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[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 12/08/08 7:28 am]

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[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 12/05/08 6:13 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

In a new article on Fixing A Hole, Mitchell Axelrod, author of the fascinating book "Beatletoons - The Real Story Behind The Cartoon Beatles," tells why he has been in love with the Beatles cartoon show since the first day it premiered on ABC TV in September, 1965.

Mitchell says he was hooked on the Beatles since he was two. "I was always a big lover of cartoons and in September of 1965 when The Beatles cartoon series premiered, I was in heaven. How much sweeter could it get, cartoons filled with Beatles music. According to my mom, I would sit and sing every note of every song in each episode and giggle at the antics of the cartoon Beatles."

But he was young and doesn't remember them too much from their early airings. That all changed, however, in 1970, when they came to TV in repeats in NY on Channel 5. He says they "made me feel secure. The Beatles cartoons made me feel the innocence of a few years gone by that would never ever return. Sometimes I would miss the bus on purpose just to watch the full half hour, which did NOT make my mother happy."

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Paul gets two nods on Grammy announcements TV special
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 12/04/08 8:53 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The nominations for the 51st Annual Grammy Awards were announced in a live television special on Wednesday night. Paul McCartney has been nominated for two Grammys for tracks from his live LP, Amoeba's Secret, which was recorded live at a famous secret in-store performance at Los Angeles indie record store Amoeba Music in Hollywood, California, on June 27, 2007.

In the Best Male Pop Vocal Performance category, Paul was nominated for "That Was Me" from Amoeba's Secret. And in the Best Solo Rock Vocal Performance, Paul got a Grammy nod for his rendition of The Beatles song "I Saw Her Standing There," also from Amoeba's Secret.

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Amoeba's Secret was released on November 13, 2007. It was released as 12" vinyl EP, and is available in the UK only as an import. It's available only on vinyl, and was originally sold in the Amoeba record store for $6.98.

Beatles entertainer honored with second Hall Of Fame award
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 12/03/08 6:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

World travelling Beatles entertainer Hal Bruce has been inducted at the very first "Hall Of Fame" Awards celebration in Liverpool, England, at the world-famous Adelphi Hotel.

This award marks the second such award Hal has received in two years, the other was in Louisville, Kentucky's Abbey Road On The River Beatle Festival where Hal was again the first recipient of the trophy, making him the only person in the world to receive this recognition on two different continents.

Hal also set a world record by performing all 214 released Beatles songs in a non-stop medley in front of over 5,000 people in Cleveland, Ohio, and again in Louisville and Liverpool.

In 2006, Hal decided that it was time to bring a Beatle Festival to his hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. ?In 2006, the first year of The Maritime Beatles Event, his special guest was Julia Baird, John Lennon's sister.

For more info on Hal Bruce, visit www.halbruce.com.

Acclaimed Lennon bio now available in revised, second edition
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 12/01/08 2:55 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Shoulda Been There by Jude Southerland Kesser, the only documented historical novel on the life of John Lennon, has just come out in its revised, second edition.

The new edition includes new factual end note information and now features a one-hour CD interview with the Beatles first manager, Allan Williams. Also heard on the CD is Beryl Adams, who was Brian Epstein's assistant at NEMS and the wife of Bob Wooler.

Shoulda Been There reads like a novel, but is a footnoted, actual account of John's life from 1940 to December 1961 when the Beatles accepted Epstein as their manager. It is the first of a trilogy of novels that will cover John's entire life. In his preface to the book, Bill Harry calls the book a "real tour de force!"

The new revised, second edition of Shoulda Been There will be Goldmine's book of the month in Feb. 2009. It is on sale now at On The Rock Books and The Fest For Beatle Fans for $29.95. Write to Jude ay kesslerjude@yahoo.com and mention beatlenews.com, and you'll receive $5 off the cover price through 23 December.

Lennon piano inspires songs of peace
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 12/01/08 6:35 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The San Francisco Chorus marks 30 years tonight, and the centerpiece of the event will be the world premiere of a suite the chorus commissioned from Steve Schalchlin called "New World Waking - Songs on the Road to Peace." The composition was developed thanks to a piano owned by John Lennon, the piano he used to compose "Imagine."

The upright Steinway, complete with the ex-Beatle's cigarette burns, is now owned by pop singer George Michael. For a photo project, he had been transporting the piano to places where acts of violence had occurred. One of the places was the Olympia, Wash., home of Alec and Gabi Clayton.

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Steve Schalchlin and the Lennon Piano

Schalchlin wrote a song dedicated to Bill called "Will It Always Be Like This?," so he was invited by the Claytons to play the Lennon piano at their home. What came out that day were the beginnings of "New World Waking," which Monday will start with "Will It Always Be Like This?," then progress through three parts: "Violence at Home," "Violence in the World" and "Awakening Suite."

The San Francisco Chorus 30th anniversary concert takes place tonight, Monday, December 1, at 7:00 p.m. Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco. Tickets are $20 to $100. Call (415) 865-2787 or go to www.sfgmc.org.

(Info thanks to the San?Francisco?Chronicle.)

Tribute band looking for new Wingmen
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 11/28/08 7:28 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Have you ever been dreamed of producing a tribute band? If so, Mario Proulx in Qu?ec wants to hear from you! He wants to form a Paul McCartney tribute band called London Town, and take it on a world tour.

Mario says, "I could say that I've been influenced like so many other musicians by the Beatles in many ways along the years. I used to be a song writer, I recorded and produced my own album back in 1994, I've even had a number 1 with one of my songs in a local radio station. But years go by so fast that I sudently realized that I wouldn't have the time to make it where I wanted to, and that I was already too old for the music/record industry. So I've asked myself what is that I could do to still be able to go on stage and live my passion."

The original London Town in concert

So Mario created London Town. He says, "I had never managed to see Paul McCartney live untill this very last summer when he came to Qu?ec city for the 400th of the city. There are hundreds if not thousands of tribute bands to the Beatles around the world, but not to Paul McCartney. My goal would be to give people the impression that they really are in presence of Sir Paul, because so many people had never seen him live yet."

If you're a solid producer and you think you can help make Mario's dream come true, please email him at ydm2@globetrotter.net.

Why does a turkey cross Abbey Road?
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 11/27/08 7:25 am]

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Lennon Tribute to feature The Kennedys and Rosanne Cash
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 11/26/08 3:50 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

On December 7, the Theatre Within at the Ailey Citigroup Theater presents the 28th Annual Lennon Tribute, the longest running Lennon Tribute in the world. The show features a stellar line-up of accomplished singer-songwriters including The Kennedys and Rosanne Cash.

Also appearing will be Cliff Eberhardt and Vance Gilbert, who remain favorites on the indie folk scene after decades on the road, Carrie Rodriguez, who recently toured with Lucinda Williams and whose new album, She Ain't Me, has inspired rave reviews, Erin McKeown whose eclectic music touches on pop, swing, rock and folk and has won the praise of fans and critics alike, and Karlus Trapp, whose bluesy pop has made him a favorite on the New York City club scene for years.

They'll be joined by two outstanding New York City dance companies who will present new Lennon-inspired pieces: Wendy Osserman Dance, whose compelling choreography "honors the expressive body?powerful stuff," (Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice) and Dietz Marchant Dance, whose "exacting, exquisite performances hold back neither body or soul" (Eva Yaa Asanyewaa).

All proceeds benefit World Hunger Year, the grassroots organization dedicated to finding solutions to hunger and poverty, founded in 1975 by Bill Ayres and folksinger, Harry Chapin. Tickets are $55, and are available online at TheatreWithin.org or via phone at Theater Mania 212-352-3101.

New Beatles DVD available today
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 11/25/08 6:48 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A new DVD, Composing the Beatles Songbook, from MVD Visual, is available today.

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Subtitled "Lennon and McCartney, 1966-1970," this independent documentary gives in-depth analysis of John and Paul's prime songwriting period.

From the pioneering "Revolver" to the failed effort to "Get Back" to their roots, the Beatles progressed from mere musicians to accomplished artists. The DVD incorporates rare footage, classic performances, and interviews with friends of the pair as well as with Beatles historians. It details the hows, whens, and whys of such Beatles songs as Eleanor Rigby, Hey Jude, Strawberry Fields Forever, Revolution, Get Back and I Am the Walrus.

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