A letter written by The Beatles’ manager following the sacking of the band’s original drummer is going under the hammer.
Brian Epstein signed up Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best – the band’s first drummer – on January 24 1962, after hearing them play. But only months later he fired Best and replaced him with Ringo Starr.
The letter which is up for sale was part of a tranche of communications Epstein sent to “secret Beatle” Joe Flannery, a key figure in the Fab Four’s rise to fame. Flannery, who died last year aged 87, was the band’s booking manager from 1962-63, during the early history of the Fab Four.
On September 8 1962, Epstein wrote to tell him he had released Best from his contract. He had told the Liverpool drummer three weeks earlier that he had to leave the band. The letter has been kept by Flannery’s family and is now being sold by his nephew.
Epstein wrote: “I read from the Mersey Beat (Liverpool music publication) Pete Best has now joined The All Stars.
After The Beatles parted ways in 1970, fans didn’t have to wait long to see how the Fab Four would do as solo artists. In fact, Paul McCartney released his debut solo LP weeks before Let It Be, the final Beatles album, even hit record stores.
That didn’t go over well with McCartney’s bandmates, but they all released their own records before the year ended. Ringo Starr’s Beaucoup of Blues, released September ’70, was the first to follow McCartney. George Harrison came next with the blockbuster All Things Must Pass in November.
While Beatles fans were digesting Harrison’s triple album, John Lennon entered the fray with John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (December ’70). That was a lot for folks to absorb in eight months, and it kept coming with McCartney’s Ram and Lennon’s Imagine (both by September ’71).
It wasn’t only the quantity of material that was remarkable, though. The quality of the records was so high that you might argue that the Beatles’ breakup was a good thing. (Indeed, Lennon did argue that.) But as of ’77 Ringo didn’t believe the Fab Four solo efforts matched the Beatles’ work.
Frank Sinatra didn’t cover much from the catalogue of The Beatles, but he did sing two of the band’s most famous songs. The first was “Yesterday,” the Paul McCartney-penned track (credited to Lennon-McCartney) released in 1965.
After the release of Abbey Road (1969), Sinatra picked another winner in “Something,” the George Harrison track that was the Quiet One’s first A-side on a Beatles single. Sinatra loved “Something” so much he called it one of the greatest love songs ever written.
However, Sinatra didn’t realize Harrison wrote it at first, and at least one former Beatle had fun with that. “Frank Sinatra used to introduce ‘Something’ as his favorite Lennon-McCartney song,” McCartney said in Beatles Anthology. “Thanks, Frank.”
A few years after the Beatles’ breakup, John Lennon wrote a song on the Walls and Bridges (1974) album that he thought was perfect for Sinatra to sing. And Lennon pitched the idea to the Chairman of the Board in a 1980 interview.
Though The Beatles split up in 1970, collaborations between the former bandmates not named Paul McCartney continued. When George Harrison’s triple-album All Things Must Pass arrived in November ’70, it featured his old pal Ringo Starr playing drums on several tracks.
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Lennon’s solo debut that arrived the following month, also featured Ringo on drums. In the following years, Lennon and Harrison would return the favor to their former bandmate and friend.
As far as the music-buying public could tell, Harrison acted on that impulse first when he produced and played guitar on “It Don’t Come Easy,” Ringo’s debut U.K. single released in April ’71. However, the recording sessions took place the previous year — before The Beatles announced their breakup.
And though the track was credited to Starr, the drummer later acknowledged he co-wrote the song with Harrison. That helped explain the “Hare Krishna” you hear about halfway through “It Don’t Come Easy.”
The Beatles all wrote songs using their emotions and experiences as inspiration. During John Lennon's relationship and subsequent marriage with Yoko Ono, the Beatle was infatuated with her, and frequently used her as his muse. One of the more heartfelt songs he ever wrote for Yoko was Don't Let Me Down.
The song was recorded in 1969 during the Let It Be sessions, and was the B-side to Get Back.
The song is perhaps most famous for featuring in the rooftop gig on Apple Corps' headquarters on January 30, 1969.
While the lyrics talk openly of loving and to be loved, it sounds as if the inspiration of behind it was out of fear more than anything else.
In 1970 Lennon spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the song, where he vaguely described the feeling behind it.
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Bob Eubanks knew at a young age that he wanted to be a radio disc jockey, but he didn’t know that not only would his voice and face would become a legendary, and he would get to know one of the most iconic bands in history, The Beatles.
“Working with The Beatles was a chance of a lifetime and I love sharing those memories and tidbits that people might not know like Ringo Starr spent three years in the hospital as a kid because of his appendix and had tuberculosis,” Eubanks said.
Backstage With the Beatles” tells the unique stories only Bob Eubanks can tell about his Beatle experiences, while tribute band Ticket to Ride performs their songs.
He currently presents a show nationwide entitled “Backstage With the Beatles,” telling the unique stories only Eubanks can tell about his Beatle experiences, while tribute band “Ticket to Ride” performs their songs. There will be a “Concert in the Car” version of this show on Oct. 17 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. True to his game-show roots, Eubanks said there will also be a chance for a guest to play a game to possibly win $100,000.
Noel Gallagher is reportedly set to write a song inspired by his love of John Lennon for a new tribute album.
The Beatles icon is being celebrated by his son, Sean Lennon, who is said to be putting together an album in tribute to his late father.
According to The Sun, Noel is working on the track at London’s Tileyard Studios – with the album set to celebrate Lennon’s 80th birthday.
A source told the publication: “Sean wanted Noel on board because of his love of The Beatles and John and also in recognition of the massive impact he’s had on the UK music scene over the last decades.”
Noel’s love of Lennon has been well documented over the years, with the singer opting to include the chords of ‘Imagine’ at the start of Oasis‘ ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’.
NME has contacted Noel Gallagher’s representatives for comment on the reports.
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What was once an empty wall off Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton is now a canvas for a mural of music legend John Lennon.
"Ever since I was young, I've always enjoyed the Beatles, and John Lennon was my favorite Beatle, and it was 40 years ago, almost 40 years ago that he was tragically killed outside the Dakota in New York City," said Frank Dubas, the Lennon Tribute organizer.
Frank Dubas took his love for John Lennon and decided to have a mural painted on the side of one of his buildings. He invited art students, staff, and faculty from Marywood University to come up with original portraits of the rock and roll legend to be used as input for the mural.
Two students were chosen and granted a $500 scholarship.
Freshman Krista Perdomo's rendition of Lennon's face will be the focal point of the mural.
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The Beatles was a foursome who, throughout their time working with each other, had some tricky relationships to work through. Eventually the group split up and each member released their own solo work, to differing levels of success. Lennon-McCartney was a famous songwriting brand - but were they really friends?
The pair fought throughout their time in the band, and the songwriters did disagree a number of times during their careers, including when it came to songwriting credits on their songs.
In time for John’s 80th birthday, however, Sir Paul McCartney spoke about how happy he was to reunite with his friend before his death.
He has told John’s son Sean Ono Lennon on BBC Radio 2: “I always say to people, one of the great things for me was that after all The Beatles rubbish and all the arguing and the business, you know, business differences really ... that even after all of that, I'm so happy that I got it back together with your dad.
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Though The Beatles had gone their separate ways, Ringo Starr seemed to be having a good time in the early ’70s. For Beaucoup of Blues (1970), Ringo flew to Nashville and cut an album with session pros in three days. He had a blast, and the following year he notched his first hit single with “It Don’t Come Easy.”
Meanwhile, Ringo was keeping his film career alive. After appearing in the spaghetti western Blindman (1971), he directed a concert film documenting the meteoric rise of Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex (1972’s Born to Boogie) for Apple’s film division.
Bolan, who clocked 11 top-10 hits (including four No. 1s) in the U.K. between 1970-73, proved to be an inspiration for Ringo in several ways. While hanging out with the dynamic songwriter-performer, Ringo got the idea for “Back Off Boogaloo,” his biggest U.K. hit. But Ringo nearly lost the idea before he could get it down on tape.
The vocalist and founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby shared a statement about his previous comments on the late guitar legend Eddie Van Halen after he received the harsh reaction of Van Halen fans on social media.
As you may recall, Van Halen’s co-founder and iconic guitarist Eddie Van Halen sadly passed away on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65. Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen gave the devastating news of his father’s death with a statement he posted on social media platforms and revealed Eddie died after a long battle with throat cancer.
A few days ago, the 79-year-old rock musician David Crosby made an unfortunate statement about Eddie Van Halen on Twitter which faced backlash from the Van Halen fans immediately. In his tweet, Crosby claimed that Eddie wasn’t a guitarist who changed the world of guitar like Jimi Hendrix and also stated he did not care about him much.
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The Beatles broke a slew of records in 1968 when they released their ninth disc, The White Album. Following on from the vibrant Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album offered a new collection of unforgettable songs, such as Dear Prudence, and Helter Skelter. Despite the fact the album’s recording almost lead to the band’s break-up, it has been certified as 24x platinum, and is their biggest selling album to date.
A recent edition of Antique Roadshow has seen one of the guitars supposedly used to record the album being sold for a jaw-dropping amount.
The guitar in question is a fretless Bartell of Californian, and was originally owned by George Harrison.
After valuation, experts believed it may have been used to record at least two tracks on The White Album.
John Lennon was very open about his feelings towards other artists’ music. He once revealed The Beatles would listen to certain artists who made them feel very hip because they were so obscure. Here’s a look into those artists’ careers — and whether they truly were obscure or not.
In a 1970s interview with Rolling Stone, Jann S. Wenner asked John about his feelings towards America. John had some kind things to say about the country, but he said The Beatles’ looked down on the nation in their early days. “You tend to get nationalistic, and we would really laugh at America, except for its music.” He then praised two American artists.
“[We] felt very exclusive and underground in Liverpool, listening to Richie Barrett and Barrett Strong, and all those old-time records,” John revealed. “Nobody was listening to any of them except Eric Burdon in Newcastle and Mick Jagger in London. It was that lonely, it was fantastic. When we came over here and it was the same – nobody was listening to rock ‘n’ roll or to Black music in America – we felt as though we were coming to the land of its origin but nobody wanted to know about it.”details
For this reader, when Brown tells one of the Beatle stories I’ve heard many times and now adds information I didn’t know — or the telling detail that was missing for 50 years — the book is an utter delight. I knew the Beatles were introduced to LSD by their dentist, but now I know exactly who that guy was and how that night unfolded (if you can trust a 55-year-old account from people who were tripping for the first time). The Dylan-turns-them-on-to-pot-for-the-first-time scene, which all Beatlephiles know, also comes to life now in a way it never had before. As does George’s visit to Haight-Ashbury in ’67, which I’d always seen rendered as disillusioning, but according to Brown was life-threatening. I knew the Beatles had their sexual awakening in seamy postwar Hamburg, but I didn’t know that John and Paul actually watched George lose his virginity. This band was tight!
According to Brown, John hit on both Jane Asher before she was with Paul, and on Pattie Boyd while she was with George. Wow. And how fascinating to find out that the famous picture of the Beatles in Miami with the not-yet-champ Muhammad Ali is kind of a lie: It’s not a photo-preserve details
The Beatles came to an end in 1970. After just over ten years of working together, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison split somewhat acrimoniously, kickstarting the beginning of their own separate solo albums. A decade later, on December 8, 1980, John was murdered in New York by Mark David Chapman.
This weekend saw various celebrations on radio and TV marking the anniversary of the Beatle star’s anniversary.
To commemorate the life and legacy of the exceptional talent, John’s son, Sean Ono Lennon, sat down to listen to some of his best music, and discuss some of the behind-the-scenes stories of the star.
During his chat with Apple Music’s George Stroumboulopoulos – Strombo – Sean explained how one album in particular was difficult for him to listen to even today.
Double Fantasy was the fifth and final album released by John and Yoko Ono.
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Some of John Lennon's most memorable songs are being made available to creators on the app TikTok.
The Lennon estate partnered with TikTok to bring Lennon's music to the platform in celebration of what would've been his 80th birthday. Lennon was born on October 9, 1940.
TikTok put together a dedicated playlist of some of his best solo songs: "Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)," "Imagine," "Mind Games," "Beautiful Boy," "Woman," "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)," "Give Peace a Chance," "Stand By Me," "Nobody Told Me," "Remember" and "Gimme Some Truth."
The company also launched a global challenge with the hashtag #GimmeSomeTruth, which was a protest song released in 1971 featuring former Beatles bandmate George Harrison on guitar.
"We're super excited to launch my dad's official TikTok account and cannot wait to see what his fans all over the world create using his music and his message of peace and love," Sean Ono Lennon said of his father's music launching on TikTok in a statement.
Mustaches have gone in and out of style for centuries. Some consider them powerful and masculine, while others consider them downright silly. Today we even have a fake mustache trend where people joke about the look by holding up paper cutouts of a mustache or draw a mustache shape on their inner finger to hold up to their face.
We love to laugh about a character twisting his mustache “handlebars,” but this isn’t a new phenomenon.
At one time the Beatles wore mustaches and even made it into a joke by providing mustache cutouts to their fans. However, the 60s trend almost didn’t happen. Here’s the story of the accidental reason the Beatles decided to grow a mustache.
The Beatles set in motion a major change in the music world when fans became utterly obsessed with the group. Beatlemania really did take over the world, making it seem shocking the group was not signed straight away. In fact, they were rejected more than once, as was revealed in an exclusive interview with Express.co.uk.
According to Paul Endacott, the head of Music Heritage London, George Harrison helped The Rolling Stones get signed by Decca, despite them having their own difficult time with the record label.
In fact, in what Paul called a “little known story,” he revealed The Beatles had tried a number of times to get signed, even to the extent they were turned down by EMI, the label which eventually signed them.
Paul revealed The Beatles manager Brian Epstein tried with EMI and Decca Records to sign his band, but they were turned down until he tried once more with EMI.
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John Lennon pulled no punches when he talked about other members of The Beatles. John revealed his favorite song by George Harrison. In addition, John had some harsh words for George’s talents. Here’s a look at whether the public agreed with his assessment of George’s best work.
Perhaps the most comprehensive look into John’s mind is Jann S. Wenner’s 1971 book Lennon Remembers. The lengthy interview sees John talking about his life, his worldview, and his contemporaries — include the other former Beatles. John had quite a bit to say after Wenner asked him to evaluate George as an artist.
“I don’t want to assess him,” John admitted. “George has not done his best work yet. His talents have developed over the years and he was working with two f*cking brilliant songwriters, and he learned a lot from us.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, are sending birthday wishes to their late band mate John Lennon, who would've turned 80 today.
McCartney tweeted a photo of him and John in the late 1960s smiling together as they collaborated in the studio, along with a note that reads, "I love this picture, it reminds me of the bond between us. Happy 80th John. Love Paul."
As for Starr, he posted an image of a photo and him and his wife, Barbara, propped up on a shelf with some Lennon memorabilia. The accompanying message to John and his family members reads: "Let's celebrate John's 80th birthday with come together Friday, 9 October I still miss you man peace and love to Yoko Sean and Julian."
A variety of other tributes are being shared throughout the day at JohnLennon.com, including messages from Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon, Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Yes drummer Alan White, Klaus Voormann and more.
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During his all-too-short lifetime, Lennon reinvented popular music with the Beatles and later as a solo artist. His genius was behind such songs as "Come Together", "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Imagine". At times, he was a controversial figure: Off-handedly saying his band was "More popular than Jesus" in 1966 and protesting war by staging a pair of weeklong Bed-Ins for Peace in 1969 with wife Yoko Ono. He's remembered as one of the most influential figures of pop culture.
In honor of what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday, we've compiled 80 quotes and lyrics attributed to the late rock icon.
Enjoy, and remember.
On the Beatles
"We're not Beatles to each other, you know. It's a joke to us. If we're going out the door of the hotel, we say, 'Right! Beatle John! Beatle George now! Come on, let's go!' We don't put on a false front or anything." — Look, 1966
"Paul (McCartney) and I made a deal when we were 15. There was never a legal deal between us, just a deal we made when we decided to write together that we put both our names on it, no matter what." — Playboy, published in 1981
"I said we were more popular than Jesus, which is a fact." — Look, 1966
ven if you loved Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), you had to admit The Beatles went heavy on the studio polish. On side 1, “She’s Leaving Home” told the story of its runaway rich girl with the help of a 10-piece string section that included a harp player. It was a long way from Hamburg.
There was more of the same on “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!,” the John Lennon track that featured tape loops, harmonium, organ parts, and other sounds not made by a Beatle. In brief, producer George Martin’s touch was easily detectable in the making of Sgt. Pepper.
When the sprawling White Album (1968) arrived late the following year, fans got a very different look from the and. On “Blackbird,” basically all you heard was Paul McCartney and an acoustic guitar. And you got the same man-and-a-guitar approach (with Lennon this time) on “Julia.”
More acoustic guitar came on “Rocky Raccoon,” “Mother Nature’s Son,” “Dear Prudence,” and “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill,” among other tracks. It was a defining feature of The White Album, and it was no accident.
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Paul McCartney has shared a heartfelt message on what would've been his late bandmate and friend John Lennon's 80th birthday.
On Friday 9 October, the Wings musician posted a black and white throwback photo of the pair smiling while working on a collaboration as McCartney puts pen to paper in the snap.
"I love this picture, it reminds me of the bond between us," the Beatle wrote on Instagram. "Happy 80th John. Love Paul."
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The Beatles released an incredible amount of music in the 10 years they were together, but there were songs written by John, Paul, and George during that time that never got recorded by the band. Producer Frankie Siragusa, who owns TheLAB STUDIO in Los Angeles and plays in The Posies, has taken these songs and recorded them, imagining them as if The Beatles had recorded them back then, for an album called Goodbye My Love - Lost Songs of The Beatles Covered and Rediscovered which will be out November 20 via Reimagine Music.
Helping Siragusa realize his vision for this album were Ken Stringfellow (The Posies, R.E.M., Big Star), Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. (Jellyfish, Beck), and Keith Slettedahl (The 88, Ray Davies Band). Arrangements were kept to how they would've been in the era that the songs were written and, with Executive Producer Jim Sampas, Frankie recorded the songs using similar equipment that The Beatles would have used at the time. "Great art is malleable, and these new interpretations are reaffirming and multi-faceted," says Sampas. "They allow us to experience the genius of The Beatles’ seminal work from a fresh perspective, and this youthful approach. These are Beatles songs that most people have never h details
The estate of the late George Michael have loaned John Lennon‘s ‘Imagine’ piano to the Strawberry Field exhibition in Liverpool so it can go on public display.
The Steinway piano, which the late Beatle wrote and recorded his 1971 song ‘Imagine’ on, was bought by Michael at auction for £1.45 million back in October 2000. He later toured the piano around the world “as a symbol of peace” and used it during the recording of his song ‘Patience’.
Speaking to reporters at the time of the auction purchase, the late singer said that “it’s not the type of thing that should be in storage somewhere or being protected, it should be seen by people”.
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