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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Ringo Starr donates pair of glasses to charity event

Ringo Starr has announced on his official website that he has donated a pair of his glasses to Sight Savers #SpecsAppeal to help people with blindness and disability. Bidding starts on eBay this Friday and runs for 10 days. Other celebs who have donated glasses include Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, Kate Moss, and Meryl Streep.

Touching, early photos of Paul and Linda McCartney revealed

A woman whose dad ran the Cavern Club has uncovered one of the first photos Linda McCartney took of husband Paul, just weeks after they got together. Debbie Greenberg has published the pictures in her new book Cavern Club: The Inside Story, which also contains unseen photos of Paul at his brother's wedding in Liverpool in 1981.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

Kenny Everett
How Kenny Everett inspired the Beatles

Kenny Everett's friendship with The Beatles is to be examined in a new radio documentary on the BBC. Everett struck up a friendship with the Beatles when he was a pirate radio DJ, and accompanied them on their August 1966 tour of America, sending back daily reports for Radio London. He also produced their 1968 and 1969 Christmas records.

Source: Chortle, UK
New Book: Hello Goodbye: The Beatles in Tokyo 1966

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' inaugural visit to Tokyo in 1966, Genesis Publications announces a new volume of rare photos which intimately capture this fleeting time in the band's final tour, painting a poignant image of their visit to Japan. These photos of the band have remained unknown to most outside Japan.

Source: Rock 'n' Roll Truth
Ten killer Beatles guitar solos

The Beatles are rarely hailed as a band known for their guitar solos, but nearly any Beatles buff grapples with the pleasing task of sorting out which solos stand apart from the rest. The Best Classic Bands website has made a list of 10 Beatles guitar solos that make a worthy case as the best of the best.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Inside Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberry Fields Forever represents one of the most daunting achievements of the Beatles' career, and a landmark in 20th-century music as a whole. Today in a new article, Rolling Stone tells the story of how Strawberry Fields Forever evolved from a skeletal John Lennon demo into George Martin's glorious final version.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Pictures show work finally underway on Liverpool's Welsh Streets Warning: Page opens with sound

Images in the Liverpool Echo show how the refurbishment of the Welsh Streets is taking shape as work finally gets underway on the site. The work comes after a decision by former communities secretary Eric Pickles to reject council bosses' previous plans to demolish the properties, which include the childhood home of Ringo Starr.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Dhani Harrison to divorce wife of four years

Entertainment news website TMZ claims Dhani Harrison, 38 year-old son of the late Beatles legend George Harrison, has reportedly issued divorce proceedings against his wife of four years. Harrison cited irreconcilable differences as a motive for his separation from model turned psychologist Solveig 'Sola' Karadottir.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Photographer sues Playboy over unauthorized use of McCartney photo

Accroding to TMZ, rock photographer James Fortune says posted a photo gallery in 2014 of "15 Hilariously Awesome Celebrity Mullets" that included Fortune's shot of Paul McCartney with a mullet, circa his '70s Wings days. Fortune says he never gave Playboy permission to use the photo and is suing Playboy.

Source: TMZ
Author talks on how Beatles changed the Sixties

Dr. Candy Leonard engaged Suffolk University students and faculty in Boston with a talk on the sociological phenomenon of "Beatlemania" on Thursday. Leonard wrote "Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World," a study of their impact through interviews with Beatles fans from the baby boomer generation.

Source: The Suffolk Journal, Boston
November 22, 1968: The Beatles release The White Album

The Beatles released The White Album on November 22, 1968. It was a sign that it was the beginning of the end, each Beatle worked on their own songs separately and only worked with their band mates when necessary. Despite this tension, The Beatles still managed to deliver one of the most bold albums in the history of rock.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Monday, November 21, 2016
Fab Four autographs and other memorabilia going under the hammer

Four authenticated Beatles autographs obtained in May, 1963 after the Fab Four's gig at the old Odeon in Southend, England, will go under the hammer on Saturday.They are estimated to fetch up to 500 (about $620), but could go for a lot more as the band's memorabilia, especially signed items, has rocketed in value in recent years.

Source: Maldon Standard, UK

Lennon Junior, the hair apparent

It seems that singing/songwriting's not all Sean Lennon has inherited from the his late father John. The 41-year-old looked the spitting image of his father when he was pictured attending an exhibition in New York City last week, sporting long hair and a bushy beard, with glasses and a wide-brimmed hat similar to those regularly worn by his father.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Angry Beatles' break-up letter sells at auction

A furious letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, has sold for 24,200 (nearly $30,000). The letter was sold at a US auction to an anonymous collector in Dallas. Auctioneers said it believed the letter was written around 1971, a year after McCartney publicly announced he was leaving the band.

Full Text of Letter  Source: BBC News, UK
Charity show to mark The Cavern's 60th anniversary

"The History of The Cavern: Celebrating 60 Years of the Greatest Club in the World" will feature The Overtures, the UK's premier 60s tribute band and special guests. Over the past 60 years, The Cavern has played host some of the music industry's biggest names including Liverpool's very own Cilla Black and The Beatles.

Source: Click Liverpool
40 Years Ago: George Harrison tries to collect from Lorne Michaels on SNL

Seven months after Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels offered the Beatles $3,000 to reunite on his show, George Harrison tried to take him up on it. The Nov. 20, 1976 episode featured Harrison as the musical guest. In the cold open, Harrison confronted Michaels about the money, only to be denied.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, November 18, 2016
DVD Bonus Clip: Paul and Ringo recall standing up to George Martin

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recall a pivotal moment in Beatles history when the group insisted upon writing and recording their own songs instead of the song "How Do You Do It" that George Martin suggested, in a bonus clip from the deluxe edition of Ron Howard's documentary, Eight Days a Week The Touring Years.

More: Video  Source: Rolling Stone
Beatles Documentary Eight Days a Week on DVD

Ron Howard's Beatles documentary that opened in theaters on September 16, streams on Hulu and is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. If you were too young when it happened, or not yet in existence, you'll come away understanding why we boomers all acted the way we did. You can't watch this film and not.

More info at Amazon  Source: Best Classic Bands
New Book: Tom Murray's Mad Day Out With The Beatles

The new book Tom Murray's Mad Day Out With The Beatles dives into the details, backstage, culture of the 60's and anecdotes surrounding the Beatles' last publicity photoshoot. The book retraces the locations that made the backdrop of the Mad Day photoshoot and depicts the playful and unexpected characters of each member of the band.

Source: Broadway World
Video: Ringo Starr on his first Ludwig drum kit

Ringo Starr is synonymous with the drum brand Ludwig, and hearing him recount his first Ludwig is equal parts heartwarming and funny. Starr told the story to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the video now streaming on the internet, and talks about how as a young kid from Liverpool, he loved anything American.

Source: KKLZ FM, Las Vegas
Tribute band to play final performance in Rhode Island

The Sandywoods Center for the Arts in Tiverton, Rhode Island, will be the last stop for Beatles tribute band Abbey Rhode. Rhode Islands' favorite Beatles tribute band, their concerts were always full with enthusiastic fans who have been following the band for many years. The band's farewell concert is set for Saturday, Nov. 26.

Source: Tiverton Patch, RI
Thursday, November 17, 2016
New graphic novel pays tribute to The Beatles

A new graphic novel, The Beatles: All Our Yesterdays, sketches the upbringing, adolescence and the inevitable stardom of John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. It is a time machine into the alleys of Liverpool, notorious lanes of Hamburg and the days of unconditional friendship.

Source: Mid-Day, Mumbai
Review: Ringo Starr does his legacy proud in Arizona

At the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Tuesday, the Ringo charm that made him stand out from the other Beatles even in the early '60s was in full effect. He clearly hung onto the spotlight for more songs on the rotating stage than he ever could have managed in the course of an actual Beatles performance.

Source: The Arizona Republic
Rick Wakeman covers The Beatles on new studio album

Rick Wakeman has announced details of a new studio album. Piano Portraits, to be released next year on January 13, will include a cover of the Beatles' "Eleanor Rigby". It includes versions of David Bowie's "Life on Mars?", which Wakeman recorded the original piano parts for, and "Space Oddity", to which he contributed mellotron.

Source: Uncut Magazine, UK
Colorful Beatles tribute decorates St. Louis Union Station for the holidays

Starting this weekend, a special video tribute to the Beatles will decorate the 65-foot vaulted ceiling of Union Station in St. Louis. It tells the story of the Beatles through images of the Fab Four and is accompanied by music including Magical Mystery Tour, All You Need Is Love, Penny Lane and Paperback Writer.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Liam Gallagher's solo LP tracks influenced by John Lennon

Liam Gallagher says his debut solo album is inspired by John Lennon and has several acoustic numbers and a couple of rock and roll tunes. He said, "It's a pretty Working Class Hero kinda thing, Lennony vibe, you know what I mean. It's like acoustic. Then there's a couple of rock and roll tunes on there, but it's not Oasis man."

Source: The List, UK
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
Andy Warhol once gave young Sean Lennon a dead cat for his birthday

Andy Warhol freaked out Sean Lennon by giving him a taxidermied pet cat for his eighth birthday. Lennon revealed that when he unwrapped the gift, his mother, Yoko Ono, was "kind of disturbed despite her love of cats" and that the family's (living) felines were "immediately enraged." The gift was never explained.

Source: Page Six

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
Liverpool John Lennon airport sees 12% passenger boost

More than 400,000 extra passengers have used Liverpool John Lennon airport so far this year compared to the same period in 2015, making it one of the UK's fastest growing airports. In total 4.2 million travellers passed through the airport in the first 10 months of 2016, following a number of new routes from the city.

Source: TTG Media
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Beatles Grammy nomination for Help! to be auctioned

The Beatles' Grammy nomination for their 1965 song Help! will be auctioned in Los Angeles on November 17, with bidding online. The Grammy nomination is for Best Contemporary (R&R) Performance - Group (Vocal or Instrumental) and includes an image of the iconic Grammy award. Bidding begins at $7,500.

Source: Broadway World
John Lennon's angry letter to Paul McCartney is up for sale

A furious letter from John Lennon to Paul and Linda McCartney about their treatment of Yoko Ono is being auctioned in the United States. The typed correspondence, which also includes hand-written annotations by Lennon, shows the extent of bitterness between the pair after the break-up of the Beatles. It is expected to sell for $20,000.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Animator Ron Campbell helped animate conic Beatles cartoons

Animator/director Ron Campbell was part of the Australian animation team that worked on the ABC-TV animated series The Beatles, which ran from 1965-1969. He also animated some key scenes, like the ones with the Blue Meanies, in the Beatles' 1968 full-length animated feature, Yellow Submarine. He appears in Scottsdale this weekend.

Source: Phoenix New Times
Bob Dylan nearly died while Beatles were waiting in the next room

Testimony by Robbie Robertson tells the story of a night of Bob Dylan's 1966 European tour, when Dylan kept the Beatles waiting, and almost drowned in a bathtub. Months of amphetamine-induced sleep and appetite loss had left Dylan drained, and was put in the tub to waken up, as the Beatles waited to see him in the next room.

Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, November 14, 2016
Youngerman Art House debuts line of music maps with Beatles link

Up-and-coming British art house Youngerman has introduced a limited edition line of prints entitled, Sounds From the Streets. The maps incorporates actual streets from the cities of Liverpool, London and New York, and the street names and locations have been changed to honor famous song titles and personnel.

Source: Beatles News
Paul McCartney celebrates Abbey Road's 85th birthday

In a video message on Abbey Road's Facebook page this weekend, McCartney wished Abbey Road a happy 85th birthday. In the video he briefly discusses his long history with the revered studio in London, remembering his nerves at their first session, and acknowledges the guiding influence of legendary producer George Martin.

Source: Inquisitir
Abbey Road Studio celebrates its 85th anniversary with Spotify playlists

Abbey Road Studios, the world famous recording studio, is celebrating its 85th anniversary by launching its first ever series of carefully curated Spotify playlists which take listeners on a musical journey through the recording history of the iconic studio, from the very first Abbey Road classical recording to the Beatles.

Source: Forbes
Stella McCartney recreates Abbey Road cover for her new collection

During the presentation of her spring women's and men's collections, Stella McCartney paid tribute to her dad by getting her models to walk across Abbey Road. Models recreated the iconic Beatles album cover to show off Stella's latest collection, strolling across the pavement where The Beatles once walked.

Source: Metro News, UK
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.

Source: The Mirror, UK
15 Years Ago: Paul McCartney gets personal on Driving Rain

After the 1998 death of Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney took some time off. And when he returned to music, McCartney became immensely productive, culminating in the release of Driving Rain on Nov. 12, 2001. In the U.K., it performed surprisingly poorly, becoming his lowest-charting LP, it did slightly better in the U.S.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, November 11, 2016
Video: The Beatles' Because featured in new movie trailer

An original Beatles recording has made its first appearance in a movie trailer, and all it took was several decades and a polite request from director Luc Besson. The Hollywood Reporter notes the use of the song in the trailer marks the first time one of the band's original tracks has been licensed in this way.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Ringo Starr entertains the idea of a run on Las Vegas Strip

Ringo Starr has talked of the rock show he could host on the Strip. He says he has the title at the ready, and he already lives in the neighborhood. But such a show would need a band, and an extended gig for the All-Starrs would be a problem, because of the logistics of getting all the All-Starrs to be available at the same time.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal

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