A copy of the Beatles rejected audition tape for Decca resurfaced recentlyand aside from sending shivers down the collective spines of aged record company execs who once proclaimed guitar music as ‘on the way out’ – it got me thinking about rejection.
How could anyone turn away the band that went on to create some of the most beloved pieces of pop music ever recorded? How could anyone claim the Fab Four ‘had no future in show business’?
FRIDAY (June 21) marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ one and only visit to Guildford. The Fab Four headlined two concerts at the Odeon in the upper High Street on June 21 1963.
John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison visited the town as the headline act on the Jimmy Crawford Package Show, with support acts including Lance Fortune, The Hayseeds and The Vikings with Michael London.
Ringo Starr is releasing a book of previously unseen images of his life with the world’s biggest pop group. He shares his memories with ANDY WELCH and reveals why no one will ever know everything about The Beatles
“Every time I see your face, it reminds me of the places we used to go. But all I’ve got is a photograph, and I realise you’re not coming back any more.”
Bidding has soared for this 1963 U.S. Dollar Bill which was autographed by all four Beatles, early in their career.
The dollar, signed prior to their appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, during The Beatles historic first U.S. visit in February 1964, is thought to be the only one in existence.
It has taken 35 years for James McCartney to step out from his father’s shadow. In his 20s, the son of Beatles legend Paul McCartney shunned his father, hated his new step-mother and descended into a dark world of drink and drugs.
When he turned to Class A drugs - with terrifying horse tranquiliser ketamine - even his sisters cut ties with him. But that is now all in the past.
MONTHS of detective work are finally paying off for the organisers of a nostalgia-themed Northwich Carnival. This year’s event will celebrate 50 years since the Beatles crowned the carnival queen.
Barbara Turner, committee president and secretary, was keen to mark the golden anniversary by tracking down the queen and her retinue from 1963 and inviting them to this year’s carnival, on July 6.
One of the most highly regarded musicians of all time, Paul was part of some small band called The Beatles (we’d never heard of them before either), but he will of course be best known for his work with Wings.
McCartney, who turns 71 today, was born in Liverpool and met John Lennon when he was 15 years old, with the two eventually playing together in a band called The Quarrymen.
ON Saturday evening, Barrie Herbert will be among the audience at Abergavenny’s Borough Theatre, watching a Beatles tribute band.
And 50 years ago, he was at the same venue, onstage and backstage, as the original Fab Four played to a frenzied crowd in the early stages of their now legendary career.
SIR PAUL McCARTNEY is urging fans to mark his birthday by sending donations to a cancer charity.
The Beatles legend turns 71 on Tuesday (18Jun13) and he decided to mark the occasion by launching a fundraising initiative in aid of The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity, an organisation which helps the London hospital of the same name provide vital care.