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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Meet the Beatles!
52 years ago this month, Capitol releases Meet the Beatles!

The Beatles went on to release albums far superior to their Capitol Records debut, but in the realm of popular culture, there was no greater milestone than Meet the Beatles! Although Vee-Jay label's Introducing... The Beatles, which was released 10 days prior, Meet the Beatles! was, for all intents and purposes, the band's real introduction for most Americans.

Source: Gibson
Monday, January 25, 2016
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band announce new 2016 tour dates

Ringo Starr announced today that he and his All-Starr Band will be out on the road again this summer all over America. The tour begins June 3 in Syracuse, New York, and will hit the East Coast, the South, the Midwest and the mountain states, concluding in July in California with shows in San Diego and Los Angeles.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Caption lets slip that Paul McCartney will get back to touring in 2016

According to an item that's easy to miss in the Jan. 28 issue of Rolling Stone just popping into mailboxes, Paul McCartney will be touring again in 2016. That bit of information is contained in the caption on a picture of McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell on a Caribbean beach in the magazine's Random Notes feature.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Woman's autograph book signed by all four Beatles sells for 1,800

A Sutton Coldfield, England, woman gave up her beloved collection of famous names, which sold at auction this week for 1,800 (about $2,560). The precious book includes autographs of each member of The Beatles from when they performed in Coventry in the 1960s, plus football legends including Bobby Moore and Geoff Hurst.

Source: Royal Sutton Coldfield Observer, UK

Robert Burns
Paul McCartney sends a message for Burns Night

Paul has been in touch to send his best wishes for Burns Night in Scotland. He said, "Wishing our Scottish buddies a tremendous Burns Night! Enjoy a wee dram on me!" Burns Night, held in honor of Scotland's most famous poet Robert Burns, is celebrated at the end of January every year. The tradition started a few years after the poet's death in 1796.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Video: Paul Mccartney appears on MTV Unplugged 25 years ago today

25 years ago today, following the vastness of his world tour captured on Tripping the Live Fantastic, Paul McCartney took on the chance to strip back his songs and appear on the newly launched acoustic-only show MTV Unplugged. In this video McCartney performs "That Would Be Something" from his debut album McCartney.

Source: Glide Magazine
Beatles Fan Club Secretary to speak at Beatles symposium

Freda Kelly, the official Beatles Fan Club Secretary for the duration of The Beatles' career will be the Honored Guest of the symposium presented by GRAMMY Museum of Mississippi and Delta State University. The film "Good Ol' Freda," will be shown on Saturday, 2 April and Ms. Kelly will speak to attendees and answer questions.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, January 22, 2016
Beatles set records on Spotify

In less than a month since the Beatles' tunes hit Spotify, Amazon Prime, Apple Music and six other services, the band's songs have been played 250 million times and counting on Spotify alone. Most of the people listening aren't Baby Boomers indulging in nostalgia, 79 percent weren't even born yet when the band broke up in 1970.

Source: NBC News

Milos Karadaglic
Classical guitarist says Beatles are as important as Bach

Virtuoso guitarist and heartthrob Milos Karadaglic is the world's most popular classical guitarist, renowned for his fluent and expressive playing. But he always wanted to be a rock star. He argues The Beatles are "as important as Bach" and should be considered part of the core classical music catalogue. His fourth album is comprised of Beatles songs.

Source: BBC News, UK
Beatles animator Ron Campbell In Sioux Falls this weekend

If you've watched any famous cartoon on TV, there's a good chance you've seen some of the work done by Ron Campbell. He was director of the legendary Beatles cartoon in the 1960's, and he worked on shows like Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh and more. Campbell will be in Sioux Falls for a meet and greet this weekend.

Source: KDLT TV, Sioux Falls
Video: Paul McCartney recalls recording In Spite of All The Danger

The Beatles were known as The Quarrymen in 1958. George, John, and Paul recorded "In Spite of All The Danger" on acoustic instruments Percy Phillips' home studio in Liverpool. Now available on the internet is a video of Paul McCartney, many years later, talking about "In Spite of All The Danger" and performing it solo on guitar.

Source: Boing Boing
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Steven Page aims for more than tribute with Beatles concert

Songwriter and former Barenaked Lady Steven Page has long been an encyclopedic Beatles fan, and credits the band with greatly influencing his own music. On Thursday, he mounts a tribute to the Beatles, singing the songs of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at the Sony Centre in Toronto, Ontario, with the Art Of Time Ensemble.

Source: CBC, Canada
Video: Perry Farrell sings Here Comes the Sun at George Harrison tribute

The Fonda Theater in Los Angeles played host to a special tribute show to the late George Harrison in September, 2014. To be released on Blu-Ray on February 26, now another video has been released from the show, Here Comes the Sun led by Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell along with Norah Jones, Wayne Coyne and others.

Related Articles  Source: Relix
Photos of Beatles' first U.S. tour to be exhibited in Connecticut

Bill Eppridge was sent on a photo assignment for Life Magazine on Feb. 7, 1964. He had no way of knowing it would be one of the most important days of his career. He tagged along on their U.S. journey for six days. "The Beatles: Six Days That Changed The World" will be on exhibit at Western Connecticut State University until March 13.

Source: Hartford Courant
Beatles fan Happy Nat retires his Beatles Rarity website

The Beatles Rarity website has for years had regular postings about unreleased Beatles tracks. Happy Nat (who prefers to be called that), the owner of the site, recently announced he was ending the series, though the website will remain online, explaining that for the last seven years or so, it has become a full-time job.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Mersey Beat was the first social network for new music fans

Fifty years ago before Facebook and Spotify, Mersey Beat Magazine was the unsung hero of a scene that placed Liverpool at the centre of the musical universe. In 1959, Bill Harry was getting the cash together to fund a jazz publication but, after becoming friendly with a then little known group called The Beatles, he decided to change tack.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Video: Fred Armisen is a master of Beatles impressions

Tuesday night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Fred Armisen demonstrated his hyper-regional accent skills, a hallmark of his standup sets, doing all his best Beatles' voices in under a minute, including the evolution of Paul McCartney's very recognizable cadence, and Ringo's signature phrase "Peace and Love."

Source: USA Today
Former John Lennon home in Palm Beach sells for $23 million

Famous as a vacation home owned briefly in 1980 by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a seaside mansion built in 1919 in Palm Beach, FL., has changed hands for just over $23 million in an off-market deal. Named El Solano, the landmarked rambling mansion has at least five bedrooms and 13,730 square feet of living space, inside and out.

Source: Palm Beach Daily News
How John Lennon's sons paid tribute to Elvis on behalf of their father

On January 23, 1986, Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon participated in the first annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. On behalf of their father, John Lennon, they helped induct Elvis Presley into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Julian said, "Our father was a big fan of Elvis's," and then read a direct quote from John Lennon.

Source: The Examiner
British politician named McCartney uses Beatles songs in speech

A Tory MP who's name, ironically, is Karl McCartney, used a series of song titles by the Beatles during Prime Minister's Questions to make jibes at opposition to the Trident nuclear program, namechecking such hits as "Yellow Submarine" and "Help." But that arguably overlooks the fact the 1960s group were famously anti-war.

Source: The Mirror, UK
The PhD who turned Music Appreciation into the Beatles class

Jack Murphy, the "Beatles PhD," taught a Beatles class at a Catholic high school. "The kids were not happy at first. They couldn't believe we were going to spend a whole year on this one band that they'd either never heard of or only knew from a Target commercial or something. But right away, they really got into it."

Source: Chicago Reader
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Rock photographers Pattie Boyd and Henry Diltz to appear in Atlanta

Rock and roll photographers try to get as close to their subjects as possible, and few got as close as Pattie Boyd. Married to George Harrison from 1966 to 1977, she inspired his song "Something," and also inspired Eric Clapton to write "Layla" about her in 1970. Her photos of these two and others will be part of a live show in April in Atlanta.

Source: Access Atlanta

Vijender Singh
Indian boxer Vijender Singh visits Liverpool Beatles museum

India's boxing sensation Vijender Singh, preparing for his first fight in Liverpool, revealed he is a huge Beatles fan and headed straight to The Beatles Story after a press conference last week. Undefeated in three fights with three knockouts, Singh said, "This is my first time in Liverpool and it's great to visit the Beatles Story and learn more about my musical heroes."

Source: World Boxing News
The Beatles and Bob Dylan come together in Georgia art exhibit

Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison are together again, in visual art. You can also up the artistic ante with Bob Dylan. Signed artwork by the musical and cultural icons will be featured in a free exhibit at the Ann Jackson Gallery in Roswell, GA., from April 8 through April 10.

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution
Sale of Michael Jackson art includes drawings of the Beatles

A man is planning to sell his collection of drawings by Michael Jackson, to raise funds for a drug rehabilitation centre he now runs in Florida. The pastel, charcoal, pencil and pen portraits of figures including Princess Diana, JFK, the Beatles and Marilyn Monroe had been authenticated and were valued in excess of $100 million.

Source: The Telegraph, UK

Peter Asher
Review: Peter Asher and Albert Lee in Pennsylvania

Brit music makers Peter Asher and Albert Lee played Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA, Sunday. They spoke at length, even more than they sang and played, about their illustrious pasts. Asher, half of '60s hit-makers Peter & Gordon, told a great story about when Paul McCartney wrote World Without Love, which he "maddeningly finished in eight minutes."

Source: Philly.com
Monday, January 18, 2016
Video: Photographer debuts Paul McCartney exhibit in LA

Paul McCartney has been doing his thing on stage for decades. These are the types of moments fans associate with the former Beatle, but MJ Kim has captured the moments most people never get to see. MJ Kim is Sir Paul's personal photographer and will be showcasing his work at the PhotoLA Art Exposition this weekend.

Source: KTLA TV, Los Angeles
Skechers to open store in Liverpool

Top US shoe chain Skechers is to open in Liverpool ONE, one of Europe's leading retail and leisure destinations, set in the heart of Liverpool City Centre. Skechers, which is promoted in TV ads by Beatle Ringo Starr, will stock its full product range of athletics, dress, casual and work shoes for men, women and children.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beatles themed restaurant opens in Detroit area

When you walk into Penne Lane in Macomb Township, your senses are ignited. The smell of fresh, homemade bread wafts from the kitchen, followed by the sweet sounds of The Beatles pouring from the speakers, greeting you at the door. Throughout the restaurant, customers will find strategically placed Beatles art work.

Source: Click on Detroit
Review: Classical guitarist meets Beatles on new album

Guitarist Milos Karadaglic, known for his albums of classical guitar, turns his attention to the Beatles on his new album, "Blackbird: The Beatles Album," which is being released on Jan. 15. Not only was it recorded in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios, but the new album also used some of the original microphones from The Beatles recordings.

Source: Beatles Examiner
Ivor Davis to open Beatles Symposium at GRAMMY Museum MS

Ivor Davis, author of The Beatles and Me On Tour, will be one of two Featured Authors at the new Cleveland, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi's first Beatles Symposium, entitled "From Cavern to Candlestick," set for this April 1 and 2. Also joining Davis will be author and John Lennon expert, Jude Southerland Kessler.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, January 15, 2016
Paul McCartney sends Twitter greeting to first British spacewalker

The first British astronaut to walk in space, Tim Peake, said it was "a privilege" to wear the Union flag on his space suit as he left the International Space Station on a maintenance operation. Celebrity well-wishers included Paul McCartney, who said, "We're all watching, no pressure! Wishing you a happy stroll outdoors in the universe."

Source: AOL UK
Beatles step aside for David Bowie on weekend radio show

In a first for the nation's longest-running Beatles radio show, "Breakfast With the Beatles" host Chris Carter will devote Sunday's show entirely to the music of David Bowie, although there will be some overlap thanks to Bowie's interactions with members of the Fab Four. Carter called Bowie his "favorite artist ever."

Related Articles  Source: Los Angeles Times
Controversy over proposed new state park in Missouri with Beatles ties

Missouri is looking at more than 4,000 acres in the southern portion of the state for a new state park, but it's not without opposition. The proposed park would be along the Eleven Point River in Oregon County near the Arkansas border. The land includes a portion of a ranch where the Beatles stayed during their first U.S. tour.

Source: KY3, Springfield
Thursday, January 14, 2016
Video: All-star performance from George Harrison tribute

George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison, a CD/DVD set documenting an all-star September 28th, 2014 concert honoring the late Beatle, will be released on February 26th. On Thursday, Harrison's official site shared video of that concert's rendition of the Traveling Wilburys' "Handle With Care."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
British cabaret singer applies her emphatic voice to the Beatles' music

To hear "Ah, look at all the lonely people" from Eleanor Rigby performed by the great British cabaret singer Barb Jungr and the Broadway musical director John McDaniel in NYC on Wednesday evening was to find it clarified as never before. By the end of the evening, no corner of any song she had chosen was left unexplored.

Source: NY Times
Bay Area cultural arts center to offer 4 week Beatles course

"The Beatles: Their Five Great Albums from Rubber Soul to Abbey Road" is the first foray into music history for Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda, Ca. Carnegie Mellon University music professor Stephen Schultz will teach the course over four Mondays beginning Jan. 25 at the community cultural arts center's 4,000-square-foot theater.

Source: Contra Costa Times
Spokesman dismisses rumor that McCartney may sing at Bowie tribute

A Paul McCartney spokesman said yesterday that published reports that Paul McCartney might be among the performers at an upcoming New York City concert to honor David Bowie are just "tabloid speculation." Rumors that Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger would perform were originally reported by a British newspaper.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles Examiner
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Paul McCartney to play David Bowie memorial concert in New York You Heard It Here First

David Bowie will be honored with a tribute concert in New York later this year, with some legendary musicians set to take to the stage, including Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger and Elton John. The event was already set to take place at Carnegie Hall on March 31, but following Bowie's passing, it will now be a memorial show.

Related Articles  Source: Irish Mirror, UK

Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney remembers David Bowie at show in Hollywood

Stella McCartney took over the famous Amoeba record store on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood last night to rock out, eat veggie pizza and admire Stella's new autumn collection, as songs by the recently deceased David Bowie filled the store. Dhani Harrison's band Thenewno2 performed, Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp also rocked out together on stage.

Related Articles  Source: The Telegraph, UK
Artists fight to save George Martin's AIR Studios in London

British artists including George Michael and Brian May have joined in signing a petition opposing a wealthy businessman's plan to build an underground cinema and leisure complex just yards from AIR Studios, the recording studio founded by Beatles producer George Martin in north London, now a vital part of Britain's film industry.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Man who sang with the Beatles now at 74 on BBC's The Voice

Singer Steve Calrow always thought his biggest moment in the spotlight came 50 years ago when, for one memorable afternoon session, he sang at the Cavern in Liverpool with The Beatles. But on Saturday Calrow, now 74, will perform for a TV audience of more than six million as a contestant on The Voice on BBC TV in the UK.

Source: Liverpool Echo

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