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Friday, November 20, 2015
Audio: Beach Boys' stripped-down Beatles cover

An upcoming, expanded edition of the Beach Boys' 1965 album Beach Boys' Party! will present the group's original unplugged, raw recordings of the album's songs without the original LP's canned audience cheering. The band's cover of the Beatles' song Tell Me Why, as it was recorded, is now streaming online.

Source: Rolling Stone

Bob Gruen
Q&A: John Lennon's photographer Bob Gruen

Bob Gruen, John Lennon's personal photographer and close friend when he was living in New York City in the 1970s, is known for his iconic portraits capturing rock stars in relaxed, casual moments. Gruen has photographed everyone from the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and Madonna to Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Led Zeppelin and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: NJ.com
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Who was bigger: Elvis Presley or The Beatles?

How can we compare or quantify the popularity of the two biggest acts in the history of the music business? The new book, Elvis: Behind The Legend, attempts to answer this daunting question by comparing the record sales of Elvis Presley to the Beatles. As simple as this may seem, the answer is surprisingly complicated.

Source: Elvis Presley Examiner
Friday, November 13, 2015
Video: Justin Bieber compares his new song to Let It Be

In a new interview, Justin Bieber sheds light on the process behind creating his latest hit single "Sorry," praising collaborator Skrillex's "unorthodox" approach, and comparing the simplicity of the track to The Beatles' 1970 track "Let It Be." His new single topped the streaming record he set with September's "What Do You Mean?"

Source: NME, UK
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Nuns banned Elvis Costello from taking Beatles name

Elvis Costello has revealed that he was so obsessed with the Beatles as a boy he tried to take John or Paul as a confirmation name. However his plans were blocked by the disapproving nuns at his secondary school in Middlesex. "They forbade us to take John or Paul...even though they were saints", he said.

Source: RTE News, Ireland
Monday, November 9, 2015
Jeff Lynne's ELO to play Liverpool show

Jeff Lynne is to play Liverpool with ELO, starting his national tour at Echo Arena Liverpool. Known as one of the most iconic forces in music history, Jeff Lynne worked with The Beatles a number of times. They will be also performing a live set for BBC Radio 2 In Concert on Thursday at the BBC Radio Theatre in London.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, October 29, 2015
Old Beatles haunt in Liverpool now includes record store

Situated on Slater Street in Liverpool, Jacaranda Records is upstairs from the main Jaranada bar and it's fitting that one of The Beatles old haunts is now home to a record shop. As well as new and old vinyl you can have a beer or a coffee and sit in one of the booths which has its own record player and listen to some music.

Source: Purple Revolver
Monday, October 26, 2015

Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne explains how E.L.O. came back to fife

On September 14th, 2014 an extremely nervous Jeff Lynne walked onstage at London's Hyde Park to a sea of 50,000 fans for his first major Electric Light Orchestra concert since the group folded in 1986. He said," I was just knocked out, just the most wonderful crowd I'd ever seen. I had so much fun doing it, I decided to come back and do a new album."

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Pandora to pay $90 million to settle suit over pre-1972 hits

Pandora has agreed to pay $90 million to settle a lawsuit over its use of recordings released before 1972. Record labels had argued that songs such as the Beatles' Hey Jude are not covered by federal copyright law, but they have been protected in common law by states including New York. This follows a similar deal in June with Sirius XM.

Source: The Washington Post
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Video: Jeff Beck plays a stripped-down version of A Day in the Life

A video posted to Facebook just last week shows Jeff Beck and London-based Swiss guitarist Nicolas Meier performing Beck's well-known instrumental version of the Beatles' A Day in the Life in front of a small TV-studio audience. The video is special, if not unusual, because Beck normally performs A Day in the Life with a full band.

Source: Guitar World
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Beatles' signed Mick Jagger's Clockwork Orange petition up for auction

A letter signed by all four Beatles petitioning for Mick Jagger to play the lead role in the film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange has hit the auction block with an estimated selling price of $18,000 to $25,000. Stanley Kubrick eventually secured the rights to A Clockwork Orange and cast Malcolm McDowell in the role.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dave Stewart
Dave Stewart to publish memoirs

Dave Stewart will tell-all in his upcoming memoir "Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This A Life In Music." His group Eurythmics with Annie Lennox became one of the biggest acts of the 80s with more than a dozen hit songs millions of album sales. He also worked as producer for other artists including Ringo Starr, Bon Jovi, Bryan Ferry and Mick Jagger.

Source: Music-News
Monday, September 28, 2015
ELO unveils new lineup on Face the Music 40 years ago

It's no secret that the biggest influence on Jeff Lynne was the Beatles. For their fifth album, Face the Music, Electric Light Orchestra changed things up quite a bit. Band members were replaced, a new recording studio was chosen and the focus was put on the songs as opposed to being a symphonic concept piece like Eldorado.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 24, 2015
The Beatles were the greatest boy-band ever, actually

Today Rolling Stone published a list of the 50 greatest songs by boy bands. The rankings span from the Monkees to One Direction while highlighting underrated boy-band fare (the Bay City Rollers' "Saturday Night" and Musical Youth's "Pass the Dutchie"), but there was one glaring omission: the Beatles. (Fine, two: the Beach Boys.)

Source: Vulture
Monday, September 21, 2015

McCartney sell-out could lead to crackdown on cyber scalping

Paul McCartney fans were furious after tickets for his upcoming NY show sold out in just three and a half minutes as hackers used computer bots to buy up tickets in bulk. Now, new legislation proposed by Senator Charles Schumer would prohibit the unfair and deceptive act of using software for the use of purchasing tickets in bulk.

Source: WGRZ TV, Buffalo
Friday, September 18, 2015

Beatles performing Shakespeare
Review: Shakespeare meets the Beatles on stage in L.A.

"These Paper Bullets!: A Modish Ripoff of William Shakespeare's 'Much Ado About Nothing'", which opened at the Geffen Playhouse on Wednesday, lives up to its frisky subtitle and then some. The stage is a kaleidoscope of miniskirts and go-go boots, beehives and mop tops, and more sex and drugs than anyone over 35 could possibly want or handle.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Peter Asher to join Denny Laine in concert in Concord

Denny Laine, formerly of the Moody Blues and Wings, returns to Concord, NH, with special guest emcee Peter Asher for the Complete Band on the Run, a live on-stage performance of the classic album, complete and unabridged, with maybe even a Peter and Gordon hit from Peter Asher to round out the show, at the Capitol Center for the Arts on Oct. 25.

Source: Broadway World
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Rare rock art now on exhibition in West Hollywood

Rare photographs from the Bob Bonis Archive are now on display in West Hollywood. The collection includes limited edition photographs by Bob Bonis, former US tour manager of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones during their first tours of America, featuring intimate and unguarded photos of both groups, many previously unseen.

Source: Canyon News, Beverly Hills
Thursday, September 10, 2015
ELO to return with new album soon

A simple announcement today on Jeff Lynne's Facebook page revealed, "Jeff Lynne's ELO has signed a global deal with Columbia Records and is set to release a new ELO album! The first new ELO music in over a decade! More news coming soon!" And with today's news about a new album, can a worldwide ELO tour be far behind?

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, September 7, 2015
The continuing story of Macca and Jacko

Despite his financial overreaching, Michael Jackson was a serious dealmaker. And his purchase of the ATV music catalog, home to the Beatles' catalogue, 30 years ago this month, stands as one of the greatest music deals of all time. Predictably, the purchase put an end to Paul McCartney and Jackson's friendship.

Source: Yahoo! Music

Leo Sayer
Leo Sayer: Paul McCartney told me to never change my hair

With a hairstyle Paul McCartney told him not to change it's hard not to recognise 70 music icon Leo Sayer who has enjoyed a career spanning six decades and will have crowds of enthusiastic fans when he visits the Grand Theatre in Lancaster, England on Sept. 14. Leo, who lives in Australia, started his career in 1972.

Source: Lancaster Guardian, UK
Georgia store fueling the resurgence of vinyl records

Past the array of antique furniture and wares that fill the majority of the store on Marietta, Georgia, are crates upon crates of new and used vinyl records that make up Sweet Melissa Records, a business within a business. Owner Melissa Kumpe said she loves vinyl because it's more than just a collection of songs, it's an entire package and experience.

Source: Northwestern Georgia News
Beatles inspired 10,000 vinyl record collection

For some of us, vinyl never went away. Steve Helsdown, who lives in Liverpool and who's dad worked near the Cavern as a young man, has the Beatles to thank for his collection of over 10,000 black discs, representing an obsession going back more than fifty years, a time before Beatlemania, and it shows no sign of abating.

Source: Gloucester Citizen, UK
Friday, September 4, 2015
Artsy guitars to decorate downtown Winter Garden

Orlando artist John Sullivan encourages visitors to lean forward and pick out their favorite rock albums from the collage he created on his colorful guitar sculpture. He has hundreds to choose from, including The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night. It's part of a downtown Winter Garden, FL, exhibit that will run from Oct. 9 through 11.

Source: Orlando Sentinel
Thursday, September 3, 2015

Keith Richards
Keith Richards disses the Beatles again

In a new interview in which he said rap was for "tone-deaf people," and after recently calling the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's album "a mishmash of rubbish," today Keith Richards said about their 1965 Shea Stadium appearance, "As a band, they weren't in sync with each other," and added, "When it got to [seeing the guru] Maharishi, I gave up."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone

Alan White
Interview: Legendary drummer Alan White

What sets Alan White, drummer for Yes, John Lennon and George Harrison, apart from other rock stars, is the fact that he literally has never been on an audition. He never even tried to be a rock legend. John Lennon once called him to offer a spot in The Plastic Ono Band, and Alan hung up on Lennon, assuming it was a prank call.

Source: LA Music Blog
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Guitar effects pedal company releases Joe Walsh sound box

Guitar effects pedal company Analog Alien has announced the launch of a new exclusive guitar pedal, the Joe Walsh Double Classic, available on October 1. It is a dual effects pedal designed in collaboration with legendary guitarist Joe Walsh of The Eagles and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. (Joe is also Ringo's brother-in-law.)

Source: Premier Guitar

Gerry Marsden
Gerry and the Pacemakers singer to play Hampshire gig

It was more than 50 years ago that Gerry and the Pacemakers were signed by Brian Epstein as his second group to The Beatles. The Pacemakers' might have changed over the years but Liverpool legend Gerry Marsden is still going strong on the sixties revival circuit. He will next appear on Sept. 17 at The Concorde in Eastleigh, England.

Source: Southern Daily Echo, UK
Monday, August 31, 2015
Ringo Starr performing Tommy's Holiday Camp surfaces

Ringo Starr will feature on the upcoming reissue of the Who's rock opera Tommy. The 1972 performance, featuring the 104-piece London Symphony Orchestra, includes Ringo in the role of Uncle Ernie adding vocals on "Tommy's Holiday Camp." Out of print since 1972, Tommy lands on CD, vinyl and digital download September 11.

Source: RTT News
Friday, August 21, 2015
Mojo Magazine free CD include David Gilmour Beatles cover

A previously unreleased cover of the classic Beatles ballad "Here, There and Everywhere" by former Pink Floyd singer/guitarist David Gilmour is featured on a new CD that comes packaged with the latest issue of Mojo. Gilmour recorded the track with his son Joe two years ago. "I really wish I had been in The Beatles," Gilmour says.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Turn out for Cilla Black's funeral would have made her proud

The day the council installed a bathroom in her family's flat was the day 12-year-old Cilla Black decided she would be famous. Cilla said, "It took me all of 20 seconds to discover the echo." Spending lunchtimes earning five bob a day as Cavern Club's cloakroom girl, she would badger bands to let her sing alongside them on stage.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Photos: Cilla Black celebrity floral funeral tributes led by Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr, Joan Collins and celebrities from the world of entertainment led the floral tributes to Cilla Black in Liverpool on the day of her funeral. Former Beatle Ringo Starr wrote, "Cilla, Peace and Love, Ringo and Barbara." Another tribute said, "All our love to our darlin' Cilla and family, the McCartney family."

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Cilla Black musical planned forWest End is now on hold

Although reports said that Cilla Black had a meeting with producers interested in turning her life story into a musical, these plans are now on hold for the time being. Sheridan Smith, who played Cilla in ITV's recent hit drama series, is frontrunner to play the lead role. Cilla had been "thrilled" by the idea, according to the BBC.

Related Articles  Source: Bulletin Leader
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Dave Grohl has dinner with The Beatles

Dave Grohl recently said in an interview that he had dinner with the surviving Beatles, and that Ringo Starr told Grohl that he was a fan of the Washington DC episode of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways on HBO. "Ringo was like, 'Man, I watched the DC episode, I love Go-go!' I was like, oh my god, I just turned Ringo Starr onto Go-go music!"

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, August 17, 2015
Fans to line two-mile route as world bids farewell to Cilla Black

Tearful mourners will line a two-mile route along the streets of Liverpool as Cilla Black makes her final journey to the church where she married her beloved husband Bobby. Members of the public who wish to pay their respects have been asked to line the route rather than travel to the village due to the secluded nature of the church.

Related Articles  Source: The Express, UK
Friday, August 14, 2015
Publicist says Cilla Black's home target of funeral burglary plot

A plot to break into the home of Cilla Black during her funeral has been uncovered, days before the event is due to take place. Black's publicist said security had been increased and all valuables removed from the property after a "professionally cut circular hole" was discovered in its perimeter fence.

Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney for Beatles catalog 30 years ago

Music brought Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson together, and it also tore them apart. They recorded several duets in the '80s, including "Say Say Say," but then their friendship fractured when Jackson, in arguably one of the shrewdest business moves ever, outbid McCartney for the publishing rights to the Beatles catalog in 1985.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, August 13, 2015
Book review: Elvis: Behind the Legend reveals surprising Beatles stories

The new book, "Elvis, Behind the Legend: Startling Truths About the King of Rock and Roll's Life, Loves, Films and Music" by Trina Young, reveals new facts about his connection with the Beatles, including the difference in earnings from their appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, and the day The Beatles met Elvis in 1965 at his home in L.A.

Source: The Examiner
Donovan: Why I went to India with The Beatles

Singer and songwriter Donovan was a friend of all of the fab four, travelling to India with them on their spiritual pilgrimage and even helping each other write songs. "It was an amazing time," says Donovan. "I spent a lot of time with John, George and Paul. We'd write songs outside with peacocks wandering around."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Cilla Black to be in home city of Liverpool

It has been announced that Cilla Black will be in her home city of Liverpool. Her will take place next Thursday at St. Mary's Church in Woolton, the same church where she married Bobby Willis, her husband of thirty years, in 1969. After, her body will be at a private ceremony in Allerton Cemetery.

Related Articles  Source: International Business Times, UK
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
BBC Radio 2 host breaks down during show dedicated to Cilla Black

Paul O'Grady broke down in tears during his Radio 2 show on Sunday as he remembered his good friend Cilla Black. The presenter, close pals with Cilla for twenty years, was forced to pause towards the end of his show after playing the star's 1966 hit "Alfie," telling listeners, "that always does me in, that one - completely finishes me off."

Related Articles  Source: Huffington Post
Monday, August 10, 2015
Cilla Black's signed handkerchief up for sale

A signed "luv Cilla" handkerchief is up for auction later this month amongst a collection of Beatles memorabilia. The poignantly signed hanky from Cilla Black, who died just over a week ago at her Spanish villa after a fall, is one of 328 items being offered up to to enthusiasts and investors in Liverpool's annual Beatles Auction.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo

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