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Февраль 13, 2017

Holy Grail: The record that launched The Beatles


The ‘Holy Grail’ record that launched The Beatles has gone on display at The Beatles Story today. The unique acetate record was presented to George Martin by Brian Epstein exactly 55 years ago, on February 13th 1962, in a desperate attempt to get the band a recording contract. It features the recording of ‘Hello Little Girl’ on one side and ‘Til There Was You’ on the other.

The acetate features the handwriting of Brian Epstein, who had the disc cut in the Personal Recording Department of the HMV record store on Oxford St in London. It was cut using The Beatles’ Decca audition tapes before being presented to George Martin of EMI. Despite Martin’s initial reticence, the disc eventually led to the breakthrough the band were looking for.

In his book Tune In, leading Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn said of the disc: “Its uniqueness is enhanced by Brian Epstein’s handwriting on the labels, and the recognition of what it led to – making it one of the rarest and most collectible of all Beatles records.”

According to Ian Shirley, Rare Record Price Guide Editor: “This is one of those Holy Grail items like the original Quarrymen acetate that the band recorded themselves. This acetate is a unique item that, in many respects, helped Brian Epstein to start the ball rolling to world domination.” The disc goes on display today (13 Feb) at the award-winning Liverpool attraction and will be available to view for the next three years.


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Февраль 11, 2017

The Beatles conduct press interviews and photos on the train to Washington, 11th February, 1964.

A very young Beatles fan watches The Beatles on Ed Sullivan, 9 February 1964.

“When we got on the train, the press told us why we got such a great reception in New York. They said, ‘Ah, we came to kill you, but you gave as good as you got and we love that.’ They has come to shoot us down and has an attitude of shouting at us, but ‘Hey! We’re from Liverpool! We shout back!’ They couldn’t believe that this band had come over and were shouting at them! That’s how they came to love us when they’d actually come out to nail us. Besides, we did have a number one and we were doing The Ed Sullivan Show, so that helped. But our attitudes were sort of similar and that’s how we became friends with everybody.”
[Ringo, Photograph, 2013]

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Февраль 7, 2017

The Beatles’ American invasion began on this day in 1964


February 7, 1964: The Beatles arrived in New York City for their first U.S. visit. They were greeted by more than 2,000 fans at JFK airport. On February 11, two days after their first live U.S. television appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, their first U.S. concert took place at Washington Coliseum, in Washington D.C.

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Январь 30, 2017

On January 30th 1969, the Beatles performed together publicly for the last time on top of Apple Headquarters, at 3 Saville Row, London.

On this day in 1969, The Beatles gave their final live performance, on the roof of Apple Headquarters.


The Beatles were joined by friend and keyboardist Billy Preston for an impromptu concert lasting 42 minutes. The Beatles and Preston played nine takes of five songs before being approached by the Metropolitan Police Service to turn the volume down.

It was so cold on the Apple rooftop that John Lennon was forced to borrow Yoko’s fur coat, while Ringo Starr wore his wife Maureen’s jacket.

Footage from the rooftop concert was later used in the Let It Be documentary, while several of the performances were released on subsequent Beatles’ albums including: Let It Be, Anthology 3 and Let It Be… Naked.

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Январь 26, 2017

Drum kit used on The Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’ goes up for auction

The song was the group’s first US Number One


The drum kit used by The Beatles on ‘Love Me Do’ is going up for auction.

The track was the band’s first Number One single in the US in 1964. Ringo Starr did not play drums on the recording, with session musician Andy White filling in in what was Starr’s second session with the band.

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Amazing unseen photos show the Beatles record All You Need Is Love for a global TV audience of 400m people

Photographer David Magnus bore witness to some of the band’s greatest moments

The photos feature in an exhibition called The Beatles Unseen: Photographs by David Magnus, taking place Proud galleries in Chelsea between March 16 and May 14

A SET of amazing unseen photos show the moments The Beatles recorded their hit All You Need Is Love for a global TV audience of 400million people.

The photos feature in an exhibition taking place at Proud galleries in Chelsea in March.

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Январь 21, 2017

Beatles movie about Sgt Pepper album scores sales deal

EXCLUSIVE: Documentary marks the 50th anniversary of the seminal album


A new Beatles film marking the 50th anniversary of the iconic band’s seminal album ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ is in post-production.

It Was Fifty Years Ago Today…Sgt Pepper And Beyond, directed by Alan G. Parker (Hello Quo), will be sold internationally by former IM Global executive Tim Grohne’s Primal Screen.

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Январь 20, 2017

Ringo Starr’s Peace Song ‘Now the Time Has Come’ Debuts as Free Download

Ringo Starr in front of the Capitol Records building on July 7, 2016 in Hollywood, Calif.

“Now the Time Has Come,” a song featuring Ringo Starr that debuted last September for the annual International Day of Peace, is being made available as a free download for the first time.

“Now the Time Has Come” shines a light on peace initiatives and drops this Friday (Jan. 20), the date of the inauguration of president Donald Trump.

Its lyrics include the line: “Now the time has come/Time has come for everyone/To lay down all your guns/And let the light of love shine on and on.” The song was created by Starr and producer Bruce Sugar and two versions are available to stream online, one by Ringo and friends Richard Page, Colin Hay and Billy Valentine, and another with Ringo and friends and Latin artist Fonseca.

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Январь 15, 2017

Magic Alex Mardas Dies at 74

Magic Alex Mardas with Paul McCartney and John Lennon and others at Apple

Yanni Alexis Mardas, who was a friend of The Beatles in the mid 1960s, died on 13 January 2017 after a battle with pneumonia; he was aged 74.

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Январь 12, 2017

Beatles poster artist Tony Booth dies aged 83

Tony Booth was hired by Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the early 60s and hand-painted posters for the band’s shows

The artist who created posters for The Beatles in Liverpool in the early 1960s has died aged 83.
Tony Booth, from Moreton, Wirral, made the iconic signs for the Fab Four and other Merseybeat bands in the 1960s.
He died on Wednesday at Wirral’s Arrowe Park Hospital after a battle with cancer, his son Lee Booth said.
In recent years, Mr Booth made replicas of the posters for fans and had written a book about them which his son hopes will be “part of his legacy”.

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