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Louise Harrison says she plans to document the 50th anniversary of George Harrison's visit to the U.S. the year before Beatlemania hit. "We're thinking about making a DVD telling the story about 1963, when I first came to the United States and started trying to move heaven and earth trying to get the Beatles records played in this country," she said.

“We'll put some pictures and talking about my mum sending me 'From Me To You' and then George bringing 'She Loves You.' And I can have my band (Liverpool Legends) sing on it.

“We're hoping to have it ready for the 50th anniversary of George's visit in '63, which is coming up in September. We'll be talking about 1963, what I was up to and what he was up to.”

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Source: Examiner

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LIVERPOOL, England — When one thinks of momentous meetings that altered the course of history — Caesar and Cleopatra, Bonnie and Clyde, Hitler and Mussolini — one usually imagines them taking place in grandiose settings.

St. Peter Hall, the church recreation center in the village of Woolton, a suburb of Liverpool, hardly qualifies as such. Yet it was here on July 6, 1957, that the most famous meeting in rock and roll history took place: 17-year-old John Lennon, who was performing at the village fair, was introduced to 15-year-old Paul McCartney.

The two could not have imagined they would become half of a foursome that would ignite a global fan base that, with the exception of Elvis Presley, had not been seen before or since.

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Source: Kentucky Com

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Mike Geraghty says his tribute to George Harrison, “Still With You (Tribute to George Harrison),” while not a George Harrison song, reflects as much of him as he could put in it. And the end result is amazingly close to something George himself might have done.

“A little while after George Harrison's passing I wanted to compose a tribute to him and his music,” he said, discussing how the song came about. “I chose to approach the song as though George himself were writing it. What would he say to his family, friends and fans.

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With a little help from his pens - Monday, May 20, 2013

Animator Ron Campbell, best known for directing “The Beatles” cartoon series and for working on “The Yellow Submarine” movie, will be appearing at the 102.9 WMGK Classic Rock Art Show at the Neshaminy Mall.

Ron Campbell’s back is aching. For two weeks, he’s been painting a 7-foot-long watercolor commissioned by the Beatles-inspired Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool, England.

“It’s killing me,” he says in a telephone conversation from his home north of Phoenix. “My back is going out leaning over it all this time.”

Not that Campbell is complaining. Five years after retiring from a 50-year career as a TV and film animator, his paintings are still in demand at art shows around the country.

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Paul McCartney still 'joyous' - Sunday, May 19, 2013

Fifty years ago this week, the Beatles were all abuzz about opening for Roy Orbison. It was further proof of the band's “to the toppermost of the poppermost” trajectory. Orbison, who toured with the Beatles in Britain in May 1963, was one of the few Americans who had even heard of them.

Another was singer Chris Montez. The Beatles opened for him, too. In early 1963, Montez had a hit on his hands — “Let's Dance.” On a rainy and cold British tour with Tommy Roe, he became friends with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

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A custom-made electric guitar played by the late John Lennon and George Harrison of the Beatles sold at a New York auction on Saturday for $408,000 US, said officials with the company behind the event.

The semi-hollow-body guitar, manufactured by the VOX company, was sold to an unidentified U.S. buyer at the "Music Icons" event organized by Beverly Hills, California-based Julien's Auctions and held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Manhattan.

Julien's said previously it expected the guitar, which was the centerpiece of Saturday's sale, to fetch between $200,000 and $300,000.

Harrison played the instrument, distinguished by two symmetrical flared shoulders on the upper body, while practicing I Am The Walrus, and Lennon used it in a video session for the song Hello, Goodbye, according to a statement from Julien's Auctions.

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WIRRAL management expert John MacCarfrae is encoring his unique Beatles-themed training course to deliver team building projects.

His Maverick Training company pioneered the course a decade ago and, with Liverpool University, developed an eLearning version in 2004.

He built up an impressive client list throughout the UK and worked on translating the course into several other languages.

But a client from 10 years ago, Denise Williamson, returned to Liverpool and asked Mr MacCarfrae, now trading as John MacCarfrae Business and Enterprise Coach, to use the programme to develop her six-strong team from Staffordshire-based software development firm Bookwise Solutions.

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In Feb. 1963, John Lennon and Paul McCartney were sitting in the back of a tour bus, seeing if they could rise to the occasion. With ‘Please Please Me’ riding high on the British charts, producer George Martin had issued the Beatles’ budding songwriters a challenge: bring a new composition of equal quality to their next studio session.

Lennon and McCartney had penned ‘Thank You Girl’ at this point, but weren’t opposed to seeing if they could come up with something stronger. On Feb. 28, inspiration struck on the way to Shewsbury.

“The night Paul and I wrote ‘From Me to You,’ we were on the Helen Shapiro tour, on the coach, travelling from York to Shrewsbury,” Lennon remembered in ‘Anthology.’ “We weren’t taking ourselves seriously – just fooling around on the guitar – when we began to get a good melody line, and we really started to work at it.

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John Lennon wrote this gentle folk-rock ballad in the autumn of 1965 at his home in Kenwood, St. George’s Hill Estate, Weybridge, Surrey.

Just as "Yesterday" mysteriously came to Paul McCartney, "Nowhere Man" simply came to Lennon at dawn after he'd stayed up all night, struggling to come up with a new song for Rubber Soul. He happened upon a phrase, "nowhere man," which, he felt, described his own fears about himself. "I thought of myself sitting there, doing nothing and getting nowhere," he later said.

The song, a quasi-biographical composition in the vein of "I'm A Loser" and "Help!," was recorded on October 22, 1965, after several failed attempts the day before. Apart from its beautiful, ethereal vocal harmonies,

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If ever a band has been well served by the literary world it's The Beatles. Practically every aspect of that revolutionary body of work has been dealt with in book form... or so one would have thought. From Hunter Davies' The Beatles, through Philip Norman's Shout, Bob Spitz's humongously detailed history and Ian McDonald's brilliant Revolution in the Head, which offered a musical and contextual analysis of every song they ever recorded, surely there's nothing left of interest to diehard fans of the Fabs. Well, think again.

Subtitled The Untold Story of a Musical Revolution, Leslie Woodhead's How the Beatles Rocked the Kremlin offers a fascinating story of how the band's music affected life in the USSR. Woodhead has impeccable credentials for this task.

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