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MARGARET Thatcher’s husband questioned Sir Paul McCartney’s invite to a Number 10 reception, papers show.

The Beatles legend was on a list of celebs invited as part of a 1988 “thank you” following a rally during the ex-PM’s election campaign.
Margaret Thatcher's husband Sir Denis Thatcher questioned whether Sir Paul McCartney should have been invited to a No10 reception, papers show Beatle Paul was on a list of celebs invited to a 'thank you' event following a rally during the ex-PM's campaign.

But husband Sir Denis vetted the guest list and added question marks beside the names of those he said “do not help”.
Guests he approved of received red ticks — in­cl­u­ding golfer Nick Faldo and Rolf Harris. His ac­t­i­ons emerged in newly-released documents.

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The son of The Beatles’ road manager has put his Fab Four memorabilia on display to the public after opening a museum.

Roag Best, brother of the band’s original drummer Pete and son of Neil Aspinall, who went on to be the managing director of the band’s business Apple Corps, has opened the Magical History Museum on Liverpool’s famous Mathew Street to house just some of the items from his huge Beatles collection.

The 56-year-old, whose mother Mona ran the Casbah Coffee Club where the band started their career, is displaying around 200 rare exhibits from his collection, which he estimates includes more than 1,200 items, in the five-storey building.
The memorabilia includes a harmonica used by John Lennon and the war medals he wore for the Sergeant Pepper album cover, which were loaned from Mrs Best, as well as costumes, instruments, props and merchandise.




Bill Morrison says he’s always been willing to accept work without really thinking too much about the gravity of what’s been offered, so when the illustrator and writer was offered a chance to do the first-ever graphic novel adaptation of “Yellow Submarine” he said yes without hesitation.

“I don’t get intimidated,” said Morrison, the co-founder of Bongo Comics with “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening, talking about the Beatles’ classic 1968 animated film at Comic-Con 2018 on Friday. “So at first, ‘The Beatles? “Yellow Submarine?” I love them. Yes!’”




Two new children’s books will add pictures to the words of John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing announced Thursday that the series will begin with “All You Need Is Love,” featuring illustrations by Marc Rosenthal. It comes out in January through the imprint Little Simon. The second book will be announced at a future date.

The books will be released through a licensing agreement with Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Sony/ATV’s Global Licensing Agent, Epic Rights. Other picture books have been based on Beatles songs. In 2014, Ringo Starr collaborated with illustrator Ben Cort on an adaptation of “Octopus’s Garden.”



James Corden's recent, instant classic "Carpool Karaoke" with Paul McCartney started with a phone call plea: "Can you please, please help me?"

It's not the first time the key question from "Help!" turned up as a Beatles punchline. In the 1968 animated film "Yellow Submarine," Old Fred warbled those lyrics when seeking Fab Four assistance in saving Pepperland from the Blue Meanies.

The answer then and a half-century later remains the same: yeah, yeah, yeah!

A restored version of "Yellow Submarine" resurfaced this week for a golden anniversary rerelease. The theatrical return bodes to take the Corden sing-along experience from the car to the moviehouse.
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"Sgt. Pepper" was the first rock album with printed lyrics, the first to win a best album Grammy. It may be the most influential record in pop history, and the best-loved. It changed the direction of The Beatles, and of rock 'n' roll. Wochit

Forty-eight years ago, Paul McCartney announced the breakup of The Beatles, and even though nearly half a century has passed since then, interest in the greatest band of all time remains high.

The 2000 “1” album, a compilation of all of The Beatles' No. 1 singles, itself went to No. 1 – 30 years after the band broke up. Millions of fans, and not just baby boomers, stream Beatles songs on Spotify every month. Dozens of books examine their rise, their influence and their appeal all these years later.

You might think there's nothing left to know about the four working-class lads from Liverpool who became the most famous people in the world. Yet even the most hard-core Beatles fans are still amazed at what they don’t know.

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In the 1960s and ’70s, Pattie Boyd stood at the intersection of fashion, rock ’n’ roll, art, and fame. Widely considered one of the greatest muses of all time, Boyd, who was married first to George Harrison and later to Eric Clapton, inspired the hits “Something” by the Beatles, and “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight” by Clapton. Recently I devoured this intriguing woman’s memoir, Wonderful Tonight. A few weeks later, I had the pleasure of sitting down with her in the kitchen of her beautiful Kensington flat. As the sunlight poured through the windows, her blue eyes lit up as she spoke. There is a playful quality about her and, surprisingly—considering how much she has experienced in her life—a lightness.

TAYLOR SWIFT: I have been so excited to talk to you because we’re both women whose lives have been deeply influenced by songs and songwriting. I stand on one side of it, and you on the other. Does the concept of being called a muse feel like a correct fit?




n celebration of its 50th anniversary, a newly restored 4K version of the animated Beatles film “Yellow Submarine” is returning to theaters in select cities this week (with 5.1 surround sound for extra psychedelic effect). And while the film was famously born out of a contractual obligation, some distance shows that it is one of the better examples of the Beatles on film (even if John, Paul, George and Ringo aren’t actually in the film until the last few minutes — more on that later.)

If you can’t catch it in theaters (see the official Yellow Submarine website for information on screenings and tickets), we’ve provided details below on where to stream it from home. But why stop there? The Fab Four’s other major film appearances are streaming, too, along with a few interesting cinematic vehicles for their music that came after they split. Read on to learn where to find them, ranked in order from best to most ridiculous — with the understanding that ridiculous is not necessarily a bad thing.

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Sir Ringo Starr and wife, Lady Barbara Starkey, celebrated the Beatles drummer's 78th birthday July 7 in Nice, France, where he and his All-Starr Band were currently on tour, by joining with fans to say “Peace & Love” at noon all around the world, his representative told Billboard. Also on hand were his brother-in-law Joe Walsh and his wife Marjorie, who is Barbara's sister, plus All-Starr Band members Graham Gouldman, Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham, plus Matt Sorum, added to the group for the day.

Walsh, Sorum and the All-Starrs performed two of Ringo's songs in tribute to him, and Walsh played a bit of his old band the James Gang's "Funk #49" leading up to the noon countdown.

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When the phantasmagorically weird Beatles film Yellow Submarine premiered 50 years ago, its psychedelic colors and peace-and-love sensibility quickly influenced fashion, graphic design, animation and music.

But the 1968 movie also influenced organized religion — a fact lost in the hubbub over the release of a restored and remastered version in American theaters on July 8.

Not long after the British-made film landed in the United States, "submarine churches" attracted urban, young people. They adopted the outline of a yellow submarine with a small cross on its periscope as their symbol and displayed it alongside peace signs, flowers and other popular emblems of the 1960s.

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Ringo Starr, accompanied by, from left, guitarist Steve Lukather, Olivia Harrison (George Harrison's widow), Marjorie Bach and Starr's wife, Barbara Bach, attend Saturday's 10th Peace and Love birthday celebration in Nice, France, on Starr's 78th birthday. (Randy Lewis / Los Angeles Times)

Ten years ago when Ringo Starr turned 68, the Beatles drummer recalled someone asking what he wanted for his birthday.

“I couldn’t think of anything, and I don’t know why I said it, but it just came out: I said I would like for everyone in the world to say, ‘Peace and love,’ at noon,” the Beatles drummer said Saturday at the 10th anniversary of a tradition born that day at a Hard Rock Café in Chicago.

This year, formal “Peace and Love” celebrations are being held on Starr’s 78th birthday in 26 countries, precisely at noon in each time zone, an expansion of that original spontaneous remark he considers the most gratifying aspect of his long-held desire to spread goodwill through music and philanthropy.

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Starr power: Ringo turns 78 today - Saturday, July 07, 2018

He paid his dues because he wanted to sing the blues, and more than any other rock ‘n’ roll drummer, Ringo Starr knew that fame didn’t come easy.

Sure, he achieved stardom as a member of The Beatles, who took England by storm in 1963 and followed it up by spearheading the “British Invasion” to the United States in 1964. But the man born Richard Starkey Jr. in Liverpool on July 7, 1940, was a sickly child who spent a year in the hospital due to peritonitis and two years in a sanitarium for pleurisy.

The oldest Beatle has led a charmed life. Here are some fun facts about Ringo:

His nickname came from his penchant for wearing several rings.

Starr played drums for several bands in Liverpool before joining the Beatles, most notably with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes from 1959 to 1962.

He joined the Beatles on Aug. 18, 1962, replacing Pete Best.

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The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil presents a series of surreal tableaus woven together like the songs in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As with the music from that album, there is so much happening onstage during some songs that it takes more than one viewing to absorb all the action and detail, while other songs are represented with graceful aerial choreography and dance. Characters such as Sgt. Pepper’s Eleanor Rigby, Father McKenzie, Mr. Kite and Pepper himself are brought to life, while Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” and the Blue Meanies from Yellow Submarine are comically realized.

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Opinion | Why we need(ed) the Beatles - Saturday, July 07, 2018

Malco Paradiso Cinema in Memphis will show a 50th anniversary edition of the 1968 animated classic "Yellow Submarine" at 7 p.m. July 10.

Sunday, July 8, marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles third movie, the animated feature "Yellow Submarine" in 1968. Movie theaters all over the country will be celebrating with a special anniversary screening this week.

The film was a venture the Fab Four felt squeamish about after the mixed reviews accruing to their movie "Help!" in 1965.

The Brits were mildly receptive -- especially compared to the Beatlemania of the early 1960.s. In America, the reaction was much more positive with reviewers praising the film's splashy psychedelic style.

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Paul McCartney has revealed he will kick off his upcoming world tour with four straight shows in Canada.

The former Beatle will play Quebec and Western Canada in September as part of his "Freshen Up" tour.

Beginning in Quebec City on September 17, McCartney will play Montreal on September 20 before heading west to play Winnipeg on September 28 and then wrap up the Canadian tour in Edmonton on September 30.

The Freshen Up Tour comes in support of McCartney’s new solo album Egypt Station which is due on September 7.

“We’ve always had such a fantastic time playing shows in Canada,” said McCartney.

“We can’t wait to return in September for what should be another special run of shows. We are looking forward to freshening up our show and playing some of our songs from the new album alongside those songs we know you like to hear. Get ready to rock Canada!”

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A newly-restored version of ‘Yellow Submarine’ is screened July 12 at the Empress Theatre in Vallejo.

In the town where I was born, lived a man who sailed to sea. And he told us of his life ...

There’s no mistaking the opening line of the 1966 Beatles’ tune, “Yellow Submarine,” written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and sung by Ringo Starr.

Steve Dunsky was always a big fan of the song. And bigger fan of the namesake 1968 film. Yes, it was 50 years ago today. OK, maybe not today. But this year.

And the man who picks the films for the Empress Theatre Film Club wanted to honor the milestone.

Cue the music.

And he told us of his life. In the land of submarines. ...

Yep, “Yellow Submarine” screens at the downtown Vallejo venue next Thursday, July 12, at 7 p.m. and it’s not just the newly-restored version but the sing-along version, Dunsky said.

“So that will be a lot of fun,” he noted. “We’re also inviting the audience to dress like their favorite Beatle ... or in vintage hippie clothing.”

There will be a prize for the best outfit, added Dunsky.

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In June 1966, George Harrison’s fascination with the sitar reached its apotheosis when he met Ravi Shankar. The meeting between the Beatle and the sitarist occurred at Hampstead in London, at the home of the Angadis, Patricia (née Fell-Clark) and Ayana Deva, who was originally from Karnataka’s Belgaum district. In 1946, the couple had set up the Asian Music Circle, which functioned out of their home. It was Patricia’s family home, but for two decades and more, the Asian Music Circle served as the hub where musicians from India gathered. It was largely through the AMC’s remarkable efforts that these musicians were introduced to the West (mainly Britain, at first), and found opportunities to perform there.

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"It made them seem okay for 7-year-olds again," Beatles professor Glenn Gass told TheWrap, on the film's 50th anniversary

Once upon a time — or maybe twice — there was a gloriously colorful and strange film called “Yellow Submarine.” The 1968 cartoon helped usher The Beatles out of an odd, hectic period for the band and would serve as a gateway for subsequent generations of Beatles fans to come.

When “Yellow Submarine” was released in the summer of 1968, the Beatles were bigger than Jesus (or so John Lennon had famously said two years earlier, to plenty of criticism). But things had gotten a little rocky within the group. Their longtime manager, Brian Epstein, had died the previous summer; they endured their first flop, the British TV film “Magical Mystery Tour,” at the end of that year; they alienated some fans with a trip to India to meditate with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in early 1968; and Lennon was heavily into LSD and, in October, would be arrested on drug possession charges with his new girlfriend Yoko Ono, whose constant presence was not always embraced by the band or its fans.

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The legendary Beatle will tour Canada in support of his upcoming new solo album, 'Egypt Station'

Sir Paul McCartney has announced the first dates of his ‘Freshen Up’ world tour – check out details of the shows below.

The Beatle will tour in support of his forthcoming new solo album ‘Egypt Station’, which is set for release on September 7. The record – his seventeenth solo LP – has largely been produced by Greg Kurstin.

McCartney has today (July 3) announced the first dates of the ‘Freshen Up’ tour, with the musician set to visit Canada for four gigs in September.

Explaining the meaning behind the title of the forthcoming jaunt, McCartney said: “We are looking forward to freshening up our show and playing some of our songs from the new album alongside those songs we know you like to hear. Get ready to rock, Canada!”

Tickets for the below dates will go on general sale on July 13 – find out more information on special fan pre-sales here.

Paul McCartney Reveals Beatles High Jinks In NME Awards Speech

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A RARE quirky hand-drawn birthday card John Lennon made for George Harrison's wife is tipped to sell for £12,000. The Beatle drew the card, which shows five naked figures of Lennon sitting cross-legged, for model and photographer Pattie Boyd's 24th birthday in 1968.
Lennon seated cross-legged in five different poses, wearing sunglasses and a beaded necklace

At the time she and guitarist Harrison were with Lennon and his first wife Cynthia at a spiritual retreat in India together.

The birthday card is in the form of a single circular sheet of paper measuring 5.5ins in diameter.

It has an ink drawing of Lennon seated cross-legged in five different poses, wearing sunglasses and a beaded necklace.
Underneath it reads 'Happy Birthday Pattie from John and Cyn', with the J and C written backwards.

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There always comes a time when the learner tries to compete with, and become, the master. It happened with Van Gogh and Millet, Beethoven and Mozart, Kobe and MJ, Darth Vader and Obi-Wan.

It happened with the Beatles on July 2nd, 1963, at London’s Maida Vale Studio, where the band were taping their fifth installment for the BBC of their Pop Goes the Beatles radio series. The Beatles were deep into their tenure as BBC regulars at this point. They would field requests mailed in from fans, blast through a raft of covers, some of which they’d never return to again, work in originals from their own burgeoning catalogue, and joke with the presenter, and, of course, themselves. It was a band as human jukebox, capable of excelling in all styles, while also dishing out that particular brand of Beatle-y jocosity.

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50 years after its release, the cartoon classic ‘Yellow Submarine’ continues to delight.

Once upon a time — or maybe twice — the Beatles released a full-length animated adventure for children of all ages (especially 64). Inspired by their song “Yellow Submarine,” the auditory equivalent of a cartoon, the movie depicts a psychedelic voyage through time and space set to a soundtrack of classic Beatles tunes, some of which were written for the film.

This summer, Yellow Submarine returns to theaters in a glorious 4K restoration with a fresh 5.1 surround sound remix of some of the Fab Four’s best songs. (Click here for tickets.) So take a musical trip with me to the magical undersea world of Pepperland. Just be careful not to press the wrong button or pull the wrong lever in the submarine. And always watch out for Blue Meanies!

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Rock star Steve Van Zandt launched a blistering attack on Liverpool John Lennon Airport today, even calling on Yoko Ono to remove John Lennon’s name from the site.

The E Street Band guitarist posted a Tweet on his account this afternoon, criticising his band’s experience while being checked by security on arrival at Liverpool.

He tweeted: “Warning Rock Bands! Do not leave Liverpool from John Lennon Airport. The most arrogant and obnoxious security in 40 years of travel! Take the hour trip to Manchester it can’t be worse! Liverpool! Of all places! Best audience, worst airport. Yoko should remove John Lennon’s name!”

Van Zandt is currently in the UK touring with his band, Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, which played the Liverpool O2 Academy last night, June 30.




July 17, 1968, saw the premiere of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine. It was a feature-length animation based on a Paul McCartney novelty ditty sung by Ringo Starr. George Harrison, unhappy at the time with his role in the group, wasn’t wholly excited by the project. John Lennon, true to acerbic form, would be more dismissive: ‘The Yellow Submarine people… were gross animals,’ he said in 1980. ‘We had nothing to do with that movie and we sort of resented them. We didn’t know what it was.’ And yet this psychedelic adventure, in which the Fab Four battled the blue meanies, was a hit. Half a century on, a spruced-up version is back in cinemas. Ahead of that, Event presents a shoal of things you never knew about it – including the fact that Lennon was fibbing…




Documentary profiling the blues guitarist, narrated by the man himself, as he charts his six decades in the music business, and why his insatiable desire to grow his artistic voice led him to quit a stream of successful bands, from the Yardbirds and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers to short-lived supergroups Cream and Blind Faith. Clapton also talks about his battles with drugs and alcohol, his love for George Harrison's wife Pattie Boyd and the tragic loss of his son in an accident. Including archive interviews with BB King, George Harrison and Jimi Hendrix.

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