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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Audio: Basketball fan creates Beatles song parody

NBA Golden State Warriors fans think of Steph Curry as an underdog, having has no scholarship offers before attending college, and now he's the humble, honest, dazzling superstar that has the Warriors on the cusp of the Western Conference Finals. He's got fans so worked up that they're parodying Beatles songs in his honor.

Source: CBS Sports
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Beatles photos sell at auction for $5,845

Beatles autographs and pictures are went under the hammer at Eastbourne Auction Rooms on Thursday. The four black and white images of the Beatles recording Within You Without You in 1967 and a small leather note book with the signatures of three of the Beatles were estimated at between 2,000 and 3,000 but sold for 3,750.

Source: Eastbourne Herald, UK
Most memorable Beatles-related appearances on David Letterman

When David Letterman moved from NBC to CBS in 1993, he brought life back to the Ed Sullivan Theater and the famed stage where The Beatles made their U.S. television debut back on February 9, 1964. During his 33-years on late night TV, Dave brought Ringo Starr on his show several times and Paul McCartney on his show once.

Source: The Examiner
Beatles' 1965 Spanish concert to be released for 50th anniversary

The audio of a concert performed by the Beatles in Madrid in 1965 will reportedly be released only in Spain to celebrate the concert's 50th anniversary, according to a report May 11 by a Spanish news site. The concert was recorded on July 2, 1965 at the Plaza de Toros de Las Ventras bullring at Plaza Las Ventas in Madrid.

Original Article  Source: Beatles Examiner
New Beatles Museum in Japan to feature 2,500 items

The Beatles Museum in Nakatsu, Japan, is expected to open later this year with thousands of items related to the Fab Four, including a piano played by John Lennon and a Japanese "happi" coat he wore during the group's visit to Japan in 1966. It will be Japan's first museum to feature a permanent display of Beatles related articles.

Source: The Asahi Shimbun, Japan
The White Album tops NME Abbey Road poll

The Beatles' The White Album has topped a new poll of the best projects recorded at London's fabled Abbey Road Studios. The Fab Four's 1968 album, which featured the songs Back In the U.S.S.R. and Dear Prudence, has beaten out The Zombies' Odessey and Oracle from the same year on the NME's new countdown.

Source: NME, UK
NY's MoMA explores Yoko Ono's influence through her early art

"Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1971" at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City includes about 125 early art pieces, works on paper, films, installations, performances and audio recordings. "It's really good to know that everything you do is being recognized by people," Ono said at the show's press conference.

Source: Reuters
Tom Robbins on the Beatles and Hey Jude

Tom Robbins, 82, best-selling author of 11 books, remembers the time in 1968 when the DJ on the car radio announced a new single by the Beatles. "I don't know what I was expecting but certainly nothing as disorienting as "Hey Jude." Like in an East Indian raga, it enveloped you, and eventually it just dissolved into nonverbal ecstasy."

Source: Wall Street Journal
Monday, May 11, 2015
Video: Tampa wedding band Phase5 jams with Sir Paul McCartney

It was, in almost every respect, a carbon-copy weekend gig for Josh Walther and his wedding band, Phase5, except for the part where Paul McCartney showed up. And hopped on stage. And grabbed the microphone. And sang I Saw Her Standing There. And left Walther and his band reeling from the musical memory of a lifetime.

Source: Tampa Bay Times
Video: Extended trailer for HBO's Rock Hall 2015 special

The 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony won't air on HBO until May 30, but they have unveiled an extended trailer from the all-star event. It includes concert footage and interview clips of Paul McCartney and Ringo, who says, "You can't get in until 25 years after you've had your first hit. Well I'm way passed that."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Grandfather's appeal over George Harrison guitar mystery

A Beatles fan is appealing for help from any experts who can tell him whether a guitar bought he 50 years ago might have belonged to George Harrison. Bob Blowes, 75, bought a Saxon jumbo acoustic guitar in Liverpool in 1962, and the sales person told him one of the Beatles had brought it in and exchanged it for an electric guitar.

Source: Liverpool Echo
May Pang and artist Tim Bruckner at private Lennon exhibit in Seattle

A private gathering was hosted by Krab Jab Studios in Seattle, Washington on Friday to welcome May Pang and artist Tim Bruckner to Seattle for the opening of "Lennon" An Exhibit Celebrating the Music of John Lennon. Attendees also included Alan White of Yes (former Plastic Ono Band member) and Apple Jam member Johnny Jones.

Source: The Examiner
Death ruled unlawful of former security guard of George Harrison

Scottish security guard Paul McGuigan was unlawfully by his colleague Danny Fitzsimons in Iraq, a coroner ruled today. Fitzsimons had been dismissed from the Army and the security firm took him on without vetting him properly. McGuigan had previously worked as a bodyguard for George Harrison.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Pictures: Inside 20 Forthlin Road

Mary and Jim McCartney and Paul and his brother Mike moved to 20 Forthlin Road in Liverpool in 1955. Now within the ownership of the National Trust, the house has been meticulously restored using photographs and eyewitness accounts to restore original fixtures and fittings, and source identical items of furniture.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Beijing Beatles very true to the music

The Beijing Beatles are known for playing very faithful covers of the Fab Four's hits. In a new interview, Beijing Beatles' guitarist Nico Toresse talks about his long-time love of the Beatles, what goes into recapturing The Beatles' sound, his favorite Beatles songs, and what kind of audiences they attract in China's capitol city.

Source: The Beijinger, China
Friday, May 8, 2015
Liverpool Echo Arena: Macca gets back to where he once belonged

Paul McCartney is set for a spectacular sell out gig as he brings his Out There world tour home to Liverpool later this month, but it's not the first time he's come home. He played there with Wings several times in the 70's, the Let It Be Liverpool charity concert in 1990, and a performance live on the internet from The Cavern in 1999.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Album proves best Beatles songwriter wasn't McCartney or Lennon

The John Lennon and Paul McCartney songwriting duo has been so lionized throughout history it's difficult to consider them anything besides creative divinity. However, after the Beatles broke up, neither achieved a comparable level of artistic mastery. But a third Beatle did: George Harrison, with his solo debut, All Things Must Pass.

Source: Mic.com
Let It Be: Not technically The Beatles' final album

On May 8, 1970, The Beatles' "final" album, Let It Be, was released. "Final" is in quotations because it wasn't technically the final album recorded by the band. Yes, it was the last album released by the band, but the last album recorded by them before they broke up was Abbey Road, which was recorded one month after Let It Be.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
50 years ago, the British nearly took over the U.S. charts

Last year, almost one in eight albums sold in the U.S. were British, as artists like One Direction, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith and more have achieved a growing piece of the U.S. music sales pie. 50 years ago on May 8, 1965, the Brits almost took the top 10 completely, nine out of 10 songs on the Billboard list were by British artists.

Source: WZLX FM, Boston
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Beatles photographs and autographs go under the hammer in the UK

Beatles autographs and pictures are going under the hammer today in Eastbourne, Sussex, England. The four black and white images of the Beatles recording Within You Without You in 1967 were taken by a small camera of the man who was driving Indian musician Amrat Gajjar to the recording studios.

Source: Eastbourne Herald, UK
Photos from Beatles first US tour to be auctioned online

Photographs from The Beatles first US tour have hit the auction block. Most of the photos were taken in one session during the Beatles first ever US tour in 1964. Some of the photos feature The Beatles' train ride from New York to Washington D.C., as well as The Beatles' dress rehearsal for the Ed Sullivan Show.

Source: FDRMX
Charity plans All-Star Tribute to Paul McCartney

On Saturday May 30, a unique gathering of musicians will perform in New Jersey for a once-in-a-lifetime All-Star Tribute to Paul McCartney. Artists include internationally touring and recording artist Dana Fuchs and musician and producer Mark Hudson.

Source: New Jersey Stage
Yoko Ono's cups will make your coffee sad

Yoko Ono has created "Yoko Ono: Mended Cups," to be released in conjunction with her upcoming show at the Museum of Modern Art. The cups are inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi, where cracked pottery is repaired with lacquer mixed with gold, and each one bears a message reminding of you some tragic historical event.

Source: A.V. Club
Interview: Roger McGough

Roger McGough, 77, is one of Britain's best-loved poets. He was one of the Mersey Sound poets in the 1960s, found chart success with The Scaffold and worked with the likes of The Beatles. He appears at the Campden Literature Festival this Saturday. In this interview he talks about his poetry and influences.

Source: Stratford-upon-Avon Herald, UK
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
George Harrison guitar up for grabs at Music Icons auction

Julien's Auctions will host its Music Icons sale on May 15-16 in New York. Among the music royalty items on sale is a Mastersound electric guitar played by Beatle Harrison, estimated to fetch up to $600,000. It's a guitar that he played in 1963 at various performances throughout the UK and at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

Source: Reuters
John Lennon's glasses and divorce papers to fetch 20,000 at auction

John Lennon's iconic round glasses are expected to fetch up to 20,000 (about $30,450) at auction alongside revealing divorce papers which detail the his acrimonious split from his first wife Cynthia. Lennon loaned the glasses, said to be his favorites, to his housekeeper so that her brother could wear them to a fancy dress party.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Video: 5th graders record Beatles song at Capitol Records in Hollywood

Eleanor Rigby was recorded by the legendary Beatles nearly 50 years ago, long before the 5th graders from Noble Avenue Elementary School in North Hills were even born. Still, it was one of the songs they chose to sing during their visit to Capitol Records in Hollywood Tuesday. It was a special experience for the students.

Source: KABC TV, Los Angeles
Some favorite Beatles haunts celebrated in art exhibition

Celebrated artist Stephen Bower travelled to Liverpool for a memorable pub crawl, swapping pint pots for paint pots. The result is a collection of oil paintings of some of the Liverpool's most famous watering holes, including the Empress in Dingle, a pub made famous by Ringo Starr. He's also painted John Lennon's Aunt Mimi.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The Beatles didn't really start a musical revolution? Rubbish!

Science has spoken: The Beatles were not really all that significant. There is something very pompous and disdainful about the presentation of new research from the Queen Mary University of London and Imperial College suggesting the Fab Four did not spark the musical revolution they have long been credited with.

Source: The Telegraph, UK
Audio: Beatles cover Bob Dylan during Let It Be sessions

On January 28th, 1969 the Beatles were 17 days into recording the album Let It Be. To unwind after 17 takes of "I've Got a Feeling," some of which featured John Lennon on lead vocals instead of Paul McCartney, they played a bit of Bob Dylan's 1966 hit "Rainy Day Women #12 & 35" with John on vocals.

Source: Rolling Stone
Hot Chocolate singer and Apple artist Errol Brown dead at 71

Singer Errol Brown, who fronted the pop and disco group Hot Chocolate from the late Sixties through the early Eighties, has died. He co-wrote and sang the 1975 hit "You Sexy Thing" and was signed to the Beatles' Apple label in 1969 after he sent John Lennon a reggae version of "Give Peace a Chance."

More Info: Pictures  Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Rock 'n' roll treasure trove includes Paul McCartney rarity

In a storage locker that once belonged to the widow of Mitch Mitchell, the drummer in the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was discovered a limited edition framed copy of Paul McCartney's Flaming Pie together with a letter from Paul, who wrote to Mitchell, "Only 200 have been pressed and sent to 'extremely groovy' people such as yourself."

Source: The Mirror, UK
Ron Howard's Beatles documentary to launch sales at Cannes

Ron Howard will launch international sales of his authorized documentary about The Beatles' touring years, presenting unseen footage from early performances, at the Cannes Film Festival. The untitled film, first announced last July, is produced with the full cooperation of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.

Source: Variety
Audio: George Harrison's sister celebrates his legacy

The sister of George Harrison, Louise, manages a Beatles tribute band called the Liverpool Legends, and they played a sold-out black-tie benefit for the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur, Texas recently. She has a book called "My Kid Brother's Band," and in an interview, talked about what it's like being the sister of a Beatle.

Source: Houston Public Media
Pictures: Stella McCartney running errands in New York City

She is known for her clean, simple and chic designs, and Stella McCartney was the perfect model for her brand as she was pictured out and about in New York on Monday. Stella opted for office chic as she teamed a black blouse with cropped trousers, white shoes from her own collection, animal print shades and a leopard print clutch bag.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
10 facts about Paul McCartney's world tour

Paul McCartney brings his Out There world tour home to Liverpool later this month, with a spectacular homecoming gig at the Echo arena on May 28. To celebrate, The Liverpool Echo has compiled ten facts about the Out There world tour so far, including fun facts like how many people in how many countries have seen Macca so far.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Monday, May 4, 2015
Paul McCartney tickets for June shows averaging above $300 in resale

Paul McCartney embarks on tout through the U.S. this summer, including Philadelphia on June 21, in Virginia on June 23 and in South Carolina on June 25. Prices on the secondary ticket market show that there is a high demand to see McCartney, with an average ticket price of $320.46 over his three June shows.

Related Articles  Source: Forbes
May Pang to appear at opening of Lennon exhibit in Seattle

May Pang will appear in Seattle on May 9 for the opening of "Lennon" An Exhibit Celebrating the Music of John Lennon. The exhibit features nine of May's photographic prints of John, taken during John's "Lost Weekend" in the mid 70s. Pang will also be appearing at the International Beatles' week in Liverpool in August.

Source: The Examiner
Ringo Starr sells his 13million Surrey home to Czech billionaire

Ringo Starr has just sold his luxurious Surrey home to a Czech billionaire for 13.5 million. Starr put 17th Century Rydinghurst on the market eight months ago because he's spending more time in L.A., the 200-acre estate was snapped up by property magnate Radovan Vitek, who already owns a palatial home in Belgravia.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Ringo rehearses with Paul in video from Rock Hall Induction ceremony

Ringo Starr has posted a video featuring some cool backstage and rehearsal highlights from his induction into the Rock Hall of Fame on his official Facebook page and YouTube channel. The footage includes Ringo running through his hit It Don't Come Easy and working out the arrangement of I Wanna Be Your Man with Paul.

Related Articles  Source: WFJA FM 105.5
Beatles cathedral gallery in Maharishi's abandoned ashram

On a recent trip to Rishikesh, an aimless walk along the Ganga River toward Swarg Ashram led travelers to an abandoned, dilapidated structure, once occupied by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. At the entrance of a lecture hall, they discovered portraits of the Beatles and Maharishi amid colorful strokes of pop art.

Source: Mid-Day, Mumbai
New Kurt Cobain unreleased demos album to include Beatles covers

Tracks recorded before Kurt Cobain died in 1994 will now be collected into a new LP. Among the recordings are duets with his wife Courtney Love and covers of The Beatles. The collection emerged when filmmaker Brett Morgen was allowed unrestricted access to videos and cassettes for his documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck."

Source: National Ledger

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