The Jacaranda, or the Jac as it’s widely known, has been firmly cemented in Liverpool’s music history since it opened in 1958.
And today, more than ever, it’s an exemplary venue for the the city’s rich music heritage.
Sure, back in the day it gave us The Beatles but now 60 years later The Jac is still making waves in the city.
The Jac was founded by Allan Williams who was known for being the Fab Four’s first manager.
He leased an old watch repair shop and transformed it into a coffee bar where John Lennon, Stuart Sutcliffe and Paul McCartney were known to be frequent customers.
Back then, the band was called The Silver Beetles and Williams gave the lads a chance to perform and rehearse in the venue.
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The Harrison guitar that is going on auction. (Image: PA)
The Australian-made Maton Mastersound MS-500 is one of more than 500 guitars and rock’n’rock memorabilia to go under the hammer, including a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses owned by Harrison.
George Harrison, who died in 2001, was loaned the instrument while his regular guitar was being repaired, continued to use the guitar for several performances and was last photographed with it at The Beatles final performance at The Cavern Club on August 3 1963.
The iconic instrument, which was bought by Dave Berry and The Cruisers guitarist Roy Barber, will be sold by a UK private collected and auctioned on September 12 at Gardiner Houlgate auctions in Corsham, Wiltshire.
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Checker's classic rules as the Hot 100's all-time No. 1 song, while The Beatles lead the recap of the Hot 100's top acts. Plus, Rihanna & Drake surge among the ranks of the chart's all-time top performers.
Upon the Billboard Hot 100's 60th anniversary, dating to its Aug. 4, 1958, inception, Chubby Checker's "The Twist" is the chart's all-time No. 1 song, while The Beatles are the Hot 100's top-performing act in the chart's history.
The chart champions are reflected in Billboard's latest recap of the tally's most successful songs and artists to date. For the first time, Billboard goes 600 titles deep in recapping the biggest hit songs of the survey's first six decades, along with ranking the chart's all-time top 100 artists.
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When Giles Martin, head of sound experience at Sonos Inc. and son of late legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, first expressed interest in a music career, his father tried to dissuade him, worried about the comparisons that would inevitably ensue. “My dad talked to me about it when I was 14, so I had already made the decision to defy him quite early on,” Giles tells Yahoo Entertainment. “He did discourage me!” But when the elder Martin, a man who’d based his entire career on his “golden ears,” started going deaf after years of long recording sessions, he turned to his teenage son for help in the studio.
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As a member of the Beatles, John Lennon is undeniably a British icon. For the second part of his life as a solo artist, he was also very much a New Yorker. However, Lennon’s life as a father, husband, and activist in New York City in the 1970s almost didn’t happen because of his status as an immigrant.
Lennon was already a music legend when he came to the U.S. with wife Yoko Ono in 1971. But he’d run afoul of then-president Richard Nixon, of all people, leading to a five-year immigration battle to allow him to stay in the United States as a permanent resident. Lucky for him, Lennon had the clout and the resources to persist with the case, which became a true legal odyssey, leading to celebrity testimonials, the brief establishment of a fake country, and an influential decision that would have huge effects on immigration law to this day.
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It was the first number one hit by a solo Beatle, and had a long and complicated history following its 1970 release
“Every time I put the radio on, it’s ‘Oh my Lord’,” said John Lennon after his band-mate George Harrison scored the first number one hit by any solo Beatle. “I’m beginning to think there must be a God.”
Along with its parent album, All Things Must Pass, “My Sweet Lord” cemented the reputation of “the quiet one” as a great songwriter overshadowed by Lennon and McCartney.
George Harrison was inspired to write a multi-faith devotional song in 1969 after hearing the Edwin Hawkins Singers’ gospel hit “Oh Happy Day”. Billy Preston, a Beatles collaborator, was first to record “My Sweet Lord” (he also sings an intense version with Aretha Franklin’s backing band on King Curtis’s Live at Fillmore West album). But it was quickly eclipsed by Harrison’s own version, released in November 1970, bolstered by Phil Spector’s lavish production and an all-star cast of Preston, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton and Badfinger.
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The Beatles wanted to make a film of Lord Of The Rings in 1969. Here's why it would've been rubbish.
Imagine if there’d been a Beatles film in which a mystical evil cult chased the Fab Four through a variety of exotic landscapes to steal a ring with magical powers which has inadvertently fallen into their hands. Well guess what, there was one – it was called Help!, and it was hardly Citizen Kane. So why on earth, when United Artists acquired the film rights for JRR Tolkein’s magnum opus for $250,000 in 1969, would The Beatles want to star in it, as Louis Theroux reminded Twitter today? As Tolkein himself anticipated, in deciding not to grant the Fabs permission to film his story, it would’ve been a disaster, and here’s why.
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A former children's home in Liverpool that became the inspiration for the Beatles' 1967 hit "Strawberry Fields Forever" will open to the public. First, the facility has to undergo renovations; it will eventually serve as a tourist attraction and support center for youth with learning disabilities.
As a child, John Lennon would hop the wall at Strawberry Field to play with the kids who lived there, and listen to the Salvation Army band. The site, which once included an old Victorian house donated to the charity in 1936, has remained empty since the children's home closed in 2005. On hand for the Salvation Army's groundbreaking at the new site were John Lennon's sister, Julia Baird, who helped bury a time capsule there. Judy Martin, the widow of Beatles producer George Martin, also attended.
The countdown is on until Let It Be opens in Cardiff in three weeks, when fans will be able to see the new show in the UK and Ireland for the very first time.
Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles has firmly established itself as a successful West End and international touring show.
The smash-hit stage show has been updated to feature a brand new Let It Be Part II - which has never been seen before in the UK - and returns to stages across the UK and Ireland for a new national tour starting in Summer 2018.
The new second half is set a decade after The Beatles went their separate ways. It gives fans a rare glimpse of how the Fab Four could have performed together once again. The concert that never was.
The Beatles are the most influential rock band of all time, full stop. Whether it's the most the most mainstream music to the most left-field metal, nearly every rock-related artist is inspired by the John, Paul, George and Ringo. For instance: when the Fab Four released “Twist and Shout,” it was the blueprint for what would become hard rock. With John Lennon utilizing a harsh vocal style, Ringo Starr annihilating his drum kit and the entire band roaring through the cut at what was then a lightning-fast pace, the Beatles conjured a kind of energy never seen or heard before.
Going from a cheesy pop-rock band to progressive giants, the Beatles brought experimental music to the masses with Rubber Soul and Revolver. The latter was especially artistic with tracks like “Eleanor Rigby,” “Yellow Submarine” and “Tomorrow Never Knows” expanding the borders of popular music.