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Friday, January 24, 2020
John Lennon: Final Year documentary coming

The final year of John Lennon's life will be the subject of a new documentary timed to mark the 40th anniversary of the music legend's death. John Lennon: The Final Year, from Reda Films, will include never-before-seen material and interviews with those who spent time with the slain Beatle during the last year of his life.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Blackpool to have its first ever Beatles themed pub

Its owner says their long-time dream has been to dedicate his pub of 23 years to his all-time favorite band, The Beatles. Now, in a first for Blackpool, and as part of a major renovation project, they are working eight days a week to make open a Beatles-themed Yellow Submarine Pub Ltd at the Scot's Bar on Rigby Road.

Source: Blackpool Gazette, UK
Guitar-shaped private Greek island that Beatles wanted to buy

Just a 15-minute helicopter ride from the Athens airport, this guitar-shaped private island in Greece caught the eye of the Beatles in 1967, when the four British musicians were yachting around the Mediterranean searching for a private piece of paradise where they might live together. It's for sale for 9 million (about $10 million).

Source: Mansion Global
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Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Who did John Lennon leave his fortune to?

The details of John's will were kept under wraps for a long time, until his first son, Julian Lennon, revealed there had been some tension. In an interview with the Telegraph in May 1998, Julian spoke about the pain he felt of being excluded from his father's will, while his half brother Sean is reported to be the main inheritor of the fortune.

Source: The Express, UK
Video: George Harrison performing Something at his last ever concert

George Harrison's last full concert took place at the Royal Albert Hall just a few days before the British General Election in 1992, the evening a benefit concert for the National Law Party. As such, Harrison banned all commercial filming of the performance but luckily the touching performance of his 1971 tune Something has surfaced online.

Source: Far Out Magazine
The night the Rolling Stones met the Beatles

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman recalled the moment when he looked up during an early performance and saw the Beatles in the audience, at the Crawdaddy Club in the Station Hotel in Richmond, England, on April 14, 1963. The Beatles had already logged two No.1 U.K. hits, the Stones were still 14 months away from their first hit.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Monday, January 20, 2020
Waxwork collector plans to sell George Harrison's head

The owner of a scary collection of waxwork heads is selling off the head of George Harrison. He bought it for less than 200 five years ago and keeps it in a cabinet along with the heads of Britney Spears and Winston Churchill. In 2005, a full set of Beatles wax heads in Sgt. Pepper mode sold for 81,500 (about $106,000).

Source: The Mirror, UK
Surrey home where John Lennon and Ringo Starr lived in the 60s for sale

A spectacular mansion where John Lennon and Ringo Starr once lived has emerged for sale at an eye-watering 11 million. The sprawling Hartlands estate is nestled on the incredibly desirable St George's Hill in Weybridge, Surrey, which housed John and Ringo throughout the 1960s. The luxury property boasts seven bedrooms and a swimming pool.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
John Lennon's first wife reveals moment she walked in on him with Yoko

John Lennon met his first wife Cynthia Lennon at Liverpool College of Art back in 1957. Five years later, she fell pregnant with their son Julian Lennon and the couple were wed. In the following years, the Lennons' relationship began to break down and it was 1966 when The Beatles star John first came face to face with Yoko Ono.

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, January 17, 2020
Al Di Meola to release second Beatles covers album

Jazz fusion legend Al Di Meola is to release a new album celebrating the music of The Beatles. Across The Universe will be released on March 13, it's a follow-up to Di Meola's 2013 collection All Your Life: A Tribute To The Beatles. "I really credit the Beatles for the reason why I play guitar," Di Meola says.

Source: Louder Sound
Cirque du Soleil's Love cast reveal how the Beatles' music affects them

Highly acclaimed since it made its stage debut in 2006, Love is a theatrical production by Cirque du Soleil which combines the re-produced and re-imagined music of The Beatles with an interpretive, circus-based artistic and athletic stage performance. The show plays at a specially built theatre at the Mirage in Las Vegas.

Source: U Discover Music
Original Beatles drummer Pete Best recalls his sacking

The Beatles original drummer Pete Best has said that John, Paul and George continued to "put the boot in" even after they had dismissed him from the band and replaced him with Ringo Starr. Best is still touring the world with his own band and recently opened the Magical Beatles Museum on Matthew Street in Liverpool.

Source: RTE, Ireland
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Symphony orchestra to perform all-Beatles concert in Chicago

The Elgin Symphony Orchestra will come together with Jeans 'n Classics to perform "Abbey Road: The Beatles" on Jan. 24 in Chicago, and on Jan. 25 in Elgin. The first part of the concert features selections from their 1968 White Album, while the second part is 1969's Abbey Road in its entirety.

Source: Chicago Tribune
Video: 2 year old correctly names 21 Beatles songs in 2 minutes

A two-year-old boy named Walter has an ear for music like no other tiny human. This boy can correctly name 21 different Beatles songs in just two minutes. And he does it with an adorable amount of excitement! His dad wrote, "When our son Walter isn't jamming on the drums to Abbey Road, he's strumming the uke to Rubber Soul."

Source: KOST 103.5, Los Angeles
Memoir coming from Jenny Boyd to be called Jennifer Juniper

The title of her new memoir is a reference to the popular "Jennifer Juniper" by Donovan. Through her sister Pattie, Jenny Boyd was George Harrison's (and later Eric Clapton's) sister-in-law, and married Mick Fleetwood, of Fleetwood Mac, twice, becoming entrenched in the rock 'n roll world of fame, money, drugs and betrayal.

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George Harrison song that had Beatles rolling their eyes in the studio

While George Harrison was working on his songwriting, he wasn't getting much help from the other Beatles. Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick backs up that account in the book, "Here, There and Everywhere." George faced more criticism than usual when he introduced "Only a Northern Song" in the studio, and then also with "Within You Without You".

Source: Cheat Sheet
Julian Lennon pays tribute to late Rush drummer

Julian Lennon recently took to social media via Twitter to pay his respects to Neil Peart who lost a battle with brain cancer this past week. Lennon wrote, "RIP Neil... You were one of the Best... And Rush was one of the 1st Live Shows I went to see as a Teenager... Always Loved them, always will.. My Sincere Condolences to All Family & Friends."

Source: Alternative Nation
Monday, January 13, 2020
Animator Ron Campbell to make appearance in South Carolina

Ron Campbell directed the Beatles cartoon series and was involved in other popular Saturday morning cartoons. He will offer some of his works for sale on January 21 and 22 in Greenville, South Carolina. Campbell's 50-year career in animation also includes animator of the film Yellow Submarine.

Source: Go Upstate
Handwritten lyrics to While My Guitar Gently Weeps up for auction

The handwritten lyrics to While My Guitar Gently Weeps are up for auction for $195,000. George Harrison and Ringo Starr both took turns writing the words to the tune out on the back of a studio recording sheet. A hand-writing expert authenticated the lyric sheet, a working draft used during the recording of The White Album.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Beatles releases: What's coming in 2020?

We learned in 2019 that director Peter Jackson is working on a new film based on 55 hours of never-released footage from Let it Be. With 2020 being the 50th anniversary, that would be the most likely target release date, but neither an expanded edition of the album or the Jackson film have show up yet as official 2020 releases.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, January 10, 2020
First Beatles single ever played on the radio to sell at auction

The demonstration copy of the Beatles' debut single Love Me Do, played first on Radio Luxembourg on October 5, 1962, the same day it was released, could sell for more than $25,000 when it goes up for auction this month. It was part of the Radio Luxembourg record archive for three decades, it is also signed by Paul McCartney.

Source: Just Collecting News
Abbey Road named best-selling vinyl LP of the 2010s

Nielsen Music's report on U.S. music sales in the '10s confirmed the Beatles' Abbey Road as the best-selling vinyl album of the decade. Year-to-year album sales increased nearly 15 percent in 2019, up to 18.8 million sold. Abbey Road returned as an expanded box-set reissue last year in commemoration of its 50th year.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Ravi Shankar centennial concerts to feature Dhani Harrison

Indian sitar virtuoso and composer Ravi Shankar, who passed away in 2012, will be commemorated with a series of concerts in May to celebrate 100 years since his birth on April 7, 1920. The Ravi Shankar Centennial Concerts will feature family members Norah Jones and Anoushka Shankar, with special guests including Dhani Harrison.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Monday, January 6, 2020
New Beatles film by Peter Jackson speculated for October release

It's been nearly a year since the announcement of the still-untitled Beatles film being helmed by Academy Award-winning director Peter Jackson, but some release details may have leaked. A listing has been found on Amazon for a companion book titled "Get Back: The Beatles", which is slated for release on October 15, 2020.

Source: KKLZ FM, Las Vegas
Liam Gallagher picks his favorite John Lennon song ever

Once dubbed "the angriest man in the world" by his guitarist brother Noel, as affronted as Gallagher always seemed to be by the normality of life, there was one piece of his agitated heart that he kept calm and always adoring. The piece of his heart he saved for the Beatles, and more importantly, for John Lennon.

Source: Far Out Magazine

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