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Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift will induct new members into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame next week, and actor Angela Bassett will do the honors for Tina Turner. McCartney will speak in honor of Foo Fighters. The former Beatle is close with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Swift will speak — and perform — in honor of Carole King. Bassett portrayed Turner in the movie “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Another actor, Drew Barrymore, is lined up to give the induction speech for the Go-Go’s. Presenters haven’t been announced for Jay-Z or Todd Rundgren.

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Paul McCartney provided a breakdown of how he constructed the song "Yesterday," one of his most famous compositions for The Beatles, in an excerpt of his forthcoming memoir published in The Times of London.

The 79-year-old wrote that he woke up one morning in his former girlfriend's home with the melody for the song stuck in his mind, and he immediately turned to the piano in the room to memorize the notes.

"I just had this tune, and I now had some chords. And to solidify it in my memory I blocked it out with some dummy words: 'Scrambled eggs, oh my baby, how I love your legs, scrambled eggs.' Using dummy lyrics wasn't something I did a lot. It was a rare thing," he wrote.

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Paul McCartney has shared an excerpt from his forthcoming book The Lyrics: 1956 To The Present, in which he remembers the inspiration for “Eleanor Rigby.”

“Eleanor Rigby is based on an old lady that I got on with very well,” McCartney wrote in a piece published by The New Yorker. “I found out that she lived on her own, so I would go around there and just chat, which is sort of crazy if you think about me being some young Liverpool guy.

“Later, I would offer to go and get her shopping. She’d give me a list and I’d bring the stuff back, and we’d sit in her kitchen. I still vividly remember the kitchen, because she had a little crystal-radio set […] So I would visit, and just hearing her stories enriched my soul and influenced the songs I would later write.”

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The music of The Beatles has arrived on TikTok. Today’s (15) announcement brings dozens of their most loved songs onto the platform and enables millions of listeners worldwide to follow @The Beatles, the new account dedicated to John, Paul, George, and Ringo’s incredible legacy of recorded work together.

The news signals the beginning of #Rocktober, a month-long celebration of rock musicians on TikTok and the greats that paved the way for them. The announcement comes nearly 60 years after the quartet scored their first No.1, and on the day that their remixed and expanded Special Edition of their Let It Be album is released by Apple Corps Ltd./Capitol/UMe.

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Production gets underway today, 11 October, on Midas Man, a biopic of iconic music manager Brian Epstein, known as ‘the fifth Beatle’. The 12-week shoot takes place in Liverpool, London and the US.

Jonas Åkerlund directs from a screenplay by Jonathan Wakeham, based on a screen story by Brigit Grant.

Kevin Proctor and Perry Trevers produce for StudioPOW alongside Trevor Beattie and Jeremy Chatterton for Trevor Beattie Films and Richard Holmes.

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There are many reasons why Cirque du Soleil’s epic The Beatles LOVE is one of the most popular productions on the Las Vegas Strip and draws an incredible number of repeat visitors. The music goes a long way, of course, presenting some of the most familiar and beloved songs ever recorded. The show is also one of the more family-friendly large-scale presentations in the vast Vegas live entertainment landscape.

But there’s something about LOVE that resonates in a more powerful way. It has often been referred to as one of the most emotional shows in Las Vegas, a meaningful compliment considering the many different ways these colorful productions connect with their audiences. It’s the careful combination of visuals and music that strengthens those ties in LOVE, as well as the dedicated commitment of the show’s brilliant artists and performers.

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Young Ethan Russell decided to become a photographer when he saw Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1966 iconic film “Desire.”

After his father bought him a camera, Russell began exploring the rock scene in his hometown of San Francisco before leaving for London. He didn’t find the swaying scene he wanted to find there, but after a long dry spell he took on the task of taking pictures of John Lennon and Yoko Ono. His photos captured his love for each other, and shortly after, Russell was in the studio and took the photo while the Beatles were recording the album that became “Let It Be.”

These photos (along with Linda McCartney’s photos) are included in Callaway Arts & Entertainment’s new shiny book, The Beatles: Get Back, which will be released on October 12th. This book is a companion to Peter Jackson’s Apple + documentary, revisiting the invisible hours of band footage that captured the band when it broke up. Russell also took the last photo of the group.

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James Taylor has spoken about auditioning to join The Beatles‘ label Apple Records in the late 1960s.

The singer-songwriter said in a new interview that he believes his youth – besides his musical talent – helped him have the confidence to sell himself.

“I had some kind of competence and the arrogance of youth, without which nobody would ever do anything, because you’d hedge your bets,” Taylor recalled to GuitarWorld of auditioning in front of Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

“There’s a stage in our development where you’re allowed to do impossible things, which is why the military looks to people about that age. You can talk people into doing things that if you were asked when you were 35, you’d say, ‘No thanks, I’ll pass on that.’

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Dave Grohl was "mesmerised" when he first met Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr.

The Foo Fighters frontman recalled his meeting with both surviving members of The Beatles in his latest entry on the blog 'Dave's True Stories' and admits that the experience will "forever remain a blur".

Dave recalled being approached by Dhani Harrison - the son of the late Fab Four member George Harrison - to play at a tribute concert to his father at London's Royal Albert Hall in 2002 which led to him meeting his music idols backstage.

The 52-year-old musician said: "I noticed Paul McCartney out of the corner of my eye, chatting away with friends, and I couldn't help but stare. There. He. Was."

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Beatlemania might have hit England first, but when The Beatles did their first American tour in 1964, the locals were more than ready to welcome them with open arms. Right away, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr noticed something about their American fans—they were all decked out in Beatles merch. Unlike in England, it seemed every fan in the states was sporting at least one official Beatle accessory. In his 1964 column for the Daily Express, Harrison wrote about The Beatles’ first American tour (with the help of Daily Express writer Derek Taylor). He thought the American Beatles fans were decked out head-to-toe in merch because they were naturally enthusiastic.

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A Hard Day’s Night was The Beatles‘ first movie. That being the case, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were all new to the whole feature film acting process. In an interview with none other than Harrison for BBC Radio, McCartney joked about the trouble the band was having adjusting to performing for the big screen.

The Beatles’ debut feature film, A Hard Day’s Night, came out in 1964. Directed by Richard Lester, the film earned $11 million and is considered one of the great rock-and-roll comedies of its time. A Hard Day’s Night is in the style of a mock documentary that shows a “day in the life” of the Fab Four.

“Over two ‘typical’ days in the life of The Beatles, the boys struggle to keep themselves and Sir Paul McCartney’s mischievous grandfather in check while preparing for a live television performance,” reads the IMDb synopsis.

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It remains the most analysed break-up in rock history: the one that set the template. When the Beatles split more than 50 years ago and Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr went their separate ways, it was McCartney who shouldered most of the blame.

But now McCartney is setting the record straight for good. “I didn’t instigate the split. That was our Johnny,” he has insisted in a candid and detailed interview to be broadcast later this month.

Recalling what he sees as the “most difficult period of my life”, McCartney, who celebrates his 80th birthday next summer, reveals he wanted the group to go on, especially as after just eight years together, they were still creating “pretty good stuff”. “Abbey Road, Let It Be, not bad,” he will argue in an upcoming episode of the new BBC Radio 4 interview series This Cultural Life. “This was my band, this was my job, this was my life, so I wanted it to continue.”

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Paul McCartney and his third wife Nancy Shevell celebrated ten years of marriage on Saturday, and the former Beatle marked the occasion by sharing a rare photo of the two of them together.n the snap, Paul, 79, could be seen smiling at the camera while Nancy, 61, rests her head on his shoulder. Posting the photo to Instagram, he captioned it: "10 beautiful years together. Happy Anniversary to my lovely wife. - Paul"The happy couple first met over 30 years ago when they shared neighbouring properties in the Hamptons on New York's Long Island. The pair recently returned to the States after spending most of the lockdown in the English countryside with Paul's daughter Mary and her children.

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As John & Yoko Ono Lennon's paean for peace, "Imagine," continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the iconic song has just been certified triple platinum by the RIAA for selling 3 million units in the U.S. The achievement comes on the eve of what would have been John's 81st birthday this Saturday, October 9th.
As John & Yoko Ono Lennon’s paean for peace, “Imagine,” continues to celebrate its 50th anniversary, the iconic song has just been certified triple platinum by the RIAA for selling 3 million units in the U.S. The achievement comes on the eve of what would have been John’s 81st birthday this Saturday, October 9th.

"John and I were both artists and we were living together, so we inspired each other. The song 'Imagine' embodied what we believed together at the time. John and I met – he comes from the West and I come from the East – and still we are together. We have this oneness and 'the whole world would eventually become one' is the sense that we will all be very happy together. All these instructions are for people for how to spend eternity, because we have lots of time."

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BEATLES STAR JOHN Lennon would have turned 81 today. 

Lennon formed part of the ‘Fab Four’, arguably the most influential band of all time. All four members contributed to the band in their own way.

Lennon’s songwriting collaboration with Paul McCartney is widely regarded as the most successful partnership music has seen. 

Lennon was killed in 1980 with his bandmate George Harrison passing away in 2001 leaving only McCartney and Starr the surviving members of the group. 

So today we’re asking: Who’s your favourite Beatle?

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A new documentary film called The Beatles and India explores the Fab Four’s relationship with the Asian country. Fans will know the band and their music was influenced in a number of ways by India, in particular George Harrison. And now in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk, director Ajoy Bose has shared how John Lennon took to India and what he was hoping to get out of staying there in the late 1960s.

Ajoy said: “The four Beatles were completely different people. John was the most restless of them all. The most tormented by his inner demons.

“The sort of person who was constantly seeking something which would give him a higher plane of consciousness.

“And I think that to him, India as India meant not very much.”

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The Beatles will forever be known as musicians first. But in a 1965 interview that was aired on KRLA Beat, George Harrison said that he, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr actually preferred making films over touring. Over their time together as a band, The Beatles made five films: A Hard Day’s Night (1964), Help! (1965), Magical Mystery Tour (1967), Yellow Submarine (1968) and Let It Be (1970). Here’s what Harrison said about his acting career in ’65, while he was filming Help! in the Bahamas.

In his interview with David Hull and Derek Taylor, Harrison was asked to detail The Beatles’ current schedule, before the band’s next trip to America.

“I think in the meantime we’ll have a new record out, doing TV and things in England,” he said, as recorded in the book George Harrison on George Harrison. “And then with a bit of luck the film will probably be out around about that time. So then we’ll have the film songs out to plug and we’ll have a premiere. And then I think it’ll be the American trip. Or maybe the premiere will be after the American trip, which is in August.”

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Rock and roll reunions happen often now, such as for special occasions like an award or induction into a hall of fame. Other bands do it for sentimental reasons, anniversaries of hit albums, or — let’s be honest — money.

In 1974, the Beatles almost reunited in Syracuse, N.Y., and it all began with a much simpler reason: John Lennon’s birthday on Oct. 9, 1971.

The Fab Four broke up in 1970 after less than a decade together crafting some of the greatest songs in music history, from “Let It Be,” “In My Life” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” to “Come Together,” “Help!” and “All You Need is Love.” Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr drew screaming fans everywhere, influenced multiple generations of musicians, and still remain popular today through music streaming services, artists covering their tunes, documentaries (like Peter Jackson’s upcoming Disney+ series “Get Back”) and multiple Beatles-inspired stories (including the 2007 movie “Across the Universe,” Netflix’s animated kids’ show “The Beat Bugs,” Cirque du Soleil’s “Love,” and details

Sir Paul McCartney, 79, has revealed how he “couldn’t deal” with the fall out of The Beatles' split in the early 1970s due to the intense scrutiny. Therefore he and his wife Linda McCartney decided to “escape” to a remote sheep farm in Scotland, where they both decided to embrace sustainability and vegetarianism.

During their 29-year marriage, the McCartneys had four children: Mary, Stella and James, as well as Heather, who Linda shared with her first husband and who the musician later formally adopted.

They would regularly visit a farmhouse retreat in western Scotland, which Paul purchased before they met, a hidden place he used initially to "escape Beatlemania” and later to deal with the fall out of the musical split between him, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and John Lennon.

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If you were lucky enough to ever see The Beatles play, and the band performed “If I Fell,” you might have noticed George Harrison switching between two guitars. During an interview with journalist Larry Kane (who toured with the band when they did their American tours in 1964 and 1965), Harrison explained the reason why he was “always swapping ’round.” He also spoke about staying true to The Beatles’ sound when performing live and his songwriting aspirations.

Kane traveled around with the band during their first two American tours. He rode in the same planes as them, stayed in the same hotels, and tried to get in questions whenever he could. During one of those interviews, he asked Harrison if The Beatles ever had any trouble replicating their sound onstage.

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A little more than one week after releasing their highly-anticipated collaboration “My Universe,” Coldplay and BTS debut the tune atop the Hot 100. The track is the second leader on Billboard’s all-encompassing ranking of the most popular songs in the U.S. for Coldplay and the sixth for BTS. With one more ruler to their credit, the South Korean boy band now ranks as one of the most successful groups of all time, and they’re in rarified company.

Half a dozen No. 1 singles on the Hot 100 means BTS are now tied for the fifth-most rulers in the chart’s history, when looking solely at groups, duos and bands. The K-pop favorites are now on the same level as Hall & Oates, according to Billboard.

Leading the way among all acts (not just groups) are The Beatles. During their time together, the Fab Four managed an incredible 20 No. 1s on the Hot 100, and they remain the only name in U.S. history to reach that make, though Mariah Carey is just one champion behind.

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Why The Beatles won't let it be - Thursday, October 07, 2021

Sometimes, things just fall apart. Flawed marriages, beloved cars, once-indomitable empires. We are shaken by unthinkable demises. These are serious matters. Nobody, by contrast, cares very much when a pop group falls apart, because they were never built to last. Even the greatest pop group of them all was always sharply aware of its own ephemerality. “Obviously we can’t keep playing the same sort of music until we are about 40,” said Paul McCartney in a 1963 television documentary when asked about the longevity of The Beatles. “I’ve always fancied having a ladies’ hairdressing salon,” added Ringo Starr, the funny one, as he looked deep into his own future. “Trotting around in me stripes and tails.”

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George Harrison had a wicked sense of humor. He was buddies with the guys from Monty Python, after all. George knew how to have a good time, even during periods of his life that were especially grueling. His life was dark sometimes, but he always knew how to laugh, especially if it was at someone else’s expense. So it’s not surprising to hear that George pulled an elaborate prank on his fellow rocker, Phil Collins.

Collins was a huge The Beatles fan. So he signed up to be a session musician for George Harrison when he was recording his first solo album outside The Beatles, All Things Must Pass, in 1970. At only 19, Collins got to work with one of his heroes.

“Our manager got a call from Ringo Starr’s chauffeur, who said they needed a percussionist, and he suggested me,” Collins told Louder Sound. “So I went down to Abbey Road, and Harrison was there and Ringo and Billy Preston and Klaus Voormann and Phil Spector, and we started routing the song.

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Ringo Starr is one of the best drummers in the world. However, when The Beatles disbanded in 1970, Ringo found himself in a bit of a pickle. He’d been The Beatles backbeat for years and rarely wrote the band’s songs. After The Beatles ended, Ringo didn’t have Lennon-McCartney to help him. Suddenly he had to do it all by himself or else face the prospect of becoming the least successful Beatle.

To make matters worse, he started his solo career off on a bad note. Ringo had a falling out with Paul McCartney, and his first solo album was a commercial flop. But Ringo was persistent. He was going to get by with a little help from his friends.
During an interview with Rolling Stone radio (per the Daily Mail) in 2020, Ringo admitted that he thought he “didn’t have the talent” to finish the songs on his debut solo album Sentimental Journey. So, he often turned to fellow Beatle George Harrison to help him.

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Ringo Starr, Max Weinberg, Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron, and over 100 other musicians have united for a massive cover of the Beatles’ “Come Together” as part of a new campaign to help end world hunger.

The “Drum Together” clip was organized by WhyHunger, and along with Starr, Weinberg, and Cameron, it features drummers like Jim Keltner, Steve Gadd, Cindy Blackman Santana, and 11-year-old prodigy Nandi Bushell. While a massive coalition of percussionists (including an orchestra timpanist) create the base for this epic rendition of “Come Together,” the meticulously stitched-together performance also features an array of other musicians from guitarists and pianists to trombonists and trumpeters.

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