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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
Monday, June 8, 2015
John Lennon recording engineer Dennis Ferrante passes away

Recording engineer Dennis Ferrante, whose long list of credits includes work on albums by such diverse artists as John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Lou Reed, Waylon Jennings and Elvis Presley, died June 6 from heart failure. Former Wings drummer Steve Holley said, "Dennis was a storyteller. I never saw him unkind to anyone."

More Information  Source: Beatles Examiner
Monday, June 1, 2015
Noel Gallagher says Oasis will reform if Paul McCartney helps

Noel Gallagher has responded to Paul McCartney's comment that Oasis should reform. In an interview he said, "tell him if he writes our comeback single, it's on. Tell him to write an Oasis track and then we'll talk. I'll just put that out there." Oasis broke up in 2009, the last song they ever played live as a band was the Beatles' I Am The Walrus.

Source: VVN Music
Paul McCartney throws support behind Cliff Richard

Paul McCartney has thrown his support behind Cliff Richard amid a police investigation into historic sex abuse accusations against the veteran pop star. Richard vehemently denied the allegation and he was not charged, and has now received the backing of McCartney, who gives him the benefit of the doubt and says Richard is a "nice guy."

Source: 3 News, New Zealand
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.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, May 5, 2014
Bob Weir surprises crowd at film festival with Beatles cover performance

For the first time, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir played his own unique version of the Beatles song Dear Prudence after the west coast premiere screening of a new film about him at the San Francisco International Film Festival, "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir," last Thursday evening.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Badfinger legend Joey Molland releases highly anticipated new solo album

Much to the excitement of fans worldwide, Joey Molland, best known for his work with the now legendary English band Badfinger, released his highly anticipated 4th solo album "Return To Memphis on December 2. The new CD features 10 new Molland compositions recorded at the world famous Royal Studios in Memphis.

Source: Beatles News
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rock pioneer and human rights supporter Lou Reed passes away

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and punk-poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at 71. Reed is most recently featured on a new 6-disc DVD box-set for Amnesty International that features him prominently performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, August 2, 2013
Liverpool celebrates The City That Rocked the World

A special screening last night of "The City That Rocked the World" at the Liverpool Philharmonic Theatre enthralled an audience of over eighty five music legends and VIP's from the world of music. It was a film that, while mentioning the huge impact of the Beatles, showed that there was so much more to the Merseybeat scene.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, March 9, 2013
A Monkee was born 68 years ago

On March 8, 1945, Mickey Dolenz was born in Los Angeles. Following the success of The Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night," producers for Columbia Pictures TV wanted a comedy program based on a rock group. They auditioned 500 performers in the fall of 1965, and Mickey Dolenz, David Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith became "The Monkees."

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Davy Jones to be remembered at Monkees convention

The one-year anniversary of Davy Jones' passing will be commemorated with a celebration of the former teen idol's life, and his band, at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There will be live concert performances and special guest interviews.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, July 2, 2012
Brits meet Yanks for '60s music symposium on Catalina Island

Last Saturday, the iconic Catalina Island casino was the scene of "The British Invasion Rocks America," a rock 'n' roll symposium, a first of its kind event attended by almost 600 fans sponsored by the Catalina Island Museum. The symposium included Peter Asher, Spencer Davis, Micky Dolenz and pirate radio DJ Emperor Rosko.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Catalina Island Museum's rock n' roll symposium next weekend

The Catalina Island Museum Presents The British Invasion Rocks America is the first of its kind and will examine the movement of the blues from America to Britain and back to America during the "British Invasion." Rock icon Spencer Davis worked with the museum to organize the symposium, which takes place in the Avalon Casino on June 30th.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
An Evening of Monkees Memories coming to Connecticut

In the sixties, The Monkees captured the hearts of millions. On February 29, 2012, Davy Jones of The Monkees passed away. On Friday night, March 30, in tribute to Davy Jones, Liverpool Productions will be presenting "An Evening of Monkees Memories" at Aldario's Restaurant in Milford, CT. The event is open to all ages and doors open at 7pm.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Legendary British band Stackridge to make US

Stackridge, the British band that became a cult favorite in the 1970's and recently reunited to critical acclaim, is scheduled to appear as musical guests on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on Monday night, March 14. The program will feature the band's first-ever performance in the United States.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, August 27, 2009

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Gerry and the Pacemakers shine in new documentary

A new documentary on Gerry and the Pacemakers featuring 17 performances from 1963-1965 and new interviews taped at the Cavern with Gerry Marsden had its premiere screening Wednesday night, August 26th, at the Hard Day's Night Hotel in Liverpool as part of a series on classic artists of the British Invasion.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Capitol to re-release two more classic Beach Boys albums on vinyl

Put the needle in the groove! Capitol/EMI's high quality "From The Capitol Vaults" U.S. vinyl campaign continues November 3 with the limited edition, 180-gram vinyl release of 11 classic, standout albums from EMI Music's celebrated catalog, including The Beach Boys' Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!) and Beach Boys Today!

Source: Beatles News

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