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Jimmy Nicol, the stand-in drummer for Ringo Starr at the start of The Beatles’ 1964 world tour, sitting all alone at the departure lounge at Essendon Airport, waiting for his flight home to England.

Packed in his luggage is a copy of The Advertiser newspaper from two days earlier. Splashed across the front page is a picture of Jimmy, born in London, three Lads from Liverpool and DJ Bob Francis, standing on the Adelaide Town Hall balcony in front of an ecstatic mob of adoring fans. Even the three “official” Beatles were amazed by the fanatical reception they received in Adelaide at the start of their Australian tour that saw 300,000 on the streets — so just imagine how mind-blowing it was for the newest band member? Complaining he could no longer cope with the “mediocrity of life”, Nicol, walked out of his London flat three years after that remarkable winter’s day in Adelaide and effectively disappeared for the next four decades. Born James George Nicol in 1939, a month before the start details

The Mahwah Museum will host the Les Paul 99th Birthday Gala 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Trustees Pavilion at Ramapo College. A live and silent auction will be held, offering an array of special guitars and music memorabilia, in addition to live entertainment by the Les Paul Trio and a raffle drawing of autographed guitars and pick guards.

The live auction will include a Hofner bass guitar and pick guard signed by Paul McCartney, one Fender Squire solid-body electric guitar autographed by Pete Townshend and a second with an autograph by Chuck Berry on the pick guard. For a full list of auction items and information about online bidding, visit mahwah Wine, hors d’oeuvres and light fare will be provided. Tickets ($25 for both the gala and raffle) are available 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Mahwah Museum, 201 Franklin Turnpike; at Robbie’s Music on Route 17 north; at Devon Fine Jewelry in Wyckoff; at Alto’s Music on Route 59 in Airmont, N.Y.; and online at


The U.S. Congress is working to update laws on who gets paid for recorded music, in a possible omnibus bill, as old CDs pile up at yard sales and music lovers increasingly shift to streaming services such as Pandora and Spotify.

One bill, the RESPECT Act, would close a loophole that allows digital music services, like SiriusXM, to stream music recorded before 1972 without paying for them. These include legends such as The Beatles, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and other Motown artists. A second bill, the Songwriter Equity Act, would give songwriters more leeway to argue for higher royalties when their songs are played by digital streaming services. Songwriting and recordings are licensed separately. Representative Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York, said on Tuesday he was working on an omnibus bill to address these and other legal issues as digital streaming has replaced broadcast radio and albums as the most popular way of listening to music. "We can create a better system for radio competitors, for artists and songwri details

The new single, "The High Road" from Brent Bourgeois and Julian Lennon (the auditory clone of his father, John Lennon) is fooling listeners into believing there is a newly unearthed gem from the Beatles

ELK GROVE, Calif.June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The new single, "The High Road" from Brent Bourgeois and Julian Lennon (the auditory clone of his father, John Lennon) is fooling listeners into believing there is a newly unearthed gem from the Beatles. Bourgeois' former band Bourgeois Tagg was best known for their Beatle-esque hit, "I Don't Mind At All." Now, teamed up with the son of the former Beatle, he's at it again. In "The High Road," he and Lennon trade verses behind a track that also features Bourgeois' former bandmates Larry Tagg and Michael Urbano. The result details

Paul McCartney has rescheduled the U.S. tour dates he had originally scheduled to begin in mid-June for October. His Out There tour will now resume in Albany on July 5th. The former Beatle is still recuperating from the virus that forced him to postpone several dates in Japan and South Korea. See the rescheduled dates, as well as McCartney's July and August dates, below.

"I'm sorry, but it's going to be a few more weeks before we get rocking in America again," McCartney said in a statement. "I'm feeling great, but taking my docs' advice to take it easy for just a few more days. Look forward to seeing you all soon."

The 71-year-old postponed a string of dates in Asia in late May when he came down with a virus and was hospitalized in Tokyo. At the time, his rep said, "He will make a complete recovery and has been ordered to take a few days rest."

Prior to postponing the U.S. tour dates, this leg of McCartney's Out There tour was meant to wrap up in San Francisco, where he would play th details

Paul McCartney began the ’70s in an alcoholic haze and ended them in a Japanese jail. The decade in between was one long and winding road. A new book, “Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s,” by music journalist Tom Doyle, reveals just how unprepared McCartney was for life beyond the Beatles.

He was shaken to the core by the band’s demise and further undone by John Lennon’s vitriol. Doyle, who conducted extensive interviews with McCartney and almost everyone else still alive from the singer’s dark decade, tells the story of a man who almost didn’t make it out of the ’60s and the Beatles alive. “He knew he was in trouble the morning he couldn’t lift his head off the pillow. He awoke facedown, his skull feeling like a useless dead weight. A dark thought flashed through his mind; if he couldn’t make the effort to pull himself up, he’d suffocate right there and then,” Doyle writes, pulling from McCartney’s recollections. “Somehow, as if it was the hardest thing he’d ever details

Beatles fans will be able to hear, for the first time ever, the unedited version of an interview that John, George and Ringo gave to Melbourne radio personality Binny Lum ahead of their Australian tour in April 1964.

The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will publish the 16-minute conversation to mark the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Australian tour tomorrow, 11 June. Edited versions have been broadcast and included on special discs over the years, but the full interview had never been released. Radio curator Maryanne Doyle says, “The Beatles were at the height of their popularity and it was a real coup that an Australian radio personality, unknown in the UK, had managed to secure an interview with the English rock band, the hottest property in show business. The fact that this occurred says as much for Lum’s tenacity as her well connected network of contacts.” Lum’s recordings (including interviews with a young Barbra Streisand, Fred Astaire details

As a high-end software recreation of the Sixties-vintage VOX Continental 300 transistor-based combo organ, VOX Continental-V is the latest addition to Arturia's acclaimed Analog Classics lineup where it sits alongside an authentic recreation of another archetypal Sixties staple, Wurlitzer-V (based on the classic 'Wurly' electric piano).

Introduced in 1962, the VOX Continental -- or 'Connie' as affectionately it became known -- was originally designed to address the needs of touring musicians, but became musically much-loved in its own right. As such, it prominently featured on many hit records of the time, including The Animals' classic 'House Of The Rising Sun' in 1964 and, a little later, 'Light My Fire' by The Doors. Onstage, The Beatles performed a memorably frenzied version of 'Help!' B-side 'I'm Down' during their August 1965 performance at New York's Shea Stadium with John Lennon playing a VOX Continental using his elbows at times! Despite being phased out of production in the early-Seventies, the VOX Continental has s details

Fifty years ago, on Thursday, June 11, 1964, four lads from Liverpool, England, arrived in Australia on their first world tour – John, Paul, George … and Jimmy. A fifth, Ringo, newly recovered from tonsillitis, took over from Jimmy Nicol and assumed his rightful place a couple of days later.

The strange and stirring sound of the Beatles – or the latest electronic noise, depending on whose side you were on – had shot up the Australian charts the previous December. But even the most enthusiastic shrieking fans at the old Sydney Stadium in Rushcutters Bay couldn’t have guessed that half a century later the musical landscape would still be reverberating from the band’s impact. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of that trip to Australia, four fab contemporary Australian songwriters explain how the Beatles influenced their lives, their record collections and their music. 

Sarah Blasko

Beatles breakthrough: I actually heard Paul McCartney firs details

NAVI MUMBAI: Young Sunder was on Thursday morning placed onto a truck by experts who travelled to Kolhapur to work with the Maharashtra forest department, and is on his way to a 49ha forested care centre in Bangalore, where he will have the company of 13 other elephants, as per a Supreme Court order.

The team faced many setbacks, including their truck tyres being punctured by persons who wanted to keep Sunder on MLA Vinay Kore's property, where he allegedly suffered months of abuse. Sunder was with the Jyotiba temple in Kolhapur in 2007, but after the use of spiked chains and beatings came to light, Maharashtra minister of forests Dr Patangrao Kadam on August 21, 2012, and the Project Elephant division of the ministry of environment & forests on November 9, 2012, issued orders for his rescue. But Sunder was spirited away and hidden in an old poultry shed, where he continued to be beaten and was so heavily chained that he recently sustained a serious leg injury. "Despite obstacles, People for the Ethical Treatment of details

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