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Monday, May 11, 2020
Paul McCartney responds to passing of Little Richard

On social media, Paul McCartney has called Little Richard "a great man" and shared memories of The Beatles' early days when they performed on the same bill as him. He said, "In the early days of The Beatles we played with Richard in Hamburg and got to know him. I owe a lot of what I do to Little Richard and his style; and he knew it."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Ringo Starr and other rock celebs pay tribute to Little Richard

Little Richard, the "true original", died on May 9 at 87 of bone cancer. Ringo Starr called him "one of my all-time musical heroes." Elton John said, "Without a doubt - musically, vocally and visually - he was my biggest influence." Bob Dylan wrote, in part, "Of course he'll live forever. But it's like a part of your life is gone."

Source: Best Classic Bands
Little Richard, rock pioneer, dies at 87

Little Richard, a major architect of early rock and principal influence on Paul McCartney, has died at age 87. The Beatles' version of Long Tall Sally excited Little Richard so much that it ended up luring him out of retirement. "Little Richard was one of the all-time greats," John Lennon said in the Beatles Anthology.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Friday, May 1, 2020
Video: Lars Ulrich's sons perform insane cover of Eleanor Rigby

Lars Ulrich was blown away by his sons' recent performance of the Beatles' classic Eleanor Rigby, a blistering and fuzzed-out rendition of the Beatles' 1966 track. "I'm pretty sure there's never been one that had this kind of sound, this kind of energy and madness to it," Lars Ulrich said. "I was like, You know what, boys? You done me proud."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Paul McCartney taught Jon Bon Jovi a Beatles trick for his new album

In an interview with Howard Stern, Bon Jovi shared that he got former Beatle Paul McCartney to listen to his new album. Calling him "Beatle Paul", McCartney asked him, "Why do you call me Beatle Paul?" He said, "Because I'm too old to call you Mr. McCartney and I'm too in reverence to dare think that we're that close that I can call you Paul."

Source: Cheat Sheet
Friday, April 24, 2020
The time a fake Beatles group tricked South America

In 1964 a bar band called The Ardells grew moptops and renamed themselves The American Beetles. According to the BBC, an Argentinian impresario saw them play in a club in Miami and decided to book them on a South American tour. He conveniently forgot to tell everyone that they weren't the English Beatles.

Source: Boing Boing
Monday, April 20, 2020
Video: Paul McCartney, Rolling Stones perform on One World

A lineup of stars participated in Saturday's One World: Together at Home, a live, global televised and streamed special in support of the heroic efforts of health workers in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. The list was led by such legends as Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

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Monday, April 13, 2020
Video: Blossoms cover The Beatles in new self-isolation video

Blossoms have covered The Beatles in a new self-isolation video. In the clip, the five members of the Stockport band are shown playing their individual parts from different rooms in their respective homes. They shared the video, which sees them give their take on the 1966 classic Paperback Writer, on their Twitter page.

Source: NME, UK
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Secret messages between Beatles and Rolling Stones in their album covers

The Beatles and The Rolling Stones have a chequered history if you believed everything you read about the two groups in the press during their rise to prominence. Despite being painted as rivals, barring the occasional flippant comment, the story of two bands seemingly at war wasn't the case at all.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Monday, April 6, 2020
Jenny Boyd on life with the Beatles and Fleetwood Mac

Along with her sister Pattie, who was married to George Harrison before running off with Eric Clapton, Jenny Boyd was swept along in the new music, fashion and free love culture, making her way from the fashionable haunts of London's Carnaby Street and Chelsea, to the flower power movement in San Francisco and the meditation centres of India.

Source: The Argus, UK
Friday, April 3, 2020
10 most expensive records ever sold on eBay includes 2 Beatles albums

While mobile apps like Spotify and Apple Music are dominating the music purchasing industry with convenience, there is nothing better than the respectable and authentic sound of vinyl. Of the 10 most expensive vinyl records ever sold on eBay, a Butcher Cover comes in at number 6, and a No. 1 White album is number 2 on the list.

Source: The Talko
Paul McCartney's unbelievable move first time the Beatles met Elvis

At the Beatles' first meeting with Elvis, the King proposed they jam a little, instructing one of his staff to bring in some guitars. John Lennon said Presley ended up with a bass guitar, while he took a rhythm guitar. "Elvis obviously wasn't that familiar with his instrument," he said. Then Paul McCartney stepped in to give Elvis some quick tips.

Source: The Express, UK
Monday, March 30, 2020
Lockdown sends album sales to all-time low but vinyl stays strong

U.S. album sales hit what's thought to be the lowest weekly sale of all time as the coronavirus pandemic hit retail figures. But vinyl sales continued to deliver impressive results, with Pearl Jam, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Creedence Clearwater Revival and the Beatles appearing near the top of a sales chart.

Related Articles  Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Liverpool's first coronavirus death was Scouse legend

Tributes have flooded in for one of Liverpool's "very best" Cy Tucker, who died after suffering from coronavirus symptoms. The legendary musician, who used to rub shoulders with the likes of Cilla Black and The Beatles, died on Tuesday morning. He is believed to be the first person to die of coronavirus in Liverpool.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, March 20, 2020
Video: Tesla performs The Beatles' We Can Work It Out

Legendary Californian rockers Tesla have shared the video of them performing their version of The Beatles' classic hit, We Can Work It Out. The track features on their new live album, Five Man London Jam which will be out on March 27. Five Man London Jam was also filmed in 4K high-definition and will be available in multiple formats.

Source: U Discover Music
Thursday, September 1, 2016
John Lennon called Micky Dolenz 'Monkey Man'

Micky Dolenz treated fans to a selection of old and new songs he has recorded as a solo artist along with classic Monkees' hits at two sold out shows at the Liverpool Cavern Club's Live Lounge Tuesday in Liverpool. Former Ringo Star record producer Mark Hudson and two Beatles tribute bands also appeared.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, December 29, 2014
Joe Cocker: The Beatles connections

Joe Cocker first came to fame in the UK in 1968 with his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, and his performance of that song at Woodstock the following summer rocketed him to world fame. The Beatles were not always thrilled by some of the covers of their songs, but that was not the case with Joe.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, May 5, 2014
Bob Weir surprises crowd at film festival with Beatles cover performance

For the first time, Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir played his own unique version of the Beatles song Dear Prudence after the west coast premiere screening of a new film about him at the San Francisco International Film Festival, "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir," last Thursday evening.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Badfinger legend Joey Molland releases highly anticipated new solo album

Much to the excitement of fans worldwide, Joey Molland, best known for his work with the now legendary English band Badfinger, released his highly anticipated 4th solo album "Return To Memphis on December 2. The new CD features 10 new Molland compositions recorded at the world famous Royal Studios in Memphis.

Source: Beatles News
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Rock pioneer and human rights supporter Lou Reed passes away

Songwriter, vocalist, guitarist and punk-poet Lou Reed died on Sunday at 71. Reed is most recently featured on a new 6-disc DVD box-set for Amnesty International that features him prominently performing alongside Sting, Bono, Bryan Adams, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, August 2, 2013
Liverpool celebrates The City That Rocked the World

A special screening last night of "The City That Rocked the World" at the Liverpool Philharmonic Theatre enthralled an audience of over eighty five music legends and VIP's from the world of music. It was a film that, while mentioning the huge impact of the Beatles, showed that there was so much more to the Merseybeat scene.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, March 9, 2013
A Monkee was born 68 years ago

On March 8, 1945, Mickey Dolenz was born in Los Angeles. Following the success of The Beatles movie "A Hard Day's Night," producers for Columbia Pictures TV wanted a comedy program based on a rock group. They auditioned 500 performers in the fall of 1965, and Mickey Dolenz, David Jones, Peter Tork and Mike Nesmith became "The Monkees."

Source: Beatles News Blog
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Davy Jones to be remembered at Monkees convention

The one-year anniversary of Davy Jones' passing will be commemorated with a celebration of the former teen idol's life, and his band, at the The David T. Jones Memorial Monkees Convention, March 1-3, 2013 at The Sheraton in East Rutherford, New Jersey. There will be live concert performances and special guest interviews.

Source: Beatles News
Monday, July 2, 2012
Brits meet Yanks for '60s music symposium on Catalina Island

Last Saturday, the iconic Catalina Island casino was the scene of "The British Invasion Rocks America," a rock 'n' roll symposium, a first of its kind event attended by almost 600 fans sponsored by the Catalina Island Museum. The symposium included Peter Asher, Spencer Davis, Micky Dolenz and pirate radio DJ Emperor Rosko.

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Catalina Island Museum's rock n' roll symposium next weekend

The Catalina Island Museum Presents The British Invasion Rocks America is the first of its kind and will examine the movement of the blues from America to Britain and back to America during the "British Invasion." Rock icon Spencer Davis worked with the museum to organize the symposium, which takes place in the Avalon Casino on June 30th.

Source: Beatles News

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