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Beatles legend Paul McCartney made a lifelong dream come true for a cancer-stricken fan by calling her when she was admitted in the hospital. McCartney called the terminally ill woman, who had left city government to become a top official at the MTA, to fulfil her life-long dream, reported the New York daily News.

Susan Kupferman and McCartney's wife, former MTA board member Nancy Shevell, were friends. "I wasn't on the call but I'm telling you, Paul called. He is a great guy," said mayor Bloomberg. Kupferman, 54, was in the final stages of cancer and died on June 26.

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Vee-Jay lost The Beatles - Sunday, August 04, 2013

One mistake and your reputation is shot. Dick Rowe was one of the pillars of the Decca label, but he has gone down in history as "the talent scout who turned down The Beatles." A sin of a different nature was committed by Vee-Jay Records, the Chicago firm that in 1963 signed a contract to release The Beatles' records in the United States. But it lost that license to print money out of mere fecklessness.

Early in 1963 Capitol, the California branch of EMI, didn't want to know about The Beatles, or even how to pronounce their name. Despairing of making any progress in the matter, EMI ceded its masters to Vee-Jay, which was trying to sign a balladeer, Frank Ifield. The Beatles came as part of a two-for-one package.

The Beatles saga is portrayed as a triumphal march, but it might have ground to a halt on several occasions. In spite of Vee-Jay's good relations with Chicago radio, the first Beatles singles hardly got any air time. Faced with this lukewarm reception, they delayed their first LP, Introducing... The Beatles .< details

Night Cavern Club, Liverpool - Saturday, August 03, 2013

After close to 300 Beatles appearances at the Cavern Club, spanning two and a half years, this was the last! The venue had played perhaps the vital role in preparing them for "The Big Time" and now that time had come. Bob Wooler, the Cavern Club compere, remembers Brian Epstein promising that one day the Beatles would be back, but it was not to be.

Tickets for the performance went on sale on July 21st at 1:30 pm and by 2:00 pm were sold out. The Beatles fee was £300 - The first time they played at the Cavern it was £5.

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In 2010, a small jazz festival in Toronto decided to produce a tribute to British singer-songwriter John Lennon to commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death. The project brought some of Canada’s most renowned musicians together to perform music by Lennon and the Beatles, thoughtfully arranged by Michael Occhipinti, a talented musician who had done a similar project previously with the music of Bruce Cockburn.

The tribute was a huge hit, and it spun off into a CD, which was also successful. As a treat for music lovers, that concert experience will be recreated during the 2013 P.E.I. Jazz and Blues Festival in Charlottetown. Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon will hit the stage of the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts on Sunday, Aug. 25, 7:30 p.m.

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Stuart Sutcliffe, the late artist and early bassist for the Beatles, will receive an art showcase from Harper's Books in East Hampton, New York on August 10th (running until October 14th). The exhibition, titled "Stuart Sutcliffe: Yea Yea Yea" and curated by artist Richard Prince, will feature 21 of Sutcliffe's paintings and paper-based works.

According to the Harper's website, the exhibition "seeks to recontextualize (Sutcliffe's) oeuvre within the paradigm of the contemporary art world, highlighting the enduring significance of his work for both late Modernist art history and present-day artistic practices." The selected art will emphasize "the collaged geometricism of his works on paper and the dense gestural abstraction of his paintings."

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TAOS, N.M. (AP) — Snow and frigid temperatures didn't stop thousands of screaming teenagers from crowding into the Washington Coliseum in the nation's capital for the Beatles first live concert on American soil. And not having a flash didn't stop photographer Mike Mitchell, then just 18 years old, from using his unrestricted access to document that historic February night in 1964 using only the dim light in the arena.

Ghostly shadows and streams of light filled some negatives. With the help of modern technology and close to 1,000 hours in front of the computer screen, Mitchell was able to peel back decades of grunge and transform those old negatives into a rare, artful look at one of pop culture's defining moments.

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A rare shot of John Lennon and Paul McCartney singing together at the time of the Beatles' demise has been found. The photograph was taken at the 1969 recording of The Ballad of John and Yoko at Abbey Road Studios in London. The song was released in May of that year and became the band's last number one single.

Merseyside author Dean Johnson, who has revealed the shot in a book, said it showed a "sad epitaph to the greatest musical partnership". Mr Johnson was sent the photo by a Beatles fan after appealing for unusual and rare images of the band on Facebook. He said he had seen "nearly everything" to do with the Liverpool group, but had "never seen" the shot of John and Paul. "The Ballad of John and Yoko was a unique session as only John and Paul took part and, in a way, was a sad epitaph to the greatest musical partnership in pop history."

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A RARE Beatles programme emblazoned with no less than three signatures of John Lennon is to go on sale at a South Derbyshire auction house. The commemorative item, from a show in March 1963, has been signed by the late singer on three separate pages. There are also signatures from the other band members.

It will be sold at Hansons, in Etwall in a sale later in the month. Music and memorabilia consultant Clare Howell said: “Our client’s father and friends went along to the concert and were fortunate enough to meet the boys. Having just the one programme between them, they asked John to sign three time, so they could each have an autograph. One lucky fan was left with the programme.” The starting bid for the lot is £1,000. Another lot of cuttings from the concert, in Sheffield, will go for an estimated £250-£350.

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DEMOLITION has started at an iconic pop venue of the 1960s that has been at the heart of Northwich for decades. Northwich Memorial Hall drew crowds in their hundreds in the 1960s and ‘70s when it played host to legendary acts like The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Animals, Tom Jones, Cilla Black, Dusty Springfield, Lulu, Ben E King and Jimmy Ruffin, among many others.

But now the hall is being knocked down to make way for Memorial Court, a new £13.7 million leisure complex planned by Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWAC). Gwili Lewis, from Castle, was manager at the hall thoughout its 1960s and ‘70s glory years. The 92-year-old was present at the start of demolition on Monday and shared some anecdotes from his career there.

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PIECES of a Wirral stage trodden by The Beatles – before they took the pop world by storm – are being snapped up at extraordinary prices across the globe. A Beatles fan in America has paid $300 for a four-inch square section of the stage, while a UK enthusiast has parted with £250.

The blocks have been auctioned over the years to help finance the present day Birkenhead YMCA. When the old building was demolished in the 1980s, staff had the foresight to salvage sections of the stage ,after recognising their historic value because of the appearance of the Fab Four. Just a handful of the blocks remain, signed by world renowned Beatles biographer Paolo Hewitt.

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