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Monday, April 8, 2019
Preview: John Lennon's Imagine: Raw Studio Remixes on vinyl

One of the many highlights of John Lennon's Imagine - The Ultimate Collection last October were the Raw Studio Mixes. Exclusively for Record Store Day this Saturday, UMe will release Imagine - Raw Studio Mixes on vinyl for the first time as a limited edition Record Store Day First release on audiophile grade 180-gram black vinyl.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Dance Review: Pepperland at the Festival Theatre, Edinburgh

No-one dancing on-stage was alive when The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in 1967. Pepperland is a whole new adventure in dance that taps into the spirit of an optimistic age and then re-presents it for our times. It is, in effect, a feel-good gift from the Mark Morris Dance Group in Edinburgh.

Source: The Herald, Scotland
Clip of lost Beatles Top of the Pops performance unearthed

An 11-second clip of the Beatles' only live appearance on the Top of the Pops, which was thought to have been lost, has been unearthed in Mexico. The silent snippet is all that exists of the Fab Four miming to Paperback Writer on the BBC pop show in 1966, it was recorded by a viewer filming their TV set with an 8mm camera.

Source: BBC News, UK
Remembering Ravi Shankar on his 99th birth anniversary

One would expect Pandit Ravi Shankar, among India's finest musicians who perfected the art of playing sitar, to fit in well with a long-haired, joint-smoking, "hippie" crowd, given his openness to experimentation and foreign cultures. However, his exposure to the almost universally loved Woodstock festival left him horrified.

Source: The Print, India
Friday, April 5, 2019
Dayton restaurant to unveil Sgt. Peppers pizza

Dewey's Pizza in Dayton, Ohio, announced that it is launching a seasonal pie on Monday, with a slight assist from some band called The Beatles. The seasonal pizza is called "Sgt. Peppers," and features a medley of red bell, Anaheim, fresh jalapeno and banana peppers, chopped pepperoni and crushed red pepper.

George Harrison sent Nixon angry telegram after immigration trouble

John Lennon wasn't the only Beatle to have problems with USA immigration, according to newly uncovered documents. George Harrison came to the States in March 1973 for the Apple meetings and to work on the Ringo album. Coming in from Pakistan, he was detained at the airport, according to Beatles researcher Chip Madinger.

Source: Billboard
Inside John Lennon's Lost Weekend period

To label a period of 18 months a "lost weekend" seems a stretch to many, but to John Lennon it marked a time of intense creativity, outrageous behavior, a musical reunion with Paul McCartney, and the breakup and reconciliation of his relationship with Yoko Ono. In 2012, Ono said, "I needed a rest. I needed space."

Source: Biography
Alan Parsons on working with The Beatles at Abbey Road

Alan Parsons has enjoyed equal success behind the scenes and in the spotlight, working as an engineer on such all-time classics as the Beatles' Abbey Road. He said, "It was a great day, but there was an undertone of disappointment because I thought it would probably be the last time they'd play together as a band."

Source: Song Facts
Thursday, April 4, 2019
John Lennon's Sgt. Pepper piano could auction for $1.2 million

John Lennon's piano used during the creation of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band could fetch more than $1 million at auction this month. Lennon used the piano to compose some of the Beatles' most famous songs of the era, including A Day in the Life, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, and Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite.

Source: Just Collecting News
Paul McCartney breaks $100 million threshold in Latin America

Paul McCartney impacts the Hot Tours list dated April 6, 2019 with $17.8 million from four South American shows, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. With these recent grosses, McCartney's solo career touring total in Latin America grows to $101 million. In total, McCartney's global total grew to $844.1 million.

Related Articles  Source: Billboard
April 4, 1964: The Beatles hold top 5 chart spots

On the Hot 100 singles chart ending on this date in 1964, The Beatles, a name that had meaning to very few Americans just a few months earlier, held the top five spots in Billboard, the country's leading music trade publication. Never before or since in the history of Billboard has one artist dominated the top five positions.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Yesterday director reveals how he found his Beatles singer

After agreeing to helm the Beatles-themed movie "Yesterday", director Danny Boyle set out on a search across the UK to find a lead that could "play an everyday bloke" while also appearing to be a "big star," an actor who could both pay proper tribute to The Beatles music while also giving the songs a unique twist.

Source: International Business Times
Yoko Ono's works on show in Leipzig

"Yoko Ono. Peace is Power" is the most extensive retrospective of the Japanese-American artist's work in Germany to date. All sorts of media, including films, video works and her solo albums, are included in the exhibition at the Leipzig Museum of Fine Art in Leipzig, Germany, with rarely shown drawings also on display.

Source: Deutsche Welle
Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Adidas and Stella McCartney launch vegan 3D-printed shoes

Vegan fashion designer Stella McCartney has teamed up with Adidas and 3D manufacturing specialists Carbon to create a new sustainable shoe. Based on a sock design, the women's shoe features a black mesh upper and an off-white midsole, the branding "Stella McCartney" is printed around the top. They will retail for around $350-$450.

Source: Live Kindly
New exhibit at NY Metropolitan Museum includes Ringo's drum kit

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is opening the first major exhibition in an art museum dedicated entirely to the iconic instruments of rock and roll. Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll, features more than 130 instruments played by artists including Paul McCartney and one of Ringo Starr's Beatles drum kits.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Lost BBC footage of The Scaffold found behind cupboard in Nigeria

Lost footage of The Scaffold, featuring Paul McCartney's younger brother Mike, performing their No.1 hit on a BBC show in 1969 has been found behind a cupboard in Nigeria. The band sang "Lily the Pink" on the BBC show The Talk of the Town. The footage was unearthed in Nigeria by British TV archivist Philip Morris.

Source: BBC News, UK
Monday, April 1, 2019
Unknown footage of John Lennon, Yoko Ono resurfaces after 50 years

Fifty years after John Lennon and Yoko Ono famously staged a honeymoon "bed-in" for peace in an Amsterdam hotel, a Dutchman has unearthed 30 minutes of color footage of the event from his cellar. The footage was broadcast only once, shortly after the Amsterdam honeymoon. The owner originally thought it was only a copy.

Source: Digital Journal
Business card for The Quarry Men on sale for more than $30K

Memorabilia site Moments in Time is currently selling a business card for The Quarry Men, the group that John Lennon formed in 1956, owned by a woman in Liverpool, for $32,500. The business card says, "The Quarry Men. Open for Engagements," along with their manager's number and the words "rock" and "skiffle".

Source: KTIC AM, Nebraska
Julian Lennon regrets not knowing his father better

Musician and photographer Julian Lennon, son of the late John Lennon, regrets not knowing his father better. He said, "I guess the sad thing about it, the more we were getting to know each other in my late teens when he was taken away, the regret of not being able to get to know him better...But I kind of grew through his music."

Source: CNN
Paul McCartney devastated by passing of famous ticket manager

Paul McCartney has reacted to the death of SLO Ticketing founder Shelley Lazar, nicknamed "The Ticket Queen", who died on Sunday. Lazar was an innovator in music when it comes to VIP and premium ticket options for fans. McCartney tweeted his tribute and also shared touching photos of himself dancing with Lazar at a party.

Source: Alternative Nation
Tributes to the inventor behind an iconic bit of Beatles history

Tributes have been paid to Arthur Johnson, a Grimsby, England, inventor whose home-made yellow submarine became an iconic centre-piece at one of the Beatles biggest events, the world premiere of Yellow Submarine at The London Pavilion, in Piccadilly Circus. The submarine is now part of the Penny Lane tour in Liverpool.

Source: Grimsby Telegraph, UK
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Beatles symposium to host new Beatles author

Beatles at the Ridge is proud to welcome author Patricia Gallo-Stenman to their 2019 Symposium line-up. Stenman was selected as a teen reporter on the Fab Four during the 1960s in her local Philadelphia area, and in her 25-year career as a journalist, has written about The Beatles for Discover and The Sunday Bulletin Magazine.

Related Articles  Source: Beatles News
Google debuts new Help campaign using Beatles song

Google has licensed a Beatles song as the soundtrack to tell the world how the company will "Help!" make this world a better place for users of its products, as well as advertisers, tech partners, and society overall. Google will debut the 60-second spot during the MLB Opening Day and the NCAA Sweet 16 today.

Source: Media Post
Ringo Starr is giving fans chance to come to his birthday bash

Ringo Starr is offering his fans the chance to come celebrate his birthday party with him on July 7 in Los Angeles. Continuing his tradition of using his birthday to benefit The David Lynch Foundation, fans who make a donation of $10 or more to the foundation will be entered to win a trip to the party.

Source: iHeart Radio
Woman who sang to John Lennon as a child takes trip down memory lane

A woman who met the Beatles as a child at the Bradford Odeon 55 years ago has gone back to the venue to share her memories of the experience. In 1964, Karen Spence, who was five at the time, was given a memorable invitation to sing Happy Birthday to John Lennon to mark his 24th birthday at a Beatles press conference.

Source: ITV, UK

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