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A cassette tape recording of an interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, including a never released song, made while they visited Denmark in 1970 will be auctioned in Copenhagen on Tuesday.

The tape, featuring the song “Radio Peace”, was recorded on Jan. 5, 1970 by four Danish boys who had succeeded in getting an interview with the couple for a local school magazine.

The tape, which the four are selling along with photographs from the meeting, will go on sale with an estimated price of between $31,500 and $47,000, auction house Bruun Rasmussen said.

During the 33-minute recording, Lennon speaks about the couple’s peace campaign, his frustration with the Beatles image, and the length of his hair.

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A collection of letters that the mother of The Beatles’ George Harrison wrote to a superfan over a five-year period has emerged for sale.

Louise Harrison replied to Lorraine O’Malley’s letters from August 1964 until her death in 1970, sharing notable events in the band’s history, as well as news of her son’s marriage to Pattie Boyd.

Mrs O’Malley, who started writing as a star-struck 16-year-old, kept the correspondence – which also included signed photographs of Harrison and bandmates Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr – safely stored in a safety deposit box for the next 50 years.

She has now decided to put the 55 letters and images up for sale with Omega Auctions, based in Merseyside, with an estimate of £6,000.

The letters went back and forth, with Mrs Harrison even telling Mrs O’Malley to call her ‘mum’ and passing on her new address when she and her husband moved.

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A Liverpool dad has revealed how he chatted to Sir Paul McCartney about their old school after he spotted his hero standing at a bus stop in the Heswall area of Wirral.

Beatles fan Colin Newitt, 52, was driving his family back home to South Liverpool on Saturday afternoon when they saw him as they were stopped at traffic lights.

Colin said "I wound the window down and shouted 'Paul'. He shouted back 'You alright?".

"I then told him that I went to the same school as him. He asked me which one and I said Liverpool Institute. He asked me who was my teacher and I said I couldn't remember but that Mr Parker was the head.

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Last week Ringo Starr appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live to discuss his brand new EP, Change The World. During the conversation, Kimmel brought up The Beatles’ upcoming documentary Get Back, which is being directed by the mind behind the Lord of the Rings trilogy, Peter Jackson.

The Get Back docuseries is comprised of video footage taken in 1969 when The Beatles were recording their final album, Let It Be.

A version of the footage was released in the same year as the album, in 1970, however it focussed on some arguments had within the band, rather than them working together.

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George Harrison‘s son Dhani Harrison might have been an only child, but he was never lonely. He hung out with his parents, who always treated him like an adult and his parent’s friends. Plus, Dhani had many cousins in his father’s friend’s children, including the children of George’s fellow Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. While there were only four people in the world who knew what it was like to be a Beatle, their children are also part of an exclusive club together.

What is it like to be a child of a Beatle? No one knows except Dhani and the rest of The Beatles’ spawn, and they’ve all bonded because of it. They’re all Beatles siblings.

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John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono were recorded discussing George Harrison’s five-day departure from the Beatles in 1969, a biographer revealed.

John Harris was given access to the hundreds of hours of recordings made as the group began to disintegrate. His book, Get Back, arrives on Oct. 12 and ties in with Peter Jackson’s six-hour movie series of the same name, to be released in November.

In a lunchtime chat taped on Jan. 11, the day after Harrison walked out of rehearsals, Harris said that “Lennon, Ono and McCartney had lunch, and recorded a remarkable conversation,” He wrote in the Guardian: “On the audio I was given, it began suddenly and unexpectedly: Lennon: ‘I mean, I’m not going to lie, you know. I would sacrifice you all for her [Ono]… She comes everywhere, you know.’ McCartney: ‘So where’s George?’ Lennon: ‘Fuck knows where George is.’ Ono: ‘Oh, you can get back George so easily, you know that.’

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Paul McCartney refused to allow a cover of his song “Because of Linda” by a performer.

PAUL MCCARTNEY spent much of his career as a member of The Beatles covering tunes, but because of his late wife, Linda McCartney, he would not let a performer perform one of his compositions.

After The Beatles broke up in 1970, the band’s members moved on to pursue solo careers. Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda McCartney, formed the band Wings at the time. The theme song for the James Bond film Live and Let Die was written and recorded by the band in 1973. The song, which shared the same title as the film, drew a slew of celebrity fans, including one well-known cover artist.

Weird Al Yankovic, a spoof singer, was eager to cover the song shortly after it was published.

Paul was already familiar with Weird Al’s repertoire when they met, which featured parodies of Michael Jackson’s Bad (Fat) and Beat It (Eat It), as well as Madonna’s Like a Virgin (Like a Surgeon).

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George Harrison and his wife Olivia welcomed their only son Dhani on Aug. 1, 1978. As the child of an ex-Beatle and one of the best recording artists of all time, you can imagine that Dhani had a bit of an unconventional childhood. He grew up around great musicians and celebrities. However, outside of having a famous father, Dhani grew up in a bubble of privacy at his family’s home at Friar Park.

Many assumed that Dhani would have become a musician just like George. That’s not exactly what happened. It took some time for Dhani to realize that he wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps.

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Fab Four enthusiasts will be delighted this month to have been granted access to four previously unreleased mixes from the band’s 1969 and 1970 Get Back sessions which ultimately culminated in 1970’s Let It Be. The batch of songs, released collectively as a single titled Get Back (Take 8), includes alternate versions of “Get Back,” “One After 909,” “Across The Universe,” and George Harrison’s “I Me Mine.”

The newly surfaced tracks were released as part of a rollout for the Super Deluxe reissue of Let It Be which will include 27 previously unavailable session tracks, as well as an updated mix by producer Giles Martin, and will hit shelves October 15th, 2021.

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On paper, the idea looked brilliant. In the opening weeks of January 1969, the Beatles were working up new songs for a televised concert, and being filmed as they did so. Where the event would take place was unclear – but as rehearsals at Twickenham film studios went on, one of their associates came up with the idea of travelling to Libya, where they would perform in the remains of a famous amphitheatre, part of an ancient Roman city called Sabratha. As the plan was discussed amid set designs and maps one Wednesday afternoon, a new element was added: why not invite a few hundred fans to join them on a specially chartered ocean liner?

Over the previous few days, John Lennon had been quiet and withdrawn, but now he seemed to be brimming with enthusiasm. The ship, he said, could be the setting for final dress rehearsals. He envisaged the group timing their set so they fell into a carefully picked musical moment just as the sun came up over the Mediterranean. If the four of them had been wondering how to present their performance, here was the most gloriously simple of answers: “God’s the gimmick,” he enthused.

Source: John Harris/theguardian.com

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