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John Lewis Christmas advert 2014: The Beatles soundtrack Monty the Penguin in this year's ad - Thursday, November 06, 2014

His two predecessors in the role have both had number one singles on the back of their campaigns and the firm's commercials have spawned numerous hits.

Tom - who landed the Critics' Choice prize at the Brits last year - is performing a version of the song Real Love, which was a number four hit for The Beatles in March 1996.

The track began life as a solo demo by John Lennon, written in his New York home in the Dakota Building in 1977. When Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr were looking for singles to include in their Anthology project, they provided new backing for Lennon's voice to overhaul the rough tape but it stalled in the charts after Radio 1 failed to add it to the station's playlist.

It has now been recorded by Tom to accompany the ad, which will be screened for the first time tomorrow, with high expectations that the John Lewis connection will propel it to the top of the charts.

The retail firm's ads for the past two years have both generated number one singles - Gabrielle Aplin with The Power Of Love in 2012 and Lily Allen with Somewhere Only We Know last year.

Until now, 23-year-old Tom has achieved just one top 40 single, making it to number 10 with his single Another Love last year although his debut album did go on to top the charts.

The director of the ad Dougal Wilson - who is now on his seventh John Lewis commercial - has always taken a keen interest in the music used in his work and has a side career creating quirky videos for acts such as Coldplay, Bat For Lashes, Will Young and Jarvis Cocker.

Other hits from his John Lewis ads have included Fyfe Dangerfield's version of Always A Woman.

watch the ad here

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Crissie-hyndes--cover-of-the-beatles-let-it-be - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Chrissie Hynde's reverent, heartfelt cover of the Beatles' "Let It Be," which will appear on the upcoming, star-studded Paul McCartney tribute comp The Art of McCartney, is now streaming online. The recording finds the Pretenders frontwoman stretching her delicate voice across lush textures of piano, gospel backup vocals and, at its apex, a full rock band, complete with a bluesy guitar solo; at its most delicate, Hynde sings over a Beatlesesque acoustic guitar part. A behind-the-scenes video revealed that the singer specifically chose "Let It Be,"

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Beatles Radio Book Review - by Lovely Rita - Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Larry Kane was the only American reporter to travel with the Beatles for every stop on both the 1964 and 1965 North American tours. Being a huge Beatles fan I looked forward to to reading this account with the hope that I would learn something new and thrilling. Unfortunately for the most part, Mr Kane does not deliver.Although this book would be a good read for a beginner or casual fan, it doesn't really contain much new information for this seasoned reader on the subject. Perhaps if Mr. Kane had released his memoirs in a more timely fashion his stories would pack more punch, but since most of these events have already been widely reported in numerous volumes of Beatles books, the best of which in this reviewer's opinion is Peter Brown's 1983 epic The Love You Make, Mr. Kane's revelations are stale.

 

The author was apparently a young, impressionable, wide eyed innocent when he began traveling with the boys and their entourage in 1964. He seems to this day still tantalized by the idea of John messing around with Jayne Mansfield and Joan Baez. Not to burst your bubble Larry but The Beatles were already an "experienced" group by 1964 and despite their squeaky clean image at the time, they were working on perfecting the sex, drugs, rock and roll lifestyle. In addition to his apparent shock, his sophomoric writing style reads like a news report. The repetition of the same stories woven into the disjointed format of the book as well as his overuse of innuendo and suggestion in place of actual facts becomes anticlimactic and frankly annoying.

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A visit to Liverpool brings Beatles fans back to their roots - Monday, November 03, 2014

LIVERPOOL, England -- They were just another boy band, a gaggle of teenagers with too much energy. They'd meet in the basement of a friend's suburban home, horsing around and playing guitar. One mischievously began carving his name on a wood wall board -- J-O-H -- before being smacked in the head by the friend's mom. He'd finish later, adding the final "N."

Graffiti etched by John Lennon is but one of the curiosities you'll see on tours of the Casbah Coffee Club where the band that became the Beatles got its start in 1959. The friend was former Beatles drummer Pete Best and the mom their first manager, Mona Best, who opened the coffeehouse to give the boys a place to play

Paul McCartney painted the ceiling of one room in a rainbow of colors using cans of leftover paint, says Roag Best, Pete's much younger brother and a Casbah tour guide. It was here, in a space so tiny you can extend your arms and touch both walls, that they set up their equipment.

They were the Quarrymen then, and they weren't very good.

But when the boys returned from Hamburg, Germany, where they played for hours night after night, the band had changed. Customers at the Casbah didn't expect much, says Best. In fact, they were annoyed that such a mediocre band, now called the Beatles, had been booked. But they played their first song and the mood shifted. As word spread, crowds began pouring into the club's Spiderweb room where Lennon scratched more graffiti on its red ceiling: "John -- I'm back."

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Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder covers John Lennon at tiny gig - Saturday, November 01, 2014
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder covered songs by John Lennon, Tom Waits and Bob Dylan at a tiny gig last night (October 30) at Microsoft Studios near Seattle.

The frontman played to just 90 people to raise awareness for the EB Research Partnership, reports Rolling Stone. The set ran to nearly two hours and saw him performing John Lennon's 'Imagine', Tom Waits' 'Take it with Me' and Bob Dylan's 'Girl From the North Country' as well as Neil Young's 'Needle and the Damage Done' and 'Rockin' in the Free World'.

"Whenever you get into high donor events you think it's going to be a shit crowd," he said during the set. "I'm glad you came, Seattle. For a 90-person crowd, you couldn't be better." His own versions of Amanda Palmer's 'Ukulele Anthem' and Cat Stevens' 'Trouble' also made their way into the setlist, alongside a host of Pearl Jam tracks and Vedder's own solo materia
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Strawberry Fields Forever: Beatles teen forced to shorten her name for first bank card - Friday, October 31, 2014

Summer Strawberry Fields Forever Cole was named by her dad Paul, a Fab Four fanatic

 

A teenager named Summer Strawberry Fields Forever by her Beatles-mad dad has been forced to cut it short by a bank for her first card.

The 16 year-old trainee hairdresser went into a local branch to open her first current account.

But staff said her name - the title of a 1967 Fab Four hit - was too long to fit on a debit card.

Summer, who says she likes her name, agreed to cut it short and has been left with her first name and surname Cole She said: "I'm proud of my names and I would never want to change them.

"I know the Beatles finished playing more than 40 years before I was born, but I ha

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The Top 20 Billboard Hot 100 Hits of the 1960s - Thursday, October 30, 2014

In honor of Billboard magazine's 120th anniversary on Nov. 1, we're revealing the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 hits from each decade since the 1960s (for a total of 120 songs). 

The '60s was the first full decade of rock and roll, and the top twenty singles of the decade reflect a battle between old and new forms. Elvis Presley and Ray Charles, who helped lay the foundation for the explosion of rock and soul in the '50s, each appear on the list; so does the smooth doo-wop of the Four Seasons. Louis Armstrong, the famous jazz musician who had been recording since the 1920s, had one of the biggest hit singles of the '60s.

But the new era arrived quickly. The biggest hit from the decade? Chubby Checker's rock-indebted dance track "The Twist," the only song ever to hit No. 1 in two separate runs (in 1960 and again in 1962, due to its revival in its pop culture). Sounds were changing. The Beatles landed two entries on the top twenty -- an early number, "I Wanna Hold Your Hand," and the expansive "Hey Jude," from later in their career. Soul came on strong at the end of the decade: Otis Redding's "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay," from 1967, and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine," from 1968.

Check out the Spotify playlist of the top 20 below -- except for the Beatles, whose music isn't on Spotify -- and read on to see when each hit peaked.

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Beatles battle Stones in Lakeport - Thursday, October 30, 2014

LAKEPORT >> The British are coming, the British are coming!

Actually, they already came, sang and conquered.

The British music invasion of the United States that started in 1964 reached the shores of Clear Lake Sunday with a light-hearted yet powerful performance between what many consider the two greatest rock bands of all time.

A battle of the bands live concert between the Beatles and Rolling Stones never happened in real life, but Sunday night at the Soper Reese Theatre in Lakeport, life became surreal.

The theater stage transformed into a time machine as concert-goers were transported back to he psychedelic 1960s of Liverpool and London for an epic live concert battle between Beatles tribute band Abbey Road and Rolling Stones impersonators Jumping Jack Flash.

The concert featured Abbey Road and Jumping Jack Flash each performing three alternating sets. Abbey Road opened with eight Beatles songs from 1963 to 1966, starting with the rocking "She Loves You" and closing with the primal screaming of "Twist and Shout." Set two showcased Jumping Jack Flash doing six Rolling Stones classic hits from 1963 to 1968, including "Let's Spend the Night Together" and the flower-power generation anthem "Ruby Tuesday."

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New Royal Liverpool Hospital glass installation inspired by the Beatles - Thursday, October 30, 2014

Award-winning glass artist Alexander Beleschenko took inspiration from the years he spent

The New Royal Liverpool Hospital will be finished in 1000 days. To mark the occasion the artwork for the main entrances was revealed and a light show was projected onto part of the new building.

A life-long Beatles fan was chosen to design a unique installation for the new Royal Liverpool Hospital.

Award-winning glass artist Alexander Beleschenko took inspiration from the years he spent listening to his favourite Liverpool band to design the stunning artwork, saying the light reflections mimic the intonations of music.

The internationally acclaimed artist is gracing Liverpool for the first time with his stain glass window-style decorations, which will adorn the new hospital’s West Derby Street and Prescot Street entrances.

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Do Republicans really not like the Beatles? - Thursday, October 30, 2014

We’re told that men are from Mars and women are from Venus, but what planets do Democratic and Republican supporters in the midterm elections come from?

Culturally speaking, they sometimes hail from completely different worlds, Facebook revealed in a set of charts on Tuesday. Democrats, for instance, groove to the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, and Alicia Keys. Republicans vastly prefer the country scene: Miranda Lambert and her husband, Blake Shelton, as well as the ever popular “king of country,” George Strait.

Recent Beatles Radio Poll

News reports say they can tell how you lean politically by what music you listen to. How Do You Lean Politically?

Left - 42.0%
Middle  - 31.9% 
Right  - 26.0%

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