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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Billy J. Kramer calls for Brian Epstein to be in Rock Hall of Fame

Liverpool legend Billy J. Kramer today called for Brian Epstein to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Billy said, "The Beatles just didn't happen overnight or organically, Brian Epstein literally pounded the pavement in London with a handful of their tapes trying to get the attention of record companies."

Source: Beatles News
Monday, February 6, 2012
Liverpool loses another Beatles landmark

The building located on Whitechapel that housed Brian Epstein's NEMS is being torn down and will be demolished in phases over the next few weeks. According to a local source familiar with the demolition project, the building was in need of major repairs, and the office/store layout was poorly designed and unrentable for commercial tenants.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Biographical novel of John Lennon now available on Kindle

Jude Southerland Kessler's book Shoulda Been There, a biographical novel about the life of John Lennon, is now available for download on the Amazon Kindle. "I know John would've been delighted to see his life story presented in the latest technology. He was all about cutting edge developments and expanding horizons," says Ms. Kessler.

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Saturday, March 12, 2011
Longest running Beatles show on Earth returns to NYC March 25

Beatles Fans and Vendors from around the world will come together to enjoy non-stop Beatles activities at the 37th Annual Beatles Fans Celebration which takes place Friday-Sunday, March 25-27, at the NJ Crowne Plaza Meadowlands Hotel in Secaucus, NJ, featuring another great line up of special guests, friends and musicians.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
An Apple a Day: Billy Preston - That's the Way God Planned It

Billy Preston began his association with Apple by playing keyboards for the Beatles during the "Get Back" sessions. Shortly after the "Get Back" sessions, Apple bought out Preston's contract with Capitol Records and in April, 1969, George brought Preston into the studio with a stellar cast of musicians, including Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.

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Monday, December 6, 2010
An Apple a Day: Jackie Lomax - Is This What You Want?

Jackie Lomax's "Sour Milk Sea" was one of Apple's first four singles. George Harrison recorded recorded additional songs in Los Angeles with Jackie in October, 1968, to complete an album. The finished product, "Is This What You Want?", was released in the U.S. on May 19, 1969, and peaked at number 145 on the charts.

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Monday, November 15, 2010
The Beatles and John and Yoko don't mix in Lennon: A Musical Play

"Lennon" is really two completely different plays: pre-Yoko in the first half and post-Beatles in the second half. According to "Lennon", John is a different person with the Beatles before meeting Yoko. That all changes after John meets Yoko and he splits up with the Beatles so he can be with her.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Billy J. Kramer loses touch with Lennon after Cynthia

Billy J. Kramer explained before an audience at last Sunday's Liverpool Beatles Convention why, after John Lennon broke up with Cynthia, he could no longer "chum up" with John. He said he saw John for the last time when he was still married to Cynthia. "I was a bit of a prude after he broke up with Cynthia and he took off with Yoko."

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He knew Beatles would be bigger than Elvis before Brian

Billy Kinsley was interviewed on Sunday as part of the Liverpool Beatles Convention. Billy told about the many times he got to see and work with the Fab Four in the sixties and said he "knew the Beatles were going to be bigger than Elvis even before Brian Epstein" when he saw them perform at the Cavern Club in January 1962.

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Friday, August 27, 2010
Thinking of Brian

Today we remember Brian Epstein, who passed away 43 years ago on this day, August 27, 1967. He believed in the Beatles when no one else did and tamed them without changing who they were. It's a crime an accident took Brian from us at such a young age. He was only 32, but he lives on in the hearts of every Beatles fan forever.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, July 30, 2010
Book to include rare Beatles photos and new Beatles truths

Shivering Inside, the second volume in Jude Southerland Kessler's 9-book series on the life of John Lennon, will be released on 9 October 2010, just in time for John's 70th birthday. The 800-page narrative covering the years of Dec. 1961-mid-April 1963 will include rare photos supplied by close friends of Lennon.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Amazing rock auction tomorrow in London

The Fame Bureau Auction takes place live in London tomorrow. Beatles highlights include original production artwork and rare photos, Ringo Starr's first cymbal, two original drawings by John Lennon and a John Lennon original cartoon, The Beatles All You Need is Love acetate and original historical Brian Epstein letters.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Fab friends assist Beatles author's research

Jude Southerland Kessler, author of Shoulda Been There, has just received the assistance of Parlophone Engineer, Richard Langham. Langham, who served as Second Engineer on the day that The Beatles recorded the "Please Please Me" LP has agreed to supply crucial details about that day for Kessler's new work.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Lennon pal writes forward for next in 9 book series about John

Shivering Inside, the second volume in the 9-book series on John Lennon by researcher-author, Jude Southerland Kessler, will again be joined by John's lifelong friend, Bill Harry. "Bill has just graciously agreed to write the Foreword for Shivering Inside," Kessler said. "He was so close to John during the time frame of the book."

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Lennon author announces 9-Book series

Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the biography of the life of John Lennon, Shoulda Been There, announced on Sunday at the Fest for Beatles Fans that her highly-documented Lennon series will encompass 9 books on the musician/artist/peace activist's life. Kessler's first book was researched for 20 years with 7 trips to Liverpool.

Source: Beatles News
Sunday, March 28, 2010
The Fest for Beatles Fans 2010: Day 2

How much would you pay for a reeeeeally great concert featuring 10 plus superstars of rock 'n' roll? Last night at the Fest for Beatles Fans in the Meadowlands, New Jersey, I got to see a history-making concert included in the daily admission price of only $48, with performances including Chris Montez, Billy J. Kramer, Mark Hudson and Denny Laine!

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, October 16, 2009
Beatles fans to celebrate in Connecticut next month

Celebrate the music of The Beatles and 60's pop music at BEATexpo 2009,"a convention for fans on Saturday, November 28 and Sunday, November 29 in Stamford, CT. There will be special guests, concerts by tribute bands, a rock & roll flea market/memorabilia marketplace and many other features, events and attractions.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Is Beatles re-masters release date another clue?

The association of the number nine with The Beatles, and particularly John Lennon, has been obvious through the years. Once again the number nine is being employed to play another role in the history of the Beatles. "It was Lennon himself who once proclaimed, There are no coincidences," says the author of The Lennon Prophecy.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, August 31, 2009
16 MerseyBeat bands in one concert

This was no dream but a fantastic one of a kind concert that spanned over 10 hours, and brought back together once popular MerseyBeat bands such as the Bumblies, Searchin, and many others in the name of helping to raise money for the MerseyCats. The sold out concert took place Sunday at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, August 27, 2009

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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
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
New book by Bill Harry about the people who inspired the Fab Four

A new book, Bigger Than The Beatles, written by highly-respected Mersey Beat author Bill Harry, is a fascinating and entertaining insight into the cultural phenomenon that was Merseyside in the 1960s, featuring rare and excusive pictures from the archives. It will be launched at Beatle's Story, Albert Dock, Liverpool, tomorrow.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, July 20, 2009
How Walter Cronkite jump-started Beatlemania in America

In researching his book "The Beatles Are Coming! The Birth of Beatlemania in America," Beatles author Bruce Spizer had the honor and privilege of interviewing Walter Cronkite. He says Mr. Cronkite was both pleased and amused by his pivotal role in the explosion of Beatlemania in America.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, April 6, 2009
30th Annual International Dutch Beatles Convention

Every year, in the Easter weekend, Beatles Unlimited organises its annual International Beatles Convention at the Theatre Musketon, Utrecht, Netherlands. This year it takes place on the 13th of April, 2009. This annual event, the biggest on the European continent, has been held since 1980. This year's Special guest will Pattie Boyd.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, February 27, 2009
Beatles insider disputes PR man didn't help make the Beatles

A story in The Telegraph earlier this week reported that Hunter Davies disputes Max Clifford's claim that he somehow "made" the Beatles when working in the EMI press office. However, Tony Bramwell says he believes that Mr. Clifford and the EMI press department did indeed play an important role in the Beatles story.

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Monday, February 23, 2009
Beatles insider Tony Bramwell to publish new book

Tony Bramwell, former Beatles Road Manager and close friend of the Beatles, revealed yesterday that he has finished writing a second new book after having published the groundbreaking "Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With the Beatles" in 2005. He hopes to have it published in the next year or so.

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Monday, December 15, 2008
Film about Brian Epstein in the works

There are at least five "fifth" Beatles, Stuart Sutcliffe, Pete Best, Neil Aspinall, George Martin, and Brian Epstein. Now a film about Brian Epstein, who died in 1967, is planned for next year, with a script by the Broadway producer Vivek Tiwary.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, December 1, 2008
Acclaimed Lennon bio now available in revised, second edition

Shoulda Been There by Jude Southerland Kesser, the only documented historical novel on the life of John Lennon, has just come out in its revised, second edition. The new edition includes new factual end note information and now features a one-hour CD interview with the Beatles first manager, Allan Williams.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Opinion: Paul is Dead and Elvis is Alive

The legend of Faust has existed for hundreds of years. But now, Joseph Niezgoda, whose new book on John Lennon, The Lennon Prophecy, asserts that twenty-year-old John Lennon sold his soul to the Devil in 1960 in exchange for success. I feel compelled to rebut this flimsy "theory," this latest rock 'n' roll oddity.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, November 10, 2008
The last man standing in the Beatles inner circle

Geoff Baker calls Tony Bramwell, "the last man standing" because only Tony, the Beatles former Road Manager, remains alive out of a small group of Beatles insiders from Liverpool who helped Brian Epstein manage the Beatles from the very beginning. Katie Hickox recently spoke with Tony briefly about his life with the Beatles.

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Monday, October 13, 2008
Off the deep end of the Yellow Submarine

We all love Ringo Starr, and I stood up for him last time he came out with one of his outrageous statements, that time his not wanting to only be remembered for being a Beatle. But today, in a video on his official website, Ringo released a VERY angry message to his fans.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Remembering Lady McCartney

Today we remember Linda McCartney, who was born on this day in 1941. On May 15, 1967, photographer Linda Eastman met Paul McCartney at a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O'Nails club in London. She was in England on an assignment to take photographs of "Swinging Sixties" musicians in...

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, September 22, 2008
New DVD tells the untold story of Magical Mystery Tour

A new DVD entitled "The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour Memories," is now available in the UK, and will be released in the US on September 29. It features the memories of celebrities, eye-witness accounts of fans who were there and previously unseen exciting 8mm color home movie footage taken at the time.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, September 19, 2008
Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Epstein

Brian Samuel Epstein was born on this day, September 19, in 1934. I think it is impossible to overstate the importance of Brian Epstein in the story of the Beatles, and I think it's a safe bet to say that the Beatles might not have happened without Brian. He believed in them when no one else did.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Sir Benmania?

Now recognised as one of Britain's most talented and distinguished actors, it was revealed today in an interview in the Telegraph that Sir Ben Kingsley began his stage career in February, 1966, in A Smashing Day, a musical produced by Brian Epstein, the manager of the Beatles.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Saturday, July 12, 2008
George Martin signed the Beatles for peanuts

"They would have signed for nothing and I signed them to a recording contract for peanuts," Sir George Martin revealed during last night's Special Presentation of "The Making of Sgt. Pepper" given at the University of Southern California by the Grammy Foundation.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Thinking of Brian

Back at homebase after blogging from the Vegas Beatles Fest, I can't help but remembering how much Brian Epstein was mentioned this week. Billy J. Kramer, who was also managed by Brian, spoke of how important he was to them, and how they were all lost without him. And Pattie...

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Monday, June 30, 2008
Do you want to know a secret? Part 2

Yesterday afternoon, Pattie Boyd told us the cute story about how George Harrison proposed to her on the first night. She turned down his offer then for dinner, but didn't the next time he asked. Well, today she told us something about her first date with George that I bet you didn't know.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Do you want to know a secret?

This afternoon at the Beatles Fest, Billy J. Kramer said Brian Espetein never got the credit he deserved, and he should be in the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame. He said Brian was very caring and thoughtful, and that it was a very big blow to him when Brian died. Without Brian he had to learn how hard the record business was.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Today in Beatles History: Beatles named to the MBE

Today in Beatles History, on June 12, 1965, a spokesman for the British government announced that the Beatles have been named to the MBE (Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The Daily Mirror publishes with the headline "Beatles, MBE!"

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, June 6, 2008
Shocking new details about the demolition of the Cavern Club

Dave Jones is co-owner of the Liverpool based Cavern City Tours, and during my current visit to Liverpool to cover the City of Culture celebrations, he told me his story about how he started the Mathew Street Festival, and new details about why the original Cavern Club was demolished.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, May 9, 2008
Today In Beatles History: Two men change the world

On the morning of May 9, 1962, Beatles manager Brian Epstein first met Parlophone Records producer George Martin at his office in EMI Studios at Abbey Road in London. It was during this meeting that George Martin agreed to give the Beatles an audition recording session.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Petition to have Brian Epstein commemorated in Liverpool

Beatles fan Hugh Mulhall believes there should be some permanent and visible way to commemorate the life of Brian Epstein, the man who discovered The Beatles and who died before he had chance to enjoy the fruits of his labour, and he's not alone. He's started a petition have Brian officially recognized with a statue in Liverpool.

Source: Beatles News Blog

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