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Friday, January 15, 2021
Mary McCartney to direct Abbey Road Studios documentary

Abbey Road Studios will be the subject of a new documentary, directed by celebrated British photographer and filmmaker Mary McCartney. The feature length film, If These Walls Could Sing, is described in the official announcement as "the untold story of the world-famous" London studios. A release date has not yet been disclosed.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, January 8, 2021
Pattie Boyd memoir, My Life Through a Lens, delayed

A book described as an "extraordinary visual memoir" is coming from perhaps the most famous muse of all time, Pattie Boyd. But Pattie Boyd: My Life Through a Lens has been delayed again to "later in 2021 due to the current lockdown restraints," she says. It was originally scheduled for April 7, 2020.

Source: Best Classic Bands
The Beatles song Paul McCartney wrote as a parody of The Beach Boys

With The Beatles, Wings and his solo material, Paul McCartney has been able to traverse genres, themes and societal changes to remain relevant. Given that Paul McCartney and the legendary Brian Wilson often looked across at one another for inspiration, it seems right that their song material should overlap.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Sunday, January 3, 2021
Paul McCartney leads tributes to Gerry Marsden

With the news of the passing of Gerry Marsden, the leader of Gerry and the Pacemakers, the singer was being mourned by the music world. Tributes to the popular Liverpool performer were led by Paul McCartney. "Gerry was a mate from our early days in Liverpool," wrote McCartney. "He and his group were our biggest rivals on the local scene."

Source: Best Classic Bands
The rail clerk's son who became a Beatles buddy and Sixties icon

He was one of the pioneers of the Merseybeat sound, friends with The Beatles and turned You'll Never Walk Alone into both a singalong for football fans and an anthem of hope. Gerry Marsden, the frontman of record-breaking Sixties chart-toppers Gerry and the Pacemakers, has died aged 78 after a short illness, it was announced last night.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, December 11, 2020
Paul McCartney on how Elvis inspired The Beatles to quit touring

After their final concert at Candlestick Park in 1966, the Beatles began to ask themselves what they could do as they didn't want to go out on tour again. In an interview, Paul McCartney said, "And what happened was we'd heard that Elvis Presley had sent his gold-plated Cadillac out on tour. He didn't go with it, he just sent it out!"

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, December 4, 2020
Little Steven announces Beatles tribute album

In the fall of 2017, Little Steven aka Stevie Van Zandt played an extraordinary surprise set outside of the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpoool. The concert was professionally filmed and expertly recorded by Van Zandt's touring film and audio crew and is now slated for wide release on CD/DVD as Macca To Mecca on January 29th.

Source: The Music Universe
Billie Eilish unveils cover of The Beatles' Something

Billie Eilish has shared her cover of The Beatles' Something. The teen sensation unveiled her tender take on the 1969 George Harrison ballad and has given it a 2020 update. It's not the first time Billie Eilish has taken on a Beatles track, previously covering Yesterday for the 2020 Oscars' In Memoriam segment.

Source: Radio X, UK
Paul McCartney's reaction to Elvis Presley remixes

Elvis Presley released two dance remixes around the same time Paul McCartney released a new version of Let It Be and a 30th-anniversary reissue of the album Yellow Submarine. In an interview, Paul said, "Oh, you should never do that with Elvis or The Beatles or The Stones...But there is an argument about the young kids coming up."

Source: American Songwriter
Friday, November 27, 2020
Pete Townshend names his all-time favorite Beatles songs

Pete Townshend is known for his uncompromising scathing nature. Infamously, there are very few of his contemporaries that Townshend hasn't unleashed fury upon with his famously sharp tongue. The Beatles are no exception, with The Who's axeman speaking on plentiful occasions about what he doesn't like about the iconic band from Liverpool.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Major BBC Radio series salutes Beatles and Python pal Neil Innes

The late Neil Innes, thecomedic-musical genius behind the Bonzo DogBand and the Rutles, who had close creativelinks and friendships with the Beatles and Monty Python,is the focus of a new180-minute, three-episode BBC radio documentary series. The series, titled"Neil Innes: Dip My Brain In Joy", will air on BBC Radio in December.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, November 13, 2020
2020 in Review: Best Boxed Sets, Collections & Reissues

In their first installment of their annual look back, Best Classic Bands rounds up the most essential boxed sets, reissues and other historical collections of 2020, including Flaming Pie from Paul McCartney, John Lennon's Gimme Some Truth, Goats Head Soup from The Rolling Stones, and Elton John's Jewel Box.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Captain Beefheart's bizarre cover of The Beatles' Yesterday

There have been countless covers of The Beatles' hit Yesterday. But while Paul McCartney, the song's principal creator has his favorite versions of the song, we'd like to throw Captain Beefheart's bizarre whistling homage to Yesterday as a contender for the best, largely because it is so inherently dismissive of the content.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, November 6, 2020
Revisit Blondie's cover of Please, Please Me

Blondie can make an absolute delight out of any song you put in front of them. Once you couple the prowess of Blondie with the greatness of The Beatles' classic track from their debut LP Please, Please Me you have something unfathomably brilliant, taking the song kicking and screaming into their trademark new wave style.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, October 30, 2020
Beatles and comics collection sells for 170k

A treasure trove of rare and valuable items, including Beatles memorabilia and vintage comics, has gone for 170,000 (about $220,100) at auction. The collection consisted of more than 60,000 items. During the the four-day auction, a Rickenbacker guitar sold for 1,450 and a book and record set signed by George Harrison made 750.

Source: BBC News
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
Video: Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson perform God Only Knows

Paul McCartney had achieved more than he could ever have imagined but there was still one thing left on his bucket list which he needed to tick off, performing his favorite song of all time, the Beach Boys' "God Only Knows", on stage with its creator Brian Wilson. The opportunity arrived for Macca at a benefit gala in Los Angeles in 2002.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Monday, September 14, 2020
Vinyl records outsell CDs for the first time since the 1980s

In a major turn in the sales of physical music, vinyl records have returned to the top of the pile and, for the first time in 34 years, they have outsold the CD format. While major streaming platforms continue to dominate the distribution of music, vinyl sales have offered a momentary hope for the future of physical music.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Beatles and Cilla cover up as Covid cases rise

There has been a rise in the number of Covid-19 cases in Liverpool, particularly among young adults, and there are concerns too many people are not taking enough precautions. Train operator Merseyrail has put branded face masks on well known landmarks including The Beatles and Cilla Black statues to reinforce its "cover up" message.

Source: Liverpool Business News
Monday, August 31, 2020
Listen: Idles perform Beatles cover at Abbey Road Studios

Idles have performed a handful of original tracks and covers as part of a live-streamed performance over the weekend. The livestream was shot at Abbey Road Studios in London. Their concert featured the Beatles track Helter Skelter, and the currently unreleased track "Kill Them With Kindness", a song from their forthcoming LP.

Source: NME, UK
Friday, August 28, 2020
The day Bob Dylan met The Beatles

August 28th 1964, is a date that is cemented in the musical history books as two of the most important artists of is history met for the very first time as Bob Dylan partied with The Beatles and, may we add, got The Fab Four so stoned that Paul McCartney thought that he had figured out the meaning of life.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Elton John and John Lennon at MSG in 1974: Behind-the-Scenes

In 1974, just one month into his role as the New York radio promotion rep for MCA Records, aspiring stand-up comedian Ray D'Ariano was alone backstage at Madison Square Garden with two of the biggest music stars in the world: Elton John and John Lennon. "No one knew that Lennon was going to be joining Elton on stage that night," D'Ariano explained.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Lithographs of rare photos of the Beatles on sale to benefit City Of Hope

City Of Hope is putting together an online auction that will include lithographs of rare photos of music giants such as Prince, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Elvis Presley and more. Also included will be items from Smokey Robinson, Michael McDonald and the Doors' Robby Krieger.

Source: Forbes
Friday, August 21, 2020
We can work it out says closure-threatened Cavern Club

Liverpool's Cavern Club shut its doors in March as the European wave of COVID-19 was hitting hard and Britain was sliding towards its own crisis. They expected to be closed for about a month. Five months later, the club is still shut, the firm has lost more than £600,000 ($788,000) and 20 of its 120 employees have been laid off.

Source: Reuters News, UK
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Echo and the Bunnymen's cosmic cover of Ticket to Ride

Taking a look back at the wonderfully unique dream-like cover of The Beatles Ticket to Ride by Echo and the Bunnymen, who, born and raised through the Beatles hysteria in Liverpool, have the Fab Four deeply engrained within their music psyche despite having taken their own sound down a somewhat darker post-punk path.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Monday, August 3, 2020
Linda McCartney Retrospective arrives this month in Liverpool

Linda McCartney was an exceptional photographer of huge range, with a portfolio that boasted portraits of some of the most iconic artists and moments from the 1960s. Her photography captured the world as Linda experienced it, representing the people, places and landscape around her in her inimitable spontaneous and experimental style.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool

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