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Friday, March 8, 2019
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
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.

Source: Best Classic Bands
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
Tuesday, January 22, 2019
Rush's bassist reveals why Paul Mccartney is so important for rock

Speaking to "Q on CBC" radio, Rush's bassist Geddy Lee praised The Beatles' legendary bassist Paul McCartney, and revealed why McCartney is so important for rock music. He said, "I think about McCartney on [The Beatles' 1969 track] 'Something,' I think that was the first time I ever heard the bass as a lead instrument."

Source: Metalhead Zone
Friday, January 18, 2019
Rock trumpeter Steve Madaio dies at 70

Steve Madaio, a trumpeter who played in the studio and on stage with many of the biggest names in classic rock, died Tuesday in Palm Desert, California. His trumpet can be heard on John Lennon's Walls and Bridges and Ringo Starr's Goodnight Vienna, and was closely associated with many of Stevie Wonder's 1970s-era studio recordings.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Video: Rob Zombie performs Beatles classic at Ozzfest

Rob Zombie was joined by Marilyn Manson and Nikki Sixx to perform The Beatles' Helter Skelter at Ozzfest 2018 at The Forum in Los Angeles on New Year's Eve, and video from the event is streaming online. Zombie and Manson released their own version of the 1986 track in sync with the launch of their summer tour of North America.

Source: hennemusic
Monday, January 7, 2019
Study reveals The Beatles make Brits happy

A study of 2,000 people in the UK has revealed the top artists which make them feel jolly or glum, with The Beatles given full happiness marks while gloomy Jake Bugg was considered the most miserable. Others in top 10 artists with the happiest music include Elton John, David Bowie, Elvis Presley and Ed Sheeran.

Source: The London Economic
Vinyl and cassette sales saw double digit growth last year

Albums sold on vinyl and cassette both saw double digit sales growth in the US last year, according to a new report. The popularity of both physical formats seems to be being driven by sales of older albums, including releases from Michael Jackson, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Pink Floyd topping the bestsellers.

Source: The Verge
Friday, January 4, 2019
50 years ago: 1969 in rock music

Many great albums we still listen to, including the Who's Tommy, Volunteers by Jefferson Airplane, The Band, Blind Faith, Led Zeppelin II and amazing debuts from Santana and Crosby, Stills & Nash, as well as many others, not to mention The Beatles' masterpiece Abbey Road, were born fifty years ago in 1969.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Five non-Beatles songs produced by George Martin Warning: Page opens with sound

Legendary producer Sir George Martin would've turned 93 today, January 3. While he is best known for his work with The Beatles, Martin worked with countless other artists in his incredible career. FM Radio station WROR in Boston has five non-Beatles track sampling of from Sir George's astounding career.

Source: WROR, Boston
Monday, December 31, 2018
The Kensington living room where the first Beatles record was recorded

What made a 60-year-old man change careers and set up Liverpool's first recording studio in the living room of his Kensington house? This decision by Percy Phillips, World War I veteran and bicycle salesman, would see many young musicians, who later went on to be among the most famous in the world, stepping through his front door.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, December 28, 2018
Historic UK music retailer HMV collapses due to digital surge

British music retailer HMV, which was launched in 1921 and helped propel the Beatles to fame, collapsed into administration on Friday as consumers switch to digital streaming in droves. HMV is the last major music retailer in Britain and has been suffering for years from the decline in physical sales of CDs and DVDs.

Source: Yahoo! News

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