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Ringo Starr was the last member of The Beatles to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist. During an interview with Ellen DeGeneres, he said he was only in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame because of the intervention of another celebrity.

The Beatles entered the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1988. John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison entered the Hall of Fame as solo artists in 1994, 1999, and 2004, respectively. Ringo didn’t get inducted as a solo artist until 2015.

During an episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, DeGeneres commented that Ringo’s induction was long overdue. She mentioned that Paul would be at the ceremony. “Well, I’m only doing it because of Paul,” Ringo commented. He said he wasn’t trying to get inducted, but Paul pushed for his entry into the Hall of Fame.

 

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Ringo Starr’s health: The secret to looking terrific at 81 is “broccoli and blueberries.”

Ringo Starr, drummer for the BEATLES, is in excellent health. What is the secret of the quiet, calm, and collected rockstar who overcame life-threatening sickness as a child to survive into his 80s?

Finally, the actor has disclosed some of his “keeping young” techniques. Following his appearance at the Grammy Awards, many people were left wondering how the music veteran managed to keep his young appearance. Surprisingly, Starr disclosed that his daily meal of broccoli and blueberries is the source of his happiness. To keep this rockstar rocking, he must eat a vegetarian diet in general.

Starr told BBC Radio 2’s Zoe Ball that he has greatly enjoyed all of the compliments on his appearance.

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PAUL McCARTNEY, PETER JACKSON, Michael Lindsay Hogg, Glyn Johns, Giles Martin and more contribute to the most detailed and revealing exploration of the Beatles’ Let It Be album, film and upcoming Get Back documentaries yet published.

In the latest MOJO magazine, in UK shops from Tuesday, September 21, MOJO writers pull together all they’ve learned from Peter Jackson’s upcoming three-part Get Back documentary, the revelatory bonus material in a new box set of the music made by the Beatles in January 1969, plus the 120 hours of Beatle footage and recorded conversation perused by MOJO writer John Harris in the course of editing content for a companion book, also entitled Get Back.

 

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“We were just a band that made it very, very big. That’s all.” Was John Lennon’s myth-busting synopsis of The Beatles’ story, uttered during an interview with Rolling Stone. While the technical truth of that statement is inarguable, for millions around the world, The Beatles were – and remain – a huge deal more than just another band. From that first fabled meeting of John Lennon and Paul McCartney at the Woolton Village Fete in July 1957 to the spontaneous final rooftop performance atop Apple Corps’ Savile Row HQ at the culmination of the 1960s, The Beatles became one of the most seismic forces ever to impact popular culture.

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Janice Mitchell is a retired criminal and civil investigator, but it was she who was the subject of an international search when, in 1964, the Cleveland Heights teenager and a friend took off for a new life. It’s all in “My Ticket to Ride: How I Ran Away to England to Meet the Beatles and Got Rock and Roll Banned in England (a True Story from 1964).”

Mitchell’s early life was tumultuous, with hard-partying parents who left their three children alone or with strangers. When Janice was in second grade, her mother abandoned the family and Janice was taken in by her great-aunt Toots, husband Mac and spiteful adult daughter Margie. Life was fine because of Mac’s kindness and devotion, but it was not to last.

At 16, Janice was a student at a Catholic high school, listening to Bobby Vinton and the Singing Nun on the radio while doing her homework. Suddenly, a lightning bolt: “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and she “had something to live for.” Janice struck up an acquaintance with Harry Martin, a Cleveland disc jockey, when he emceed a teen dance, and he invited her to visit his station.

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New cuts of classic Beatles tracks from the forthcoming special edition of ‘Let It Be’ have been shared ahead of its release.

The Fab Four’s final studio album is set to be celebrated on October 15 with a reissue that will span a number of formats.

A trio of tracks from the ‘Let It Be’ re-release were shared back in August including ‘Let It Be’ (2021 Stereo Mix), ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ (first rooftop performance) and ‘For You Blue’ (‘Get Back’ LP Mix).

Now four more new mixes of their songs, which you can listen to below, have been shared including ‘Get Back’ (Take 8), ‘One After 909’ (Take 3), ‘I Me Mine’ (1970 Glyn Johns Mix) and ‘Across The Universe’ (2021 Stereo Mix).

The original album has been newly mixed by producer Giles Martin and engineer Sam Okell in stereo, 5.1 surround DTS and Dolby Atmos.

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Paul McCartney is set to appear at a livestream event on Nov. 5 in which he'll discuss his new book, The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present.

The music legend will chat with author Paul Muldoon about The Lyrics, which includes anecdotes and personal history spanning McCartney's entire career - including his time with the Beatles and Wings, and his solo work.

A statement on the event's website reads: "Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, [The Lyrics] establishes definitive texts of the songs’ lyrics for the first time, and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now."

The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present is due for release on Nov. 2, a few days before the livestream event.

“More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right," McCartney said in a statement earlier this year.

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George Harrison has given us some of the most inspiring songs in rock ‘n’ roll history. He was the first Beatle to have a No. 1 hit as a solo artist with his song “My Sweet Lord.” However, before and after his time as a Beatle, George had one very special muse for all of his love songs; his wife, Pattie Boyd. George wrote many Beatles hits about Boyd, including the romantic “Something” and “I Need You.” But George only wrote one song about her during his solo career, and it wasn’t a love song.

George met Boyd while The Beatles were filming A Hard Day’s Night in 1964. They married two years later, and Paul McCartney was his best man. During their marriage, Boyd inspired George to write songs like “Something,” “I Need You,” and “For Your Blue.”

However, after George cheated on Boyd multiple times, including having an affair with Ringo’s wife Maureen, the couple’s marriage started to disintegrate around the early 1970s. Speaking with Start at 60, Boyd talked about what the final years of her marriage to George were really like.

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For one Times Past reader, there was a surprise in store when his favourite band came to town – and a mystery he has yet to solve.

Phil Quigley explains: “I am 80 years of age and the memories of the Beatles’ visit to Glasgow are still vivid in my mind.

“I was working as a gent’s hairdresser near Charing Cross at the time and during the usual chit chat with one customer, he asked me if I liked the Beatles.”

He adds: “I said, yes, of course and when he took his wallet out to pay, he offered me a ticket for the Glasgow concert, which knocked me out.

“He apologised and said he only had one ticket, but I gratefully accepted it. He wouldn’t take any payment for it and said ‘just give the money to charity’, which I did.”

Phil, who lives in Rutherglen, still has no idea who the benevolent gentleman was. He adds: “I was in a daze all day.”

When he got to the concert, the first thing Phil noticed was there were not many men in the audience.

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“Help!” has some of the most famous lyrics John Lennon wrote for any of The Beatles’ folk-rock songs. During an interview, John revealed he wrote the lyrics to please a journalist who noted he didn’t use certain types of words in his songs. John said writing The Beatles’ “Help!” to please this journalist reflected his own insecurities.Paul McCartney told Billboard two people heard “Help!” before the public did. “I turned up at John’s house for a writing session and saw the opportunity to add a descant [melody in the second verse],” Paul said. “We finished it quite quickly; we went downstairs and sang it to John’s wife at the time, Cynthia, and a journalist he was friendly with called Maureen Cleave. We were very pleased with ourselves.”

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