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Wednesday, June 3, 2020
Life photographer and chronicler John Loengard dies at 85

When Life magazine sent John Loengard to Miami to photograph the Beatles in February 1964, he wanted to pose them in a swimming pool, as a Fab Four of bobbing heads. But on a very chilly day, he could find only an unheated pool. The Beatles were reluctant to take the dip, but their manager, Brian Epstein, urged them in, citing Life's importance.

Source: NY Times
Monday, June 1, 2020
Record Store Day to include John Lennon and Paul McCartney releases

It was announced that Record Store Day 2020 would be three separate "Drop" dates, allowing shoppers to socially distance and support independent music retailers. In August, an exciting array of titles will include a 2020 remix of John Lennon's Instant Karma! and a special half-speed master of Paul McCartney's 1970 solo debut, McCartney.

Source: U Discover Music
Ringo Starr joins Judy Collins' call to sing Amazing Grace

Over the past two weeks, 1,000 singers from across the globe, professional and amateur alike, have answered Judy Collins' call to sing "Amazing Grace" with her as a sign of solidarity in this unprecedented time. Moving messages have been posted about what Judy's recording means to them, including a message from Ringo Starr.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Newly enhanced never published last images of John Lennon

At 4pm on December 8, 1980, as John Lennon leaves his home on Central Park West, he pauses to autograph a record album for a 25-year-old man, without a suspicion in the world. The moment was caught on camera by Paul Goresh, one of the knot of hardcore Beatles fans always to be found loitering outside the Dakota Building.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
The Beatles are technically part of the Marvel Universe

The Beatles have continuously crossed over in pop culture ever since the mid-60s. Appearing in everything from television, movies, novels, and comic books, Batman even broke up a parody version of the Beatles in the DC Universe. In the Marvel Universe, the real-life band made an appearance in an issue that featured a double-date gone wrong.

Source: Screen Rant
Friday, May 22, 2020
Video: Wallows covers the Beatles' With a Little Help from My Friends

On Friday, the three-piece indie/pop band Wallows premiered a cover of the Beatles classic "With a Little Help from My Friends," and its video is another heavily '90s-styled clip, from the Windows startup screen to the whole bit. The song features drummer Preston on lead vocals, matching Ringo Starr's lead vocal duties on the original track.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Writer claims Richard Curtis took all credit for Yesterday film

Screenwriter Richard Curtis "insisted" on having full credit for the script for the hit rom-com Yesterday, according to struggling writer Jack Barth, who has accused Curtis of "taking credit for everything" during the blockbuster film's promotional tour, and "damaged me financially" by allegedly sidelining him.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John Lennon family feud: Is Julian close to Yoko Ono?

Julian has spoken openly about his father's second wife Yoko and son Sean although some of his comments are far more thinly veiled. In an interview with The Telegraph in 1998, asked about whether he had a rivalry with his half-brother, Sean, he replied, "It's news to me. I love Sean to death. He's a very smart kid.

Source: The Express, UK
Paul McCartney pays tribute to Astrid Kirchherr

In the days following the passing of Beatles photographer Astrid Kirchherr, Ringo Starr, Olivia Harrison and Pattie Boyd wrote tributes to her. On May 21, Paul McCartney wrote that her passing "brought back memories of our days in the clubs in Hamburg." He added, "We fell in love with [her] style."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Video: Lizzo covers The Beatles for new Facebook ad

Facebook is staking a bigger claim on 2020's video chat boom with newly expanded features—and an ad backed by serious star power. The 30-second spot, "Pictures," is set to a cover of The Beatles' All Together Now by Lizzo, recorded specifically for the ad. The ad announces the launch of Facebook's Messenger Rooms.

Source: Adweek
Author Q&A: John Lennon 1980 book coming

John Lennon's final year, one initially of hope and renewal, yet ultimately of tragedy, is the subject of an upcoming book, John Lennon 1980: The Last Days in the Life. The new title, from noted Beatles historian Kenneth Womack, arrives October 29, a few weeks after what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Video: Let It Be film premieres 50 years ago today

50 years ago today, The Beatles' last film, Let It Be, premiered. The film was basically a documentary of the group's break-up, including footage of their last ever public performance on the roof of their Apple Corps headquarters in London. Video of the Beatles with Billy Preston performing Don't Let Me Down is now on the internet.

Source: Glide Magazine
Monday, May 18, 2020
The true story behind John Lennon's Mercedes-Benz 600 Pullman

Not many people were as wealthy as John Lennon in 1969, in fact, his net worth was estimated at over $800 million, not including his estates that he owned at the time of his death in 1980. So, of course, he had the means to get... whatever the hell he wanted. He subsequently called up Mercedes-Benz and asked them for a special order.

Source: Hot Cars
Comic book explores Paul Is Dead Beatles myth

In one of rock's oldest conspiracy theories, Paul McCartney died in a car crash during the making of Sgt. Pepper's and was replaced by a lookalike because the Fab Four wanted to keep going without admitting the truth. A new comic book will explore a fictional world where the "Paul Is Dead" myth is true.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
BBC's Maida Vale Studios granted Grade II listed status

The BBC's Maida Vale Studios, one of the broadcaster's oldest buildings, has been granted Grade II listed status in a decision that will make it harder to sell the building if the corporation puts it on the market. The music recording studio, once used by The Beatles, has been given the listed status despite objections by its owner.

Source: The Telegraph, UK (Subscription)
Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler shows the priceless relic of the Beatles

In a new video, the famous frontman of Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, looks into old recording machines in the studio and explained how they are working. Also, he stated that these machines are representing the rock n' roll history because they had used for the bands like The Beatles, Wings, and more.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, May 15, 2020
John Lennon and Paul McCartney on the Tonight Show in 1968

52 years ago today,John Lennon and Paul McCartney appeared on The Tonight Show. Quite a coup to have two of The Beatles in the studio at one time but that wouldn't stop the tapes from being lost for decades. Thankfully, however, one Beatles super fan recorded the fascinating interview and would upload the content onto the internet years later.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Jeff Lynne's ELO cancels 2020 tour

Jeff Lynne has canceled his upcoming 2020 tour of Europe and U.K. The May 15 announcement cited the Coronavirus pandemic. The 15 dates, dubbed the "From Out of Nowhere Tour," for his recent studio album, were first announced on Jan. 24. Several days later, he revealed his opening act would be Dhani Harrison, George's son.

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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."

Source: Best Classic Bands
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."

Source: Best Classic Bands
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."

Source: Best Classic Bands
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

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