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Latest Beatles News as of Thursday, March 22, 2018

Pattie Boyd to speak in Sydney and Melbourne 

Pattie Boyd, the former wife of George Harrison and then Eric Clapton, will appear in speaking engagements in Sydney and Melbourne in May. She will hold an exhibition of her photographic works at the Blender Gallery in Sydney, from May 5 to June 2, and will attend a special launch at the gallery on May 11.

Source: Noise 11, Australia
Book Review: Conversations with McCartney by Paul Du Noyer 

Music journalist and MOJO magazine founder Paul Du Noyer first spoke with Paul McCartney at a press conference in 1979, as McCartney was about to take what would be the final configuration of Wings on a 19-date UK tour. Little did he know at the time, it was the first moment in an association that has continued for nearly 40 years.

Source: The Morton Report
School in England to take starring role in Beatles film 

Director Danny Boyle has given a high school in Norfolk, England, a starring role in his new film, and some of the pupils could be cast as extras. Photographs for roles were due to take place at Acle Academy on Thursday as the big screen beckons for the school and its community. On Facebook the school said it was "absolutely thrilled."

Source: Great Yarmouth Mercury, UK
The Beatles' marathon Please Please Me session, hour by hour 

The Beatles recorded the bulk of their debut album, Please Please Me, in a single daylong studio session at EMI's Studio Two. In a new article, Rolling Stone magazine breaks down that epic day that yielded songs from I Saw Her Standing There to a cathartic Twist and Shout, in an hour-by-hour account.

Source: Rolling Stone
The quiet Beatle once made some noise in Illinois 

Super-Beatle fan Robert Bartel's 1999 documentary "A Beatle in Benton, Illinois," which details a single fortnight visit to the southern Illinois town in 1963 by 20-year-old George Harrison in order to see his married sister, has bizarrely managed to win a best documentary Oscar 19 years after the film's initial release.

Source: Illinois Times
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Smash hit show returns to celebrate music of the Beatles

The smash hit show Let It Be will soon see Beatles fans Come Together to Twist and Shout through a brand new show touring the UK for 2018. Producers of the acclaimed show have announced that Let It Be will be heading to venues across the UK, including Manchester, before once again taking to the world stage.

Source: Broadway World
Beatles tribute band to play benefit concert in Indiana

Beatles tribute band The Mersey Beatles will play a concert on May 6 at Erekson Theatre on the campus of Bellmont High School in Decatur, Indiana. Proceeds from the show will go to benefit Decatur's ballpark revitalization, the $2.3 million project to develop a new baseball and softball complex in the city at Hanna Nuttman park.

Source: WANE TV, Fort Wayne
March 21, 1964: Beatles She Loves You hits #1

Imagine being so monumentally popular that one of your recordings has just knocked another one of your records out of the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100. And then, two weeks later, yet another of your songs replaces that one! It's only happened once and, not surprisingly, the artist behind the feat was The Beatles.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
Ringo Starr finally receives his Knighthood 21 years after Paul McCartney

Ringo Starr followed in the footsteps of former bandmate Sir Paul McCartney by receiving a Knighthood at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday morning. Accompanied by wife Barbara Bach, Ringo offered his trademark peace-sign as he showed off his medal following a short ceremony conducted by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles' visit to Weston remembered with plaque

A poem written by local poet and author Anthony Keyes has been etched on a plaque which this week was installed at "Beatles Rock" on the sea wall which overlooks Birnbeck Pier on the Bristol Channel in Weston-super-Mare, in North Somerset, England, to commemorate the moment the Beatles played at the Odeon at Birnbeck in 1963.

Source: Weston Mercury, UK
George Harrison's family still feuding over Beatle's bucks Warning: Page opens with sound

George Harrison left a staggering $384 million fortune his widow and son, who live in a 120-room Victorian mansion, while George's 86-year-old sister struggles to survive. A $2,560 monthly allowance Louise Harrison was supposed to get for as long as she lived was cut off by his widow, Olivia, after George died at 58 in November, 2001.

Source: National Enquirer
Liverpool to host first John Lennon and Yoko Ono exhibition

Liverpool is set to host an exhibition about Beatles legend John Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono which will tell their love story in their own words. The announcement comes on the 49th wedding anniversary of John and Yoko. The Museum of Liverpool will show a ground-breaking exhibition starting in May, 2018.

Source: Click Liverpool
John Lennon and Yoko Ono married in Gibraltar on this day in 1969

John Lennon and Yoko Ono's entire hectic love affair was described in detail on The Beatles' The Ballad of John and Yoko. The single was released May, 1969, with lyrics that deal directly with the circus surrounding their romance and nuptials. It all happened on this day, March 20th, 1969, at the Gibraltar registry office.

Source: Live for Music
Monday, March 19, 2018
Orange Amplification to raise funds for Strawberry Field campaign

UK guitar amp company Orange Amplification is helping to raise funds for the Salvation Army's Strawberry Field campaign. This charitable cause aims to reopen the Strawberry Field site in summer 2019. Everyone who donates on Orange's website could win one of two Sgt. Pepper CDs signed by its remastering producer, Giles Martin.

Source: Music Talkers
Paul McCartney's classic Lamborghini fails to sell at auction

A classic Lamborghini that once belonged to Paul McCartney and valued at between £400,000 and £500,000 (about $562,000 to $702,300) failed to sell at auction on Sunday. The 1967 Lamborghini 400GT 2+2 Coupe is one of only four shipped to Britain, and was converted by McCartney to right-hand drive in the late 1960s.

Source: The Sunday Times, UK
Author writes about John Lennon's effect on her life in new book

"When Life Sends You Lemons, Make Lennonaid: What John Lennon's Life Did For Mine," by Kaya John, is a story of how John Lennon saved the author from a path of self-destruction due to, among other things, abusive parents. Kaya said, "They helped me survive a very challenging childhood and, I feel, kept me from despair."

Source: New Jersey Arts
An opera inspired by The Beatles to be performed Melbourne

La Beatles Boheme, a series of opera fusion, will be performed on on the Melbourne CBD Flagstaff Carpark rooftop over two weekends, from Saturday April 21 until Sunday April 29. The 90-minute performance mixes Puccini's La Boheme with the best of the Beatles discography, and features both operatic and contemporary singers.

Source: The Beat, Australia
March 1977: Maybe I'm Amazed hits the Top 40

In March of 1977, the playlist on Chicago's Top 40 powerhouse, WLS, featured the live version of Paul McCartney and Wings' Maybe I'm Amazed from their 3-LP Wings Over America, coming in at #18. It would ultimately hit #10 in the U.S. Also, Electric Light Orchestra's cover of Do Ya jumped from #38 to #31.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 16, 2018
Rare Beatles autographs sell for £3,340

A signed Beatles band card belonging to a former musician from King's Lynn in Norfolk, England, was sold at auction on Saturday for £3,340 (about $4,650) to a buyer in Baltimore. The highly collectible card, which previously belonged to Mike Nicholson, was estimated to be worth around £1,00 to £1,500.

Source: Lynn News, UK
Beatles burglars foiled by George Martin's 89-year-old widow

Burglars have forced their way into the home of the late Sir George Martin. After discovering two masked intruders, Sir George's widow, Judy, 89, hid in an upstairs bathroom and called 999 (Britain's 911). Officers arrived and the pair fled empty-handed. The intruders possibly thought priceless Beatles memorabilia was in the house.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Paul McCartney stuns fans by sitting with commuters on train

Paul McCartney was spotted rushing onto a train yesterday just before it pulled out of Charing Cross railway station. Rather than opting for first class, down-to-earth Sir Paul settled down in second class, sitting alongside ordinary commuters and their bicycles. He kept a low profile as he sat quietly on his own in the carriage.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Justin Timberlake teams with Stella McCartney on tour wardrobe

Stella Mccartney has designed Justin Timberlake's wardrobe for his Man Of The Woods Tour. Justin kicked off his trek around the world on Tuesday in Toronto, with the star and his dancers all decked out in clothes by the British designer. It comes after Stella dressed Justin for his Super Bowl halftime show in February.

Mending the world, one teacup at a time, Yoko Ono style

A Yoko Ono installation dating back to 1966 is on now at the Rennie Museum in Vancouver. The conceptual piece is designed to bring people together through an act of reparation that is both physical and symbolic. In Ono's Mend Piece, up to 10 people, using twine and tape, attempt to assemble porcelain shards into a semblance of a teacup.

Source: Vancouver Sun
Jeff Lynne's ELO limited edition Wembley book due

At a price of £495 and £245 (about $690 and $340), it's not for the faint of heart, but Jeff Lynne fans will be excited to hear about a deluxe, limited edition book, Wembley or Bust, that is being released by Genesis Publications. The book, coming September 2018, is limited to just 1,500 signed copies–in Deluxe and Collector editions.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Paul McCartney joined by his lookalike grandson at film screening Warning: Page opens with sound

On Wednesday night, Paul McCartney stepped out with his daughter Mary and his 18-year-old lookalike grandson Arthur, as he attended a screening of the new film My Generation in London. Mary was flanked by her handsome son and father as they posed on the red carpet outside the English capital's BFI Southbank ahead of screening.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK

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