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Wednesday, February 14, 2018
10 rocking Ed Sullivan Show performances

There was a time in America when Sunday night meant The Ed Sullivan Show. Sullivan wasn't a rock fan but he didn't let his indifference show, as some other hosts did. He was happy to present the biggest acts of the day and, of course, was instrumental in breaking some of the all-time greats, particularly Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
A tour through the new Beatles in India exhibition

The Beatles Story museum in Liverpool is celebrating 50 years since The Beatles travelled to India with the launch of a new exhibition. Opening on Thursday, "Beatles in India" will look at this secretive part of the Beatles' story with never-before-seen memorabilia, and personal accounts from the people who were there with the band in 1968.

Source: The Guide Liverpool
Photos: The Beatles in Plymouth, England

In November 1963, during the Beatles Autumn Tour of Great Britain, they played at the ABC in Plymouth in Plymouth, England. Photos show the Beatles mucking around before the show and outside the theatre, signing autographs, the fans inside and outside the theatre, and many shots on stage during the Beatles' performance.

Source: Plymouth Herald, UK
Beatles at the Ridge Festival wins AFEA Gold Award

Beatles at the Ridge, an annual volunteer-run and free-to-attend festival in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, has just been named Festival of the Year by the Arkansas Festival and Events Association. Over 40 entries were received by AFEA for their awards, each being judged based on festival idea, media, security, publicity, and creativity.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Famed publicist Ron Scott dies at 74

Ron Scott, the publicist who represented actors including David Hasselhoff and John Stamos died Saturday in Hollywood. In the 1970s, Scott was hired by Capitol Records to do publicity for acts including Eric Carmen and The Raspberries, Rick Springfield and Blue Swede and for the Ringo Starr album Goodnight Vienna, released in 1974.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Wild-eyed comedian Marty Allen dead at 95

Marty Allen, the frizzy-haired, bug-eyed clown who joined forces with the crooner Steve Rossi to form one of the most successful comedy teams of the 1960s, died on Monday in Las Vegas. Allen and Rossi appeared on the same Ed Sullivan with the Beatles twice, in 1964 and 1965, the first time donning a Beatle wig. Allen was 95.

Source: New York Times
Monday, February 12, 2018
Paul McCartney wins a prestigious prize in Israel

Legendary British singer-songwriter Paul McCartney was announced today as a winner of the 2018 Wolf Prize, also known as the "Israeli Nobel Prize", paving the way for an expected visit by the former Beatle to Israel at the end of May. "Sir Paul McCartney is one of the greatest songwriters of all time," the Wolf Foundation said in a statement.

Source: Times of Israel
Yoko Ono's sister says John Lennon encouraged her to be an artist

The younger sister of Yoko Ono today revealed how John Lennon encouraged her to take art seriously. Setsuko Ono, 76, who paints and creates dream-like sculptures from sheets of welded steel, is to have an exhibition of her work in London for the first time. She says in a visit, Lennon encouraged her to take her passion for sculpture seriously.

Source: The London Evening Standard
Video: Korean artists cover Imagine at 2018 Winter Olympics

The 2018 Winter Olympics opened in Pyeongchang, South Korea, last week and four of Korea's most well-known artists collaborated on a live cover of John Lennon's Imagine. Taking to the centre of the stadium, the singers held hands as they covered the Lennon classic, surrounded by spectators holding candles.

Source: NME, UK
Sean Ono Lennon's tribute to late Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow

Among the tributes for John Perry Barlow after his death was one from Sean Ono Lennon, who counted Barlow among his friends. Lennon called the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital pioneer "a master of all trades and a jack of none," and said, "no one will ever come close to the guy, for this grateful and graceful guru was one of a kind."

Source: Brinkwire
Furious Beatles fans ask not to nickname ISIS terrorists after the Fab Four

Four ISIS killers were given the nickname the Beatles because of their British accents. The men, all from London, murdered and tortured victims in Syria and Iraq. One angry fan said, "Could you be any more disparaging to link the Beatles with these ****?" Another said, "Why were they called The Beatles? This lot are just murderous ****."

WARNING: Includes Adult Language  Source: The Daily Star, UK
Open letter to Quincy Jones: What's eating you?

With all due respect to one of the greatest musicians and music producers, I beg to differ with statements made by Quincy Jones recently. In a conversation with Vulture, Quincy has been ranting and raving about other legends from the musical fraternity, including The Beatles and other celebs. In my honest opinion, Mr Q has "lost it".

Related Articles  Source: Kahleej Times
Friday, February 9, 2018
Peter Asher to be among participants in Fest for Beatles Fans

The Fest for Beatles Fans takes place March 9-11 at the Hyatt Regency in Jersey City. Peter Asher, of Peter and Gordon, and Jeremy Clyde, of Chad and Jeremy, will perform together as Peter and Jeremy. Also, Randy Bachman will premiere his CD tribute to George Harrison. Also appearing will be Billy J. Kramer and Neil Innes.

Source: New Jersey Arts
New Eric Clapton documentary makes its US TV debut Saturday on Showtime

The new rock documentary Eric Clapton: Life in 12 Bars gets its U.S. TV premiere Saturday, February 10, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime. The documentary features extensive interviews with Clapton, as well as with his family members, friends, musical heroes and collaborators, either in new or archival footage, including George Harrison.

Source: WFJA FM
Wanted: Singers for Beatles Blast 2018

On Friday, June 1, Where to Turn and the historic St. George Theatre will once again present the annual "Beatles Blast" tribute concert featuring local Staten Island musicians. This year the event commemorates the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' 1968 self-titled album most commonly known as The White Album.

Source: Staten Island Live
Thursday, February 8, 2018
Concert For George coming to theaters

To honor George Harrison on his 75th birthday, the legendary 2002 tribute event, Concert For George, is getting a special limited theatrical run, beginning February 20, in advance of its release in a variety of home entertainment formats. The performance has already been booked into more than 75 theaters in the U.S. and Canada.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Realistic John Lennon figurine to be released this April

A new 1/6th scale (12 inches) John Lennon figurine toy will be available in April from limited edition collectible figure company Molecule 8. It will include two interchangeable heads with singing and resting facial expressions, interchangeable hands for various gestures, two pairs of glasses, and three "Imagine" era outfit options.

Source: Empty Lighthouse
New documentary takes you inside Beatles' spiritual trip to India in 1968

In the late 1960s the Beatles journeyed to India to study transcendental meditation. Filmmaker Paul Saltzman befriended the band there, capturing now iconic portraits of the Beatles. A new documentary, The Beatles in India, directed by Saltzman himself, includes rarely seen footage and images of the band alongside interviews.

Source: Vinyl Factory
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Quincy Jones disses the Beatles in a new interview

Quincy Jones has described the Beatles as "the worst musicians in the world." He told New York Magazine, "They were no-playing m***f***s. Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don't even talk about it." Jones arranged Love Is a Many Splendored Thing for Starr's 1970 debut solo album Sentimental Journey.

WARNING: Includes Adult Language  Related Articles  Source: The Guardian, UK
Beatles Festival in New South Wales cancelled for 2018

The Beatles Festival, held each year in Port Macquarie, New South Wales, Australia, has been postponed this year until 2019. After being pushed back due to bad weather, its original organizer had to step down, and a replacement could not be found in time for 2018, but they are hopeful the festival can come back in 2019.

Source: Port Macquarie News
New book features stunning Beatles photos by Astrid Kirchherr

Astrid Kirchherr was still just a student of art and fashion when she began turning her lens to greats like The Beatles when they visited her native Hamburg. George Harrison said Astrid "influenced our image more than anybody. She made us look good." A stunning new book of photos by Astrid of the Beatles will be released in March.

Source: Creative Boom
Interview: Producer Jack Douglas on working with John Lennon

In an interview with legendary record producer Jack Douglas, he talked about making John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Double Fantasy album, how John was in the sessions, could he separate how it felt making the album from what happened afterwards, and whether there's anything unreleased from John's final sessions.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Randy Bachman releasing new album paying homage to George Harrison

Founding Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive rocker Randy Bachman salutes the music of the late George Harrison on a new studio album called By George By Bachman, out on March 2. It features reworked versions of Harrison-penned Beatles songs, as well as one tune each from George's solo career and The Traveling Wilburys.

Source: WFJA 105.5
Relisten without prejudice to Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album

Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band album was released in December 1970, it struggled to number 182 in the US and failed to chart in the UK. Lester Bangs described her in Rolling Stone as one who has 'led poor John astray'". But today's audiences have come round to Yoko's raw and aggressive sound within the context of the punk movement.

Source: Pop Matters
Unseen John Lennon photo on display in London

Brian Duffy created some of the most famous images of the 1960s. "Sixties Style: Shot by Duffy" at the Proud Gallery in London includes an unseen photo John Lennon taken in 1965. In the photo, John is holding what he said was a UFO Detector, a box that had an on/off switch and lights that flickered intermittently from one to the other.

Source: Blouin Art Info

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