In 1970 the members of The Beatles fighting with one another. The band had split up and their relationships were growing increasingly fraught. While Paul McCartney and John Lennon were embarking on perilous legal battles against each other, Ringo Starr and George Harrison were attending parties. During one of these events, George confessed that he was "in love" with his Ringo's wife, Maureen Starkey Tigrett.
Chris O'Dell, a former Apple Corps employee, assistant and tour manager for bands including The Beatles recalled what happened in her book, Miss O’Dell: Hard Days and Long Nights with The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton.
She wrote: "We sat at the long wooden table in the kitchen, Ringo and George on one bench, Pattie and I facing them on the opposite bench.
"Maureen spent the entire evening flitting around like a little bird, landing here, then there, jumping up to cook an omelette for Ringo, refilling our drinks, bringing plates of food to the table.
"[George] turned to Ringo and said: ‘You know, Ringo, I’m in love with your wife.'"
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n the late 1950s and early 1960s, something was happening on Merseyside that would change the world forever. A gentleman by the name of Bill Harry would create the word to describe this phenomenon, and it would be called “The Merseybeat. He would write all about this movement in his magazine of the same name and it would provide a useful insight into what many would consider a supernatural happening in and around the city at that time.
The origins of The Merseybeat were in church halls and basement cellars of houses in the Liverpool suburbs such as The Casbah Coffee Club which was a small basement of a large house owned by Mona Best. Her son Pete Best would go on to be the drummer with a little band at the time and would find himself later known as the “world’s most unlucky musician” after he would be sacked by that “little” band and replaced by Ringo Starr!
Benson’s latest book, titled Paul (out now from Taschen), focuses on his iconic images of Paul McCartney. The Scottish photographer first stepped into Macca’s world in 1964, when he was a photojournalist working on London’s Fleet Street. He was about to depart for Africa on assignment when his editor called with a change of plans: he’d fly to Paris instead to capture the Beatles, and he wasn’t too happy about it.
“You think of yourself as a foreign correspondent, a big shot,” he says. “I didn’t want to do a new rock group.” But his perception of the band drastically changed when he watched them perform (he even ended up traveling with them on their famous trip to America that same year). “They were terrific,” he says. “I said to myself, ‘I was on the right story.’ ”
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Located on the waterfront, the Beatles statues have been redressed by famous milliner Stephen Jones OBE to “challenge and celebrate the role of these statues in modern times.”
The statues’ redress was inspired by Yellow Submarine for Sir Ringo Starr, Penny Lane for Sir Paul McCartney, Help! for John Lennon and Here Comes The Sun for George Harrison.
Sharing the statues’ new look to social media, Cavern Club Liverpool asked its followers what they thought of the makeover.
The responses may not have been what they expected.
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On a sunny spring day in 1966, halfway by means of the Revolver classes, The Beatles decamped to Chiswick Home for a day’s filming. The band had chosen the landscaped grounds of this 18th-century stately dwelling to movie two promotional movies for his or her single Paperback Author/Rain. Prepared Regular Go! director Michael Lindsay-Hogg had been recruited to movie in color and on location – creating placing standalone movies that might be described as the primary pop movies.
This was the newest cease within the evolving cinematic relationship The Beatles developed in tandem with their musical careers. What began with Pathé newsreels, press conferences and A Exhausting Day’s Evening continues within the band’s prolonged afterlife with Get Again – Peter Jackson’s three-part reimagining of Let It Be, which arrives in November.
An autograph hunter has shared fond memories of meeting Paul McCartney, George Best and other celebrities as a teenager in the Swinging Sixties.
Judith Leach, who lives in Moira, near Ashby, was an avid fan of The Beatles, Rolling Stones and other icons from a halcyon age of British pop culture.
The 71-year-old's collection of star signatures reads like a who's who of the time, with other names collected in her youth including those of legendary Manchester United manager Matt Busby; Graham Nash of The Hollies and later Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, and Pat Phoenix, who played Elsie Tanner in Coronation Street.
Judith began collecting the autograph of celebrities in 1963, with her fascinating document of the time surviving intact for almost six decades.
The book has also made it through four house moves, each time returning to languish in a drawer.
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Do you remember seeing The Beatles perform in the Derbyshire town of Buxton nearly six whole decades ago?
Memorabilia of one of the UK's greatest and most loved bands' performance at the town’s Pavilion Ballroom has emerged thanks to the discovery of a poster advertising the event.
The Beatles performed in Buxton on April 6, 1963, with the poster of the even describing them as ‘No 1 Hit Parade Stars’ thanks to their song Please Please Me.
Please Please Me, the band’s debut album, was released on March 22, 1963, following the success of their first two singles, Love Me Do, which reached number 17 in the UK Singles Chart, and Please Please Me which reached number 1 on the NME and Melody Maker charts.
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The official Instagram page of Pearl Jam made a public announcement today to reveal their fan-curated project named ‘Deep’ and it’s now available on almost every streaming platform as well as on its own website.
You might remember that the Seattle-based rock band Pearl Jam released their eleventh studio album named ‘Gigaton’ last year and the band could not make the North American tour they scheduled due to a coronavirus pandemic. Since fans are still waiting for the new tour dates, the band made yet another exciting announcement for their fanbase.
Recently, Pearl Jam announced that they built a brand new site named ‘Deep’ and the band covered many legendary stars’ songs. According to the official statement, Deep includes covers from Neil Young, The Who, The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and more.
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"Let's go, let's go, let's go, let's go/ Down to Junior's farm where I want to lay low/ The low life, high life, oh, let's go/ Take me down to Junior's farm."
Paul McCartney wrote those words during a six-week stay in Wilson County, Tennessee in 1974. He and his family rented a 133-acre farm just outside of Lebanon from songwriting great Curly Putman ("Green, Green Grass of Home").
Along for the ride was his band, Wings, who rehearsed in Putman's garage for an upcoming tour. And since this is Paul McCartney we're talking about, his surroundings inevitably inspired a future hit song: "Junior's Farm," released later that year.
Eventually, Putman — born Claude Putman Jr. — came to realize that he was "Junior."
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The Beatles’ “Strawberry Fields Forever” and Strawberry Alarm Clock have somewhat similar names; however, one did not inspire the other. A member of Strawberry Alarm Clock revealed his band’s name was indirectly derived from a different classic rock song. Here’s how fans falsely came to believe “Strawberry Fields Forever” influenced Strawberry Alarm Clock — and the impact both had on American pop culture.
Regan also wanted the band to use “strawberry” in their name because folk and rock singer Donovan mentioned a banana in his song “Mellow Yellow.” Donovan had hits in the 1960s like “Sunshine Superman” and “Hurdy Gurdy Man.” Notably, Donovan’s music sounded very different from Strawberry Alarm Clock’s.
Members of the band tried to think of a name with the word “strawberry” in it. During a rehearsal, they thought of the name Strawberry Toilet. Afterward, an alarm clock went off, fell, and broke. Laughing, members of the band thought of their current name as a joke.
Momentum continues for multi-GRAMMY nominated family group, The Isaacs, as their new album, The American Face, is available for pre-order now. Slated for release on August 13 via House of Isaacs, the album is a 12-song collection split between new material and classic covers. To pre-order The American Face, click HERE.
Cowboys & Indians exclusively premiered the first listen to The Isaacs’ second instant grat track, a “superb harmonious spin” on The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out.” “The Lennon-McCartney-penned tune has aged wonderfully and sounds just as musically sprightly and lyrically thoughtful 55 years later in the capable hands of vocalist siblings Ben Isaacs, Sonya Isaacs Yeary, and Rebecca Isaacs Bowman and their mom, Lily Isaacs (Dana Joseph).”
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Sir Paul McCartney thinks John Lennon would have been "all over" auto-tune.
The 79-year-old musician doesn't believe his late Beatles bandmate needed to "fix" his voice but would have enjoyed experimenting with the technology that smooths out recorded vocals.
Speaking on new Apple TV+ docuseries 'Watch the Sound with Mark Ronson', Paul said: “I’d say that if John Lennon had had an opportunity he would have been all over it. Not so much to fix your voice, but just to play with it.”
And John's son Sean Lennon agreed because he felt the 'Imagine' singer - who was shot dead in 1980 - was always looking for away to "sound better", as well as being very interested in keeping up with the latest innovations in recording.
He said: “It’s definitely true that my dad didn’t like his voice alone, like a single voice.
"Part of it is why he found all those phase effects, because he was always trying to find a way to make his voice sound better to him.
Paul McCartney woke up one day with a song in his head.
Not an unusual occurrence, to be sure. Together with John Lennon, Sir Paul McCartney wrote over 300 songs for the Beatles. That number doesn’t include his output with Wings, his band that produced dozens of hits across the 70’s. Or his work over the last several decades, continuing to write the songs that have made him, by most accounts, the wealthiest musician in the world.
But this day was special. And so was the song.
In the new Hulu miniseries, McCartney 3 2 1, the British national treasure shares anecdotes over a sound board with producer Rick Rubin. Barefoot and bearded Rubin is the man who c0-created Def Jam records, along with Russell Simmons, and introduced the world to the Beastie Boys and Run DMC. In the series, Rubin’s questions are engaging, while his knowledge of music is unquestionable. The rapport and respect between these two musical giants creates a conversation that’s worth a listen.
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When George Harrison went into the studio in 1970 to make All Things Must Pass, he was a man on a mission. He’d spent years waiting for this moment. George had so many songs saved up from his years in the Beatles, when he was limited to two or three songs per album. By now, he was sitting on a massive stash of material he was burning to share with the world. So he made sure nobody could ignore his definitive solo statement—the massive triple-vinyl classic All Things Must Pass. All over the album, you can hear the exhilaration as all his pent-up creative energy runs wild. The Quiet Beatle was emerging from the wreckage of the band, but with so much confidence and ambition, he suddenly sounded like the one who had it all figured out.
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The Beatles released twelve studio albums and even more singles during their legendary career that ran from 1960 to 1970. To protect the band's legacy, their work is due to be placed inside a "doomsday" vault.
What do you think? Who else should be put in the vault? Join the debate in the comments section here
The vault aims to secure The Beatles' music for the next 1000 years (Via Billboard).
The structure will be installed on an island near the North Pole in the far north of the planet.
It will also attempt to use "future-proof digital storage" to protect the music from the elements over the next ten centuries.
The publication said The Beatles' work will be placed inside the vault which is "nuclear and natural disaster resistant".
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Producer Giles Martin has recently overseen the release of a series of newly remixed and expanded box sets devoted to some of the Beatles' most beloved later albums. But don't expect him to dig further back into four track-era gems like 1965's Rubber Soul or 1966's Revolver anytime soon.
The technology, he says, isn't there yet.
"That's a good example of, 'How do we do that?'" Martin told Rolling Stone. "How do I make sure that John [Lennon] or Paul [McCartney]'s vocal isn't just in the right-hand speaker, but also make sure that his guitar doesn't follow him if I put it in the center?"
Martin began experimenting with new software at Abbey Road Studios that might help while completing 2016's remix of The Beatles: Live at the Hollywood Bowl. The original tapes, which Giles' late father George Martin oversaw for release in 1977, had guitars and voices on the same track. Crowd noise was also mixed at distractingly high levels.
The Beatles’ John Lennon was one of the most acclaimed musicians who ever lived; however, he once felt Paul McCartney and George Harrison upstaged him. Specifically, he felt Paul’s and George’s guitar playing on one of The Beatles’ songs took the spotlight away from his musicianship. Here’s a look at the history of the track.
In Jann S. Wenner’s book Lennon Remembers, John spends quite a bit of time discussing the other Beatles. At one point, he said he was a better guitarist than George. Despite this, he didn’t think he was the sort of guitarist critics appreciated.
“Most critics of rock ‘n’ roll and guitarists are in the stage of the ’50s where they wanted a technically perfect film finished for them and then they would feel happy,” he said. “I’m a cinéma vérité guitarist-musician. You have to break down your barriers to be able to hear what I’m playing.”
The Beatles are perhaps one of the most intensely documented and studied bands in history—they topped Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list, and there have been many films made about their rise to fame and cultural impact. Their legacy lives on in modern music and popular culture. It almost seems strange that there could be so much more to learn about the iconic British band, but luckily for Beatles fans, Disney+ has collaborated with WingNut Films to bring about a three-part documentary series that will examine brand-new Beatles footage, as recorded by Michael Lindsay-Hogg in 1969.
The Beatles: Get Back will take a deep dive into the lives and recording sessions of The Beatles from the start of January 1969 until their incredible rooftop set on Savile Row on January 30, 1969, which was the band’s last live public performance of their career.
In a recent chat with ANTHRAX drummer Charlie Benante, FOZZY frontman and wrestling superstar Chris Jericho detailed his hilarious 2015 encounter with THE BEATLES legend Paul McCartney. He said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): "When Ringo [Starr] got inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, I know [a lady who], she's not working for him now, but she was high up working for Jann Wenner, and her family were big wrestling fans and big Chris Jericho fans. So I happened to meet her at the Garden. And she said, 'Listen, if I can ever do anything to repay you…' 'Cause I'm always nice to everybody — fans, especially kids. And she was, like, 'Listen, thank you for meeting my kid. I work for the Hall Of Fame. If you ever need anything…' And it just so happens that was the year that KISS was going in. So I went with my cousin Chad, and we went and saw KISS get in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. And we had so much fun, we said, 'Let's go every year.' We'll make it like an annual thing for me and him to go and hang out. So we went two or three years and then the one year Ringo got in."
George Harrison’s Mercedes 600 is up for sale. Launched in September of 1963, the Mercedes-Benz 600 has become one of the most renowned automobiles to ever exist and been a favorite of celebrities, heads of state and dictators around the world.
Being the successor of the 300D ‘Adenauer’ and produced in limited numbers, the 600 was the most expensive and technologically advanced model from Mercedes with no expense being spared in its development. Its size, weight, and countless hydraulic-powered amenities led to the creation of the 6.3-liter M100 V8. It breathed through a complex Bosch mechanical fuel injection system, pushed out 247 horsepower, and could haul the 18 foot, 6600 lb behemoth to a top speed of 130 mph (208 km/h) when coupled with its buttery smooth 4 speed automatic.
He's a Beatle, baby, not a loser this time. In a new video using deepfake technology, what appears to be a younger, so much younger than today version of Paul McCartney is seen dancing through a hotel hallway and other scenes. Eventually, in an unnerving scene, Young McCartney pulls off a mask to reveal himself as singer Beck. Turns out it's all been a video for Find My Way, a song by the two musicians on the remix album McCartney III Imagined.
Deepfakes are always disturbing, and this one, showing a twenty- or thirtysomething McCartney when the real singer is 79, may be more disturbing than most. The video went live on YouTube on June 22, and in one day, has been viewed more than 2 million times.
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Paying for an expensive full-page ad to run in the London Times on July 24, 1967, The Beatles and band manager Brian Epstein joined a few dozen activists to urge lawmakers—insistently—to legalize pot in the U.K. All four band members smoked and liked cannabis—but especially Paul McCartney, who repeatedly describes cannabis as being transformative in their songwriting development.
Given by the wording in the 1967 ad, you’d think the cannabis legalization argument was printed yesterday: “The law against pot is immoral and unworkable in practice,” the ad title reads. Pot is “the least harmful of pleasure-giving drugs, and […] in particular, far less harmful than alcohol.”
Lee Bestall and Sue Burke in the RHS Tatton Flower Show garden she designed, inspired by The Beatles
THE Beatles have inspired an amateur gardener to create her first showpiece.
Sue Burke won a competition to design a garden in a competition for BBC Radio Merseyside.
Listeners were challenged to come up with an idea for a city garden.
The mum-of three was thrilled to see her sketches for My City Our Music become reality at the RHS Flower Show in Tatton, where thousands of visitors were able to appreciate it.
Sue, from Liverpool, said: "I've never done anything like this before.
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Last week, a new Paul McCartney documentary aired on the streaming platform Hulu. Titled McCartney 3, 2, 1, it focuses on Paul and record producer Rick Rubin, as they discuss and explore the music made throughout Paul's career, including The Beatles, Wings, and his solo work.
Paul and Rick sit down for a rare, in-depth chat about Beatles classics, including 'All My Loving,' 'Come Together' and 'In My Life,' dissecting everything from the composition and production of the songs to the lyrical content and stories behind them. It's the first time that Paul has spoken so comprehensively about his music, making it a historic show for fans.
The documentary, which is set to be released in the UK on Disney+ on August 25, is split into a total of six episodes. In the first, Paul shares stories from the early days of The Beatles, revealing untold stories about George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr, while the third episode delves into the influences behind the band, from Indian music to Chuck Berry.
“Anyone who covers a song of mine, I love,” Paul McCartney once remarked. That's generous. It's daunting to imagine how many teenage garage bands have workshopped an unlistenable metal version of "Love Me Do," how many sub-par Soundcloud rappers have freestyled over the "Come Together" riff. When you write songs for the greatest band in history, you inspire your fair share of bad with the good.
There are hundreds upon hundreds of Beatles covers spanning every genre imaginable: R&B, country, experimental rock, post-punk, funk — you name it. So it was both daunting and educational to take this deep-dive, assembling the 100 best.
100. Todd Rundgren, "Strawberry Fields Forever" (1976)
Todd Rundgren built a career out of defying pop conventions, but he doesn't experiment much with the Beatles' psych-pop masterpiece. The dream-sequence guitar slides, muted brass, fake fade-out and reversed percussion — it's all here, along with some added fuzz and a heavier drum gallop.