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You’d think, by now, that Paul McCartney might have had his fill of it all. But there he was in June, turning Carpool Karaoke into a tiny gig in a Liverpool pub that has racked up 35 million views and probably generated more joy than any other musical moment this year.
There he was in September, releasing a sparky solo album, which went to No 3. There he was in November, reissuing The Beatles’ White Album in a subtle remix that reached No 4. And here he is now, starting his eighth tour in a decade.
The man is 76.
He does offer two concessions to the encroaching years. One is a little joke – when Live And Let Die ends with a bang, he sticks his fingers in his ears, like a grandad in a sitcom. The other is a decision, finally letting his hair go grey. That queasy shade of chestnut is now history.
This day each year marks the unfortunate anniversary of the tragic death of John Lennon who was murdered in 1980 at the age of 40. The Beatles legend wrote many of the Fab Four’s most beloved songs and composed several more standouts during his subsequent solo career. Lennon’s legacy is not a question of whether he was an elite songwriter, among the best to ever live, it’s a question of what could have been had he not been senselessly taken from the world, his family and his friends.
Last month marked 50 years since The Beatles self-titled album known as The White Album was released. The double LP features many classics in the band’s songbook attributed to the Lennon/McCartney songwriting partnership Lennon forged with Paul McCartney. Among the album tracks Lennon was primarily responsible for writing include “Dear Prudence,” “Glass Onion,” “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill,” “Happiness Is a Warm Gun,” “I’m So Tired,” “Julia,” “Yer Blues,” “Sexy Sadie,” “Cry Baby Cry” and “Good Night.”
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Nine year old John Lennon (1940-1980) poses for a portrait with his mother Julia (1914-1958) in the front garden of "Ardmore," which was the name of the home of John's cousin, Stanley Parkes circa 1949 in Rock Ferry, Cheshire, England. (Getty)
Ray Connolly was supposed to arrive in New York City from his native England on Dec. 9, 1980 to visit his pal John Lennon for a few days at his apartment in the Dakota building.
But of course it didn't happen, because on the evening of Dec. 8 the former Beatle was shot and killed right outside his home. Connolly, today a veteran journalist and screenwriter, recently published “Being John Lennon,” a book he hopes will demystify the artist and unveil the complex man he was.
“He’s either painted as a saint, a martyr or a monster,” said Connolly. “John was neither of those things. He was just like everybody else,” the British writer told Fox News.
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Tomorrow, Sunday 9th December, former Coronation Street star, Nigel Pivaro, will be conducting a special auction at the Salford Star pop-up shop in Salford Precinct which will include a brick taken from Ringo Starr's birthplace home at 9 Madryn Street in the 'Welsh Streets' of Liverpool. The brick is incredibly symbolic for Salford as well as being a rare piece of memorabilia.
Ringo's home was due to be demolished as part of the 'regeneration' of the Welsh Streets but after a huge campaign to save them, 127 properties are being extensively remodelled in a £17million scheme to keep affordable houses.
Contrast this tale with the other brick that is being auctioned – The Last Brick In Broughton, where residents put forward a remodelling plan but Salford City Council rejected it and, instead demolished all the terraced homes, supporting new unaffordable houses that were eventually sold for an average three times the price of what it paid homeowners to vacate. All done with public money, of course.*
WHEN TIMOTHY GRINDLE was a teen in the mid-2000s, the latter-day Beatles fan stumbled on an image of Paul McCartney woolly in a Fair Isle sweater and sipping a cup of tea outdoors. Mr. Grindle, now the co-owner of Canoe Club clothing boutique in Boulder, Colo., remembers inwardly declaring, “I want to live whatever lifestyle that is.” So taken was he with this portrait of open-air tea consumption that he persuaded his grandfather to lend him a Ralph Lauren Fair Isle sweater. “It was loud, but I loved it,” he said.
Back when the photo was taken, in 1970, Mr. McCartney wasn’t making a lot of noise himself. The Beatles had just called it quits and, seeking refuge, the bearded bassist decamped to a farm in Kintyre, Scotland that he’d purchased in 1966. There, among rolling green hills, Mr. McCartney wandered with his wife Linda (who snapped this shot) and their children, dressing like a local in Fair Isle sweaters.
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"Ladies and gentlemen, The Beatles."
With those five words from legendary talk show host Ed Sullivan, America was introduced to four young men from Liverpool, England, and pop culture hasn't been the same since.
Walton resident Steve Hoheimer was just a 12-year-old living in Fairmount at the time, but he said he knew there was just something special about John, Paul, George and Ringo.
"I have two older sisters that grew up watching American Bandstand, so from an early age, I was into music," he said. "When we saw them [The Beatles] on Ed Sullivan, it was really crazy because everybody was screaming on TV."
Shortly after the performance, Hoheimer went out and bought his first piece of Beatles memorabilia, a 45 vinyl album of "Love Me Do." His mother even bought him a Beatles record player to go along with it.
And it's been Beatlemania ever since, Hoheimer said laughing.
The album and record player are now part of an even bigger collection of Beatles memorabilia that Hoheimer has on display inside a bedroom of his house. With everything from dolls and figurines to piggy banks and LEGO yellow submarines, Hoheimer said the 50 plus year collection brings a smile to his face and a lot o details
Half a century after the so-called "White Album" dropped a whopping 30 tracks on Nov. 22, 1968, a breakout 6-CD reissue explores at great length and in minute detail the methodical experimentation and network of support resulting in the Beatles' über ambitious, sonically multifarious, and ultimately mind-blowing ninth long-player.
Giles Martin, son of "fifth Beatle" George Martin, helmed the subtle 2018 mixes on the first two discs. The percussive snap and enhanced reverb on "Yer Blues" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" make the songs all the more blistering, but overall, any flourishes are carefully considered. Better still, the true revelations occur after the familiar first 94 minutes are up.
Acoustic demos recorded at George Harrison's house fresh off of the English foursome's famed three-month retreat to India shift through the seeds and stems that become the double album. A single verse of "Glass Onion" repeats over chugging acoustic guitar for two minutes, peppered with nonsensical jibber-jabber of an in-progress song. In John Lennon's "Child of Nature," the swell up to the chorus that lapses into a slow walk back down is instantly recognizable as the tune to "Jealous Guy" from the fan-anointed "Sma details
In the late fall of 1968, I walked to the school bus stop at the corner of my street. My neighbor, Frank, was already there. He was 11 and I was 12. Frank was holding a record album, which he proudly showed me.
What was this? The cover was completely white, totally unadorned, without any photographs of a musician or a band on it. I squinted and saw that there was some writing on it: “The Beatles.”
It was, of course, the double-record set that would come to be known as “The White Album.” At age 50, it is an undisputed cultural icon.
At the time, to a sixth-grader, it was an oddity.
In that pre-internet era, without a 24-hour cable news cycle and social media, I doubt that I knew this album was coming. I was an avid listener of the local AM rock ‘n’ roll station, but even if the DJs had talked about it, I wouldn’t have paid much attention. My parents never let me buy rock albums. I had a metal box filled with 45 rpm singles, but I wouldn’t have an album of my own until I started earning my own money.
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Giles Martin, the son of legendary Beatles producer George Martin, has returned to the original recording sessions for the "White Album" for a box set that includes demos, 50 studio outtakes and remixes. The new set coincides with the album's 50th birthday.
A recent Monmouth University poll found that the Beatles were far and away the most popular rock band of all time. Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, and Ken Womack, a noted Beatles scholar and dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, discussed the findings in a Q&A with Press Editorial Page Editor Randy Bergmann.
The Beatles performed together for only about seven years. And it’s been 48 years since they broke up. How remarkable is that The Beatles remain the most popular rock band of all time? And that 86 percent of those polled said they like the band?
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In addition to her title as the original Queen of Rock and Roll, Ronnie Spector enjoys an undisputed status as one of the ’60s greatest heartthrobs. Fronting the legendary Ronettes in her signature sky-high beehive and stylish pencil skirt, the cat-eyed siren bewitched millions, including some of the most famous artists of her generation. Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie were among those who vied for her affections, but few were as besotted as John Lennon.
The pair met in January 1964 when the Ronettes toured England soon after their pop masterpiece “Be My Baby” became a global smash. The Beatles, barely a year into their own superstardom, counted themselves as huge fans and wanted to be introduced. “They had seen us on Sunday Night at the London Palladium and they said, ‘We have got to meet these girls with the black long hair and slits up the side,'” Spector, 75, tells PEOPLE.
Both groups were invited to a show business party at a glitzy London townhouse. Despite the fact that Lennon was married and Spector was linked to her producer (and future husband) Phil Spector, that didn’t stop the Beatle from making a move. “John took me into a room to show me the beautiful l details
EVEN for age-defying rock stars, there comes the inevitable swansong. The final curtain of the last performance before shuffling off into some kind of Valhalla-style afterlife, where tales are told of glory days, of the debauchery and excess all areas that is part and parcel of touring.
In the last 12 months, Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne, Neil Diamond, Kiss and the grizzled remnants of Lynyrd Skynyrd have announced end-of-the-road tours. Paul Simon has already embraced the sound of silence with a final show in September in New York while fellow Sixties luminary Joan Baez is also packing away the touring set list for good.
But for all those happy to exit stage left after decades of strutting vanity, there are still others who continue to rage against the dying of the light and the onset of their twilight years. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Neil Young and Bob Dylan are still rocking well into their eighth decade, having long ago sold their souls for rock ‘n’ roll in some kind of Faustian pact.
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Sir Paul McCartney has shared a number of archive photos from the early beginnings of his band Wings and the birth of their debut album Wild Life.
The legendary musician is about to release a remastered and expanded edition of the 11th and 12th classic works from his catalogue: Wild Life and Red Rose Speedway. Several previously unreleased tracks were made available in advance of the release.
Wings formed in 1971 and enjoyed a string of hits, including the James Bond soundtrack "Live and Let Die", and "Mull of Kintyre", which at the time became the best-selling UK single in history.
Wild Life was made during July-August 1971 at Abbey Road Studios by McCartney and his wife Linda, along with Denny Seiwell on drums, and Denny Laine of the Moody Blues. The majority of the tracks were laid down in a single take, and all songs were written by Paul and Linda McCartney – with the exception of a cover of Mickey and Sylvia's "Love is Strange".
This giving season, Sir Ringo Starr is asking UNICEF supporters to join him in supporting the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF.
As little as a $10 donation can make a big difference to children in need. To show your support — and help Ringo spread positivity and honor George’s memory — donate now, then add the Ringo and Me Facebook frame to your Facebook profile picture — and tag your friends!
Find out more here.
In 1971, George Harrison organized the Concerts for Bangladesh because his friend Ravi Shankar asked him for help. Today, the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF provides lifesaving assistance to children caught in humanitarian emergencies around the world.
Ringo will be honored with the Humanitarian Award from the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF on November 27, 2019 at their annual Snowflake Ball in New York City.
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The Beatles have become one of the most closely studied bands in rock history. With so much scholarly attention being paid to their work, consensus can be difficult to reach on which album is best – much less which song.
Some critics favor the billowing, multi-colored inventiveness of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, others the rugged individualism of their 1968 self-titled release. Cases have been made for the endlessly varied Revolver, and for their emotional farewell on Abbey Road. We're going to attempt a more granular approach, as Michael Gallucci discusses the most important tracks found on each of them. In a very of-the-moment twist, however, selecting the best song from every Beatles album actually ends up leaving out some of their signature tracks. Back then, bands regularly issued stand-alone singles in between studio releases. For the Beatles, however, these weren't throwaway efforts. The following list doesn't include such familiar tunes as "Paperback Writer," "We Can Work It Out," "Hey Jude," "Lady Madonna" and "The Ballad of John and Yoko" – because they never appeared on any non-compilation Beatles release.
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Rock legend Paul McCartney has agreed to do an Irish gig - the first in nearly 10 years.
The former Beatles musician will be raising money for the homeless through an exclusive concert at Vicar Street in Dublin.
Macca was inspired by recent unveiling of a plaque that commemorated the two concerts The Beatles played in the Adelphi Cinema on Middle Abbey Street on November 7, 1963.
Harry Crosbie, the owner of Vicar Street, said: “I sent him a photo of the plaque and I got an answer back saying he was absolutely delighted.”
Mr Crosbie added that Paul often does “guerilla gigs” and added: “He came back to me and said that Vicar Street is top of the list for the next one.”
Instead of selling tickets, guests will be asked for donations and all proceeds from the gig will be used to help the homeless.
No date has been for the gig yet, but Mr Crosbie said that he could get a call from the musician at any moment “because that’s the way he works”.
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The iconic musician is releasing a series of previously unpublished photos in his new coffee table book, Another Day In the Life.
Another Day In the Life, available for pre-order from Genesis Books, is a quirky assortment of photos snapped by Starr, including candid views of his everyday life, as well as archival shots of Paul McCartney and other legends from his Beatles days.
“I love taking photos of random things, and seeing how they all fit together. Whether it is at home or on the road, certain things catch my eye – and when I see something that interests me, that’s the emotion of it, and I want to capture it. I am a photographer as well as a musician,” Starr said in a statement about the new book. “I love working with Genesis and had so much fun putting together this collection of images: photos taken by me and a few picked up along the way. I hope you enjoy it too.”
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British comedy legend Eric Idle has joined Chris Smith in studio, and he’s come armed with some extraordinary tales.
The Monty Python co-founder is behind some of the world’s most famous sketches.
His new “sortabiography” entitled Always Look on the Bright Side of Life, gives us a peek behind the curtains of his remarkable life.
In a broad interview with Chris Smith, Mr Idle touches on everything from his difficult upbringing to jamming with the Rolling Stones.
He’s also detailed his close relationship with The Beatles guitarist George Harrison and reveals the now iconic Life of Brian wouldn’t have gone ahead if it weren’t for George.
“He mortgaged his house for $4.5 million and put it all for the budget of Life of Brian.
“Otherwise it would never have been made, still.”
They hated each other. The version of the Beatles who got together to record the Let It Be album in 1969 was, from a chemistry standpoint, the very worst version of the Beatles. Ringo Starr had already quit the band for two weeks, and his bandmates had to track him down and convince him to return. During the sessions, George Harrison quit, too. He stormed out for five days and, when he came back, he demanded that the band abandon the album’s whole central idea.
The idea belonged to Paul McCartney. The Beatles had quit touring a few years earlier, and McCartney, fully understanding that the band was breaking apart, wanted to try out a back-to-the-roots move. It was an ambitious idea: He wanted the band to write a bunch of songs, rehearse them, and then play them live in front of an audience for the first time. They would release a whole album of new songs, recorded live, and they’d put the performance on film, too, so they could make a movie or a TV special out of it.
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After wowing the local scene in his native Montenegro and winning awards in competitions across Europe, guitar virtuoso Milos Karadaglic received a scholarship to study at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music. It was there, a decade ago, that he truly discovered the compositions of messieurs John Lennon and Paul McCartney and a quartet called The Beatles.
Karadaglic had never really paid attention to the Fab Four, other than passively listening as they wafted through the radio in his former home city of Podgorica. So, when tasked at the conservatory with studying the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu’s solo guitar arrangement of the 1965 ballad Yesterday, he approached it with fresh ears. “It is a bit of a paradox,” he admits with a laugh.
“Because the last place you think you will discover The Beatles is at the Royal Academy of Music in London, but that was another one of those moments that made me think how incredibly universal music is. How, no matter what you play, and what you want to do, you can make it sound good on the guitar,” he says.
Wrapping a 50-day experiment in looking for the Beatles in my life
As we sat down for the evening session of Thanksgiving dining in rural Illinois, one of my cousins asked, “Did you write anything about the 50th anniversary of ‘The White Album’?”
Just like that, I had my Beatles reference for the day and the conclusion to a 50-day experiment in scouting Fab Four allusions in my life.
Thursday marked the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles’ self-titled double album, a sprawling and unpredictable collection of songs that arrived in stores exactly five years after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr burst into U.S. consciousness, of course, in early 1964 to offer a measure of joy to a nation mourning the death of JFK.
“A Hard Day’s Night" on the big screen, the Shea Stadium concert, “Yesterday” single, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album, retreat in India, animated “Yellow Submarine” movie, rooftop performance and many more moments added up to an unrivaled pop-culture presence in the 1960s.
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An unlikely setting for songwriting, a meditation retreat at an ashram in Rishikesh, India proved one of the most creative places for the Beatles. Away from pressures of superstardom, from February to April 1968 they composed 40 songs while studying with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of transcendental meditation. While in Rishikesh, Donovan suggested, because of their immense fame, the Beatles’ next album could be plain white and nameless. Thus The Beatles (aka the White Album) was born.
I spent 20 years living with and working for Maharishi in his ashrams all over the world, including his ashram in Rishikesh. I was very lucky to get a unique insight into how Maharishi and the events that happened in the ashram influenced and inspired The Beatles. So, on the 50th anniversary of The White Album’s release, what are the hidden meanings behind the songs written under Maharishi’s influence?
Mia Farrow’s sister “Dear Prudence” Farrow had abused drugs and alcohol as a teenager. While in Rishikesh, she spent nearly all her time in meditation. Trying to lure her out of her room, John Lennon and George Harrison burst through her door, singing Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s C details
Five years ago I stood in a room containing nothing but White Albums. For his installation We Buy White Albums, the Californian artist Rutherford Chang had filled a small gallery in Manhattan with 693 vinyl copies of the ninth Beatles album, some on the walls, some in racks.
The sleeve, designed by Pop artist Richard Hamilton, is famously blank but every one of these copies was faded, stained, torn, illustrated, signed or otherwise altered in some unique way, whether by a human hand or simply by the passing of time. As I studied them, I listened to multiple copies of side one playing simultaneously and slowly drifting out of sync, rendering these exceptionally famous songs eerie and strange.
Whether or not you consider it the best Beatles album (I do), it’s certainly the most Beatles album
There’s something about The White Album that invites listeners to mess around with it. Joan Didion stole its title for her 1979 essay collection, an elegy for the dreams of 1960s California. The producer Danger Mouse chopped it to pieces and recombined the fragments with vocals from Jay-Z’s The Black Album to create his 2004 mash-up The Grey Album. The jam band Phish covered all 30 songs on stage on H details
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landmark release ‘The White Album’. The 30-track double album that upended the music world has returned to the charts once again thanks to the remastering by Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles’ producer George Martin.
With new mixes in stereo and 5.1 surround sound, and loads of previously unreleased extras, fans are getting to hear the Fab Four in a whole new light, including drummer Ringo Starr on a blistering 13-minute long ‘Helter Skelter’.
“It’s always been one of my favourite albums,” Ringo tells uDiscover Music. “There’s a lot of stuff that nobody’s ever heard and George’s house sessions. But the actual remastering (because of the technology we have today) is much clearer, and the drums are a little higher, so I love it.”
But Ringo has even more to celebrate. The industrious artist has a new book on the way, a collection of photos from his life and travels titled Another Day In The Life, set for release in April 2019. Spanning from his early Beatles days to his current world tours, Starr has always seen life through a lens:
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This week marks 50 years since the release of The Beatles’s self-titled ninth record, known more adoringly by the world as The White Album.
If the cover is as simple as they come – a sea of white accompanied by the band’s name imprinted just over halfway down – the tracks it contains are anything but: a compilation of oddities with varying genres that were clearly deemed too extraordinary for the charts (none were released as singles in the UK).
The majority of tracks were written in the spring of 1968 when the quartet famously travelled to Rishikesh in India to partake in a course of Transcendental Meditation under the guidance of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. When the band returned home, their recording sessions for the album would spark creative differences, prompting walkouts and rivalries that would continue until the group disbanded in 1970.
The White Album may showcase both the top and bottom of each band member's game, but the result remains The Beatles’s most enchanting record. Below is a ranking of all 30 tracks.
Blackbird PresentsOn December 5, 2015, stars from various musical genres, including rock legends John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and Peter Frampton, came together in New York City to tape a concert special commemorating what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday. The show, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, originally aired that month on AMC, and now a CD, DVD and two-LP set documenting the event are scheduled to be released starting in January.
The concert, which was hosted by actor Kevin Bacon, includes performances of a variety of memorable songs Lennon wrote or co-wrote for The Beatles and tunes from his solo career. Among the many other artists who took part in the show were Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Train's Pat Monahan, The Killers' Brandon Flowers, Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello, Aloe Blacc, The Roots and Eric Church.
Highlights from the concert included Fogerty performing "Give Peace a Chance" and "In My Life," Tyler singing "Come Together" and teaming up with Church on a rendition of "Revolution," and Frampton playing "Norwegian Wood" and duetting with Crow and Aloe Blacc on Lennon's holiday classic "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)." For the finale, most of the show's ca details