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Latest Beatles News as of 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.

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. It was released May, 1969, as a single with George Harrison-penned lyrics that deal directly with the circus surrounding their romance and nuptials. It all happened on March 20th, 1969 at the Gibraltar registry office.

Source: Live for Music
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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.

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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.

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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
Michael Caine hangs out with Paul McCartney to mark 85th birthday

Michael Caine is undoubtedly one of the biggest Brit acting icons of all time. The acting legend turned 85 on Wednesday and to celebrate he attended the My Generation film screening at the British Film Institute. He was joined by Paul McCartney at the unveiling of his new documentary that pays tribute to the swinging sixties.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
Paul McCartney superfan buys signed Sgt. Pepper box set at auction

A Paul McCartney superfan bid £900 (about $1,250) to win a Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band super deluxe six-disc, signed by Paul, in an auction to benefit the Nottingham charity Forever Stars. She said she's been a fan of the Beatles and McCartney for 56 years, even traveling as far as Paris to see him perform.

Source: Nottingham Post, UK
Liverpool John Lennon Airport Travelodge pays tribute to the Beatles

Ahead of the opening of Travelodge's new hotel located at the John Lennon Airport, the brand has paid homage to some of Liverpool's biggest legends. The hotel's five floors will be named after Cilla Black, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison, while one of the meeting rooms will be dedicated to Ringo Starr.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Video: Matt Bellamy and Miles Kane practicing with their Beatles cover band

Muse's Matt Bellamy has shared a rehearsal video of his Beatles cover band, Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band, which will be supporting The Who's Roger Daltrey at a Teenage Cancer Trust show next week. Blur's Graham Coxon will join forces with Bellamy for the performance, which takes place in London on March 22.

Source: NME, UK
Bravo's series adaptation of The Fifth Beatle will include songbook

Bravo is adapting Vivek J. Tiwary 's graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story as a miniseries, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, the project has access to the Lennon-McCartney, and hopefully some of the Harrisong catalog. The graphic novel detailed the untold story of the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein.

Source: Den of Geek
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Paul McCartney donates signed Sgt. Pepper box set to charity Warning: Page opens with sound

Paul McCartney has donated a signed Sgt. Pepper six CD box set to charity. It will be sold in a special sale tomorrow, money raised will go to Forever Stars charity for parents who have lost a child. Richard Daniels of the charity said, "I was in shock when we received the email confirming the gift from Sir Paul McCartney's office."

Source: Burton Mail, UK
Meet Jenny Boyd, ambassador for The Beatles Story in Liverpool

In a new interview in TTG Magazine in the UK, Jenny Boyd, sister of George Harrison's first wife, Pattie, and an ambassador for The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool, talks about how she first met the Beatles, the story of the Beatles' trip to India in 1968, meditation, and how India influenced The Beatles and their music.

Source: TTG Media
Council to buy iconic theatre where The Beatles played

An iconic building where The Beatles once performed is set to have new life breathed into it after Waltham Forest Council purchases it for £2.6 million (about $3.6 million). The former Granada cinema is set to become a new 1,000-seat live performance and film theater, renovation of the site is expected to take three years.

Source: East London Guardian

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