ANYONE who knows anything about the history of The Beatles knows that their rise to worldwide fame didn’t come overnight. In fact, they had evolved froma skiffle group called The Quarrymen, formed in Liverpool during 1956.
In honor of his 71st birthday, let’s sample the best of his post-Beatles work. Paul McCartney turns 71 years old this week, with 47 albums to his credit. (You could also add his 12 albums with the Beatles to that list.)
So looking at his work with Wings, as a solo artist, and part of the electronic duo “The Fireman”, let’s narrow it down to his eleven most essential albums.
FIFTY years ago today The Beatles performed their only Welsh concert in Abergavenny. Three Newport friends who were lucky enough to see them play a 20-minute set at the Borough Theatre recall sharing a taxi with band member Paul McCartney.
With a little help from things such as instruments, clothing and even a pair of round glasses, memories can play back like favorite songs on an iPod.
TAMPA — From the elaborate costume hanging in a display, you can almost envision Elton John doing a handstand on the piano keyboard in front of tens of thousands of screaming fans. A dress from Amy Winehouse whispers silently of what could have, should have, been for the talented but troubled singer.
“Magical Mystery Tour” is far more focused than "Crossfire Hurricane," zeroing in on a single year and a single project
Last year, the Emmys’ Outstanding Nonfiction Special category saw a head-to-head battle between George Harrison and Paul Simon, with Martin Scorsese’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World” winning over a field that also included Joe Berlinger’s “Paul Simon’s Graceland Journey: Under African Skies.”
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.