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Reenactment - John and Yoko "Bed-In" - Saturday, May 18, 2019

Stuart Hampton and partner Joanna Bond - staged a reenactment of John and Yoko's famous 'Bed-In' stunt at the Marine Hotel in Aberystwyth to Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Bed In which took place at the Amsterdam Hilton on the 25th of March 1969.

Here's what they said: "The event went really well! there were ques outside the door and people singing in the corridors, in the bedroom and people could hear it from the streets - We are so pleased with the turn out and feel so happy to have re-created the true atmosphere of the peace and love hippie 60's! - The original stunt took place at the Amsterdam Hilton - Who we have been talking to since they liked our posts on Instagram and twitter and have been messaging us saying they are considering booking us as a John and Yoko tribute act for future events! The Beatles museum were also impressed by our efforts and as such we inspired them to create a campaign to encourage others to do a bed in on their facebook and instagram pages using our photo's - Im so happy about that because im a huge Beatles fan and regularly go out performing their songs in Bars. We also did this because we feel that John and Yoko's original spiritual ideas and philosophy for the bed-in details

You can point to any number of things that split up The Beatles by 1970. Obviously, the differences between John Lennon and Paul McCartney had become too numerous to ignore. When John and Paul nearly fought during The White Album (1968) sessions, you knew the troubles were serious.

The same could also be said for another day in ’68 when Ringo walked out on the band and left the country. Or the moment early the following year when George Harrison quit the group and decided to focus on his own music.

In brief, The Beatles were frequently a mess during their final years together. But somehow, the band stuck it out together and cut the tracks for those beloved final records (including Abbey Road and Let It Be).

Going by what John Lennon said after the breakup, the trouble began shortly after the band lost manager Brian Epstein in August 1967. From that point on, he could see the end coming.

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Did you ever get the feeling that the Beatles were having more fun than their fans?

For a while, they certainly did. While paying their dues in Hamburg, Germany, the Beatles enjoyed what one expert called “the wildest time of their lives.”

I’m Chris Erskine (a.k.a., Ringo), filling in for Catharine Hamm on Escapes, as we trip out this week on the Beatles’ drug-fueled formative years.

Travel writer Dean R. Owen reports many OMG moments in his exploration of the noisy, smoke-filled clubs where the band polished its act. Among the highlights: a three-hour walking tour of the joints, including the site of the Star Club where the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix performed in the 1960s.

“The trip provided me a completely different perspective of the Beatles,” says Owen, a fan since the tender age of 8. “Rather than the mop-top, Edwardian-suited Liverpool lads on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show,’ I was able more clearly to envision John, Paul, and George in leather jackets, jeans and cowboy boots emulating Elvis Presley, Little Richard and other American rock ’n’ roll icons.”

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If you want to chart how quickly The Beatles progressed in the late 1960s, just check the dates of the albums. By early 1967, they had expanded their musical palette with tunes like “A Day in the Life” fromSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Less than two years later, John Lennon and Paul McCartney collaborated on their last great tune together, “I’ve Got a Feeling.” With that song, fans heard stripped-down Beatles rock at its finest. It was a completely different sound from “Lucy in the Sky” (not to mention “Norwegian Wood”).

In March ’69, just after marrying Yoko Ono, John got to work on a new song about the adventures surrounding their wedding. Taking the same approach the band did on Let It Be, Lennon kept things rocking and spare on the tune.

However, the track that became “The Ballad of John and Yoko” never landed on a Beatles studio album. Since John recorded it much like he did his first solo album and wanted it released quick, it went out as a single instead of on the final albums.

 

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Steven Van Zandt has lifted the lid on his on-stage duet with Paul McCartney in a new interview with Music Week.

The E Street Band guitarist, whose latest LP, Summer Of Sorcery (Wicked Cool/UME), came out on May 3, was nearing the end of a solo show at London’s Roundhouse in November 2017, when McCartney arrived for an impromptu rendition of The Beatles’ I Saw Her Standing There.

“We’d been trying to catch each other’s show for a while,” explained Van Zandt. “Paul is working all the time and so I was very surprised when he happened to be in town. I said, ‘Just have a nice night out, don’t feel any pressure at all to come on stage’.

“Suddenly, we were about to do the encore and my roadie comes up and says, ‘Paul’s coming on!’ Now it just so happens that I’d felt, in case he did want to come on, I’d better have something ready. I had done a Little Richard-like arrangement of I Saw Her Standing There, just for fun, and that’s what we did – there was no rehearsal.

Source: by James Hanley/musicweek.com

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There are more great Beatles songs than most people can count. If you look strictly at the band’s list of No. 1 hits, you’ll miss dozens of inspired compositions from their eight years of recording together. “I’ve Got a Feeling,” the last great Lennon-McCartney tune, is a perfect example.

However, the better example might be the entire Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, as The Beatles didn’t release any of those songs as singles. If fans wanted to get their hands on the title track or Ringo singing “With a Little Help From My Friends,” they had to buy the album.

Then there was the album’s showpiece at the end of Side Two: “A Day in the Life.” When Rolling Stone ranked the best Beatles songs of all time, it placed that epic finale right at No. 1, describing it as “the ultimate Lennon-McCartney collaboration.”

Yet that’s not what many experts think of “A Day in the Life.” Beatles biographer Philip Norman called it “John Lennon’s masterpiece,” and several other musicologists agreed. Though Paul McCartney definitely had a hand in it, The Beatles’ greatest song came mostly from Len details

After The Beatles breakup, everyone had a chance to see how each member would react. With the debut Paul McCartney album, most saw an isolated man trying to work his way through it via music. (Paul said he was quite depressed during that period.)

For his part, John Lennon underwent “primal scream” therapy for close to four months. While that experience had to be unpleasant, he came out of it with a briliant solo album.

Following years of working in their shadow, George Harrison’s No. 1 album (late 1970) launched his successful solo career. The next year, he organized a benefit concert for Bangladesh. George was quietly going about his business — and doing so in style.

But by comparison, Ringo Starr was having an absolute blast. After getting his feet wet in the movies during the Beatles’ last years, he knocked off two other films in 1971. Meanwhile, he was making recordings of his own, directed a T. Rex concert film, and started a design company.

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In a recent newsletter published on Paulmccartney.com, The Beatles bassist Paul McCartney has revealed the song which John Lennon wrote during a crisis.

Paul said that ‘John started writing ‘Help!’ during a crisis at that time in his life’. You can read the entire statement below.

Interviewer asked:

“Do you have a song that you put on if you’re ever having a hard time or a bad day, and it instantly makes you feel better?”

Paul responded:

“There’s a track on Egypt Station that came out of a hard time I think would fit the bill now! Alternatively, it would be old music like ‘All Shook Up’ or ‘Don’t Be Cruel’ by Elvis Presley. Or ‘What’d I Say’ by Ray Charles.

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The Royal Family usually only choose traditional names for their children, but Prince Harry was always going to do things a bit differently.

His firstborn son has been named Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor , and there's said to be a very cool meaning behind his middle name. Meghan Markle's etiquette teacher believes Harrison is tribute to the Duchess of Sussex's favourite Beatle.

Edmund Fry, who taught Meg how to be a royal, said she is a big fan of The Beatles and in particular George Harrison.  He told The Sun: "She has a great fond feeling for George Harrison and that’s where that name came from. She’s a great fan of The Beatles."

And it seems Meghan and Harry both had a hand in choosing their newborn's name. Archie's first name is said to be in tribute to the man credited with saving Harry's military career.

Major Tom Archer-Burton, who is known as Archie, was Prince Harry's commanding officer when he was in the army and helped him be deployed in Afghanistan.

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The four Beatles all loved Motown, and would search the racks of Brian Epstein’s NEMS record shop for hidden treasures from the Detroit label, hoping to find unheard gems. As Ringo Starr recalled in The Beatles’ Anthology, it was a love of such singles as Barrett Strong’s ‘Money (That’s What I Want)’ and The Miracles’ ‘You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me’ that brought the four together: “When I joined The Beatles we didn’t really know each other, but if you looked at each of our record collections, the four of us had virtually the same records. We all had The Miracles, we all had Barrett Strong and people like that. I suppose that helped us gel as musicians, and as a group.”

As the 60s became dominated by Liverpool’s Fab Four, Motown’s finest paid tribute to The Beatles, with a string of top class covers of their songs. Here’s our selection of the best Motown Beatles covers.

There’s a very strong argument to be made that Stevie Wonder’s 1970 cover of ‘We Can Work It Out’ is not only the greatest Motown cover of a Beatles number, but that it’s a strong contender for the best cover of any Beatle details

 

At the tender age of 8, I knew the Beatles were extraordinary. In their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show,” they sang and played effortlessly, their timing perfect despite rarely looking at one another.

Like thousands of others, I basked in that black-and-white glow on that Sunday night in February 1964, but when it was over, I had a burning question: How did they do that?

I recently had the chance to find out. On a business trip to Germany, I spent three days in St. Pauli, the Hamburg district where the Beatles became really good before they became really, really famous.

My expert guide: Peter Paetzold, a bearded 68-year-old with the street cred of a chain-smoking rock drummer, well versed about St. Pauli’s music scene of the 1960s. He grew up around the corner from the Indra club, one of four venues the group played.

Source: Dean R. Owen/latimes.com

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John Lennon’s official Instagram page has revealed an unseen photo of him when he got a special birthday gift from Yoko Ono in 1980. The photo was taken by Bob Gruen.

Here’s the caption of photo:

“YOU SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY…, 1980

John proudly showing off the birthday presents he had just received from his wife Yoko – An 18K yellow-gold Patek Philippe Moon Phase 2499 wristwatch, a hand-knitted tie and an American flag tie-pin.

The Hit Factory NYC, 9 October 1980″

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Back on February 19, John Lennon’s sister Julia Baird has shared her thoughts on biggest misconception about Yoko Ono

Sputnik News asked:

“In your opinion is it unfair to blame the breakup of the Beatles on Yoko Ono?”

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Last week Paul announced the reissue of the iconic Professor Longhair’s album Live On The Queen Mary, set for release on 5th April. The recording took place on 24th March 1975 aboard the Queen Mary [a British ocean liner docked in Long Beach harbour, Los Angeles] at an exclusive – and by the sounds of it terrifically fun – party put on by Paul and Linda to celebrate the end of recording the Wings album Venus and Mars.

The band had a great time putting together the guest-list and sending out customised invitation cards. Along with invitees George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger and The Jackson 5, Paul also flew in a crew of his “N’arwlins” friends to provide the entertainment. This list of luminaries included Professor Longhair, The Meters and Allen Toussaint!

Earlier this month we spoke with Paul to learn a little more about how this very special performance from Professor Longhair came to be recorded and released. The story begins with Paul describing how he became inspired by the music culture of New Orleans, and why Professor Longhair [whom Paul fondly referred to as ‘Fess’ during our chat] was invited to play.

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After getting the offer for their first recording contract in 1962, The Beatles made a personnel change. They decided to drop Pete Best and bring in Ringo Starr, who occasionally sat in with the band, as the full-time drummer.

It wasn’t a rash decision. George Martin, who’d go on to produce nearly all of The Beatles’ hits, said Best wasn’t good enough to record in the studio. Ringo completed the band as a legitimate player. And then it became time to get down to business.

Once they started recording, The Beatles tried to convince Martin to record one of their own tunes as the band’s single. But Martin wanted the group to play “How Do You Do It” instead. Eventually, the producer agreed to release John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s “Love Me Do” as the first Beatles single.

By 1964, with their eyes on a debut U.S. tour, Paul believed the only way to arrive in America was with a No. 1 hit. With “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” a Lennon-McCartney tune recorded in late ’63, they had their ticket to ride.

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Paul McCartney is set to be presented with the International Advocate for Peace Award by students of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution.More »

Paul McCartney is set to be presented with the International Advocate for Peace Award by students of the Cardozo Journal of Conflict Resolution. McCartney will receive the award during Cardozo’s commencement ceremony on May 28 at Lincoln Center in New York City. President Bill Clinton, Senator George Mitchell, Benjamin B. Ferencz, playwright Eve Ensler and songwriters Peter, Paul and Mary are among the past recipients of the award, which is given annually to a person or group that makes a noteworthy contribution to promoting peace. McCartney is being honored for his five decades of songs that “celebrate love and understanding, empathy and connection-the foundations of peace that are the heart of the human struggle,” according to students of the CJCR. Former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, who earned her JD from the University of Missouri Law School, will deliver the keynote address at the event.

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Check out Venice Beach canal home of Dhani Harrison, son of Beatles legend
The sophisticated home of the son of Beatles guitarist George Harrison has hit the Venice Beach market, priced at $3.99 million. Musician Dhani Harrison recently decided to sell his glamorous canal home.
The sophisticated home of the son of Beatles guitarist George Harrison has hit the Venice Beach market, priced at $3.99 million. Musician Dhani Harrison recently decided to sell his glamorous canal home. By David Caraccio

The sophisticated home of the son of Beatles guitarist George Harrison has hit the Venice Beach market, priced at $3.99 million.

Musician Dhani Harrison recently decided to sell his glamorous canal home, toptenrealestatedeals.com reported.

The listing for the home at 2415 Eastern Canal, Los Angeles, notes its “rare east, west and north south canal facing views.” Originally designed by Carl Day, it’s been featured in Architectural Digest.

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It may be known as the Beatles hit that wasn’t, but “How Do You Do It” embodies an era in pop music.

When the Beatles first signed with Parlophone in 1962, few artists wrote their own material. Producers would usually select appropriate songs for them, written by professional composers Artists (particularly new ones) simply recorded material chosen for them; after all, songwriters and producers knew best what songs would perform well on the charts.

The Beatles broke that rule, however: Shocking producer George Martin and engineers Norman Smith and Geoff Emerick, John Lennon decried the surefire hit “How Do You Do It” as “crap” and stated that he and Paul McCartney had written better material. The song they countered with: “Please Please Me,” the track that kicked off the Beatles’ career. Martin subsequently gave “How Do You Do It” to Gerry and the Pacemakers, who rode the track to No. 1 on the UK charts and cracked the Top 10 in the U.S.

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The Beatles icons Paul McCartney nearly punched John Lennon for being on drugs and behaving poorly, White Album recording engineer Geoff Emerick reports in his book Here, There and Everywhere (via Cheat Sheet). John started referring to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” as “more of Paul’s ‘granny music sh*t.’”

Recording was extended, and by the fourth or fifth day, Emerick said John “went ballistic” and walked out of the studio “ranting and raving.” When he returned visibly high, things got even worse.

Emerick said when Lennon returned to the studio, he made the grand proclamation that he was on drugs, and feeling very high. “I am fucking stoned!” he yelled walking in the door, to the shock of everyone present.

“I am more stoned than you have ever been,” John continued shouting. “In fact, I am more stoned than you will ever be! And this is how the f*cking song should go.” With that, he hammered the opening chords to “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” on the piano. Emerick said Paul was furious.

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Looking back, it’s hard to imagine The Beatles without Ringo Starr. For all the knocks he’s taken over the years, most would agree now that Ringo was the ideal drummer for the band. It has as much to do with his personality (wry, happy) as it does with his talent (steady, always tasteful).

But that certainly wasn’t the case in 1962. Then (and for the previous two years), Pete Best played drums for the group. He’d joined the band at the invitation of Paul McCartney, just before The Beatles went to play Hamburg for the first time.

In August ’62, just as the band was about to get its first real recording contract, Beatles manager Brian Epstein called Best into his Liverpool office and fired him. Considering an angry fan head-butted George Harrison over the move, it’s fair to say not everyone agreed with the decision.

Contrary to some stories that went out over the years, the move didn’t come because Best’s hair didn’t fit in or he was so pretty he made the other Beatles jealous. Bringing Ringo aboard was mainly about business.

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In August 1965, The Beatles ended their North American tour with two concerts at San Francisco's Cow Palace. This video includes Channel 7 reporters with The Beatles as they arrive, excited fans who got to see them and a wide ranging news conference held in between performances.

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr answered questions in their own sly style on everything from police protection to criticism of music with electronic amplification to what they think of San Francisco.
The Beatles played San Francisco three times. The first concert was at the Cow Palace in August 1964 when the city was their first stop on an American tour. They returned a year later in 1965. Then in August of 1966, the Beatles played at Candlestick Park in what would be their last stage performance ever.

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Luke Hobbs of Gardiner Houlgate with the letters and the number plate set to go under the hammer,
A Beatle’s car numberplate that was first sold in Leeds in return for free haircuts could fetch thousands of pounds next month when it goes up for auction.

The numberplate KMT 499C was removed from an Aston Martin DB5, once owned by the late George Harrison, by a mechanic at Arnold G. Wilson Limited’s Regent Street dealership in Leeds in the early 1970s.
It was one of two plates being replaced with new style reflective plates while the car was being serviced. The rear numberplate remained at the dealership for several years until a member of staff sold it to a local barber, who collected car memorabilia, in return for free haircuts for life. The numberplate was subsequently sold to the collector.

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While Beatles fans learned the band split up in April 1970, the four members of the group had already gone their separate ways. That’s how Paul McCartney managed to release his own album before Let It Be (the Fab Four’s last) hit record stores that year.

Paul’s debut album, which John Lennon dismissed as “rubbish,” nonetheless found plenty of fans. It hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart in May and stayed there until Let It Be bumped it from the top spot after a few weeks.

Later in the year, fans got a look at what the two other major songwriters in the group had to offer on their own. George Harrison, who delivered the triple-disc All Things Must Pass in November, came next.

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A new exhibit, set in the early '60s, will transport visitors back to the time when Beatlemania was all the rage.

"Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!" will debut at the Oregon Historical Society in Portland on Friday, May 10.

“It doesn’t take a hard day’s night of thinking to understand the impact that The Beatles had on the history of music and popular culture,” said OHS Executive Director Kerry Tymchuk. “The Oregon Historical Society is excited to bring to Portland this fun, interactive exhibition celebrating the band that forever changed rock and roll.”

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Paul McCartney's brother addresses claims of singer’s death

Despite being one of the most well-known singers of his generation, a select few Beatles fans believe Macca died way back in 1966.

The legend goes that McCartney was killed in a car crash and was replaced by a lookalike.

The band – conspiracists claim – then left hidden clues in their albums which revealed the truth.

Yesterday And Today is one such album that sparked a frenzy and the conspiracy surrounding it has re-emerged ahead of an auction of a £125k copy on May 9.

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The Beatles legend Paul McCartney’s official web site published a recent article about Paul McCartney & Wings song My Carnival.

Paul McCartney stated that he admitted that the bass line of the song was very ‘Professor Longhair-styled but he said that He also talked with Professor Longhair about the song.

Here is what he said:

“I just loved the style so much that I composed something called ‘My Carnival’ and it’s got the same riff, basically, that he plays… I just couldn’t play it as well! But it’s the bass line definitely [sings Professor Longhair-style bass line].

It was very similar. So I thought, well I can’t just rip him off and have him find out about it and think, “Oh, he’s just ripped me off!”

So I’ll invite him to the session and be honest about it! So I did and said: “Hey listen, you’ve totally influenced me, but I’ve done this song.'”

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