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Famous songwriter had long-ago Beatles connection
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 03/18/09 7:27 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

We learn today that songwriter Jack Lawrence on Saturday at the age of 96. Jack's song "Tenderly" launched the career of Rosemary Clooney and he put Bobby Darin on the map with "Beyond the Sea." But Jack also had a very interesting small connection with the Beatles.

In a 1998 interview, Lawrence told how was asked by his friend and attorney Lee Eastman to write a song for his daughter Linda. Lawrence copyrighted the song "Linda" in 1944 and it went on to become a hit in 1947. Linda Eastman grew up to marry Paul McCartney.

Paul McCartney eventually bought the publishing rights to that song about his late wife, the song is now part of his MPL portfolio.

You can read more about the life of Jack Lawrence here.

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Dhani Harrison live in Hollywood on March 31
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 03/17/09 1:11 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Great news for Beatles fans in Southern California! Dhani Harrison will be officially launching the release of his band thenewno2's new album, You Are Here, with a live performance at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, the same place where Paul McCartney performed live in 2007.

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The performance takes place at Amoeba's Hollywood store on Tuesday, March 31st, at 7:00 pm. They'll also be signing CDs.

You Are Here is the first release from Dhani Harrison and friend Oli Hecks as Thenewno2, which borrows as much from Brian Eno and Massive Attack as it does from his dad. You Are Here comes out March 31st on Vagrant Records.

Amoeba Records is located at 6400 Sunset Blvd. in Hollywood. Their phone number is (323) 654-6400.

(Info thanks to Amoeba Records and Absolutely Dhani Harrison.)

Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 03/16/09 7:23 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Thanks to Popeye historian Fred Grandinetti who wrote to mention that the April 2009 issue of Movie Collector's World includes a feature on "Popeye's 80th Birthday," which contains a mention of the classic Beatles cartoon TV show from 1965 and 66. In one of the episodes of that show, "Tell Me What You See," Popeye's baby Swee'Pea appears with John Lennon.

The reason for the connection? Popeye cartoons and the Beatles cartoons were created by the same company, King Features.

You can read the entire article in Movie Collector's World online here.

Money can buy you LOVE if you live in Vegas
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 03/13/09 11:10 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

For a limited time only, people who live in Las Vegas have a chance to see The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil for as little as $60. This special discount applies to regularly priced tickets and is subject to availability. The offer is open to valid Las Vegas residents only and is valid from March 15 through May 31.

For a category 1 seat, regularly $150, the sale price is $90, a category 2 seat, regularly $125, is now $75, and a category 3 seat, regularly $99, is only $60.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 702-531-3873 and asking for the locals offer. Limit 6 tickets per transaction with valid Nevada ID. Prices reflected do not include tax and fees. Residents must present their Nevada photo ID when picking-up tickets at the LOVE Ticket Office to take advantage of the offer.

LOVE performs nightly at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm Thursday through Monday at The Mirage, with no performances on Tuesday and Wednesday.

(Thanks to KVBC-TV and MSNBC.)

John and Yoko's bed-in to be reenacted in London, Ontario
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 03/10/09 3:23 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

40 years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged their famous "Bed-In for Peace", a special celebration honoring the event will take place in London, Ontario Canada, later this month.

Mark Facchin, Creator/Promotions/Lead Vocals/Bass Guitar of "Legend" - The John Lennon Experience, and his girlfriend Jessica Wilkie, Political Science/English Major, King's College, will be donning the pajamas and climbing into bed in the name of Peace.

Kingsmill's Department Store

Kingsmill's Department Store, one of London, Ontario's oldest and most respected businesses, has kindly offered their display window on Dundas St. in downtown London, and also a double bed for the day.

Mark says, "We're going to try and keep the image of the original as close as possible."

The recreation of this historic event will be on Friday, March 20, from 9am to 5pm in downtown London, Ontario. It will be free and open to the public.

Paul on Sirius/XM through March 14
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 03/09/09 2:49 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Did you know you can listen to all Paul McCartney 24x7 commercial free on the Sirius Radio Channel 33 and XM 27 until March 14th? Paul started his own radio show for a one month run on Sirius Radio starting Valentine's Day.

The show is pretty cool, all Macca, plus a few quips from Paul here and there such as "if I didn't do this as a job (as a musician), I would do it as a hobby" and "not many know that I play the drums...I'm a good drummer because I have a strong feel (for the drums)...and play drums on my songs in the studio." In addition to a few quips played intermittently every 20 minutes or so, Paul has done some exclusive Fireman radio interviews.

Most recently, last Friday and Saturday, the Paul McCartney Fireman Radio show featured a phone call interview between James Taylor and Sir Paul McCartney in which Paul recalls about how it came to be that Taylor was signed by Apple Records as a result of his friendship with Peter Asher, who was Paul's former girlfriend Jane Asher's brother. Paul remininced after having visited Trident Studios for the first time since the late sixties before the phone interview.

Tonight, Monday, March 9th at 10AM, 4PM and 10PM, Mark Lapidos will be playing DJ and playing a great assortment of Paul's songs and talking about them and the upcoming Fest For Beatles Fans that he puts on every year. The next Fest is March 27th thru 29th in Secaucus, New Jersey.

The Fireman radio show features a wide range of Paul's music, from live performances of some Beatles classics such as "Can't Buy Me Love" to his solo work from all of his solo albums and tracks that have never been published, all interspersed with a few bits from Paul about how he mixes/makes/records his music. BeatlesNews fans can listen to Paul's Fireman Radio show for a free 3 day trial, otherwise a monthly subscription is $12.95/month.

Overheard on Late Night
[Posted by Dave Haber on Saturday, 03/07/09 4:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on NBC, in his monologue, Jimmy mentioned the "Y" word.

"A special Beatles version of the video game Rock Band is coming out. I can't wait for this. You can play as John, Paul, George, or Ringo. And it comes with a full warranty... in case Yoko shows up."

Photo courtesy of NBC

Jimmy's a Beatles fan, in 2006 he was photographed wearing a pin supporting Paul McCartney during the time of his divorce. Jimmy said, "He's the best. He's the one and only. He's my man. He's my favorite. Yeah, I love Paul, I've got to support him."

Paul McCartney gets new Long Island neighbors
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 03/05/09 7:10 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A house in Amagansett, on Long Island, NY, which is located near homes owned by Gwyneth Paltrow, Alec Baldwin and Paul McCartney, has sold for $4 million. The former Beatle's house "is right around the corner from me," says the home's original owner.

The traditional-style house has five bedrooms, 6.5 bathrooms, a finished basement and four fireplaces. It also has a heated pool.

(Info thanks to The Newsday Long Island Real Estate blog.)

Van Morrison says The Beatles were peripheral
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 03/04/09 1:00 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In a new interview today in The New Yorker, Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, author, poet and multi-instrumentalist Van Morrison, in speaking about the roots of rock and roll, said that it's wrong to refer to an artist like Lonnie Donegan as "pre-Beatles rock and roll".

"That's a cliche," he said. "I don't think 'pre-Beatles' means anything, because there was stuff before them. Over here, you have a different slant. You measure things in terms of the Beatles. We don't think music started there. Rolling Stone magazine does, because it's their mythology. The Beatles were peripheral. If you had more knowledge about music, it didn't really mean anything. To me, it was meaningless."

On Monday night, Morrison was the musical guest for the premiere of Jimmy Fallon's late-night TV program. He had not previously heard of Fallon, whose inexperience as a talk-show host he said he found appealing.

You can read the full New Yorker interview here.

Beatles tribute and the SC Philharmonic Orchestra on March 3
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 02/27/09 4:40 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

From Sgt Peppers to Abbey Road and everything in between, that will be the order of the day next Tuesday evening, March 3, at the Koger Center in Columbia, SC, as the renowned Beatles Tribute Band The Return teams up with the full South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra for the second time since 2003, for a special night of celebration of the Beatles music from 1966 and later.

The Return is one of the most authentic and musically talented tribute bands in the world. They thrill audiences all over US and around the world with their spot on personalities and youthful appearance. They are also known for their Birthday Jingle on beatlesradio.com which is a perfect reproduction of a version the Beatles did in the early 60s for the BBC Show "Saturday Club".

Mr. Kite, the birthday announcer for beatlesradio.com, will also be in attendance on Tuesday evening and "guarantees a pleasant time for all!"

The concert will begin at 7:30pm and sold out quickly in 2003 so if you are interested get your tickets?fast. Tickets are available through The Return's website.

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