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Bob Dylan reveals new JFK assassination song featuring The Beatles

Bob Dylan has not released new music in eight years. But today he surprised fans on his official Twitter account over the weekend with a brand new 17-minute ballad. Titled Murder Most Foul, the original song is about JFK's assassination in November 1963 and talks about sixties popular culture including The Beatles and The Who.

Source: The Express, UK
Beatles Story celebrating 30th anniversary and year of record visitors

A Liverpool tourist attraction is celebrating 30 years this spring and has announced a record year for visitor numbers. Although the coronavirus pandemic has now meant The Beatles Story has had to temporarily close, they are celebrating their best-ever year of attendance. A record number of 317,156 visitors enjoyed the exhibition in 2019/20.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Lockdown sends album sales to all-time low but vinyl stays strong

U.S. album sales hit what's thought to be the lowest weekly sale of all time as the coronavirus pandemic hit retail figures. But vinyl sales continued to deliver impressive results, with Pearl Jam, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Beatles appearing near the top of a sales chart.

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Jim James covers The Inner Light to raise money for coronavirus relief

American singer/songwriter and guitarist Jim James just released a video of himself covering The Inner Light, using a banjo instead of a sitar. Although the banjo may seem like a vast contradiction to the original instrumentation, the sharp tone actually sounds very similar to the sitar, while showcasing James' own originality as an artist.

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Friday, March 27, 2020
Video: Dhani Harrison covers George Harrison's The Inner Light

Dhani Harrison has released his own version of The Inner Light. Dhani announced, "The Material World Foundation, created by George Harrison in 1973, is today donating $500,000 to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, Save the Children, and Doctors Without Borders, which are providing much needed aid and care during this COVID-19 pandemic".

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Abbey Road crossing gets makeover amid coronavirus lockdown

The Abbey Road pedestrian crossing made famous by The Beatles is receiving a makeover amidst the coronavirus lockdown. Nowadays the spot is often busy due to the groups of tourists and visitors trying to recreate the iconic Beatles photo. London has taken advantage of the lack of hustle and bustle to give it spot a fresh lick of paint.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Ringo Starr moves 2020 All Starr Band tour to 2021

Ringo Starr has announced that he is rescheduling his 2020 North American tour with his All Starr Band to 2021, citing concern and caution for the well being of fans, crew and staff due to the Covid-19 crisis. "This is very difficult for me," said Starr. "In 30 years I think I've only missed 2 or 3 gigs nevermind a whole tour."

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McCartney's handwritten lyrics for Hey Jude set to sell at auction

Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics for Hey Jude and his shooting script for the music video of Hello Goodbye! are tipped to sell for over 225,000 (about $280,000). The auction of 300 items of Beatles memorabilia was to be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York but following the coronavirus outbreak it is taking place online.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John Lennon Plastic Ono Band 50th anniversary book due

The 50th anniversary of the album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, will be commemorated this fall with the release of a book, John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band, tentatively scheduled to be published on Oct. 8. in the U.K. The album, which Lennon once described as "the best thing I've ever done," was released on Dec. 11, 1970.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Simpsons creators say Paul always checks that Lisa is still vegetarian

The writers of The Simpsons say that Paul McCartney "always checks" that Lisa is still a vegetarian, after it became a key condition of his guest appearance on the show. Macca appeared alongside his late wife Linda in 1995's "Lisa The Vegetarian", an episode in which Lisa vows to stop eating meat after meeting the McCartneys.

Source: NME, UK
Tours of Liverpool attractions you can do without leaving home

Thankfully technology gives us many ways to see the world without leaving our living room. You can even tour the childhood homes of the Beatles, including John Lennon's former home "Mendips" at 251 Menlove Avenue. He lived at the semi-detached 1930s home, from 1945 to 1963 with his aunt Mimi after his parents separated when he was five.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Liverpool's first coronavirus death was Scouse legend

Tributes have flooded in for one of Liverpool's "very best" Cy Tucker, who died after suffering from coronavirus symptoms. The legendary musician, who used to rub shoulders with the likes of Cilla Black and The Beatles, died on Tuesday morning. He is believed to be the first person to die of coronavirus in Liverpool.

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Monday, March 23, 2020
Abbey Road on the River postponed due to coronavirus

The world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, Abbey Road on the River, is being postponed amid concerns about the coronavirus, it was announced in a press release Monday. The event will be moved from Memorial Day weekend in May to October 8-11, and will coincide with what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday.

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Super-rare photo of Paul McCartney and daughter revealed after 47 years

Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda McCartney's official Instagram account has uploaded a rare photo of the singer with his daughter, Mary McCartney, after 47 years. As you might see in the photo, it appears as Paul takes care of his daughter, Marry, in the plains of Scotland. In addition, this adorable photo was taken in 1973.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Pete Best on being sacked from The Beatles

Anybody over a certain age who hears the name Pete Best will be familiar with the saga of the so-called "fifth Beatle" and the life he lost out on. He said, "I'll perform on stage and the audience can make their own mind up. I'm glad to say that the consensus of opinion is yeah, you're a great drummer, Pete. I'm happy with that."

Source: The Irish Times
Friday, March 20, 2020
NYC neighbors unite to sing Hey Jude from their apartment windows

New Yorkers are taking a sad song and trying to make things better. Touching video shows a group of coronavirus-isolating Big Apple neighbors uniting in song with a rendition of Hey Jude. Around a dozen Upper West Siders were filmed as they leaned out their windows from two adjoining buildings, singing and playing instruments.

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Glastonbury 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Glastonbury 2020 has officially been cancelled as the UK continues to battle coronavirus. The news comes after the first full wave of acts was unveiled last week, led by headliners Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney. Organizers confirmed that ticket-holders will have the chance to guarantee their place for next year's event.

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John Lennon's erotic gift to Yoko Ono leads Beatles memorabilia auction

A series of erotic sketches given by John Lennon to Yoko Ono as a wedding gift will lead a special sale of Beatles memorabilia at Omega Auctions in the UK next week. The sale on March 24 will offer more than 400 lots spanning the entire history of the Fab Four, from their earliest days in Liverpool to their later successful solo careers.

Source: Just Collecting News
Video: Tesla performs The Beatles' We Can Work It Out

Legendary Californian rockers Tesla have shared the video of them performing their version of The Beatles' classic hit, We Can Work It Out. The track features on their new live album, Five Man London Jam which will be out on March 27. Five Man London Jam was also filmed in 4K high-definition and will be available in multiple formats.

Source: U Discover Music
Beatles sang explicit lyrics live as fans' screams drowned them out

The Beatles used to sing explicit lyrics during their gigs because their fans' deafening screams drowned them out. In a new autobiography, late Who bassist John Entwistle, recalled how the legendary Liverpool group played about with their famous lyrics during their shows and their fans were none the wiser because of their raucous shrieking.

Source: Music News, UK
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Vladimir Putin unmasked as die-hard Beatles fan

Vladimir Putin has been outed as a long-term fan of the Fab Four. In two interviews unearthed by Express.co.uk, it was not only confirmed that he "loves" the lads from Liverpool but also that he has a preferred hit. "I love the Beatles!" he said. When asked what his favorite song was, he said Yesterday.

Source: The Express, UK
Cirque du Soleil closes its Las Vegas shows because of virus

Cirque du Soleil said Saturday that it is temporarily suspending its productions in Las Vegas as well as around the world because of the new coronavirus outbreak, including The Beatles LOVE show at the Mirage. The decision was based on public health authorities calling for people to limit their social interactions.

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Beatles Story in Liverpool shuts its doors in response to coronavirus crisis

Liverpool tourist attraction The Beatles Story is the latest venue to shut its doors in response to the coronavirus crisis. They said that, while there had been no reported cases of the virus at the site, they closed "in the interest of the health and well-being of all our employees, visitors and partners."

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Paul McCartney psychedelic piano designs go up for auction

Sketches and designs for Paul McCartney's psychedelic piano, commissioned for Magical Mystery Tour are to go up for auction, 20 years after they were found in a skip. Builder Andy Clynes rescued the discarded papers while working on a project in Manchester in 1999, before storing them in his attic and forgetting about them.

Source: Complete Music Update
March 18, 1967: Penny Lane hits #1

Released as a double A-sided single with "Strawberry Fields Forever" on the flip side, The Beatles' "Penny Lane" hit #1 in the U.S. on March 18, 1967, and their first Parlophone release in the U.K. to not reach #1 since 1963 (it peaked at #2). Both songs were written about actual places in the band's hometown of Liverpool.

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