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Friday, January 23, 2015
Audio Interview: Guitarist who inspired the Beatles

Even if you haven't heard classical guitarist Angel Romero play, you've heard his influence. He said, "They interviewed George Harrison of The Beatles. They asked him, How did you start playing the guitar? He said, From picking at Angel Romero's records." Romero also influenced the Beach Boys and Jimi Hendrix.

Source: St. Louis Public Radio
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Thursday, January 22, 2015
Soul of Billy Preston being fought over in a courtroom

Producing a string of acclaimed albums and hits in the 1960s and '70s, Billy Preston's defied gravity. The same goes for the financial mess that has followed his death in 2005. Besides settling what the bankruptcy trustee believes to be Preston's $4 million debt, there's the fight over money from his intellectual property and royalties.

Source: OC Weekly, CA
Monday, January 5, 2015
Video: Abbey Road studio's old machines used to copy classic vinyl

Recording equipment that would have been used by The Beatles at London's world famous Abbey Road Studios is being used once again to create records on vinyl, so that people can hear what the albums would have sounded like when they were first released. The reissued records sell for 300.

Source: BBC News
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Peter Asher receives CBE in Queen's New Years Honors List

Queen Elizabeth has made her annual New Years Honor announcement of people who will be presented with Knighthoods and lesser honors of the British Empire. Among those named is producer and performer Peter Asher, half of UK 60s pop group Peter & Gordon, who will become a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).

Source: Noise 11
Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shootout comes up Upland

Two of the greatest rock 'n' roll bands of all time face off as The Grove Theatre in Upland, Ca., presents "Beatles vs. Stones - A Musical Shootout" on Saturday, January 24. Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the West Coast's top Beatles tribute bands, they face off against Stones tribute band Jumping Jack Flash.

Source: Broadway World Music
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Joe Cocker posthumously tops the German charts

The late Joe Cocker has rocketed up the German pop charts about a week after his passing. Not one, but two of Cocker's albums were in the German Top 100, published by GfK Entertainment. His "Greatest Hits" came in at 98 and "Fire It Up," his 22nd studio album originally released in 2012, jumped to number 48.

Related Articles  Source: DW, Germany
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.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Monday, December 22, 2014
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr pay tribute to Joe Cocker

Paul McCartney has led tributes to rock and blues singer Joe Cocker, who has died at the age of 70. He was perhaps best known for his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, which reached number one in the UK in 1968. Paul said, "It's really sad to hear about Joe's passing." Ringo said, "Goodbye and God bless to Joe Cocker."

Related Articles  Source: Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Smokey Robinson still thrilled by George Harrison's long-ago tribute

George Harrison's "Pure Smokey," a 1976 tribute to Smokey Robinson, gave credit to an artist who had been part of the Beatles' musical foundation, Robinson's "You Really Got a Hold on Me" appeared on 1963's With the Beatles. These hat tips from one of rock's biggest bands didn't go unnoticed by the Motown legend.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Monday, December 15, 2014
Elvis Presley's connection to the Beatles featured in new exhibit

In August 1965, The Beatles finally got to meet their idol, Elvis Presley, at his home in Los Angeles. Elvis pulled out a white Fender bass guitar while Ringo Starr took up a game of pool with members of Elvis' entourage. This famous pool table is now on display at "Elvis at the O2, The Exhibition of His Life," which opened on Friday.

Source: The Examiner
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
The John Lennon song by Bob Dylan

It's not the best song of 2012, not even the best song on Tempest, the Bob Dylan album it concludes. But "Roll on John" has staying power, similar to the spirit of its subject, John Lennon. Dylan pays tribute to the great man, taken from us in 1980, now gone twice as long as he and Lennon were friends.

Source: Like The Dew
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Video: Prince's impromptu Beatles cover at jazz club

On Sunday night at the W Hotel in Hollywood, Prince was in the audience watching a Jazz Night event when he decided to take the stage for a cover of The Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends. He is dressed like a wizard and taking an absolutely fantastic extended guitar solo, just another Sunday night for Prince.

Source: Death and Taxes
Unreleased demos to be included in book about Apple Records

"a is for apple" is a four-volume series that will take an extensive look at the history of Apple Records. A newly released video clip from the authors of the books contains excerpts from some acetates by Apple Records artist Jackie Lomax, who died last year, including a previously unheard demo of "Is This What You Want?"

Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Rolling Stones penned song for the Beatles that the Fab Four rejected

Everyone knows the Beatles wrote a song, I Wanna Be Your Man, for the Rolling Stones, but Richie Unterberger's "The Unreleased Beatles," which is just out in revised form in an ebook version, tells that the Stones did the same for the Beatles. According to Unterberger, Mick Jagger revealed the existence of the song in 1965.

Source: The Examiner
Rolling Stones sax legend Keys dead at 70

Bobby Keys, the saxophonist who played on some of the Rolling Stones' biggest and best songs, has died. He was 70 years old. He first met the Stones in 1964, Keys played the tenor sax on hits like "Brown Sugar"and "Can't You Hear Me Knocking." Keys joined John Lennon, both in music and in drug use, during his "Lost Weekend."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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
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

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