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A few years ago, Calgary guitar-teacher Brian Griffiths told a student about tearing up the stage with the Beatles in the 1960s.

The student’s mother approached Griffiths months later saying, “You know, I really don’t care – but he still thinks that you actually knew the Beatles…”

Griffiths didn’t correct her, but she underestimated her son’s coach.

Griffiths was the guitarist in The Big Three, one of the most popular bands in England, sharing the stage, a manager and many pints with John, Paul, George and Ringo.

Now, Calgary filmmaker Todd Kipp is turning The Big Three’s untold story into a feature-length documentary called Some Other Guys: The Story of The Big Three.

“I’d never even heard of The Big Three before 2013,” said Kipp. “It’s just mind-blowing, even Rolling Stone Magazine said the Beatles were in their shadow, and they were the best band out there – so how come no one here knows who they are?”

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The comic book writer on Beatlemania, Stan Lee and Dr Who - and why every Scouser should move to Indiana

Tim Quinn, a comic-book writer from Crosby, has come full circle.

He has lived in Indiana, worked with members of the Rolling Stones, commissioned work from Stan Lee, drawn for Marvel Comics and created a unique Doctor Who comic strip.

Now back on Merseyside, he is publishing a book of his much-loved work on Doctor Who Magazine, and says that compiling it has taken him back to his childhood on Merseyside when the series started.

He was ten years old when Doctor Who came out in 1963, and in that year he had his first introduction to stardom, courtesy of the Beatles.

“Growing up in Liverpool gave me the belief that things could happen, because we were basically taking over the world.

“It made you realise that the world was your oyster, and with a bit of luck and a bit of talent, anything could happen.”

By Olivia Rudgard

Source: The Liverpool Echo


McCartney house sells for £150,000 - Sunday, March 01, 2015

The childhood home of Beatles legend Paul McCartney is to be sold at an auction in Liverpool's famous Cavern Club for £150,000

The Liverpool childhood property of Beatles legend Paul McCartney has bought for £150,000 at auction.
The terraced residence in Western Avenue, Speke, was exactly where the musician lived with his mothers and fathers from 1947 until the mid-nineteen fifties.

McCartney's mom Mary labored as a midwife at the time, and the relatives are explained to have been well regarded in the neighborhood.

The sale was held at Liverpool's Cavern Club in which The Beatles usually performed.

Beatles guideline Paul Beesley explained: "This is an significant dwelling due to the fact it's the place Paul expended his formative schoolboy years.

'Lots of interest'
"He was uncovered to audio from an early age and his dad experienced a jazz band. Paul's 1st instrument was the trumpet.

Source: The Beacon Review


His book gives an insider's account of the tour that changed America

We all love telling a good story, and Ivor Davis has one walrus of a tale to pass on.

Davis had the unique opportunity to travel with The Beatles on their first American tour almost 50 years ago.

“The amazing thing today, when I go anywhere and talk about The Beatles…people are so fascinated with (them)…were talking about kids to people my age,” he says. “Looking back, I didn’t realize, at the time, how incredible this experience was. It took me a long time to appreciate that I had gone through this experience.”

As a young journalist and Hollywood correspondent for one of the largest newspapers in England,The London Daily Express, Davis had no inkling that the six-week assignment covering a fresh British band across the pond would provide a window into a world that has been speculated upon for generations.He spent 24/7 with The Beatles on the whirlwind 1964 tour that has made its way into music history. Many p details

It's a booking that would have been unfathomable before Firefly Music Festival came to Dover in 2012: Paul McCartney is going to perform a nearly three-hour show of Beatles hits in Delaware this summer.

Forty days after the first rumor surfaced online that McCartney would headline Firefly, it became official Wednesday when Sir Paul was named as the last addition to the fest's 110-act lineup.

McCartney will join Kings of Leon and the Killers as the headliners of the fourth edition of the Firefly – one of the fastest growing festivals in the country.

McCartney's official Facebook page posted that the performance – his first in Delaware – will be Friday, June 19. Firefly officials would not confirm the date.

The McCartney announcement came a week after the rest of the 2015 roster was announced.

Stephen Bailey, managing director of programming at The Grand in Wilmington, says it's hard to underestimate the impact of McCartney coming to Kent County.

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A Day In The Life- George Harrison - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

In their post Beatles careers, each had a day that stands out. Let's take a look at those days, starting with Harrison. 

For George, his big day was August 1, 1971.That was the day of The Concert for Bangladesh. It really started in early 1971, when Harrison was dining with Ravi Shankar. Ravi brought up the problems in Bangladesh. He kept Harrison informed. By Spring, the situation turned desperate. Shankar approached Harrison once again. Harrison's response changed the music industry and helped determine his place in music history and as a humanitarian.

Since the breakup of The Beatles, Harrison was becoming a bigger force as a solo than he was as a Beatle. His solo record "All Things Must Pass" was a huge success. In my opinion, it's the best solo album any of The Beatles have made.

He also did a few live gigs on The Delaney & Bonnie and Friends tour. It helped him form friendships with musicians such as Leon Russell, Jim Keltner, Don Preston and Jim Horn. Those relationships were essential to the success of the concert.

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GEORGE HARRISON-BIOGRAPHY - Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Known first as "The Quiet Beatle," George Harrison was a great songwriter who had the misfortune to be surrounded by two stone cold geniuses whose work often obscured his talents. Yet Harrison compositions such as "Something" and "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" are as good as anything the Beatles ever recorded. And with his solo debut All Things Must Pass, he stepped completely out of the shadows of his Beatle band mates to reveal himself a powerfully spiritual songwriter with an expansive sense of melody. Harrison was also a gifted, fluid guitarist and hugely influential in introducing the Beatles — and, by extension, the entire Sixties generation – to Eastern religion and musical influences. His devotion to Hinduism was expressed publicly through rock and roll's first massive charity event, the 1971 Concert for Bangladesh.

Before all that, Harrison was a teen guitarist in thrall to Britain's 1950s skiffle revival — a working class kid with a band called the Rebels. It was Paul McCartney, a schoolmate one year ahead of Harrison, who invited the 15-year-o details

The J.J. Hapgood General Store & Eatery in Peru had royalty from the music world drop by for dinner Sunday afternoon.

After spending a day on the slopes at nearby Bromley Mountain, famed musician Paul McCartney and five other people spent about an hour in the dining room enjoying a quiet meal that included margherita pizza and organic kale salad.

Restaurant owner Juliette Britton said she didn't want any hoopla to disrupt the legendary Beatle's visit, so she didn't even notify her coworkers that McCartney was a guest in their presence. Britton said McCartney was joined by his wife, Nancy Shevell, and two other couples.

"He came in around 4:30 and had a meal on their way out of town," Britton told the Burlington Free Press. "It was a very relaxed atmosphere and it worked out really well. I didn't even let my staff know at the time he was there. It was a really great experience for him, and he was able to take it all in."

Britton said that as McCartney was getting set to leave, she asked details

The Beatles had sung about a day tripper, and I was ready to become one, making a one-day visit from London to the Fab Four's northern hometown of Liverpool. With all the buzz about the 50th anniversary of The Beatles first trip to America, the time seemed right to return the favor with a pilgrimage to the place where it all began. A full day on my own during a recent trip to visit friends in London provided the perfect opportunity to check out the Merseyside Mecca.

Travel from London to Liverpool -- which are about 200 miles apart (or some five hours by car) -- is made incredibly easy via high-speed rail service offered daily byVirgin Trains. The less than 2.5-hour trip cost about $100 for a round-trip ticket; prices can vary depending on how far you book in advance. I opted for a 10 a.m. departure, saving even a bit more money over the rush-hour fare, and arrived at Liverpool's Lime Street Station after a smooth-as-silk ride. (Yes, that would be same Lime Street mentioned in the Beatles' song "Maggie May," as hardcore fans will recall).

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A plaque commemorating The Beatles manager Brian Epstein has been unveiled at his birthplace in Liverpool.

The memorial was erected on 4 Rodney Street where the pop impresario was born in 1934.

It was organised by tour guide Marie Darwin who said it was important to mark the birthplace of a "visionary".

It was unveiled by Watford's Viv Jones, once an employee of Epstein, who said she was "very proud" to honour "the man who made the Beatles".

John Lennon's sister Julia Baird and Jeni Crowley who was secretary of The Beatles fan club were also at the ceremony.

Epstein, born into a family of furniture retailers, yearned for a career in the arts and after failed attempts to become an actor discovered The Beatles.

He went on to manage a roster of singers and bands including Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Although there is a plaque at Epstein's first London office on Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, London, Ms Darwin said there is no official plaque honouring the music mogul i details

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