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Does Twitter Love or Hate Paul McCartney? - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Bonjour! Today we did a very comprehensive analysis of Paul McCartney’s Twitter activity. So let’s do it. These are the main things: as of 2019-11-17, Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) has 4023414 Twitter followers, is following 16 people, has tweeted 5009 times, has liked 99 tweets, has uploaded 2532 photos and videos and has been on Twitter since September 2009.

Going from the top of the page to the bottom, their latest tweet, at the time of writing, has 73 replies, 648 retweets and 2,669 likes, their second latest tweet has 23 replies, 103 reweets and 917 likes, their third latest tweet has 221 replies, 267 retweets and 2,010 likes, their fourth latest tweet has 81 replies, 369 retweets and 3,022 likes and their fifth latest tweet has 93 replies, 1,386 retweets and 6,317 likes. (We could keep going, but we think you get the idea… 😛)

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Paul McCartney Sad 'Homeless' Video Revealed - Wednesday, December 11, 2019

We recently covered how Paul McCartney is one of the most giving and charitable individuals in all of rock music, if not all of the music industry entirely when McCartney left this massive tip at a restaurant. In a touching yet unrelated follow-up to that story, we can once again shine another glaring example on why there is no other individual in this world like Sir Paul himself.

The iconic co-founder of the Beatles recently took to Twitter to proclaim his involvement in ‘The World’s Big Sleep Out’. According to the official website of the campaign: “The World’s Big Sleep Out Campaign was founded by Josh Littlejohn MBE, the co-founder of the charity Social Bite – based in Scotland.” It is run in partnership with multiple organizations such as UNICEF USA, The Institute for Global Homelessness, Malala Fund and others. The goal of this endeavor is to help raise awareness for homelessness and displacement. McCartney had this to say via Twitter about the campaign. Paul McCartney ‘angers’ Michael Jackson in studio photo.

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A new event will give Beatles fans a chance to hear the legendary album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band in a new immersive fashion. It will take place at National Museums Liverpool’s Dr Martin Luther King Jr Building at the Royal Albert Dock from 19 December 2019 to 9 January 2020 – not including 24-26 December and 31 December to 1 January.

Grammy-award-winning producer Giles Martin, son of Beatles producer George Martin, spoke to the Liverpool Echo about the location’s significance, saying that “without Liverpool there would be no Sgt Pepper. Liverpool is where it should be.” He also discussed the unique audio experience on offer, saying “people will become fully immersed in a soundscape, which is unlike any other. For me, it’s like imagining falling through the vinyl of a record and into this world where you’re surrounded by The Beatles. It’s like sitting in Abbey Road’s Studio 2 and having The Beatles play for you.”

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Ten of our favorite John Lennon quotes - Tuesday, December 10, 2019

John Lennon was not just a global music phenomenon, but an outspoken advocate for the anti-war, Native American, African American and feminist movements. Here are some of his most memorable quotes from his lifetime of activism and entertainment, according to goalcast.com.

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

“Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted.”

“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”

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Billboard Magazine recently released its list of the Greatest 125 Artists of All Time, with The Beatles taking the top spot.

Rounding out the top five are The Rolling Stones at two, Elton John at three, Mariah Carey at four, and Madonna at five.

Music journalist Eric Alper said the point of this list is really quite simple: to spark debate and controversy.

“It’s fun for people like you and I to sit here and complain or gloat or be gleeful that our favourite artists are making another chart.”
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Let’s look at the band Chicago, best known for a string of hits like Hard To Say I’m Sorry, 25 Or 6 To 4 and Look Away. They took the number 10 slot, ahead of Elvis Presley.

“I remember them as kind of the AM radio staple in the 1980s and then they disappeared,” said Alper during his recent appearance on the 630 CHED Afternoon News. “But for 19-consecutive studio albums, they sold over a million copies in America.”

Another interesting case on this list is Taylor Swift.

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History is dotted with ‘where were you' moments, singular events that change the course of society in an instant. One such occasion was the the murder of John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980. On that day, fellow rock icon Tom Petty had been in the studio working on his Hard Promises LP, while also hoping he’d get a chance to meet the famous former Beatle.

“I was working with Jimmy Iovine, who was a friend of John’s,” the rocker recalled in the book Conversations with Tom Petty. “And Ringo was working next door that week. The talk right around that time was that John was coming to sing on Ringo’s album. So we were kind of jazzed up, thinking we were going to meet John.”

Sadly, fate had other plans. Lennon was gunned down that night outside of his home at the Dakota in New York, the victim of a deranged fan. Petty was still in the studio when he got the news.

“A call came and said John had been shot," Petty recalled. "We just thought it was nonsense. And then a call came right back in about 15 minutes that said that John’s dead."

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As December rolls around each year, it brings with it a sense of melancholy and remembrance of things lost, in particular John Lennon, who was executed in front of his New York home 39 years ago. At the time, there was little solace to be gained in the aftermath of that news and it remains so today, though the undeniable escape from the pain both then and now — ironically enough — was the music that John created as part of The Beatles with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

And rather than get mired in the sadness, one would rather go in the opposite direction and celebrate John’s memory, in this case by looking back at the day he met Paul and, despite the fact they could never have suspected it, was put on the road to quite literally change the world. That being said, the Earth didn’t shake, the clouds didn’t part and a choir or angels didn’t sing on July 6, 1957.

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On December 8th marked 39 years when one of the greatest minds to ever play rock ‘n’ roll was murdered. John Lennon meant so much to so many people it’s impossible to measure the loss. But if there’s a silver lining about the date, it’s also the late great Gregg Allman’s birthday. To remember these two monumental rock legends, check out The Allman Brothers Band doing the primarily Lennon-penned Beatles song “Rain” from the Jones Beach Theater on September 7, 2013 for this edition of Sunday Cinema.

Allman’s history with the song stretches back to 1985 when he recorded a version of “Rain” with a choir that came out as part of The Allman Brothers Band’s 1989 Dreams boxset. Allman would perform the song live in 2005 as part of his solo act. He would subsequently bring the tune to The Allman Brothers Band in 2013.

“Rain” was a good choice for Gregg to cover as it came at a particularly heady time for The Beatles and the young Allman. “Rain” arrived in May of 1966 along with the primarily McCartney-written tune “Paperback Writer.” Both songs came out of the groundbreaking Revolver sessions although neither appea details

Yoko Ono has posted an emotional tribute to John Lennon on the 39th anniversary of his death.

The former Beatle was shot and killed outside his New York apartment on December 8, 1980. He was 40 years old.

Remembering her late husband, Ono called again for America to change its gun laws before describing the loss of John as a “hollowing experience.”

Ono wrote: “Dear Friends. Every day, 100 Americans are shot and killed with guns. We are turning this beautiful country into a War Zone. Together, let’s bring back America, the green land of peace.”

Ono shared a statistic that revealed over 1,400,000 people have been killed by guns in America since Lennon’s death.

Ono added: “The death of a loved one is a hollowing experience. After 39 years, Sean, Julian and I still miss him. Imagine all the people living life in peace.”

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Unbelievably,Today will mark 39 years since former Beatle John Lennon was gunned down in front of his home at The Dakota in New York City. Lennon loved Manhattan and felt free there, free enough to not carry security detail or to put any kind of buffer between himself and the public.

Lennon was killed late in the day, so late that many didn’t learn of his death until the next morning. For weeks afterward, radio stations endlessly played his music.

Also after his death came quite a few songs written in tribute to Lennon.

Here are three of the best tribute songs. These are ‘the best’ because each of the composers/performers knew Lennon well and it shows in each song.

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It was 39 years ago today that world-famous The Beatles star John Lennon was shot to death by a fan as he returned home in New York with his wife.

The music and pop culture icon, Lennon is being commemorated Sunday for his music, wordplay and visual arts.

Lennon was the founding member of The Beatles, formed with Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) in Liverpool, England in 1960.

He was born in England on Oct. 9, 1940 during a German air raid in World War II. A child of divorce, Lennon grew up with his aunt, Mimi.

His mother Julia Lennon was the first person to introduce him to music when she taught him how to play the banjo and piano.

Lennon lost his mother in a car accident in July 1958. His father, Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman, never had close relations with his son.

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On October 9 of next year, John Lennon would have turned 80 years of age. On the exact date of this momentous occasion, Friday evening, October 9, 2020, Beatles fans and music aficionados from all over will "come together" at the Norwalk Concert Hall, 125 East Avenue in Norwalk, Connecticut, for a very special theatrical concert event entitled "Remember Lennon: Imagine 80." Doors open at 7pm and showtime is 8pm.Connecticut-based Liverpool Productions Beatles Fan Club premiered a similar event in 2010 at the Shubert Theater in New Haven in celebration of John Lennon's 70th birthday. The show was a speculative representation of a concert that Lennon may have performed had he still been alive and actually playing out. The show incorporated multi-media slide-shows and rare video, a full backing band and state-of-the art production to present an evening of John Lennon's Beatles and post-Beatles material live in concert. It included not only Lennon's earlier "Moptop" hits with his mates Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, but also covered John's most memorable and poignant recordings as a solo artist.

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On Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York City apartment building by a deranged fan.

The former member of The Beatles was gunned down by Mark David Chapman in the archway of the Dakota, where Lennon lived with his wife, Yoko Ono, and his son, Sean.

The shocking act of violence was felt around the world. There was an outpouring of grief as fans held solemn vigils.

The news was broken to America by Howard Cosell on ABC's "Monday Night Football," and the above video shows you how Channel 7's Rose Ann Scamardella delivered the news after the game's end, and how WABC-TV covered the story in the days of mourning that lay ahead.

Fans quickly gathered outside the Dakota apartments to mourn the loss of the iconic musician, and stayed for days.

His grieving fans spoke out against the senseless act of violence that overwhelmed not only New York City -- but also the world.

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When asked if he felt nostalgia for the old days Keith Moon and John Entwistle were with him in The Who, Townshend had a whopper of a reply. “It’s not going to make Who fans very happy, but thank God they’re gone,” he said. (Townshend later apologized to those he may have hurt.)

But no one could chalk that up to Townshend’s age and perceived crankiness. He’s been candid — at times, brutally so — from the start. In The Kids Are Alright (1979), you’ll find a much younger Townshend describing his own act as “musical sensationalism.”

In that documentary, you get a peek at another 1966 clip when Townshend spoke about a lack of quality in The Who’s music. And he said there wasn’t much in the quality in pop music as a whole — Beatles included.

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If you wanted to recount the breakup of The Beatles, you could start with the band’s final single, “The Long and Winding Road.” When the Fab Four began work on this track in January 1969, they were hardly on good terms. (Anyone who’s caught the Let It Be documentary can see that.)

By the time “The Long and Winding Road” was about to be released (spring 1970), Paul McCartney was appalled at what the song had become. Once Phil Spector came in to salvage the Let It Be tapes, Paul’s original concept changed so much it was nearly unrecognizable.

Spector’s work, which included overdubs of an orchestra and choir, made a mockery of the album’s “back to basics” concept. But Spector had his reasons for using a heavy hand in his role as producer.

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On New Year's Day in 1962, a then-unknown band called The Beatles performed 15 songs for British label Decca Records. The band believed the audition would land them a recording contract.

It did not.

There is some debate as to whether Decca Records rejected The Beatles or The Beatles rejected an offer from Decca to press their records only if the band paid for it themselves. Whatever the case, The Beatles' then manager Brian Epstein held on to a recording of the audition.

The Beatles, of course, went on to get signed (their first big hit in America was with EMI Records in 1963) and became one of the most beloved and famous bands in history.

Now, Sotheby's London will auction the tape of the Decca audition online, estimating it will sell for 50,000 to 70,000 pounds, or about $65,000 to $90,000.

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In celebration of what would have been John’s Lennon’s 79th birthday, grassroots non-profit Theatre Within has announced artists for the 39th Annual John Lennon Tribute on Friday, December 6. The event will be held at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th street.

In addition to artist-activist Natalie Merchant, who will be honored as the sixth recipient of the “John Lennon Real Love Award,” the Tribute will feature performances by Joan Osborne, Rachael Yamagata, Sam Amidon, Willie Nile and Raye Zaragoza, backed by a band led by drummer Rich Pagano, one of the founding members of the Fab Faux.

Merchant, who will be appearing in the long-running charity concert for first time, said in a statement:

 “John and Yoko’s activism had a profound impact upon me as a child. Through their ingenious war protests they challenged the entire world to reflect upon itself. In my estimation, ‘Imagine’ remains the most powerful three minutes and eight seconds of music ever recorded. It contains a vision of our highest aspirations in the most concise language and simple melody. John and Yoko realized that popular details

When The Beatles released their debut album, it marked the arrival of a formidable new songwriting team. The work of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who penned “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Please Please Me,” and other gems, had no trouble standing beside tracks by Carole King and Burt Bacharach.

But that wasn’t the only revelation. In the group’s spirited covers of “Boys” (Ringo Starr) and “Chains” (George Harrison), The Beatles showed anyone in the band could carry a lead vocal — and do so convincingly.

However, on the songwriting front, the originals were all credited to Lennon/McCartney. As time passed, that wouldn’t change much for Ringo. By the end of the Fab Four’s run, he’d only have two songwriting credits on his own.

George, on the other hand, would become a prolific (and highly accomplished) songwriter by the time the band parted ways in 1970. And he started filling up that songbook on the Beatles’ second LP.

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John Lennon first met Yoko Ono back in 1966. The Beatles icon later fell head over heels in love with the artist and they tied the knot in 1979. But the relationship wasn’t always easy, with Ono remembering the backlash they faced from fans all over the globe.

In an interview with The Telegraph in 2012, she recalled the impact being with Lennon had on her art career and how their marriage affected the direction of his music.

“In a way both John and I ruined our careers by getting together,” she said. “Although we weren’t aware of it at the time.”

After getting together with Ono, Lennon moved away from mainstream music, The Beatles splitting just a year after they were married.

She encouraged him to explore more experimental music and he drew her attention into their relationship and away from her art.

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Paul McCartney has been a committed vegetarian since his late wife, Linda, stopped cooking meat in the 1970s—but there’s one ritual the former Beatle still carries on from his carnivorous life: carving duty at the Christmas Day feast.

“The thing about becoming vegetarian is that some of the things that I saw as traditional male roles — not wanting to get too sexist or genderist here — such as barbecuing, and slicing the roast, went,” McCartney, 77, told the Sunday Times. “I wanted something to carve at Christmas!”

Linda’s initial solution was to create “a macaroni cheese that she shaped and left to set,” says McCartney. These days, however, the legendary songwriter has the slightly easier task of slicing through a vegetarian roast made from mushroom duxelles straight out of the best-selling Linda McCartney vegetarian range. Launched nearly 30 years ago, the brand is now a familiar sight in British supermarkets.

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In John Lennon’s last major interview, he was his usually provocative self. He spoke of how hurt he was by George Harrison’s new book, the Beatles songs he considered to be garbage, and why he thought Paul McCartney tried to sabotage “Across the Universe.”

But that was only the half of it. Speaking with Playboy’s David Sheff, John also said Paul addressed “Get Back” to his wife Yoko Ono. ” “I think there’s some underlying thing about Yoko in there,” he said. “You know, ‘Get back to where you once belonged.’ Every time he sang the line, he’d look at Yoko.”

When Sheff asked if he was joking, John insisted he wasn’t. “Maybe he’ll say I’m paranoid. You know, he can say, ‘I’m a normal family man. Those two are freaks.’ That’ll leave him a chance to say that one.”

While it’s impossible to get inside Paul’s mind during those sessions, we do know how the song evolved over time. It started out as social commentary before Paul brought it around to his fictional Jojo and Loretta.

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Peter Asher is more than qualified to take us on a journey through the Beatles’ many songs and adventures. He’s a longtime friend of the band, and in the late ’60s was a producer for the Beatles’ Apple label, signing such talents as James Taylor. He’s been producing stars ever since and recently hosted SiriusXM’s radio show about the Fab Four, “From Me to You.” Though hardcore Beatles fans won’t find much that’s terribly surprising about the band in Asher’s new book, “The Beatles from A to Zed,” the writer and producer excels at excavating details and connections that sparkle and entertain.

Adopting Asher’s alphabetical format, here are some delightful — and less-than-delightful — takeaways from Asher’s book. (Space limitations kept me from including the full alphabet.)

A: A is for Abbey Road Studios. It was originally known as EMI Recording Studios and was inaugurated by Sir Edward Elgar, England’s famous classical composer who wrote that school graduation grind, “Pomp and Circumstance.”

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Looking for a unique Christmas gift?

Two upcoming auctions may just offer the perfect surprise on Dec 25 for the recipient if he is a fan of John Lennon, Ringo Starr or Elton John.

Lennon's trademark round sunglasses and a parking ticket issued on April 25, 1969 to fellow Beatle Starr - for a traffic offence - are up for auction online between Dec 6 and 13.

The two items come from Mr Alan Herring, a driver for the Fab Four.

The eyewear has defects but he told AFP that Lennon had told him not to fix them after the driver volunteered to get repairs done.

For fans of John, there is a chance to get hold of the original lyric manuscripts of landmark songs Candle In The Wind, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Bennie And The Jets and Saturday Night's Alright For Fighting.

The seller in the auction on Dec 9 is Ms Maxine Taupin, former wife of Bernie Taupin, John's longtime songwriter.

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John Lennon was shot and killed by Mark Chapman outside the home he shared with Yoko Ono in Manhattan, New York, on December 8, 1980. As the 39th anniversary of his death approaches, an unearthed interview with Ono sees her opening up about losing her husband in such a sudden and devastating way.

Back in 2012, Ono spoke out about her approach to life, telling The Telegraph: “I want to tell you this story.

“When I was in elementary school in Japan they had a textbook with a picture of a Japanese warrior who asked to be given seven sufferings and eight disasters, because he wanted to take over everybody’s suffering and disasters,” she recalled.

“It’s a courageous thing to do, and I was only a little girl and I thought that sounds good and I wanted to be like him. Do good for the world in the sense of taking everyone’s pain away.

“I asked for the seven sufferings and my life became terribly difficult. All sorts of misery,” Lennon’s wife explained.

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As the years passed, John Lennon seemed to think less and less of his Beatles songs. In 1980, while sitting for his last major interview, John labeled a number of his well-liked compositions as either “throwaways” or “pieces of garbage.”

That list included tracks as diverse as “And Your Bird Can Sing” from Revolver (“another horror”) and “Cry Baby Cry” from The White Album (“a piece of rubbish”). And while John was proud of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, he labeled “Good Morning, Good Morning” as more junk.

However, there was one Sgt. Pepper’s song that gained in stature in John’s eyes over the years. Though he described it as a rush-job around the time he wrote and recorded the song with The Beatles, he ended up calling it “pure, like a painting, a pure watercolor” shortly before he died.

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