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To promote new documentary Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited to reflect on their time as part of The Beatles. Ron Howard's new film hones in on the height of Beatlemania which began in 1963 and culminated with a live show at San Francisco's Candlestick Park in 1966. The quartet famously performed live only once more in 1969 on the roof of Apple's headquarters on Savile Row.

In a brand new interview, Starr told Mojo that the band never truly intended on quitting live shows stating: "The Beatles were never gone. And they could have come back." NME also reports how McCartney went on to recall the moment the band decided to call time on touring.

"By then we were totally fed up and getting actually put in the back of a stainless steel box [which] is like some weird sci-fi thing from 2001 or something. It was a very weird place. What it reminded me of was… you know these rough rides that police do where they put you in the back of a van but you’re not strapped down? And they were accused of killing that guy. Well, that’s what it was like," he said.

By: Jacob Stolworthy

Source: Independent

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It’s the most famous club in the world – and it’s a 365-day-a-year, eight days a week mecca for Beatles fans. But while there’s always something going on, the Cavern Club is even busier at this time of year, as one of the must-visit venues for Fab Four devotees who flock to the city for International Beatleweek.

Beatle tribute bands from across the universe play on the famous Cavern stage, with more than 12 hours of music a day taking place over this weekend. And with Beatleweek starting yesterday, the Mathew Street attraction is already busy with crowds from home and abroad – and busy for everyone who works there too of course.

We thought it was an ideal time to pay a visit and get a snapshot of a ‘day in the life’ of the Cavern and its people. The first day on International Beatleweek couldn't have been a more fitting one to set up shop and meet some of the fans who pass through those doors and the staff who have kept the legend alive for years.

Assistant manager Paul has worked at the Cavern for seven years - and admit before he started the job he didn’t really like the Beatles. He says: “My dad tried to drill it into me, he’s a big Beatles f details

Here's something I find remarkable: There are only three professionally made recordings of The Beatles playing live in concert. Sure, there are bootleg recordings that don't sound very good. And there's a single-microphone recording from the band's days performing in Hamburg in the early '60s, but that's it.

All three professional recordings were done at The Hollywood Bowl. One is a performance from August 1964 and the other two from August of '65. And "professional" in the mid-'60s means they were recorded on three-track analog tape. That's the best they could do. Even the label, Capitol Records, concluded the recordings didn't sound good enough to release. They eventually did, but not until 1977, and even then the album they put out, The Beatles Live At The Hollywood Bowl, sounded just okay.

All that's changed thanks to the remarkable work of Giles Martin, son of the legendary Beatles producer, George Martin. Using new technology, Giles Martin has brought new clarity to the recordings, more presence and reduced the overall roar of the crowd, a sound that was so loud it drowned out much of the band's performance. Give a listen to Martin's reworked version of "A Hard Day's Night."

By: Bob Boilen

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The story of Revolver began in a night of hell and illumination.

"We've had LSD," John Lennon told George Harrison.

It was spring 1965. Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, and Harrison and his wife, Pattie Boyd, were attending a dinner at the London home of dentist John Riley and his girlfriend, Cyndy Bury. Before the foursome left, Riley asked them to stay for coffee, then urged them to finish their cups. Shortly after, he told Lennon he had placed sugar cubes containing LSD in the coffee. Lennon was furious. "How dare you fucking do this to us?" He knew something about the drug: It was a powerful hallucinogen – termed a psychedelic – and it caused changes in thoughts, emotions and visions that frightened some observers. Psychologist Timothy Leary had famously been fired from Harvard University in 1963 for conducting experimental therapeutic sessions with the substance.

"It was as if we suddenly found ourselves in the middle of a horror film," Cynthia Lennon said. "The room seemed to get bigger and bigger." The Beatles and their wives fled Riley's home in Harrison's Mini Cooper. (According to Bury, John and George had earlier indicated a willingness to take LSD if they didn't know beforehand that details

The man who wrote the Beatles’ only authorised biography has revealed his picks for what he considers their worst songs, while cheerfully admitting he is “asking for trouble”. But if anyone can get away with such a bold move, it’s probably Hunter Davies.

Hunter is the man behind Four Lads Who Shook The World, which was published way back in 1968 after he had spent 18 months living in their shadows. It’s an exciting time for Beatles fans. International Beatleweek (August 24-30) is upon us, and Hunter, now 80, is heading to Liverpool to discuss his “legacy” – The Beatles Book (to be published on September 1 by Ebury at £30).

Four years in the making, it is the definitive guide to everything and everyone associated with The Beatles, and is divided into sections: People, Places, Songs and Broadcast and Cinema. Its rating system (using mop tops!) grades particular subjects out of 10 – and includes lists such as 10 Best Songs, 10 Worst Songs and 10 Most Influenial People. Though Hunter had the final say, he was helped by a top trio of Beatles experts and authors who worked with him on the book: Spencer Leigh and David Bedford from Liverpool and Keith Badman.< details

Thirty Three & 1/3 - Monday, August 22, 2016

In September 1974 George Harrison’s record label, Dark Horse Records, released its first two singles. The first was Ravi Shankar’s ‘I Am Missing You’. Produced and arranged by Harrison, it is a rare Shankar composition in a Western pop style. The other single to come out that same day was Splinter’s ‘Costafine Town’, which went top 10 in Australia and South Africa and made the UK top twenty.

Two years later, with his contractual obligations to other labels at an end, and with the winding down of Apple Records, George signed to his own label. In the intervening years there had been other Dark Horse Records releases by Stairsteps, Jiva, Henry McCullough (following his departure from Wings), and a band called Attitudes. First brought together on Harrison’s 1975 album Extra Texture (Read All About It), Attitudes included keyboard player David Foster, who also played on George’s debut for Dark Horse, Thirty Three & 1/3.

George’s seventh solo studio album was recorded at his home, Friar Park, between the end of May and mid September 1976, and was released two months later on 19th November. Shortly after beginning to make this record, George contracted hep details

In the days before the internet and social media, posters were the main way of promoting a gig. And one of those who helped sell Merseybeat – and some up and coming band called the Beatles – to the Liverpool public was Tony Booth. Now more than 50 years after he created a slew of posters for Brian Epstein and his stable of rising stars, artist Tony is set to hold his first ever exhibition of his work, coinciding with International Beatleweek.

The 83-year-old’s show will open at the View Two Gallery on Wednesday, just down the road from the Cavern Club in Mathew Street. Only a handful of the original posters produced in the hundreds by Tony in the 1960s have survived, with the majority thrown away once the gigs had taken place.

Although one Cavern Club poster, which he produced for a fee of five shillings (25p), sold to an American collector in a London Auction House for £27,500. Instead Tony, who trained as a poster artist after leaving school at 15 and started off creating promotional sales material for the Epstein furniture business and record shop, has faithfully reproduced 40 of his favourite posters for the exhibition. He says: “I never imagined in a million years they would on details

I'm not sure if you are aware, but it seems like sh*t has gotten seriously real. Honestly, I'm pretty surprised when I look out my window and don't see the four horsemen of the apocalypse in a steady cantor down Broadway. We live in a crazy world, and it seems like it's getting crazier by the nanosecond. This is stressful. Add that to the stress of being a human being, and magnify that by ten or twenty (because I'm stressed and a workoholic New Yorker) and that could be described as my state of being. In case you haven't heard, we wear our bitterness and sometimes bad attitudes as a badge of pride.

Here's the thing, all of this can get really wearing on your morale. It's easy to feel down at the end of the day. I'm a creature of habit and often seek solace in a number of things: friends, a darn good spin class, and my sacred self-maintenance rituals like bath and shower time. Putting the time and effort into taking care of myself, or yourself, really does affect your entire demeanor.

But lately, a shower or a bath wasn't cutting the mustard. Maybe I needed to take a vacation or maybe I needed to stop reading the New York Times every morning because life had started to drag me down in a major way. This girl was p details

Sir Paul McCartney has been one of the world's most coveted acts for decades. And on Wednesday, it emerged that the longest running scripted primetime programme ever had to bend over backwards to get him.

The Huffington Post reported that The Simpsons agreed to make Lisa, the family's iconic daughter, a vegetarian in exchange for the former Beatle's agreement to play himself on a 1995 episode called, of course, Lisa The Vegetarian.

Hank Azaria, who's voiced several characters over the course of the show's 27-series run, told the blog, 'I can tell you, over the years, they were tempted a bunch of times to have Lisa break her vegetarian vow'. He did, however, add that they 'probably have not because they made that vow to Sir Paul. No, you don’t break a knight’s vow. As we’ve learned from Game Of Thrones, you do that at your own risk'. The Birdcage actor features on the episode alongside the rock legend, playing Apu, an Indian immigrant character who was a fixture on the programme.

It's with the help of McCartney and his first wife, who also voiced a yellow incarnation of herself on the show, that Apu persuades Lisa to give up meat. 

By: Sameer Suri

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In August 1966, as the Beatles made their way to Washington during what would ultimately be their last tour, a group of six scheming 15-year-olds from the District’s Chevy Chase neighborhood developed a plan: 1. See the concert. 2. For free. 3. By sneaking into what then was called D.C. Stadium. 4. Disguised as the Beatles’ opening act, a band called the Cyrkle. Incorporated into this plan were makeshift costumes, a rented limo, decoy groupies and the unwitting participation of D.C. police, who provided the fake band with a motorcade escort. Aside from a paragraph-long mention in the Washington Star, in which the kids refused to provide their names, the plot went uncatalogued in the public record. Now, on the concert’s 50th anniversary, members of the fake Cyrkle provide an oral history of how they pulled off one of the greatest pranks in Washington folklore.

The pranksters:

John Koehler: We were all from the same neighborhood. Half of us were away at school during the year, but we’d been hanging out since we were 6 or 7. I think the germ of the prank’s idea belonged to Eddie Merrigan or Mark Welsh.

Mark Welsh: I think Bob Booth came up with the idea.

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These were the sounds that rang through the Bay Area that day: Ahhhhhh! Shhhhhhhriek! Rinnnnnnngo!

The Chronicle’s front page from Aug. 19, 1964, covers the Beatles’ arrival in San Francisco and the nearly incomprehensible frenzy that greeted them.

The Fab Four “made an entrance into San Francisco last night that can only be described as hair-raising,” the story read. “The young Englishmen stepped gingerly off a Pan American World Airways jet — “Jet Clipper Beatles” — at 6:25 p.m. and into a black limousine that perilously resembled a hearse.”

The Beatles were the most popular band in the world, and their biggest fans seemed to be teenage girls and young women who couldn’t get enough of their pop songs and hair helmets.

“Several hundred yards away, the Beatlemaniacs — 9,000 strong — were putting on the sort of demonstration that used to win Academy Awards for Bette Davis,” The Chronicle’s Ron Fimrite wrote. “They shrieked, they howled, they fought with a gallant band of 180 San Mateo County sheriff’s deputies ... and on occasion, they fainted dead away.”

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John Lennon's killer has at least five people pulling for his release from prison. With Mark David Chapman's latest parole hearing scheduled for some time next week, the state Parole Board has received five letters in support of letting the convicted killer out since his last bid for release in 2014, state officials say. The officials wouldn't comment on who wrote the letters, but one is likely a Florida pastor who has written on Chapman’s behalf in the past.

On the flip side, the Parole Board since 2014 received two letters in opposition to granting Chapman parole. That’s on top of 80 or so other letters of opposition in his file going back years, the officials said. One of the new letters opposing parole again came from Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, her lawyer, Jonas Herbsman, confirmed.

Herbsman wouldn't go into specifics but said the new letter reaffirms previous correspondences to the board made public that expressed fears for the safety of herself and Lennon's two sons — Sean and Julian — if Chapman is released. Ono's past letters also expressed concern that Chapman himself could face danger from one of the slain Beatles’ fans seeking revenge.

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INTRODUCING… THE SIR GEORGE MARTIN AWARD - Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Sir George Martin Award will be handed out at The A&R Awards in association with Abbey Road Studios on November 2. The new annual award will recognise an A&R executive with a track record of fostering meaningful artist and songwriter relationships, who has garnered widespread respect amongst the creative community. The winner will have also helped push artists to fresh heights of success, and continue to play a key role in contemporary hit-making today.

The award cannot be pitched for, with the recipient each year decided by the Sir George Martin estate in conjunction with Music Business Worldwide. Sir George Martin signed The Beatles to Parlophone Records in 1962 after the band had encountered rejection from a number of major labels. The decision not only changed the course of pop history, but also Parlophone itself.

Under Martin, Parlophone transformed from a comedy brand into a go-to artist home for the likes of The Beatles, The Hollies and Matt Monro – paving the way for label signings such as Pink Floyd, Blur and Coldplay in the decades that followed.

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Ringo Starr is a great-grandfather - Friday, August 19, 2016

Ringo Starr has become a great-grandfather.

The Beatles drummer's granddaughter Tatia Starkey gave birth to son Stone Zakomo Low on Sunday (08.14.16) which is her first child with her partner Adam Low.

Tatia is the daughter of Ringo's son Zak Starkey, and both father and daughter have inherited Ringo's musical talents.

Tatia, 30, is the singer and bassist in the British band Belakiss and Zak followed in Ringo's footsteps as a drummer for The Who, Oasis and his father's own All-Starr Band.

The arrival of baby Stone means Ringo is the first Beatle to become a great-grandfather at the age of 76. Even though he is approaching his 80th birthday, Ringo - who along with Sir Paul McCartney are the only living Beatles - has shown no sign of slowing down and he announced July that he will go back on tour with the All-Starr Band starting on 15 October at Snoqualmie Casino in Sonqualmie, Washington.

Ringo has a total of seven grandchildren from his three children 50-year-old Zak, 48-year-old Jason and 45-year-old Lee, so more great-grand-kids are a definite possibility for the legendary musician. His kids are all from his first wife Maureen Cox who he divorced in 1975.

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Fashion designer Kelly Pettit started with a simple question in crafting a clothing line inspired by John Lennon: Can she imagine the legendary singer-songwriter wearing it? She most definitely does, Pettit says, as she readies to premiere her vision at Toronto Men's Fashion Week on Saturday, noting her years-long development process was driven by a deep reverence for Lennon's artistry.

"I always say (there's) God, Santa Claus and then there's John Lennon," Pettit says from Las Vegas, where she was offering a preview to U.S. buyers at a trade show with her company Caulfeild Apparel Group.

Drawing cues from Lennon's solo years, Pettit calls the throwback collection "vintage with a little modern twist." It includes T-shirts featuring Lennon's sketches, dress shirts imprinted with more art and handwritten lyrics (including those for "Imagine" and "Beautiful Boy"), and leather outerwear, casual blazers, sports shirts, casual pants, Henleys and polos. It draws heavily on Lennon's minimalist jeans-and-t-shirt style, while steering clear of more dated garb that could be seen as passe instead of nostalgic.

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Paul McCartney and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton met Wednesday (Aug. 17) before his show in Cleveland at Quicken Loans Arena.

According to the Washington Post, Clinton's motorcade stopped by the the venue where McCartney was to play that night and she met behind closed doors with the former Beatle. Topics reportedly included the Olympics, the presidential race and their families. The U.K. Daily Mail reported the meeting also included McCartney's wife Nancy Shevell. No photos were taken during the meeting, but McCartney later posted a photo on his Twitter account of the two with the headline “She's With Me”

Cleveland station WTAM posted the photo on Facebook and got some diverse reactions. “I saw a huge motorcade of police on motorcycles, 5 black bummers and 4 white vans come speeding out of the parking garage near the Q this afternoon. Now I know who it was for,” one poster wrote. “I love Paul's music but like him just a bit less now,” said another. One fan, however, loved it. “Great pic! Rock on Sir Paul!”

The British singer, who has just signed a worldwide recording deal with Capitol Records, performed a concert in the East Room for details

Yoko Ono has named the four winners of the Lennon Ono Grant For Peace, which will be presented in Iceland on John Lennon’s birthday. The winners are Chinese activist and artist Ai Weiwei, Inidian artist Anish Kapoor, Danish artist Arfur Eliasson and Hungarian poet and performance artist Catalan Ladik. The award is given two years and was founded in 2002. The ceremony takes place in Reykjavik on October 9, which would have been the 76th birthday of Ono’s late husband. 

Ono said of this year’s grant winners: “I’m very proud to award the 2016 Lennon Ono Grant For Peace to these four incredible individuals. To have to label any of them with a description of what they do is both limiting and frustrating, because what they give to our world is so much bigger than even the tangible art they create. Born in different cultures, each of the recipients has shown us the true path of creativity, belief and hope for the world. Their huge contribution to our world is so much greater than the sum of its parts.”

Previous winners of the grant have included Pussy Riot, Doctors Without Borders, Michael Pollan and Alice Walker.

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IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEWS for the new issue of MOJO magazine, the two surviving Beatles relive the madness of their ’60s tours, but insist that after their famous decision to quit the road after their San Francisco show at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966, there were further discussions to take their late-’60s music to the stage.

“It wasn’t like we’d placed a wreath on the live Beatles,” Ringo Starr tells MOJO’s Andrew Male. “The rooftop gig [atop Apple headquarters at 3 Savile Row, London, on January 30, 1969] showed that we could still do that stuff. And we could maybe have gone out live again. It didn’t happen. But it was never like, Oh, that’s dead, the Beatles are dead. It was always a possibility that we would do it again. (to Paul) and you, in fact, tried one time to get us to go out again, didn’t you?”

“But you didn’t listen to me!” replies McCartney in mock outrage.

“I listened,” rejoinders Ringo. “It was the others!”

The pair, interviewed in anticipation of the release of Ron Howard’s Beatles tour doc Eight Days A Week, talk us through the highs and lows of the Beatle details

They say that if you remember the 1960s, you weren't really there. A similar thing could be said of the Beatles' last concert in Canada, which took place at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Aug.17, 1966: if you remember hearing the music clearly, you probably weren't there.

Toronto Mayor John Tory was there: only 12 years old, younger sister in tow, tickets procured by their grandfather "The volume of the screaming was such that you could just barely hear the music," Tory said in an interview with CBC News, recalling his excitement. "To be in that environment was quite an experience. But if you said you went for the clarity of music, to hear every song, that would be an untruth, because you could hardly hear anything."

Unbeknownst to Tory and other Beatles fans at the time, that very thing — the noise that drowned out the music — was one of the factors that led the Fab Four to stop touring and conclude that their musical mission was better carried out in the studio producing albums.

Their last major concert took place just 12 days after the Toronto stop. Several studio albums later, in 1970, they broke up.

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Paul McCartney is getting back to where he once belonged, renewing his relationship with Capitol Records, the label that ushered him and the rest of the Beatles to household name status in the U.S. in the 1960s.

The new contract, announced Wednesday by Capitol, will cover his complete solo catalog of some three dozen albums as well as new recordings he plans to release.

“This is genuinely exciting for me,” McCartney, 74, said in a statement, which also revealed that he was at work on a new album, though no release date was specified. “Not only was Capitol my first U.S. record label, but the first record I ever bought was Gene Vincent’s ‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ on the Capitol label,” referring to Vincent’s 1956 proto-rock hit.

McCartney launched his solo career in 1970 upon the breakup of the Fab Four, with Capitol handling U.S. distribution of his solo albums released on the Beatles’ London-based Apple label. He continued with the company through most of the ‘70s before making a high-profile defection to competitor Columbia Records in 1979.

By: Randy Lewis

Source: L.A Times

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Mark Richman was twenty years old when he talked his way into the opportunity of a lifetime — wheedling his way past a policeman and into the corps of photographers shooting the Beatles' August 21, 1966, concert at Busch Stadium.

The photographs he snapped that day, which he says are the only color photos of the Beatles' final tour, have earned him tons of attention from Beatles collectors. (You can see them online here; the one above is reprinted with his permission.) They'll even be featured in the upcoming Eight Days a Week documentary, which also netted him a pretty penny.

So when Richman, now 70, returned to a different iteration of Busch Stadium this weekend for McCartney's solo show, he had high hopes. But they were dashed.

Many of the problems weren't due to Sir Paul himself. Richman was annoyed by the size of the patrons near him, which rendered seating a bit too close for comfort — a problem not helped by the fact that seats on the field, where he was sitting just twenty rows back from the stage, were zip-tied together so people couldn't adjust them. He was also annoyed by the way the crowd took to its feet, and stayed there throughout the show, blocking his view — and the 6'5 details

“We should be wearing targets here,” quipped Paul McCartney as he stepped nervously off a plane at Memphis airport on August 19 1966.

The Beatles arrived in Memphis amid massive controversy. In March, John Lennon had suggested in an interview with Maureen Cleave of the London Evening Standard that the Beatles had grown more popular than Jesus. When his remarks reappeared in the American teen magazine Datebook in August, they sparked a fierce backlash just as the band embarked on its final tour.

Hostility was particularly intense in the American south. In Alabama, DJs Tommy Charles and Doug Layton at the WAQY-Birmingham radio station were first to initiate a “ban-the-Beatles campaign”. Other stations, cities and towns soon followed suit. Starke in Florida had the dubious distinction of being the first place to burn Beatles records and memorabilia.

Similar conflagrations spread quickly across the region. Some of the most pyrotechnical protests involved those formidable guardians of white racial and religious purity, the Ku Klux Klan. In Chester, South Carolina, Klan Grand Dragon Bob Scoggins nailed a Beatles record to a large cross and set it on fire. In Tupelo, Mississippi, Grand W details

Paul McCartney plays two gigs at every stop on his current arena and stadium tours: the evening concert, a magical history tour of nearly 40 songs from every era of his musical life before, in and after the Beatles; and an hour-long soundcheck that doubles as a technical rehearsal for McCartney's crew and band and exclusive entertainment for a small group of fans, granted access as part of a VIP-ticket package.

On July 12th, at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, McCartney and his 21st Century combo – guitarists Rusty Anderson and Brian Ray, keyboard player Paul "Wix" Wickens and drummer Abe Laboriel Jr. – performed a 12-song set under the late afternoon sun, opening with a blues jam featuring the leader on electric guitar and briskly covering the same historic span as the main event: the Beatles' jangling arrangement of "Honey Don't" by their Sun Records idol Carl Perkins; "Midnight Special," reaching back to McCartney's Liverpool boyhood in skiffle; the 1972 Wings flipside "C Moon"; the Ram ballad "Ram On," with McCartney on ukulele; the mid-Sixties Beatles artifacts "I'll Follow the Sun" and "I've Just Seen a Face"; and "Everybody out There" from McCartney's 2013 solo album, New.

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There is a guy that is best known for replacing Ringo Star for 13 days. This is is the story of Jimmie Nicol and it’s both poignant and exciting. The exciting part is that he got to be a part of The Beatles in the height of their career and had been able to taste the fruits of fame; he was Ringo Star for a week, and that was a title to kill for. Nicol not only got the opportunity to play with The Beatles in the time they were bigger than God, but he also got the chance to hang around with Lennon, McCartny, and Harrison. However, the poignant part of his story is, that it lasted for two weeks, and then all got back to normal, The Beatles were still the Beatles and Jimy Nicol went to his ordinary life living with a memory that for a week he lived a dream.

When Ringo Starr collapsed with tonsillitis and was hospitalized on 3 June 1964, the eve of The Beatles’ 1964 Australian tour, the band’s manager Brian Epstein and their producer George Martin urgently discussed the feasibility of using a stand-in drummer, rather than cancelling part of the tour. Martin suggested Jimmie Nicol, as he had recently used him on a recording session with Tommy Quickly.

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When I’m 64 (or so) - Saturday, August 13, 2016

Jan Fassler still remembers the screams.

The memories — the seats, high up in the recently constructed Busch Memorial Stadium, the rain that fell steady through the evening, frenzied fanatics passing out left and right — don’t end there, but the screaming, incessant and loud enough to drown out the band everyone came to see, stands out from that night nearly 50 years ago.

“I don’t think I heard one note of music,” Fassler said. “It was just solid screaming all around you, all the time.”

Fassler, Sheila Sorgea, Sara Sladek and Nancy Schmidt were among the roughly 23,000 fans in attendance on Aug. 21, 1966, when The Beatles visited St. Louis. And tonight, almost 50 years to the day, the lifelong friends, sans Schmidt, will once again be there when former Beatles singer and guitarist Paul McCartney performs at Busch Stadium III.

The stadium isn’t the only thing that has changed in 50 years. In fact, between last names (East Alton-Wood River High School Class of 1969 classmates may remember them as Jan Myers, Sheila Lindsey, Sara Lewis and Nancy Russell), occupations and children, it may be easier to list the things that haven’t changed sinc details

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