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Ovation guitar factory in Connecticut is closing 

An Ovation guitar factory in the western Connecticut hills that produced instruments for music legends including John Lennon and Paul McCartney will be closing in June after 47 years, although production will continue outside the U.S. One former factory worker called it "the end of an iconic American brand."

Source: Albany Times Union
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Thursday, April 17, 2014
Pandora sued by record companies over music made before 1972

The biggest online radio service, Pandora, infringed copyright playing music recorded before 1972, including songs by the Beatles, a group of record companies, including Capitol Records, has claimed in a lawsuit, accusing Pandora of "massive and continuing unauthorized commercial exploitation" of thousands of recordings.

Related Articles  Source: Bloomberg News
Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Harry Nilsson
Tim Freedman to Honor Harry Nilsson in Melbourne

Tim Freedman will be honouring the legacy of one of the 20th century's great singer-songwriters, the legendary Harry Nilsson in Melbourne on July 18. In a 1968 press conference, John Lennon and Paul McCartney famously referred to Nilsson as their "favourite American group" after Lennon had listened to his second album for 36 hours straight.

Source: Broadway World Australia
Monday, April 14, 2014
British band The Vamps give nod to Beatles with first album

It's no coincidence that the debut of British band The Vamps, titled "Meet The Vamps," out today, echoes the title of the Beatles' second album. Singer Bradley Simpson said, "We realised the Beatles connection. We didn't want to be insulting or big-headed in any way but being a British band we are massively influenced by them."

Source: Daily Star, UK
Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Laurence Juber
Review: Small club show was Laurence Juber at his best

Seeing Laurence Juber is always a treat because his guitar work and music is such a joy to hear. But the April 6 show at the intimate Club Fox in Redwood City, CA., was even better than usual because the layout of the venue made the show so up close and personal. The tiny club held only about 75 people, and they got quite a memorable night.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
The EMI Saga in 10 Beatles Songs

The battle between the private-equity firm founded by Guy Hands and Citigroup over the firm's ill-fated investment in EMI is set to be reignited in court by 2016. Funds managed by Terra Firma are claiming at least $3.61 billion in damages amid new allegations of fraudulent misrepresentation. The allegations are denied by Citigroup.

Source: Wall Street Journal
Rolling Stones manager skips own induction to protest Rock Hall of Fame

Former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham will skip his own induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this week. He says he objects to the way cameras are allowed to record award show highlights for subsequent TV specials, and is unhappy he and Beatles manager Brian Epstein were being inducted jointly.

Related Articles  More Information  Source: Los Angeles Times
Monday, April 7, 2014
Richard Marx back for another song on Ringo Starr's forthcoming album

Richard Marx says Ringo Starr only needed some additional melody and lyric help with "Mystery of the Night" for Y Not. Now, Starr's level of trust has grown to the point where, Marx says, Starr is letting him come up with his own ideas for an as-yet-untitled forthcoming Starr release that also features Toto's Steve Lukather.

Source: Something Else Reviews

Micky Dolenz
Micky Dolenz on how Beatles got into final Monkees TV show

Monkees fans will remember that Good Morning, Good Morning from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band appears as part of the Micky Dolenz-directed final episode of their TV show. Turns out the song has always had special meaning for Dolenz, as he'd heard an early playback of the song at Abbey Road Studios. "I was so wiped out," he remembers.

Source: Something Else Reviews
Friday, April 4, 2014
Eraserheads recreate iconic Abbey Road album cover

Reunited members of the Eraserheads on Thursday crossed Abbey Road in London, recreating the iconic album cover of their idols The Beatles. Ely Buendia, Raimund Marasigan, Marcus Adoro and Buddy Zabala, who are staging a reunion concert in London Friday night, had photos taken of them crossing the famous road.

Source: ABS-CBN News
Thursday, April 3, 2014
New Eric Clapton band lineup for spring and summer tour dates

Eric Clapton's 2014 Tour resumes April 27 with his first headlining appearance at the 45th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Joining Eric will be Andy Fairweather Low (guitar), Dave Bronze (bass), Henry Spinetti (drums), Chris Stainton (keyboards), Paul Carrack (keyboards), and Sharon White and Michelle John (backing vocals).

Source: Where's Eric!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
The Beatles first tour to US voted UK's greatest departure

Heathrow Airport says the public's choice of the most iconic departure from the UK over the last century by aircraft, train, boat or car is The Beatle's first tour of the US in 1964. 3,000 fans were present to see them off. Coming second was Bob Geldof's departure to Ethiopia, in Africa. His visit in 1985 led to the creation of Live Aid.

Source: Airport World

Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren gives 'Unpredictable' concert in Niagara Falls

"An Unpredictable Evening with Todd Rundgren" certainly proved to be an unpredictable concert at the Seneca Niagara Casino Friday night. Rundgren, who arguably has been recording for more than four decades and been a producer on some of the biggest hit albums of the past and present, and is still going strong with no end in sight.

Source: Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune
Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Billy Preston
Session legends: Billy Preston

Thought by many to be the fifth Beatle, Billy Preston's greatest asset was his ability to play to the song. You don't get to back The Beatles unless you've got a supernatural understanding of band dynamics, and Preston's affable personality was able to slot right in to any set up. His playing ran from tender to downright savage, and he could sing to boot.

Source: MusicRadar
Ringo Starr and Harry Nilsson release Son of Dracula 40 years ago

Two of the biggest rock stars of the '70s filming a comedy inspired by the legend of Dracula. What could go wrong? Quite a bit, as it turned out. But on paper, having Harry Nilsson team up with Ringo Starr for "Son of Dracula" must have looked like a great idea. Sadly, the fun failed to translate to the screen.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Eric Clapton marries Pattie Boyd 35 years ago today

On March 27, 1979, Eric Clapton married Pattie Boyd, ex-wife of George Harrison and the inspiration for the songs "Something," and "Layla." Clapton and Harrison became close friends in the '60s, at which time Clapton became infatuated with Boyd, who continually rebuffed his advances. But Clapton remained deeply in love with her.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, March 21, 2014
Gimme Abbey concert celebrates Beatles and the Stones

Gimme Abbey, a tribute to the two greatest bands in rock and roll history, The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, will be presented on April 24 in Destin, FL. Two nationally acclaimed tribute bands, The Return embracing Beatlemania and Satisfaction who personify the Rolling Stones, join forces for this special tribute.

Source: Destin.com, FL
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
MP3.com CEO held liable in EMI music copyright case

A federal jury in Manhattan has found Michael Robertson, the former MP3tunes chief executive, and the defunct San Diego-based company MP3tunes liable on various claims that they infringed on copyrights for sound recordings, compositions and cover art associated with artists including The Beatles, Coldplay and David Bowie.

Source: WTAQ FM, Green Bay, WI
Here come the Chinese Beatles!

Mayday, the five-man alternative rock band from Taiwan, also known as the "Chinese Beatles", is set to kick off a U.S. tour with a performance at Madison Square Garden on March 22. Like the "British Invasion," this tour could be the beginning of the "Chinese Invasion," paving the way for the import of more Chinese pop culture.

Source: CNBC
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Peter Frampton to be featured on next Ringo Starr album

Peter Frampton has joined Ringo Starr on stage several times in recent months, and now fans will be able to hear the veteran guitar whiz on Ringo's upcoming album. Late last week, Frampton posted a photo on his Facebook page of him and Starr together with a note that reads, "Played on two tracks of Ringo's next cd yesterday."

Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC

Gerry Marsden
Gerry and the Pacemakers on the road again

In the early sixties, Gerry and the Pacemakers worked the same Liverpool/Hamburg circuit as the Beatles before being signed in 1962 by manager Brian Epstein, his second group after the Beatles. The group disbanded in 1966 but was reformed by Gerry in 1974. They will be performing at The Courtyard in Herfordshire, UK, next month.

Source: Hereford Times, UK
Monday, March 17, 2014
Ringo Starr highlights Toledo Zoo concert series

This summer's Circle K Concert Series at the Toledo Zoo kicks-off on July 1 with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band, featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rollie, Richard Page, and Steve Lukather. Also performing in the series will be Willie Nelson, John Fogerty and the Moody Blues. Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Source: Toledo Blade
Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips recording Beatle song

Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips have teamed up in the studio to recreate Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. Lips' frontman Wayne Coyne used Instagram to announce the collaboration with Cyrus including a picture of her in the studio, saying, "If you're a Beatles and John Lennon freak you gonna love love love this track!!"

Source: RTE, Ireland
Friday, March 14, 2014
Badfinger: Straight Up

If any band seemed poised to carry on the mantle of The Beatles at the dawn of the '70s, it was Badfinger. Signed to The Beatles' Apple label, the group had scored two Top 10 hits by 1971. The first, Come and Get It, penned and produced for the group by Paul McCartney, and a punchy blast of power-pop titled "No Matter What."

Source: Gibson
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Denny Laine on the idea of working with Paul McCartney again

Denny Laine has repaired whatever tore him apart from Wings in the early 1980s, adding that he and Paul McCartney talk often, though not about collaborating. "No, that's never come up," he says. "Everyone once in a while, I'll be in touch, but we haven't planned on anything, no. He's doing his thing, and I'm doing my thing."

Source: Something Else Reviews

Jeff Lynne
Jeff Lynne says he would not have liked being in The Beatles

"Would I have liked to have been a Beatle?" ELO pop legend Jeff Lynne pauses for thought before slowly shaking his head. "I don't know. It wasn't all beer and skittles being a Beatle. To have been under so much pressure, to not have been able to walk down the street? I'm a very private person. I would have found that very tough. So maybe no."

Source: Birmingham Mail, UK
Gene Simmons explains how the Beatles inspired his career

It's hard to believe that KISS is now celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, a feat a young Gene Simmons never could have predicted. "When I first came here, I spoke with a very thick accent, and I couldn't quite figure out whether or not I'd be accepted. Then I saw the Beatles...and I went oh, they got an accent too, maybe it's ok."

Source: K-EARTH 101, Los Angeles
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
John Lennon, Harry Nilsson tossed from Troubadour 40 years ago

The evening Harry Nilsson introduced John Lennon to the brandy Alexander cocktail wouldn't end well. On March 12, 1974, the rock stars would ultimately be escorted out of LA's iconic Troubadour nightclub, ejected for relentlessly heckling the Smothers Brothers and, according to a member of the staff, assaulting a waitress.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Todd Rundgren's dream goes on forever

The Spirit Of Harmony Foundation is Todd Rundgren's dream come true. "The purpose of the Spirit of Harmony Foundation is to provide support and funding to school programs and other organizations trying to bring music to people who don't have it, especially in terms of learning how to play instruments and understand what music is all about."

Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Friday, March 7, 2014
Lichfield Museum hosts Swinging Sixties exhibitions

An exhibition taking place at Lichfield Museum at St Mary's in the Market Square, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England, features memorabilia from the 1960s, the decade associated with The Beatles, mini skirts and beehive hairstyles. On show at the museum are records, a collection of psychedelic clothes and nostalgic photographs.

Source: Staffs Live, UK
Rock Hall of Fame to simulcast induction ceremony in Cleveland

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced that the entire induction ceremony, which takes place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on April 10, will be simulcast on a 12-foot screen on the museum's Main Stage Theater and on other screens in the museum in Cleveland. 2014 Inductees include Dave Grohl and Brian Epstein.

Related Articles  Source: Cleveland.com
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Paul McCartney featured in upcoming PBS Dave Clark Five tribute

Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Stevie Wonder are among the many stars who appear in a new PBS special that puts a spotlight on the legendary 1960s British band The Dave Clark Five. The two-hour show, The Dave Clark Five and Beyond - Glad All Over, will premiere next month on PBS in the U.S.

Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC
Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dave Grohl
Pics: Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl's Oscars night double date

All the big names in Hollywood were at the Dolby Theatre, except for Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl, who decided against joining the Oscars' festivities for an evening out with their wives at a vegan restaurant on Melrose Ave. Paul and Dave won a Grammy this year for their collaborative effort on Cut Me Some Slack which was awarded Best Rock Song.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, February 28, 2014

Joey Molland
Mentored by the Beatles: Badfinger's Joey Molland

Once upon a time, Badfinger was seen as the heirs apparent to the Beatles. They were from Liverpool, signed to the Beatles' label Apple Records, and their first hit "Come and Get It" was written by Paul McCartney. Joey Molland, one of the group's original songwriters and guitarists, looks back fondly on the days they had the Beatles' ear.

Source: WUWM, Milwaukee
Morrissey insists Beatles only wrote four good songs

Morrissey has denied The Beatles had any influence on his career, claiming the iconic Liverpool band penned just four good songs in their career. In a new interview with Billboard magazine, the outspoken singer and animal rights campaigner says the band's back catalogue contained four "magnificent" tracks, but no more.

Source: Gigwise

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher splits with Beady Eye's manager

Former Oasis star Liam Gallagher has reportedly parted company with Beady Eye's manager Scott Rodger, who is recognised as one of the best managers in the music industry for being the man behind Paul McCartney and Arcade Fire. Scott had been brought in to revitalise the band after disappointing sales of their first album.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Early Beatles cover singer Duffy Power passes away at 72

Duffy Power, only the second artist to cover Lennon/McCartney, recording I Saw Her Standing There on February 20, 1963, has died aged 72. Duffy was backed by the Graham Bond Quartet, including Ginger Baker on drums. The group, plus Duffy, toured together and guested on the BBC radio show Pop Go the Beatles.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Imagine Dragons and The Beatles show you you're not ready to tour

"Industry experts" say you shouldn't play too much in your hometown. However, in order to develop an awesome live show you have to be constantly playing somewhere. Imagine Dragons and the Beatles understood the power of live performances. They understood the importance of a live show to building a fan base.

Source: Hypebot
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Mark Rivera
Ringo Starr and Billy Joel guest on Mark Rivera debut album

Over the last few decades Mark Rivera has toured and recorded with some of the biggest stars in music, including playing sax in Billy Joel's backing group and music director of the current edition of Ringo Starr's All Starr Band. Mark's debut studio effort, Common Bond, hits stores today and it features guest appearances from Starr and Joel.

Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC
Revealed: Conversations which shaped the sounds of the 60s

In his book Rock on the Radio, former BBC recording engineer Bill Aitken reveals some of the behind-the-scenes conversations which took place in Manchester in the 1960s that led to the likes of The Beatles, Marc Bolan, Free and Queen, broadcasting their music to millions, often before they had recording contracts.

Source: Prolific North, UK
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Sheridan Smith to play Cilla Black in new TV drama

Actress Sheridan Smith is to play singer and TV presenter Cilla Black in a new three-part drama on UK TV network ITV. The show will "capture the essence of 1960s Liverpool," and will look at Black's friendship with Ringo Starr which brought her to the attention of Beatles' manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin.

Related Articles  Source: BBC News, UK
Monday, February 17, 2014
Collector's Edition Wonderwall to be released on DVD and Blu-ray

A new Collector's Edition of Wonderwall, a 1968 psychedelic film that features a score composed by George Harrison, will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 25. Harrison recorded the music for Wonderwall with a variety of musicians, including his Beatles band mate Ringo Starr and his good friend Eric Clapton.

Source: WFJA FM, Sanford, NC

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