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Oasis' Beatles party at Abbey Road
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 10/10/08 7:09 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

If you had access to Abbey Road studios, what would you do? Noel Gallagher has been doing the rounds of radio stations to plug Oasis' new album, Dig Out Your Soul, and he's described their own private little Magical Myster Tour.

He told Absolute Radio, "We recorded (there) years ago and got a bit carried away. We came in the studio, turned off all the lights and played every single Beatles album back-to-back at top volume while we got hammered. Someone told us to turn it down, and then they told us to leave."

Noel also admitted to having a unique keepsake of the experience. He said, "I ripped up a bit of the floor though when we recorded this album here as a bit of a souvenir".

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The Long and Winding Banana
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 10/03/08 8:08 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Back on August 8 here on the Paperblog Writer I told you about the unique John Lennon Super Lamb Banana. A fun little story for a Friday, thinking we'd never hear anything about Super Lamb Bananas ever again... What'd someone say about never say never?

It turns out the Super Abbey Road Banana, as it now seems to be officially called, is looking for a new home.

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UK Businessman Paul Challis purchased the sculpture at auction for ?9,400, with the intention of installing it where it could be enjoyed by the public. He offered for it to be installed at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, and it looked like they were going to take it, but eventually because of logistics, they had to turn it down.

Challis said, "I was a bit surprised, this is one of the most famous sons of Liverpool and I was offering it to the airport that bears his name and instead it's doing nothing in my garden."

He's now accepting offers for a new location, and so far, suggestions include Dovedale junior school, which George and John attended, the entrance to Strawberry Fields, and a community facility at Grove Mount, near Penny Lane.

You can read rest of the story at the Liverpool Echo here and here.

This Saturday is Beatles Day in Mons, Belgium
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 10/02/08 2:24 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This Saturday, October 4, the 21st Beatles Day will be held in the Belgian town of Mons at the Waux Hall, located on Avenue Reine Astrid.

The day will feature stands for collectors, with an open mic, special guests, groups and a unique atmosphere for Beatles fans.

Musical guests include the Friars, a George Harrison cover band, the Norwegian Beatles, Indian music from Bert Cornelis, the Irish singer Perry Rose, and Italy's Sir Frank Crips.

For more info, visit

May Pang heads to Denver for Imagine Peace Paint-In
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 09/30/08 3:30 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

May Pang, who was John Lennon's long-time personal assistant and lover, will be the featured guest at Denver's Imagine Peace Paint-In on Thursday, October 9. The one-day event will be held in Civic Center Park starts at 10 a.m. and runs to 6 p.m. The celebration commemorating the life of John Lennon's life is free and open to all Beatles fans.

John Lennon and May Pang

"John and I came through Denver in 1974 on our way to Caribou Ranch to join Elton and the boys for the Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds recording session," May said. "He was amazed at the mountains and the clean air at 9000 feet up. This is where he got his first pair of Frye boots, which he wore all the time."

Civic Center Park, located between Broadway and Colofax Avenue, is over a city block of landscaped park connecting the Denver Art Museum and the State Capitol.

In addition to speaking about her decade-long relationship with John, May will be on hand to sign copies of her best-selling photo book, Instamatic Karma. The book shows Lennon from 1973 to 1975 in a variety of settings: at work, at play, at home, and away.

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All-Starr drummer interview on XM Radio this Saturday
[Posted by Ken Michaels on Monday, 09/29/08 7:31 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The next broadcast of my Beatles show Every Little Thing will include an interview with session drummer Gregg Bissonette, who drummed alongside Ringo on his 10th All-Starr Band tour this year.

Gregg shares insight on what makes Ringo the special drummer he is, and points out some of the innovative playing he brought to the Beatles and his solo-music. The show also includes a set that involves Jeff Lynne's work with the Beatles, with Jeff's appearances on Beatle/solo music, and the Beatles playing on Jeff's music!

The show airs this Saturday night , Oct. 4 at 9 pm (EST) on XM's Fine Tuning channel (#76.) Listeners can send in comments and suggestions for the show at

The man who made the first Beatles record
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 09/26/08 7:45 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Peter Phillips has created a web site honoring a man you've probably never heard of, a man mainly unknown in the story of the Beatles, a man who played an important role in the birth of the Beatles. The man is his grandfather, Percy Phillips.

Percy Phillips started and ran Phillips Sound Recording Services, the popular studio in Liverpool where in 1958 the Quarrymen, who later became the Beatles, made their first ever record, a 78 rpm ten inch acetate disc with their version of Buddy Holly's "That'll Be The Day" on the A side and Paul McCartney and George Harrison's first composition, "In Spite Of All The Danger" on the B side. Both of these recordings appeared on the "Beatles Anthology 1" album in 1995.

Between 1955 and 1969, Percy Phillips recorded hundreds of tapes and discs in Liverpool. On the 26th of August 2005 a ceremony took place to unveil a Blue Plaque on the front wall of number 38 Kensington, Liverpool, to commemorate the recording there of the Quarrymen Acetate in 1958 and to remember the site of Phillips Sound Recording Services.

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Quarrymen recording, on his new site, Peter Phillips reveals for the first time the background to the story of his grandfather's studio, using archive recordings, photographs and memories, many provided by the Phillips family and others who were there at the time.

Check out the site at and learn the fascinating story of "the man who made the first Beatles record".

We all live in a tiny submarine
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 09/25/08 12:28 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Acclaimed micro-sculpturist Willard Wigan MBE will donate a unique Beatles Yellow Submarine micro-sculpture he has created to the Hard Days Night Hotel, who in turn will present it to The Marina Dalglish Appeal.

The Yellow Submarine is small enough to fit in the eye of a needle. It is expected to raise between ?50,000 to ?100,000 when it is auctioned at The Marina Dalglish Appeal Ball next February. It will be on show in The Gallery at the Beatles-themed Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool until then.

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Yellow Submarine micro-sculpture in the eye of a needle

The tiny sculpture will be presented to the Hard Days Night hotel at an event tonight at 6 pm. The artist and representatives of the Marina Dalglish Appeal will be on hand.

The Gallery at the Hard Days Night Hotel is located on North John Street in Liverpool.

Visit the Hard Day's Night Hotel Gallery site for more info.

Remembering Lady McCartney
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 09/24/08 7:27 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today we remember Linda McCartney, who was born on this day in 1941.

On May 15, 1967, photographer Linda Eastman met Paul McCartney at a Georgie Fame concert at the Bag O'Nails club in London. She was in England on an assignment to take photographs of "Swinging Sixties" musicians in London. The two later went to the Speakeasy club on Margaret Street to see Procol Harum.

They met again four days later at the launch party for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band at Brian Epstein's house. When Linda's assignment was completed, she flew back to New York City. In May 1968, they met again in New York, as John Lennon and Paul McCartney were there to announce the formation of Apple Corps. That September, Paul phoned her and asked her to fly over to London. They were married six months later at a small civil ceremony at Marylebone Registry Office on March 12, 1969, witnessed by Mal Evans and Peter Brown.

Linda was the love of Paul McCartney's life, he taught her to play keyboards and she became a permanent part of Wings. She shared the Academy Award for Live and Let Die which they co-wrote, and she proved her musical abilty to the world by writing and performing Seaside Woman under the name Suzy and the Red Stripes in 1977. Exhibitions of Linda's photography are displayed in numerous galleries throughout the world, and her work is featured in several books.

She was taken from Paul on April 17, 1998. Her spirit lives on in the many charities she supported, and her line of vegetarian foods that still bears her name.

Baby You Can Drive My Harley
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 09/23/08 4:05 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Rick Levitan in Potomac, MD, has created a one-of-a-kind, award-winning Beatles Bike. It's a Harley-Davidson - 2002 Dyna Wide Glide, with custom Beatles painting that looks good enough to be photos (but they're not), and a custom-made seat that looks like Beatles records.

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Why a Beatles Themed Bike? Simple. Rick says he's been a huge Beatles fan and collector since they first came to the US. After he got his Harley and started going to many of the dealerships and bike events he began admiring many of the custom bikes he saw. Not only Choppers, but Harley's with custom paint jobs and other modifications.

He says, "I've seen a lot of really cool Choppers, but after a while they're hard to differentiate from each other. Most have flames and/or skulls, etc. However, the bikes that I've seen that really stick out in my mind have special, memorable themes. I think this bike falls into that category and will be one people remember long after they've seen it."

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Every part of the bike is specially painted or customized with the Beatles in mind, including the rear-view-mirrors that have Beatles concert tickets on the back and the bike's peace-sign kickstand.

For more pictures and more information about the bike, visit Rick's website.

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