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Monday, November 24, 2014
Mary Hopkin releases a new single for Christmas

Former Apple recording star Mary Hopkin is making a Christmas comeback after taking a 30-year break to raise her family. Hopkin has recorded a traditional Christmas carol with her son and daughter as backing singers. She knocked the Beatles off the Number One slot in 1968 with her debut single Those were the Days.

Source: BBC News
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Friday, November 21, 2014
Beatles announce exclusive vinyl release for U.K. indie stores

The Beatles are among the artists who have vinyl releases scheduled for Universal's "12 Days of Christmas" promotion. The promo sees 12 artists dripping exclusive records at indie retailers in the U.K. The Fab Four will release a seven-inch version of Long Tall Sally. Other artists include The Who, Bon Jovi and Imagine Dragons.

Source: RTT News
Monday, November 10, 2014
New Liverpool exhibition tells story of The Beatles in America

A new show opening in Liverpool will tell the story of how 1960's beat groups, spearheaded by The Beatles, conquered the United States. The exhibition at The Beatles Story at the Pier Head was put together by the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum, and is drawn from historical music artefacts never seen outside the US.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, November 7, 2014
Famed producer reveals Bob Dylan/Beatles album that never was

According to a new book from producer and engineer Glyn Johns, at a chance meeting at a NY airport, Bob Dylan shared the idea with him of possibly recording together with the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. "And he asked me if I would find out whether the others would be interested. I was completely bowled over," Johns says.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Paul White Capitol Records Canada's original A&R Man

Paul White's achievements during his tenure at Capitol Records Canada from 1957-1978 are significant. He is credited for breaking The Beatles in Canada six months before the U.S., sparking Beatlemania in North America, and responsible for the release of too many noteworthy Canadian albums to count throughout the '60s and '70s.

Source: Cashbox Canada
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne confirms he is working on a new album

Electric Light Orchestra's Jeff Lynne has confirmed that he is working on a new album Speaking at the Classic Rock Honors in Los Angeles yesterday, where he was awarded the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, he said, "I'm working on a new album and that'll be involved in the new times when we play." He also said they'd tour again.

Source: NME, UK
Monday, November 3, 2014
For Don Henley, John Lennon remains his primary influence

Asked about his primary influence in music, Don Henley answered, "John Lennon is still a great influence on my life, and my career. He was my biggest hero, even bigger than Elvis. I admired John Lennon more than anybody in the music industry. I loved what he stood for, what he believed in, everything about him, really."

Source: Something Else Reviews
Previously unheard 1986 Kurt Cobain mixtape contains Beatles samples

A previously unheard mixtape made by a 19-year-old Kurt Cobain has been unearthed. Put together a couple of years before Nirvana's 1989 debut "Bleach" and made using a four-track cassette recorder, the 36-minute long recording is a collage of noises, sounds and extracts from Cobain's own music collection, including the Beatles.

Source: NME, UK
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren memorabilia up for auction next week

A collection of memorabilia belonging to Todd Rundgren will go on the block November 7 and 8 in Beverly Hills, including a stage-played Italia electric guitar, and awards he's has received over the years. Last week, Rundgren wrapped up another tour leg as a member of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band, and he's just kicked off his own U.S tour.

Source: WFJA, North Carolina
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Hollies' drummer talks about their role in the British Invasion

The Hollies drummer Bobby Elliott paid a visit to the new Grammy Museum exhibition in Liverpool, and he reminisced about his part in the British Invasion of America in the early 1960s which was led by fellow bands like the Beatles, Kinks and Rolling Stones. Elliot has loaned a number of items of The Hollies' memorabilia to the show.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, October 27, 2014
Five Beatles songs that Elvis Presley sang

Although it was rumored that Elvis Presley felt threatened by The Beatles and their success in the 1960s, he didn't let that prevent him from singing several of their songs. Beginning in 1969 when he returned to the concert stage after an eight-year absence, Presley incorporated several of The Beatles' hits into his live act.

Source: The Examiner
Thursday, October 23, 2014
The technical constraints that made Abbey Road so good

The sanctum sanctorum of Abbey Road is Studio Two, the room where the majority of The Beatles recordings were made. Studio Two's reverberant qualities are so well known that Abbey Road's rental contract actually prohibits any sampling of its distinctive acoustic signature. Even today, Abbey Road is still producing hits.

Source: The Atlantic
Friday, October 17, 2014
Beatles/Roy Orbison program sells for $12,100 on eBay

A historic and very rare Beatles/Roy Orbison tour program fully signed by all four Beatles has sold for $12,100 on eBay. The program was created for the Beatles and Orbison when they teamed up for a short three-week-tour, May 18 to June 9, 1963. To date, this is one of the highest priced tour programs sold on eBay.

Source: What Sells Best
McCartney-signed guitar to be auctioned for charity in New Jersey

A guitar signed by Paul McCartney will be included in a gala auction at Temple Shalom in Roxbury Township, New Jersey on November 15. The auction will feature about 150 items, also included in the auction will be a guitar signed by Bruce Springsteen and two tickets to a show in David Letterman's final season.

Source: Roxbury Register
Thursday, October 16, 2014
BBC Beach Boys tribute contains hidden Beatles message

There are so many music legends in the BBC's God Only Knows video, 32 at the last count, that it's hard to spot every one. But the creator behind the super-lavish promo has revealed there's an extra reference which has so far remained secret: a nod to The Beatles which he's challenging Insider readers to find.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, October 9, 2014
Beatles Tech: Abbey Road console emulation now available

Waves Audio and Abbey Road have announced the EMI TG12345 plugin, which brings to life the legendary console that epitomized the sound evolution of the late '60s and early '70s. The first-ever solid-state console created by EMI, the original TG12345 desk helped shape classic recordings by The Beatles, Pink Floyd and many others.

Source: Sonic State
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
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 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

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