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Monday, April 6, 2020
TV networks to air star-studded, live One World special

Television networks in the U.S. and around the world will air One World: Together at Home, a live, global televised and streamed special in support of the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, on Saturday, April 18. Performers will include Paul McCartney, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, pop sensation Billie Eilish, and many more.

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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
Looking at the Beatles breakup 50 years later

I remember the night 680 CJOB in Winnipeg delivered the news that The Beatles had broken up. It was April 10, 1970, and even though I was extremely young, I knew this was important. The Beatles were really only with us for seven proper years, 1963 to 1970, yet in that time managed to change popular music forever.

Source: Global News, Canada
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Friday, April 3, 2020
Beatles' personalities brought to life in glorious biography

In the new book One Two Three Four: The Beatles In Time, by Craig Brown, there are 150 chapters that explore a particular aspect of the group, from the band's beginnings as The Quarrymen in 1957 to their 1970 split. Brown brings the Fab Four's personalities to glorious life in a book crammed with fascinating facts and intriguing ideas.

Source: The Mirror, UK
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
Bob Dylan reveals new JFK assassination song featuring The Beatles

Bob Dylan has not released new music in eight years. But today he surprised fans on his official Twitter account over the weekend with a brand new 17-minute ballad. Titled Murder Most Foul, the original song is about JFK's assassination in November 1963 and talks about sixties popular culture including The Beatles and The Who.

Source: The Express, UK
Beatles Story celebrating 30th anniversary and year of record visitors

A Liverpool tourist attraction is celebrating 30 years this spring and has announced a record year for visitor numbers. Although the coronavirus pandemic has now meant The Beatles Story has had to temporarily close, they are celebrating their best-ever year of attendance. A record number of 317,156 visitors enjoyed the exhibition in 2019/20.

Source: Liverpool Echo
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.

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Jim James covers The Inner Light to raise money for coronavirus relief

American singer/songwriter and guitarist Jim James just released a video of himself covering The Inner Light, using a banjo instead of a sitar. Although the banjo may seem like a vast contradiction to the original instrumentation, the sharp tone actually sounds very similar to the sitar, while showcasing James' own originality as an artist.

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Friday, March 27, 2020
Video: Dhani Harrison covers George Harrison's The Inner Light

Dhani Harrison has released his own version of The Inner Light. Dhani announced, "The Material World Foundation, created by George Harrison in 1973, is today donating $500,000 to the MusiCares COVID-19 Relief Fund, Save the Children, and Doctors Without Borders, which are providing much needed aid and care during this COVID-19 pandemic".

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Abbey Road crossing gets makeover amid coronavirus lockdown

The Abbey Road pedestrian crossing made famous by The Beatles is receiving a makeover amidst the coronavirus lockdown. Nowadays the spot is often busy due to the groups of tourists and visitors trying to recreate the iconic Beatles photo. London has taken advantage of the lack of hustle and bustle to give it spot a fresh lick of paint.

Related Articles  Source: The Mirror, UK
Ringo Starr moves 2020 All Starr Band tour to 2021

Ringo Starr has announced that he is rescheduling his 2020 North American tour with his All Starr Band to 2021, citing concern and caution for the well being of fans, crew and staff due to the Covid-19 crisis. "This is very difficult for me," said Starr. "In 30 years I think I've only missed 2 or 3 gigs nevermind a whole tour."

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McCartney's handwritten lyrics for Hey Jude set to sell at auction

Paul McCartney's handwritten lyrics for Hey Jude and his shooting script for the music video of Hello Goodbye! are tipped to sell for over 225,000 (about $280,000). The auction of 300 items of Beatles memorabilia was to be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York but following the coronavirus outbreak it is taking place online.

Related Articles  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John Lennon Plastic Ono Band 50th anniversary book due

The 50th anniversary of the album, John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, will be commemorated this fall with the release of a book, John & Yoko Plastic Ono Band, tentatively scheduled to be published on Oct. 8. in the U.K. The album, which Lennon once described as "the best thing I've ever done," was released on Dec. 11, 1970.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Simpsons creators say Paul always checks that Lisa is still vegetarian

The writers of The Simpsons say that Paul McCartney "always checks" that Lisa is still a vegetarian, after it became a key condition of his guest appearance on the show. Macca appeared alongside his late wife Linda in 1995's "Lisa The Vegetarian", an episode in which Lisa vows to stop eating meat after meeting the McCartneys.

Source: NME, UK
Tours of Liverpool attractions you can do without leaving home

Thankfully technology gives us many ways to see the world without leaving our living room. You can even tour the childhood homes of the Beatles, including John Lennon's former home "Mendips" at 251 Menlove Avenue. He lived at the semi-detached 1930s home, from 1945 to 1963 with his aunt Mimi after his parents separated when he was five.

Related Articles  Source: Liverpool Echo
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.

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Monday, March 23, 2020
Abbey Road on the River postponed due to coronavirus

The world's largest Beatles-inspired music festival, Abbey Road on the River, is being postponed amid concerns about the coronavirus, it was announced in a press release Monday. The event will be moved from Memorial Day weekend in May to October 8-11, and will coincide with what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday.

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Super-rare photo of Paul McCartney and daughter revealed after 47 years

Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda McCartney's official Instagram account has uploaded a rare photo of the singer with his daughter, Mary McCartney, after 47 years. As you might see in the photo, it appears as Paul takes care of his daughter, Marry, in the plains of Scotland. In addition, this adorable photo was taken in 1973.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Pete Best on being sacked from The Beatles

Anybody over a certain age who hears the name Pete Best will be familiar with the saga of the so-called "fifth Beatle" and the life he lost out on. He said, "I'll perform on stage and the audience can make their own mind up. I'm glad to say that the consensus of opinion is yeah, you're a great drummer, Pete. I'm happy with that."

Source: The Irish Times
Friday, March 20, 2020
NYC neighbors unite to sing Hey Jude from their apartment windows

New Yorkers are taking a sad song and trying to make things better. Touching video shows a group of coronavirus-isolating Big Apple neighbors uniting in song with a rendition of Hey Jude. Around a dozen Upper West Siders were filmed as they leaned out their windows from two adjoining buildings, singing and playing instruments.

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Glastonbury 2020 cancelled due to coronavirus concerns

Glastonbury 2020 has officially been cancelled as the UK continues to battle coronavirus. The news comes after the first full wave of acts was unveiled last week, led by headliners Kendrick Lamar, Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney. Organizers confirmed that ticket-holders will have the chance to guarantee their place for next year's event.

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John Lennon's erotic gift to Yoko Ono leads Beatles memorabilia auction

A series of erotic sketches given by John Lennon to Yoko Ono as a wedding gift will lead a special sale of Beatles memorabilia at Omega Auctions in the UK next week. The sale on March 24 will offer more than 400 lots spanning the entire history of the Fab Four, from their earliest days in Liverpool to their later successful solo careers.

Source: Just Collecting News
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

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