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MUSIC fans are in for a real treat later this month when one of the original members of The Beatles comes to Cumbria. Pete Best was the Fab Four’s original drummer and toured with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison as they honed their craft in Liverpool and Hamburg at the start of their rise to become the greatest band in the history of popular music.

He will be in the Lake District on Tuesday, May 28, as part of Carlisle Music City Week and will also appear earlier the same evening at Meet Pete — a question and answer session — 50 years after The Beatles’ last performance in Cumbria.

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The year was 1964, and the Beatles had just become internationally famous, traveling the world doing live performances. What an awful time to find out you have a ‘secret’ sister. John Lennon was informed by his Aunt Harriet that in 1944, when he was four years old, his mother Julia had an affair while his father Alf was at sea, and got pregnant.

The baby was born June 19, 1945 at Elmwood, a Salvation Army Hostel in North Mossley Hill Road in Liverpool. Julia named her Victoria Elizabeth Lennon, giving the baby her own married name, and not mentioning the biological father on the birth certificate. Six weeks later, Victoria was adopted by a friend of Julia’s, Margaret Pedersen, who was married to a Norwegian sailor. Julia had the impression that they took Victoria to Norway,

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Joe Flannery's just-published book on The Beatles, “Standing in the Wings; The Beatles, Brian Epstein and Me,” will be launched Tuesday in Liverpool with an event at the Beatles Story, it was announced Monday. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the museum's Cavern replica.

Those confirmed to attend include Lee Curtis, Joe's brother; Julia Baird, ("The Private John Lennon"), John Lennon's half-sister; Roag Best, Pete Best's brother; Freda Kelly, longtime secretary of the Beatles Fan Club; author Philip Norman (“John Lennon: The Life,” “Shout: The Beatles in Their Generation”), who wrote the foreward to Flannery's book.

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A group of Everton supporters have reportedly started an online petition in a bid to get Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney to buy the club.

The supporters are thought to be keen on having the 70-year-old singer run the club as opposed to rumours of a consortium led by Ukrainian billionaire Oleg Bakhmatyuk.

"We, the fans, have started a petition to appeal to Beatles legend and Liverpool native son Paul McCartney to purchase our illustrious football club," the Daily Star quotes the petition as saying.

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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of their first number one single, the live concert show The Magic Of The Beatles is coming to Derby’s Assembly Rooms.

In 1963, the single Please Please Me launched John, Paul, George and Ringo’s chart-topping career. It announced the arrival of a band that was to become the biggest-selling recording artists in the world.

During the Sixties, the Fab Four’s live shows saw fan hysteria never seen before or since – leading to the coining of the phrase “Beatlemania”.

”The Magic of the Beatles superbly recreates these legendary live performances, and more,” said show producer Michael Taylor.

The show promises to transport music fans from The Beatles’ Mop Top roots to the psychedelia of Sgt Pepper and beyond, from Love Me Do to Let It Be.

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Yoko Ono is nothing less than a cultural icon. From her early years in New York's artistic avant-garde, to her marriage and collaborations with Beatle John Lennon, to her creative activism promoting peace, Ono has made, and continues to make, a powerful impact on our world.

Sean Lennon--Ono and John Lennon's son born in 1975--is a creative musician in his own right, and has been performing with and directing his mother's Plastic Ono Band for years. Spinning On Air host/producer David Garland invited Sean to create a playlist of his mother's music, and present it with her on Mother's Day.

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It was 50 years ago today... and three of the Fab Four were ­chilling by the pool in Tenerife.

Only weeks later Beatlemania was in full swing and Paul McCartney, George ­Harrison and Ringo Starr were well on their way to becoming famous worldwide.

But in May 1963 no one on the Spanish island gave the Beatles a second glance...and when they offered to play a  few tunes there they were turned down.

Ringo asked the manager of San Telmo Lido, “Can we play some of our music in your bar?” but the manager said “No” and they ended up lazing by the pool and ­getting sunburnt instead.

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Central musicians meet the 'Beatles' - Saturday, May 11, 2013

MANCHESTER - When Mathew Capalario found out his bassoon playing would back up a group of professionals covering songs by the Beatles at a concert Friday night at Central High School, he said his jaw dropped and that he emitted a grunt followed by a big "yes."

"I was starstruck," the freshman, and self-described "huge Beatles fan," said shortly before the show. "I was just, uh, speechless."

The show, featuring the touring group Beatlemania Stage Show, paired the group with students from the high school's bands and chorus to raise money for the school's music programs.


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LONDON (AP) - Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970.

But less attention has been paid to the bass player they were trying to recruit: Paul McCartney, who was busy with another band at the time.

This tantalizing detail about the super group that never was - jazz standout Tony Williams would have been on drums - is contained in an oft-overlooked telegram that Hendrix sent to McCartney at The Beatles' Apple Records in London on Oct. 21, 1969.

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The Beatles Get Their Own Show - Saturday, May 11, 2013

Trip down memory lane.

In May 1963, the Beatles were in the midst of their most grueling year of touring: They were playing a concert, TV, or radio appearance almost every day, and often they were doing two or three. Though the band gave well over 200 performances, and had been accustomed to playing several hours of material from their days in Hamburg.

These shows only made use of a small portion of their material, usually the same 20 to 25 minutes. They were promoting their debut album, after all, along with its one or two hit singles, so each set, whether on stage or on air, focused night in, night out, on those same songs. “The Beatles’ music died then, as musicians,” John Lennon later said, of this stifling setup. “That’s why we never improved as musicians; we killed ourselves then to make it. And that was the end of it.”

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