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"We didn't want to appear as a gang of idiots" -- a very young Paul McCartney.

To celebrate McCartney's birthday on June 18, The Huffington Post has pulled together 11 obscure pieces of trivia about The Beatles from their earliest interviews.

1. The Beatles essentially wore head to toe leather on stage for awhile, which McCartney said got them laughed at "more often than not."

For a BBC interview the band did in August 1963 -- George Harrison, John Lennon and Paul McCartney all talked about the early fashion ideas they picked up from Hamburg, Germany. Lennon couldn't remember which of them was the first to don a leather jacket, but eventually they all got their own. When they acquired a bit more money soon after, they all bought leather pants for their stage performances, as well. "It was a bit, sort of, old hat anyway -- all wearing leather gear -- and we decided we didn't want to look ridiculous going home," McCartney explained of why the leather didn't stick with the group. "Because more often than not too many people would laugh. It was just stupid. We didn't want to appear as a gang of idiots." According to the interview, their manager Brian Epstein convinced them that they looked ridiculous and sug details

This concert will undoubtedly prove one of the high spots of the entire 2015 Festival of Chichester. In fact, one of the high spots of our three Festivals of Chichester so far.

Tribute is a much-debased word and one the musicians would probably resist, but a tribute in the truest, finest sense was precisely what they delivered: a celebration of George Harrison’s music, delivered with huge affection and immense skill.

Harrison’s nature was to be the “quiet one”, the one all too easily overlooked. But quietly he amassed an astonishing body of work which, post-Beatles, tumbled out on the astonishing triple album, All Things Must Pass – the starting point, the end point and indeed the name for Alex Eberhard’s hugely-impressive ten-piece homage. On a wonderful night for the festival, for the band and for everyone in the audience, All Things Must Pass ranged widely through Harrison’s work from his Beatles days through to his posthumously-released final album.

They did so with brilliance, daring to do their own thing at times but always capturing the spirit of the music and the man, quite probably the most fascinating of all the Fab Four. Alex’s vocals were close, details

The former Beatle gets personal.

This January marks the tenth anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on the American charts. Last month Rolling Stone conducted its first full-scale interview with Paul McCartney, in six sessions starting in a London recording studio and ending on a New York street. The New York sessions took place the day after McCartney had entered the US for the first time in two years, visa problems stemming from two marijuana violations now finally resolved.

McCartney was cautious in his responses during the first two sessions. He and Linda remembered being on vacation in Scotland when they were first shown John Lennon's lengthy interview (Rolling Stone Number 74 and Number 75, January 21st and February 4th, 1971), and having been deeply hurt by it. At first he seemed to want to avoid the kind of controversy Lennon's interview had generated but in later conversations he became freer with his answers.

Because the various sessions were necessarily disconnected, our text does not follow in all cases the actual sequence of questions. For example, McCartney's discussion of his legal difficulties is compiled from three separate conversations. One of those discussions was prompted by an inci details

Today Beatles star Sir Paul McCartney celebrates his 73rd birthday. The rocker was born on June 18, 1942 at Walton Hospital, to parents Mary and James “Jim” McCartney. To celebrate Macca's birthday, we look back at his life in pictures and reveal seven things you might not know about the star:

1. He was on a plane in New York when 9/11 happened Paul was waiting to take off on the tarmac at the city’s JFK airport when he spotted smoke coming from the Twin Towers. When speaking about the day, Macca has said he initially thought it was an optical illusion and “some sort of little fire”, until a steward said something serious had happened and ushered him off the plane.

2. Despite becoming a multi-millionaire singer, he failed an audition to be a choir boy In the 1950s Paul auditioned for the choir at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, but was rejected.

3. He also messed up his first gig with John Lennon When Macca made his debut with The Quarrymen - who later evolved into the Beatles - in October 1957, he missed his cue, despite practising for days.

4. The name for his band Wings came to him while praying The image of ‘wings’ is said to have sprung into hi details

The famous recording sessions will be recreated in a special concert at the Royal Albert Hall.

Between 1962 and 1969, The Beatles recorded some of their best-known albums at London's Abbey Road Studios, including Revolver, Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and the White Album.

Now, these recording sessions are being recreated for a new stage show, The Sessions at Abbey Road, which will be performed at the Royal Albert Hall on April 1 2016.

Period equipment, and a team of 39 musicians and eight singers will be used during the show, which will span the band's entire recording career at the studios, and will feature a full-sized reconstruction of Abbey Road's Studio Two.

Executive producer Stig Edgren told AFP that the performance will be "an honest, respectful and accurate recreation of how musical history was made".

In an interview with The Times, Edgren also empthasised the fact the show will focus on recreating the music, rather than the appearance of The Beatles, and that that performers will wear "no Sgt Pepper Outfits, no wigs". "I didn't want it to be another lookalike show," he said.

By: Rebecca Hawkes and AFP

Source: The Telegraph


He is the only authorised biographer of The Beatles and spent the night partying with Paul McCartney just last week.

But days later, it was a bizarre change of pace for Hunter Davies, who returned to his hometown of Johnstone for the first time in almost 80 years.

The 79-year-old writer, who later grew up in Carlisle, was born at Thornhill Maternity Hospital in Johnstone on January 7, 1936 and also lived in Renfrew. He is the author of more than 60 books, including novels, travel writing and The Glory Game which is based on a season he spent behind the scenes at Tottenham Hotspur. Unbeknown to many of his fans, Hunter comes from a working class Johnstone background and has lived an extraordinary life mixing with some of the world’s most famous celebrities. And on Monday he caught up with The Gazette to share some of his most noteworthy tales, set to be revealed in his memoirs.

“I’m thrilled to be back in Johnstone,” Hunter beamed. “I don’t really have any memories of here because I was just a baby but I wanted to see what the town is like today. “My next book is about my memories of growing up in the 50s, from birth to the 50s, but my first chapter will be about details

16-year-old soul star appeared at the legendary venue in 1966.

A contract for Motown star Stevie Wonder to play at the Cavern Club has been loaned to the Beatles Story in the Albert Dock. The artifact, which is dated January 7, 1966, when Stevie was aged just 16 and known as ‘Little Stevie Wonder’, is one of a number of items loaned to the tourist attraction by Cavern City Tours .

Many of the items were originally on sale at the Mathew Street and include a Cavern Club pendant and leather chain, a PVC membership holder, an autograph book and a Cavern Club T-shirt. Another rare artifact that Cavern City Tours has loaned is one of the Beatles Yellow Submarine 33c stamps - believed to be the first American stamp produced in honour of a rock group. The stamp was launched to celebrate the re-release of film Yellow Submarine at International Beatles week in Liverpool in 1999.

Dave Jones, company director of Cavern City Tours, has also loaned some NEMS (North End Music Stores) items from his own private collection. These include a typed letter to Bob Wooler on NEMS letterhead signed by Brian Epstein dated August 1963, an original 78 vinyl record sleeve with NEMS Walton Road printed on the sleeve and details

Guitar brand Höfner has loaned four one-off replica guitars used by Paul McCartney and John Lennon to the award-winning Beatles Story in the Albert Dock as part of their 25th birthday celebrations.

The 1964 Vintage 500/1 Bass, the Paul McCartney 500/1 Backup Bass, the Jubilee 500/1 Bass and the Club 40 John Lennon re-issue Guitar will go on display in the Paul McCartney and John Lennon solo rooms in the Albert Dock on 12th June. These incredible items are on loan to the attraction for three months and each guitar tells its own story.

As The Beatles took the world by storm, conquering the USA in early 1964, every bass player wanted a Vintage 500/1 Bass, just like Paul McCartney’s. The 1964 example of the bass is very similar to Paul McCartney’s. During 1964 Höfner worked hard to try and keep up with demand for the bass and probably sold more examples of the model that year than any before or since.

In 2009 Höfner were commissioned by Paul McCartney to produce a 500/1 Backup Bass for him. The request was for a bass built to the same specifications as his 1963 model that he uses for all concerts and for recording. It was built to exactly the same dimensions and used the same hardw details

LET'S FACE it: No one 50 years ago could have envisioned that Paul McCartney - the "cute Beatle" - would, in 2015, reign as one of the world's most famous and successful entertainers. After all, the mid-'60s was a time when teen-oriented pop acts were seen as here today, gone tomorrow commodities. (Come to think of it, some things don't change.) And it was a time when even the biggest names of that era - Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Jack Benny and the like - hadn't put in anywhere near 50 years, much less at the pinnacle of show business. 

But here we are, just a few days away from Sir Paul's Friday performance at the Firefly Festival, in Dover, Del., and his Sunday concert at the Wells Fargo Center - both sold-out gigs, where tens of thousands of people will enjoy a three-hour performance by the 73-year-old musical titan. 

However, for all his fame, fortune and universal reverence as, arguably, the most important (with John Lennon) musician of the past half-century, McCartney hasn't come close to having a smash hit record in the digital-download era on the level of, say, Taylor Swift or Beyonce. 

So, what's the attraction? Will Sunday's gig, especially, be just another baby boomer nostalgia-f details

Yesterday at 50 - Monday, June 15, 2015

Looking back on McCartney's first small masterpiece

Well, we all know about 'Yesterday.' I have had so much accolade for 'Yesterday.' That is Paul's song, of course, and Paul's baby. Well done. Beautiful-- and I never wished I had written it." -John Lennon, Playboy Interview 1980

We were very new to America and I had to do “Yesterday” on my own and I’d never done this—I had always had the band. So I was standing there and the floor manager--the guy on the curtain--came up to me and said: “Are you nervous?” I said, no. He said, “Well you should be, there’s 73 million people watching.” -Paul McCartney on Late Nite with David Letterman

 This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the recording of Paul McCartney’s “Yesterday,” the most covered song of the last half century. If rock and roll had a human timeline, then perhaps you could think of the early days of Elvis and Little Richard as fevered adolescence and the 60s as rebellious early adulthood. In that sense, “Yesterday” fits squarely between the two—youthful, philosophical, simple, but otherwise unassailable. Love it or not, it's quite catchy--good words, goo details

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