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Thursday, April 19, 2018
How the Beatles influenced the Rolling Stones

The Beatles formed in Liverpool in 1960. The Rolling Stones formed in London two years later. Both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones shared many similar qualities, however, since the Beatles erupted into the music scene two years prior to their London peers, they had a profound influence on the Rolling Stones both musically and visually.

Source: SFC Today, Brooklyn
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Monday, April 16, 2018
Pattie Boyd says she neglected herself in her rock star marriages

Pattie Boyd was both muse and wife to Clapton, and to George Harrison before him. She kept a record of the wild years, portraits and reportage style snaps taken with a Polaroid and, later, on a Hasselblad. Boyd had the inside track, hanging out with The Beatles and friends, at home with George, on tour with Eric.

Source: Sydney Morning Herald
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
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
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
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
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
Monday, April 9, 2018
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
Thursday, April 5, 2018
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
Friday, March 30, 2018
One of Bob Dylan's famed going electric guitars is headed to auction

The Fender Telecaster from Bob Dylan's 1966 infamous "Electric" tour, where he played live with a backing band for the first time, is going up for auction on May 19. The guitar, which was owned by The Band's Robbie Robertson and later played by both George Harrison and Eric Clapton, is expected to fetch between $400,000 and $600,000.

Source: Guitar World
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
March 27, 1979: Eric Clapton marries Pattie Boyd

Your best friend has just told you he plans to marry your ex-wife. You a) Punch him in the mouth and tell him you never want to see him again, or b) Give him your blessing and attend the wedding? When Eric Clapton did it to George Harrison, friends since the '60s, George said, "I'd rather she was with him than some dope."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 23, 2018
Capitol Studios launches remote mixing, vinyl-cutting and mastering services

Capitol Studios, aka the most iconic Hollywood studio company around, is offering their services to anybody and everybody through their new online initiative. And now you, yes you, can have your music attacked by one of Capitol Studios accredited engineers, amongst their cutting-edge (and Grammy award-winning) technologies.

Source: Happy Magazine, Australia
Monday, March 19, 2018
March 1977: Maybe I'm Amazed hits the Top 40

In March of 1977, the playlist on Chicago's Top 40 powerhouse, WLS, featured the live version of Paul McCartney and Wings' Maybe I'm Amazed from their 3-LP Wings Over America, coming in at #18. It would ultimately hit #10 in the U.S. Also, Electric Light Orchestra's cover of Do Ya jumped from #38 to #31.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 16, 2018
Jeff Lynne's ELO limited edition Wembley book due

At a price of £495 and £245 (about $690 and $340), it's not for the faint of heart, but Jeff Lynne fans will be excited to hear about a deluxe, limited edition book, Wembley or Bust, that is being released by Genesis Publications. The book, coming September 2018, is limited to just 1,500 signed copies–in Deluxe and Collector editions.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, March 15, 2018
Video: Matt Bellamy and Miles Kane practicing with their Beatles cover band

Muse's Matt Bellamy has shared a rehearsal video of his Beatles cover band, Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band, which will be supporting The Who's Roger Daltrey at a Teenage Cancer Trust show next week. Blur's Graham Coxon will join forces with Bellamy for the performance, which takes place in London on March 22.

Source: NME, UK
Monday, March 12, 2018
Keith Richards admits Rolling Stones owe their success to The Beatles

Rolling Stone Keith Richards has previously been outspoken in his lack of regard for the Beatles. However, the 74-year-old has now confessed that without The Beatles making it big in America in the mid-1960s, the Stones wouldn't have become the phenomenon they are today. He said, "They opened the door and I guess we kicked it in."

Source: The Star-Magazine, UK
March 12, 1974: John Lennon kicked out of Hollywood nightclub

It happened during John Lennon's infamous "lost weekend" when he was separated from Yoko Ono and moved out of the Dakota in Manhattan and was spending time in Los Angeles. The Smothers Brothers were playing the Troubadour nightclub, John Lennon and Harry Nilsson arrived for the March 12, 1974, late show lit on Brandy Alexanders.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, March 9, 2018
Let It Be tops the Top 40 charts this week in 1970

In mid-March 1970, the Beatles' "Let It Be" was the #1 U.S. pop hit, but unfortunately to many it also signaled the end of the group. Its composer, Paul McCartney, announced his departure shortly thereafter. "Instant Karma!" by the Plastic Ono Band was charting at #4, and Badfinger's first hit "Come and Get It" entered the charts at #5.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Matt Bellamy's Beatles cover band books gigs at SXSW

Matt Bellamy is headed to South by Southwest next week, but not with Muse. Instead, he'll be playing with his Beatles cover band, Dr. Pepper's Jaded Hearts Club Band, which also features members of Jet and Nine Inch Nails. Also, Bellamy and Dr. Pepper will be playing with Roger Daltrey at London's Royal Albert Hall on March 22.

Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL
Listen: Old demo of Kurt Cobain singing the Beatles

In 2015, Universal Music amassed a large selection of old demos that Kurt Cobain had taped in the very early years, for the album Montage of Heck: The Home Recordings, the soundtrack for the documentary of the same name. Amid the plethora of demos, there's a rather eerie cover of the Beatles' And I Love Her.

Source: Radio Nova, Dublin
Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Former Beatles hangout faces bulldozer

The Silver Fox Cafe in Kent, England which served the likes of The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on their UK tours could be demolished after 70 years serving stars, truckers and motorists. The transport cafe launched in 1947 and was bought at auction eight years ago for £280,000 (about $390,000), and has been empty since.

Source: The Forest Review, UK
Video: Chris Martin teaches daughter to play the Beatles

Video footage has emerged which sees Chris Martin teaching his eldest child, 13-year old daughter Apple, to play the The Beatles song Blackbird from 1968 on guitar. The short video, which was shared by his former wife Gwyneth Paltrow on Instagram, was captioned, "Guitar time," and followed by an apple emoji.

Source: Radio X, UK
UK music bible NME closes print edition

Its publishers have announced that NME is to print its final edition this Friday, saying it is "no longer financially viable". It will continue to be published online. NME launched as newspaper the New Musical Express back in 1952. Celebrities and music fans took to social media on Wednesday to mourn the loss.

Source: The Mirror, UK
Monday, March 5, 2018
Video: Smith's soulful 1969 cover of Baby It's You

The 1969, Los Angeles-based band Smith released their #5 hit "Baby, It's You." The song, written by Burt Bacharach, had already been recorded and released as a single by, first, the Shirelles, #8 in 1961, and not long after that was added to the repertoire of the Beatles, who recorded it in 1963 for their first album.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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

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