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Some revolutions have been hatched in neighborhood pubs; others in the streets. Fifty years ago this week, in a downstairs basement in London, Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote "I Want to Hold Your Hand." They recorded it the next day. While they hoped it would reach No. 1 on the charts, neither artist dreamed it would become the seminal song of a generation.

Most historians believe the Beatles' first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964, marked the turning point in popular culture. To the uninitiated, that's mostly true. John, Paul, George and Ringo's performance that winter night was watched by a record-breaking 40 million people coast to coast. I was one of them. Another person who watched that fateful night was Jack Paar, the legendary host of "The Tonight Show." Paar had introduced the lads from Liverpool to America three months earlier when he aired a tape of them entertaining British audiences. Despite being only a sophomore at Cubberley High School at the time, I still remember watching Paar's clip like it was ye details

Brian Wilson thinks Paul McCartney is the best musician around today and branded the musician as the most ''gifted'' singer he's ever listened to. The Beach Boys singer branded the former Beatles musician as the most ''gifted'' singer he's ever listened to and praised the 'Let it Be' singer for his innovative sounds.

When asked by whom he rates today, he replied: ''Gee, that's a hard question to answer. I think Paul McCartney, you know? ''Because he's probably the most gifted musician I've ever known and he brings new and beautiful things to people.'' Brian admitted he initially felt self-conscious about being deaf in his right ear, but claims the disability motivated him to write The Beach Boys 1966 album, 'Pet Sounds', recognised as one of the most influential records in the history of popular music. The 71-year-old musician mused: ''Well, I mean, I felt a little bit inadequate about my right ear so I think I overcompensated when I wrote Pet Sou details

Berlin - "For her lasting artistic and peace-promoting political work," Yoko Ono, Japanese artist and widow of John Lennon, has won a prestigious German peace prize — the Theodor Wanner Lifetime Achievement Award.
The award recalls the German manager and patron Theodor Wanner (1875-1955), on whose initiative the Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA) was founded in 1917. German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle watched as Ono received the prize near Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate. 80-year-old Ono said to the watching crowd:"This prize is a message to me from you that what I've been doing was understood by you." "Now is time for action and action is peace. Think peace, act peace, spread peace, and let's make it all together." The award included 10,000 euros ($13,700), which Ono immediately handed to Boniface Mwangi, who runs an organization that helps young artists in Kenya.

It is one of those popular Beatles songs that appeals across generations. Octopus's Garden, like Maxwell's Silver Hammer or Yellow Submarine, have the sort of merry tunes and simple lyrics that please music lovers from nursery to nursing home and all those in between.

When I play the song, from the 1969 Abbey Road album, to my three-year-old son Leo, the story-like lyrics captivate him. And now those lyrics, conjured up by Ringo Starr in 1968 while holidaying in Sardinia on Peter Sellers' yacht, have been turned into the words of a children's book. The children's fantasy journey sees them hide in giant whelk shells, swim with a blue whale and ride on the back of a fleet of turtles before joining the octopus in his garden and adorning him with jewels. The book comes with a CD featuring a reading by Ringo Starr and a never-before-heard version of the song.


Sir Paul McCartney has given an impromptu gig in Covent Garden during the lunchtime rush. "Good afternoon," he told that assembled crowd of more than 2,000 fans. "Welcome to Covent Garden." "We're just going to do some songs from our new album so get your phones out... As if they weren't already," he added.

The 71-year-old sang four songs from his latest album, New, from a truck parked on the piazza. It follows a similar stunt in New York last week. The London gig began at 1330 BST, about an hour after Sir Paul announced it on Twitter. "I'm getting ready to pop up in Covent Garden," the former Beatle tweeted. "Oh baby!" "Alright! Busking!" he joked after taking to the stage, watched by his daughter, Stella. "This is a change from the '60s because we would just have been coming in from the clubs right now." The singer opened with his current single, also called New, and closed with the same song approximately 20 minutes later, telling the audience: "Thank you very much. OK now, back to work!"

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A RARE set of Beatles autographs, featuring all of the Fab Four, will go under the hammer at a Wareham auction next month, it has been announced. The autographs, collected by a fan after the band performed on the Thank Your Lucky Stars television show in 1963, will form part of a sale at Cottees Auctions.

Signed Beatles photographs containing all four members have sold for thousands of pounds at auction, as they remain the most sought-after items of Beatles memorabilia. Auctioneer John Condie said: “The autographs are contained in a personal scrapbook compiled at the time.“Together with the set of autographs are two publicity photographs of the group at Thank Your Lucky Stars, a fan club autographed card and various black and white publicity cards which will be offered at the same time.”

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The former Beatle was put on the spot during a phone chat with the host on Wednesday (16Oct13) as he launched a series of intimate concerts at the BBC's tiny Maida Vale studios in London, and agreed he would be willing to perform at The Mulberry Inn in Chiddingfold if those keen to see him play there stumped up the cash for Children in Need.

Evans, who pulled off a similar stunt earlier this year (13) after asking Take That star Gary Barlow to perform for 25 couples who paid to attend the intimate showcase, asked McCartney to play a 45-minute set on 28 June, 2014, prompting the rocker to state, "If I'm available, yeah, I will." The rock icon's daytime gig at Maida Vale on Wednesday, which aired live on BBC Radio was a return date for McCartney, who recorded several early sessions with the Beatles there in the 1960s.

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Rock fans will get the chance to perform 'live' with dead heroes including John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury and Kurt Cobain when a hologram museum opens in London. Bosses of the Music Hall of Fame in Camden, north London are planning to use the latest technology to create lifelike 3D images of some of the world's most famous late and living stars.

Visitors will then be able to join their favourite musician for a performance, which will be recorded onto Dvd for posterity. The innovative idea was sparked after a hologram of dead rapper Tupac Shakur was used during a performance by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre at last year's (12) Coachella festival in California. The project's manager Lee Bennett tells the London Evening Standard, "You could be transported back to a specific moment of music or play with artists who are no longer alive, even playing back-to-back with a hologram. I was at Coachella watching Tupac and it blew people's minds."


An avid autograph hunter picked an unusual time to ask for Sir Paul McCartney's signature - in the middle of a live performance being broadcast by the BBC. The fan was in the audience of only around 200 people, made up of listeners and guests, who were watching the intimate show at the Maida Vale studios in west London.

Sir Paul seemed bemused by the request as he played a handful of new and old songs during a session for BBC Radio 6 Music, at the studios he last visited in the 1960s with The Beatles. "What? Now?" he asked the cheeky fan. "I love it - there's one in every crowd. As if I don't have enough to do to remember the songs and the chords."

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Critics praise Paul McCartney's "New" album - Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Paul McCartney has been rolling out quite a bit of press for his latest album, "New," which is out now. The former Beatle exchanged accents with Jimmy Fallon and even did an impromptu performance in New York's Times Square leading up to the Tuesday release.

Critics have been largely positive about the new material, noting how it sounds refreshed and revitalized. Part of that "new" sound may have to do with McCartney's latest collaborators. The lead single was produced by Mark Ronson, known for his work with Amy Winehouse. Speaking about the song, McCartney said, "We can do what we want, we can live as we choose." In addition to Ronson, McCartney also teamed up with several other new collaborators. The 12-track collection marks McCartney's first album of original tracks since 2007's "Memory Almost Full." Last year, he released "Kisses on the Bottom," which featured mostly cover songs.

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