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Paul McCartney will forever be identified with The Beatles, but jazz guitarist John Pizzarelli has attempted on a new album to revive some of the legend's lesser known solo tracks.

Pizzarelli, a popular guitarist known both for his own songs and collaborations with other artists, said the ex-Beatle himself came up with the idea for the album, "Midnight McCartney," which will come out on September 11.

"'It might be interesting for you to do a few of my songs that are lesser known than some of the others,'" Pizzarelli quoted McCartney as telling him in a letter.

"'I realize this may be a little immodest, if not pushy,'" he wrote, saying he hoped to hear his songs in a "'mellow jazz style.'"

Pizzarelli, explaining the album in a statement, said that he interpreted McCartney's compositions by adding elements that the jazz guitarist had not employed before such as backing vocals, handclapping and more horns than usual.

Songs on the album include "My Valentine," from McCartney's 2012 album "Kisses on the Bottom," which was in itself a jazz project by the former Beatle.

Source: AFP


Come together for a very special event... Sid Bernstein Presents 2015: The Brooklyn Invasion - a 50th Anniversary celebration of The Beatles historic August 15, 1965 concert at Shea Stadium - featuring THE LONDON SOULS plus special guests LAWRENCE and THE MYLES MANCUSO BAND. The concert will take place on Saturday, August 8 at 8:00PM at Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY). DJ Kevin Barker will spin classic 45s from 6:00 PM. General Admission tickets are $15 for standing room only. To order tickets go to or visit the Brooklyn Bowl box office.

Sid Bernstein, legendary impresario and rock concert promoter, brought The Beatles to America and was known as the father of the British Invasion. Sid passed away on August 21, 2013 at the age of 95. With the evening's mix of youthful talent, the Bernstein family continues the spirit and legacy of their father who always looked to present new, emerging artists to the world.

Source: Broadway World



Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has claimed to "do all the music teaching" for their daughter because the former Beatles can't read sheet music.

The former ski racer and environmental activist, who was married to McCartney between 2002 and 2008, recently spoke to The Guardian about their only child, Beatrice, 11. "Beatrice says she’s 99 per cent me," Mills said. "I don’t know if that’s a good thing. I think she’s got the best of both of [Paul and I], we’re both very musical." 

"I taught her the saxophone, because her father can’t read music so I do all the music teaching, and I’m good with languages. She’s a brilliant poet so obviously gets that from him, but I think she’s got the best of both of us."

Mills also added that she doesn't like to discuss her past with McCartney that often, saying: "I don’t want to go into my second marriage too much because if you haven’t got something nice to say about someone you shouldn’t say anything at all, and it had a lot to do with the person I married." 

By: Luke Morgan Britton

Source: NME

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A few days after my Christie pilgrimage I visited the childhood homes of John Lennon and Paul McCartney, now also owned and managed by the National Trust, extremely modest properties in comparison but the Liverpool houses tell a story even more extraordinary.

Lennon and McCartney’s homes themselves were both unspectacular (McCartney’s substantially more unspectacular than Lennon’s) – they were the houses lived in by most British people in the Fifties; yet visitors come to gaze on the signs they gave of incipient greatness.

Going in to Lennon’s house I felt rather like the chap who welled up in Greenway. I saw The Beatles in Weston-super-Mare in 1963, aged nine, pre-Beatlemania, so had some stake in their success; Lennon’s death was my Diana moment.

And Colin has had illustrious visitors. Six years ago he met the minibus at the gate and there was Bob Dylan.

‘He was interested in how cold it was in the house in winter – he’d had a similar experience growing up in Minnesota.’

Other paying punters have included Debbie Harry, James Taylor and ‘someone from Kasabian’.

He estimates he’s shown more than 110,000 details

They worked on the transatlantic liners that shuttled between Liverpool and New York in the 1950s – and every time they docked, they brought fresh sounds and fashions to an eager city.

One solitary record changed Bill Harrison’s life. He was a 15-year-old lad from Liverpool, walking down to his local sports centre, when he heard a bewitching sound coming from someone’s window.

“I sat on the wall to listen,” he says, “and this chap came out in a beautiful midnight blue suit and a pair of oxblood slip-on shoes with a brass bull’s head on the top. I thought, ‘This fellow’s a film star!’”

He wasn’t a film star, though. He was a seaman – one of the famed Cunard Yanks, whose journeys took them around the world, giving them access to the records and clothes you could only buy in the US. The song that had transfixed Harrison was Settin’ the Woods on Fire by Hank Williams, which the mystery seaman explained he had found in Texas. He promised Harrison that such treasures awaited him, too, should he choose to join the merchant navy.

And so began a long career at sea in which Harrison and his colleagues performed dual roles: details

Hodder & Stoughton has acquired an “intimate portrait” of musician Paul McCartney, written by journalist Paul Du Noyer.

Non fiction publisher Hannah Black acquired world English rights to Conversations with McCartney in a deal with Ros Edwards at Edwards Fuglewicz Literary Agency.

As a young music journalist in 1989, Du Noyer was contacted by McCartney's office and invited to interview the star.

In the years that followed, Du Noyer continued to meet, interview and work closely with McCartney, with their conversations covering music and his private feelings on John Lennon and his late wife Linda, among others.

Written with the permission “and blessing” of McCartney, Conversations With McCartney will draw from Du Noyer’s interview sessions and couple "McCartney’s own candid thoughts with Du Noyer’s observations".

Du Noyer said: “Decades of access to Paul McCartney have been a privilege for me as a writer, and a personal thrill as a fan. I’ve now woven together our many interviews, many published for the first time, because - thanks to Paul's honesty, humour and unique perspective – I think they make for an affectionate and full details

THE Beatles are among the stars to have graced an iconic double decker bus but the search has begun to find the hundreds across the country who stepped through its famous doors in the 1960s.

Stockton Heath resident David Thrower, aged 64, bought the Leyland RTL double decker vehicle 30 years ago for £750 and has continued to restore it ever since.

The bus toured the country and made its way through Europe on a journey which helped accumulate numerous high-profile film roles.

It appeared in around 20 films including Ballad in Blue, I Was Happy Here and The Deadly Affair but the main claim to fame arrived in 1964 during the filming for A Hard Day's Night, starring The Beatles.

Sadly, the scenes were edited out from the final release, but all four members, who rode in the bus, autographed the upper-deck ceiling. The signatures were lost when the ceiling was repainted before the bus was converted to an open-top

Source: Warrington Guardian



The jacket worn by Ringo Starr in The Beatles' movie Help! is to be auctioned. Help! was the band's second feature-length film, released in 1965, and spawned the soundtrack album of the same name.

Now, Starr's double-breasted black woolen jacket from the picture is going on sale at Boston-based auction house RR Auctions. The jacket will go on sale later this month, with the auction running from July 16 to July 23.

No estimate has been given for the item's value.

Meanwhile, the auction will also see nearly 500 other items on sale as part of the auction house's Marvels Of Modern Music collection. Additional items include a 1971 letter from The Doors' frontman Jim Morrison and a guitar owned by the Ramones' Johnny Ramone.

By: Luke Morgan Britton

Source: NME



Unpublished photos of the Beatles are increasingly hard to come by, but Alison Martino found a few taken in Los Angeles to twist and shout about.

My friend Laura Fleming and I were teenagers when we first pored over images of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr in her family’s photo albums back in the ‘80s. I remember fixating on a snap of Laura’s mother, Bonnie Cowan Fleming, getting chummy with Paul and members of the band’s entourage at a garden party in Brentwood in 1964. She looked like Gidget in a polka dot dress from Jax boutique in Beverly Hills. Laura and I were so jealous. 

Bonnie hadn’t attended that garden party by luck. Laura’s grandfather, Warren Cowan, was the cofounder of Rogers & Cowan, a publicity firm that once counted Hollywood legends like Paul Newman, Kirk Douglas, Natalie Wood, and Elizabeth Taylor as clients. The company added the Beatles to that list during the band’s first trip to America.

Decades later—and with a little help from my friends—I’m thrilled to make the Cowan’s family photos and the story behind them public for the first time. 

By: Alison Martino


It’s one of the great dog-themed anthems of rock ’n’ roll, but up until the last minute “Hey Bulldog” was supposed to be about a frog. It was early February 1968, as the Beatles were preparing for their fateful trip to India to meditate with the Maharishi. Pressed for time, and with a commitment for one more song to round out the soundtrack of the “Yellow Submarine” movie, the group decided to bang one out quickly. John Lennon had notes for a song he called “Hey Bullfrog” and brought the idea into the studio. Paul McCartney helped polish it up, and in one of their typical all-night recording sessions the band worked out a bluesy, no-frills arrangement—just the four Beatles playing together, with none of the psychedelic effects that characterized their work of the period.

During the session McCartney began barking to amuse his mates. Lennon got into the spirit of it, and soon the two were ad-libbing a crazed dog-and-master routine during the song’s fadeout. They enjoyed the bit so much they decided to keep it in the final recording. To justify the inclusion of the impromptu horseplay, they simply changed the song’s title from “Hey Bullfrog&rdqu details

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