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ANYONE who knows anything about the history of The Beatles knows that their rise to worldwide fame didn’t come overnight. In fact, they had evolved froma skiffle group called The Quarrymen, formed in Liverpool during 1956.

Tonight, half a century after the Fab Four played their one and only Abergavenny gig, four members of the band that originated them will play the same town.

There were several permutations of The Quarrymen, the original line-up featuring John Lennon on guitar. The band also featured John’s school friend, Rod Davies, on banjo. “It started off with just five guys at Quarry Bank School,” remembers Rod. “Wewere all inspired by Lonnie Donegan’s recording of Rock Island Line.

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Source: South Wales Argus


In honor of his 71st birthday, let’s sample the best of his post-Beatles work. Paul McCartney turns 71 years old this week, with 47 albums to his credit. (You could also add his 12 albums with the Beatles to that list.)

So looking at his work with Wings, as a solo artist, and part of the electronic duo “The Fireman”, let’s narrow it down to his eleven most essential albums. (Why 11? Because Flowers in the Dirt is so underrated.) Consider number one the starting place for a casual fan just looking for the hits, and the remaining numbers as a guide to becoming a well-rounded, obsessed Macca fan.

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Source: Pop Matters


FIFTY years ago today The Beatles performed their only Welsh concert in Abergavenny. Three Newport friends who were lucky enough to see them play a 20-minute set at the Borough Theatre recall sharing a taxi with band member Paul McCartney.

School friends Les Hicks, Graham Palfrey and Teddy Fallon, all 66, had no idea they would meet one of the band on their way to the gig as sixteen year-olds. Mr Hicks, a retired musician, recalled: "We got on the train at Newport and saw Paul McCartney as we walked along the corridor looking for a seat."

Mr Hicks, of Bassaleg said: "I recognised him straight away. He was sitting alone in First Class so we asked if we could join him in his compartment.

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Source: South Wales Argus


With a little help from things such as instruments, clothing and even a pair of round glasses, memories can play back like favorite songs on an iPod.

TAMPA — From the elaborate costume hanging in a display, you can almost envision Elton John doing a handstand on the piano keyboard in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans. A dress from Amy Winehouse whispers silently of what could have, should have, been for the talented but troubled singer.

A Les Paul guitar that somehow survived Pete Townsend of the Who hangs peacefully now; but the vibrations, the music it made, are still almost palpable. John Lennon’s glasses…well, they are John Lennon’s glasses. All you can do is stand there and try to envision what the legendary Beatle saw through them: how he saw the world, and how those things may have affected him. Those glasses were the windows to his soul.

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“Magical Mystery Tour” is far more focused than "Crossfire Hurricane," zeroing in on a single year and a single project

Last year, the Emmys’ Outstanding Nonfiction Special category saw a head-to-head battle between George Harrison and Paul Simon, with Martin Scorsese’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” winning over a field that also included Joe Berlinger’s “Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies.”

But wouldn’t the Beatles vs. the Rolling Stones be an even more delicious battle? After all, that’s a time-honored rivalry, as Keith Richards explains in the Stones doc “Crossfire Hurricane” when he talks about how manager Andrew Loog Oldham consciously positioned the group as a rival to the Fab Four.

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Source: The Wrap


A copy of the Beatles rejected audition tape for Decca resurfaced recentlyand aside from sending shivers down the collective spines of aged record company execs who once proclaimed guitar music as ‘on the way out’ – it got me thinking about rejection.

How could anyone turn away the band that went on to create some of the most beloved pieces of pop music ever recorded? How could anyone claim the Fab Four ‘had no future in show business’?

Easy, they were barely the same band.

What many people don’t mention when they discuss the Beatles Decca audition is that they played a set comprised mostly of covers with just 3 Lennon/McCartney originals thrown in. The band even sang in mock-American accents in order to sound like the Rock n’ Roll groups of the era. There were hints of greatness in their performance, but the tape hardly showcases the Beatles that people know and love today.


FRIDAY (June 21) marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ one and only visit to Guildford. The Fab Four headlined two concerts at the Odeon in the upper High Street on June 21 1963.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison visited the town as the headline act on the Jimmy Crawford Package Show, with support acts including Lance Fortune, The Hayseeds and The Vikings with Michael London.

At the time, the Surrey Advertiser’s sister paper, the Guildford and Godalming Times, reported on the gig, focusing on the many screaming fans.

The reviewer said: “The Beatles did their best to sing above the deafening screams of the audience. “I recognised their hit numbers but most of the words were inaudible.”

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Source: Get Surrey

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Ringo Starr is releasing a book of previously unseen images of his life with the world’s biggest pop group. He shares his memories with ANDY WELCH and reveals why no one will ever know everything about The Beatles

“Every time I see your face, it reminds me of the places we used to go. But all I’ve got is a photograph, and I realise you’re not coming back any more.” That’s the opening line from Photograph, one of Ringo Starr’s biggest solo hits. It was originally released in 1973, but today sounds as though he wrote it specially to fit in with his latest project.

Ringo’s got an ebook out. Also called Photograph, it’s full of previously unseen pictures from the former Beatle’s life, from birth through to 1974, with special emphasis on those eight years when he, along with John, Paul and George, ruled the world.

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Bids Soar for Signed Beatles Dollar - Thursday, June 20, 2013

Bidding has soared for this 1963 U.S. Dollar Bill which was autographed by all four Beatles, early in their career.

The dollar, signed prior to their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, during The Beatles historic first U.S. visit in February 1964, is thought to be the only one in existence.

According the eBay sellers description; "This is the ONLY Beatles autographed US Dollar bill known to exist. (The symbolism of them signing this U.S. Dollar at the very point in time that they "conquered" America is enormous) All four Beatles have autographed this bill beautifully in 2 different pens, with John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr using a blue ballpoint pen to sign, while Paul McCartney has signed in black felt tip marker."

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It has taken 35 years for James McCartney to step out from his father’s shadow. In his 20s, the son of Beatles legend Paul McCartney shunned his father, hated his new step-mother and descended into a dark world of drink and drugs.

When he turned to Class A drugs - with terrifying horse tranquiliser ketamine - even his sisters cut ties with him. But that is now all in the past.

His father and the step-mother, one-time model Heather Mills, are divorced, and he has reconciled with his dad and he has found the confidence to finally perform the songs he has been writing since he was 17.

James admits his life was turned upside down when his mother Linda died of breast cancer in 1998 at the family’s ranch in Arizona.

“When I was 20 my mother died and I went off the rails a little bit. I kinda had my slightly dark period,” he says. “I got heavily into Nirvana, a bit of Marilyn Manson, these heavy bands. It was a kind of Goth thing.

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