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The Beatles in India - Sunday, June 03, 2018

On April 10, 1970, the Beatles split up with this announcement: “Spring is here and Leeds play Chelsea tomorrow and Ringo and George and John and Paul are alive and well and full of hope. The world is still spinning and so are we and so are you. When the spinning stops — that’ll be the time to worry. Not before.” Well, in the four decades and more since, we are alive in a world without two of the Beatles, John and George. Paul and Ringo are well and performing, which gives us hope — and the books haven't stopped coming.

Ajoy Bose, best known for his biography of Mayawati (Behenji), and a book on the Emergency, marks the 50th anniversary of the band’s visit to a Rishikesh ashram in Across the Universe: The Beatles in India. He leaves the study of the music to the best known writers chronicling the Beatles like Ian MacDonald (Revolution in the Head).

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In 1965, Fats Domino and the Beatles were introduced in New Orleans. When Domino was asked later about meeting the world’s biggest rock band, he grinned and answered, “No, they got to meet me.”

From their earliest days of international stardom, the Fab Four never failed to acknowledge the early influences of America’s greatest rock pioneers—Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins, Little Richard, Buddy Holly. However, one of the recording superstars often overlooked during interviews was Antoine “Fats” Domino.

There’s no doubt that the New Orleans legend once influenced the nascent quartet.

George Harrison recalled Domino’s “I’m in Love Again” as being the first rock ‘n’ roll song he ever heard. “Ain’t That a Shame” became the first tune that John Lennon learned on the guitar.




Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa has announces that, after touring through Europe, Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will launch the U.S. leg of their 2018 tour at The Joint: Tulsa on Sept. 1. Tickets start at $89 and go on sale Thursday, June 7.

Starr and His All Starr Band will feature classic hit after hit, with each band member bringing to the set their most popular songs.

The 2018 All Starr Band includes Colin Hay ("Who Can It Be Now," "Land Down Under"), Steve Lukather ("Africa," "Hold the Line," "Roseanna"), Gregg Rolie ("Black Magic Woman," "Evil Ways"), and new member Graham Gouldman of 10cc ("I'm Not in Love," "Things We Do For Love"). On percussion and sax is Warren Ham, and on drums is Gregg Bissonette.

Starr has often called the All Starrs "the best 1-800-band in the land." When talking about his 2018 tour, he said, "There is no greater joy for me than playing great music with great musicians. Every night we get to play for all those loving people, and it makes the hassle of touring worth it."



New York City gallery Soho Contemporary Art is welcoming back The Beatles, The Mad Day: Summer Of ’68 Collection, by award-winning photographer Tom Murray. The much-acclaimed exhibition originally debuted in New York and Murray’s full collection is again on public display from today, Thursday, 31 May, with a private VIP reception to celebrate its 50th year. The exhibit will then be open to the public starting on 1 June and it runs through to 16 June.

The photographs in the much-acclaimed collection date from 28 July 1968. On that day, British photographer Murray captured numerous images of The Fab Four. The shoot was done on the run (literally) all over London in order to escape the hordes of screaming Beatles fans that followed them everywhere.

Rushing from location to location inspired the name of the famous collection: The Mad Day: Summer of ’68. These images would become the last publicity shoot of all four Beatles together- and represent the quintessential Beatles at the height of their psychedelic period and are considered the most important color photographs of the group. The Beatles officially disbanded in 1970.

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A DENTIST who bought John Lennon’s tooth is looking for potential love children of the late-Beatle in a bid to stake a claim to his £400million estate. Dr Michael Zuk, 45, from Alberta, Canada, purchased the legendary songwriter’s decayed molar at auction in 2011 for around £20,000. Dr Michael Zuk, seen holding John Lennon's tooth, wants to find the Beatles singer's love children

Dr Michael Zuk, seen holding John Lennon's tooth, wants to find the Beatles singer's love children

Lennon, who was shot and killed in New York in 1980, gave the tooth to his beloved housekeeper Dot Jarlett in the 1960s. Speaking with The Sun Online, the dentist has sensationally revealed that he plans to stake a claim to the music icon’s vast estate using DNA from the body part.

He said: “I am looking for people who believe they are John Lennon’s child and have a claim to his estate and hopefully I can legitimise their claim. “John was a very popular guy who was having sex with lots of women and I doubt birth control was on his mind.

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Never has there been — nor will there ever be — another first week on the job quite like the one Geoff Emerick had nearly 56 years ago. The year was 1962. The location was EMI Records at Abbey Road in London. Emerick was only 15.

An innovative young lad with a love of music since the age of 7, he had stepped out in faith and interviewed for a sound engineering job at the famous studio. His Dad went along with him on that interview.

He wasn’t confident he had made an impression. But, to his delight, Emerick received a call back from the studio and was hired as an assistant engineer. Hard to top that lucky break.

But, fate still had a little more in store for Emerick. On his second day of work, the self-described “button pusher” had the opportunity to sit in on the first EMI recording session of a promising band from Liverpool. They were called The Beatles.

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On Dec. 11, 1969, Beatle John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrived at the Odeon theater in Kensington to attend the premiere of Ringo Starr's movie, "The Magic Christian."

They stepped out of their Rolls-Royce and unfurled a banner that read, "BRITAIN MURDERED HANRATTY."

The banner referred to James Hanratty who had been tried, convicted, and executed for murder seven years earlier. John and Yoko were just two of thousands of people who believed he did not commit the crime.

Lennon became interested in the case after a chance meeting with Hanratty's parents, who convinced him that their son had been railroaded. John and Yoko took on the challenge of clearing his name.

Lennon has been dead for nearly 38 years and many of his causes have been forgotten. But controversy still swirls over the Hanratty case, and the question of whether Britain hanged an innocent man.

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On the edge of Rishikesh, in the foothills of the Himalayas, lies an overgrown ashram reminiscent of the great ruins of the Mayans.

Fifty years ago this year, the Beatles arrived at this unlikely location at the invitation of the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.

The visit has passed into rock'n'roll legend even as the ashram has fallen into ruin. Much of the fabled White Album was composed in these now-derelict halls and bungalows.

Everything is crumbling, overgrown: the kitchen, the printing press, the post office where John Lennon waited for daily postcards from Yoko Ono even though he was travelling with his wife.

The "Beatles' Ashram", as it is colloquially known, serves as a humbling reminder that — as George Harrison once put it — "all things must pass". The line — the title of Harrison's first post-Beatles album — was cribbed from the Maharishi himself.

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Barber Nick Palomares, known for celebrity encounters at his shop within the Fresno Yosemite International Airport, has died.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono were among his most famous clients. His son, Nicholas Palomares, said his father died Wednesday. He passed away in his sleep at his Fresno home. Up until recent days, Mr. Palomares was still cutting hair, at age 82 – although a foot surgery a few weeks ago forced him to take a break. He also had a heart condition.

Mr. Palomares spoke with The Bee last year for a feature story about his colorful career. His 14 foot-by-20 foot space, Nicholas Jet-Set Haircutting For Men, was covered wall-to-wall with framed photos of musicians, actors, athletes and politicians he met over more than half a century of cutting hair. Barber Nick Palomares sits in his chair in his shop at Fresno Yosemite International Airport in 2017, surrounded by photos, autographs and mementos of famous people he’s encountered over more than half a century of cutting hair.

 “I sort of like the fact that it becomes a statement to say, ‘Fresno is not a hick town,' " he said of his celebrity photos, "because otherwise you wouldn’t have these people coming here.& details

A mum whose son passed away suddenly late last year has written an open letter to Sir Paul McCartney asking him to help save Hastings Pier in his memory.

Janet Gross’ son Brad died on November 24, 2017, at the age of 45, a week after suffering a heart attack.

Brad – who was a drummer in a number of bands in Hastings – was originally from Connecticut, USA, but moved to London 14 years ago before moving to Hastings in 2008.

In her letter to the Beatles legend, Janet referred to Friends of Hastings Pier which is trying to raise £500,000 before May 31 to keep the pier in public ownership.

She wrote: “The reason I am writing to you is that Hastings Pier is in trouble. The pier is now up for sale to a commercial buyer. The last time this happened it was left to decay and was eventually abandoned.

“The Friends of Hastings Pier is a community group fighting to keep the freehold as a community asset while leasing the above-deck as a commercial operation.

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