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Friday, May 15, 2020
Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr dies at 81

Astrid Kirchherr, the art student and photographer who met The Beatles during their visit to Hamburg, Germany, in 1960 and ultimately received near-unparalleled access to them in their early years, died Wednesday, May 13. She was 81. On Twitter, Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn wrote, "Her gift to the Beatles was immeasurable."

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Monday, May 11, 2020
Beatles release their final single 50 years ago today

50 years ago today, The Beatles release what would be their final single, The Long and Winding Road, off of the Let It Be album. The single was released a month after The Fab Four broke up and in return, this Paul McCartney sung piano ballad became the group's 20th and last number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

Source: Glide Magazine
Paul McCartney responds to passing of Little Richard

On social media, Paul McCartney has called Little Richard "a great man" and shared memories of The Beatles' early days when they performed on the same bill as him. He said, "In the early days of The Beatles we played with Richard in Hamburg and got to know him. I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it."

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Ringo Starr and other rock celebs pay tribute to Little Richard

Little Richard, the "true original", died on May 9 at 87 of bone cancer. Ringo Starr called him "one of my all-time musical heroes." Elton John said, "Without a doubt - musically, vocally and visually - he was my biggest influence." Bob Dylan wrote, in part, "Of course he'll live forever. But it's like a part of your life is gone."

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Little Richard, rock pioneer, dies at 87

Little Richard, a major architect of early rock and principal influence on Paul McCartney, has died at age 87. The Beatles' version of Long Tall Sally excited Little Richard so much that it ended up luring him out of retirement. "Little Richard was one of the all-time greats," John Lennon said in the Beatles Anthology.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 8, 2020
Paul McCartney cancels 2020 tour dates

Though no announcement had been made, the listings for all 11 dates in 2020 of Paul McCartney's Freshen Up tour were marked "Canceled" on his Ticketmaster page. Last Nov. 18, it was revealed that McCartney was to headline the 50th anniversary of the Glastonbury Festival, Glastonbury 2020 was canceled on March 18.

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How Billy Preston helped the Beatles play nice on Get Back

When George Harrison, who had briefly quit the Beatles in early 1969, decided to return to the band, he brought with him a secret weapon: keyboardist Billy Preston. This wasn't the first time a non-Beatle had joined the Fabs' ranks. Harrison had Eric Clapton join the group for While My Guitar Gently Weeps.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Let It Be album released 50 years ago today

Let It Be. The twelfth and final studio album from the Beatles, released after the Fab Four had gone their separate ways, debuted 50 years ago today, on May 8, 1970. Though Let It Be was released in 1970, it was mostly recorded a year earlier, even before Abbey Road, which was released in '69, and featured post-production work from Phil Spector.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
Rare Paul McCartney/Ringo Starr demo could fetch up to 20,000 at auction

An unheard track by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recorded after the Beatles split is heading for auction. Angel In Disguise could be the only song co-written Paul and Ringo, according to auctioneers. Former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince is selling the cassette, which is expected to fetch up to 20,000 (about $24,650).

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John and Yoko's former Palm Beach home lists for $47.5 million Warning: Page opens with sound

A resort-like Palm Beach, Florida, mansion that John Lennon and Yoko Ono bought just months before Lennon's death recently hit the market for $47.5 million. John and Yoko The famous couple bought the waterfront property for $725,000 in January of 1980, and Ono ended up selling the Palm Beach house for $3.2 million in 1986.

Source: Fox Business
George Harrison's crowning solo set All Things Must Pass at 50

A half century after its release, All Things Must Pass remains a conundrum, alternately exhilarating and exhausting. Epic in ambition and triumphant in its success, George Harrison's triple album surprised fans, executed with a battalion of studio guests marshaled by Harrison and co-producer Phil Spector.

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Friday, May 1, 2020
Video: Lars Ulrich's sons perform insane cover of Eleanor Rigby

Lars Ulrich was blown away by his sons' recent performance of the Beatles' classic Eleanor Rigby, a blistering and fuzzed-out rendition of the Beatles' 1966 track. "I'm pretty sure there's never been one that had this kind of sound, this kind of energy and madness to it," Lars Ulrich said. "I was like, You know what, boys? You done me proud."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney taught Jon Bon Jovi a Beatles trick for his new album

In an interview with Howard Stern, Bon Jovi shared that he got former Beatle Paul McCartney to listen to his new album. Calling him "Beatle Paul", McCartney asked him, "Why do you call me Beatle Paul?" He said, "Because I'm too old to call you Mr. McCartney and I'm too in reverence to dare think that we're that close that I can call you Paul."

Source: Cheat Sheet
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
Grand Award for BBC Radio 2's Beatles documentary

A documentary about The Beatles made for BBC Radio 2 has won the Grand Award at the New York Festivals. Beatles historian Kevin Howlett earned the prize for his musical documentary celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Abbey road. Kevin said, "It is such an honor to have Abbey Road Phase One and Phase Two recognized in this way."

Source: Radio Today, UK
Ringo Starr has picked his favorite song by The Beatles

Ringo Starr is adamant about his favorite Beatles song and it is a rarity that you wouldn't expect. About the song Rain, classified by Ringo as being the band's magnum opus, he said, "I feel as though that was someone else playing. I was possessed! I think it's the best out of all the records I've ever made."

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Happy birthday Klaus Voormann

Today marks the 82nd birthday of author, artist and musician Klaus Voormann. The the co-author of Hamburg Days and a contributor to From Hamburg to Hollywood, Klaus played bass with Yoko Ono in the Plastic Ono band, arranged one of the songs on Ringo Starr's first album, Sentimental Journey, which had its 50th anniversary last week.

Source: Genesis Publications
Friday, April 24, 2020
Battle of the Beatles and Stones: McCartney, Jagger weigh in

This week, both Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger appeared on One World: Together at Home. A few days earlier, Howard Stern on SiriusXM asked Paul, "I'm not asking you to be pompous about this. The Beatles are better than the Rolling Stones. Correct." Paul answered, "I love the Stones. But I'm with you: the Beatles were better."

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Video: The Weeklings spot-on cover of All You Need Is Love

This spot-on re-creation of the Beatles classic All You Need Is Love by New Jersey's The Weeklings will have you smiling and longing for simpler times. The Weeklings thrive on Beatles-inspired power-pop originals, with tight, cohesive vocal harmonies and superb musicianship. For this tribute, they added a horn and string ensemble.

Source: American Songwriter
Moment of Zen: Buddhist monk's cover of Yellow Submarine

The Beatles' music is universal. So is the enlightened mind of a Buddhist monk. Put them together and you have this treat from Japan performed by a monk that goes by the name Kossan. The monk's musical career began 13 years ago when he was living in New York City. He said, "When I was playing the sanshin on a bench, a guy gave me a dollar."

Source: Upworthy
Fifth Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe's headstone moved for restoration

"Fifth Beatle" Stuart Sutcliffe's headstone has gone missing from his grave in Huyton, but it will return. The missing headstone caused some concern among Beatles fans, but a source close to the family confirmed it had been taken for restoration work. The site has become a place of pilgrimage for dedicated fans.

Source: Liverpool Echo
The time a fake Beatles group tricked South America

In 1964 a bar band called The Ardells grew moptops and renamed themselves The American Beetles. According to the BBC, an Argentinian impresario saw them play in a club in Miami and decided to book them on a South American tour. He conveniently forgot to tell everyone that they weren't the English Beatles.

Source: Boing Boing
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Beatles to host Yellow Submarine sing-a-long online this weekend

The Beatles are set to release the sing-a-long version of their animated Yellow Submarine film online for one day only this weekend. The version of the 1968 film was released in cinemas in 2018 to celebrate its 50th anniversary, but the new premiere will mark the first time it has been available online.

Source: NME, UK
Video: G-Eazy covers The Beatles

On Wednesday, G-Eazy released a cover of the Beatles classic "I'm So Tired", and another of Radiohead's "Creep" featuring Ashley Benson. Produced by Christoph Andersson, the Beatles cover puts a slow, modern spin on the John Lennon-penned tune, transforming it into a song that fits right at home in the rapper's body of work.

Source: ET Canada
Monday, April 20, 2020
Video: Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones perform on One World

A lineup of stars participated in Saturday's One World: Together at Home, a live, global televised and streamed special in support of the heroic efforts of health workers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The list was led by such legends as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

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Beatles associate Terry Doran dies

Terry Doran, a longtime associate of the Beatles, from supplying them with sports cars via the dealership he co-owned with their manager Brian Epstein to providing a key word to their song A Day in the Life to managing their publishing arm, and more, has died, according to noted Beatles historian, Mark Lewisohn.

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