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Friday, July 24, 2020
Paul McCartney, Steve Miller's rare instrumental from Flaming Pie session

One of the Flaming Pie deluxe edition collection's more interesting curios is "Broomstick," a tune McCartney cut with Steve Miller, who played guitar on most of the album. It came out as a B side to Flaming Pie's "Young Boy" but has since drifted into obscurity. This previously unreleased version will not appear on the box set.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Times
Update: Paul McCartney Flaming Pie gets deluxe editions

Paul McCartney's 1997 album, Flaming Pie, is being significantly expanded as the thirteenth installment in his Grammy Award-winning Archive Collection. An EP, available now, recreates the original 1997 "Beautiful Night" maxi single, including the remastered Flaming Pie single, "Beautiful Night", and a 1995 demo of the song.

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Pictures: Paul McCartney holds hands with wife in the Hamptons

Paul McCartney made sure to take a time out from his crusade for urgent action in live music industry as he walked hand-in-hand with his wife Nancy Shevell while running errands in The Hamptons earlier this week. Paul showcased his low-key style in a pair of black shorts and T-shirt with a pair of grey-coloured trainers.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Singer/songwriter Emitt Rhodes passes away at 70

Emitt Rhodes has passed away at the age of 70, it was announced last weekend. A post on the singer/songwriter's official Facebook page made it official. The self-named Emitt Rhodes album in 1970 was more than a slight nod to the Beatles, particularly Paul McCartney, each of its twelve tracks was a lesson in pop perfection.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Liverpool attraction The Beatles Story set to reopen its doors

The Beatles Story in Liverpool, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, is set to reopen its doors on Monday 20 July after being awarded Visit Britain's "We're Good To Go" certification. The certification means it has the relevant safety measures in place and a process to maintain cleanliness and aid social distancing.

Related Articles  Source: ITV, UK
Beatles autograph book could be worth $5,000 at auction

An autograph book signed by The Beatles just months before Beatlemania made them megastars could fetch 4,000 (about $5,030) at auction. Gran Pamela Timson was aged 12 when she waited for hours outside a stage door for one of her idols to have a cigarette break so she could ask them to sign her book.

Source: Metro, UK
The Beatles are the best-selling rock band of 2020

The Beatles are the only million-selling rock band of 2020, and it's not particularly close. Nielsen's Mid-Year Report calculates The Beatles' album sales plus equivalent units sold between January and June of this year at 1.094 million units. That's more than Queen, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac and Metallica.

Source: iHeart Radio
John Lennon's school report at aged 15 shows he was always a rebel

Born in Liverpool to a working-class family, what John Lennon lacked in aptitude he made up for in inherent intelligence and was able, as many musical greats are, to coast through school without truly exerting himself. In his school report, it's easy to see that. Lennon freely admits that he was intent on causing mischief.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Monday, July 13, 2020
John Lennon final photos and camera sell for over $100k at auction

The final photos taken of John Lennon on Dec 8, 1980, by Paul Goresh sold for $100,000, and the camera that took them for $5,900, the last book signed by Lennon sold for $18,000, a Beatles ice cream box for $3,028 and Ringo's sunglasses for $2,923, all in part one of the Paul Goresh Beatles Collection auction which closed last week.

Source: New Kerala
Statue set to tour Liverpool for John Lennon's 80th birthday

This year marks the 80th birthday of the late John Lennon. And now a statue of his likeness is being proposed for a tour of Liverpool, looking for a permanent home in his native Merseyside. The Beatles statue was sculpted by Laura Lian two years ago and has been inside the Hard Rock Cafe in London for much of that time.

Source: The Express, UK
Strawberry Field proposals set to move ahead

Plans to develop a nod to the musical heritage of Liverpool's Strawberry Field site look set to be backed. As part of plans to provide entertainment and amenity to future users and visitors to the site, the Salvation Army now hopes to erect a bandstand within Strawberry Field to complement the visitor centre, which opened earlier this year.

Source: Inside Media
Friday, July 10, 2020
The Beatles' 1964 Melbourne show on TV next week

Footage from a '60s Beatles concert in Australia will be remastered and broadcast on television next week. Nine will be airing the full concert, titled One Night Only - The Beatles in Oz, on Monday at 9:30pm AEST. It will also be available to stream on 9Now. The concert will be remastered and will include never-before-seen footage.

Source: NME, Australia
Fiona Adams, Beatles photographer, dead at 84

Photographer Fiona Adams, best known for her pictures of classic rock icons, has died at the age of 84. While working for the London-based magazine Boyfriend in the early '60s, Adams career would reach a major turning point, as she was given the assignment of photographing an up-and-coming pop group called the Beatles.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
U.S. postal card signed by the Beatles in July 15 auction

Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions holds its Flagship sale July 15 at the firm's gallery in Danbury, Conn. A highlight of the sale is a United States 1951 Benjamin Franklin postal card bearing the signatures of the Beatles: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. The signed card is listed with a minimum bid of $2,500.

Source: Linn's Stamp News
Gilmore Car Museum to host live drive-in Beatles concert

This Saturday night, the world's largest car museum becomes the stage for a drive-in concert as the Gilmore Car Museum presents the English Rain. A group of musicians from Nashville, the English Rain "exists for one purpose: to remind you of the magic of a turntable, a piece of vinyl, and the greatest rock and roll in history."

Source: K102.5, Kalamazoo
Video: Mike Portnoy performs the Beatles' Because a capella

Drum legend Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, BPMD, ex-Dream Theater) has released the video below, along with the following message, "This is my Vocal Cam/Track from the Voices Of Apollo a capella Version of The Beatles' 'Because'. I took George's part which is lowest harmony of the three, but also one of the trickiest melodies."

Source: Brave Words
Video: Billy Preston got his first of two no. 1 singles 47 years ago today

On this day 47 years ago, Billy Preston scored the first of his two number one hits on Billboard's Hot 100. "Will It Go Round in Circles," from his second album "Music Is My Life," released in 1972, was written by Preston and Bruce Fisher. This was also Preston's first chart topper as a solo artist.

Source: Eurweb
Video: Ringo Starr celebrates with star-studded livestream concert

On Tuesday, Ringo Starr marked his 80th birthday with his own Big Birthday Special livestream concert. Ringo took a seat at his drum kit to play a number of long-distance performances, including It Don't Come Easy, Helter Skelter with former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney, and a duet with Sheila E. for Come Together.

Source: iHeart Radio
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Stars wish Ringo Starr a happy birthday at 80

Ringo Starr turning 80 today is a big deal. Many fellow legends took to their social media accounts to wish the Beatles drummer a happy birthday, including Paul McCartney, Stella McCartney, Yoko Ono, Pattie Boyd, Peter Frampton, and original Beatles drummer Pete Best, who said, "Thought about it and thought why not. Happy Birthday Ringo."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, July 6, 2020
A John Lennon tree grows in Manhattan

Carmen Paulino, who calls herself a community artist, has wrapped a tree on 79th Street in New York City with a crocheted artwork she calls the John Lennon Tree. The elaborate installation went up in June and is the handiwork of Paulino, herself a local from Spanish Harlem, with the assistance of several others.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Ringo Starr says The Beatles turned down crazy reunion gig in 1976

Ringo Starr, who is 80 on Tuesday, said the iconic band was offered 50 million to reunite five years after their breakup. All four bandmates, including Paul McCartney and John Lennon, discussed the offer. But a wrestling match between a man and a shark was to be the warm-up act, which put off the Fab Four.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Yoko Ono, 87, is slowing down and needs 24-hour care

Since 2017 the 87-year-old Yoko Ono has often been seen outside in wheelchairs and she now rarely leaves her nine-room apartment in The Dakota and needs 24-hour care. But Elliot Mintz told The New York Post Ono's mind is still crystal clear and she invites her son Sean for dinner up to three times a week.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, July 3, 2020
Ringo says there's a lot more joy in Beatles Get Back Documentary

Ringo Starr has been sharing his thoughts and early impressions of the much-anticipated The Beatles: Get Back documentary. The film, directed by Peter Jackson, had been due for release this summer by Apple Corps Ltd and WingNut Films, distributed by Disney. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, it's now scheduled for August 21, 2021.

Source: U Discover Music
Brian Epstein to get the Hollywood treatment in new biopic

The life of The Beatles' manager Brian Epstein is being brought to the big screen. Billed as the "true and truly extraordinary story" of the man dubbed the Fifth Beatle, it will be directed by Jonas Akerlund, best known for his music videos with Beyonce, Madonna and Lady Gaga as well as Paul McCartney.

Source: ITV, UK
New Beatles Lego art set comes with a soundtrack

Lego has unveiled a new Beatles-themed set that will allow fans to create portraits of the music icons using their favorite interchangeable plastic blocks. Available starting in September, each set depicts a different iconic image from pop culture. The Beatles' version is the only music-related one to be announced so far.

Source: iHeart Radio

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