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Know Beatles trivia and win a ukulele at Hawaii Statehood party
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 08/10/09 10:07 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Which Beatle first picked up the ukulele? What year did Paul & Linda McCartney stop over in Hawaii? On which Hawaiian island did George Harrison buy a home?

If you can answer these and other questions about the Beatles and Hawaii, you may win a ukulele at the Hawaii 50th Anniversary of Statehood Celebration hosted by Wonderwall Music Shoppe & Emporium at the Eastgate Cafe in Oak Park, IL, on Friday, August 21, from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.

There will be entertainment by The Harrison Street Ukulele Players, 'Rev' Eric Klemme Hawaiian, Surf and Beatles music. There will also be hula dancing and lessons! Wear your best Hawaiian clothes! Prizes courtesy of Wonderwall Music Shoppe & Emporium, you must be present to win.

The Eastgate Cafe is located at 102 Harrison Street, Oak Park, IL. Call 708-948-7986 for more information, or visit their event page on Facebook.

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Tony Bramwell joins fans at Abbey Road anniversary celebration
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Saturday, 08/08/09 2:45 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Former Beatles Road Manager and author Tony Bramwell was in attendance at today's 40th anniversary of the historic Beatles Abbey Road photo session. He greeted fans and signed the new paperback version of his best selling book, Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With the Beatles.


Fans walked a short distance from the Abbey Road crossing in front of Abbey Road studios to the St. John's Beatles Coffee Shop to have the opportunity to meet Tony and have Tony sign his book. One ardent fan asked Tony several times with camera in hand if he could sing and shout out a few lines from a Beatles song but Tony politely apologised, explaining that he is tone deaf and can't hold a tune.

Tony has been busy as part of a book tour promoting the new paperback version of his book, Magical Mystery Tours: My Life With the Beatles, and most recently has spent time in the United States at various Beatles festivals and Beatles related events. In the book, Tony tells what it was like to be with the Beatles as an insider. Sir Paul McCartney says about Tony Bramwell, "If you want to know anything about the Beatles, ask Tony Bramwell. He remembers more than I do."

You can follow Tony on Twitter at @BeatlesFriend.

International tribute bands to be featured at Beatles Fest West
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 08/03/09 7:35 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

BeatlesRadio.com has announced that they still have pairs of tickets available for Beatles Fest West at $99.00 each.

Beatles Fest West is a three day celebration for Beatles fans October 9th (which coincidentally happens to be John Lennon's 69th birthday) through 11th, 2009. The event, will be held at the Scottish Rite Hall in San Francisco. The venue includes an 800 seat theatre where a total of three shows will include more than nine Beatle themed acts from around the world.

On Friday night "The Fab Four" will perform, as will "The Beafore" from Germany, who bring to life the early club days of The Beatles. Also featured will be the "Beatrips" from Japan, a truly authentic and note for note sounding Far East Beatles tribute group.

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There will be a matinee show on Saturday featuring some of the best duo's and solo Beatle acts, headlined by "The Beafore," and a Saturday night gala performance with the "Beatrips" and a knock-out performance by the Bay Area's "Sun Kings", featuring Drew Harrison as John Lennon.

There will be a Beatles Rock Band contest, with MTV Beatles Rock Band game staff on hand to demo the new game. Also planned is a fancy dressed "Come as a Beatles Song" contest and of course, dozens of Beatle vendors from around the world.

For more information, visit www.beatlesfestwest.com.

Uncut Magazine includes free Roots of the Beatles CD
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 08/02/09 12:21 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

It's their world, we only live in it.

The September issue of Uncut Magazine features a 12 page exclusive feature on The Beatles, how they have made an impact on the music world and how they have influenced the careers of many famous people from musicians to business people.

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The feature is a fresh look at the Fab Four's massive, enduring cultural impact on everything from Radio 1 and MTV to satellite communications.

The issue also includes a free CD of the artists that influenced The Beatles. The CD features 15 great rock'n'roll tracks that set The Beatles on their path to world domination, including Elvis Presley, Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly.

The special Beatles issue of Uncut is on newsstands now, or visit Uncut Magazine for more info.

Fans celebrate Abbey Road 40th anniversary next weekend
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 08/01/09 8:19 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On 8th August 1969, the Beatles crossed Abbey Road. Next Saturday, 8th August 2009, a special day of events have been planned to celebrate the anniversary.

A special Beatles walking tour will cross the Abbey Road Crossing exactly 40 years to the minute since the Beatles did it in 1969. The tour will be lead by Richard Porter, a professional Beatles tour guide and owner of the Beatles Coffee Shop. The special tour starts at Marylebone Station at 9.20am. There is no need to book for the tour, just turn up at the meeting point.


At 11.35am fans will cross Abbey Road exactly 40 years to the minute since the Beatles. They will be led across by Beatles band Sgt Pepper's Only Dartboard Band, who will be wearing replicas of the clothes the Beatles wore 40 years before.

Tony Bramwell will be signing copies of his new book Magical Mystery Tours, My Life with the Beatles at the Beatles Coffee Shop from 12 noon, and at 7.30pm Sgt Pepper's Only Dart Board Band will play a special concert at Peter Parker's Rock and Roll Club at 4 Denmark Street.

If you can't get to the event in person, it will be broadcast by CBS News in the US, on Russian National TV and also in Spain and France!

You can also watch it live on the Abbey Road webcam!

For more information on the day's events please visit www.beatlesinlondon.com/abbeyroad.htm

Rarest Apple 45 sells for record price on eBay
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/27/09 1:25 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

One of the rarest Apple label 45s has just sold for an all time record price on eBay. A "thick" vinyl version of Apple 8 "King of Fuh"/"Nobody Knows" by Brute Force recently sold for ?4,888 ($8,063) to an unnamed bidder.

BeatlesandBeyond Radio host Pete Dicks reports that the record is believed to have been given by John Lennon to his friend Pete Shotton, and has been played on very few occasions.


Pete Dicks says that in his interview with Brute, he asked how many records were made and was told "about 2,000", but these were "thin" vinyl copies, and the one sold was the ever rarer version, sent to Radio Stations for promotional purposes.

EMI originally refused to distribute the record, and Tony Bramwell reports that female staff at EMI's pressing plant refused to press them. Ken Mansfield writes that John Lennon was furious at him for stopping release in the USA. The record was only available via mial order from Apple in 1969, but few were actually sold and Brute took the rest back to the USA where he "gave them away like potatoes".

Pete Dicks' interview with Brute will soon be played on the UKs longest running Beatles themed Radio Show - BeatlesandBeyond. You can get more details of Pete's show at www.beatlesandbeyond.com.

Apple says Edelmann made Yellow Submarine an animation classic
[Posted Friday, 07/24/09 11:19 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This official statement was published yesterday on the official Beatles website:

Apple Corps were very sad to hear of the death of Heinz Edelmann who passed away in Stuttgart on Tuesday July 21st aged 75. Heinz was held in the highest regard by the Apple family who enjoyed a professional friendship with him for many years.

Yellow Submarine would not be regarded as an animation classic if it were not for the astonishing design concepts that he brought to the film, which inspired everyone connected to the production to create something truly remarkable.

Heinz's infectious enthusiasm and sparkling wit was much commented on by those who had the good fortune to meet him.

He will be sorely missed by all and we send our love and sympathy to his wife Anna and their family.

Abbey Road note-for-note in New Jersey this weekend
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 07/23/09 2:15 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, members of Liverpool, and surprise friends return to the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ, for the 3rd straight Beatles Bash. This year, a 15-piece band will conquer Abbey Road note-for-note on its 40th Anniversary. This full, at least 2-hour show, also features special guests Beatlegras.

Beatlegras

Happy Hour for the Jersey Summer Beatles Bash III featuring a special Beatles Rock Art Show begins at 6:30pm. Enjoy free hors d'oeuvres and drink specials. To get in and enjoy discounted drinks, you need a ticket to the show and you must arrive prior to 7pm.

Glen Burtnik & Friends - Jersey Summer Beatles Bash III, with special guests Beatlegras, takes place on Saturday, July 25, 2009 at 8:00 PM at the State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ. Tickets priced between $47.00 and $27.00. For more information, visit The State Theatre website, or call 732-246-SHOW.

Famous rock album cover designer passes away
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 07/20/09 6:23 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Unfortunately, we missed covering this because the news was dominated at the time by the death of Michael Jackson. Tom Wilkes, a Grammy Award-winning art director and album cover designer whose work included albums for George Harrison, Ringo Starr and the Beatles, died last month on June 28. He was 69.

Wilkes was the art director for the 1967 Monterey International Pop Music Festival for which he created all of the graphics and print materials. After Monterey, he became the art director at A&M Records.


Wilkes designed album covers including George Harrison's All Things Must Pass in 1970, The Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, the Beatles Red and Blue albums in 1973 and Starr Struck, Best of Ringo Starr Vol. 2 for Rhino Records in 1989.

He also created or provided the art direction or graphic design for scores of other covers, for artists like the Who, the Rolling Stones, Neil Young, Eric Clapton and Joe Cocker.

You can see a gallery of the album covers and posters of Tom Wilkes here, and you can read more about the life of Tom Wilkes here.

Walter Cronkite remembers his part in the Beatles story
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 07/18/09 8:55 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Beatles arrived in America at Kennedy Airport on February 7, 1964, and performed for the first time on American TV on Sunday, Feb. 9. The show was viewed by over 73 million Americans. But it was not their first appearance on TV in America. And that appearance on Ed Sullivan might not have happened the way it did, without the help of another man, Walter Cronkite.

In November of 1963, Alexander Kendrick at CBS News alerted Walter Cronkite to a story about a group of young men called the Beatles. Josh Darsa and a London film crew had spent an evening filming at a live performance by the long-haired musicians and their screaming girl fans. But it was a busy news week, and the story didn't immediately go on the air. Then, a few days later, President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, and it wasn't until the second week in December until Walter Cronkite decided it was appropriate to start doing feature news again.


In his foreword to the book "The Beatles Are Coming" by Bruce Spizer, Walter Cronkite remembers what happened next.

"We decided to broadcast Kendrick's Beatles piece on our Evening News program. Shortly after we were off the air, I got a call from Ed Sullivan, who was a friend of mine. He was excited about the story we had run on the long-haired British group. He said, 'Tell me more about those, what do they call them? Those bugs or whatever they call themselves.' I didn't remember the group's name and had to look down on my copy sheet for the Evening News broadcast to tell him, 'They are called the Beatles.' Ed wanted to know what I knew about the group, which was next to nothing. I told Ed I would query my guy in London. I sent my query to Alexander Kendrick and requested he contact Ed. I don't know what happened after that, but soon Ed was announcing that he would have the Beatles on his show."

Walter Cronkite, the "most trusted man in America," passed away Friday evening with his family by his side at his home in New York after a long illness. He was 92.


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