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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
Monday, November 28, 2016
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's piano heads to auction

John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper's-era home piano, used by Lennon to compose Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and A Day in the Life, among others, is set to hit the auction block on December 10, estimated to sell for between $1.2 and $1.8 million. The handwritten lyrics for Bob Dylan's Blowin' In The Wind will also be auctioned.

Source: Yahoo! Music
Friday, November 25, 2016
European Union's 'Use it or Lose it' copyright law benefits fans

A law in the E.U. says if recordings aren't officially released within 50 years of being made, the songs become public domain. As a result of this law, passed just a few years ago, massive acts from the '60s and '70s including Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and the Beatles are opening up their vaults of unreleased recordings.

Source: A Journal of Musical Things
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Bay City Rollers on their encounters with The Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

In a new interview, Woody of The Bay City Rollers said, "One time in Los Angeles we were driving into the Beverly Hills Hotel the wrong way. "He [Ringo Starr] just looked and shook his head and said, 'Those Roller boys' before making a face. He knew what we were going through. He was a bit older and had been through all that."

Source: The Express, UK

Jeff Lynne
Five reasons ELO should be in the Hall of Fame

Jeff Lynne's Electric Light Orchestra was responsible for some of the most catchy music to come out of the '70s. Jeff Lynne is a die-hard fan of the Beatles, he produced George Harrison's acclaimed 1987 comeback solo album, Cloud Nine, several songs on Ringo Starr's Time Takes Time in 1992, and Free as a Bird and Real Love for the Beatles in 1994.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, November 14, 2016
Beatles-inspired tribute to 2016's late celebs goes viral

The celebrities who passed in 2016 have been remembered in a touching tribute to British talent, inspired by The Beatles' legendary Sgt. Pepper album. Uploaded to Twitter on Saturday by a user called Christthebarker, the montage has quickly gone viral and attracted international attention for its poignancy.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Exploring Eric Clapton's Beatles and George Harrison collaborations

In the late Sixties, the Beatles and Eric Clapton kicked off a nearly five-decade-long tradition of recorded collaborations. While My Guitar Gently Weeps, the only official EMI Beatles recording Clapton ever played on, is an undisputed highlight, but Slowhand's fretwork also graces recordings by all four solo Beatles.

Source: Guitar World
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Peter Asher
Video: Peter Asher performs A World Without Love

The multi-Grammy Award-winning Peter Asher and Albert Lee, who was voted Guitar Player Magazine's Best Country Guitar Picker five times, have gone on the road together. As half of Sixties rockers Peter & Gordon, Asher had 10 top 40 hits, including I Got to Pieces and the Paul McCartney-penned World Without Love, and McCartney once dated his sister, Jane Asher.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Monday, November 7, 2016
Justin Bieber plays Beatles during impromptu performance at Toronto bar

Justin Bieber made a surprise appearance at a Toronto pub on Friday night. Bieber dropped by Fifth Pubhouse alone, ordered a drink and stopped to watch the Toronto Raptors game. When he spotted a piano, he asked if he could play it and soon began serenading the room with a wide variety of music including The Beatles' Let it Be.

Source: National Post, Toronto
Friday, November 4, 2016
The Beatles used to open shows for me

Joe Brown had The Beatles as his support act when they were still unknown, and he was also the man who played guitar behind his head, something Jimi Hendrix soon copied. He became good friends with George Harrison, who was best man at his wedding. At 75, Brown is still touring around the UK.

Source: The Sunday Post, UK
Beatles recording engineer-turned musician to take the stage

In 1967, Alan Parsons was an assistant engineer at the Abbey Road studios, working on the Beatles' Abbey Road and Let It Be albums. He was one of the lucky few allowed on the roof of Apple Records when the Beatles played their final live performance. The Alan Parsons Project performs in Thousand Oaks, CA, tonight.

Beatles Calendar  Source: The Camarillo Acorn, CA
Thursday, November 3, 2016
PBS series Soundbreaking lovingly details the art of record making

Sir George Martin had a last project: a documentary series on the impact of recorded music. Unfortunately, the legendary Beatles producer died before the final work was completed, but his spirit imbues every frame of Soundbreaking: Stories From The Cutting Edge of Recorded Music, an 8-part series that airs on PBS beginning Nov. 14.

Source: Billboard
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Five Beatles albums to be included in Capitol 75th Anniversary vinyl set

Capitol Records is kicking off its 75th anniversary this month with The Capitol Records 75th Anniversary Collection, 75 albums that will be reissued on vinyl as chosen by a panel of journalists, authors and creative figures. Among the albums chosen are five from the Beatles, four from Frank Sinatra, and two from the Beach Boys.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Monday, October 31, 2016
5 Years Ago: The Beach Boys finally release the troubled Smile Sessions

Until Oct. 31, 2011, the Beach Boys' Smile was one of music's most famous unreleased albums. Bootlegged, pored over and reconstructed for more than 40 years, it was said to be Brian Wilson's masterpiece, a reaction to the Beatles' culture-shifting period that yielded both Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, September 1, 2016
John Lennon called Micky Dolenz 'Monkey Man'

Micky Dolenz treated fans to a selection of old and new songs he has recorded as a solo artist along with classic Monkees' hits at two sold out shows at the Liverpool Cavern Club's Live Lounge Tuesday in Liverpool. Former Ringo Star record producer Mark Hudson and two Beatles tribute bands also appeared.

Source: Beatles News
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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