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Singer-songwriter Joan Osborne, this year’s headliner and honoree for the 42nd annual benefit concert honoring the late John Lennon, has long drawn inspiration from his unparalleled career.

“Lennon’s songs always showed me that music is a way for us to tell our deepest truths — to ourselves, to each other and to the wider world,” said Osborne, who will be joined Oct. 8 by fellow artists including Willie Nile and Catherine Russell at the annual celebration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer.

The John Lennon Tribute show will include songs dating from his days with the Beatles, including material from a pair of classic Fab Four albums: “Rubber Soul” and “Revolver.”

Tickets are already on sale for the show at Symphony Space in Manhattan, with the event slated for the day before what would have been Lennon’s 82nd birthday. He was just 40 when shot to death by a deranged fan outside his Upper West Side home on the night of Dec. 8, 1980.

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Ringo Starr is celebrating his 82nd birthday on July 7 by gathering in Los Angeles for his annual Peace & Love Birthday event with his family, friends, and bandmates, and sending his message out to space.

At noon, when Starr gives his traditional “Peace and Love” exclamation, the Artemis Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas will beam his message and music—Starr’s 2021 single “Let’s Change The World” and “Star Song,” the music the stars made upon his birth as mapped out by Artemis—to the International Space Station, where it will “orbit around the Earth, passing over many countries and much of the Earth’s population and beam back down messages of peace and love while also traveling out to distant stars,” according to an official descriptor of the event.

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It's probably fair to say that each of the Fab Four achieved a sort of musical immortality thanks to their time with the Beatles. At the 2022 Glastonbury festival, Yahoo! News reports, Paul McCartney was the star of the show, the oldest musician to headline the event in its history. The 80-year-old's set reached a viewership of 3.9 million people on the UK's BBC One, and the weekend as a whole shattered streaming records.

Still, it's not all about flexing a life-long license to rock out and being incredibly rich. the Beatles, of course, were and remain adored around the world, perhaps the most beloved band in history. According to Britannica, the term "Beatlemania" began to be used by the British press as early as 1963, and the scale of it all just increased from there.

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George Harrison had enough to deal with during the making of All Things Must Pass, and deciding whether or not to make “My Sweet Lord” into a single was just another dilemma.

George had just left one of the most famous bands in history, The Beatles, and although he often felt constipated in the band, he didn’t quite know what he wanted to do now that he was set free. He knew he had a stockpile of songs but didn’t know whether he wanted to release them.

There were other issues in his life as well. His mother died, his marriage was disintegrating, and he’d recently purchased a run-down mansion. Regardless of what was going on around him, though, George embarked on what was one of his most creative periods. It was a very dualistic time for him, but he had the album all mapped out before he even set foot in the recording studio.

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The Beatles released a hit called “Don’t Let Me Down” near the end of their time together. Subsequently, a 2010s group created a song with the same title that was more successful. The group recruited a popular singer to perform vocals on the song.

In the 1997 book Paul McCartney: Many Years From Now, Paul discussed the origin of “Don’t Let Me Down.” “I think it was a genuine cry for help,” said. “It was a good song. We recorded it in the basement of Apple for Let It Be and later did it up on the roof for the film. We went through it quite a lot for this one.”

Paul discussed his role in recording the track. “I sang harmony on it, which makes me wonder if I helped with a couple of words, but I don’t think so,” he said.” It was John’s song.”

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The death of John Lennon is a tragic chapter in the story of The Beatles.

On December 8 1980, the 40-year-old was gunned down in the archway of his Manhattan home. Crazed fan Mark David Chapman shot Lennon four times from close range and despite being rushed to hospital, the former Beatle died.

The world was well and truly shaken, as 30,000 fans gathered in Liverpool for ten minutes silence to remember their hometown hero, as well as over over 225,000 in Central Park, New York.

Despite the mass mourning, there was no official funeral for John, with Yoko Ono releasing a statement the day after his death. She said: "There is no funeral for John. John loved and prayed for the human race. Please do the same for him. Love, Yoko and Sean."

His remains were cremated at Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, Westchester County, New York. His former bandmates reacted differently to the news.

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Paul McCartney almost always appeared with the Beatles playing a bass: typically either a Höfner 500/1 or Rickenbacker 4001S.

But from the earliest days of his long musical career, McCartney was drawn to the guitar, reaching for a six-string in the studio with the Beatles and Wings, as well as on solo recordings.

In this gem from the GP archives, Macca discusses how he ended up playing bass in the Beatles, the tortoise and hare race of melody versus speed, and why he likes heavy metal.

The following interview extract originally appeared in the July 1990 issue of Guitar Player…

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After The Beatles split up, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr embarked on solo careers. As they worked together for years, reporters often asked what they thought about the others’ work. When Lennon spoke about Harrison’s solo career, he was slightly dismissive. He explained that he felt Harrison’s talents developed as a direct result of working with Lennon and McCartney.When Harrison joined The Beatles, he was still a teenager. Harrison greatly admired his older bandmates, including Lennon.

“He told me he really, really admired John,” Tom Petty told Rolling Stone. “He probably wanted John’s acceptance pretty bad, you know?”

“I’d put on ‘Paperback Writer’ and say, ‘I love the guitar on that,’ and he’d say,’ “Oh, that’s Paul.’ I put all these other Beatles tracks on: ‘Oh, that’s Paul,'” Peter Frampton told the Daily Mail. “It wasn’t until then I realized he had been stifled. It was very frustrating for George.”

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After The Beatles split, George Harrison said people came in “grabbing and plundering as much as they could.” Everyone wanted a piece of one of the most successful bands of the 1960s. However, George said they wouldn’t get away with it.

However, when The Beatles broke up, they left room for everyone to come in and steal everything they’d done.

In a 1987 interview with Creem Magazine, George spoke about what happened to The Beatles’ catalog shortly before they split.

The Beatles’ music publisher, Dick James, who earned a high percentage of the band’s publishing company, Northern Songs, sold the company to ATV Music without letting John or Paul buy him out. Then in 1985, Michael Jackson bought ATV Music. George was thankful he didn’t write as many Beatles songs as John and Paul.

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The Beatles‘ “I Am the Walrus” might appear meaningless at first glance. Despite this, John Lennon said it offered commentary on the Hare Krishna movement. Beyond that, John revealed how the song’s lyrics are similar to Bob Dylan’s songwriting.The book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono is an extended interview from 1980. In the interview, John was asked if “I Am the Walrus” criticized the Hare Krishnas. “I’d seen Allen Ginsberg and some other people who liked [Bob] Dylan and Jesus going on about Hare Krishna,” he said. “It was Ginsberg, in particular, I was referring to.” For context, Ginsberg was a writer and mystic most known for the controversial poem “Howl.”

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It wasn’t easy for George Harrison to come forward with his songs during his time with The Beatles. However, maybe that was a good thing. Looking back, George was glad he’d only managed to squeeze out a few songs while in the band. Otherwise, his songs would’ve become “Dick Jaws” property.

Starting with the first song he ever wrote, “Don’t Bother Me,” George wrote 21 songs plus “Flying,” which was a group effort.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney allowed him to add about two to three songs per album. However, Geoge has four songs on The White Album.

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George Harrison‘s wife Olivia says she’s never considered herself a “Beatle wife.” When Olivia met George in the early 1970s, he hadn’t been a Beatle for years. He was a completely different person.

However, since George died in 2001, Olivia has taken her husband’s place in The Beatles’ affairs.
Technically speaking, Olivia is right. She has never been a Beatle wife in the literal sense. That role went to George’s first wife, Pattie Boyd. George met Boyd on the set of The Beatles’ A Hard Days’ Night in 1964. They married in 1966, but they had some pretty big bumps. Boyd got sick of George’s infidelities and left him for his friend Eric Clapton.

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George Harrison and Bob Dylan rose to prominence in the early 1960s, and each admired the other’s work. Harrison was particularly reverent of Dylan — those close to him said that the former Beatle adored him. He thought of Dylan as a musical genius but also conceded that he was a bit eccentric. Harrison explained why he thought of Dylan as one of the “looniest” people he knew.

Tom Petty worked with both Harrison and Dylan in the Traveling Wilburys. He explained that while all the band members were fans of Dylan’s work, Harrison was particularly reverent of him.

“George quoted Bob like people quote Scripture,” Petty told Rolling Stone, per the Petty Archives. “Bob really adored George, too. George used to hang over the balcony videoing Bob while Bob wasn’t aware of it. Bob would be sitting at the piano playing, and George would tape it and listen to it all night.”

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“Eleanor Rigby” was released by The Beatles in 1966 as part of their Revolver album roll-out. A unique offering for the famed group, the song features only a string arrangement and vocal from Paul McCartney across the verses. The full group joins in on the chorus for a few moments of classic Beatles harmony.

Paul McCartney recounted the song’s origin and meaning in a 2018 interview with GQ, saying “Over the years, I’ve met a couple of others, and maybe their loneliness made me empathize with them. But I thought it was a great character, so I started this song about the lonely old lady who picks up the rice in the church, who never really gets the dreams in her life. Then I added in the priest, the vicar, Father McKenzie. And so, there were just the two characters. It was like writing a short story, and it was basically on these old ladies that I had known as a kid.”

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Being a rockstar is only half of Paul McCartney’s job! The former Beatles bassist is also a father to five children: Heather McCartney, Mary McCartney, Stella McCartney, James McCartney and Beatrice McCartney. While his singing talent has taken him worldwide, the doting dad has shared sweet memories with his kids over the years captured in family photos.

Paul married Linda McCartney in 1969 and became a father to her daughter, Heather, from a previous relationship. The pair also welcomed their daughter Mary in 1969. Their third daughter, Stella, arrived in 1971 and emerged as a world-renowned fashion designer.

Stella has maintained a close relationship with her father over the years and even released clothing collections inspired by The Beatles. In 2021, the style maven created a capsule collection in honor of the band’s Disney+ documentary Get Back.

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Zak Starkey’s move to Reggae isn’t exactly shocking, but it is interesting. The now 56-year-old English rock musician is the son of The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and has served as the drummer in two legendary rock bands, The Who and Oasis.

Starkey has detailed how covering a Peter Tosh song led him to launch and helm a Grammy Award-winning Reggae label. “If you said five or six years ago, ‘You’re gonna be living in Jamaica and making records with Sly & Robbie…’ I would’ve just thought, ‘No, you’re crazy, man!’”

n 2015, Starkey and his partner (now wife) Sharna “Sshh” Liguz began recording tracks for Issues, a covers album premised on playing new versions alongside the original musicians. The project was intended to raise funds for the U.K.-based Teenage Cancer Trust—a charity backed by Starkey and his fellow members of The Who. During a recording session with American drummer Gil Sharone, Starkey began praising Peter Tosh and, a few moments later, found himself speaking with the Stepping Razor’s former bandmate.

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In 1968, George Harrison received a letter from a fan asking for money. At the time, he was in India with the rest of The Beatles to take part in a Transcendental Meditation training course, but the letter still reached him. Harrison responded politely, but in jest. He also included a hair raising drawing of his “friend.” While filming The Beatles’ film Help! in 1965, Harrison first became acquainted with the sitar.“We’d recorded the ‘Norwegian Wood’ backing track and it needed something. We would usually start looking through the cupboard to see if we could come up with something, a new sound, and I picked the sitar up – it was just lying around; I hadn’t really figured out what to do with it,” Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology, per BBC. “It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It fitted and it worked.”

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NANCY SHEVELL is the third wife of Sir Paul McCartney.

But what do we know about her? Here's all you need to know.

Nancy Shevell is an American businesswoman.

She studied transportation at Arizona State University, and was the only woman in the department's graduating class, Closer reported.

She was a former member of the board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and worked as vice president of the New England Motor Freight - her family's business.

In 2019, Nancy had to declare her family firm bankrupt after it racked up millions of dollars in debt.

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As well as being famous for playing Anya Amasova in tonight’s Bond film, she is also known for her eventful marriage to The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr – who she has been in a relationship with since 1981. In the foreword to a 1992 book by Derek Taylor – the band’s press officer – called Getting Sober, Starr depicted their relationship as riddled with alcoholism.

Starr, who met Bach in 1980 on the set of the film Caveman, wrote: "We used to go on long plane journeys, rent huge villas, stock up the bars, hide and get deranged.

"I came to one Friday afternoon and was told by the staff that I'd trashed the house so badly they thought there had been burglars, and I'd trashed Barbara so badly they thought she was dead."

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George Harrison‘s wife Olivia received hate mail and death threats from obsessive fans in 1989. She handled the situation with grace. However, that wasn’t the last time Olivia had to deal with an obsessive fan. She battled one during a home invasion 10 years later.

In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Olivia discussed getting a plethora of hate mail and death threats in 1989. Instead of being worried that one of the obsessive fans would carry out their threats, Olivia was empathetic. She called some of them.

“Some people used to write crazy things, and some people were really disturbed,” Olivia said. “On a couple of occasions, I called people who were really obsessed with George and just talked to them.

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Paul McCartney performed at the Glastonbury Festival Saturday in the UK, and brought out some musicians you may have heard of ... Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl.

It was a closing-of-the-book type concert -- at least that's the hope -- it's the first Festival since the pandemic hit.

Paul, who recently turned octogenarian, played some Beatles classics, like "Can't Buy Me Love," and then went into post-Beatles territory with "Maybe I'm Amazed."

Then the fun ... he brought out Dave for "I Saw Her Standing There," and "Band on the Run."
Then it was Bruce's turn ... he and Paul sang "Glory Days" and "I Wanna Be Your Man" -- interesting he picked one originally sung by Ringo.

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The Beatles - consisting of members of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr - were catapulting into mainstream success with screaming girls at their door.

The iconic foursome are still recognised as being the biggest band the world had ever seen - despite having ended over 50 years ago.

Millions of fans around the world were left heartbroken when the band went their separate ways back in April 1970.

Paul - who recently celebrated his 80th birthday - was the member to deliver the jaw-dropping news as he launched his first solo album.

Speculations around their split have circulated throughout the years - especially of arguments and splits between the band.

Fans initially blamed John's wife, Yoko Ono, and Paul's wife, Linda, but it seems problems for The Beatles started years before their break-up - when the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, left a hole at the helm of the band.

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The Beatles - consisting of members of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr - were catapulting into mainstream success with screaming girls at their door.

The iconic foursome are still recognised as being the biggest band the world had ever seen - despite having ended over 50 years ago.

Millions of fans around the world were left heartbroken when the band went their separate ways back in April 1970.

Paul - who recently celebrated his 80th birthday - was the member to deliver the jaw-dropping news as he launched his first solo album.

Speculations around their split have circulated throughout the years - especially of arguments and splits between the band.

Fans initially blamed John's wife, Yoko Ono, and Paul's wife, Linda, but it seems problems for The Beatles started years before their break-up - when the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, left a hole at the helm of the band.

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George Harrison and his wife Olivia were married for over two decades. They shared a son and weathered both celebrity and tragedy together. The couple remained together until Harrison’s death in 2001, and Olivia looks back fondly on their time together. As with any couple, though, they had some ups and downs. According to Bob Dylan’s former tour manager, Olivia became very upset with the former Beatle at Dylan’s 30th anniversary concert.When Harrison met Olivia, she was working at A&M Records, which distributed Dark Horse Records, Harrison’s label. They began dating and learned that their upbringing and values were similar. Olivia was outside of the world of fame that Harrison had been in since he was a teenager.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY and The Beatles' producer, George Martin, grew frustrated with George Harrison during the recording of one of his songs from Revolver. Eventually, the Hey Jude singer stepped in to play a solo the Quiet Beatle was struggling with. And he "wasn't very happy" about it.

In the mid-1960s The Beatles were releasing albums thick and fast. By 1966 the band were already on their seventh studio album, Revolver. Although it included such iconic and memorable songs as Eleanor Rigby, Yellow Submarine and Good Day Sunshine, the band decided to give the opening track to George Harrison.

But it wasn't a perfect process. Eventually, Paul McCartney - who is playing Glastonbury Festival today - had to step in.

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