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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Badfinger's Joey Molland on overcoming tragedy, hanging with the Beatles

Badfinger was one of the first acts signed to the Apple label. But after selling 14 million albums worldwide and three Top 10 hits between 1970 and 1972, two of its members committed suicide, and their drummer died of a brain aneurysm in 2005. Joey Molland remembers the bad times, and the good ones, with the Beatles.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle
Top selling albums of 1972 includes George Harrison

Recordings made by some of the biggest classic rock artists dominated the list of 1972's top-selling albums in the U.S., compiled by the former music industry trade magazine, Record World. Released just four months after the August 1971 concerts, George Harrison's The Concert for Bangladesh live triple album reached #1 on the list.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Titan to publish The Beatles Yellow Submarine graphic novel Warning: Page opens with sound

Titan Comics has announced that it is celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' classic animated film Yellow Submarine with the release of a fully authorised graphic novel adaptation from writer and artist ill Morrison, artist on The Simpsons comics and current editor of the famous Mad magazine. It goes on sale August 7.

Source: Flickering Myth
Listen: Ramsey Lewis does the Beatles his way

Tackling the Beatles' material is nothing new for jazz great Ramsey Lewis. Over his decades of recording, the Grammy-winning pianist has put his stamp on two albums of Beatles reinterpretations. Now, all these years later, Lewis is still doing the Beatles his way, bringing his "Ramsey Lewis Plays the Beatles" concert to St. Louis this weekend.

Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Poster breaks down the instruments played in every Beatles song

"Come Together," a new poster from Pop Chart Lab, breaks down the instruments featured in every single one of The Beatles' songs, from 1963's I Saw Her Standing There to 1970's Get Back. The chart is broken down into five colors, one for each member of the Fab Four, plus one hue to represent various non-band members.

Source: Mental Floss
1965 NME super concert features Beatles, Stones, Kinks and more

Each year, beginning in 1953, the British music weekly NME polled its readers on the best of the year. The winners were then invited to perform for the people, and, at the height of the British Invasion, that meant the Beatles, Stones, Animals and Kinks. The concert took place at London's Wembley Empire Pool on April 11, 1965.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Ringo Starr signs new worldwide publishing deal with BMG

Ringo Starr has signed an exclusive worldwide publishing deal with BMG. Today's agreement covers Starr's Beatles and solo catalog, spanning nearly 50 years, as well as future compositions. BMG U.S. president Zach Katz said, "It is an understatement to say our entire team is overwhelmingly excited to welcome Ringo to the BMG family."

Source: Billboard
Preview: Lennon's Banjo at The Epstein Theatre in Liverpool

Back in 2004, Rob Fennah was working on a project involving John Lennon's mum, Julia, teaching John how to play rock 'n' roll on her banjo, an instrument now lost but highly sought after by Beatles buffs the world over. His book about that is now a play, Lennon's Banjo, which opens at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool on April 24.

Related Articles  Source: Wirral Globe, UK
April 10, 1956: Fender Stratocaster was patented

The Fender Stratocaster guitar has been lit on fire and obliterated to splinters by Jimi Hendrix, bestowed upon George Harrison, Steve Winwood, Pete Townshend and by God...also known as Eric Clapton. 62 years ago, Leo Fender got a patent for the legendary axe, one of the most recognizable icons of rock, on this day in 1956.

Source: WROR FM, Boston
48 years today since the Beatles split

It's exactly 48 years today since the Beatles went their separate ways. On April 10, 1970, Paul McCartney broke millions of hearts as he announced The Beatles would be splitting up for good. George Harrison is thought to have been the first of the group to walk, in 1968, but it didn't last and he was persuaded to return shortly after.

Source: Starts at 60
Monday, April 9, 2018
Handwritten Hey Jude lyrics on sale for $375K

A rare piece of Beatles memorabilia, lyrics handwritten by Paul McCartney for the 1968 Hey Jude recording session is going up for sale for $375,000. The same lyrics are seen being used by John Lennon in a videotaped recording, hung from a mike stand. Moments in Time dealer Gary Zimet confirms the lyrics are in Paul McCartney's hand.

Source: Page Six
Yoko Ono rock worth $17,500 stolen from museum

A rock valued at $17,500 that was part of a Yoko Ono art installation has been stolen from a Toronto museum. The weather-worn stone, with the words "Love yourself," inscribed by Ono, was part of her work entitled Yoko Ono: The Riverbed. Visitors were encouraged to make contact with the art, but weren't supposed to leave with any of it.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
New John Lennon California license plates seek to help end hunger

California motorists may soon have an opportunity to help in the efforts to feed the hungry in California with new John Lennon inspired specialty license plates. The plate design features John Lennon's iconic self-portrait sketch and the words "Imagine No Hunger" inscribed on the bottom. They are available now for pre-order.

Source: KTVU TV, San Francisco
Fans cast their votes in John Lennon Songwriting Contest

The 2017 John Lennon Songwriting Contest has whittled a field of artists from all over the world down to 24 finalists in 12 genre categories. The contest is now accepting fan votes to help choose the 12 Lennon Award Winners, one for each genre. From the 12 winners, one songwriter will be awarded a check for $20,000 and "Song of the Year".

Source: iHeart Radio
You can now download John Lennon handwriting as computer font

The handwriting of John Lennon and other rock stars have been turned into fonts. The Songwriters Font project includes typefaces developed from "original handwritten letters and notes" by Lennon, as well Kurt Cobain and David Bowie. The fonts' creators say, "The Songwriters fonts have been created to give musicians inspiration."

Source: NME, UK
Friday, April 6, 2018
New DVDs of The Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show get high-def upgrade

SOFA Entertainment/UMe is set to release new, high-definition DVDs of legendary performances by The Beatles from The Ed Sullivan Show on May 25. The set collects the four entire episodes of The Ed Sullivan Show with history-making performances by The Beatles on two DVDs, the Fab Four's U.S. TV debut.

Source: uDiscoverMusic
Brian Epstein bio series to hum with Lennon-McCartney tunes

Bravo's "The Fifth Beatle," on the life story of legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein, is still months off and details as to where it will shoot are scant, but a production company executive has offered a glimpse at plans for the limited series. The project is also notable for having secured rights to the music of Lennon and McCartney.

Source: Variety
Beatlemania to take over the River Mersey

Beatlemania is set to sweep across Liverpool again this year after Mersey Ferries announced it would run a new series of Beatles-themed cruises. Launched to celebrate the ten-year anniversary of Liverpool's Capital of Culture status, they act as a reminder that the famous four appeared on the Mersey Ferries back in the 60's.

Source: Click Liverpool
A Beatles tour in England? You know that can't be bad

Where does one begin the story of the Beatles in Britain? At the crosswalk, of course. Last summer, we headed to Abbey Road in London just hours after we stepped off the plane at Heathrow Airport to recreate the scene on the eponymous album (minus the Volkswagen). A few hundred people were doing the same.

Source: New York Times
Inside Yoko Ono's history of art, music and activism in Canada

Despite an ongoing revaluation of her work as an artist, activist and musician, Yoko Ono is still most associated with the distinctive sound of her singing voice, which was first heard on a record called Live Peace in Toronto 1969. Ono is currently showing her interactive installation The Riverbed at Toronto's Gardiner Museum.

Source: CBC Radio, Canada
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Fans can win tickets to see Lennon's Banjo play in Liverpool

A brand new comedy about the disappearance of John Lennon's first ever musical instrument, Lennon's Banjo follows a Beatles tour guide in Liverpool who stumbles on a clue to the solving the greatest mystery in pop history. Fans who answer a question on the Liverpool Echo by April 11 will have a chance of winning tickets.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Paul McCartney joins celebs honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

As the nation reflects on the death of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 50 years ago, Stevie Wonder along with over 80 musicians, civil rights activists, politicians and actors created an uplifting video to honor his legacy and share Dr King's message. In the video, Sir Paul McCartney wishes for everyone to live together in harmony.

Source: uDiscoverMusic
Beatles Tech: Abbey Road Studios installs DTS:X mixing tools

DTS, a global leader in high-definition audio solutions, has announced that London's world famous Abbey Road Studios has added DTS:X mixing tools to its state of the art Mix Stage facility. The installation is fully operational and available for professional content creators to mix both feature films and music in immersive DTS audio formats.

Source: DCinemaToday
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Pictures: Stella McCartney nails off-duty chic on trip through LAX

She's the name behind one of the most in-demand designer brands. And Stella McCartney proved her own sartorial credentials as she touched down in LAX airport, Los Angeles on Tuesday. The 46-year-old fashion designer nailed her off-duty style in an ultra chic gunmetal grey jacket draped effortlessly over her shoulders.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
New edition of As Time Goes By by Derek Taylor published

Alongside their manager Brian Epstein and producer George Martin, Derek Taylor, who passed away in 1997, was one of the group's inner circle. His autobiography "As Time Goes By" was first published in 1973, and has now been republished with a new introduction written by pop culture chronicler Jon Savage.

Source: The Guardian, UK

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