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A new app focusing on the creatively fruitful trip John Lennon took to Bermuda in 1980 will be released later this fall.  John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapeswill go on sale November 5 exclusively via the iTunes App Store, and will be playable on iPad and iPhone devices.

The program celebrates the time the late Beatles legend spent on the island, where he collaborated long distance with wife Yoko Ono in New York City on many songs that appeared on his final two albums, Double Fantasy and Milk and Honey.  The app will include intimate demos of such Lennon songs as “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “Woman,” “I’m Losing You” and “Nobody Told Me.”  It also will offer interactive features allowing the user to relive the stormy sailing trip John made from Newport, Rhode Island, to Bermuda and to revisit a disco that served as a source of inspiration for Double Fantasy.

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Friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney pose on the streets of Liverpool before fame and moptop hairstyles take hold, in a previously unpublished photograph. The songwriting duo are seen in the summer of 1961, the year before they landed their record deal and scored their first chart hit with Love Me Do.

Author and Beatles expert Mark Lewisohn is to publish the shot in a special edition of his new book The Beatles - All These Years: Volume One: Tune In later this year. Lewisohn, who has written six previous books about the Fab Four, bought the picture from a fan in the band's home city of Liverpool two decades ago, but it has not previously been in print.


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Singer Jackie Lomax dies in England at 69 - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

LONDON — Jackie Lomax, a singer-songwriter who worked with The Beatles and enjoyed a long solo career, has died at age 69. Lomax died Sunday in the Wirral, near Liverpool in northwest England, following a brief illness, according to his official website.

Website manager Alistair Hepburn said Wednesday that Lomax's family told him of the death. The family also released a statement to The Beatles Shop in Liverpool, manager Stephen Bailey said. Lomax was signed to the Beatles' Apple label in the 1960s. He had known the band members since their early days at Liverpool's Cavern Club, when he was a member of The Undertakers, one of the most popular bands on the thriving Liverpool music scene. "He was a great rocker, a solid out-and-out rock and roller," said Tony Bramwell, the former publicist for the Beatles' Apple Records. "They were one of the great groups in Liverpool in the early '60s. They did a great version of 'Mashed Potatoes.'"

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Pete Martin: Fixing a hole in Beatles history - Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Much has been written about the Fab Four, but a new book reveals that the friendship between Lennon and McCartney was more complex than we knew, writes Pete Martin. In Paul McCartney’s house in Liverpool, the wallpaper in the living room doesn’t go all the way round. The room is half-decorated in an exotic Japanesey bamboo print which gives way to a couple of different, cheaper papers.

 If done up as intended, the effect might have been fairly chi-chi for a small council house in the Fifties. Or a bit over the top. Accurately restored by the National Trust from period photographs, 20 Forthlin Road, where Paul grew up, sends us a more subtle message today. The McCartneys were aspirational. But, after their mum Mary died when Paul was just 14, the family had to rely on dad’s meagre income. Former bandleader Jim earned only £6 a week. So perhaps the McCartneys had neither the cash nor the heart to pursue their interior design ambitions.

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October 14th (15th in the US) will see the release of Paul’s first album of brand NEW solo material in six years. Today, Monday 23rd September, Paul reveals NEW artwork as well as tracklisting for the deluxe version.

The deluxe package will include two additional brand new studio recordings.

Standard and deluxe both include:

1. Save Us (produced by Paul Epworth)
2. Alligator (produced by Mark Ronson)
3. On My Way To Work (produced by Giles Martin)
4. Queenie Eye (produced by Paul Epworth)
5. Early Days (produced by Ethan Johns with additional production by Giles Martin)
6. New (produced by Mark Ronson with additional production by Giles Martin)
7. Appreciate (produced by Giles Martin)
8. Everybody Out There (produced by Giles Martin)
9. Hosanna (produced by Ethan Johns)
10. I Can Bet (produced by Giles Martin)
11. Looking At Her (produced by Giles Martin)
12. Road (produced by Paul Epworth)

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DHANI HARRISON SINGLE - Monday, September 23, 2013

Dhani Harrison has recorded one of his father's songs, For You Blue, and released it today on iTunes for charity. From the George Harrison website: "Dhani Harrison’s version of his father’s song “For You Blue” is available today!

 All proceeds go to George Harrison’s Material World Foundation, which is currently focused on helping create awareness for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and its mission to cure spinal cord injury. Dhani recorded the new version of “For You Blue” with fellow musicians Blake Mills, Aaron Embry, and drummer Jim Keltner. The song was originally recorded in 1969 and then released on The Beatles’ Let it Be album a year later."

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It was exactly 50 years ago when Barbara Bezant and Lyn Jeffries got together to record a message for the Fab Four. They stuck it in the post but didn't hear anything back - until now. 

The tape triggered a bizarre chain of events that has ended five decades later with a personal message from Paul McCartney and the pals being reunited on TV. Barbara, 67, of Bay Road, Dovercourt, in Essex said: "We were school friends in south London in the early Sixties. "It was 1963 and we were big Beatles fans so we made a reel-to-reel tape in our bedrooms with silly sound effects and funny voices which lasted about 15 minutes and posted it to them.

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Julia Lennon was killed when she was knocked over by a car as she crossed the road in 1958.Although she had given Lennon up age five, at the time of her death the pair had reconciled, leading Lennon to later tell how he felt he had lost her twice.

In his new book Tune In the first of a three-part biography of the group, author and Beatles' historian Mark Lewisohn said the incident caused the “most tremendous heartbreak” for Lennon.“For John, who’d grown up without Julia from the age of five, losing her again at 17, with such appalling finality, was the most tremendous and irreconcilable heartbreak,” he writes.

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PREVIEWING HIS FORTHCOMING 24th solo studio album – entitled New – in the latest MOJO magazine, Paul McCartney pricks the bubble of received wisdom that surrounds his former, quite-well-known band, The Beatles. One song,

Early Days, refers pointedly to those who “weren’t there” and their wayward takes on his history. “It’s a constant niggle,” he tells MOJO’s Pat Gilbert. “The fact is there’s only a given body of people who really know inside out what goes on, and other people analyse it and that’s fine. But when they get it wrong, you just have to live with it.”

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McCartney to play for 6 Music - Saturday, September 21, 2013

Paul McCartney is to perform at BBC Maida Vale as part of a 6 Music event. The forrmer Beatle, whose forthcoming album New is released by Hear Music/Universal on October 14, will play at the BBC studios on Wednesday, October 16 during 6 Music Live at Maida Vale.

It will go out during presenter Lauren Laverne's morning programme and feature alongside sets from Polica (October 14), Goldfrapp (15), Manic Street Preachers (17) and Sigur Ros (17). The title track of McCartney's album has just been added to the 6 Music B list, while is also an addition to the Radio 2 A list.

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