of the band. In a performance in January at Mohegan Sun, Molland's band struggled with details, but got the broad strokes right in an economical survey of the band's history, from good times and bad.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, January 23, 2017
Drummer for Spooky Tooth Mike Kellie dies at 69

Mike Kellie, who was a founder of both Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones and had a lengthy career as a session drummer, working with artists including George Harrison, Peter Frampton and Traffic, died on Thursday, Jan. 18. He was 69. The news came via the Facebook page of John Perry of the Only Ones.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Capitol Records at 75

Nat, Frank and Dino created the myth. John, Paul, George, Ringo and Brian burnished it. Capitol Records, in the heart of Hollywood, looked down on almost every other US label. On its 75th birthday, publisher Taschen has mined the label's archive for a new book. Alastair McKay of the BBC looks back on the company's past glories.

Source: BBC, UK
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Joe Walsh concert is like rocking with an old friend

As Joe Walsh hit the homestretch with his signature "Life's Been Good," the giant rear screen showed us snapshots of the singer-guitarist with rock's upper tier of royalty: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and Ron Wood and Pete Townshend, but Joe made the two hours seem like hanging out with an old friend.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Monday, January 16, 2017
Photos: The rock 'n' roll past of the Cavern Club

The Cavern Club, the legendary venue famed for hosting the Beatles in their early days, first opened its doors to the public 60 years ago today. Originally a jazz club, it didn't take long before the Cavern Club had established itself as the center of Liverpool's rock and roll scene. Stunning photos reveal how wild nights at the Cavern really were.

Related Articles  Source: The Sun, UK
Charity show kicks off Cavern Club anniversary

A special show charity event, at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, is being staged to start a year of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the world-famous Cavern Club. The club marks its milestone birthday exactly 60 years since it first threw its doors open to the music-hungry youngsters of Liverpool back on January 16, 1957.

Related Articles  Source: ITV, UK

Cilla Black statue
Cilla Black statue unveiled at Cavern Club 60th anniversary

A bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled in her home city of Liverpool, marking the 60th anniversary of the Cavern Club, where Black worked as a cloakroom girl in her early years. The life-size statue was commissioned by the late singer's three sons and is situated outside the original entrance to the world famous Cavern.

Related Articles  Source: Sky News, UK
Acclaimed recording engineer Bill Price dies aged 72

Respected engineer/producer Bill Price has passed away at the age of 72. After working with many famous groups like Eric Clapton and The Moody Blues at Decca Records in the sixties, he worked for Sir George Martin at AIR Studios in London in 1970, where he recorded the Live And Let Die album soundtrack with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Music Week
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Beatles poster artist Tony Booth dies aged 83

The artist who created posters for The Beatles in Liverpool in the early 1960s has died aged 83. Tony Booth made the iconic signs for the Fab Four and other Merseybeat bands in the 1960s. In recent years, Mr Booth made replicas of the posters for fans and had written a book about them which his son hopes will be "part of his legacy".

Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Donny Osmond
Donny Osmond wants to sing Beatles song at the Cavern

Donny Osmond is on his way to Liverpool. And while he's looking forward to his gig at the Echo Arena this month, he admits to another ambition too. "I'd love to be able to pop over to the Cavern while I'm there, and see if they'll let me do a Beatles song," he revealed, adding he's thinking about doing one in his Echo Arena show.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, January 9, 2017
Take a musical memory tour with Peter Asher

For a time, he shared the top floor of his parents' home with Paul McCartney, and became a friend and trusted business associate of The Beatles. He played a key role in shaping the careers of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, as manager and record producer. But many know Peter Asher best as one half of British Invasion-era singing duo Peter and Gordon.

Source: The Morning Call, Pennsylvania
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's two duet hits in 1983

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney teamed up to achieve the rare feat of scoring two hit duets in little more than a year, with the first, The Girl Is Mine, rocketing to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Jan. 8, 1983. Their next duet, Say Say Say, hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 for six weeks beginning in late 1983.

Source: Billboard
Friday, January 6, 2017
Vinyl records make more money than digital downloads

Technology has taken the world by storm in the digital age, but at the same time, people are also nostalgic about devices popular in the past. Many suggest that the rise in popularity of vinyl records is due to the "truer" sound and better sensory experience which vinyl records provide and which is missing in digital downloads.

Source: The Asian Age

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