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Beloved British actress almost started career in Beatles film
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 02/26/09 4:13 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Wendy Richard, the actress who appeared in some of Britain's best-loved and most long-running television programs, has died today, her agent Kevin Francis said. She was 65.

Wendy was a 22-year-old unknown when she was chosen to appear alongside the Beatles in their second movie, Help!, in 1965. Sadly her big moment, a tender scene with Paul McCartney, was cut from the movie. The only remaining record of this deleted scene are still photographs, discovered by researchers restoring the film for its release on DVD in 2007.

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Wendy and Paul on the set of Help!

In an interview in 2007, she spoke of her disappointment at being edited out of the movie. She said, "I was devastated. But I've met Paul since and it was lovely that he remembered me."

Upon learning the news, Paul McCartney said, "She was a lovely lady and a real babe, a really nice girl. We had a lot of fun working with her. She went on to do great things. Over the years we'd bump into each other and I would give her a hug."

Ms. Richard's career spanned five decades of British television and film including starring as Miss Brahms in BBC comedy Are You Being Served?

You can read more about Wendy Richard here in the London Times.

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Ukulele birthday celebration for George Harrison
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 02/25/09 4:08 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

What better way to celebrate George Harrison's birthday than playing with?Wonderwall's Harrison Street Ukulele Players!?Led by the group's founder and organizer GiGi Wong-Monaco, the ukulele players will perform George Harrison songs on Thursday, February 26 (the day after George's birthday), from 7:00pm to 9:00 pm at the Eastgate Cafe in Oak Park.


The celebration will include songs from George's solo and Beatles career. Fans are invited to wear their George or Beatles shirts. Special George and Beatles inspired t-shirts available at Wonderwall. The event is open to all Ukulele Players and fans. Come and join the fun of playing ukuleles together! All levels, beginners-pros. Very, casual, warm and inviting environment. A small $5 donation is greatly appreciated for songsheets provided to everyone.

The event is sponsored by Wonderwall Music Shoppe & Emporium.

Eastgate Cafe is located at 102 Harrison St, Oak Park, IL. For more info call (708) 660-9091 or visit their meetup website.

George Harrison's birthday celebrated in Hollywood tomorrow
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 02/24/09 11:21 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

George Harrison will be remembered at a public birthday celebration on Wednesday, February 25, 2003 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM in front of Capitol Records Tower Building, 1750 N. Vine Street, Hollywood.


Fans of George Harrison are invited to bring flowers and birthday message cards to place around the star, and to participate in a birthday cake cutting ceremony to remember and honor the late legendary singer, songwriter and Beatles member.

Live and taped George Harrison and Beatles songs will be played at the event, and fans are invited to perform their own music, poetry and spoken word tributes. Radio host Chris Carter of Breakfast With the Beatles on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles will lead the children at the event in lighting the candles and cutting the specially decorated cake.

In addition, during the ceremony, a mock foam-board Walk of Fame Star for George that a Beatles fan has made will be placed next to John Lennon's star, in hope that an official star for George will be installed next to or near John's star sometime soon. John's star has been in front of the Capitol Records building in Hollywood since Sept. 28, 1988.

George Harrison was born February 25, 1943 in the Hunts Cross area of Liverpool.

The event is being sponsored by the Alliance for Survival peace group. For further information call (310) 399-1000.

Memories, Facts & Photos of the Beatles in Cleveland
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 02/23/09 2:49 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Dave Schwensen, author of The Beatles in Cleveland: Memories, Facts & Photos about the Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts, will present a one hour program that relives the excitement of 1960s pop culture and Beatlemania, on Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 11. This "meet the author" event takes audiences behind the scenes and on stage for two of the wildest, out of control concerts in Beatles - and rock - history.


The program includes a display of never before published photos taken of the Beatles in Cleveland, original newspaper articles from 1964 & 1966 about Beatles visits to the city, concert poster and more. Available for viewing before and after the! program.

Also, a ten minute opening film about The Beatles In Cleveland with concert footage, rare photos, television features - and comments from John Lennon & Paul McCartney about the riotous Cleveland concerts.

And, an author presentation about the Cleveland concerts detailing eyewitness accounts from opening acts, promoters, favorite Cleveland deejays and personalities, and little known facts about The Beatles visits to Cleveland. Includes opportunity for audience members to share their memories of Beatlemania.

The grande finale - A 15 minute rare film of the riotous 1966 Beatles concert at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

Books available for purchase and signing at library discount price, ($15.00).

Event dates and times:

Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Geauga County Public Library
13455 Chillicothe Road, Chesterland, OH 44026
7:00 pm EST - Display of rare Beatles photos and memorabilia begins at 6:30 pm and again following author program.
For reservations call 440-729-4250
More information: www.geauga.lib.oh.us

Wednesday, March 11, 2009 (Rescheduled from Jan. 28th)
Hudson Library and Historical Society
Library Street, Hudson, OH 44236
7:00 pm EST - Display of rare Beatles photos and memorabilia begins at 6:30 pm and again following author program.
For reservations call 330-653-6658

More information about the book is available here, or visit www.BeatlesInCleveland.com.

Hillary Clinton says Lennon and McCartney were geniuses
[Posted Friday, 02/20/09 10:32 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was interviewed by James Rosen of FOX News in Seoul, South Korea, earlier today. They concluded the interview talking about the Beatles.

You mentioned on the Indonesian television program your love of The Beatles. Are you more partial to the irrepressible melodies and hand-clapping of the "Please Please Me" era or to the world-weary, drug-fueled existentialism of their later work?

Well, like so many Beatles fans, it depends both on mood and stage of life. I have to confess, since I am older than you, that the hand-clapping mode was what I first was captured by. "I Want to Hold Your Hand" was an anthem, as you might imagine. But then, as I went through my angst period -- and, you know, struggled with the challenges of living in the real world, the more existential message struck home.


Do you have a favorite Beatles song?

Well, it, it sort of is on the, you know, more existential side. I've always loved "Hey Jude." Now don't ask me why -- because that's almost Biblical in meaning, as you know. And I always have been sort of moved by the range of emotion in The Beatles. But at the end of the day, I think, you know, Lennon and McCartney were geniuses. And I'm just glad I got to live through that period.

You can read the entire interview here.

Steve Jobs compared computer innovation to the early Beatles
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 02/18/09 4:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In an article today about Silicon Valley on Forbes.com, Brian Caulfield says Apple's slogan to "Think Different" started with its larger-than-life founder and chief executive, Steve Jobs, and told how early on in the company, Jobs boiled down the creative innovation he wanted for his new computers into one word.

Steve Jobs with the original iMac

"When the team working on the Mac asked Jobs in 1983 for a standard they should shoot for, Jobs' answer was simple: the Beatles. And not just the Beatles--the early Beatles."

Caufield says, because of this kind of corporate thinking, if the technology industry has a soul, Apple's employees are its keepers.

You can read the full article here.

Paul McCartney selects Duffy to record Wings cover
[Posted Wednesday, 02/18/09 7:07 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

(from Paul McCartney's official website.)

On February 16th and 24th, War Child and their record label partners at Parlophone and Astralwerks will be releasing an amazing new collection of cover versions called "War Child presents Heroes," an album to benefit the War Child humanitarian organization. War Child is an award-winning charity that provides humanitarian assistance to war-affected children in some of the most devastated regions of the world.


War Child asked Paul McCartney to name a member of the current generation to cover his song "Live & Let Die". He chose Welsh singer-songwriter Duffy and is proud to announce this new version can now be heard on War Child's most ambitious album to date, Heroes.

Listen to music on the new MySpace site at www.myspace.com/warchildheroes. To find out more about War Child and the work they are doing visit www.warchildheroes.com.

All You Need Is Love broadcast recreated tomorrow
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 02/16/09 8:18 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Peopleprint Community Media is an arts organisation based in Rochdale, UK, it's 25th anniversary being on 17th Feb 2009 which is also World Community Arts Day. To commemorate both they are re-creating the Beatles "All You Need Is Love" 1967 first satellite broadcast for our first live global broadcast.

Beatles tribute band "The Cheatles" will be performing the song on the broadcast, alongside local musicians. They will also be joined by arts and media organisations across the globe and aim to set the world record for the largest live online birthday party. Link ups with other organisations have arranged, including Beyond Skin in Belfast, who will hand over their broadcast at 7pm.

The Cheatles in concert

Peopleprint Community Media believse in helping people change their lives through creativity. They assist people to achieve their artistic dreams over the years and, as the song suggests 'there's nothing you can do that can't be done!"

To be part of a record broadcast, watch live on www.peopleprint.org.uk. They are trying to get as many people to watch the performance live on the internet tomorrow, Feb. 17. Everyone should watch at 7 p.m. UK time for approximately 15 minutes.

For more information vist the World Community Arts Day website.

Uncovered Elliott Smith demos includes Beatles track
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 02/15/09 2:33 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Rawkblog has posted an album's worth of leaked, unreleased demo tracks from the late Elliott Smith's album, From a Basement on the Hill.

One of the tracks in the demos is a cover of the Beatles' 1964 song, "I'll Be Back." At the end the demo, Smith mentions the Beatles' names, as if they were talking the studio. This track is not on the released Elliott Smith album, as are several other tracks in the demos, including a beautiful rendition of the Cat Stevens song, "Trouble".

Elliott Smith

The tracks have the gritty and raw sound typcial of demo tracks, but for the most part, don't sound unfinished, either. The tracks are currently available in a zipfile on the Rawkblog site, and the Beatles track is available as a separate MP3 download.

There has reportedly been no comment on the leak of tracks from Elliot Smith's people.

Smith rose to mainstream prominence when his song "Miss Misery", included in the soundtrack for the film Good Will Hunting, was nominated for an Oscar in the Best Original Song category in 1997.

(Info thanks to Prefix Magazine.)

Updated Update: Ringo at Radio City... maybe
[Posted by Dave Haber on Sunday, 02/15/09 7:52 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Yesterday we reported that Ringo Starr will be joining Paul McCartney at the historic benefit concert to be held at Radio City Music Hall on April 4, 2009.

This morning we're hearing that may not be true. Another source, who says they work with David Lynch, organizer of the event, says it is untrue that Ringo is scheduled to appear at the event, according to the Lynch Foundation's director.

Paul and Ringo together in 2006

While it's possible that this story has been gossip and rumor all along, totally unfounded in any fact or reality, it sounds to us more like they're still dotting the i's and crossing the t's on Ringo's appearance, and somebody announced it before they were supposed to, so now denials must be issued until it can be officially made public.

Stay tuned to the Beatles News Blog for the official word on this story as soon as it is released!


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