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Friday, February 17, 2017
John Lennon leather jacket sells for 10,400 at auction

A leather jacket worn by John Lennon sold for 10,400 (about $12,900) at an auction of pop memorabilia held in Kirkbymoorside, North Yorkshire. Other items sold at the auction included a pair of sunglasses once owned by Lennon which sold for 2,900, and a velvet smoking jacket once owned by Jimi Hendrix, for 8,000.

Source: BBC News, UK
Historic site of Strawberry Fields to be revived Warning: Page opens with sound

Liverpool's Strawberry Field, inspiration for one of the Beatles' greatest hits, is to be revived. The former Salvation Army children's home, where John Lennon played as a child, is to open its gates under new plans to redevelop the historic site. Plans will include an exhibition on the song and John Lennon's early life around Strawberry Field.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Weird Al Yankovic releases long-lost Beatles parody

Unless you were an avid fan of the Dr. Demento radio show about 36 years ago, then you have likely never heard a non-bootlegged version of "Weird Al" Yankovic's "Pac-Man," a parody of the Beatles' "Tax Man." Beatles lawyers sent him a cease-and-desist letter back then, but it has been released finally as part of a new Weird Al box set.

Source: Nerdist
Pro-Ject reveals limited edition 1964 Beatles turntable

Audiophile equipment company Pro-Ject has revealed a limited edition, 1964 Beatles turntable. It's their second Beatles-related turntable, and four more special edition Beatles turntables are on the way. The design includes copies of original tickets for the band's concerts between 1962 and 1966.

Source: What Hi-Fi?

Beatles extended family charting Sgt. Pepper 50th anniversary

June 1 will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. A new book called "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band: The Album, the Beatles, and the World in 1967″ is due May 9. Otherwise, Olivia Harrison and other members of the Beatles extended family are talking right now about what they'll do to mark occasion.

Source: Showbiz 411
Paul McCartney's secret instrumental cover of Ram

Back in 1971, Paul McCartney recorded an instrumental version of his just-released album Ram. Made under the name Percy "Thrills" Thrillington, and simply titled Thrillington, the record didn't see release until six years later. Nobody knew it was McCartney, and he wouldn't admit that it was his work until two decades later.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
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Thursday, February 16, 2017
George Harrison video trove released online You Heard It Here First

With little fanfare, 19 diverse George Harrison videos have been posted to YouTube recently, including live performances, standard videos for studio recordings, interviews, rehearsals and more. The collection provides an opportunity to revisit some of Harrison's best solo work and remember, once again, how much he is missed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Story about the man who replaced Ringo to be made into film

The movie rights for The Beatle Who Vanished, a book by Jim Berkenstadt about the life of drummer Jimmie Nicol who was a Beatle for 13 days, have been secured by Alex Orbison, son of Roy Orbison. The book, first self-published by Berkenstadt in 2013, told Nicol's story in detail and included many archival photos.

Source: Billboard
John Lennon's sunglasses which he stamped on in rage to be auctioned

A pair of John Lennon 's sunglasses which he stamped on and threw in the bin have emerged at auction. His uncle Charlie Lennon saved them had them repaired and they are now estimated to sell for 3,500 (about $4,375). His uncle, who passed away in 2002, said, "The boy had a temper, but I thought it was a silly waste of money."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Yoko Ono mocked for bizarre tweet about the World Cup

Yoko Ono has been widely ridiculed for a bizarre social media post on Valentines day which read, "Who will win the World Cup? A child who believes in a peaceful world." The 83-year-old artist and musician was soon met with a string of hilarious tweets from other twitter users, including one who said, "More chance than England."

Source: The London Evening Standard
Pics: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Tom Hanks spotted in Santa Monica

On Wednesday, former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for a night out with pals Tom Hanks and Joe Walsh, as well as their respective wives at the lavish Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica. They were joined by Joe Walsh and his wife, who is Ringo's wife Barbara Bach's sister.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Museum in Vermont rocks out with Backstage Pass exhibit Warning: Page opens with sound

"Backstage Pass: Rock & Roll Photography" at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, Vermont, features work by famed rock photographer Bob Gruen, from photo shoots in the 1970s and '80s. It includes the famous photo of John Lennon wearing a T-shirt reading "New York City" with arms-folded in front of the Big Apple skyline.

Source: Burlington Free Press
Video: John Lennon and Chuck Berry jam out 45 years ago today

45 years ago today, 2/16/72, John Lennon performed with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and his wife, Yoko Ono, famously co-hosted the daytime talk show for a week in February 1972. One of Lennon's guests that week was his idol, rock pioneer Chuck Berry and the two had the rare opportunity to perform together.

Source: Glide Magazine
February 16, 1968: The Beatles in India

On February 16, 1968, George Harrison, John Lennon and their wives flew to India to study transcendental meditation with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would join them, 4 days later. Also studying with the Maharishi were Donovan, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, actress Mia Farrow and her sister Prudence.

Source: KFVS TV, IL
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
40 year Beatles collection to be auctioned in France

Jacques Volcouve, a specialist of the Beatles, is letting go of his collection, a fourty year old compilation conceived thanks to his fervent passion for the band. Records, CDs, books, pictures, posters, videos, magazines, objects, etc. that mark the careers of the four icons and their extraordinary lives will be auctioned in in Paris in March.

Source: Drouot.com
Video Flashback: Paul McCartney jams With Chevy Chase on Spies Like Us

The 1985 Cold War spoof Spies Like Us doesn't get a lot of love these days. Much like Live and Let Die 12 years earlier, Paul McCartney was given the title of the movie, the basic premise and tasked with writing a theme song. Hard as it may be to believe, the song reached Number Seven on the Hot 100.

Source: Rolling Stone
45 Years Ago: John Lennon and Yoko Ono become TV hosts

In February 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono co-hosted on The Mike Douglas Show. The idea, as Ono explained after their week-long stint ended, was to try and reach out to older viewers. "There's such a gap between the young generation and the old generation now," said Ono. But things didn't exactly go off without a hitch.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Historic Beatles disc goes on display

The record that launched career of the famous Fab Four has been unveiled this week at The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool. The unique acetate disk features a Beatles recording of "Hello Little Girl" on one side and "Til There Was You" on the other, more than 50 years after it was cut as a demo as they searched for a record deal.

More Pictures  Source: JMU Journalism, UK
John Lennon's Leather Jacket appears at memorabilia auction

Ryedale Auctioneers in York, UK, is having a Pop Memorabilia & Pop Art Sale on Friday, which will include some very original & iconic items from artists including John Lennon, Andy Warhol, Jimi Hendrix. A special preview of all the items is now open to the public, and includes John Lennon's leather motorcycle jacket.

Source: Yorkshire Coast Radio, UK

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The Beatles' secretary to appear at film screenings

For more than a decade she worked with The Beatles, their manager and their families. Now Freda Kelly is coming to Southern Utah for two screenings of the documentary "Good Ol' Freda" which premiered in 2013 at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. "I didn't think it would get the reaction it got," Kelly said in an interview.

Source: The Spectrum, UT
Theater to stage live music for first time since Beatles played there

For one night only Plymouth's treasured Reel Art Deco cinema, which has been threatened with demolition, will host a night of music, 50 years after The Beatles last performed there on their 1963 Autumn Tour. Back then the cinema was called the ABC theatre, and live shows were held there regularly during the 1960s.

Source: Plymouth Herald, UK
With The Beatles reveals legends in the making

If you're destined to become the biggest band in the history of rock 'n' roll, how do you follow your debut album? Only four months after their first UK album, Please Please Me, they returned to the studio to record With The Beatles, a fascinating glimpse into four musicians on their way to becoming legends.

Source: The Spectrum, UT
Monday, February 13, 2017
Beatles at the Ridge announces symposium 2017 headliners

In its fifth year celebrating the genius of The Beatles, the Beatles at the Ridge Authors and Artists Symposium has recruited a highly-distinguished panel of Beatles authors, artists, filmmakers, and musicians for the "Summer of Love: 50th Anniversary" on September 15-16, including authors Bruce Spizer and Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: Beatles News
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

Ron Howard
Why Ron Howard chose the Baftas over the Grammys

Director Ron Howard has said he chose to attend the Baftas rather than the Grammys because he was so gratified his nominated documentary about The Beatles has been received so well in the UK. His movie The Beatles: Eight Days A Week received nods for awards at both ceremonies, for best documentary at the Baftas and best music film at the Grammys.

Related Articles  Source: The Irish Examiner
Beatles documentary wins Grammy for Best Music Film

The Beatles documentary Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years was named Best Music Film at the Grammys last night. It is the third Beatles-related film to win in this category, previously known as best music video-long form. They also won a Grammy for The Beatles Anthology in 1996 and The Beatles Love: All Together Now in 2009.

More at Amazon  Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Beatles fan publishes band memoir

"Postcards From Liverpool: Beatles Moments & Memoirs" by lifelong Beatles fan Mark Brickley traces The Beatles source sounds and songwriting influences. It includes eight backstories, including how the band struggled to record its first record, Love Me Do. It also looks back at The Beatles 1968 trip to Rishikesh, India.

Source: Carpinteria Coastal View, CA
Not the Best idea

Sometimes it's not a good thing to get sick and miss work. Ringo Starr appeared with The Beatles at Liverpool's Cavern Club 55 years ago this month, when their regular drummer, Pete Best, was taken ill. The Beatles, especially Paul McCartney, liked Ringo's playing and asked Ringo six months later to replace Pete on drums.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Friday, February 10, 2017
Photos: Beatles historic 1966 trip to Tokyo

Last summer marked the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first and only Japanese concerts. The limited-edition book Hello, Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo, 1966 features photos by Shimpei Asai never before published outside of Japan, an intimate glimpse into the Beatles' behind-the-scenes world during their final year as a live band.

Source: Rolling Stone
An oral history of the Beatles' first U.S. concert

On Feb. 11, 1964, Beatlemania blasted Washington. Two nights after their hysteria-inducing welcome-to-America appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles played their first U.S. concert at the Washington Coliseum. 8,092 people crowded into the arena and witnessed the band perform a dozen songs that changed everything.

Source: The Washington Post
Yoko Ono Fast Facts

Yoko Ono turns 84 next week, and CNN has compiled an extensive list that details her life. As a child, Ono moved back and forth between Japan and the US. During World War II, she was in Tokyo during an air raid on the city in March 1945. She was the first woman ever admitted into the philosophy program at Gakushuin University.

Fan Content Warning  Source: CNN
Thursday, February 9, 2017
Paul McCartney invites you to send 'My Valentine' to your loved one

On his official website, Paul McCartney is giving his fans the chance to send a secret Valentine's message to their significant other. Fans enter their name and email address, and that of their Valentine, and a message of valentine wishes. The recipient of the valentine can reply to the valentine to find out who sent it.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Internet's Most shared image of 2016 signed by artist on sale for charity

The only signed print of one of the biggest viral hits on social media, a Beatles Sgt. Pepper's-inspired montage of the celebrities who passed away in 2016, has been donated to the charity by the artist. Chris Barker heard the charity was using the image to promote an event, and donated a signed copy to support the cause.

Related Articles  Source: Cambridge Independent, UK
Award-winning musical biography of Beatles comes to Houston stage

In My Life - A Musical Theatre Tribute to the Beatles, coming to Houston on March 1, portrays the Beatles as authentically as possible, from their singing to the myriad of guitars used throughout the band's decade-long career, as the band's manager Brian Epstein narrates from his side of the story.

Source: The Paper, Houston
Pics: The Beatles' debut on The Ed Sullivan Show

On, Feb. 9, 1964, the Beatles made their first appearance on the The Ed Sullivan Show on CBS, to a live audience of 73 million, the highest live audience ever at the time. Sullivan gets all the credit, but Tonight Show host Jack Paar had had a tape of the group a month earlier, and they had appeared on a CBS news report in late 1963.

Source: Houston Chronicle
February 9, 1964: Beatlemania grips the US

There are a number of dates that have been said to be "the day that Beatlemania began", but February 9, 1964 has possibly the strongest claim to the title. On this day, the Beatles made their first live TV appearance in the US on the Ed Sullivan Show, already popular thanks to their single I Want to Hold Your Hand reaching No.1.

Source: BT News, UK
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Long-lost Beatles concert film expected to sell for 10,000 at auction

Long-lost footage of the Beatles performing on their first north American tour is expected to sell for more than 10,000 (about $12,500) at auction. The 8mm film is from the band's performance in Montreal, Canada in September 1964, when the group were at the height of their fame. It also contains rare color footage of the Fab Four backstage.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Australian Army Band to play the Fab Four at Beatles festival

The Fab Four with a big army band sound. That's the exciting prospect when the the Australian Army Band, based in Newcastle, performs as part of the fifth annual Port Macquarie Beatles Festival. The four day festival gets underway on Thursday night, festival organisers say the performance will have something for everyone.

Source: Port Macquarie News, NSW, Australia
Yoko Ono is spotted arriving in New York in a wheelchair

Yoko Ono has been spotted arriving in New York in a wheelchair just weeks after she joined thousands of protesters marching the streets of NYC for women's rights. The 83-year-old wife of the late Beatle John Lennon arrived at New York's JFK airport on Monday where she was helped through the terminal by an assistant.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles lecture draws large Malibu crowd

Scott Freiman, composer, musician, and software engineer, took a thrilled audience on a long and winding road as he shared backstage moments the Beatles dealt with and endured, and some surprising facts about how it all began, and how the iconic band prolifically produced phenomenal music during the magic year of 1967.

Source: Malibu Surfside News
Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Beatles fanatic and expert publishing a textbook on the rock icons

Gregory Alexander, also known for nearly two decades to Chicago radio listeners as Professor Moptop, has recently completed a new textbook about the Beatles. It takes an approach that is academic in its depth and breadth while still understanding the topic is supposed to be a fun frolic through pop culture.

Source: The Chicagoist

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