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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
Dave Grohl reveals the one Beatles song that reminds him of Kurt Cobain

Grohl, on BBC Radio 2 to mark the 50th anniversary of Abbey Road, revealed that the 1965 Beatles song In My Life holds a special place in his heart. "It means a lot to me, because it was the song that was played at Kurt Cobain's memorial," Grohl explained. "Everyone got to celebrate Kurt's love of The Beatles one last time together."

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
The photo of how Eric Clapton fell in love with Pattie Boyd

A photo of blues guitarist Eric Clapton and lead guitarist of The Beatles George Harrison, taken by Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd, who turned out to be the biggest love of Clapton has been posted to Instagram. As you might know,Clapton and Harrison were the parts of a love triangle with English model and photographer Pattie.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, July 31, 2020
Here's why Liverpool's music scene will bounce back

With the Liverpool's live music circuit, recording studios and grassroots music organisations coming to a sudden halt, as lockdown lifts it's good to see the music scene coming back to life. Now, record shops are back open, and brand new Future Yard opens in September with a series of socially-distanced and streaming shows.

Related Articles  Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
The Beatles are the best-selling rock band of 2020

The Beatles are the only million-selling rock band of 2020, and it's not particularly close. Nielsen's Mid-Year Report calculates The Beatles' album sales plus equivalent units sold between January and June of this year at 1.094 million units. That's more than Queen, Imagine Dragons, Fleetwood Mac and Metallica.

Source: iHeart Radio
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Video: Billy Preston got his first of two no. 1 singles 47 years ago today

On this day 47 years ago, Billy Preston scored the first of his two number one hits on Billboard's Hot 100. "Will It Go Round in Circles," from his second album "Music Is My Life," released in 1972, was written by Preston and Bruce Fisher. This was also Preston's first chart topper as a solo artist.

Source: Eurweb
Thursday, July 2, 2020
Ringo Starr's 80th birthday event to include Paul McCartney performance

Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with a special show that will air on AXS TV and on Starr's YouTube channel. The legend will be joined, most prominently, by Paul McCartney. Others announced for the July 7 event include Starr's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, plus Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E and Ben Harper.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Liverpool music venues sign heartbreaking open letter to government

A number of Liverpool's most popular music venues have signed a heartbreaking open letter begging the Government for help to survive. The letter was written by the Music Venue's Trust, which represents music sites across the country including The Cavern Club, saying, "Without our Grassroots Music Venues, there would be no Beatles."

Source: Liverpool Echo
Wednesday, June 3, 2020
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. It was originally scheduled for last April 7, on June 3, Boyd noted on her Twitter account that her "editor has been unwell and more work was needed with the finishing touches."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, June 1, 2020
Record Store Day to include John Lennon and Paul McCartney releases

It was announced that Record Store Day 2020 would be three separate "Drop" dates, allowing shoppers to socially distance and support independent music retailers. In August, an exciting array of titles will include a 2020 remix of John Lennon's Instant Karma! and a special half-speed master of Paul McCartney's 1970 solo debut, McCartney.

Source: U Discover Music
Ringo Starr joins Judy Collins' call to sing Amazing Grace

Over the past two weeks, 1,000 singers from across the globe, professional and amateur alike, have answered Judy Collins' call to sing "Amazing Grace" with her as a sign of solidarity in this unprecedented time. Moving messages have been posted about what Judy's recording means to them, including a message from Ringo Starr.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, May 22, 2020
Video: Wallows covers the Beatles' With a Little Help from My Friends

On Friday, the three-piece indie/pop band Wallows premiered a cover of the Beatles classic "With a Little Help from My Friends," and its video is another heavily '90s-styled clip, from the Windows startup screen to the whole bit. The song features drummer Preston on lead vocals, matching Ringo Starr's lead vocal duties on the original track.

Source: Rock Cellar Magazine

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