Август 28, 2016

Paul McCartney demo given to Cilla Black sells for £18K

rest-in-peace-cilla-black.jpgA long-lost demo disc recorded by Paul McCartney that was given to Cilla Black has sold for £18,000 at auction, the Beatles expert who found it has said.
Black, who died in 2015, had a UK top 10 hit in 1964 with It’s for You, written by McCartney and John Lennon.
McCartney recorded his own version earlier that year, which was delivered to Black while she was performing at the London Palladium.
It was believed to have been lost or destroyed until her nephew found it.

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Август 23, 2016

“Bigger than Jesus” documentary

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Facebook header of the new film project.

A new documentary is in the making, all about John Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” statement and repercussions. The production, “Bigger than Jesus - The controversy that changed America” will include a vast array of interviews both in the UK and the USA - including one of the last given by Tony Barrow, and a new interview with Maureen Cleave, who carried out the original interview with John in early 1966. Prize winning British TV producer Dave Long is producing the film.
A crowd-funding campaign to help finish it off will kick off before year end. In the meantime, you can like their Facebook page to keep getting information about the development of the project.

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Август 22, 2016

RINGO STARR AND HIS LONGEST RUNNING ALL STARR BAND CONTINUE WITH NEW DATES THIS FALL IN NORTH AMERICA, JAPAN AND SOUTH KOREA

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“Ringo Starr Embodies Peace As He Leads Thrilling All-Starr Band” – Popmatters

“When we need it most, Ringo Starr brings ‘peace and love’…It was a night full of ‘magical musical moments’” – Nepa Scene

“The troupe truly played like a bona-fide band rather than a touring supergroup, clearly tuned to each other’s playing and adding just the right touches to bring out the best in each other.” – Oakland Press

“Each band member shone through as they took their turn to sing their hits and play their parts…The music flowed effortlessly, delivering hit after hit….to watch Ringo perform was magical and mystical for everyone” – NYS Music

July 27, 2016 – Ringo Starr and his current and longest running All Starrs – featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette – continue to add tour dates with the latest leg starting in North America and including Japan and South Korea.

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Август 17, 2016

Ringo Starr becomes a great-grandfather for the first time at the age of 76

The Beatles drummer’s granddaughter Tatia Starkey has given birth to a baby boy

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Great-granddad: Ringo Starr’s granddaughter has given birth to a son Kevin Winter/Getty Images

Ringo Starr has become a great-grandfather at the age of 76.

The Beatles drummer is celebrating the arrival of his first great-grandchild after granddaughter Tatia Starkey gave birth on Sunday.

Starkey, 30, who is a singer in band Belakiss, has welcomed her first son with partner Adam Low, named Stone Zakomo Low.

She is the daughter of Starr’s son Zac Starkey, who is also a drummer and has performed with bands including The Who and Oasis.

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Август 14, 2016

The poignant story of Jimmie Nicol: The guy who replaced Ringo Star and lived as a Beatle for two weeks …

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Nicol playing the drums in the background.

There is a guy that is best known for replacing Ringo Star for 13 days. This is is the story of Jimmie Nicol and it’s both poignant and exciting. The exciting part is that he got to be a part of The Beatles in the height of their career and had been able to taste the fruits of fame; he was Ringo Star for a week, and that was a title to kill for. Nicol not only got the opportunity to play with The Beatles in the time they were bigger than God, but he also got the chance to hang around with Lennon, McCartny, and Harrison. However, the poignant part of his story is, that it lasted for two weeks, and then all got back to normal, The Beatles were still the Beatles and Jimy Nicol went to his ordinary life living with a memory that for a week he lived a dream.

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Witness to a ‘Mad Day Out’ With The Beatles

When Tom Murray was asked to help out on a July 28, 1968, photo shoot, he had no idea what he was about to experience

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The Beatles from The Mad Day: Summer of ’68.

One summer day in 1968—the last Sunday in July—the 25-year-old photographer Tom Murray had a remarkable experience. After only a few months working for The Sunday Times, he was given the assignment to spend a day with the Beatles. Though Murray’s remarkable career has included stints photographing people like the British royal family and some of the world’s biggest movie stars, that day still stands above the rest, as he writes in a forthcoming book about the experience, Tom Murray’s Mad Day Out With The Beatles, from which these photos are drawn.

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Август 13, 2016

Paul McCartney at ease singing John Lennon’s Beatles’ songs

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40 years ago when Paul McCartney first returned to North America for his Wings Over America comeback tour, he performed a scant five Beatles tunes. Today, his three-hour concerts average about 25 of them. McCartney, who sings a tribute song to John Lennon as well as tackling George Harrison’s Abbey Road classic, “Something,” has also started performing songs originally sung by Lennon.

McCartney spoke to The New York Times and shed light on embracing material that had long been associated with his partner, explaining, “I never used to do anything unless it was something that I had done the main vocal on. Which is still true, most of the songs, but now I’ve started to do things like ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ which was mainly John’s vocal. That I would have called a John song, but you know, I helped write it, and it’s a similar thing for a song called ‘Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!” In the end, it’s just down to whether it’s a good song to do. I had always said I could never do that song because it’s got such a complicated bass part that it’s almost impossible to sing the melody, which is kind of contrapuntal. But in the end, I thought, stop being a wimp, let’s try and see if you can do it. And I manned up and learned it.”

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The Beatles, “You’re Going to Lose That Girl” from Help! (1965): Deep Beatles

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From “HELP!”, recording Your Gonna Lose That Girl.

From “Besame Mucho” to “And I Love Her,” the Beatles demonstrated their love of Latin rhythms numerous times. Another example, “You’re Going to Lose That Girl,” is a hidden gem from the Help! soundtrack. Yes, it played a prominent role in the film (showing the group recording the song in a smoky studio as Clang and his minions saw a hole around Ringo’s drum kit), but the Beatles never played the track live.

The primary composer, John Lennon, began work on “You’re Going to Lose That Girl” at his home in Weybridge. Paul McCartney assisted with completing the song, which they brought to Abbey Road Studios on February 19, 1965. By this time, the group was well into the Help! recording sessions, but were under pressure. They had to finish laying down the track before leaving to shoot the Bahamas sequences.

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Август 12, 2016

10 QUESTIONS BEATLES FANS WILL HAVE ABOUT NETFLIX’S ANIMATED SERIES ‘BEAT BUGS’

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The Beatles mean more to me than any other human beings on this planet outside of my friends and (immediate) family. Is this admission a giant red flag for romantic partners? Yes. Does this revelation mark me as candidate for serious psychiatric help? Probably.

Naturally I followed the production of Beat Bugs, Netflix’s new animated children’s series, with great interest. The show was mega-hyped for having secured the rights to more than 50 songs from the Beatles’ catalogue—quite a coup considering the band’s notoriously protective estate. Writer-director Josh Wakley promises to use Beat Bugs to introduce a new generation of children to the music of the Beatles.

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Август 11, 2016

Magical Mystery Tour bus joins colourful funeral service for Beatles tour guide

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The Magical Myster Tour Bus outside St Mary’s Church, Little Crosby, Merseyside, to carry mourners for the funeral of Liverpool Beatles Tour Guide Phil Coppell

Pallbearers aptly dressed in Sgt Pepper outfits have bid a final farewell to one of Liverpool’s first Beatles tour guides.

Phil Coppell, 66, who died on August 1, had led countless Magical History Tours around the city, which he knew “like the back of his hand”.

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At the service, mourners were asked to wear bright ties in homage to his collection of Beatles design ties.

The Crosby photographer, who had been a huge Fab Four fan and expert, even gained a Master of Arts degree in The Beatles, Popular Music and Society from Liverpool Hope University in 2013.

He took tours of sites relating to The Beatles and The Cavern Club and led the successful campaign to save Ringo Starr’s birthplace from demolition.

In August 2015 he was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus and made the announcement on Facebook, saying: “There is no easy way to tell people this and I could not face ringing people up, so I decided on social media, I hope you understand. I have Cancer.”

The colourful service for Mr Coppell was held at St Mary’s Church in Little Crosby and saw mourners transported in a psychedelic Magical Mystery Tour bus.

Mr Coppell is survived by his wife Paula and their two daughters Joy and Grace.

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