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Rocky Raccoon checked into his room
[Posted by Doc Sminking on Friday, 04/25/08 8:22 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

This year is the 100th anniversary of placing free in rooms. Their presence was so ubiquitous in America and around the world that Paul McCartney mentioned one in his White Album Wild West tale, Rocky Racoon.

Nearly 1.4 billion, translated into 83 languages, have been distributed worldwide, 500 million in the last decade alone and 70.7 million last year. All 105,731 rooms in the Hyatt chain carry. So do Motel 6's 91,000 rooms.

Left there, no doubt, to help with good Rocky's revival...

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Beatles author on the radio in Indiana and Georgia
[Posted by Dave Haber on Thursday, 04/24/08 1:52 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Dave Schwensen, author of "The Beatles In Cleveland: Memories, Facts & Photos About The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts," will discuss his book on the radio tomorrow, April 25, with "Rick, Rob & Dale In The Morning" on WNUY 100.1 FM. Fort Wayne, Indiana, at 8:10 a.m. EST. You can also listen online at

Also, on Wednesday, April 30, Mr. Schwensen will appear on "The Bill Edwards Show" on WTKS 1290 AM in Savannah, Georgia, at 8:05 a.m. EST. You can hear WTKS online at

Click here for more info about The Beatles In Cleveland.

The man behind Ringo's famous drum kit
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 04/23/08 2:15 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

William F. Ludwig II passed away yesterday at the age of 91. Anybody who has ever seen the Beatles perform will immediately know that name. William F. Ludwig II was the founder of the Ludwig Drum Company.

Ringo and William F. Ludwig II in 1964

It was a Ludwig drum kit that was placed on the stage for Ringo to play on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964. So taken was Ringo with the Ludwig drums that after the show he asked Mr. Ludwig to make a custom set for him. Needless to say, after this, with the Ludwig name prominently displayed at every Beatles show, Ludwig drum sales went through the roof.

Here's more on the life and career of William F. Ludwig II.

All You Need Is Love for your Rock 'n' Roll Wedding
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 04/22/08 7:35 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Vitamin Records says you're cool, your wedding should be too. Their new CD, Rock 'n' Roll Wedding Collection, features 15 newly recorded string quartet renditions of romantic rock classics suitable for the procession, the reception, or the first dance. Now there's no reason you can't walk down the aisle to a beautiful instrumental version of the Beatles' song All You Need Is Love.

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This is a short sample of their version of All You Need Is Love from the new CD.

According to Vitamin Records, they work with the best string players and producers in the business guaranteeing the highest level of musicianship on all their releases. They say listeners can expect bold and innovative treatments of their favorite artists' best-known songs as well as a few surprises. Prepare to be surprised and inspired when you hear your favorite songs given the Vitamin treatment. As they say over at Vitamin Records, now that's good medicine!

You can pick up Rock 'n' Roll Wedding Collection from Amazon, and for more information and mp3 samples, you can visit the Vitamin website.

First Reports: Paul to play on new Liverpool tribute album
[Posted by Adam Kane on Monday, 04/21/08 6:54 am] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to The Sun newspaper in the UK today, Paul McCartney will play on a forthcoming album that will pay tribute to the ex-Beatle's home city of Liverpool. Paul is set to play mandolin on the album, which will be released later in 2008.

The sound of Paul's mandolin is very prominent in the song Dance Tonight on his latest album, Memory Almost Full, which was released last June.

Many news outlets are also reporting that plans are afoot for a McCartney world tour throughout 2008, although specific dates are yet to be announced.

Stay tuned to WGO for the latest news on these stories!

Beach Boys Singles 1962-1965 to be released in June
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 04/18/08 7:43 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

According to official info from Capitol/EMI, on June 10 they will release the first complete collection on The Beach Boys early Capitol Records singles, spanning the years 1962 to 1965.

The Beach Boys: U.S. Singles Collection - The Capitol Years(1962-1965) will be released in a highly-collectible, limited edition box set of 16 CD's and as a digital collection. Each of the deluxed box sets CD's includes an original singles A and B sides, plus other versions of most tracks, from additional mono and stereo mixes to live recordings. Eight previously unreleased mixes are among the new collection 66 tracks.

The CD boxed set's lavish packaging includes individual CD's in digipaks with faithfully reproduced original single artwork, plus a 48-page hardbound book with faux sand finish, housed in a striking 60's hotrod and surfboard-inspired red and yellow box with wood inlay.

Petition to have Brian Epstein commemorated in Liverpool
[Posted by Dave Haber on Wednesday, 04/16/08 7:36 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Beatles fan Hugh Mulhall believes there should be some permanent and visible way to commemorate the life of Brian Epstein, the man who discovered The Beatles and who died before he had chance to enjoy the fruits of his labour, and he's not alone.

Next year Liverpool is European City of Culture, and Maggi Hambling has been approached to create a sculpture to be placed at the site of St Lukes at the top of Bold Street, close to the place of Brian Epstein's birth. Though there is little of solid detail yet, with some help there will be a monument to recognise his achivement, in Liverpool.

To this end, Hugh hopes you can sign their petition to request the Prime Minister to Support the Campaign to create a lasting and fitting tribute to Brian Epstein.

If you're a British citizen or resident of Great Britian, please help by signing the petition at

One for you, nineteen for me
[Posted by Dave Haber on Tuesday, 04/15/08 2:20 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today, April 15, is tax day in the US, the day Federal and State income taxes must be payed by. As Beatles fans, we can't help but think today of George Harrison's song, Taxman, which is played frequently on the radio today, all across the country.

George Harrison said he was inspired to write Taxman when he discovered how much he was earning after taxes. Because of how much The Beatles were earning at the time, they were in the top tax bracket in England. George said, "Taxman was when I first realised that even though we had started earning money, we were actually giving most of it away in taxes. It was and still is typical."

George Harrison performing Taxman live in Japan in 1991

Other Beatles songs that come to mind today are:
  • Can't Buy Me Love
  • Money
  • Baby You're A Rich Man
  • A Hard Day's Night (You know I work all day, to get you money)
  • Come And Get It (Will you walk away from a fool and his money?)
  • Lady Madonna (Who finds the money when you pay the rent?)
  • Revolution (if you want money for people with minds that hate)
  • She's Leaving Home (we gave her everything money could buy)
And, the antithesis of Tax Day, You Never Give Me Your Money.

Chris Daughtry performs Beatles tune at Revolution Lounge
[Posted by Adam Kane on Monday, 04/14/08 12:56 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

American Idol sensation Chris Daughtry performed for a small audience last night, where he played a cover of a Beatles tune at the Beatles-themed Revolution Lounge.

Daughtry performed Helter Skelter from the Beatles White Album, and was joined by his friend Ed Kowalczyk, lead singer for the band Live. Tickets for the show were put up for auction on eBay.

After his elimination from American Idol in 2006, Daughtry's self-titled debut album sold more than 1 million copies in just 5 weeks. Daughtry is the fourth most successful American Idol contestant in history, behind Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, and Clay Aiken.

Happy National Eight Track Tape Day!
[Posted by Dave Haber on Friday, 04/11/08 3:12 pm] [Permalink] [Tweet] [Facebook]

Today, April 11, is National Eight Track Tape Day, a holiday dedicated to bring back the fond memories of the sixties and seventies.

The 8-track tape, originally called the Stereo 8, was created in 1964 by a consortium led by Bill Lear of Lear Jet Corporation, along with Ampex, Ford, Motorola and RCA Victor Records, and was made popular by the inclusion of 8-track players in Ford automobiles in 1965. 8-tracks were being phased out in the US by 1982, but were still available through record clubs as late as 1988.

The first Beatles albums to be released as 8-tracks were Meet The Beatles, Rubber Soul and Revolver, in 1966. The last known commercially available Beatles-related 8-track was The John Lennon Collection from 1982.

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