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He's been enjoying a relaxing holiday with his wife and grandchildren ever since Boxing Day.

And Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney was still seen to be enjoying the idyllic surroundings of St. Barts on Wednesday, just three months since Hurricane Irma threatened to destroy the holiday hotspot.

The 75-year-old singer was enjoying a festive break with his American heiress wife Nancy Shevell, 58.

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The news has leaked that Ringo Starr is to receive a knighthood for services to music and charity in the New Year Honours List.

At the age of 77, he will become the second of The Beatles to be knighted after Sir Paul McCartney, some 52 years after the Fab Four were honoured by the Queen with MBEs. John Lennon famously sent his back to Buckingham Palace in 1969 in protest against Britain’s support of America in the Vietnam war and over UK involvement in the “Nigeria-Biafra thing”, as he called the civil war in that country.


RINGO coined the phrase A Hard Day’s Night, which became the title of The Beatles’ No.1 hit. His fine comedic performance in the film of the same name showed that he could act, sing and play his drums, about which more later. It also showcased his outgoing personality, and he went on to have the central role in the second Beatles film, Help!

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So, which song had a profound influence on one of rock’s most influential musicians? As part of the End the Silence charity campaign, Paul McCartney reveals that Gene Vincent‘s “Be-Bop-A-Lula” had a huge impact on him as a youth.

“‘Be-Bop-A-Lula’ was the very first record I bought,” says the Beatles legend in a video interview. “I saved up all my pocket money and I went down to the city center in Liverpool, there was a little shop called Currys and it was really an electrical goods store but in the back, there was a little record booth and I knew I could get the record there.”



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He's just returned from his exciting Australia and New Zealand concert tour dates.

And Sir Paul McCartney looked absolutely thrilled to be spending Christmas with his wife Nancy Shevell as he took to Instagram with a festive clip.

Embracing his wife, 58, in front of the Christmas tree, the Beatles musical icon, 75, wished his 1.6 million followers a happy festive season before the couple sealed the deal with a kiss.

'Happy Christmas everyone!' Sir Paul McCartney, 75, looked absolutely thrilled to be spending Christmas with his wife Nancy Shevell, 58, as he took to Instagram with a festive clip
Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell spread Christmas cheer

Clad in a casual blue sweater, Paul couldn't wipe the smile from his face as he hugged Nancy, before looking to the camera and saying: 'Happy Christmas everyone, all over the world!

'We love you and wish you a beautiful New Year!' he enthusiastically continued.

Proving just how happy they were, the pair - who wed in 2011 - went on to lock lips.

The married couple are more loved-up than ever before and recently celebrated their sixth wedding anniversary in October.

Source: Daily Mail


The film was received with such fury that the band were forced to apologize for making it. The critics were wrong

The consensual first misstep in the Beatles’ career occurred the day after Christmas, 1967. In England, this is what is known as Boxing Day, when the postman and others in the service industries, however broadly defined, can expect to receive a present in a box — or they once could, anyway. It’s a big shopping day, a big post-Christmas sit-around-and-bask day, and an ideal day for some light television entertainment.

It was into that market that the Beatles wished to step as their once glorious 1967 campaign drew to a close. The year had begun with their release of the finest single we have, in “Penny Lane”/”Strawberry Fields Forever,” then reached a zeitgeist-bending high water mark in the early summer with "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." Later in that summer, manager Brian Epstein died.

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John Lennon letter goes up for auction - Monday, December 25, 2017

A handwritten note penned by Beatles icon John Lennon is going up for sale for $35,000.

The note sees the Beatles legend accuse the EMI record label of blocking distribution on his 1968 experimental album Unfinished Music No. 1: Two Virgins, because he appears nude on its cover with Yoko Ono, who became his wife in 1969.

In the letter, Lennon angrily writes: "EMI (who have the real control) wrote warning letters to all their puppets around the world telling them not to handle it in any way."

Lennon's ambition was to ensure that he would avoid a repeat of his experiences with EMI, which also distributed The Beatles' Apple Records releases.

Source: BANG Showbiz



BEATLES legend Ringo Starr will be knighted in the New Year’s Honours.

The drummer, 77, is recognised for services to music and charity.
Ringo Starr is to finally be knighted, over 20 years after bandmate Sir Paul McCartney received his gong

Ringo, given an MBE in 1965, is said to be “made up”. A pal added: “It’s richly deserved, if a little overdue.”

He will return to Buckingham Palace for a knighthood — 52 years after getting his MBE.

Bandmate Sir Paul McCartney urged the Queen: “Look, love it’s about time.”

Macca was knighted in 1997 but Ringo, 77, had given up all hope before a letter arrived from the Palace a few weeks ago.

Source: David Wooding



From 1963 to 1969, members of the official Beatles fan club were treated to a special Christmas record every December. And as the Fab Four drifted from mop-top pop to pioneering psychedelic grooves, those festive recordings got progressively stranger.

Enter the 1968 release, which included bizarre highlights like

Paul McCartney singing a holiday song in honor of Christmas, New Year's and Michealmas;
John Lennon narrating the story of 'Jock and Yono' — two amorous balloons whose lives parallel Lennon's relationship with Yoko Ono;
Ringo Starr having a drunken altercation with himself;
and George Harrison inviting Tiny Tim to belt out a high-pitched rendition of 'Nowhere Man.'

So how did the Fab Four get there? Well, scroll down to check out The Beatles' other records made in honor of Christmas — or Crimble, to use Beatle slang.

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In 2017, as part of a 50th anniversary tribute to the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, I had the golden opportunity to recreate George Harrison’s “Within You Without You” onstage. Years ago I’d studied Indian music—specifically tabla drumming—in California and in India, and singing “Within You Without You” with a full Indian ensemble and string quartet was an extraordinary experience. While learning the tune, I began experimenting to see if I could bring this haunting and complex song to life on guitar. (Harrison reportedly played guitar on the Sgt. Pepper’s track, but it’s buried deep in the mix.) This arrangement is the result.

Like the Indian traditions it’s based on, “Within You Without You” has no chord changes—the melody unfolds over a drone (roots and fifths played on the tambura). To simulate that sound, I wound up tuning to C G D G B D with a partial capo on the top five strings at the fifth fret—giving me open-string pitches of C C G C E G, an open C tuning. The Sgt. Pepper’s track is in C#, but the song was actually recorded in C and then sped up, so this arrangement is in the original pe details

From the Long Players series: writers on their most cherished albums.

The album wasn’t a recognisable art form before the Beatles. If the British pop stars of the time, Cliff, Billy, Marty or Adam released an LP it was to earn extra royalties from their regurgitated singles. When, in February 1964, Cathy McGowan broke the news on Ready, Steady,Go! that the Beatles had reached No 1 in the US charts, her teenage audience knew that “I Want to Hold Your Hand” wasn’t destined to be reproduced as an album track. For UK followers, the Beatles could be relied upon to invariably provide only new music for the extra outlay required to buy an LP.

Then came the rhapsodic phase when every new record seemed designed to take the pop album to a new and previously unobtainable level. Sandwiched between Rubber Soul and Sergeant Pepper in this amazing trilogy was Revolver. When it was released in the summer of 1966 I was working at Tesco in Hammersmith King Street where the man who delivered the Nevill’s bread at 8.30 every morning also carried a stock of contraband EMI albums, which he sold at half price.

It was from Fred the bread man that I acquired the musical highlight of that or any othe details

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