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A puppy named after The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was forced to Twist and Shout when he got stuck in a television cabinet.

Owner Verity O'Neill, from Birkenhead, Merseyside, woke to the cries of the miniature Yorkshire terrier and, when she went downstairs, found him with his head stuck in a hole in the wooden unit.

She and a friend tried to rescue the eight-week-old terrier but he was stuck fast, and Ringo was only freed with a little help from his friends at the RSPCA.Ringo was taken to the vets to be checked out after his ordeal on Tuesday and had a bath to wash off the vegetable oil before being reunited with his owner.

"Ringo Starr was found in the morning but it's possible he could have become stuck for some time before, it could well have been A Hard Day's Night for him, until he started crying for help. "Poor Ringo Starr was very uncomfortable and panicked, but the hole was fairly tight and I wasn't able to free him at first, so with his owner's permission we quickly grabbed some vegetable oil from the kitchen to gently rub around his neck to help loosen him, and with some very careful manoeuvring, Ringo's head slid out of the cabinet and he was free."

Source: – RSPCA inspector An details

If you think love is the equivalent of a grueling week at work, you may be eligible to compete on Jeopardy.

The long-running game show puzzled some viewers and The Beatles fans Tuesday night with a Final Jeopardy round that may have misinterpreted the band’s 1964 hit “Eight Days a Week.”

Before wagering thousands of dollars to determine the game’s winner, contestants were given the prompt under the category of 1960s No. 1 songs: “Complaints about heavy workloads inspired the titles of 2 songs by this group, No. 1 hits 7 months apart.” Two of the contestants — Katy, who was in the lead heading into Final Jeopardy, and Robert, who was several thousand dollars behind — guessed correctly with The Beatles. But Robert took the win with game-winning wager of $11,000, giving him $23,601 in the end.
Alex Trebek explained the two back-to-back Beatles hits suggested from the clue were “A Hard Day’s Night” and “Eight Days a Week.” Now, The Beatles are perhaps a shoo-in for a category asking about a popular band from the 1960s, but some fans noted that “Eight Days a Week” isn’t about a “heavy workload.” Exhibit A: details

Pete Best was 18 in 1960 and contemplating his future when Paul McCartney asked if he wanted to audition to join The Beatles. Best, then a rising young rock drummer in Liverpool, didn’t miss a beat in accepting.

“I got an offer from Paul to go to Germany, which I thought would be for a month or two,” he recalled.

“I went down and auditioned and did one show with them at the Jacaranda club. A couple of days after that, we were on our way to Hamburg. It was the first time there for all of us. That was the road that opened up, and I decided: ‘Yes, I’ll stay with it.’ I had been considering going to teachers training college.”

Best spent two years playing with The Beatles in Hamburg, Liverpool and points in between. This weekend, he makes his debut at the annual San Diego Beatles Fair, which takes place Friday and Saturday at Queen Bee’s in North Park.

Source: George Varga/



One of the most vital political risk commandments to master is knowing the overall nature of the system you are evaluating in terms of its power distribution. Only by knowing the nature of the world you live in — and its stability — can any policy or any analysis actually hope to be successful.

The best (and most entertaining) way to look at the change of power dynamics in a world order is to chronicle the startlingly quick unraveling of the greatest pop group in history. The Beatles went in lightning fashion from a period of artistic and commercial dominance in the mid-1960s (with “Rubber Soul,” “Revolver,” and “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”) to their demise in 1970 (following “Let It Be” and “Abbey Road”) in a blink of a historical eye.

Source: John C. Hulsman/



Two of Paul McCartney's most recent records, along with one of his most obscure efforts and a Wings compilation, will be included in his next batch of albums to be reissued. New, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Thrillington and Wings Greatest will be re-released on CD and vinyl on May 18.

Thrillington is the one that will likely have the most appeal to collectors. In 1971, McCartney produced a lounge-jazz instrumental version of his newly released Ram LP. But he formed Wings shortly after completing the record and decided to shelve it until 1977. He used the pseudonym Percy "Thrills" Thrillington and created a backstory in the liner notes (written by McCartney under the name "Clint Harrigan") about a U.K. socialite who was friends with McCartney. The former Beatle even took out newspaper ads that chronicled Thrills' adventures. It was believed at the time that McCartney was behind Thrillington, but he didn't admit his role until 1989.




A brand new stage comedy telling the fascinating story of John Lennon’s missing childhood banjo is coming 24 April.
It makes its world stage premiere at the city’s Epstein Theatre on Tuesday 24 April, continuing through until Saturday 5 May. Tickets are already selling fast. An intriguing mix of fact and fiction, Lennon’s Banjo is set in present day Liverpool and features an all-star cast.

It makes its world stage premiere at the city’s Epstein Theatre on Tuesday 24 April, continuing through until Saturday 5 May. Tickets are already selling fast!

The Beatles original drummer Pete Best, will play himself in three special performances of the show’s two-week run.

So where do the facts end and the fiction begin? Everything will be revealed in this fast paced, comic caper of a play.

“The intrigue and mystery surrounding Lennon’s missing banjo, and the logic that it could be sitting in somebody’s attic right now, has the potential to make headlines around the world. The story crosses over beautifully from fiction to fact and back again to tease and tantalise the reader that every word is true.”



Steven Tyler turned 70 years old Monday and got a happy birthday wish from a very famous friend.

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr raised a glass to his fellow Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who formed Aerosmith in Boston back in 1970.

“Peace and love, Steven Tyler, love you man – happy birthday.” Starr said. “Want you to know we’re thinking of you and I want to raise my cup and drink on your behalf.”

Peace and love, Steven Tyler, love you man – happy birthday.” Starr said. “Want you to know we’re thinking of you and I want to raise my cup and drink on your behalf.”


Tyler had to cut his South American tour short last year due to “unexpected medical issues.” But that hasn’t slowed him down in 2018. Last week Tyler announced he would be doing a summer tour with Nashville’s Loving Mary Band in North American and Europe.

Source: CBS News


Artistically, John Lennon is often credited as being the most avant garde of the Beatles. Indeed, his involvement with Yoko Ono and their subsequent collaborations (Two Virgins, “Revolution 9,” and numerous experimental films) support that conclusion. Paul McCartney affirmed his early interest in the 1960s art movement through supporting the Indica Gallery and his interest in noise music pioneers such as Karlheinz Stockhausen.

However, George Harrison also dabbled in experimental music, such as his 1969 album Electronic Sound. In his 1987 interview with the late Billboard editor-in-chief Timothy White, Harrison claimed that the album was “a load of rubbish” and added “the word avant-garde, as my friend Alvin Lee likes to say, really means, ‘Aven’t-got a clue!’ So, whatever came out when I fiddled with the knobs went on tape — but some amazing sounds did happen.”

Source: by Kit O'Toole/


"WINDING ROAD" ORCHESTRATOR MADE $73. - Monday, March 26, 2018

In 1969, when EMI decided to hire “Wall of Sound” producer Phil Spector to work on the Beatles “Let It Be” album, Spector hired British musician Richard Hewson to add orchestration to “The Long and Winding Road.” They paid him $73.00 for his work.

In the process Hewson, who is now 74, changed the Beatles sound with his added orchestrations and managed to annoy Paul McCartney in the process. McCartney wanted just piano and voice and Hewson says Paul and Beatles producer George Martin were livid when they found out what he’d been up to. But they got over it when “Winding Road” became a huge hit.

Hewson went on to work with Diana Ross, Chris Rea (REE-ah) and many others.



Years after his bossa​ nova version of Paul McCartney's​ song The Fool on the Hill, Sergio Mendes​ received a letter from the Beatle thanking him for his interpretation.

Burt Bacharach​ was similarly appreciative of what Mendes​ did with The Look of Love.

In the late 1960s, Mendes​ and Brasil​ '66 were a kind of machine for making hits, thanks to the pianist's ability to "Brazilianise​", as he puts it, other people's songs.

"Brazilian music is a special kind of music," he says on the telephone from Los Angeles, where, now 77, he has lived for many years. "I'm making a new record right now, and people come in to listen and they immediately have a smile on their face because it makes them feel good.

"It's joyful and it's positive, and I like that very much. That's what I've been doing for a long time: beautiful songs, great melodies, great harmonies and rhythms."

Source: John Shand/


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