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Friday, July 21, 2017
Harry Styles follows the lead of John Lennon in new movie

Seven years after starting what would become the biggest band in popular music, arguably its most famous member takes an acting job in a World War II movie. That could describe Harry Styles, in the new movie Dunkirk, and also John Lennon, who took a break from the Beatles to film Richard Lester's How I Won the War.

Source: Uproxx
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Tunabunny releases a sprawling, Beatles-inspired opus

Adventurous local Georgia rock group Tunabunny isn't afraid to take an idea and run with it. The band's next undertaking will be a double LP mirroring The Beatles' self-titled White Album titled PCP Presents Alice in Wonderland Jr. While the record is intended as a response to the White Album, it carries its own weight.

Source: Flagpole, Athens, GA
Thursday, June 29, 2017
Paul McCartney says Rolling Stones should stick to their hits

Throughout their respective 60-year careers, they have maintained a staunch chart rivalry. Now, Paul McCartney appears to have taken something of a pop at his frontman nemesis, Mick Jagger, claiming bands like The Rolling Stones should concentrate on belting out more of their hits rather than obscure new music.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Sony to start making records again 30 years after abandoning vinyl

Three decades after it was abandoned, Sony will start making records again amid surging demand. A factory south-west of Tokyo will churn out freshly pressed records, Sony Music Entertainment said today. Vinyl has been making a global comeback as it attracts not only nostalgic older consumers but also younger generations.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen lists his 10 favourite Beatles songs

Like so many fellow musicians of a certain vintage, Cheap Trick guitarist and Beatles nut Rick Nielsen first saw The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964. "They completely changed music, especially in America," Nielsen says. "They changed me, too. Until that point I was a drummer. But I became a massive fan."

Source: Team Rock
Monday, June 19, 2017
Ryan Adams discovers the greatness of The Beatles' Revolver

Ryan Adams is currently on the road to discovering the Beatles. Yes, he is well aware he's coming into the game a little later than most, but as Adams explains, he heard far more Rolling Stones growing up in North Carolina than he did Beatles, so it is never something he came across. Last night Adams tweeted his thoughts on Revolver.

Source: Relix
Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ronnie Spector
Ronnie Spector plans new single and U.S. tour dates

Ronnie Spector has confirmed plans for a new single, "Love Power", to be released in late July, as well as a series of U.S. tour dates. In 1971, Ronnie Spector released her Apple Records debut single, "Try Some, Buy Some", written and produced by George Harrison, with a backing band that included George, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr.

Source: Jazz Corner
Thursday, June 8, 2017
Raspberries 2004 reunion concert includes Beatles covers

On November 24, 2004, the original four members of the Raspberries came together to play their first concert in over thirty years. The 27 song set was captured on tape and will be released on August 18. Mixed in with songs from all four of the Cranberries' albums were covers of tunes from the likes of the Beatles and the Who.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 to get vinyl and cassette release

The "Awesome Mix" soundtrack to Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is being released on cassette and vinyl. Featuring classic songs by George Harrison, Electric Light Orchestra, Fleetwood Mac, Cat Stevens and Sam Cooke, Awesome Mix Vol. 2 will be released on cassette on June 23 and vinyl on August 11.

Source: NME, UK
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
The sad and protracted end of Beatles sideman Billy Preston

Known for his big smile and an even bigger afro, Billy Preston died in an avalanche of health, legal and financial problems in 2006, decades after work with the Beatles led to a string of solo hits in the '70s and a lengthy stint with the Rolling Stones. "Musically, my favorite moment was on the roof for Let It Be," Preston said in 2004.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, June 5, 2017
35 Years Ago: Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder top the charts

When Paul McCartney hooked up with Stevie Wonder to make a plea for racial harmony in 1982, the result was one of the biggest hits in either artist's distinguished career. Ebony and Ivory, produced by George Martin, seemed like a natural for the duet treatment, and McCartney immediately knew who he wanted for a partner.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 26, 2017
New book to tell story of the Beatles' hairdresser

The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles' Hairdresser Who Defined an Era by Leslie Cavendish will be published in September. Cavendish was the hairdresser of the Beatles and many more 60s celebrities including the Bee Gees, The Who, James Taylor, Peter Cook, Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

Source: The Bookseller
Thursday, May 18, 2017
Beatles dominate tracks on free rail station jukebox

There's a new retro-style jukebox at St. Pancras station in London, so commuters can play every top 40 hit from the past 50 years for free. Out of a whopping 57,000 tunes available, The Beatles claimed the most top 40 tracks on the music box, a huge 280. Other artists range from Frank Sinatra and David Bowie to Ed Sheeran.

Source: Timeout London
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Liam Gallagher creates Sgt. Pepper clothing line

Former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher is launching a range of Beatles-inspired clothing via his Pretty Green clothing company. The Fab Four fanatic plans to honour the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album with a new collection of coats, jackets, shirts and T-shirts.

Source: Belfast Telegraph
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Apple Records artist Mary Hopkin to sell off 1960s memorabilia Warning: Page opens with sound

Sixties star Mary Hopkin is to auction off a collection of memorabilia from the height of her fame. The collection, which includes items worn at the height of her fame and a rare Beatles poster, is being auctioned off in Cardiff. Hopkin shot to fame in 1968 with her number one single, the Paul McCartney-produced Those Were The Days.

Source: BBC News, UK
Monday, April 24, 2017
Badfinger: Bad breaks, dumb luck and sheer tragedy

It's probably one of the most tragic stories in rock 'n' roll. Badfinger could have been huge. Their connections with The Beatles once earned them the tag of "the new Fab Four". But instead, despite writing and recording some wonderfully memorable music, Badfinger went down in the annals of rock history for all the wrong reasons.

Source: Team 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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