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Members of a Spanish orchestra created a flash mob in a Madrid unemployment office, siging a Beatles classic to cheer job seekers.

One by one, they stood up in a busy waiting room — with an oboe, a clarinet, a bassoon, a couple of violins and a flute — and began the Beatles' "Here Comes the Sun."

A singer stepped forward, stunned employees put aside their paperwork, and many joined in the song. Smiles and even a few tears streaked the faces of those gathered there to request government benefits.

The group was organized by the staff of a Spanish radio program. Spain’s unemployment rate is over 26%.

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Beatles & Queen Top New UK Survey - Tuesday, January 15, 2013

UK music fans say the Beatles and Queen are the artists of whom they are most proud—at 71% each.  The phone and internet provider Plusnet conducted the survey, in which Adele placed third with 48%, followed by Pink Floyd (46%) and Oasis (32%).  Nearly two-thirds (64%) said they are proud of the UK’s musical heritage overall.

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Mersey Beat founder/editor Bill Harry says he’s revising his famous reference book, “The Beatles Encyclopedia”, first published in 1992, and revised in 2000. This third edition will be expanded to two volumes, of probably 900 pages each.  Harry says, “With the vast amount of information I was collecting, it became obvious that it would have hundreds of thousands of additional words and could never fit into a single volume.”  He adds, “I was the first person ever to write about the Beatles and have written more about them than anyone else in the world. Even I was surprised by the amount of new information I kept unearthing and I am confident that even the most devoted Beatles fans will find information they were completely unaware of.”

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The man looking to erect a George Harrison statue in Henley-on-Thames, near the Harrison estate, is ending his campaign after hearing from Olivia Harrison that she would prefer a community project undertaken in George’s memory.  42-yr old James Lambert , who admitted the statue might attract “unwanted fans” to the town, told the BBC: “Gauging the pulse in terms of Henley residents I think there was a lot of support.  This petition wasn’t tapping into the Beatles fanfare worldwide, it was much more to recognize George’s contribution to Henley and the affection Henley had for him.  It is slightly disappointing but you have to respect Olivia’s wishes as she still has a house in Henley…I think what she’s suggesting in terms of a community project will be great and it will be very exciting to see exactly how this transpires.”

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A new mash-up successfully combines Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" with the Beatles' "Helter Skelter", in both audio and video form.  The project, completed by someone known only as "Soundhog", utilizes material from The Beatles' Anthology and archival material from Led Zeppelin as well--so that Robert Plant's speaking voice is heard, in addition to Ringo's famous cry of  "I've got blisters on my fingers!"

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Have you ever wondered what Paul McCartney’s backstage requirements are like these days?  Thesmokinggun.com reports that the animal rights activist of course bans all leather, animal prints, meat or meat by-products backstage or in limousines in which he travels.  The rider reportedly obtained by the site also gets very specific about furniture and flowers, reporting that Paul also requires natural wooden furniture in his backstage area because "nothing can be glass or lacquer", and bouquets of white lilies, white and pink roses, two arrangements of freesia, as well as weeping eucalyptus, loose gardenias, two gardenia pot plants and a bunch of wild flowers, as well as six floor plants which are at least six-foot high and two which are four-foot, suggesting venue bosses buy "palm, bamboo, peace lilies, etc. (but) no tree trunks.

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Unpublished early color photographs of The Beatles' first U.S. tour will be sold at a U.K. auction.

The photos were taken during the rock band's 1964 visit to the U.S., when color film was expensive and most images of the group were in black and white.

The collection of 65 slides contains many stage shots, including George Harrison with his legendary red Rickenbacker guitar and close-up portraits from a Las Vegas Sahara Hotel press conference and Las Vegas Convention Centre gig.

The images were taken by Dr. Robert Beck, who died in 2002 and left them in an archive of photographs and slides in his Hollywood home.

Omega Auctions said Sunday the images will be sold March 22 — exactly 50 years after The Beatles released their first album.

 

 

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  According to Julian Lennon, U2's Bono's vision--which the singer/activist has said is the reason he wears his trademark shades--is   worsening.  The Irish Daily Star quotes Julian as saying: “Bono actually has a condition with his eyes.  I don’t know the exact issue but the brightness of the sun hurts them and it’s a deteriorating issue.”  And Julian said: “It’s part of his image so in some senses, it was lucky, but not really, of course. Maybe it’s part of his process now and without the sunglasses, he can’t be Bono.”

In 2005, Bono revealed that the sunglasses, which he started wearing as part of his "Fly" character on stage in 1991, are now medically helpful to him.  He told Rolling Stone at the time: “If somebody takes my photograph, I will see the flash for the rest of the day. My right eye swells up...It’s part vanity, it’s part privacy and part sensitivity.”

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37 previously unseen photographs of the Beatles have been found after being forgotten for nearly half a century. Photographer Paul Berriff captured the photographs during a Beatles tour in 1963 and 1964 when he was just 16 years old, but the negatives ended up being forgotten for over 45 years along with 850 other negatives.

The photographs were created using two film cameras: a Rolleiflex and a 35mm Nikon, the latter of which he still uses to this day. Berriff went on to photograph many of the most recognizable artists and groups in the music industry (i.e. The Rolling Stones and Queen), and won a BAFTA award as a documentary filmmaker.

Berriff has set up a website called The Beatles Hidden Gallery where he is selling prints of the photographs. Only 49 prints of each photograph will be made.

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"Yesterday" Fourth "Richest" Song Ever - Thursday, January 03, 2013

The Beatles’ “Yesterday” ranks fourth on the list of songs that have generated the most royalties, according to a new BBC 4 special, “The Richest Songs in the World.”  “Happy Birthday to You” ranks number one.  Three of the songs on the list are holiday favorites—“White Christmas” at No. 2, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” at 7, and “The Christmas Song” at No. 10.  Righteous Brothers recordings are represented twice, with “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and “Unchained Melody” both making the top 10, as well as the Police and Roy Orbison.

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