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Monday, March 20, 2017
Video: Chuck Berry and John Lennon rocking and rolling together

John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted the Mike Douglas show in 1972. One of his guests that week was rock 'n' roll legend Chuck Berry, on the show they teamed up to perform Memphis and Johnny B. Goode, the first meeting between Lennon and Berry. The video of this performance is now available on the internet.

Related Articles  Source: WXRT FM, Chicago
Paul McCartney remembers Chuck Berry

On the passing of Chuck Berry, along with a recent pic of him and Chuck together, Paul McCartney posted on his official website, "Chuck Berry sadly passed away over the weekend. He was one of rock 'n' roll's greatest poets. He will be missed but remembered by everyone who ever loved rock 'n' roll."

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Celebs including Ringo Starr and Mick Jagger remember Chuck Berry Warning: Page opens with sound

Chuck Berry, the man who invented rock and roll, who passed away on Saturday at 90, inspired most of the greatest rock stars of the last century. John Lennon once said, "If you tried to give rock 'n' roll another name, you might call it Chuck Berry." Ringo Starr honored him by quoting a lyric from the song Rock and Roll Music on twitter.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Monkees Micky Dolenz and Peter Tork talk Beatles and the 60s Warning: Page opens with sound

The Beatles, and especially John Lennon, were fans of the Monkees TV show. Davy Jones brushed elbows with the Beatles when they both appeared on the Ed Sullivan show on the same historic night in 1964. The Monkees would continue to mingle with the Beatles quite a few times over the years, even during the Sgt. Pepper sessions.

Source: Cleveland Scene
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Laurence Juber premieres acoustic version of And Your Bird Can Sing

Today Laurence Juber premiered his new acoustic arrangement of the Beatles' And Your Bird Can Sing, from his new album, "LJ Can't Stop Playing the Beatles!" which will be released this Friday. The album is Juber's third collection of solo acoustic arrangements of Beatles tunes, produced at Capitol Studios in Hollywood.

Source: Guitar World
Why Tom Jones turned down chance to record a Beatles classic Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Jones, currently a coach on The Voice, UK, has revealed that he passed up the chance to record Long and Winding Road even though it was written especially for him. Jones explained it was because Paul McCartney wanted him to release the song as soon as possible, but Jones already had another single ready to go.

Source: Wales Online, UK
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Beatles, Elton John and the Who illustrator Alan Aldridge dead at 73

Renowned artist Alan Aldridge, whose distinctive designs graced the covers of classic albums by the Who and Elton John and filled the bestselling book The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics, has died at the age of 73. Aldridge also designed the Hard Rock Cafe's iconic logo. His daughter Lily poster on Instagram, "thank you for the years of magic."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, February 13, 2017
Tom Petty remembers meeting George Harrison and Ringo Starr

Last night, Tom Petty was given the MusiCares Person of the Year Award in Los Angeles. During his speech, he told a story about the night he met George Harrison and Ringo Starr, working with Leon Russell in 1974. "The first session, in comes George Harrison and Ringo. They didn't need any words, those cats were so cool, you know."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison join Tom Petty at Heartbreakers reunion

Tom Petty got his band the Heartbreakers back together for a high-class gig to launch Grammy weekend. During the show, Jeff Lynne and Dhani Harrison, son of George Harrison, joined Petty on "I Won't Back Down." Ringo Starr and Joe Walsh were in the audience. The Heartbreakers' 40th anniversary tour begins April 20 in Oklahoma City.

Source: CBS Local
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Could the Beatles unveil a holy grail of unreleased material this year?

Could this year see the release of material from the likes of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones? Until recently all recorded works were copyrighted for 50 years. This law changed in 2011, extending it to 70 years. But there's one loophole that applies to the released music, which still expires after 50 years.

Source: Hit The Floor Magazine
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Unknown drummer for Cilla and McCartney recorded 70 hits for £7 a time

His name may not be familiar but you'll almost certainly know his work, because for many of us he's on the soundtrack of some of the most important moments of our lives. Between 1958 and 1977, Dougie Wright was Britain's most in-demand session drummer, playing on a parade of hits through the most exhilarating period in pop music.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, January 30, 2017
Liverpool statue selfie tour

Liverpool was once again back in the spotlight earlier this month as Cilla Black returned to Mathew Street in the form of a bronze statue. Following the mad influx of selfies with Our Cilla, The Guide Liverpool website put together a Liverpool Statue Selfie Tour, made up of 15 of the best famous faces and scouse legends they could find.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Friday, January 27, 2017
Strawberry Studios: Exhibition marks Stockport's music recording legacy

Set up 50 years ago, Strawberry Studios in Stockport in Greater Manchester, England, was one of the few UK recording spaces outside London. Big names including Paul McCartney recorded there before it shut in 1993. On Friday, memorabilia from the studio which was co-owned by 10cc, will be on display at Stockport Museum.

Source: BBC News, UK
Thursday, January 26, 2017

Peter Asher
Behind the music with Peter Asher

Looking ever the pop star, the legendary Peter Asher stepped onto the stage at the Malibu Playhouse Wednesday evening dressed in silver shoes and a sparkly jacket. Since bursting onto the music scene 50 years ago as half of Peter and Gordon, Asher has been a huge part of the music world as a performer, manager, record executive and megahit record producer.

Source: Malibu Times
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Beatles and Stones show settles an old score

No doubt the 60s are long gone, but Beatles vs. Stones – A Musical Showdown pits Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction against rival Brit boys Abbey Road in an all-out musical showdown for rock dominance. Onstage, the bands alternate mini sets and trade improvised barbs and banter between songs to act out the famous rivalry.

Source: Orange Country Breeze

Joey Molland
Concert Review: Joey Molland's Badfinger

Badfinger has never really moved past 1975. These days, the band's legacy is preserved primarily by Joey Molland, the lone surviving member of the band. In a performance in January at Mohegan Sun, Molland's band struggled with details, but got the broad strokes right in an economical survey of the band's history, from good times and bad.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, January 23, 2017
Drummer for Spooky Tooth Mike Kellie dies at 69

Mike Kellie, who was a founder of both Spooky Tooth and the Only Ones and had a lengthy career as a session drummer, working with artists including George Harrison, Peter Frampton and Traffic, died on Thursday, Jan. 18. He was 69. The news came via the Facebook page of John Perry of the Only Ones.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Capitol Records at 75

Nat, Frank and Dino created the myth. John, Paul, George, Ringo and Brian burnished it. Capitol Records, in the heart of Hollywood, looked down on almost every other US label. On its 75th birthday, publisher Taschen has mined the label's archive for a new book. Alastair McKay of the BBC looks back on the company's past glories.

Source: BBC, UK
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Joe Walsh concert is like rocking with an old friend

As Joe Walsh hit the homestretch with his signature "Life's Been Good," the giant rear screen showed us snapshots of the singer-guitarist with rock's upper tier of royalty: Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Keith Richards and Ron Wood and Pete Townshend, but Joe made the two hours seem like hanging out with an old friend.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Monday, January 16, 2017
Photos: The rock 'n' roll past of the Cavern Club

The Cavern Club, the legendary venue famed for hosting the Beatles in their early days, first opened its doors to the public 60 years ago today. Originally a jazz club, it didn't take long before the Cavern Club had established itself as the center of Liverpool's rock and roll scene. Stunning photos reveal how wild nights at the Cavern really were.

Related Articles  Source: The Sun, UK
Charity show kicks off Cavern Club anniversary

A special show charity event, at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, is being staged to start a year of celebrations to mark the 60th anniversary of the world-famous Cavern Club. The club marks its milestone birthday exactly 60 years since it first threw its doors open to the music-hungry youngsters of Liverpool back on January 16, 1957.

Related Articles  Source: ITV, UK

Cilla Black statue
Cilla Black statue unveiled at Cavern Club 60th anniversary

A bronze statue of Cilla Black has been unveiled in her home city of Liverpool, marking the 60th anniversary of the Cavern Club, where Black worked as a cloakroom girl in her early years. The life-size statue was commissioned by the late singer's three sons and is situated outside the original entrance to the world famous Cavern.

Related Articles  Source: Sky News, UK
Acclaimed recording engineer Bill Price dies aged 72

Respected engineer/producer Bill Price has passed away at the age of 72. After working with many famous groups like Eric Clapton and The Moody Blues at Decca Records in the sixties, he worked for Sir George Martin at AIR Studios in London in 1970, where he recorded the Live And Let Die album soundtrack with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Music Week
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Beatles poster artist Tony Booth dies aged 83

The artist who created posters for The Beatles in Liverpool in the early 1960s has died aged 83. Tony Booth made the iconic signs for the Fab Four and other Merseybeat bands in the 1960s. In recent years, Mr Booth made replicas of the posters for fans and had written a book about them which his son hopes will be "part of his legacy".

Source: BBC News, UK
Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Donny Osmond
Donny Osmond wants to sing Beatles song at the Cavern

Donny Osmond is on his way to Liverpool. And while he's looking forward to his gig at the Echo Arena this month, he admits to another ambition too. "I'd love to be able to pop over to the Cavern while I'm there, and see if they'll let me do a Beatles song," he revealed, adding he's thinking about doing one in his Echo Arena show.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, January 9, 2017
Take a musical memory tour with Peter Asher

For a time, he shared the top floor of his parents' home with Paul McCartney, and became a friend and trusted business associate of The Beatles. He played a key role in shaping the careers of James Taylor and Linda Ronstadt, as manager and record producer. But many know Peter Asher best as one half of British Invasion-era singing duo Peter and Gordon.

Source: The Morning Call, Pennsylvania
Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's two duet hits in 1983

Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney teamed up to achieve the rare feat of scoring two hit duets in little more than a year, with the first, The Girl Is Mine, rocketing to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Jan. 8, 1983. Their next duet, Say Say Say, hit No. 1 on the Hot 100 for six weeks beginning in late 1983.

Source: Billboard
Friday, January 6, 2017
Vinyl records make more money than digital downloads

Technology has taken the world by storm in the digital age, but at the same time, people are also nostalgic about devices popular in the past. Many suggest that the rise in popularity of vinyl records is due to the "truer" sound and better sensory experience which vinyl records provide and which is missing in digital downloads.

Source: The Asian Age
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Ferry Across The Mersey director Jeremy Summers dies at 85

Director and screenplay writer Jeremy Summers died on December 14 at age 85. Summers began working as a runner at Elstree Studios in London when he was 16. He made the 1964 musical Ferry Cross the Mersey with Gerry and the Pacemakers, the first film to be shot on location in Liverpool after the Beatles' global success.

Source: St Albans & Harpenden Review, UK
Monday, January 2, 2017
Lancaster University professors share their love of the Beatles

Lancaster University Professors of Poetry Paul Farley and Paul Muldoon will share their readings and thoughts on the hit poetry anthology, "The Mersey Sound" this month at Lancaster Town Hall. First published 50 years ago at the height of Beatlemania, "The Mersey Sound" is one of the best-selling poetry anthologies of all time.

Source: The Visitor, UK
Imagine an alternate universe where The Beatles never existed

Can you imagine music, culture or life in general without the past century's defining moment in music history? No Beatles: no British Invasion. No British Invasion: no Stevie. No Brucie. No Byrds. Bob Dylan doesn't plug in. A roundtable with several music history experts tries to picture our world without the Beatles.

Source: Crixeo
Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Global Music Rights and top radio groups reach temporary agreement

Global Music Rights will offer temporary licenses that will allow radio stations to play hundreds of artists, as they go to court over radio rates for songwriters. The performance rights group boasts a roster of hundreds of top artists including the Beatles, Adele, Beyoncé, Jay Z, Daft Punk, Bruno Mars and Katy Perry.

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, December 26, 2016
George Michael saved John Lennon piano so it would stay in Liverpool Warning: Page opens with sound

Fans of George Michael have paid tribute by publicizing his secret acts of extraordinary kindness on Twitter. One generous act being discussed is the time he bought John Lennon's piano from a private collector for a whopping £1.45m, so that it would stay in the UK. He then donated it to the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, December 22, 2016
The Dead Daisies stream cover of John Lennon Christmas classic

Hard rock supergroup The Dead Daisies have given their fans a Christmas gift in the form of a stream of their rendition of the John Lennon classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)". On their YouTube post, they wrote, "This is a gift for you, the best fans in the world. Happy XMas & Happy Holidays from The Dead Daisies!"

Source: Anti-Music
Video: Chris Martin sings Beatles' Yesterday

On Wednesday night, Coldplay singer Chris Martin played a surprise set in New York City to benefit the Bowery Mission, an organization that helps the homeless and hungry. He did a few Coldplay hits, but most of the show was devoted to classic rock covers, including the Beatles' Yesterday, aided by pair of singers from the Mission.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Why Elvis Presley dissed The Beatles to President Nixon

Don't believe what you hear in the recent Elvis & Nixon film regarding The Beatles. This "comedy" about the infamous meeting between Elvis and the President at the White House unfortunately enforces false stereotypes about how Elvis felt about The Fab Four. Beatles historians say Elvis was just trying to look more patriotic to Nixon.

Source: Daytrippin' Magazine
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Springsteen includes Beatles on his Desert Island Discs list

Bruce Springsteen recently shared his list of eight "Desert Island Discs" during an interview on BBC Radio 4 in the UK, and among the recordings he picked is The Beatles' I Want To Hold Your Hand, which Bruce says, "changed the course of my life," and "was the song that inspired me to play rock and roll music."

Source: Rock 107
ELO to be inducted into Rock Hall of Fame

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced today its Class of 2017 inductees, including the Beatles-inspired Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra. Other inductees include Journey, Yes and Joan Baez. The 32nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place April 7, and televised on HBO.

More: ELO's Albums Ranked  Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 16, 2016
Capitol Records challenges DMCA Safe Harbors law

Capitol Records is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a case that could send shockwaves through the music biz. It involves the fad of posting "lip dub" videos on Vimeo and similar sites, lip-syncing popular tunes by artists including The Beatles and The Beach Boys, and whether the current law applies to pre-1972 recordings.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies

Guitarist Greg Lake of the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died. Lake was a founding member of King Crimson before he met Keith Emerson and eventually drummer Carl Palmer to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Gregg also toured with Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band. His death was announced on his website.

Source: WSB TV
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
YouTube's $1bn royalties are not enough, says music industry

YouTube has said it has paid the music industry $1 billion in royalties this year, but record companies claim it is not enough. They say YouTube does not pay a fair rate to musicians and record labels. Artists like Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, and Ed Sheeran have all written to the US Congress asking for Copyright laws to be changed.

Source: BBC News, UK
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
UK pirate radio DJ legend pens autobiography

The autobiography of DJ Tony Prince will be released tomorrow. It tells Prince's story from both sides of the Iron Curtain, as a DJ on Radio Caroline followed by his involvement at Radio Luxembourg after the Russian invasion. In the book he tells of his meeting Elvis Presley and singing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Source: Oldham Chronicle, UK

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