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This is the story of aging rock musician Gary Goldberg, The Beatles and a lie that, in the end, came to haunt him. Goldberg took the podium last week at the Elmhurst Historical Museum to tell a few dozen spectators about his days in the Cave Dwellers — a 1960s Chicago garage-rock band that never made it big but, 48 years later, found a new audience among collectors of reissued and hard-to-find vinyl records.

The story was nearly true, save for the most attention-grabbing detail: that on Aug. 20, 1965, the Cave Dwellers opened for The Beatles at Comiskey Park, where legendary guitarist George Harrison played Goldberg's Hagstrom six-string and gave away his own guitar strap as thanks. What Goldberg, now 68, wasn't prepared for was being publicly confronted at the museum by former bandmates, prompting a Daily Herald investigation that culminated five days later with a striking confession. "We really didn't play (with The Beatles) at all," Goldberg admitted. "It (the story) just got carried away, and I couldn't stop it."

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A WEBSITE devoted to random meetings between the public and The Beatles over the years is set to become a book. The Facebook page, called The Beatles And Me, was set up “for a bit of a laugh” according to its creator Dean Johnson.

But in just a few months it has pictures and stories from hundreds of encounters with John, Paul, George and Ringo over the decades. It has become so successful that Dean and Jennifer Smedley, the creative director of Liverpool-based Plantapress, now plan to turn the web page into a book. Jennifer said the idea came up after she met Dean through a mutual friend. She said: “Dean told me about it and how he thought it would make a good book – and I thought ‘yes, let’s do it’.”

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Lennon jacket fetches £7,000 - Friday, August 23, 2013

A Derbyshire woman has paid £7,000 for a jacket once worn by Beatles star John Lennon.

The teal blue jacket was once the property of Jo Jo Johns, personal assistant to The Beatles, who worked at the group's offices from 1968 to 1975 and cleared Lennon's house when he moved to America. The winning bidder said it was a birthday present for her husband. The jacket was expected to fetch between £8,000-£12,000.

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Beatle's ex-wife claims silver medal - Friday, August 23, 2013

Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has taken out second place in the women's adaptive slalom event at the New Zealand Winter Games. Mills, who is ranked 28th in the world in the event, clocked two minutes 9.09 seconds to miss out on the gold to Canada's Melanie Schwartz (1:59.79) on Queenstown's Coronet Peak.

The 45-year-old former model lost her leg below the knee in a road accident in 1993. She married Beatles star McCartney in 2002 and they divorced six years later. She won four gold medals at last year's US Adaptive Alpine Skiing National Championships in Aspen, Colorado and is hoping to qualify for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi in February


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The Alberta dentist who bought John Lennon's tooth has sent it to the U.S. for DNA sequencing in the hopes the former Beatles may one day be cloned. With a little help from an Alberta dentist and the power of science, John Lennon may someday live to sing another song.

But not any time soon.Michael Zuk, a dentist based in Red Deer, bought the molar of former Beatle for more than $30,000 (U.S.) in 2011. He has sent it to American researchers who are looking at ways to extract Lennon’s DNA from the tooth.His goal is to use the information to eventually clone the legendary musician, who was murdered in 1980.But one cloning expert said it’s impossible to pull off at this point.

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If you want to discover the rich history of the Beatles, and walk in their footsteps, you will be buying a plane ticket to England. You will head to Liverpool where they grew up, seeing their childhood homes and the places they played, and London, where they recorded the most famous albums in rock and roll history and performed for the Queen.

This article lists the most fascinating and historic Fab Four landmarks in both cities, must-sees for any serious Beatles fan. Whether you are going with a large organized group of fans, or headed there solo, this article will help you get your bearings and come in handy once you are there.

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Sid Bernstein, the visionary music promoter and producer who booked The Beatles to play Carnegie Hall and Shea Stadium in the 1960s, has died at the age of 95. During his career, Bernstein also booked acts like Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Judy Garland and the Rolling Stones.

The visionary force who helped launch the “British Invasion” by introducing America to a then-little-known band called The Beatles died in his sleep Wednesday in New York City, said his publicist. He was 95. Sid Bernstein, born and raised in Manhattan, booked the emerging rock band from Liverpool for historic concerts at Carnegie Hall and Shea Stadium during the 1960s.

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The Broadway engagement of Let It Be will conclude Sunday, September 1st at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street) following 46 performances and 9 previews. At the time of closing, the Broadway production is projected to have cumulatively grossed between 2 and 2.4 million dollars, playing to over 50,000 audience members. The show began previews Tuesday, July 16th and officially opened Wednesday, July 24th.

Ever since John Lennon was tragically gunned down in 1980, it has been widely and persistently reported that the former Beatle spoke a few minutes after he was shot. Jim O'Donnell, a noted details

After decades of industrial decline, the northern English city of Liverpool's cry of Help!is being heard as tourists flock to the home of The Beatles. The recession-hit city's struggling economy now receives an infusion of hundreds of millions of pounds a year as a result of visitors drawn to Liverpool by the pull of the world's best-selling pop group, local government agencies estimate.

Beginning tomorrow, an expected 50,000 Beatles fans will Come Togetherin Liverpool to celebrate the annual International Beatles Week. Despite the fact the band has not played together since the end of the 1960s and two of its members, John Lennon and George Harrison, are dead, The Beatles' home town still attracts fans from regions all over the world.
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The magical mystery behind a letter of authenticity for Sir Paul McCartney’s old door has led to a charity donation. The front door from the former home of the McCartney family, in Liverpool’s Forthlin Road, is among items set to go under the hammer and is expected to fetch about £8,500.

It came with a letter from Sheila Jones, who lived in the house after the McCartneys moved out.  But when Sheila and her family read about The Beatles 22nd annual memorabilia auction in the ECHO, they revealed she never wrote a letter. Auction organiser Stephen Bailey said: “The ECHO informed us she never wrote the letter that came with the door and we spoke to Sheila’s son. “We got in touch with the vendor of the door, who bought the item with the letter at a previous auction.

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