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Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Cutting-edge composer, musician and Beatles fanatic dies at 38

Matt Marks, composer, musician and founding member of the contemporary chamber orchestra Alarm Will Sound, died on Friday in St. Louis. A passionate Beatles fan, he contributed one of the group's signature pieces, an eerily accurate arrangement for live performers of the Beatles' Revolution 9. He was 38.

Source: New York Times
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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Roy Young, who turned down chance to join the Beatles, dead at 83

Roy Young, who has died aged 83, was a rock n' roll star who played with David Bowie and The Beatles. He played with Cliff Richard and The Shadows, and in Hamburg with Ringo Starr and Tony Sheridan, where he became friends with The Beatles and before long he was enlisted to play keyboard and sing backing vocals.

Source: Oxford Mail, UK
Friday, March 9, 2018
Friend and colleague of Brian Epstein passes away at 87

Geoffrey Ellis, who worked closely with the Beatles and Brian Epstein during the 60's has passed away, aged 87. Ellis was contacted in 1963 by his childhood friend Epstein to help with the Beatles' first US trip, and left his job to help Epstein manage his quickly expanding business empire, becoming chief administrator of Epstein's NEMS Enterprises.

Source: M Magazine, UK
Monday, March 5, 2018
Tower Records founder Russ Solomon dies Warning: Page opens with sound

Russ Solomon, the bigger-than-life personality who founded Tower Records, died Sunday of a heart attack. He founded Tower Records in 1960 in Sacramento, in less than a decade he had expanded to San Francisco, Los Angeles and beyond. Eventually the company would become a worldwide empire, with stores from New York to Tokyo.

Source: KCRA TV, Sacramento
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Famed publicist Ron Scott dies at 74

Ron Scott, the publicist who represented actors including David Hasselhoff and John Stamos died Saturday in Hollywood. In the 1970s, Scott was hired by Capitol Records to do publicity for acts including Eric Carmen and The Raspberries, Rick Springfield and Blue Swede and for the Ringo Starr album Goodnight Vienna, released in 1974.

Source: Hollywood Reporter
Wild-eyed comedian Marty Allen dead at 95

Marty Allen, the frizzy-haired, bug-eyed clown who joined forces with the crooner Steve Rossi to form one of the most successful comedy teams of the 1960s, died on Monday in Las Vegas. Allen and Rossi appeared on the same Ed Sullivan with the Beatles twice, in 1964 and 1965, the first time donning a Beatle wig. Allen was 95.

Source: New York Times
Monday, February 12, 2018
Sean Ono Lennon's tribute to late Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow

Among the tributes for John Perry Barlow after his death was one from Sean Ono Lennon, who counted Barlow among his friends. Lennon called the Grateful Dead lyricist and digital pioneer "a master of all trades and a jack of none," and said, "no one will ever come close to the guy, for this grateful and graceful guru was one of a kind."

Source: Brinkwire
Monday, January 29, 2018
Ed Sullivan Show's music exec, Robert Arthur, dies

Robert Arthur, music coordinator for The Ed Sullivan Show, closely involved with the show's performances by The Beatles and the Rolling Stones, has died, it was reported last week. In 1964, Arthur realized the Beatles wouldn't be heard over the audience's screaming, and ordered boom mikes to be replaced by mikes on floor stands.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, January 22, 2018
Tom Petty died of accidental drug overdose, family announces Warning: Page opens with sound

Tom Petty died of an accidental drug overdose last October, his wife and daughter announced in a Facebook post Friday. The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed Friday that Petty's cause of death was a "multisystem organ failure" due to mixed drug intoxication. His family said Petty suffered from "many serious ailments."

Source: CBS News
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Photographer who got only picture of John Lennon with his killer has died

Paul Goresh, who famously snapped the only photo of John Lennon with his killer, one of the last pictures of the legendary Beatle, has died. Goresh was forever haunted by the photo he took on Dec. 8, 1980. Goresh had been sick for some time, his cousin Rosanne Taylor wrote on a John Lennon Facebook fan page. He was 58.

Fan Content Warning  Source: NY Daily News
Monday, January 8, 2018
Moody Blues singer Ray Thomas dies at 76

Ray Thomas, singer, flautist and founding member of The Moody Blues, has died at 76. One of Thomas' earliest blues groups El Riot and the Rebels, went on to support The Beatles in Tenbury Wells, Malvern. Following stints in the Hamburg, Thomas returned to Birmingham in 1964 and formed The Moody Blues with Denny Laine.

Source: Counteract, UK
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Music promoter who worked with Beatles Tony Calder dies

Pioneering British music promoter and PR agent Tony Calder, best known for his work with groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, died on Jan. 2 at the age of 74, according to reports. His innovative methods helped promote many of the U.K.'s largest acts for more than 50 years. He promoted the Fab Four's first single Love Me Do.

Source: Variety
Monday, December 18, 2017
Keely Smith, early champion of the Beatles, dead at 89

Vocalist Keely Smith has passed away at the age of 89. Smith was the first singer to make an entire album of Beatles songs. In mid-1964 she recorded and released an album titled Keely Smith Sings The John Lennon & Paul McCartney Songbook, which contained twelve swingin' interpretations of early songs written by Lennon & McCartney.

Source: Huffington Post
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Smithereens singer Pat DiNizio dies at 62

The lead singer and primary songwriter of the New Jersey rock band The Smithereens, Pat DiNizio, passed away yesterday. In 2007 with the Smithereens, he recorded Meet the Smithereens, on which the group covered the entire Meet the Beatles album. Pat DiNizio had been rehabilitating from a fall, he was 62.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, December 8, 2017
An Optometrist recalls late-night chats with John Lennon

Optometrist Dr. Gary Tracy provided John Lennon with his iconic, eponymous "John Lennon glasses" from 1974 to 1979. John Lennon found a safe haven at Dr. Gary Tracy's Optometry and Eyewear. "He came at closing time on purpose," Dr. Tracy explained. "He and Yoko would enjoy just sitting and relaxing and chatting about local things."

Source: West Side Rag
How Hong Kong reacted to the shooting of John Lennon

John Lennon's 1980 murder in New York sent shock waves around the world, not least in Hong Kong, where broadcasters were quick to air tributes. Hong Kong disc Jockey Ray Cordeiro, who had interviewed Lennon and the Beatles three times, said he "almost lost control of his car when he heard the news".

Fan Content Warning  Source: South China Morning Post
December 8, 1980: A day we can never forget

John Lennon was an artist, a cultural icon, a man of peace who gave so much of himself, who defined us and gave us direction. We will miss him until we too have our day. From the Beatles' start in 1962 until his passing on December 8, 1980, was only 18 years. We'll never know what John Lennon would have created had he lived.

Source: Best Classic Bands
2017 in Review: A farewell to those who left us

We lost many greats of the music world in 2017, musicians and singers, songwriters and producers, music industry giants and others who made it all happen, including Beatles idols Chuck Berry and Fats Domino, part-time Beach Boy Glen Campbell, McCartney producer Tommy LiPuma, and Apple recording artist David Peel.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, December 29, 2014
Joe Cocker: The Beatles connections

Joe Cocker first came to fame in the UK in 1968 with his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, and his performance of that song at Woodstock the following summer rocketed him to world fame. The Beatles were not always thrilled by some of the covers of their songs, but that was not the case with Joe.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Man who brought Beatles to America to be remembered in NYC

On Wednesday, February 12, family, friends and artists will come together to celebrate the life of and to pay tribute to Sid Bernstein, the legendary promoter also known as "the man who brought The Beatles to America" and "The Father of the British Invasion" at The Cutting Room in New York City.

Source: Beatles News
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rock pioneer and human rights supporter Lou Reed passes away

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and punk-poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at 71. Reed is most recently featured on a new 6-disc DVD box-set for Amnesty International that features him prominently performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Davy Jones to be remembered at Monkees convention

The one-year anniversary of Davy Jones' passing will be commemorated with a celebration of the former teen idol's life, and his band, at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There will be live concert performances and special guest interviews.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, June 25, 2012
Imagine the Beatles Tribute remembers Victor Spinetti

Neil Burg of Imagine The Beatles Tribute remembers fondly the night they had the pleasure of performing in front of the late Victor Spinetti back in 1995 in Northridge, LA at the Volare Restaurant. Neil says Victor told them that they made him cry when he heard the songs that they performed, especially the songs from Hard Days Night.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
I won an award... It's on the wall in my office

The wonderful British character actor Victor Spinetti passed away on Monday at the age of 82. Over the years, I got the chance to spend many hours one on one with Victor. He was the warmest, kindest, most wonderful soul I ever met on this planet. The time I got to spend with him was a wonderful gift which I will never forget.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, September 30, 2010
Another Sgt. Pepper's face passes away

Actor and Hollywood legend Tony Curtis has passed away. He was among the actors and famous people that the Beatles admired that were pictured on the cover of the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album. In March, 2009, he visited Las Vegas to sign autographs and showed up to the event wearing a Sgt. Pepper's t-shirt.

Source: Beatles News Blog

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