The owner of iconic Abbey Road Studios is planning a major expansion and upgrade of the facility, the Journal’s Bruce Orwall reports. As any self-respecting Beatles fan knows, Abbey Road is home to the famed Studio Two, where the foursome recorded an extensive amount of their catalog. The crosswalk out front is one the most iconic images in pop music history.
Ringo Starr is, of course, most famous for having played with a certain British Invasion group. But he’s not without his rootsy credentials, having sat in with no less a Chess legend that Howlin’ Wolf for 1972′s The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions. Meanwhile, his relationship with the youthful blueser Kenny Wayne Shepherd goes back to the Ringo 2012 project.
Twelve previously unseen photographers of John Lennon before he hit the big time in The Beatles, have gone on show at a top London gallery. The collection were taken more than 45 years ago by John Stewart Farrier, a documentary photographer from Faversham. The images will go on show at The Proud Gallery in Chelsea’s King’s Road.
The Beatles concluded their performing career on Aug. 29, 1966, at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park, Paul McCartney, one of the world-changing British band's two surviving members, concludes the 52-year-old stadium’s existence on Aug, 14.
British distributors Second Sight Films have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of director Richard Lester's A Hard Day's Night. The release will be available for purchase online and in stores across the country on July 21.
You know you’ve made it in America when you get your image on a bubblegum card. In May 1964, as all things Beatles were taking hold over the youth of the world, Topps got in on the game, issuing the first in a series of Beatles trading cards. The original series featured a total of 60 black & white cards in the set, and sold for five cents a package.
At Abbey Road Studios, four visitors are summoned to a corner of the cavernous Studio Two to recreate an iconic sound made 47 years ago by another quartet: the Beatles.
After all these years, it’s difficult to believe there’s a nation on Earth that Paul McCartney hasn’t played, but he’s still checking off spots on the map — and they’re awfully excited to see him. For proof, look no further than Pichincha Mountain, which overlooks Quito, the Ecuadorian city where McCartney took his current run of ‘Out There’ tour dates on April 28.
While Beatles books continue to flood the market, few focus on specific musical details. Who played what instrument? How did producer George Martin contribute to the group’s sound? Finally, and perhaps most importantly, why do the Beatles’ recordings stand the test of time and still sound distinctive? Musician Anthony Robustelli has undertaken such a project with I Want to Tell You: The Definitive Guide to the Music of the Beatles Volume 1: 1962/1963, a multi-volume series thoroughly analyzing every officially released Beatles song.
A coat previously owned by John Lennon has sold for $31,250 in an online auction. The blue coat, designed by Great Coat Fireman, is believed to have been worn on the back cover of Lennon and Yoko Ono 's 1969 album Life With The Lions.