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Friday, January 4, 2019
50 years ago: 1969 in rock music

Many great albums we still listen to, including the Who's Tommy, Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Blind Faith, Led Zeppelin II and amazing debuts from Santana and Crosby, Stills & Nash, as well as many others, not to mention The Beatles' masterpiece Abbey Road, were born fifty years ago in 1969.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Yoko Ono considers revealing extent of her influence on John Lennon

Yoko Ono said she was considering the possibility of revealing the full extent of how she had influenced music written by John Lennon, though she wasn't sure she wanted to. Her comments came in a discussion about Lennon's solo song "Jealous Guy," which appeared as a demo version on the recent expanded edition of the White Album.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Professor Moptop publishes Beatles textbook

Gregory Alexander, aka Professor Moptop on Chicago's WXRT-FM, has written the first textbook in what he hopes will be a compilation on Beatles history. "It covers from the day John and Paul first met until the end of 1962, which is a really good period for them," said Alexander, who appears on the station's "Breakfast with the Beatles".

Source: Chicago Tribune
The Beatles helped bring me closer to my autistic son

The summer my son Jackson turned 3, he was diagnosed with autism-spectrum disorder. We would turn off the car radio, knowing he needed the quiet in order to decompress. One day, by fluke, he heard When I'm Sixty-Four by the Beatles. It was love at first listen. Whenever that song played, a light went on in his hazel eyes.

Source: The Globe and Mail, Toronto
Five non-Beatles songs produced by George Martin Warning: Page opens with sound

Legendary producer Sir George Martin would've turned 93 today, January 3. While he is best known for his work with The Beatles, Martin worked with countless other artists in his incredible career. FM Radio station WROR in Boston has five non-Beatles track sampling of from Sir George's astounding career.

Source: WROR, Boston
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Rare Magical Mystery Tour photos sell for thousands of dollars at auction

A box of rare photographic slides of The Beatles taken by a travelling salesman in 1967 fetched £2,700 (about $3,365) at auction in North Hykeham, England, on New Year's Day. The slides capture the Fab Four at work and play as they shot scenes for the film Magical Mystery Tour. They had been expected to fetch £1,000 to £2,000.

Source: Liconshire Live, UK
Paul McCartney kicks off 2019 by sharing new song

Paul McCartney released a new song, "Get Enough," as the calendar turned to 2019 at 12 a.m. Eastern time. The track is a new recording, not included on his most recent studio album, Egypt Station, which was released on September 7. The new song is now available for streaming on the internet.

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Year in Music 2018: Paul McCartney scores first US #1 album since 1982

In September of 2018, Paul McCartney released Egypt Station, his first album in five years, promoted with a series of special intimate concerts. It became McCartney's first album to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 since 1982's Tug of War. 2018 also marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' White Album.

Source: WFJA FM
On this day in 1968: Police seize 30,000 copies of Two Virgins album

On this date in 1968, police seized 30,000 copies of Two Virgins, the experimental album recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. The album's cover featured John and Yoko completely nude and was therefore deemed pornographic. The album was eventually released for sale with a brown paper sleeve.

Source: Creative Loafing
Monday, December 31, 2018
Video: Paul McCartney on 60 Minutes

In his first profile on the CBS TV show 60 Minutes, Paul McCartney walks down memory lane while looking through old pictures and videos and talks about how he still feels the need to prove himself with his music. In the interview, he admits he can't read or write music, none of the Beatles could, and that he sees the music in his head.

Source: CBS News
BBC snubs The Beatles in their bid to find most iconic figures

The BBC has drawn up "iffy" lists of sportsmen, entertainers and artists that will be voted from when deciding the world's most-loved icons. They snubbed The Beatles, Michael Jackson and Princess Diana in thier lists to vote to find the most iconic figures. The omissions have led to a backlash on Twitter.

Source: Brinkwire
Beatles superfan donates rare memorabilia collection to Dublin museum

Terri Colman-Black spent decades building up a treasure trove of relics dedicated to the Beatles, and has now donated her collection to the Irish Rock N Roll Museum Experience in Dublin. Items include the ticket and programme from their Irish concert, a George Harrison model kit and rare Beatles magazines.

Source: Irish Examiner
The Kensington living room where the first Beatles record was recorded

What made a 60-year-old man change careers and set up Liverpool's first recording studio in the living room of his Kensington house? This decision by Percy Phillips, World War I veteran and bicycle salesman, would see many young musicians, who later went on to be among the most famous in the world, stepping through his front door.

Source: Liverpool Echo
George Harrison's Ding Dong, Ding Dong rings in the new year

George Harrison's song Ding Dong, Ding Dong was included on his 1974 album Dark Horse. Joining Harrison on the song are classic rock stars Alvin Lee, Jim Keltner, Ron Wood, Mick Jones, Gary Wright and Ringo Starr, plus Beatles pal Klaus Voormann. It's always worked as a way to herald the beginning of a new year.

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Friday, December 28, 2018
Magical Beatles museum is set to expand in 2019

The Magical Beatles Museum in Liverpool is expanding to open a new café and bar after enjoying a bumper first six months. It was opened in July and hopes the new facilities, together with the relocation of the Liverpool Tourist Information Centre to its Matthew Street building in November, will further boost visitor numbers.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Historic UK music retailer HMV collapses due to digital surge

British music retailer HMV, which was launched in 1921 and helped propel the Beatles to fame, collapsed into administration on Friday as consumers switch to digital streaming in droves. HMV is the last major music retailer in Britain and has been suffering for years from the decline in physical sales of CDs and DVDs.

Source: Yahoo! News
New novel imagines John Lennon in Manhattan

In "The Dakota Winters," Tom Barbash's new novel, John Lennon's deadpan Liverpudlian voice comes through, especially when he tells Anton the backstory of some famous Beatles songs like Happiness is a Warm Gun. "An article I saw in a gun magazine...I thought it was crazy. Guns are warm when you've just shot someone."

Source: USA Today
Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Paul McCartney reveals he often reforms The Beatles in his dreams

Paul McCartney has said he often reforms The Beatles in his dreams as he admits sadness over the loss of bandmates. Talking to BBC Radio Scotland, McCartney said, "John and George are still a big part of my life, always will be...I often think about them with a lot of sadness, because they should still be here."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Inside unique Liverpool museum dedicated to telling story of The Beatles

Tucked away on Mathew Street in Liverpool lies a true treasure. The Magical Beatles Museum is owned and run by Roag Best, brother of original Beatles drummer Pete Best, and includes his own personal collection of Beatles memorabilia, featuring more than 300 rare and authentic Beatles items across three floors.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Paul McCartney posts holiday message to his fans

On his official website, Paul McCartney posted a special Christmas message to his fans, warning, "Don't eat and drink too much! I know I will, but that's no excuse for you." He also said he hoped fans would remember the true meaning of Christmas, which he said is love and peace and being good to each other.

Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Dec 26, 1963: I Want To Hold Your Hand released in the U.S.

Hard to imagine, but Capitol Records had turned down their sister U.K. label Parlophone's efforts to release the Beatles singles stateside. That all changed with I Want To Hold Your Hand, which Capitol had originally scheduled for a mid-January 1964 release, but U.S. radio DJs began playing imported copies early.

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Monday, December 24, 2018
Paul McCartney makes free downloads available for Christmas

Paul McCartney has released on his official website two tracks that did not make the final tracklisting for the recent Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway re-releases, a version of "Dear Friend" with a different orchestra mix, and "Hands Of Love" Take 2, an alternate take from the one used on the album.

Related Articles  Source: PaulMcCartney.com
Woman's extraordinary memories hanging out with The Beatles as a child

Not many people can claim to have seen The Beatles at their most relaxed, away from cameras. However, for actor Leo McKern's daughter Abigail, spending weeks of quality one-on-one time with the band remains one of her most treasured childhood memories. 10-year-old Abigail went along with her father as they filmed Help!

Source: Starts At 60
Friday, December 21, 2018
The story behind Paul McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime

On Wonderful Christmastime, Paul McCartney sings, plays guitar, bass and keyboards and is also on drums and percussion. It apparently took Paul just ten minutes to pen the song which peaked at number six on the UK Singles Chart and has since become of the most widely played Christmas songs on radio.

Source: Sunday Post, Scotland
George Harrison's Mercedes to go up for auction

George Harrisons's black-on-black Mercedes-Benz 500 SEL AMG will be up for grabs at an Anglia Car Auctions sale in January. George kept the Mercedes for 18 years, and covered over 30,000 miles in the car before passing it on to fellow musician Ray Cooper. The car also made a brief cameo in the Beatles' Real Love music video.

Source: Auto Classics

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