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Paul McCartney has revealed a bizarre fact about The Beatles' icon Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album - a sound only dogs can hear features on track 'A Day in the Life'.

Whilst speaking to Zane Lowe about vinyl (which he thinks is "the best"), McCartney said: "I asked my engineers whilst (vinyl) sounds good and they explained there are frequencies above and below that you can't hear." He continued: "We'd talk for hours about these frequencies below the sub that you couldn't really hear and the high frequencies only dogs can hear. We put a sound on Sergeant Pepper only dogs can hear. If you ever play Sergeant Pepper watch your dog." The high pitched whistle can be found on the final track on the album, 'A Day in the Life', which is named by many as the band's best song. Who knows, your dog may even become a fan, as the high frequency 15 kilohertz sound can be detected by canines but not the human ear.

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Car on iconic Beatles album cover for sale - Wednesday, November 06, 2013

The light blue 1967 Triumph Herald which was parked just metres from the Beatles as they walked across a Zebra crossing on their iconic 'Abbey Road' album cover is for sale – and it's right here in Ireland.

David Golding, a classic and vintage car dealer from Rathgar, Dublin, purchased the car in July from the South Western vehicle auctions in England. "It got me excited. It's not the sort of car I normally deal with. But I just thought if anybody is going to find out the history of this car – I'll be doing it, I love a challenge like that," David said. Now the fifth owner of the car, David went about tracing the owner of the car through its log book, to verify that it is the one pictured on the now-iconic Beatles album cover.

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Source: The Independent, Ireland

Rare Beatles 'Butcher' Fetches $15,300 - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

The Beatles memorabilia dealer who sold the album, stated (in their **eBay listing) it was; "A simply stunning truly near mint mono original first state butcher cover version of the LP 'Yesterday and Today' in the original shrinkwrap!! (Capitol T-2553) what can I say, it's simply a beauty front, back and all around!"

In 1966, The Beatles 'Butcher' (album) cover was used in an early release of "Yesterday and Today." The album immediately drew criticism due to the image of The Beatles being covered in raw-meat and baby-doll parts. Things were so bad... When Capital Records first released the album, most stores would not carry it. Sears only carried the album for one-day before pulling it from their shelves. This led to a majority of albums being recalled so a less controversial image (sticker) could be placed over the original album cover, making the original (first-state) versions extremely scarce.

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Beatles pianist session musician dies at 75 - Tuesday, November 05, 2013

My father, Mike O'Neill, a piano player and songwriter who enjoyed his heyday in the 1960s, has died of cancer aged 75. Born in Lowton, Lancashire (now in Greater Manchester), the oldest of four brothers, he grew up in the 40s causing havoc as a child.

He later took a job in the steelworks, but decided to teach himself the piano instead, eventually hitching his way to London, where he threw himself into the music business. After playing with Colin Hicks and the Cabin Boys, he fronted the instrumental group Nero and the Gladiators who performed in togas and had hits with rocked-up versions of Entry of the Gladiators and In the Hall of the Mountain King. After leaving the band he went on to play with the Ivy League and the John Barry Seven and was a founding member of Heads, Hands and Feet with Tony Colton and Chas Hodges (of Chas and Dave fame).

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Source: The Guardian, UK


A preview of the second volume of The Beatles 'Live At The BBC' collection is being streamed online – The original collection of recordings was released in 1994, hitting Number One in the UK charts and selling more than five million copies worldwide within its first six weeks of release. Its follow-up, 'On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2' will be released on Monday, November 11. 

The double album contains 63 tracks in total – none of which appear on the original collection. Some 37 previously unreleased performances will feature, as well as 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio chat between the band and BBC radio hosts.  Commenting on the release, Paul McCartney said in a statement: "There's a lot of energy and spirit. We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes." Between March 1962 and June 1965, 275 Beatles performances were broadcast by the BBC in the UK.

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Newly privatised Royal Mail is launching its first TV ad in six years to promote the dedication of its postmen and women in the build-up to Christmas. The campaign features a version of The Beatles’ classic song 'All You Need Is Love', recorded at Abbey Road Studios by the Royal Mail Choir.

It shows parcels being delivered across the country in all types of weather, with the endline, "We Love Parcels". The delivery business has launched a teaser ad today ahead of the debut of a full-length, 60-second ad during tomorrow’s 'The X Factor' ITV. A 30-second Christmas version will also air later in the year. The ad was created by agency (Beta), with media planning and buying by UMLondon. Royal Mail selected the 25 stars of the ad after an audition process involving 2,500 of its employees. Ben Rhodes, head of marketing and commercial strategy at Royal Mail, said: "Our people are responsible for delivering millions of precious parcels a year, details

The debate over whether this is the greatest All-Starr Band that Ringo Starr has ever assembled can be put off for another time. There is no question, however, that it’s one of the most closely knit: “This band has all great musicians,” Starr says in this clip. “But the spirit of this band is very close.”

Starr is touring, once again, with a group that includes Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren and Richard Page — continuing an All-Starr run that’s already hit North America (where the group filmed a well-received live DVD at the Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium), Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Now, they’re playing more than a dozen shows in Latin America, before returning to the states for two more Las Vegas dates later this month. “This is the best band that Ringo has ever had,” says Rundgren, previously a member of the 1992 and ’99 editions. “Not just from the standpoint of playing together, but also I was never in a band where we all go ou details

Broadway director Vivek Tiwary reveals his admiration for the man and talks about his plans for a landmark Beatles film. He was so influential in the success of John, Paul, George and Ringo that he was often referred to as the fifth Beatle.

The mastermind behind the band’s big break in America, Brian Epstein discovered the Liverpool quartet in 1961 when they weren’t even the biggest musical act in the city. By the time he died in 1967 in his Westminster home, they were the biggest band in the world. Yet as New York resident Vivek Tiwary found out long ago, little is actually known about the man himself.  “When I started to research Epstein,” Tiwary says, “I was quite stunned to find there are no books about him in print. You can find a book about John Lennon’s astrologist but not the man who discovered The Beatles.” Renowned for his success as a Broadway theatre producer with shows like The producers and Green Day’s American Idiot, Tiwary has been a Brian Eps details

In Los Angeles, real estate often stays in the celebrity family. If one celeb lives in a home, chances are another will follow suit. Such seems the case with an English-style home at 1385 Miller Place in the Hollywood Hills that's listed for sale at $2.495 million. The charming house reputedly has been rented by a number of stars over the years, starting with The Beatles.

"It was a rental house for a long time," current owner Mike Clifford said. "When The Beatles played the Hollywood Bowl at the height of their fame, they stayed in the house. David Hockney lived in the home for a couple of years and gave my neighbor a painting." Musician Meat Loaf and author Casey Johnson, daughter of Johnson & Johnson's co-founder, also reportedly leased the home. (View the interior in the slideshow below.) The former owner was a Hollywood socialite, and through her, stars discovered the 1939-built home for themselves. Of course, most of the home's rental history is hearsay -- stories passed from owner to owner and neighbor to neighbor -- as rental details

Music fans have a new date for their diary. Fifty years to the day that The Beatles played in Huddersfield, rare photographs of the band will go on display.

Trevor Bray, a photographer from Holmfirth, took the black and white photos of the Liverpool group on November 29, 1963, before they performed at the ABC Cinema. Mr Bray died in 2006 aged 76 without knowing the significance of his pictures. It was only in recent years that his daughter, Helen who is also a photographer, decided to do something with them. She said: “We spent the year working on these pictures. “And we thought it was about time they came back home as they have never been on display here.” In 1963 The Beatles were on the verge of stardom – but Mr Bray was only there as he was commissioned to take photographs of the band before they went on stage. He took a mixture of individual and band portraits.

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