When Gerald “Gabe” McCarty first started playing the bass guitar in 1958, people called him “One String Gabe.” That’s because his bass parts were so simple that he generally just stuck to one string. But the Benton native, who died July 3 at the age of 83, eventually shed the moniker and became widely known as a skilled player with an impressive musical résumé.
He’d befriended George Harrison just months before the Beatles exploded into international fame. “George Harrison once referred to Gabe, (speaking) to the other Beatles, as his ‘American friend,’” said Jim Kirkpatrick, author of “Before He Was Fab: George Harrison’s First Visit to America.”
It all began in September 1963, four months before the Beatles’ appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” turned them into a household name in the United States. Harrison was visiting his sister, Louise Caldwell, who lived in Benton with her husband. “At the time when he came over here, nobody really knew who George was,” Kirkpatrick said.
In those days, McCarty was the leader of a band called The Four Vests, a rock ’n’ roll outfit th details
Ticket stubs for a Beatles concert in Nottingham and a scrap of paper featuring the Fab Four's signatures are going up for sale.
They belong to Keyworth grandmother Josephine Yates but she has put them up for auction as she wants to see better use made of them - and they could fetch up at least £4,000 when they go under the hammer.
The 71-year-old says the gig, at the Elizabethan Ballroom above the old Co-op House in Upper Parliament Street on March 7, 1963, turned out to be "one of the best nights of her life".
The band were just on the cusp of mega-stardom, so auctioneers are convinced that these are genuine signatures - and not signed by their roadies as they would have done after they shot to fame.
Mrs Yates, a former worker at the WH Smith wholesalers, went to the concert with her sister Janet Parkes, now of West Bridgford, and their friends Sonia and Angela.
She said Janet and Angela had wanted to go along to the event, but as they were only 14 and 15, their fathers wouldn't allow them, so they talked Josephine and Sonia in to going with them as they were 18 at the time. "So off we went - little did we know it would be one of the best nights of our lives," said Mrs Yates details
Sean Lennon says Revolver is one of his favourite Beatles albums as it celebrates its 50th anniversary. Sean – the son of late Beatles icon John Lennon – says the band's seventh album ranks up there with their best work.
Speaking to Classic Rock for a feature on the 50th anniversary of Revolver, Lennon says: "Revolver’s one of my favourite Beatles records, up there with Sgt Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour and the White Album. "Those records have influenced me more than any other music on the planet. Beside the fact it’s my dad and I grew up listening to them, they’re just ingrained in my psyche."
Lennon says Revolver is "hipper" than other records, putting the listener "in a trance." He adds: "Revolver appeals to me more than Abbey Road or my dad’s solo stuff, which I love in a different way, because psychedelic music seems more magical. "It’s like a kid likes reading Lord Of The Rings instead of Bonfire Of The Vanities – it’s exciting, it’s the promise of a supernatural world. "A song like Tomorrow Never Knows puts you almost in a trance. Not in the way techno music or monks chanting would. It’s hipper than that."
By: Stef Lach
Even before the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin died in March, his son Giles found himself the recipient of a staggering family inheritance. For years, the 46-year-old, a producer in his own right, has acted as a custodian of the music of the Beatles.
In recent months, he has been in charge of several major Beatles-related assignments: new high-definition mixes for the DVD compilation Beatles 1+; restoration of audio from early Beatles concerts for an upcoming Ron Howard documentary about the band’s touring years; and preparing the Beatles’ catalogue for streaming beginning last Christmas.
Martin is well aware that Beatles devotees the world over are placing his efforts under an extraordinary amount of scrutiny. “I do a mix, or change something, and I’m analyzed and criticized by everyone,” he says, speaking from northern Spain where, he says only half-jokingly, he is “escaping the Beatlemaniacs”.
Martin has non-Beatles assignments too, in film (he worked on Kingsman: The Secret Service) and as “Sound Experience Leader” for Sonos, the wireless speaker specialists. But he acknowledges that he and the music of the Beatles are by now inextri details
The Beatles clearly had a fondness for the “girl group” sound, and no song better exemplifies that fact than “Please Mr. Postman,” the final entry in Deep Beatles’ look at the band’s best covers. Originally recorded by Motown act the Marvelettes, “Please Mister Postman” allowed the Beatles to demonstrate how they could interpret numerous genres, transforming them into their own sound. In addition, their enthusiasm and raw energy foreshadowed a change in pop culture, a musical revolution that the Beatles would lead.
Before examining the Beatles’ energetic take on “Please Mister Postman,” let’s rewind further back to 1961. That year five young women called the Casinyets entered Detroit’s Motown Studios, hoping to audition for label head Berry Gordy and songwriter/producer/singer Smokey Robinson. The two subsequently called in the group for another audition, but there was one problem: the group needed to perform an original tune. Under pressure, Georgia Dobbins and friend William Garrett penned “Please Mister Postman,” a bluesy number featuring only a few lyrics.
Dobbins departed the group after the second audition, but her so details
1. My first musical memory is riding around in my dad’s car listening to cassette tapes. In a reflection of the times and my parents’ effort to keep things kid-friendly, most of them were contemporary Christian pop albums like this or this or even this. But there was also Abbey Road. I remember “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” in particular because children always gravitate toward the goofiest music, and because I found it shocking that such a cheery little ditty was actually the story of a blunt-object serial killer. My dad and I have watched our tastes diverge and intersect many times in the ensuing years, but the Beatles and Paul McCartney in particular were always our common ground. (Ours and billions of other people’s, but still.) So it was special to see McCartney together Sunday night in Cincinnati, especially from the kind of incredible seats you imagine when you begin dreaming of yourself as a professional music critic. My dad’s smile when we rolled up to floor seats about 10 rows back was thrill enough for the night.
2. You will not be surprised to learn that a Paul McCartney concert was great, but let me emphasize the greatness: Before this night, I cannot remember attending details
LAST month Paul McCartney turned 74 and to mark the occasion he has released a compilation of his post-Beatles records called Pure McCartney.
It’s been a while since Beatle Paul has been cool. Not since the Fab Four broke up and John Lennon dismissed his former partner’s stuff as “as Muzak to my ears”, you could argue.
When I was a kid, Wings were considered sort of OK if a bit daggy. For every gem Macca produced, like Band on the Run, there was a lot of dross and some truly cringe-worthy moments: The Girl is Mine, anyone?
But a couple of years ago a friend persuaded me to listen to Ram, McCartney’s second solo record. I don’t know why I’d never heard it before. It’s the record that prompted Lennon’s Muzak insult and dismissed by one critic at the time of its release in 1971 as “pop for potheads”. Actually, thinking about it, that’s probably the reason I’d never tracked down a copy.
More fool me. It’s a brilliant inventive record, brimming with great tunes. And unlike like Lennon’s solo records, which have dated badly, it still sounds fresh. The Beatles produced so much great music of such diversity, it&rsqu details
An image appeared of John Lennon wearing Adidas trainers in 1967
Liverpool and Adidas have had a ‘special bond’ for over 40 years because of the casual movement of the 1970s created by football fans. It all began in the late 70s when fans would travel around Europe and bring back rare trainers from the continent, usually Adidas being the choice of the fashionista.
At the end the decade Adidas Samba trainers were worn by many on the terraces of Anfield and Goodison Park, and also around the streets of the city. Adidas Stan Smiths shortly followed and wearing trainers as everyday footwear was now a trend. In 1981, Wade Smith opened and it became the heart of casual fashion in the city.
With the terrace culture taking over the city, 21-year-old Robert Wade Smith, a former Adidas worker spotted a gap in the market. Trainers that football fans had purchased in Europe could now be bought on our doorstep. The rarer the import, the better. It all began on Merseyside and it quickly became a national trend.
But, does a rare photograph of the Beatles actually show that the John Lennon started the movement in 1967?
By: Paul Philbin
Source: Liverpool Echo
A shirt stained with John Lennon’s blood from the night he was murdered on the Upper West Side has sold for more than $41,000.
After being shot by deranged fan Mark David Chapman, the former Beatle stumbled through the door of The Dakota apartment building and collapsed into the hands of concierge Jay Hastings, who was wearing the shirt that sold Saturday, the Mirror reported.
“Jay Hastings kept this shirt all these years and never really spoke about it. It has just been sitting in a drawer for years and now he is getting older he felt it was time to sell it,” said Garry Shrum of Heritage Auctions on Park Avenue off East 57th Street.
“There are remnants of blood on the shirt. Some people might be appalled but it’s a piece of history. We did ask ourselves, ‘Is this too dark or wrong to sell?’ But I don’t think it is. He is not exploiting John Lennon’s death. He is telling the story of how he tried to help John Lennon in the last few minutes of his life,” Shrum said.
Hastings was on duty Dec. 8, 1980, when Lennon and wife Yoko Ono returned home after a photo shoot for Rolling Stone magazine, and a radio interview.
By: Yaron Steinbu details
Five Beatles authorities from different corners of the seemingly infinite Fab Four universe gathered Thursday at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles to revisit and analyze the group’s impact on popular culture in conjunction with the museum’s just-opened exhibit “Ladies and Gentlemen … the Beatles.”
Museum executive director Robert Santelli moderated the discussion among Debbie Gendler, a 13-year-old fan when Beatlemania erupted in the U.S. who was in the audience for the group’s history-making live U.S. television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show”; former KRLA-AM deejay Bob Eubanks; historian and author Bruce Spizer; and super collectors Chuck Gunderson and Russ Lease, who also co-organized the new exhibit with museum officials.
“We’d noticed there were museum exhibits on Lady Di’s dresses, the Titanic,” Gunderson said at the outset of the 90-minute session in the museum’s 200-seat Clive Davis Theatre. “Chocolate,” inserted Lease, prompting Gunderson to add, “and we thought, ‘Why not the Beatles?’”
So, Gunderson noted, over a period of several years, he and Lease and two other collector friends details