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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 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 appear on Sept. 17 at The Concorde in Eastleigh, England.

Source: Southern Daily Echo, UK
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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
Friday, August 7, 2015
Cilla's body flown home to Britain

Cilla Black's body has been flown back to Britain, her publicist confirmed. The singing and TV star died of a stroke after falling and hitting her head at her Spanish villa last weekend. A post-mortem examination revealed that she died of a stroke after a fall, her publicist said earlier this week. She would not have suffered, it added.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
UK TV network ITV plans Cilla Black tribute

ITV is planning a Christmas tribute to Cilla Black. A source said, "Cilla had ITV in her blood and bosses want her to be properly recognised. "The shows she fronted for them are a huge part of her legacy. They see her as true ITV royalty and want to reflect that in a huge telly extravaganza." Cilla presented 2 shows for the channel.

Related Articles  Source: The List
Cilla Black was Liverpool's First Lady

Cilla Black was a hugely popular singer in the 1960s, she then had a four-decade run as a top TV personality in Britain. Famously she was discovered by the Beatles, her vocal skills later attracted the respect and affection of Burt Bacharach. Cilla was also a champion of the world remembering and honoring Brian Epstein.

Related Articles  Source: Showbiz 411
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Friend says Cilla Black knew she was dying

Cilla Black was ailing and "willed herself to die", according to a long-time friend, Terry McCann, who said she told him she knew she was going to die and her beloved late husband Bobby Willis was "waiting for me." Post-mortem examination results may not be officially published for several days or possibly weeks.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News
Monday, August 3, 2015
In Pictures: Cilla Black and the Beatles in 1963

In a photo taken during rehearsals for ABC's Thank Your Lucky Stars at Birmingham's Alpha Studios on December 15, 1963, Cilla Black is photographed with The Beatles, Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas, Gerry and the Pacemakers and The Searchers. Cilla became a star who would entertain the nation for five decades.

Related Articles  Source: Birmingham Mail, UK
Cilla Black post-mortem results inconclusive as tributes pour in

The post-mortem on Cilla Black has not revealed why she died, reports say. Quoting the Spanish police, the reports maintain her death was not suspicious, but that the post-mortem results are "inconclusive". Earlier in the day, it was suggested police were investigating whether her death was caused by a fall from a dizzy spell.

Related Articles  Source: Yahoo! News, UK
Cilla Black's death may have been caused by fall from dizzy spell

Spanish police are investigating whether Cilla Black's death was caused by a fall from a dizzy spell, caused by a sudden temperature change in the room. Black may have walked from an air-conditioned room in to midday heat, with the change in temperature causing her to become dizzy, the Sun newspaper reported.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
The Cavern Club pays tribute to former cloak room girl Cilla Black

Liverpool's Cavern Club has payed tributes to legendary performer Cilla Black, who used to be a cloak room girl there before showing off her singing talent. She was friends with The Beatles and it was through that friendship where Beatle's manager Brian Epstein caught her eye, and that's when her early career flourished.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Britain mourns death of Cilla Black

Britain is mourning the loss of much-loved entertainer Cilla Black after she died suddenly at her home in the south of Spain. The death of the 72-year-old former pop star and TV host was announced on Sunday. Paul McCartney said,"Such a shock to hear about Cilla's passing. She was a lovely girl who infected everyone with her great spirit."

Related Articles  Source: The Evening Telegraph, UK
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Lincoln Center honors Richard Lester with film retrospective

A Hard Day's Night and Help! director Richard Lester's 1968 film, "Petulia," screens Aug. 10 and 13 at the Walter Reade Theater, the high point of Lincoln Center's weeklong 15-film retrospective, "Richard Lester: The Running Jumping Pop Cinema Iconoclast," beginning August 7th, which also includes "The Knack ... and How to Get It."

Source: NY Times
Thursday, July 23, 2015
Radio play recreates Elvis' meeting with Beatles

The historic moment the Fab Four met the king of rock 'n' roll will be recreated in a new radio play almost 50 years to the day since it happened. A Radio 2 play will revisit the Beatles' trip to Elvis Presley's Bel Air mansion on August 27 1965, the meeting was not filmed or taped and only a few people know what really happened.

Source: Western Daily Express, UK
British journalist Peter Jones dead at 85

Peter Jones, widely-respected British music and show business journalist, died on July 10 at 85. Jones was a much-loved figure on the U.K. scene for decades, especially noted for his early support of The Beatles, wrote the highly popular Beatles Monthly under the pen name Billy Shepherd and was the author of "The True Story of the Beatles."

Source: Billboard
Monday, July 13, 2015
Live Aid rocked the world for charity thirty years ago today

Thirty years ago today, July 13th, 1985, the Live Aid charity concerts took place, raising millions of dollars for African famine relief. Boomtown Rats frontman Bob Geldof organized the two concerts at London's Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia's JFK Stadium and enlisted a then-who's-who of top acts, including Paul McCartney.

Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Thursday, July 2, 2015
You Must Hear This: The Cyrkle's insane Beatles cover

The Cyrkle, a very talented, very non-threatening psychedelic-lite band, had Brian Epstein as their manager, opened for the Beatles at Candlestick Park and John Lennon is said to have come up with the strange spelling of their name. They also recorded an insane cover of the Beatles' "I'm Happy Just To Dance With You."

Source: Salon
Monday, June 29, 2015
Peter Frampton reissue includes emotional George Harrison tribute

After an incredible run through the 1970s, Peter Frampton reemerged in 1986, these albums, including his album called "Now" will be rereleased in August and September. On "Now," Frampton pays tribute to his then recently departed friend George Harrison with a searing, emotional cover of While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Source: Noise 11
Friday, June 26, 2015
Sirius XM to pay $210 million to record companies for Pre-1972 songs

Satellite-radio broadcaster Sirius XM has resolved a two-year legal battle for its use of recordings created before 1972, agreeing to pay $210 million to five record companies, including Capitol Records, which includes recordings by the Beatles. "This is a great step forward for all music creators," the RIAA chairman and CEO said.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Thursday, June 25, 2015
Pacemaker Gerry celebrating 50th anniversary of Ferry Cross the Mersey

Gerry Marsden will be commemorating 50 years of the release of the iconic film Ferry Cross the Mersey next month. In it, a young Gerry is seen riding around Merseyside on his scooter and boarding the ferry boat with the docks as a backdrop. Besides starring in the critically-acclaimed 1965 film, Marsden wrote the famous theme song.

Source: Wirral Globe, UK
James Taylor finally has a No. 1 album

Although Taylor has been wildly popular and influential for decades, arriving on the scene in 1970 on the Beatles' Apple label with his warm guitar playing and soft voice, he never had a No. 1 album until now. Taylor's "Before This World," sold 97,000 albums last week, topping the Billboard 200 chart.

Related Articles  Source: Washington Post
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Book Review: How Allen Klein landed both Beatles and Rolling Stones

He entranced The Stones and beguiled three-fourths of The Beatles. Allen Klein managed the careers of them all for a good spell, making him one of the most important money men in the history of the music business. Until Fred Goodman's well-researched new book, however, no one had the full skinny on the guy.

Source: NY Daily News
Interview: James Taylor on his early years at Apple

Former Apple Records recording artist James Taylor has hit the road to promote his new album "Before This World." Capping off a week which saw his appearance with Jimmy Fallon and a satellite concert from New York's Apollo Theater, JT was on hand to do a Town Hall session for Sirius XM radio and a rare in-store signing appearance.

Related Articles  Source: Beatlefan
Monday, June 22, 2015
Toronto gallery to present Bob Gruen exhibit

Whether hanging out on a roof with John Lennon, on a runway with Led Zeppelin, or on a subway car with the Ramones, rock photographer Bob Gruen has always had a knack for capturing the moment. Toronto's Liss Gallery is hosting an exhibition of his most-famous work beginning Tuesday and running to July 11.

Source: Metro News, Canada
Friday, June 19, 2015
Video: James Taylor recalls nervous Beatles audition for Apple Records

In 1968, James Taylor signed a contract with the Beatles' new label, Apple, making his self-titled debut LP the company's first release from a non-British artist. But securing that lucrative deal was intimidating for the then-unknown singer-songwriter, who auditioned for Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
The best Electric Light Orchestra album you've never heard

When Jeff Lynne released Zoom in 2001, following the defection of almost every former Electric Light Orchestra member, there wasn't exactly a huge demand, even the appearances of both George Harrison and Ringo Starr couldn't stoke up much interest, and it disappeared so quickly that a planned tour was eventually scrapped.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
Video: Lady Gaga performs John Lennon's Imagine in Azerbaijan

Lady Gaga helped open the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan last Friday, as she walked out into the Olympic Stadium in a flowing white dress to perform John Lennon's classic ballad Imagine. The performance was a stripped-down affair, with Gaga simply singing the track over her piano, which was covered in flowers.

Source: Digital Spy
Monday, June 15, 2015
Video: Mumford & Sons covers With a Little Help From My Friends

Mumford & Sons delivered a whopping 20-song set at Bonnaroo on June 13, and closed out their encore with an all-star rendition of With a Little Help from My Friends. Mumford & Sons have a well-documented history of covering the Beatles, they last covered With a Little Help from My Friends at Glastonbury in 2013.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, June 9, 2015
No Beatles on Apple Music streaming service

Apple's onstage promise that you'd be able to stream everything the iTunes Store has to offer on the new Apple Music streaming service was too good to be true. It turns out Apple can't actually offer streaming for every single track available on iTunes. It comes pretty close, but still misses some artists including The Beatles.

Source: TechnoBuffalo

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