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Monday, May 13, 2019
Best Motown Beatles covers: When Motown met the Beatles

The four Beatles all loved Motown, and would search the racks of Brian Epstein's NEMS record shop for hidden treasures from the Detroit label, hoping to find unheard gems. As the 60s became dominated by Liverpool's Fab Four, Motown's finest paid tribute to The Beatles, with a string of top class covers of their songs.

Source: UDiscover Music
Canadians pay tribute to 50th anniversary Lennon-Ono Bed-In for Peace

Prior to their concert in Montreal on Saturday night, Canadian singers Chantal Kreviazuk and Raine Maida paid homage to the 50th anniversary of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's famous Bed-In for Peace. On Saturday, they staged a similar scene, in the very same room as Lennon and Ono once lay at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel.

Source: CTV News, Montreal
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Friday, May 10, 2019
New Elvis Costello EP features Paul McCartney collaboration

Elvis Costello collects songs he co-wrote with Paul McCartney and others on the rocker's new EP Purse, which arrived digitally today. The EP includes Costello and the Impostors' take on "The Lovers The four-song EP That Never Were," a song co-written by Costello and McCartney that the latter released on his 1993 LP Off the Ground.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, April 18, 2019
Dennis DeYoung recording Beatles tribute tune for upcoming solo album

Ex-Styx singer/keyboardist Dennis DeYoung saya a new tune that he's working on for his forthcoming solo album sounds pretty fab. In a recent post on Facebook, DeYoung reports that the song, which is among the last tracks he's recording for the project, has a title "taken directly from a classic Beatles tune."

Source: WFJA FM
Friday, April 5, 2019
Alan Parsons on working with The Beatles at Abbey Road

Alan Parsons has enjoyed equal success behind the scenes and in the spotlight, working as an engineer on such all-time classics as the Beatles' Abbey Road. He said, "It was a great day, but there was an undertone of disappointment because I thought it would probably be the last time they'd play together as a band."

Source: Song Facts
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Gene Simmons says why he thinks Beatles landmark is horrible

In a new Telegraph interview, Kiss bassist Gene Simmons, said, about the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool,"Magical gigs don't depend on great audio systems. They're about the people. The Cavern Club in Liverpool is an iconic space but if you see a bad band perform there, it will be horrible regardless."

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, March 25, 2019
Bohemian Rhapsody and Hey Jude used same piano in the studio

Bohemian Rhapsody quickly became one of the world's most famous rock anthems. Hey Jude, though very different in sound, shares a few intriguing similarities with Queen's masterpiece. When Bohemian Rhapsody was recorded, Freddie Mercury used the same piano Paul McCartney used for Hey Jude seven years prior.

Source: The Vintage News
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Rolling Stones film Rock & Roll Circus in theaters

To time with the upcoming North American leg of The Rolling Stones' No Filter tour, the band's 1968 film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus will screen in theaters during the first week of April. The program features the Stones, the Who, Eric Clapton, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Film tells tale of Cunard Yanks who created the Mersey Beat

The story of the Cunard Yanks will be shown in a special screening in Liverpool. The one-hour documentary chronicles the story of the Liverpool men who brought the music and fashions of America that became the basis of the Mersey Beat era, including one seafarer who came back with a guitar and sold it to a young George Harrison.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida dies at 79

Japanese rock singer and actor Yuya Uchida, who performed as the opening act for the Beatles' concerts in Tokyo in 1966, has died of pneumonia at a Tokyo hospital, his management office said Monday. He died Sunday morning at 79. Uchida was regarded as a key figure in spreading rock 'n' roll music in Japan.

Source: Japan Times
Friday, March 15, 2019
Tickets for Ringo Starr's show at Woodstock on sale next week

Tickets to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Woodstock at the original festival site with artists incluing Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band will be available this week. Tickets for Ringo go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday,and a presale for Bethel Woods members begins 10 a.m. Wednesday. Tickets to see Ringo start at $38.50.

Source: Poughkeepsie Journal
How the 45 RPM single changed music forever

When it arrived 70 years ago today, the 45 rpm single was a format that would revolutionize pop music. On March 15th, 1949, RCA Victor became the first label to roll out records smaller than 78s. In the decades that followed, everyone from the Beatles and the Rolling Stones released their first music on 45s.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Celebrity tributes to Hal Blaine include Ringo Starr

Between 1966 and 1971, Hal Blaine played on six consecutive Grammy Record of the Year winners. Following his passing, the musicians and singers who worked with Blaine or were influenced by his talent, shared their appreciation and grief. Ringo Starr tweeted, "Peace and love to all his family Goodbye Hal an incredible musician."

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Monday, March 11, 2019
Alan White reflects on his years playing with John Lennon and Yes

If Alan White's resume was limited to playing drums on John Lennon's Imagine and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, it would be pretty impressive. But about two years later, he was recruited by Yes to replace the outgoing Bill Bruford. He talks to Rolling Stone about his stint in John Lennon's Plastic Ono Band and his early days with Yes.

Source: Rolling Stone
Hal Blaine, Wrecking Crew drummer on 100s of hits, dies

Hal Blaine, legendary drummer with the Los Angeles-based studio musicians known as The Wrecking Crew, died March 11. During The Wrecking Crew's heyday in the 60s and 70s, they were the musical backbone on hundreds of classic rock recordings, including scores of Top 10 pop hits, including the Beach Boys, the Monkees and many others.

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Friday, March 8, 2019
New Cavern Club tour allows Beatles fans to go behind the scenes

A brand new tour of the Cavern Club in Liverpool is launching next week. The free tour will allow visitors to take a peek behind the scenes at the famous Mathew Street venue. For the first time in the club's 62-year history, Beatles fans can enjoy a 45-minute tour "behind the curtain" to see what happens backstage.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Video: Joe Walsh with Ringo Starr and James Taylor at VetsAid 2018

Ringo Starr, James Taylor and more helped Joe Walsh raise and disburse $795,000 in grants at his 2nd annual VetsAid music festival, held last November on Veterans Day. Video clips include the night's surprise guest, Ringo, leading a rousing performance of the Beatles' With A Little Help From My Friends.

Source: Rolling Stone
Phil Spector's infamous Alhambra hilltop estate up for sale at $5.5 million

High on an Alhambra hilltop, the French Chateau-style mansion owned by Phil Spector, and where actress Lana Clarkson died, is up for sale at $5.5 million. Spector, famous for his "wall of sound" recording technique and producing iconic groups such as the Ronettes, the Ramones and the Beatles, paid $1.1 million for the home in 1998.

Source: Los Angeles Times
On this day in 2016: Sir George Martin passes away

On this date in 2016, producer, arranger, conductor, composer and audio engineer Sir George Martin passed away at the age of 90. Referred to as the "fifth Beatle," Martin played an integral role in adding sonic depth and texture to all of the group's recordings, and is credited with producing 30 U.K. no. 1 hits for the Beatles.

Source: Creative Loafing
Thursday, March 7, 2019
How Harry Nilsson used Beatles to create rock's first great mashup

Harry Nilsson's 1967 recording of You Can't Do That isn't a straight cover song, it squeezes in somewhere between 15 and 20 Beatles songs while somehow clocking in at less than two and a half minutes. More than a medley and well beyond a megamix, this customized counterpoint homage must be considered the first great original mash-up.

Source: Variety
Friday, March 1, 2019
Listen: Yngwie Malmsteen covers While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen's cover version of The Beatles classic While My Guitar Gently Weeps is now streaming on the internet. The song is taken from his upcoming album, "Blue Lightning", which will be released globally on March 2. He said, "I am delighted that I was able to do justice to the original."

Source: Blabbermouth
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Photos of George Harrison and Ringo Starr to go on display

The great Memphis songwriter and musician Don Nix's collaborators included not only his colleagues at Stax and in Memphis, but such stars as George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Ringo Starr. This weekend, close to 40 of Nix's photographs of his famous friends and colleagues go on display at the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

Source: Commercial Appeal
MeTV cable network brings The Monkees back to TV

Based on overwhelming viewer response to its Peter Tork tribute last Sunday, the MeTV cable network will bring back the complete series of the Monkees TV show, which originally aired from 196668. The network announced today that starting Sunday, March 3, the show will air Sundays at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Micky Dolenz, Mike Nesmith pay tribute to Peter Tork

Soon after the news arrived that Peter Tork had died at 77, the two surviving Monkees, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz, shared their grief of his passing. Nesmith said,"As I write this my tears are awash and my heart is broken." Dolenz tweeted, "Heart broken over the loss of my Monkee brother, Peter Tork."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Peter Tork of the Monkees is dead at 77

Peter Tork, best known for his role in the 1960s sitcom The Monkees, has died. The Washington Post, which broke the story, said that it received confirmation from Tork's sister Anne Thorkelson. She did not give any details on the cause or place of death. Tork's Facebook page also confirmed his passing. He was 77.

Source: Best Classic Bands

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