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Today in Beatles History: Beatles named to the MBE
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 06/12/08 11:51 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today in Beatles History, on June 12, 1965, a spokesman for the British government announced that the Beatles have been named to the MBE (Members of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire). The Daily Mirror publishes with the headline "Beatles, MBE!"

At a lunchhtime press conference at Twickenham Film Studios, Paul said that "MBE must stand for 'Mister Brian Epstein'".

The Beatles' names were put forward for this honor by Harold Wilson, Prime Minister at the time. Wilson would later remember, "I saw the Beatles as having a transforming effect on the minds of youth, mostly for the good. It kept a lot of kids off the streets. They introduced many many young people to music, which in itself was a good thing. A lot of old stagers might have regarded it as idiosyncratic music, but the Mersey sound was a new important thing. That's why they deserved such recognition."

Later, on October 16, 1965, the Beatles received the MBE awards from Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace. Several previous recipients of the award felt the award was demeaned, and returned theirs.

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Beatles Rolling Stone cover now on t-shirts at Macy's
[Posted by Adam Kane on Wednesday, 06/11/08 7:54 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Macy's and Rolling Stone magazine have announced the exclusive launch of a series of collectors' edition t-shirts featuring famous Rolling Stone covers to honor the legendary music magazine's strong cultural influence throughout its 40-year history.

Covers on the shirts include Issue 46 from November 15, 1969, which featured the Beatles.

The Rolling Stone shirts will retail for $36. If you can't live without one, and you want all your friends to know Paul still is not dead, check them out at

New CD sounds like a new Beatles album
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 06/10/08 11:02 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Vic Morton and Tom Gordon both grew up in the sixties, and were deeply impressed by the four lads from Liverpool. Tom was a natural on rhythm, lead and bass guitar, and Vic performed cover material and recorded his own songs over the years. Vic and Tom met in 1998 and clicked immediately. Both yearned for The Beatles after their break-up, so they decided to record The About.

Vic Morton and Tom Gordon

It is not uncommon when people listen to The About CD to ask which Beatle's album these songs appeared on. There are cuts on this album that sound like John Lennon singing lead with Paul McCartney on harmony vocal. Other songs sound like Paul on lead with John and George on backing vocals.

In addition to the vocals, you can close your eyes and picture John and George on guitars, Ringo with his steady beat on drums, and even Macca laying down some melodic bass on his Hoffner.

Beatles US Apple Records manager Ken Mansfield says that he really enjoyed The About CD.

If you are a Beatles fan and have often wished that there could have been just one more Beatles album, or if you simply enjoy good melodies and great lyrics, this CD promises to bring a smile to your face.

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New book documents John and Yoko on Mike Douglas in 1972
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 06/09/08 7:35 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

A new coffee-table scrapbook which tells the story of the incredible week in 1972 when the Mike Douglas Show was co-hosted by John Lennon and Yoko Ono is now available. It's called "Never Before and Never Again: The TV Booking of the Century."

At the helm of this project was Michael Krauss, the executive producer of the Mike Douglas Show at the time, and the idea man behind booking John and Yoko. He has compiled a collection of personal memorabilia which he shares with Beatles and John Lennon fans in this new book.

John and Yoko on the Mike Douglas Show in 1972

The book includes never before seen photos of John Lennon from behind the scenes of the Mike Douglas Show that will be suitable for framing. The photos aren't simply screenshots from the shows, they offer new views and insights to this monumental occasion.

Also included will be letters from celebrities praising the shows, a certificate from the Museum of Broadcasting inducting the shows, and a script treatment that was optioned by Paramount Pictures to become a major motion picture.

"Never Before and Never Again: The TV Booking of the Century," an exclusive look into a very special episode of the life of John Lennon, is now on available for the price of $125 plus shipping and handling. Copies will be numbered so the earlier you order, the lower number you'll receive.

The book can be purchased directly from the author by emailing Please allow for 4 to 6 weeks for shipping.

Help save the Capitol Records recording studios!
[Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 06/09/08 6:35 am] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Recently, we learned that the historical Capitol Records Tower and Studios, the Hollywood home of the Beatles and the Beach Boys, are threatened by the new construction of a neighboring 16-story building and parking garage. Tests have indicated that the construction would have a detrimental sonic impact on both Capitol's underground echo chambers and on the historic studios themselves and might even force the closure of Capitol Studios.

Now, thanks to the vocal support of many in the recording community, EMI/Capitol and the building's developer have agreed to mitigation efforts on the construction and operation of the parking garage.

However, help is still needed from Beatles fans, Beach Boys fans and members of the music and recording industries. If you are in the Los Angeles area, you can help save the Capitol Studios by attending a Planning Council meeting next Tuesday, June 17.

Capitol needs your help to bring music community presence to the appeal by Capitol Records/EMI against a recent permit grant that will allow construction of a 16-story building and adjacent underground parking lot within feet of the Capitol Tower and Capitol Studios.

According to an EMI spokesperson, "People who are concerned about the development are encouraged by Capitol/EMI to show up at the Planning Committee meeting as the Committee members will have to ratify the restrictions and may impose further requirements on the developer. In addition, compliance with the mitigation agreement will depend on both the commitment of the Planning and Land Use Management Committee (PLUM) to the agreement and the community's demand that its concerns be taken seriously."

Please show your support by attending the LA City Council's Planning and Land Use Management (PLUM) Committee meeting, which is being held on Tuesday, June 17 at 2 p.m., at the Los Angeles City Hall, 200 North Spring Street, Hearing Room 350.

Beatles Yesterday and Today in Liverpool
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Friday, 06/06/08 2:47 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The Beatles have had a bigger impact on Liverpool than any other band has had on a city, except for perhaps Graceland, which, come to think of it, isn't a city.

Of course you'll come across the Beatles, individually and together, especially as you walk down Mathew Street where they got their start at the Cavern Club. But you'll see images of them on places you least expect to find them and the effect becomes surreal. One great example is finding all four Beatles from the "Beatles For Sale" album blown up along the sides of some city buses.

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Also you'll run into images of them in odd and unusual places where you wouldn't think to find any Beatles related images or themes, such as at the Liverpool central Limestreet Train station, where there is a large Capital of Culture 08 wall banner with "Penny Lane".

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Or the Liverpool upper lobby of the office building where the Liverpool Echo and DailyPost resides has an interesting portrait of John Lennon that greets visitors as you come up the elevator. This portrait is part of a "100 Heads" exhibition.

Or the downstairs of a highly rated restaurant, 60 Hope Street, when you're waiting for a table to open upstairs and come across yet another image of John.

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Paul McCartney's image is also featured prominently in many of the European Capital of Culture 2008 banners and billboards which are scattered throughout the city. Their rivalry continues 28 years after John's death as to which one has their image displayed the most and Paul may be winning because of the 08 banner ads.

Last night French and German camera crews came to the Cavern before a standing room only audience to film the Mersey Beatles, a local Beatles tribute band that plays Thursday nights. (I covered them in a blog post last week.) Why does the legacy of the Beatles continue into the next generations, despite the band having broken up almost 40 years ago?

Because it's the music, the message of love and peace contained in the songs, and it's the sheer charisma of John, Paul, George and Ringo, and the deep friendship they had for one another, all of which continues to attract new audiences. Listening to Beatles music is sheer pleasure that will never change. So Liverpool, keep on rocking in 2008 and beyond!

This is Katie, signing off from Liverpool. Thanks for reading!

Limited edition Ringo art book available June 19
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 06/06/08 1:33 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

"Painting Is My Madness," a limited edition book featuring Ringo Starr's computer artwork, is set to be released on June 19.

Ringo Starr published his first set of limited edition hand signed computer art pieces in 2005. Since that time he has continued to release new pieces and continued to raise money for the Lotus Foundation, a charitable organization that he set up with his wife Barbara Bach.

Ringo said, "I started in the late nineties with my computer art. While I was touring it gave me something to do in all those crazy hotels you have to stay in on the road."

In addition to over 40 reproductions of Ringo's computer art pieces, "Painting is My Madness" contains candid photos of Ringo and his art including personal photos from his wife. The book also features Ringo's humorous and insightful musings on his artwork.

"Painting is My Madness" will be limited to only 3,000 copies. There will also be a special collectors deluxe hand signed edition of "Painting is My Madness" that includes an 8" x 10" piece of Ringo's artwork. The hand signed book is limited to only 200 copies. As is the case with Ringo's hand signed art work, 100% of Ringo's proceeds from the sale of "Painting is my Madness" will be donated to the Lotus Foundation, who's objectives are to fund, support, participate in and promote charitable projects aimed at advancing social welfare.

"Painting is My Madness" is published by ArtCelebs and is available at all of Ringo Starr & the All-Starr Band concerts this summer or by going to

Beatles historian Paul Du Noyer meets the Beatles fans
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Tuesday, 06/03/08 8:20 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Journalist and author Paul Du Noyer spoke Sunday afternoon to a group of Beatles fans at the Liverpool Beatles Story Starbucks about his newly republished "We All Shine On: the Stories Behind Every John Lennon Song 1970-1980," and his work with Paul McCartney. Born and raised in Liverpool, Paul has been writing about music for over twenty years. He was assistant editor of the NME, editor of Q and founding editor of MOJO, and he currently writes for The Word.

Mr. Du Noyer spoke about his work with Sir Paul McCartney. He briefly discussed the troubled history of Paul McCartney's June 1st concert and some challenges facing the planning going into this and other cultural events for the Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008. And, if you have ever picked up a program guide at any of Paul's concerts since 2002, odds are that Paul Du Noyer helped design and write much of that program.

Paul conducted numerous interviews with individuals involved with each of John's solo albums, along with new interviews with John that had been released as part of the recently released John Lennon boxset CD.

Paul told us he thought John Lennon's solo songs were the most "authentic," in that John wrote and performed his songs during the seventies, regardless of whether or not his new songs would be #1 hit singles. He said "Beautiful Boy" was amongst his favorite of John's solo songs, but called the Double Fantasy album "terribly disjointed." To get the story behind each of these songs, you can read Paul's book, "We All Shine On."

Denny Laine gives private concert for fans in Liverpool
[Posted by Katie Hickox on Monday, 06/02/08 6:59 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Denny Laine played tonight at Liverpool's CavernClub before our private Beatles tour group. Denny played an acoustic set and played many of his own excellent songs he had written.

Local musician John Keats opened the set before Denny and then again after Denny finished. Attendees were able to get their photo taken with him and get his autograph.

Very few fans know that he co-wrote "Mull of Kintyre" with Paul McCartney, which was an all time best selling British number one hit song. He said he recently saw Paul last December but missed Paul's big concert last night.

Tonight was a special evening having a private concert with Denny Laine, but, unfortunately, it's also the last night on our special VIP Macca tour organized by CavernCity Tour and Liverpool Tours.

A good time was enjoyed by all!

Pattie Boyd interview this weekend on XM Radio
[Posted by Ken Michaels on Monday, 06/02/08 6:32 pm] [Permalink] [Related Posts] [Tweet] [Facebook]

The next broadcast of my Beatles show "Every Little Thing" will include an exclusive interview with Pattie Boyd.

On the show, Pattie discusses her life with George Harrison, and why eastern religion was so important to him. She also remembers the last time she saw George, shortly before he died.

Also in this week's show is a thematic set of songs from the Beatles' group and solo catalogue whose titles ask a question. Plus... music from the "Across the Universe" soundtrack.

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"Every Little Thing" show airs Saturday, June 7 at 9pm (est) on XM's Fine Tuning channel (#76.) For thoughts, comments or suggestions for the show, listeners can reach me, Ken Michaels, at

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