Today marks the 40th anniversary of the death of artist 'Pablo Picasso'. In 1973, shortly after Picasso's death, Paul McCartney released his song 'Picasso's Last Words (Drink to Me)'. In an interview Paul McCartney says he was on vacation in Jamaica where he snuck onto the set of the film 'Papillon' where he met Dustin Hoffman and Steve McQueen.
After a dinner with Hoffman, with McCartney playing around on guitar, Hoffman didn't believe that McCartney could write a song "about anything", so Hoffman pulled out a magazine where they saw the story of the death of Pablo Picasso and his famous last words, "Drink to me, drink to my health.
Watching not just the Beatles but the Beatles' children grow older is one surefire way to be astonished at the quick passage of time. Julian Lennon, the most famous Beatlekid of them all, turns 50 on April 8, which would be cause enough for gasps or sighs, for those of us with a "where did the years go?" mindset.
It's all the more breathtaking when you consider that "little" Julian has now lived a decade longer than John did.
"It was a match made in heaven, rampant youth colliding," Andrew Loog Oldham, the Stones' first manager and now a Sirius XM deejay, wrote in his memoir.
This story first appeared in the April 12 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
Wings Over America features McCartney’s cover of Paul Simon’s Richard Cory and his own Soily, neither of which are available on any other album. The album also featured Wings’ cover of the Moody Blues Go Now with Denny Laine on lead vocals.
Laine was a member of The Moody Blues on the original version of the song.
Yoko is curating the festival and has recruited Boy George, Patti Smith, Iggy & The Stooges and Marianne Faithfull to perform for the 20th anniversary of the festival. Double Fantasy was John’s comeback album in 1980, after 5 years of being a house-husband and raising Sean.
It was also the album John & Yoko had in the charts at the time of John’s death.
Friday, May 17, 1963 was the day Beatlemania came to the city, when John, Paul, George and Ringo performed at the old Grosvenor Rooms, in Prince of Wales Road, supported by local band Ricky Lee and the Hucklebucks.
At the time, The Beatles had made an album, released Please Please Me and were on their way to becoming a household name.
The GRAMMY Museum, in cooperation with Ringo Starr, will debut a major new exhibition, Ringo: Peace & Love opening on June 12, 2013. This one-of-a-kind, limited-run exhibit will offer visitors an unprecedented in-depth look at all aspects of Starr’s musical and creative life – as a musician, artist, actor, and as the man the world knows and loves simply as 'Ringo.' It will also aim to propel Starr’s universal message of peace and love.
After years of being out of print, Mark Lewisohn's “The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions: The Official Story of the Abbey Road Years 1962-1970” is returning to bookshelves in October in the U.S. and the UK by Sterling Publishers. The reissue is nicely timed to take advantage of the publication of the first volume in Lewisohn'sepic Beatles biography trilogy, also coming in October in regular and extended special editions.
“After years out of print, a new edition of this hotly sought-after classic is available again! Mark Lewisohn's definitive guide covers every recording session done by the Beatles at EMI's famed Abbey Road recording studio,"
BEATLES music was denied to the youth of Russia for decades when the Soviet authorities banned it as bourgeois and subversive.
But reaction to a new Beatles book, describing people’s personal contacts with John, Paul, George and Ringo, has demonstrated that the Russian people's passion for the Fab Four never waned despite the clampdown.
Paul McCartney's MPL Communications announced Friday that all tickets for his July 9 show at Boston's Fenway Park sold out within five minutes of going on sale this morning at 10 a.m. local time. MPL said the five-minute sell-out is the fastest for a concert in Fenway Park history.