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Strawberry Field gates to return to their rightful home - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The iconic Strawberry Field gates are to return to their rightful home in South Liverpool. The wrought-iron gates which were put in storage for safe keeping by the Salvation Army which owns the Beaconsfield Road site, are to be put on permanent public display in the grounds if city planners give approval next week. The site was immortalised by the Beatles’ hit Strawberry Fields Forever, but are no longer in place, having been replaced with a replica. The charity wants to transform the building into a centre for people with learning difficulties, where they can learn everything from gardening to catering. As part of the plans to go before next week’s planning committee, the 1970s buildings which were put up following the demolition of the original children’s home that captured John Lennon’s imagination, are to be demolished. As well as the new state-of-the-art facility, Beatles’ fans who visit the site every year will be able to go into the cafe and grounds and view a heritage exhibit which will explore the history of both The ‘Sally Army’ and the Beatles, with a special display being created charting the Fab Four’s rise.

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Ed Sheeran - Ed Sheeran sought Paul McCartney advice - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Ed Sheeran sought life advice from Sir Paul McCartney. The 'Sing' hitmaker spoke to the music legend at an Oscars after-party and the Beatles singer encouraged the flame-haired star to take note of how other big names, such as Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohland Justin Timberlake, interact with people. He said: ''[Paul] was chatting to my cousin for ages, and the last time I'd seen him, he was being lovely to my dad. ''I asked why he takes time to speak to everyone, and he said, 'If you look at every big star in the world, from Beyonce to Dave Grohl to Justin Timberlake, they are lovely because they're all comfortable in their own space.' ''It is easier when you are comfortable with yourself and what you've achieved - you don't have to put up a front. And it's a better way of living, being happier and not bitter.''

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Bids Pass $25k for Rare Beatles Album - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

WhatSellsBest.com - A bidding-war is underway for a scarce fully-signed Beatles album on eBay. Where the price has been pushed to $25,000 with 5-days remaining in the auctionThe record, Please Please Me, is listed as a mint-condition (PSA 9) example, and described by the seller as "an artifact worthy of the finest museum-grade collections." The upper-back-side of the sleeve has a signatures from each member of the group (George Harrison, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and Ringo Starr). Why's It Valuable? At this time... when it comes to memorabilia. You can't do much better than early Beatles items. They're an iconic group with millions of loyal fans worldwide. Even fifty-years-later their music continues to have a demand. When you consider their huge fan base and small amount of early memorabilia available.

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WINGS UNVEIL NEW VIDEO FEATURING PAUL MCCARTNEY'S PHONE NUMBER - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Wings have unveiled a new lyric video for single 'Call Me Back Again', which somewhat surprisingly features Paul McCartney's actual phone number. Set to feature on the forthcoming reissue of Venus and Mars on 3 November, the video plays around the single's telephone-related lyrical content, with the number of McCartney's childhood home featuring heavily throughout the clip alongside other archive material from his formative years.

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The Beatles' Abbey Road Turns 45: Classic Track-By-Track Review - Monday, September 29, 2014

On Sept. 26, 1969, 45 years ago today, the Beatles' Abbey Road entered the world and closed the recording career of rock's most celebrated band. The existence of Abbey Road is practically a miracle -- when the Beatles emerged from the Let It Be sessions, the group was fraught with tensions and on the verge of breaking up. They were arguing not only over music -- their unhappiness with the mixing of Let It Be held up its release until eight months after Abbey Road came out -- but business as well. Their Apple Records label was proving to be a professional time suck, and the group was bitterly torn over who to hire as their new business manager. But by most accounts, the recording of Abbey Road was relatively painless and drama-free -- perhaps because the Fab Four knew it would be their last album together. "Nobody then was sure it was going to be the last one, but it felt like it was," producer George Martin recalled in The Beatles Anthology. George Harrison agreed: "Once we finished Abbey Road, the game was up, and I think we all accepted that."

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#FanArtFriday - Monday, September 29, 2014

For the past year we have been regramming our favourite fan images at the 'NEW' Instagram account. We've been so impressed by all of the talent and creativity #OutThere that we've decided to create a brand new feature called #FanArtFriday. We will be posting a piece of fan art under the hashtag #FanArtFriday every Friday on Paul's social pages. We're asking you to post your pictures to Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #whatsnewpaul.

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Watch Norah Jones Deliver Tasteful George Harrison Cover on 'Conan' - Sunday, September 28, 2014

Norah Jones closed out Conan's George Harrison Week on Thursday night, and the results were as soulful as expected. The jazz-pop singer – whose father, sitar master Ravi Shankar, was one of Harrison's mentors and collaborators – delivered a silky version of "Behind That Locked Door," a country-tinged track from the guitar icon's 1970 solo triple-LP, All Things Must Pass. That classic album was featured heavily during the week-long tribute. On Wednesday's episode, Dhani Harrison honored his father by playing a brass-driven rendition of "Let It Down" and a hard-rocking take on "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)," joined by Los Angeles band Big Black Delta on the latter tune; Beck took a jovial stab at "Wah-Wah" on Monday's kick-off. On Tuesday, Paul  Simon acknowledged Harrison's work with the Beatles, performing a stripped-down "Here Comes the Sun." He also reflected on his many visits to the guitarist's mansion-estate Friar Park, where they often hung out and strummed ukeleles. While the Conan celebration has concluded, Harrison's music will be recognized on an even bigger stage at George Fest, an all-star concert scheduled for September 28th at L.A.'s Fonda Theatre.

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Paul McCartney to record Christmas charity single with Jennifer Hudson - Sunday, September 28, 2014

The track will be released in support of Samuel L. Jackson's cancer charity One For The Boys. Other celebrities featured include Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and model Daisy Lowe, while Jackson will also provide vocals. The recording session at Abbey Road Studios was reportedly hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw earlier this week. 'Say Something' will challenge The X Factor 2014 champion for Christmas number one. McCartney will soon release a special Collector's Edition of his album New, featuring two previously unreleased songs, live recordings from his concert at the Tokyo Dome, and a documentary about the making of the album. 

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40 YEARS AGO: JOHN LENNON GETS LOST AMONG THE ‘WALLS AND BRIDGES’ - Saturday, September 27, 2014

Like most of John Lennon‘s solo albums, his fifth, ‘Walls and Bridges,’ came with its fair share of bumps along the way. And like much of Lennon’s work starting around the time the Beatles were working on the “White Album,” many of those bumps were spurred by Yoko Ono. While recording his fourth solo record, ‘Mind Games,’ in 1973, Lennon and Ono split up. His year-and-a-half separation from her became known as Lennon’s Lost Weekend, a fabled period that lasted way longer than a weekend, and included such figures as Ono’s personal assistant (with whom Lennon shacked up), Harry Nilsson and Phil Spector. Lennon was about a year into his break from Ono — and about a month removed from wrapping work on Nilsson’s ‘Pussy Cats’ album — when he began recording ‘Walls and Bridges’ in New York in July 1974. About nine months earlier, Lennon had holed up with legendary producer Spector (who had also assembled the Beatles’ final album, ‘Let It Be,’ from hours of unedited tapes, much to the disappointment of the group’s fans) in hopes of making a record of rock ‘n’ roll oldies.

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The Beatles used Grimsby man's Yellow Submarine to promote 1960s film - Saturday, September 27, 2014

DIVING enthusiast Arthur Johnson beat The Beatles to the idea of a "Yellow Submarine". The sub, made in Arthur's garden in Lister Street, Grimsby, for £50, appeared at the world premier of The Beatles movie at The London Pavilion, London, in July, 1968. Today Arthur, his wife Paula and family have been invited to Penny Lane in Liverpool to unveil a plaque to honour his iconic submarine. It was called "Resurgam" which was the motto for Arthur's old school in Harold Street,Grimsby.  It means "I will rise again". Arthur was an avid sub aqua enthusiast and worked as a welder on rigs in the North Sea. After reading Patrick Coustau's novel "Silent World" as a youngster he always dreamed of making his own submarine. He also built a one-man sub for Colonel Gaddafi. The yellow submarine took two years to make in the garden of the family's home in Lister Street.

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John Lennon Film Is Spain's Oscar Pick - Friday, September 26, 2014

Spain's film academy has selected the movie Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados [Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)] about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. Director David Trueba's film, chosen Thursday, tells the true story of an English-language teacher from Spain who traveled to the southern province of Almeria in 1966 to try to meet the late Beatles star, who was staying there. Watch the trailer: The movie takes its name from the lyrics of the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever," which Lennon began writing in Almeria.

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Dhani Harrison felt 'responsibility' to release dad George's music - Friday, September 26, 2014

George Harrison's widow Olivia Harrison has revealed their son Dhani felt a "tremendous responsibility" to release the career retrospective his father was working on at the time of his death. George Harrison's son felt a "tremendous responsibility" to release his late father's work. The Beatles legend was working on a career retrospective when he passed away in 2001, so 36-year-old Dhani Harrison took over the project and felt the pressure to get as much of his dad's music heard as possible. George's widow, Olivia Harrison, said: "He wanted his music out. George was just embarking on that retrospective of his musical life - he never called it a career, he said that was the wrong word for him - but time ran out and he died.

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Section of 'Ed Sullivan Show' set signed by The Beatles to be sold - Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rolling Stone reports that the backdrop – also signed by the Fab Four – will be on sale at The Fest for Beatles Fans, which takes place in Los Angeles from October 10 to 12. It is expected to go for $550,000 (approximately £337,000). The seller is Wayne Johnson, owner of Rockaway Records. Among the other items up for purchase includes a copy of the band's 11th US release 'Yesterday and Today' featuring the rare 'Butcher' cover, which is priced at $4,500 (approximately £2,750), and the band's first US contract with Vee Jay Records, on sale for $100,000 (approximately £62,000). The Fest for Beatles Fans was started in 1974 to mark the 10th anniversary of the band's first visit to the US. In its history, the event has accepted donated musical instruments from all four Beatles, which have been auctioned for charity.

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George Harrison 'Had This Way Of Looking At You,' Remembers His Wife Olivia, On Release Of 'The Apple Years' Music - Thursday, September 25, 2014

It’s pretty bizarre. Every time I come across someone who worked at Abbey Road in the 1960s or in the film industry in the 1980s, or journalists who’ve trod this beat longer than I, I often ask for the name of the person who’s impressed them the most. These are people from all walks of life, but one person always gets mentioned. It’s uncanny. It’s George Harrison. Olivia Harrison, George’s widow who has been working with their son Dhani to release the former Beatle’s first six solo albums, all lovingly remastered and presented as 'The Apple Years' boxset, chuckles when I tell her this, and tries to shed some light on the phenomenon. “He had this way of looking at you that made you feel you were without limitations,” she tries to explain. “It just went straight to your heart.

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Conan Kicks Off George Harrison Week - Thursday, September 25, 2014

Monday marked the start of George Harrison week on Conan. Popular music artists will be stopping in to perform their versions of songs from the former Beatle. Today, we have Beck covering the Harrison song “Wah-Wah,” a track from the 1970 album All Things Must Pass. Watch the video above. George’s original version is full of multi-layered sound effects and horns that travel over a clever bassline and rolling drums. Beck chooses to perform a shortened version without the heavy atmospheric sounds, but nevertheless manages to keep the song’s dynamic punch. “Wah-Wah” isn’t the easiest song for a musician to cover, but Beck does a brilliant job.

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Billy Preston's Bankruptcy Case Finally Settled, Eight Years After His Death - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

One of music's monumental figures, the legendary "fifth Beatle," Billy Preston, died eight years ago at the age of 59, but not without controversy.

After a legacy of solo hits and recording credits with the Fab Four, few could have guessed that one of the mega-afro-sporting, gap-toothed artist's biggest songs "Will It Go Round in Circles?" would be symbolic of bitter legal battles for his lucrative, multi-million dollar estate.

On Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that Preston, despite a long history of health problems stemming from cocaine addiction, was not incapacitated at the time he filed for bankruptcy in 2005.

The court dispute stems back to 2011, when plaintiff Todd Neilson (the Chapter 7 trustee for the bankruptcy estate) filed a complaint against Preston's family and Joyce Moore, his long time manager, seeking a judgment that Preston was not incapacitated when he filed a bankruptcy petition in 2005 in the Central District of California.

Preston's trust remained revocable, and the assets currently held by Neilson and any other assets of Preston are assets of the bankruptcy estate.

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Iconic Liverpool Club Jacaranda set to reopen - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The Jacaranda, reputedly the first venue to host the Beatles, is re-opening next month after a two-year closure.

Appearing as Long John & the Silver Beatles before changing their name, the Beatles helped to establish the club in Slater Street as the musical hub of Liverpool.

Now its owners are hoping to replicate the success with a new generation of local musicians, even relaunching their famous open mic nights.

Graham Stanley, managing director of the Jacaranda said he hopes to strike a balance between keeping the history alive and bringing it into the 21st century.

He added: “The venue has evolved and changed over the years since its opening as a coffee shop in ’58, each new generation experiencing the Jacaranda in a different way to the last.”

Mr Stanley and his team are even offering local musicians the opportunity to rehearse there for free, in exchange for a gig- just like original owner Allan Williams did for the Beatles.

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Will Beatle Paul Twist & Shout For Broadway-Bound Musical About Unknown Legend Bert Berns, Tunesmith? - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mention “Twist And Shout” to a Boomer and you’ll get a shake of the thinning hair or shaved scalp along with recollections of the Fab Four on The Ed Sullivan Show. The more knowing response may even be the Isley Brothers, who recorded it first, in 1962. Ask who wrote the iconic rock number, however, and you’re more than likely to draw a blank look. Answer: Bert Berns. Ask who pulled Van Morrison out of the Belfast band Them and produced “Brown-Eyed Girl,” or who wrote “Piece Of My Heart” — first recorded by Erma Franklin and then made timeless by Janis Joplin — and the answer is the same: Bert Berns. A hit-churning songwriter-turned-producer in the Phil Spector vein, Berns died of a heart attack in 1967. He was just 38 and unlike his contemporaries Spector or Gerry Goffin and Carole King, or Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Berns was all but unknown beyond the Brill Building cognoscenti.

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Presenting Meat Free Monday’s Fifth Anniversary Video! - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Meat Free Monday recently invited you to pick a lyric from Paul’s song ‘Meat Free Monday’ and represent that lyric in a creative way for their fifth anniversary video. They received thousands of entries, from Sweden to South Africa, Tahiti to Taiwan, with images taken on beaches and gardens, in restaurants and allotments, on top of mountains and even under water! The video features images from MFM supporters, from schools, from celebrities including Woody Harrelson, Joanna Lumley, Twiggy, Fearne Cotton and Sharleen Spiteri, from chefs including José Pizarro and Rozanne Stevens, from restaurants including tibits, HILTL and The Gate, and from many different MFM campaigns – after all “… it’s happening all around the world!”

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Ringo Starr selling £20m estate - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Beatles drummer, 74, and his wife, former Bond girl Barbara Bach, have put their 200-acre abode, Rydinghurst in Surrey, south east England, up for sale because they no longer spend enough time in the six-bedroom mansion. They told the Sunday Times newspaper: ''We have spent 15 years at Rydinghurst and will always have wonderful memories of our time there. ''It is a beautiful home with some very special features, but we are, reluctantly, unable to spend as much time there as we would wish. ''With commitments in America and our family in all England, we will continue to divide our time between Los Angeles and London.'' The couple - who married in 1981 - splashed out £2 million on the plush property back in 1999 and it is expected to reach between £10 million and £20 million when it goes on sale this week.

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