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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
NTSB gets petition to reopen plane crash that killed Buddy Holly

The crash that took the life of the Big Bopper, Richie Valens and Buddy Holly, who influenced the music of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and Elvis Costello, happened 56 years ago. Now, the NTSB is being asked to reopen the investigation into the crash to clear the name of the 21-year-old charter plane pilot.

Source: Washington Post
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
Brian Wilson tribute concert planned for Los Angeles

Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson will be the subject of a tribute concert in Los Angeles at the end of the month in anticipation of his upcoming new solo album, No Pier Pressure. The show will feature appearances by the likes of Norah Jones, Heart's Ann Wilson, Wilson Phillips and many more.

Source: Rolling Stone
Friday, February 20, 2015
Conversations with Peter Asher and Denny Laine

In new interviews, Peter Asher talks about how Peter & Gordon came together, and which has been his favorite job, producer, manager, background vocalist, or songwriter, and Denny Laine talks about talks about his new tour, his early influences, the Moody Blues and his experiences with Paul McCartney and Wings.

Source: Huffington Post
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
BBC Radio 1 cites McCartney as example to deny Madonna ban

Madonna was recently was ousted from BBC Radio 1's playlist reportedly because she was too old. However, on Facebook, BBC Radio 1 posted, "Radio 1 does not ban anyone—please don't believe the papers, an artist's age is never a factor. In fact, Paul McCartney currently has two tracks on the Radio 1 playlist."

Source: E! Online
Lou Reed trashes the Beatles in lost interview

In a recently rediscovered interview, Lou Reed talks harshly about other bands in the sixties and says, about the Beatles, "I never liked the Beatles, I thought they were garbage." In the interview now available on the net, he also says his purpose was "to elevate the rock & roll song and take it where it hadn't been taken before."

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Diana Krall's latest album includes unreleased Paul McCartney ballad

Singer-pianist Diana Krall's 12th album, called Wallflower, includes a previously unreleased ballad by Paul McCartney, If I Take You Home Tonight. Written for Paul's Kisses on the Bottom album, but not making the album's final cut, Krall asked McCartney if she could record it, saying, "It's one of my favorite tracks."

Source: The Globe and Mail, UK
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Grammy Awards bring gold to revitalized Capitol Records

Sunday night's Grammy Awards ceremony put a gold crown on Capitol Music Group's rise from the No. 5 label in market share in 2012 to No. 2 in 2014, with all four of the top awards, record, album, song and new artist, going to Capitol artists Sam Smith and Beck. In all, Capitol artists took home 12 Grammys.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Friday, February 6, 2015
Billy J. Kramer set for U.K. tour

Beatles pal Billy J. Kramer lives in America, but now he's set to play in the U.K. once again. In a new interview, he says, "If you survive 50 years in the music industry, then you deserve more than a five-star medal, but I've got this great feeling of goodness and serenity now." He also talks about his forgotten manager, Brian Epstein.

Source: Lancashire Telegraph, UK
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

Gerry Marsden
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
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
An evening of sixties British Explosion rocks Berkeley

The sounds of the sixties British Explosion Unplugged rocked Berkeley, California, Sunday night at The Freight and Salvage. A variety of tribute bands delighted the audience playing music that ranged from John Lennon, Donavan, The Who, The Yardbirds, and The Beatles. The next British Explosion night is on June 5th in San Francisco.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
It's going to be A Hard Days Night - All over again

MerseyCats, the Liverpool Rock 'n' Roll Children's Charity, is collaborating with the world famous Hard Days Night Hotel to provide live bands from the 60s at the hotel on a regular basis bringing back the famous Mersey Sound to Mathew Street after a gap of some 48 years. The first show is booked for May 31.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, March 13, 2009

Alan Livingston
The man who brought Beatlemania to America, dead at 91

Former record company executive Alan Livingston died today in Los Angeles at the age of 91. Livingston was the president of Capitol Records at the time the company obtained the exclusive U.S. distribution rights for recordings of The Beatles in December, 1963. Within weeks, Beatlemania exploded in America.

Source: Beatles News

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