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The Beatles UK number ones - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

The Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - are widely regarded as the most influential act of the rock era. Here are their 17 UK Nos, in chronological order.

From Me To You: May 2,1963 (7 weeks at No 1). John Lennon and Paul McCartney began writing "From Me to You" while on a coach to Shrewsbury as part of the Beatles' tour with Helen Shapiro.

She Loves You: September 12, 1963 (6 weeks at No 1). Another Lennon-McCartney song, inspired by Bobby Rydell's song "Forget Him".

I Want To Hold Your Hand: December 12, 1963 (5 weeks at No 1). This Lennon-McCartney song had advance orders exceeding one million copies in the United Kingdom. A reluctant Capitol Records released the first Beatles record in the US on Janaury 13 1964, "to see how it goes". I Wanna Hold Your Hand became their fastest-selling single - one million copies were sold in the first three weeks

Can't Buy Me Love: April 2, 1964 (3 weeks at No 1). A Lennon-McCartney song written in Paris. Above, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison, take a fake blow from Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) while visiting the heavyweight contender at his training camp in Miami two months earlier.

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THE BEATLES – 45 FAB FACTS! - Monday, September 21, 2015

Close to the end of the last century that quintessentially English band, Stackridge recorded a song called, ‘Something About The Beatles’.

‘Turning on, tuning in, everyone believing in love. Making the world go round’

Just like everyone else on the planet, for the past half century and more, Stackridge felt that John, Paul, George and Ringo, collectively, The Beatles, made the world go round. . .and not just the world of music. There really was something about the Beatles that seemed to reach out to everyone. From royalty, to those who simply wanted to touch them, share the same air as them or if all else failed simply to buy the records and bathe in their magical melodies and their wonderful words.

So here are some things about The Beatles…

1. For the week ending April 4th 1964, The Beatles held the top 5 slots of the Billboard Hot 100. They also had another seven positions lower down the chart. One week later they still had three discs in the top five and a further 11 slots within the Hot 100.

2. In the UK, the mono version of the Please Please Me album was rush-released by EMI on 22 March 22 1963. The stereo version was released in late April. All other a details

A video clip from one of The Beatles' gigs back in the 1960's has triggered widespread criticism, as John Lennon, acclaimed singer and songwriter, was shown clearly mocking disabled people while onstage.

The singer's offensive behavior was broadcasted on a Channel 4 TV show, "It Was Alright In The 1960s," on Saturday night, shocking the singers fan's and inciting outrage from other viewers, according to The Daily Mail.

The short clip features Paul McCartney in the background, as he encouraged the audience to clap their hands. Imitating him, John Lennon also asks the audience to do the same, though he delivered the lines with his tongue on the side, adopting a false speech impediment.

He then began an exaggerated clap while stamping his feet, mimicking the way people with disabilities move, reports The Daily Star. While he was doing this, the audience can be heard cheering him on, clapping and hooting.

The reaction to the video clip has mostly been negative, with many quick to point out that the joke, which clearly ridicules the difficulties encountered by disabled people, was done in bad taste. Others, however, state that the singer was simply trying to be a comedian who was putting on a show, ac details

If the Beatles are the soundtrack of your life, then you won’t want to miss a memorabilia collection that could leave you with a piece of the band.

“It’s really something to see; it’s like a Beatles museum. It really is great,” Doug Joswick said.

“You can’t pass anything Beatles, of course, right? so we had to come to check this out,” Matt Greene said.

“It captures the entirety of the Beatles’ career,” said Dean Harmeyer, consignment director at Heritage Auctions.

Harmeyer gave CBS2’s Dick Brennan a tour of the items that were ready to go on auction at the Ukrainian Institute on East 79th Street, on Saturday.

Among the items up for auction is the first contract the Beatles ever signed. John Lennon, Paul McCartneyand George Harrison’s names are all there, but original drummer Pete Best’s name appears on the fourth line rather than that of Ringo Starr.

A 45-RPM record of “P.S. I Love You” with the band’s autographs is also on display.

“(‘P.S. I Love You’ is) the B side for the first single ‘Love Me Do,’ which the song that really starts the stor details

Music-lovers at rateyourmuisc.com have judged nine of The Beatles' twelve studio albums to be among the best thousand ever made.

John, Paul, George and Ringo are well-represented in the list, however users of the popular site appear to favour the group's later studio years, with Please Please Me, With The Beatles and Beatles for Sale all missing out.

Abbey Road and Revolver both sit in the prestigious top 10 coming in at seventh and eighth, with six of the band's albums in total appearing in the top 100.

Three of the "fab four" also made the list with their solo records. McCartney's Ram and Band On The Run appear in the thousand as well as Lennon's debut record John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band and chart-topper Imagine. George Harrison's All Things Must Pass comes in at 204.

A massive 300 of the 1000 were albums released in the 1970's while just 121 albums released since the turn of the century appear in the rankings - suggesting that according to the users of the website the best years of music are well and truly behind us.

Radiohead's critically-acclaimed 1997 album Ok Computer tops the list while other high-scoring artists include Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie and The Smiths.

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Dhani Harrison and his band, thenewo2, may not be familiar to all the attendees at this weekend’s KAABOO Del Mar festival. But the son of former Beatle George Harrison is no stranger to San Diego or to big outdoor events, having made his festival debut with thenewwho2 at the 2009 edition of Coachella.

We spoke recently with the Los Angeles-based Harrison, whop performs with the latest edition of his band today, Saturday, at 2 p.m. at the Zuma Stage. 

Q: You first performed at Coachella in 2009, and played a warm-up show at the Casbah in San Diego. What do you remember about those two gigs? 

Harrison: Coachella was fun. I’ve done that festival a couple of times, with mixed results. Sometimes it’s too hot, sometimes it's perfect. I haven't been to the Casbah for awhile, but I love San Diego. I was just down there to watch the Rolling Stones at Petco Park (in May), and that was pretty crazy.

Q: KAABOO is being held at the Del Mar Racetrack and fairgrounds. Ever been there? 

Harrison: I’ve been past the racetrack, but I’ve never been there for a big event. San Diego and Encinitas have good spots for skateboarding, so I spent a lot of time down details

Charlie Schwartz says it was “the only time I ever cut school in my life.” He was with his best buddy Matt Blender in the student lounge at Fair Lawn High School in Bergen County, New Jersey, when a couple of other guys said, “The Beatles are coming in to JFK. Let’s go find them!”

It was February 1964, and the so-called “Fab Four” were in the United States for the first time as a group for what became an historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. A total of six kids spontaneously piled into a 1961 Chevy Impala convertible to go to the airport – four male seniors, and two female juniors – and were quite surprised when they managed to intersect a motorcade of limousines. They pulled up next to one of them on the Van Wyck Expressway, going about 60 miles an hour.

The window rolled down, and in the back seat of the limo was Ringo Starr. The kids waved and Ringo waved back, trying to carry on a conversation. Then Ringo picked up his ever-present camera and shot a couple pictures.

“A day after this whole thing happened,” Schwartz told the Index-Tribune recently, “it was history, I forgot about it.” He went about his life – mo details

Only the last few Beatles albums were originally mixed in stereo, leading some bedrock fans to fetishize the early mono sound. Certainly, it’s what they grew up with, and then became reacquainted with when mono mixes of the Beatles catalog were released on disc in 2009 and on vinyl in 2014. But, are they better?

There has been much made lately about the superiority of the mono mixes of Beatles albums over their stereo counterparts.

Stereo LPs are suddenly viewed as suspect, as if stereo sound was an inferior way to present this group’s music. Magazine ads urge buyers to purchase the mono mixes of Beatle albums, “the way the music was meant to be heard.”

But show me a published interview where John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, or their record producer George Martin indicate a preference for the Beatles’ recordings in monaural sound — other than in the case of false American stereo releases of the earliest Beatles recordings, which Martin disdained.

Show me a quote by any of the only five people on the planet who matter on this subject, where a member of the band complains about stereo being an artificial aural trick that was forced onto details

Sir Paul McCartney has said he's glad he didn't listen to critics of his music after The Beatles, because he "might have given up".

Sir Paul is re-mastering his albums Tug of War and Pipes of Peace, and spoke about being "proud of his music in retrospect" with BBC Radio 2's Dermot O'Leary.

"I do yeah, in fact one of the things was Wings were getting a bad rap at that time because it was post Beatles, and anything you did or I did that was solo was stood up against The Beatles," he said.

"So you tend to go along with that, and I went along with a bit of that thinking 'well it's never gonna be that good but I'll do it because I love doing it'."

"And then you listen to it back and think 'this is better than I thought it was'. So that's great to do, to really listen back and think 'I'm glad I did that, glad I kept going', because you know if I listened to the critics I might have given up."

He also spoke frankly about the day Beatles star John Lennon was killed. Lennon was shot in New York in December 1980 by Mark David Chapman.

By: Ian Marland

Source: Herald Scotland

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Researchers claim to have discovered the first World War grave of the grandfather of former Beatle George Harrison in northern France. Pte Henry Harrison, who had seven children, died on September 25th, 1915, the first day of the Battle of Loos.

The centenary of the battle occurs later this month.

Harrison had Irish roots on his mother’s side. His maternal grandfather John French was born in Co Wexford.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) archive manager Andrew Fetherston described the discovery as a “complete surprise”. Though the life stories of The Beatles have been very well documented, it is the first time that it has been confirmed where and when Harrison’s grandfather was killed in the war.

Mr Fetherston said the discovery was proof that even after 100 years “ there is always something new to learn”.

The first day of the Battle of Loos was the worst day of the war for the British army - aside from the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

The CWGC, which is responsible for tending to all the British and Commonwealth War graves, records some 10,200 British war dead from that day, including 8,500 who fell in Loos itself.

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