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The 2019 edition of The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be the 50th anniversary of the springtime tradition. Music lovers are already buzzing about the possibility of a super superstar headliner to mark the half-century mark.

We have no inside information at this time (though we do so hope producer Quint Davis shoots us a text just as soon as he has a contract in hand). But while we bide our time until the announcement of the lineup (usually near New Year's Day) there's no harm in speculating, right?

Who are you hoping for?

Beyonce and/or Jaz-Z? Pop's most powerful couple are scheduled to appear in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sept. 13. Would a return to Gentilly seven months later be too soon? OH HEAVENS NO!

Paul McCartney? At 76, Beatle Paul would be only a touch older than many of this years' Acura Stage closers. But does he have the song catalog to handle a full 90 minutes?

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The Giro d’Italia bike race is set to enter its final stage in Israel Sunday with a 226-kilometer sprint through the desert from the city of Beersheba down to the port city of Eilat.

The Sunday race, which kicks off at 12:30, follows a Friday time trial in Jerusalem and a dash down the coastal plain on Saturday that marked the first time a major European bike contest was held outside of the Continent.

Residents of the southern region of the country are expected to come out to cheer the cyclists on Sunday, though the number of spectators may be impacted by the start of the working week. Tens of thousands lined streets in Jerusalem and a string of cities on the coastline for the first two stages of the race.

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Everyone knows about The Beatles and their India connection. The group visited India at a time of no Internet and very few news sources as compared to today. So for all those grey-haired people who have grown up listening to The Beatles, and seek information on the band’s time in India, Ajoy Bose’s book on the group can be a good source of information.

Across the Universe focuses more on the band’s escapades in India, with some stories from other parts of the world thrown in for good measure. The author prefers to justify the title on the grounds of their story involving people from across the world.
Bose did not get to talk to The Beatles, but has done a lot of research on the group and borrowed a lot from people who met them. One of them is Ajit Singh, owner of Pratap Music House in Dehradun, who had visited the Rishikesh ashram and interacted with the band. In fact, he had also repaired their guitar. The author did get to interview George Harrison’s wife Pattie Boyd to tie up some loose ends. For a Beatles fan, this book brings to life several memories of the songs and the group.

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The world of music would forever change on July 6, 1957, when John Lennon first met Paul McCartney.

Lennon at the time was a 16-year-old up-and-coming musician who dreamed of becoming the next Elvis Presley. He was hoping to make that goal a reality by being the front man of a rock ‘n’ roll group he formed in Liverpool named The Quarry Men (also written as “The Quarrymen”).

PAUL MCCARTNEY WISHES LATE BEATLES BANDMATE GEORGE HARRISON A HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY

A 15-year-old McCartney had shown up at one of the band’s performances to see them play at a Liverpool church hall.

“[It] was a rather unremarkable event,” Tony Bramwell, a friend of the band told Woman’s World Thursday. “You really didn’t say, ‘Wow! I was there!’ The Quarry Men were playing and not very well, and it was the day Paul said, ‘Hello.’ It actually wasn’t exciting at all.”

But Julia Baird, Lennon’s half-sister, quickly noticed a connection between the two aspiring artists.

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Paul McCartney paid tribute to his parents after a ceremony making him a Companion of Honor at Buckingham Palace.

The former Beatle was joined by wife Nancy Shevell at the Friday ceremony on a sparkling spring day.

He said in a written statement that he saw the award “as a huge honor for me and my family and I think of how proud my Liverpool mum and dad would have been to see this.”

The 75-year-old songwriter, bass player and singer received a knighthood 21 years ago.Ringo Starr, the Beatles’ drummer, was made a knight earlier this year. The other two Beatles, John Lennon and George Harrison, have both died.

The Liverpool band shot to worldwide fame in the early 1960s.

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George Harrison's first electric guitar is up for auction.

Julien's Auctions says Harrison played the Hoffner Club 40 when The Beatles played around Liverpool, England, as The Quarrymen. Harrison traded his acoustic guitar for the electric model with Ray Ennis, who was a member of The Swinging Blue Jeans.

Harrison donated it to a band competition in 1965 and it was won by a member of a German band who died in 2017. His widow is putting it up for auction.

The auction house estimates the guitar will sell for between $200,000 and $300,000.

A 1965 Fender Telecaster owned by The Band's Robbie Robertson played by Harrison, Eric Clapton and Bob Dylan is also on the block and estimated to sell between $400,000 and $600,000.

The auction will take place at New York's Hard Rock Cafe on May 19.

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Sir Paul McCartney was arm in arm with wife Nancy Shevell as they paid a visit to a north London fitness studio on Thursday morning.

The veteran former Beatle, 75, went some way towards proving that age is just a number by stepping out in jogging bottoms and trainers ahead of a workout with Nancy, 58.

Staying warm beneath a tracksuit top and thick quilted coat, Sir Paul was in characteristically high spirits while strolling alongside his American wife.  Joining her husband, Nancy looked ready for her own workout in hooded top, blue leggings and trainers. 

Clutching a bottle of mineral water, the New York born businesswoman followed his lead by covering up in a thick winter coat.

Sir Paul married Nancy on October 9, 2011, exchanging vows at London's Old Marylebone Town Hall registry office - the venue for his first marriage to Linda Eastman 42-years earlier.

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Sir Paul McCartney has given dozens of unseen photographs taken by his late wife Linda to the V&A’s new photography centre.

The 63 pictures include images of The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and The Rolling Stones, as well as personal portraits of the McCartney family on holiday.

Martin Barnes, senior curator of photographs at the South Kensington museum, said McCartney, who in 1968 was the first woman to have a photograph on Rolling Stone’s cover, was “a talented eyewitness of pop culture”. He said: “This exciting gift complements the museum’s collections of photography. Our greatest thanks go to Sir Paul and his family for this generous gift.”

The V&A Photography Centre, which opens on October 12, will more than double the space devoted to photography at the museum. At its heart is the Royal Photographic Society’s renowned collection, which was controversially moved from Bradford’s National Media Museum, its home for more than a decade. It includes work by pioneering 19th-century photographers as well as 20th-century masters such as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Steichen.

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A set of photographs from the Beatles 1964 show at Dundee's Caird Hall has been purchased at auction by a museum in the city.

Leisure and Culture Dundee paid £6,600 for the 33 photographs and 38 negatives of the Fab Four's second and final appearance in Dundee. The pictures will be displayed at Dundee's McManus Galleries this year. The images show the group being interviewed before the concert, as well as shots from during the sell-out show. The set also includes photos of screaming fans waiting for The Beatles to arrive at the venue.

The photographs were taken by Dundee-based professional photographer Winnie Forbes-Cochrane. Leisure and Culture Dundee chairman Sinclair Aitken said Dundee had a "rich and diverse musical heritage." He said: "Caird Hall and the concerts there are a huge part of that, so it's really pleasing to see these pictures of The Beatles come home.

These pictures are a fantastic acquisition for the McManus and will now be preserved in our collections for future generations to enjoy."

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The Beatles will never go out of style! The saga of the beloved band is mythical and significant as ever, even 48 years since their heartbreaking split.

Loyal fans may claim they know everything about icons John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, but will be surprised and delighted to find amazing first-person stories, little-known facts, and revealing photos inside the special collector’s issue about the band’s life and legacy. Relive the wild magic of their early days playing in Liverpool and Hamburg as well as the love-filed epidemic that their meaningful, catchy tunes caused on young music lovers everywhere.

Go behind the scenes for the creation of The Beatles’ brilliant, groundbreaking songs and learn the real reason McCartney got arrested.

Check out the new special and get an inside scoop on Pete Best’s firing, plus find out how Lennon’s wife Cynthia (accidentally) discovered his affair with Yoko Ono. To re-experience the glory days of the most influential pop band in history, shop Remembering the Beatles, on newsstands now.

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