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Friday, May 11, 2018
Beatles dominate UK musicians rich list

Members of The Beatles dominate a newly-published list of the UK richest musicians by the UK's Sunday Times. Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell lead the musicians list at 820 million, with Olivia and Dhani Harrison, the widow and son of George Harrison, at No. 7 with 230 million, while Ringo Starr sits at No. 8 with 220 million.

Source: antiMusic
Thursday, May 10, 2018
Paul McCartney remains the richest person in the British music industry

On May 13, the Sunday Times will publish its 2018 "Rich List," ranking the 1,000 wealthiest people in the UK. After crunching the numbers, they found McCartney and his wife Nancy Shevell had a combined wealth of 820 million ($1.1 billion). McCartney has been part of the Sunday Times' Rich List since their first list in 1989.

Source: Quartz
U.S. John Lennon stamp to be issued in four varieties

The John Lennon forever stamp in the Music Icons commemorative series will be issued Sept. 7 in New York City, according to the United States Postal Service. The same photograph of Lennon taken by Bob Gruen in August 1974 in each horizontal row will be treated in different gradient colors, creating four different major varieties.

Source: Linn's Stamp News
Paul McCartney to miss Wolf Prize ceremony due to scheduling conflict

The Wolf Foundation announced today that Paul McCartney will not be attending the Wolf Prize official ceremony in Jerusalem this month. "It's very flattering and I am grateful to be this year's Wolf Prize winner in music," McCartney wrote to the foundation. "But after reviewing my schedule...I will not be able to arrive at the date set."

Source: Jerusalem Online
Beach Boys With Royal Philharmonic to be Released

Capitol will release The Beach Boys with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on June 8 on CD, digitally, and on August 17 on vinyl. The 17-track album pairs The Beach Boys' original vocal performances with new symphonic arrangements, newly recorded by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the famous Abbey Road Studios in London.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Roy Young, who turned down chance to join the Beatles, dead at 83

Roy Young, who has died aged 83, was a rock n' roll star who played with David Bowie and The Beatles. He played with Cliff Richard and The Shadows, and in Hamburg with Ringo Starr and Tony Sheridan, where he became friends with The Beatles and before long he was enlisted to play keyboard and sing backing vocals.

Source: Oxford Mail, UK
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra announces concert tour in China

The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra on Wednesday announced a tour to China in July. Performing in major concert halls in Beijing and Shanghai, the tour concert programs will include be a selection of Liverpool's world famous song writing duo, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, with songs including Hey Jude and Here Comes the Sun.

Source: Xinhua, China
Yellow Submarine is Pro-Ject's latest Beatles-themed turntable

Pro-Ject now has as many turntables themed around The Beatles as there were band members, with the latest easily the most distinctive yet. The Yellow Submarine is a belt-driven, and indeed yellow-colored and submarine-shaped, turntable that follows in the steps of the 1964, George Harrison and two Sgt. Pepper decks.

Source: What Hi-Fi?
George Martin Biography Vol. 2 The Later Years due out in September

The second volume of the first full-length biography of George Martin, Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin, The Later Years 1966-2016, is coming on Sept. 4 from author and Beatles scholar, Kenneth Womack. Volume one, George Martin - The Early Years, 1926-1966 was published on Sept. 1, 2017.

Source: Best Classic Bands
The ghost disc of Paul McCartney comes back to life

After the breakup of the Beatles, Paul McCartney published an orchestral album, Thrillington, which is now republished. "The Story of Percy Thrills Thrillington and his debut album, Thrillington, is a puzzle that no one has all pieces," read a playful press release that accompanied the launch of the album in 1997.

Source: The Istanbul Telegraph
Peter Asher reveals Paul McCartney's masterpiece is his pension pot

Peter Asher may no longer be topping the charts with Peter and Gordon, but the 1960s pop star-turned-producer isn't unduly worried. And the reason is that stashed secretly away in a vault is the original handwritten music and lyrics of a Paul McCartney song, which Peter admits is his rainy day fund should he ever need it.

Source: The Express, UK
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
The Beatles on display at Madame Tussauds Nashville

The Beatles helped celebrate the arrival of British Airways' inaugural flight to Nashville from London when it touched down in Tennessee's Capital last Friday. The Fab Four, which were actually wax figures from the famous Madame Tussauds collection, were snapped with the airline's Boeing 787 Dreamliner at the Nashville International Airport.

Source: The Music Universe
Apple Corps scores injunction against Beatles counterfeiters

Apple Corps has won a permanent injunction against a number of online counterfeiters selling band merchandise. Last Friday, the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida issued a final default judgment and permanent injunction against the counterfeiters of fake apparel, phone cases, handbags and cushion covers.

Source: World IP Review, UK
Behind the scenes with Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles

Dozens of battered black equipment cases line the stage of the Keller Auditorium on the morning of April 17. In a few hours, cast members of "Rain: A Tribute to The Beatles" will arrive for rehearsal, but until then, the stage crew is busy unloading equipment and assembling the stage, a performance unto itself.

Source: Oregon Metro News
James Bond, Goldfinger and the Beatles in new graphic novel Fab4 Mania

Eisner Award-nominated graphic novel creator Carol Tyler saw The Beatles live in Chicago in 1965, and made a booklet about it right after show. That material, as well as diaries from the era, became the inspiration for her new book, Fab4 Mania. The book was celebrated last week in a special comic release for Free Comic Book Day.

Source: SpyVibe
Cast announced for Let It Be UK tour on anniversary of album release

It has been announced that Let It Be: A Celebration of the Music of the Beatles will returns to the UK for a national tour starting this Summer. Today, the cast who will portray the Fab Four in the show has also been revealed, coinciding with the 48th anniversary of Let It Be the album, which was released on May 8, 1970.

Source: Broadway World
May 8, 1970: Beatles release Let it Be

The Beatles' final studio release Let it Be was recorded almost completely live and had little to no over-dubbing or effects. The album served as the soundtrack to the film of the same name. Released a month after The Beatles broke up, Let It Be would top the charts all over the world. The corresponding film was released on May 13.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
Monday, May 7, 2018
Ringo Starr adds show and pop-up gallery of his art in Atlantic City

The June 2 concert by Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band at the Event Center at Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic City sold out, but they have added a June 1 show in a smaller venue, the Music Box, as well as a pop-up art gallery at the Borgata, featuring his work and benefiting The Lotus Foundation, from May 31 to June 2.

Related Articles  Source: NJ Arts
Ringo Starr announces second June date for Tel Aviv concert

Ringo Starr has added another show on June 24 in Tel Aviv after his first ever show in Israel slated for a day earlier sold out. The performances in Israel are part of Starr's "Give More Love" world tour. The concerts include songs by the Beatles, alongside his own solo pieces. The famed drummer has never performed in Israel before.

Related Articles  Source: Times of Israel
London's AIR Studios, founded by Sir George Martin, up for sale

The legendary AIR Studios is officially up for sale, the Financial Times reported earlier today. Founded in 1969 by the late Sir George Martin, Associated Independent Recording Studios' facilities have spread over multiple locales in its almost five-decade history, and the roster of musicians that have recorded at AIR is as long as it is diverse.

Source: Reverb
20 Beatles songs that John Lennon hated

John Lennon's 1971 track "How Do You Sleep" levied a torrent of musical criticisms against Paul McCartney, but he didn't reserve judgment on his own work either. In his list of 20 Beatles songs that he hated, Lennon tore into deep cuts, treasured favorites and no less than four songs that hit No. 1 on the American or U.K. charts.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 4, 2018
John Lennon gold record part of spectacular rock memorabilia auction

Record promoter Brian Interland helped break in The Moody Blues, Tom Jones, Whitney Houston, Phil Collins, Van Halen and the Rolling Stones. Due to his desire to downsize, he is now selling most of his personal collection, including a Gold Record for John Lennon's Imagine and an Eric Clapton autographed "Crossroads" Gold Record.

Source: Forbes
Paul McCartney receives royal honor from the Queen

Paul McCartney paid tribute to his parents as he was made a Companion of Honor for services to music. He was joined by wife Nancy Shevell at Buckingham Palace on Friday morning as he received the honor from the Queen more than 20 years after his knighthood. "I see this as a huge honor," said Paul.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Gorleston stars in Danny Boyle's Beatles film

The movie world has moved to Gorleston as hit film maker Danny Boyle set up shop in the town in Norfolk, England, to shoot scenes. It was thought wedding scenes were shot at several locations in the town. Main filming in the town will be next week when a night shoot is due to take place, leading to road closures by the seafront.

Related Articles  Source: Great Yarmouth Mercury, UK
Julia Baird says Lennon and McCartney had instant connection

On July 6, 1957, John Lennon first met Paul McCartney at a Liverpool church hall. Friend Tony Bramwell remembers it "was a rather unremarkable event." But Julia Baird, Lennon's half-sister, quickly noticed a connection between the two aspiring artists. "The two boys hit it off very quickly," said Beatles biographer Julius Fast.

Source: Fox News

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