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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.'"

Source: Callum Crumlish/express.co.uk

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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!

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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.

Source: Sarah Kante/express.co.uk

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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.

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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.

Source: Dave Owen/leicestermercury.co.uk

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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.

Source: Ruaraidh Britton/staffordshire-live.co.uk

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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."

Source: Dave Paulson, Nashville Tennessean/yahoo.com

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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.

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