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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.

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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
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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.

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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."

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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.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019
Why the Beatles were accused of plagiarism so often

The Beatles had their share of plagiarism charges in their day. From the lawsuit over Come Together, to the $587,000 George Harrison paid over My Sweet Lord, The Beatles fought, and sometimes lost, their copyright battles. As the rulings confirmed, even songwriting titans like The Beatles will wear their influences on their sleeve.

Source: Cheat Sheet
Record exec who worked with Beatles dead at 77

Don Grierson died recently in Los Angeles at age 77. He was honored during Sunday's Grammy Awards. While at Capitol Records, he was was instrumental in promoting The Beatles' first four Apple Records singles. He also worked with artists including The Jacksons, Tina Turner, Heart, Bob Seger, Gloria Estefan, and Cyndi Lauper.

Source: Deadline Hollywood
Monday, February 11, 2019
Gene Simmons shares photo of himself with Beatles haircut

KISS bassist Gene Simmons has posted a photo of his childhood band "The Long Island Sounds" on Twitter, showing him with a Beatles influenced haircut and Paul McCartney style bass guitar. He wrote, "The Long Island Sounds. I was 15 years old here. It was 1966." Although fans have pointed out he would have been 16 or 17 in 1966.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Thursday, February 7, 2019
Rare BBC Michael Jackson and George Harrison interview restored

Forty years ago, Michael Jackson and George Harrison walked into BBC Radio 1 and sat down to review the week's new releases. They spent the next 90 minutes discussing that, as well as the stories behind their own songs. The BBC discarded the show, keeping only a short clip. But now a rare recording has been found and restored.

Source: BBC, UK
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
1966: The year in 40 classic rock albums

Until late 1965, rock and roll was still all about the 45 RPM single. Quite often, a band's latest album would consist of a hit single or two and nine or so songs that no one ever really bothered to listen to. Then came Rubber Soul. From that moment on, the rock album became a statement in itself, a measure of significance.

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Monday, February 4, 2019
The Day the Music Died: Remembering Buddy Holly

The snow was heavy on that night 60 years ago on February 3, 1959. The only alternative to riding all night long in a dirty, unheated bus to the next concert gig was a tiny airplane. Shortly after takeoff, however, the plane carrying Buddy Holly, along with Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, disappeared into a snowy cloud.

Source: Gilmer Material
Monday, January 28, 2019
Grateful Dead covers Beatles in concert on this day in 1987

32 years ago tonight, the Grateful Dead played their first show of 1987 with a hometown performance at San Francisco Civic Auditorium. Unbeknownst to the band and their then-growing legion of Deadheads at that time, the performance heard the band cover The Beatles' Get Back for the first and only time in their career.

Source: Live For Music

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