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Beatles best mate Tony Bramwell joins Abbey Road on the River

Louisville, KY -- Organizers of Abbey Road on the River have added former CEO of Apple Records Tony Bramwell to the team as consultant and speaker for the 2013 Memorial Day event. Bramwell grew up in Liverpool with Beatles George, Paul, and John, and is considered to be "The Authority" of all things Beatles.

Bramwell will be sharing over 50 years of Beatles history and friendship all weekend long, and his keynote presentation will be an interview hosted by Abby Road on the River producer, Gary Jacob.

Tony Bramwell

Bramwell's life became intertwined with The Beatles, first working for Brian Epstein at N.E.M.S. and then for The Beatles at Apple, heading Apple Films, then later as the CEO of Apple Records. After The Beatles split, he became the United Kingdom's first independent record promoter, representing artists including Bruce Springsteen and coordinating and promoting music for films including Harry Saltzmann's James Bonds (including Paul McCartney's Live and Let Die) and Chariots of Fire, Dirty Dancing, and Ghost. He released his memoir on the Fab Four called Magical Mystery Tours-My Life With the Beatles, which has become one of the most popular books amongst all fans and followers.

2013 will mark the 12th year of Abbey Road on the River, nine of those in Louisville (it originated in Cleveland, OH). More than 50 world-class bands from around the world and all across the United States will take the long and winding road to Louisville to perform on 8 indoor and outdoor stages for more than 25,000 fans.

Additional bands in this year's line-up, many of them international, include British Invasion sensation Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone, Legendary Rock and Roll and Songwriter Hall of Famer Leon Russell, Grammy winner and Wings lead guitarist Laurence Juber, All You Need Is Love, Hal Bruce, The Brothel Creepers, Choking Smokers, Itchycoo Park, Johnny and The Moondogs, Jukebox, The LSB Experience, Meet the Beatles UK, The Norwegian Beatles, The Repeatles, The RockIts, The Shakers, Them Beatles, and Wingsbanned.

Festival goers can also enjoy browsing original artwork inspired by The Beatles, Beatles karaoke sessions, lectures by Fab Four experts, a costume contest & parade, and a Beatles merchandise marketplace.

Abbey Road on the River is a four-time winner of the Kentucky Travel Industry Association's Top 10 Spring Festivals. Visit www.arotr.com to purchase festival tickets and get more information about Abbey Road on the River.

Published January 22, 2013

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