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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Donovan
Donovan's fingerstyle that became the Beatles' White Album

Donovan Leitch, who's gone by his first name only for more than five decades, wrote and recorded hit songs like Mellow Yellow and Hurdy Gurdy Man, yet his influence as a songwriter and musician reaches beyond his own music. As George Harrison noted in the 1995 documentary The Beatles Anthology, "Donovan was all over the White Album."

Source: Westword
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Stevie Van Zandt's foundation to host NYC Beatles documentary premiere

This Thursday, September 15th, Stevie Van Zandt's non-profit Rock and Roll Forever Foundation will host the New York City premiere of Ron Howard's The Beatles: Eight Days A Week-The Touring Years. Van Zandt's foundation offers extensive educational materials free-of-charge to middle and high school teachers.

Source: Morning Ticker
Monday, September 12, 2016
Electric Light Orchestra makes flawless landing in Hollywood Bowl debut

Given the breathtaking melodies and arrangements propelling Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday night, it's a wonder that the venue's stage and shell didn't blast off into the cosmos as the concert was ending. It was a dazzling concert that seemed beamed from another galaxy.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, September 9, 2016
Donovan to be honored with John Lennon Real Love Award at tribute concert

Folk-rock legend Donovan will become the third recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert on Dec. 2 in New York City. Donovan, who accompanied the Beatles on a trip to India in 1968, will perform a set of Beatles songs and his own at the concert and dedicate them to Lennon.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Thursday, September 8, 2016
Donovan looks back on his time spent hanging with the Beatles

Sept. 3 marked the 50th anniversary since "Sunshine Superman," a song that took British singer and guitarist Donovan to the top of the Billboard charts, hit No. 1. In a new interview, Donovan took a look back at the song that became synonymous with the psychedelic era, and time spent with his buddies The Beatles.

Source: Billboard
Friday, September 2, 2016
Video Tribute: Fifth Beatle Billy Preston would have turned 70 today

The only artist to be featured on a Beatles record by name, Billy Preston, on "Get Back," died in 2006. Today would have been his 70th birthday. Billy played on records by The Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Sly and the Family Stone. He also had major hits like "Nothing from Nothing" and "Will it Go Round in Circles."

Source: Showbiz 411
Thursday, September 1, 2016
John Lennon called Micky Dolenz 'Monkey Man'

Micky Dolenz treated fans to a selection of old and new songs he has recorded as a solo artist along with classic Monkees' hits at two sold out shows at the Liverpool Cavern Club's Live Lounge Tuesday in Liverpool. Former Ringo Star record producer Mark Hudson and two Beatles tribute bands also appeared.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Micky Dolenz
Video: Micky Dolenz gets brick on the Cavern wall of fame

Monkee Micky Dolenz has been given a brick on the Cavern Club wall of fame in Mathew Street. And the 71-year-old, who is playing two shows of old and new Monkees tracks at the famous venue today at the end of his International Beatleweek visit, was overwhelmed to be given the honor. A firm favorite with Beatleweek fans, he said, "It's been fantastic."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, August 29, 2016

Paul McCartney demo given to Cilla Black sells for $23,560

A long-lost demo disc recorded by Paul McCartney given to Cilla Black has sold for £18,000 (about $23,560) at auction. Black, who died in 2015, had a UK top 10 hit in 1964 with It's for You, written by McCartney and John Lennon. McCartney recorded his own version earlier that year, it was believed to have been lost or destroyed until her nephew found it.

Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Fire rips through restaurant where the Beatles played in the 60's

A severe fire has ripped through the thatched roof of an "iconic" building where the Beatles once played in the 60's. At its height, 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at Hickory's Smokehouse restaurant in Wall Heath, Dudley, a Grade II listed former nightclub. Jerry and the Pacemakers also performed there. Nobody was injured in the fire.

Source: BBC News, UK
Friday, August 19, 2016
It's only rock 'n' roll - and sometimes it's better in mono

The Beatles in Mono box set was released a couple of years ago, and will now be joined by The Rolling Stones in Mono. So why this return to what many might think an outmoded and inferior way of reproducing sound? Can there really be anything that these monophonic mixes have to offer in 2016?

Source: The Conversation
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
How the Beatles influenced a Monkees song

The Monkees' first single "Last Train To Clarksville" debuted 50 years ago today. It may sound uncannily familiar to another upbeat, twangy rock song, Paperback Writer by the Beatles, which came out just three months earlier. In this audio interview, Monkees songwriter Bobby Hart explains why.

Source: MPR News
Thursday, August 11, 2016

Cilla Black
Beatles statue artist to immortalize Cilla Black

A sculpture of singer Cilla Black, who died in 2015, is being made for display at the old entrance to Liverpool's Cavern Club. Black's family approached the Castle Fine Arts Foundry after being impressed with statues it produced of The Beatles, one of Liverpool's "must see landmarks" of the Fab Four. The statue is set to be completed in early 2017.

Source: BBC News, UK
Monday, August 8, 2016
Video: Pearl Jam covers the Beatles at Boston's Fenway Park

Pearl Jam played Boston's famed Fenway Park last Friday night, where they performed a rare cover of the Beatles' rooftop concert song "I've Got a Feeling." It came at the request of a fan who asked for it in memory of his late father. According to JamBase, it was Pearl Jam's first time performing the song since 2004.

Source: Spin Magazine
Friday, August 5, 2016
U.S. Declines Sony's bid to change music royalty agreements

U.S. antitrust officials declined to rewrite decades-old agreements governing songwriter royalties in a blow to music publishers including Universal Music Publishing Group and Sony/ATV Music Publishing. The publishers had argued the rise of digital offerings like Pandora's streaming music service demanded revisions.

Source: Bloomberg
Monday, August 1, 2016
Liverpool plans Cilla Black statue for Mathew Street

A planning application has gone up in Mathew Street for the proposed new statue of Beatles friend Cilla Black. It is hoped the bronze statue of the late singer and TV star, who died a year ago today, will stand outside the former entrance to the Cavern Club where she worked in the club's cloakroom, and started her singing career.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Keith Richards
Keith Richards criticises The Beatles as a live band

Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards has criticised The Beatles' ability as a live band. Richards told Radio Times, "Musically, The Beatles had a lovely sound and great songs. But the live thing? They were never quite there." He also admitted he "excommunicated" them when they fell under the influence of mystic leader Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in 1967.

Source: NME, UK
The time George Harrison and Eric Clapton had a drunken guitar duel

Muses can bring out the best in creative types. Pattie Boyd inspired George Harrison's "Something" and a pair of Eric Clapton tracks, "Wonderful Tonight," and "Layla." Boyd just penned an autobiography called Wonderful Today, as Rolling Stone reports, and it divulges some insider tidbits about the two musical icons.

Source: Nerdist
Thursday, July 14, 2016
50 years ago, this band toured with The Beatles, then broke up immediately

On August 18, 1966, the Beatles performed at Suffolk Downs in Boston, on what would be their last tour. Their opening act, The Remains, was a burgeoning garage rock quartet comprised of Boston University friends. It ended up being the final tour for The Remains as well, but not before they experienced Beatlemania firsthand.

Source: Boston.com
Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Film with Ringo cameo streaming in August and on DVD in September

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, starring Andy Samberg as a former boy-band member trying desperately to salvage his failing solo career, comes to Digital HD on August 16, On Demand on August 30, and Blu-ray and DVD on September 13, 2016. It includes cameos from music-world VIPs including Ringo Starr.

Source: PR Newswire
7 rock tracks you didn't know were based on classical music

Led Zeppelin may be off the hook for plagiarising Spirit's Taurus due to the existence of a number of 17th century compositions using the allegedly stolen riff. While we might not all be well versed in classical canon, these popular oldies show up more often in modern music more than you may think, including the Beatles.

Source: Happy
Friday, July 8, 2016

Peter Blake
Sir Peter Blake pop art Bentley sells for $323,900

A one-off Bentley Continental created by the famous pop artist Sir Peter Blake has sold at auction for £250,000 (about $323,900) with all of the proceeds going to charity. Blake is best-known for designing the sleeve for The Beatles iconic Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. He said, 'I'm pleased with the prettiness of it... we've made a pretty car."

Source: The Telegraph, UK
New Arthur Alexander compilation is released

The Beatles were big fans of songs done by Arthur Alexander. They released "Anna (Go To Him)" on LP and also covered other songs he recorded on the BBC and in Hamburg. This week, Jasmine Records is releasing a new compilation of his work called "Lay Down Your Arms." It includes all his early recordings for the Dot label in 1961-62.

Source: AXS
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Studio where John Lennon recorded Imagine now on the market

40,000 square feet in The Plant on West 44th Street in New York City is currently up for rent. A destination for creative tenants looking to be in the heart of the Theatre District, The Plant is renowned for the many iconic artists who recorded there, including John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen, Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix and Van Halen.

Source: Real Estate Weekly

Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler covers the Beatles in concert in Hollywood

Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, who has been hinting at a possible Aerosmith farewell tour in 2017, has been out on a solo tour, and performed in front of a packed house at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood yesterday. During the show, Tyler did back-to-back Beatles songs, "I'm Down" and "Come Together" as the audience roared right along.

Source: The Orange County Register
Friday, July 1, 2016
Laurence Juber to perform two UK gigs

Internationally recognized as lead guitarist in Beatle Paul McCartney's band Wings, Laurence Juber is to perform two dates in the UK next month. Laurence will bring together two giants of the U.K. jazz scene, much-sought after musician, composer and bandleader Arnie Somogyi and Irish drummer Stephen Keogh.

Source: ATV Today, UK
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
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.

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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
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
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
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.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, May 5, 2014
Bob Weir surprises crowd at film festival with Beatles cover performance

For the first time, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir played his own unique version of the Beatles song Dear Prudence after the west coast premiere screening of a new film about him at the San Francisco International Film Festival, "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir," last Thursday evening.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Badfinger legend Joey Molland releases highly anticipated new solo album

Much to the excitement of fans worldwide, Joey Molland, best known for his work with the now legendary English band Badfinger, released his highly anticipated 4th solo album "Return To Memphis on December 2. The new CD features 10 new Molland compositions recorded at the world famous Royal Studios in Memphis.

Source: Beatles News
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rock pioneer and human rights supporter Lou Reed passes away

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and punk-poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at 71. Reed is most recently featured on a new 6-disc DVD box-set for Amnesty International that features him prominently performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: Beatles News Blog

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