Michael Krauss was the producer of the Mike Douglas show at the time when John and Yoko co-hosted. He has lots of great stories from those good old days. As Mike Douglas producer, Mr. Krauss was actually the guy who had the idea to contact John and Yoko to appear on the show.
Michael Krauss and John Lennon in 1972
Micheal Krauss has decided to create a scrapbook-coffee table book type thing out of pictures, files, old interviews, and other memorabilia from those days. He's very close to having a final product, but isn't completely done yet. He's looking for some Beatles fans to come together as a focus group to discuss the product and help with its completion.
If you're a Beatles fan or a John Lennon fan and you're in or near Greenwich Connecticut and could help out next week (the first week in June), Michael would love to hear from you. Please contact his assistant, Jack Mckean, at email@example.com.
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I'm in Liverpool, with the help of Liverpool Productions and Cavern City Tours, for the Magical Macca VIP Tour! Over this very special weekend, I'll be seeing two UK film premieres, a Denny Laine concert, a giant Beatles collectables convention, and on Sunday, Paul McCartney live at the giant Liverpool Sound concert at Liverpool FC's Anfield stadium!
I arrived in Liverpool today to be greeted by Paul McCartney, himself! He's front and center on this huge billboard for Liverpool's European Capital of Culture 2008 that faces Albert Dock. 36,000 fans will hear Paul's only gig in Liverpool Sunday night and hotels are packed this weekend.
Liverpool has undergone major construction in preparation for this year's European Capital of Culture 2008 award, including today opening up the largest new shopping center in England (and possibly Europe). Liverpool has become a major center of culture with the opening of the Tate Liverpool museum, along with other art galleries, and major Gustav Klimt exhibition opens this weekend.
We walked from our hotel to the Cavern Club, where the Mersey Beatles played 3 sets tonight! The music was very loud and the audience was filled with Paul McCartney and Beatles fans! Now I know what it must have been like all those years with the Beatles in the original Cavern!
More coming up, live, from Liverpool, all weekened! Stay tuned!
Breakfast With The Beatles, with Chris Carter on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles, has announced that starting this Sunday, June 1, the charming and wonderful May Pang will be the new voice of This Week In Beatles News.
May will be giving the week's Beatles News live from New York City, each Sunday morning during the show's 10 o'clock hour.
May, of course, was John Lennon's main squeeze/constant companion/paramour -- they were all but married -- for almost two years in the mid-70's. She was art director and project coordinator (and back?up singer) for Lennon's number-one "Walls and Bridges" album, and worked with him on a number of projects including "Mind Games," "Rock 'n' Roll," and Harry Nilsson's "Pussy Cats," which Lennon produced.
May (not surprisingly) has considerable knowledge of all things Beatles and Chris says they are looking forward to having her as part of the Breakfast With The Beatles morning team.
Breakfast With The Beatles is America's longest running Beatles radio show, celebrating 25 years on the air this year. It can be heard every Sunday morning from 9am to noon on 95.5 KLOS in Los Angeles. Click here for more information on the show.
What if the Beatles never broke up? [Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 05/28/08 11:52 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Imagine, that instead of going their separate ways, the Beatles continued to record together. What would a new Beatles album be like?
At BeatlesReunited.com, Doug Ogg attempts to answer that question by suggesting various compilations of solo material recorded by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
"Everyone knows and loves the Beatles," says Doug, "but people are much less familiar with the great work that John, Paul, George, and Ringo went on to create following the break up of the group.
"I encourage people to think of this as still being Beatles material. What I've done is pick the best songs and then packaged them into what I think makes the case for nine 'new' Beatle albums."
Doug credits a quote from John Lennon as his inspiration. "Lennon once remarked that if one wanted to know what a new Beatles album would be like, they should try listening to the solo albums. As a teenager I took this one step further and began making cassette compilations of solo Beatles material. And now, with the web, I can share this interest with my fellow fans worldwide."
Rob Leonard, whose "Beatlesongs" show runs Fridays, 8-11 p.m., on WHPC 90.3 FM in New York, is looking for local musicians to submit their version of any Beatles song, group or solo, for his annual Beatles "cover song" show on June 6.
WHPC has been the Voice of Nassau Community College in Garden City, Long Island, since 1972, and since 1995 broadcasts to the community 24 hours a day. They are constantly evaluating their programming and update it based on the needs and interests of their audience.
To help Rob, send CDs or cassettes to "Beatlesongs," WHPC, 1 Education Drive, Garden City, NY, 11530.
New tickets available for Liverpool 8 [Posted by Adam Kane on Thursday, 05/22/08 7:36 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
A new batch of standing tickets for the Liverpool Sound Concert have just been released. Paul McCartney headlines the Anfield show on June 1st, supported by the Kaiser Chiefs. Further names are to be announced in the coming weeks, including a very special international superstar guest.
An initial 27,500 tickets for The Liverpool Sound were sold via a special ballot launched in September 2007. The new tickets mean that the total capacity for the concert ? the last to be held at Liverpool FC's iconic Anfield ground before the club moves to nearby Stanley Park ? is nearly 36,000.
Record's anniversary stirs up old She Loves You mystery [Posted by Adam Kane on Wednesday, 05/21/08 12:57 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
Sie Liebt Dich, the Beatles hit She Loves You, sang in German, was released by Swan records in the US on May 21, 1964, 44 years ago today. Released a few weeks earlier in Germany, this was the track's first North American release. It was released in Canada a few weeks later in June.
Released on shaky legal ground, although they didn't explicitly have a contract to release Sie Liebt Dich, Swan Records reasoned they had the rights to release this record, as they owned the rights to release She Loves You in the US. The single just made it into the top 100, not bad for a foreign language record.
Unlike Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand, the Beatles' German recording of I Want To Hold Your Hand, which was obviously the Beatles singing German lyrics to the originally recorded instrumental track of the song, it is generally believed that Sie Liebt Dich is a totally different recording than She Loves You, and that it was necessary to do this because the original She Loves You master tape had been destroyed sometime shortly after its release, also explaining why there exists no true stereo mix of She Loves You.
However, for many years, our own Dave Haber, creator of The Internet Beatles Album, has maintained that if you listen carefully, you can hear that the recordings of She Loves You and Sie Liebt Dich are based on the same original track. This brings into doubt the accepted history of the making of Sie Liebt Dich, and just when, if ever, the master tape for She Loves You really went missing.
Never-before-seen clips of John Lennon World Postal Tribute [Posted by Dave Haber on Monday, 05/19/08 6:58 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
For the 15th anniversary of John Lennon's tragic demise, eight nations from across the universe came together to honor the Beatles legend with an unforgetable collective postal salute. Several rock 'n' roll icons were on-hand to share their memories, perform Lennon songs and unveil the Lennon postage stamps. Guest performers included Dion, Peter Noone, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Billy J. Kramer, plus Beatles concert promoter Sid Bernstein and NY radio legend Cousin Brucie.
StarsOnStamps has posted this never before seen video on You Tube of the John Lennon World Postal Tribute which took place on December 8, 1995. Included in this historic footage are clips of Billy J. Kramer performing Bad To Me, and In My Life in tribute to John, and Dion singing Johnny B. Good, joined by Billy J. Kramer and Mary Wilson.
From July of 1995 to April of 2001, legends from all forms of entertainment began popping up on legal tender postage stamps, and many of these superstars participated in massive public ceremonies, where they unveiled their postal tributes. You can see more clips of these events on the YouTube StarsOnStamps channel.
Paul McCartney and John Lennon memorabilia up for auction [Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 05/16/08 6:47 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
A Christmas card from Paul McCartney to Adam Ant, and a wooden spoon signed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono in 1969, will go under the hammer in New York in aid of the Music Rising organization.
An empty medicine bottle from Elvis' Graceland home and a toaster belonging to Sir Elton John are also among the bizarre celebrity artifacts up for auction.
The auction takes place on May 31st at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York City. For more infomation, visit Music Rising.
Beatles tribute to benefit food pantry charity this Saturday [Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 05/14/08 9:17 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]
James Jones from WVLI 95.1 FM and WFAV 103.7 FM in Chicago wants all our readers to know about a special event to raise funds and awareness for Alicia's House Food Pantry. Abbey Road, the Beatles tribute band will perform, along with KGB, performing 60's and 70's rock & roll.
This special event is taking place at the Beecher Community Hall this Saturday, May 17. There will be two shows, the first at 1:00 PM and a second show at 7:00 PM. Admission for each show is $12, and attendees are encouraged to also bring canned goods for the food pantry.
The Beecher Community Hall is located at 673 Penfield Street, Beecher, IL. For more info about Alicia's House, please visit www.aliciashouse.org.
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