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BENTON — The anniversary of George Harrison’s visit to Benton will be celebrated later this year.

Harrison, one of the fab four who made up The Beatles, spent several weeks in Benton at the home of his sister, Louise Harrison Caldwell, in 1963.

“2013 marks the 50th anniversary of George’s visit,” Robert Rea of the Franklin County Historic Preservation Society said. “He was the first Beatle to set foot on U.S. soil.”

While the band was busting the charts in England in September of that year, members Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr had yet to find fame in the United States.

In those pre-Beatlemania days, Harrison was able to walk the streets of Benton, jam with local musicians, visit record stores and camp in the Shawnee National Forest without the hysteria that accompanied his later visits to the United States, Illinois State His-torical Society Executive Director William Furry said.


Song Facts: The Beatles — "Taxman" - Tuesday, June 04, 2013

George Harrison’s withering indictment of Britain’s progressive tax system was chosen to open the Beatles’ most progressive musical effort to date.

Opening with a rasping cough and a droll count-in, “Taxman” kicks off Revolver in startling fashion, demonstrating both Harrison’s growing sophistication as a songwriter and Emerick’s budding talent for sculpting guitar tones.

Under Harrison’s slashes of distorted rhythm guitar, Paul McCartney’s propulsive bassline bubbles up in an ascending motif that has been copied by everyone from the Jam to Beck.

Recording of “Taxman” commenced on April 20 with four takes of the rhythm track, but the work was scrapped, and 10 new takes were made on the 21st; the song’s count-in was added on May 16.

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Source: Guitar World


Beatles Gear is a landmark book that details exactly which guitars, drums, amplifiers and keyboards The Beatles used at key points during their career.

The book was even used as the official technical reference book for Beatles Rock Band, and its author, musician Andy Babiuk, was the official technical consultant to the game.

The book follows the band, from a gear perspective, from the formation of the Quarry Men in the 1950s to the dissolution of the Beatles in 1970. It provides a fresh insight into Beatles history from a new viewpoint. Along the way, many myths are exploded and dozens of stories told for the first time.

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Source: Guitar World


At a young age, Mary McCartney was introduced to the world of vegetarianism by her mother, Linda McCartney. Her father is Paul McCartney (yes, that one) and according to her recently published cookbook, “Food: Vegetarian Home Cooking,” he played a role in spurring her love of vegetarian food in particular.

McCartney says she is a photographer, not a professional cook, and her book is filled with her beautiful photographs of the dishes she lovingly creates.

She spoke with us about vegetarian cooking.

When did you first fall in love with food? Growing up watching my mother cooking was a magical process. The smells that would drift in from the kitchen were tantalizing. I always loved it when my mum would bake banana bread. Yum.

Why is healthy, vegetarian food important to you? I love food that tastes satisfying but also has a sense of indulgence. I love creating meals that have great health values and are really tasty.


Springfield Hotel deal invites guests heading to nearby exhibit celebrating The Beatles to enjoy free breakfast.

Springfield, MA (PRWEB) May 29, 2013

Guests who are tired of the usual “hello, goodbye” should consider reserving a new hotel deal at the Springfield Marriott, particularly when headed toward the new Beatles exhibit at the nearby Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts.

The new Stay for Breakfast Package at the hotel in Springfield, MA, will have guests exclaiming, “Here comes the sun,” as they dig into a scrumptious spread of morning favorites. The Springfield hotel deal includes accommodations and breakfast for two adults and children ages 12 and younger at the onsite Currents restaurant.

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Source: Strategy Magazine


AS a keen photographer there was no surprise that he spent so much of his time on the Rock snapping away.

But sadly Julian Lennon only had five hours to best conjure up his own image of the fascinating enclave where he currently has an exhibition running on his father John Lennon’s life.

At a gala lunch with First Minister Fabian Picardo at the top of the Rock in Monte Calpe Suites, he told Olive Press editor Jon Clarke, how much he had enjoyed the visit.

“It’s an amazing place and I definitely need to come back to appreciate it,” he said.

“You really feel on top of the world up here.”

Arriving by private jet, he spent five hours touring the enclave before taking a quick visit of the Beatles Memorabilia exhibition, which was put together with his mother Cynthia.

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Source: The Olive Press


To mark this week's reissue of Wings over America today publishes a new collection of images taken from 'The Ocean View', one of four new exclusive books included in the Deluxe Edition of the release.

'The Ocean View' is an extraordinary hardbound compendium featuring 80 drawings and sketches by artist Humphrey Ocean that captures Wings on tour in relaxed and revealing ways.

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Source: Paul McCartney


Fifty years on from the height of Beatlemania, it continues to generate fascination — as much as, or perhaps even more so, than the Fab Four’s actual music, heretical though that sounds. Three of the four upcoming movies inspired by the Beatles’ global domination of pop culture in the mid-1960s are fan-related.

The first to appear will be “Good Ol’ Freda,” a probable late summer release from Magnolia Pictures. Ryan White’s documentary, which was mostly Kickstarter-funded and premiered at the SXSW festival in March, looks at the Beatles through the eyes of Freda Kelly.

A shy regular at the Beatles’ legendary lunchtime gigs at the Cavern Club on Mathew Street in Liverpool, Kelly became the group’s secretary when she was 17. She lasted 11 years in the job, a year longer than they stayed together, and also ran their fan club.


It's going to be hard to top the birthday present a fan named Charlotte got on her 17th birthday Thursday from Paul McCartney at his concert last night at BOK Center in Tulsa.

According to the BOK Center Twitter account, McCartney gave a birthday shout to the young fan, who'd brought a sign to the show, birthday wishes. “@PaulMcCartney just gave a birthday shout out to a girl in the crowd named Charlotte. Happy 17th Charlotte! Your sign paid off!,” the center Tweeted.

He later dedicated a song to her. “#nowplaying 'I Saw Her Standing There' - dedicated to Charlotte, the bday girl in the crowd who turned 17 today! #HappyBirthday,” the center said in a later Tweet. He later dedicated a song to her. “#nowplaying 'I Saw Her Standing There' - dedicated to Charlotte, the bday girl in the crowd who turned 17 today!

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Decades after his death, John Lennon continues to inspire us with his music and loving spirit. A special line of eyewear takes its inspiration from Lennon's signature specs and it raises the bar by helping people in need.

Adlens' John Lennon Collection was created in partnership with Lennon's estate. It offers a variety of round frames and colored lenses for a reasonable price.

So what makes it unique? Adlens uses fascinating "fluid-injection lens technology" that enables owners to create their own prescriptions in less than a minute. This can be life-changing for people in countries where citizens don't have access to proper eye care.

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Source: USA Today

Photo Credit: Adlens

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