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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Billy Preston
Billy Preston's bankruptcy case finally settled

The legendary "fifth Beatle," Billy Preston, died eight years ago at the age of 59, but not without controversy, the target of bitter legal battles for his lucrative, multi-million dollar estate. On Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that Preston, despite a long history of cocaine addiction, was not incapacitated when he filed for bankruptcy in 2005.

Source: OC Weekly
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Thursday, September 18, 2014
Paul McCartney to help shed light on unknown tunesmith

The Isley Brothers recorded "Twist and Shout" in 1962. It was written by Bert Berns, who died in 1967, unknown except for in the music business. But now, with a little help from their friend and patron Paul McCartney, Bert Berns' children are on a mission to vest their father's name in the pop music pantheon.

Source: Deadline
Monday, September 15, 2014
Jeff Lynne hints at further dates for ELO

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra performed at BBC Radio 2's Festival In A Day in London last night, marking their first concert return to the UK stage in 28 years. During the 75-minute set, Lynne, also known for being in The Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison, told the 50,000-strong crowd, "I'll do this again."

Source: NME, UK
Roxy Music bassist John Gustafson dies

John Gustafson, who collaborated in the '70s with Ian Gillan and Roxy Music, has died at 72. He had once been deemed the "second most important bassist ever to come out of Liverpool" for his work in the groundbreaking early '60s power trio the Big Three, which was recommended to sign with Brian Epstein by John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, September 12, 2014
Singer songwriter Bob Crewe passes away at 82

Bob Crewe, the veteran singer, songwriter and producer who penned a string of hits for Beatles contemporaries the Four Seasons, including Sherry, Big Girls Don't Cry, Walk Like a Man and Rag Doll, died Thursday at the age of 82. Crewe made an indelible impact on pop music and was inducted into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 1985.

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, September 8, 2014
Gerry Marsden pulls out of nostalgia tour due to illness

Gerry and the Pacemakers star Gerry Marsden has been forced to pull out of a British nostalgia tour after falling ill. He'll be replaced on the British Invasion Tour across the U.S. by former Hollies star Terry Sylvester. A spokesperson for the Ferry Across the Mersey singer said, "Gerry is extremely sad to be letting his fans down."

Source: Contact Music
Thursday, September 4, 2014
London Beatles landmark to be transformed

London's iconic Battersea Power Station is set to be demolished. The building's notable chimneys, which have had a cameo in the Beatles' Help! and were on the cover of Pink Floyd's 1977 album Animals, will be torn down and rebuilt. A new mixed use facility will be built in its place, the iconic chimneys to be painstakingly reconstructed.

Source: AntiMusic
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Gene Simmons says The Beatles changed men's fashion

Kiss bass guitarist Gene Simmons credits The Beatles for the biggest impact on fashion in the past century. He said, "Not since the Renaissance have men felt comfortable in public wearing long hair, which opened the door to the counter culture. The Beatles had a societal impact on par with the advent of the birth control pill."

Source: NY Post
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Paul McCartney tops Richest Bassist list

A new list of the Top 10 Richest Bassists in the World unsurprisingly is topped by Paul McCartney, whose net worth is valued at $1.2 billion. In fact, McCartney is so far ahead of the pack that he's got more money than the next four bassists combined. Sting and Gene Simmons, both worth $300 million, tied at second.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
John Lennon and Harry Nilsson join forces 40 years ago today

In 1974, Harry Nilsson's once-promising career seemed in danger. On top of stalling sales, his second marriage was falling apart and his self-destructive nature had started to affect his creative output. His bosses at RCA were unhappy, he and Richard Perry had parted ways, and Nilsson needed a producer. Enter John Lennon.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Pattie Boyd
How to dress like rock's most famous muse Pattie Boyd

When it comes to finding style inspiration, you can't go wrong with a woman like Pattie Boyd. She's muse to both a Beatle, George Harrison, and the 'god' of guitar, Eric Clapton. A top model and It-Girl in the Swinging London scene of the 1960s, Pattie was in the ranks with Jean Shrimpton and Twiggy thanks in part to her enormous blue eyes and racehorse legs.

Source: The Gloss
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Peter Asher
Peter Asher remembers Robin Williams

Record producer Peter Asher, formerly of vocal group Peter and Gordon and his wife were close friends of Robin Williams. He said, "Robin was one of the cleverest, funniest, most intellectually agile and well-read people it has ever been my privilege to call a dear friend. But beyond all of these qualities, he was the most generous man I have ever met."

Source: Showbiz 411
Monday, July 14, 2014

Cilla Black
Cilla Black blames Beatles' old Cavern Club for hearing loss

Cilla Black has blamed Liverpool's Cavern Club for damaging her hearing. The entertainer, who worked at the music venue as a coat check girl in the 1960s so she could see bands such as The Beatles, now uses a hearing aid. "I blame the Cavern. All those years in a place with no proper acoustics. It's rock 'n' roll that has done my hearing in," she said.

Source: The Herald, Ireland
Drummer Tommy Ramone

Drummer Tommy Ramone, the last original member of 1970s punk band The Ramones. All named Ramone but not brothers, the four neighborhood pals adopted the last name in homage to an early alias used by Paul McCartney. Tommy only played on the band's first three studio albums.

Source: NY Daily News
Friday, July 11, 2014
Sony/ATV threatens to withdraw from ASCAP and BMI

Sony/ATV Music Publishing has said it may completely withdraw from two U.S. groups that distribute songwriter royalties if changes are not made to the regulations that govern those organizations. Sony/ATV's big catalog includes songs by the Beatles, they want the option to negotiate rates directly with streaming services.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Concord Music Group acquires Vee-Jay Records

Concord Music Group has acquired the catalog of renowned American R&B/soul label Vee-Jay Records, including more than 5,000 master recordings from renowned artists such as Little Richard, Gene Chandler, Betty Everett and The Dells, among many others. Vee-Jay was the first U.S. record company to release recordings by The Beatles.

Source: Billboard
Thursday, June 26, 2014
Album on Lon Van Eaton's new label benefits American vets

"American Made" on Stone Soup Records, a new label from Lon Van Eaton, will support the American Legion, the Purple Heart Foundation, the Wounded Warrior Project and many more. Van Eaton, along with his brother Derek, was produced by George Harrison on Apple Records and was inspired by George's "Concert for Bangladesh."

Source: NJ.com
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Gerry Rafferty's guitars fetch $42,470 at auction

Four guitars owned by the late Gerry Rafferty fetched ?25,000 at an auction today in London. A Fender Esquire guitar, made in 1954, that sold for ?10,000 ($17,000), was also said to have previously belonged to George Harrison. A Fender Mustang also sold for ?3,125, over ?1000 more than Bonham's had expected.

Source: The Scotsman
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Joey Molland
Badfinger Legend Joey Molland releases 'Old and New' CDs

Bandfinger legend Joey Molland has released two hard to find, sought after albums in the UK, "Demos Old And New" and "This Way Up!" Though the band suffered major tragedies throughout its career, surviving member Molland has continued to keep the Badfinger flame alight through concerts and recordings over the past 30 years.

Source: Broadway World Music
Thursday, June 19, 2014
Carole King's songwriting partner Gerry Goffin dies aged 75

Lyricist Gerry Goffin, who with his then-wife and songwriting partner Carole King wrote such hits as "Will You Love Me Tomorrow," ''(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "The Loco-Motion," died Thursday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 75. The team also wrote "Chains," which was later covered by the Beatles.

Source: Billboard
Friday, June 13, 2014

Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne teams with BBC2 for live for comeback concert

Jeff Lynne is teaming up with the BBC Concert Orchestra to play some of ELO's greatest hits at a concert in Hyde Park in September on BBC Radio 2. Lynne, who also founded the The Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, said, "I'm very much looking forward to playing my ELO songs for everyone."

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Les Paul gala auction to feature Paul McCartney signed guitar

The Mahwah Museum in Mahwah, New Jersey, will host the Les Paul 99th Birthday Gala this Saturday evening. An auction will be held, offering an array of special guitars and music memorabilia, including a Hofner bass guitar and pick guard signed by Paul McCartney, and guitars signed by Pete Townshend and Chuck Berry.

Source: NorthJersey.com
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Connecticut record shop still making music in digital age

There's clearly a difference between listening to a vinyl record and listening to an MP3. Record sales are seeing an upswing, according to John Konrad, owner of Johnny's, the "genuine record shoppe" in Darien, Connecticut, who opened the store in 1975. "The CDs are shrinking and the vinyl is expanding," said Konrad.

Source: Darien News, CT
U.S. Congress updating music copyright laws as world goes digital

The U.S. Congress is working to update music copyright laws. They want to close a loophole that allows digital music services to stream music recorded before 1972 without paying for them, including songs by the Beatles. They could also give songwriters more leeway to argue for higher royalties from digital streaming services.

Source: Reuters
Friday, June 6, 2014
Famous organ Vox Continental recreated in software

VOX Continental-V brings back the coveted classic sounds of the Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 organ as an authentic software emulation for Mac and PC. The Beatles performed a memorably frenzied version of I'm Down at Shea Stadium in 1965 with John Lennon playing a VOX Continental using his elbows at times.

Source: Sonic State
Science of Rock 'N' Roll Exhibition in Ontario

The Science of Rock 'N' Roll Exhibition opens June 11th at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto and features all kinds of hands-on exhibits. Fans can drum along with a Beatles' song, record a track in one of four video recording booths, available for download, or try your hand at being a sound engineer in a recording studio.

Source: Toronto Tribune
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Beatles insider Peter Asher charms with live memoir

Peter Asher's in-concert multi-media memoir, now performing in Minneapolis, is a delightful evening of insider stories about the Beatles, James Taylor, Linda Ronstadt, show biz, the music biz, the soundtrack biz and, most of all, Asher himself. The show includes priceless Beatles photos and clips of Peter & Gordon performing on Ed Sullivan.

Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Monday, June 2, 2014
Rock Hall of Shame shreds Beatles, Stones' manager induction speech

The Rock and Roll Hall of Shame edited Peter Asher's induction speech of Brian Epstein and Andrew Loog Oldham to shreds on Saturday night's HBO broadcast. Asher started Apple Records, discovered James Taylor, and was one half of Peter & Gordon. It's utter disrespect to him, to Epstein's memory, and to Oldham.

Related Articles  Source: Showbiz 411
Saturday, May 31, 2014
Rock Hall of Shame dishonors Beatles, Stones managers on tonight's show

If we're lucky we'll see two seconds of Peter Asher's seven minute speech inducting the managers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones tonight on HBO. It only took 29 years to get acknowledgments for these two seminal rock and roll figures. Oldham was so horrified by the whole event he didn't even bother attending.

Related Articles  Source: Showbiz 411
Friday, May 30, 2014
2014 Rock Hall induction highlights special premiers Saturday on HBO

Various highlights culled from the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in April premieres Saturday on HBO in a three-hour-plus special, including performances by the surviving members of Nirvana and the induction of Beatles manager Brian Epstein and Rolling Stones manager-producer Andrew Loog Oldham.

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Rolling Stones in the shadow of the Beatles again?

It's been 50 years since the Rolling Stones released their debut album in the United States. This past February celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first appearance on Ed Sullivan in 1964. Where is the fuss over the Stones' 50th anniversary? 1964 was only moderately successful for the Stones in America.

Source: Huffington Post
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
New court battle over Hippy Hippy Shake royalties

The bubbly '60s pop tune "Hippy Hippy Shake" is still making money, 50 years after The Beatles grooved to it, now there's a fight brewing over who gets to keep the cash. At least 5 different people are claiming they're entitled to royalties from the song, including the original writer, according to court docs obtained by TMZ.

Source: TMZ
Monday, May 26, 2014
Tim Freedman reinterprets Harry Nilsson

Former Whitlams frontman Tim Freedman says attempting to replicate Harry Nilsson's distinctive falsetto is a challenge. "It's one of the most perfect vocals by a white male in the history of pop," Freedman said. He is taking his interpretation of Nilsson's work around Australia, hoping to give audiences a unique experience.

Source: ABC, Canberra
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Rolling Stones mastermind Prince Rupert Loewenstein

Prince Rupert Loewenstein, who managed the finances of the Rolling Stones for almost 40 years, died on Tuesday at the age of 80. The Bavarian aristocrat and banker, born in 1933, was hired by the Stones to fix their finances after their split from manager Allen Klein in 1971. In 2002, Keith Richards said, "He is a great financial mind."

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Beatles stage partial reunion for Eric Clapton wedding 35 years ago

On May 19, 1979, Pattie Boyd, ex-wife of George Harrison, inspiration for the Beatles "Something" and Eric Clapton's "Layla," married Harrison's best friend Clapton at his English estate. Harrison brought along Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Also on hand were Stones Mick Jagger and Bill Wyman, Elton John and Davie Bowie.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 16, 2014
Peter Noone, Micky Dolenz to highlight 2014 Chicago Beatlefest

The Fest for Beatles Fans announced the first guests May 16 for its Chicago fest to take place Aug. 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare Hotel in the city. Leading the roster will be Peter Noone of Herman's Hermits, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Mike Pender of the Searchers and Laurence Juber of Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wife helps Paul McCartney land top five spot on UK rich list

Paul McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell has given the rocker a big boost on the annual Sunday Times Rich List, thanks to a combined ?710 million fortune. Shevell's estimated ?150 million fortune helps rocket the 71 year old up the Music Millionaires List to number four. Elton John came in on the list at number 10 with ?260 million.

Source: The Express, UK
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
Book Review: It's Not Only Rock 'n Roll by Jenny Boyd

For many of us who grew up in the 60s, Jenny Boyd and her sister Patti, who married George Harrison, were the epitome of Swinging London. Now Boyd is all grown up and a Ph.D. and she has written It's Not Only Rock 'n Roll, a book that looks at the nature of creativity, where it comes from and how it is nourished.

Source: Seattle Post Intelligencer
Friday, May 9, 2014

Dave Grohl
Paul McCartney didn't realize he was part of Nirvana reunion

Paul McCartney has admitted he didn't realise he'd fired up a Nirvana reunion until he, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear had been jamming for more than an hour. McCartney said, "I heard them talking, 'Hey, we hadn't this in 20 years or something.' I'm going, 'What are you talking about, guys?' 'Well, you know, we're Nirvana.'"

Source: Classic Rock Magazine

Frank Ifield
Pop legend Frank Ifield at Liverpool's Epstein Theatre

One of the finest gentlemen of the music world and 60's icon, Frank Ifield heads to the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool on May 28. Frank will recall the problems he had with a young support act called The Beatles, and what life was like in the heady days of the '60s through to the day it all went bad, when he heard he would never sing again.

Source: Click Liverpool
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
Friday, April 25, 2014
Pandora's legal fight with RIAA could have drastic effect on artists

Whoever wins the legal battle between Pandora and the world's biggest record labels over payments for songs released before February 15, 1972, could fundamentally change how artists make a living. "It's obvious they want to show disrespect for past artists and writers," says Steve Cropper, guitarist for Booker T. and the M.G.'s.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone

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