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Beatles fans have their minds set on George - Saturday, February 27, 2016

Beatles fans flooded social media on Thursday with tributes to George Harrison on what would have been his 73rd birthday.

One of the Facebook tributes gave details about the George Harrison Birthday Celebration in Hollywood Thursday night with the event theme of "Love One Another" and 73 red velvet cupcakes arranged in the shape of a heart at George's Hollywood Walk of Fame star in front of the Capitol Records Tower.

Another kind of tribute came Friday with the release of "George Fest" in a variety of audio and video formats. George Fest is the name of a 2014 concert of Harrison songs covered by such artists as Brian Wilson, Ann Wilson, Ben Harper and Norah Jones. Dhani Harrison, George's son, also performed at the benefit in Los Angeles and is one of the producers. You can listen to "George Fest" for free if you have Amazon Prime and you can watch it Saturday night on MTV Live and VH1 Classic.

The youngest Beatle was born on Feb. 25, 1943 and he was 58 when he died on Nov. 29, 2001. The tributes to the guitarist, singer, songwriter and composer have me thinking about my favorite George songs with and without the Beatles. One of my favorite George songs is the first one I ever heard: "Don't Bother Me," t details

The original suit worn by George Harrison on the cover of The Beatles' Sgt Pepper album is to go on public display for the first time.

The peach outfit will form part of the V&A's You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-70 exhibition. Opening in September, it aims to explore the impact of the late 1960s counterculture upon the present day.

Other items in the show include a piece of moon rock, a rare Apple 1 computer and shards from Jimi Hendrix's guitar. The exhibition has been put together by Victoria Broackes and Geoffrey Marsh, who also co-curated the V&A's blockbuster David Bowie exhibition in 2013.

It will focus on the places and events - such as London's Carnaby Street and UFO Club, the Paris protests of May 1968 and the Woodstock Festival of 1969 - that helped define the period. Harrison's suit is being loaned by his widow, Olivia, along with the musician's sitar, letters and a diary about the recording of the Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club album, which was released in 1967.

Ms Broackes recalled the moment she was shown the suit for the first time. "It was put on a table and looked beautiful - it had a hat with a feather and special cuffs. To see the whole thing lai details

Dec. 9, 1961 The Beatles in Aldershot - Thursday, February 25, 2016

In December 1961, Sam Leach landed his musician friends from Liverpool a series of gigs at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot, Hampshire. This would be the first gig in the south of England for Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best, who called themselves the Beatles.

The hope was that the gig would attract the attention of London record executives — unfortunately, Leach did not realize that Aldershot was a military town 37 miles outside of London.

Additionally, the advertisement that Leach had paid to have appear in the local papers never materialized, because Leach paid with a check instead of cash and did not provide contact information.

The gig was billed as a battle of the bands between Liverpool’s Beatles and London’s Ivor Jay and the Jaywalkers. The opponents never showed.

When the Beatles arrived after being driven nine hours drive from Liverpool by Leach’s friend Terry McCann, their posters were nowhere to be found, and they had to wait to be let into the venue.

That night, the Beatles played their usual covers of Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis to about 18 very bored people.

By: Alex Q. Arbuckle

Source: Mashable

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'Holy Grail' Beatles record to be auctioned - Thursday, February 25, 2016

An extremely rare and valuable Beatles record that was found languishing in a loft is to be auctioned next month.

Described as "a Holy Grail item", the 10-inch pressing of Till There Was You and Hello Little Girl lay forgotten in the home of Les Maguire for decades.

Maguire, the keyboardist in fellow Liverpool act Gerry and the Pacemakers, said it could be seen as the record "that sparked The Beatles' success". The acetate bears the handwriting of the Fab Four's manager Brian Epstein.

A conservative estimate is that the 78 RPM record - the first Beatles disc to be pressed - will fetch upwards of £10,000 when it is auctioned, although it is such a rare item it is difficult to predict what the sale price will be.

The record - labelled as being the work of "Paul McCartney & The Beatles" - was pressed at the HMV store in Oxford Street, London, and presented to future Beatles producer George Martin at the EMI record label in a bid to secure the band a recording contract. Maguire, 74, of Formby, Merseyside, was given the disc by Epstein in 1963 after it had been returned to him by Martin.

Maguire described the record as "a special piece" and "a one-off". "I've never been a big fan of details

Back in December 1984, George Harrison jammed with Deep Purple in Sydney, Australia.

And although this seems an unusal and incredibly random occurrence, remember that Harrison was a friend—and neighbor—of Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice and keyboardist Jon Lord. In fact, Lord even appeared on Harrison's 1982 album, Gone Troppo.

“We were very close, I adored him,” Lord once said of Harrison to Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. “He was one of the most delightful of men.”

As the clip opens, Harrison is being introduced to the audience, announcing that he is “Arnold, from Liverpool.” (Note: Harrison was raised on a street called Arnold Grove in Liverpool, England.) From there, the group launches into a very loose jam of “Lucille,” which the Beatles performed regularly in their early stage shows and on the BBC.

This version of Deep Purple—which happens to be the band's recently reunited classic early Seventies lineup—were enjoying commerical and critical success with their 1984 comeback album, Perfect Strangers. The band is Lord, Paice, Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan and Roger Glover.

We're not exacrly sure why Harrison was in Au details

A great deal of our childhood memories tend to disappear as the storage capacity in our brains being to fill up with new and more prevalent information. After all, forgetting is what makes us human. However, what we do remember from our toddler days, usually stick around either because the particular event had a significant impact in our lives, or because our brain has made new connections to previous information that had already been stored in the brain. Regardless the reason, every individual has held onto a handful of memories from their youth—revisiting the memory during boring work hours, or long market lines.

For me, that recollection comes in the form of music, namely The Beatles. I distinctly remember what seemed like long car rides to and from elementary school, jamming out in my OJ stained car seat to one (of many) of my mother’s classic rock CD collections, Abbey Road.

Although I don’t play an instrument, I love The Beatles. Growing up with The Beatles, I have learned that my knowledge about love, peace, and simplicity can be a bit different from that of the average teenager, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Through my love for The Beatles, I have become more drawn details

Today would have marked George Harrison’s 73rd Birthday. Although it’s been more than 14 years since he passed away from cancer, the youngest member of The Beatles is far from forgotten. Harrison was one of the most iconic musicians of his time but “didn’t like the idea of being too popular”. Here are 8 surprising facts about the “Quiet Beatle”…

His Date Of birth Is Often Disputed For most of his life, Harrison thought his birthday was February 25th. You'll find most books and biographies state this date, even Wikipedia do to this day. However, near the end of his life, Harrison insisted that he was born on February 24th, 1943 at 11:50PM. A family document has revealed this to be true.

He Took LSD For The First Time By ACCIDENT We all know Harrison and The Beatles were no strangers to drugs. Their introduction to LSD ignited a major change in their creative direction. However, John Lennon and Harrison's first acid trip was entirely accidental. Harrison and Lennon were given coffee laced with LSD by their dentist at a dinner party. "Suddenly I feel the most incredible feeling come over me. It was something like a very concentrated version of the best feeling I'd ev details

Russian born Alexandra Callas is the lead supporting actress in the movie 10 Days in a Madhouse, playing the sociopathic nurse Miss Grupe, opposite Caroline Barry in the lead role of Nellie Bly and Christopher Lambert, (Hail, Caesar!, Highlander, Mortal Kombat), as the troubled doctor who runs the asylum, E.C. Dent. 

She reflected recently on an encounter with Paul McCartney and how he changed the course of her life forever. "In Los Angeles, I passed by the Capitol Records building the other day, and thought of The Beatles, of course. How lucky we are to live in the same era with them. It's hard not to be starstruck by even looking at the building where their legend had started." 

"In 2004 I was living in Moscow, Russia and was a host of a show on one of the top radio-stations, Monte Carlo (102,1 FM). By that time I had an impressive list of artists of all kinds and genres whom I had interviewed throughout my radio/TV career, including Patrick Swayze, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Tyler of Aerosmith, Madonna, REM, LL Cool J, Backstreet Boys and many, many more.

Also, having been surrounded by a lot of famous and powerful people ever since I was a little girl, just because of who my dad was, I co details

Famously, within about five minutes of becoming the world’s biggest band, The Beatles hated playing live. George Harrison and John Lennon (in that order) were particularly against the idea, with the former gleefully noting “That’s it then, I’m not a Beatle anymore” in August 1966, hours after the Fabs final ‘proper’ concert at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park. This was before 'Sgt Pepper' had even been written, by the way.

Harrison was to remain an integral member of the group, but his statement was clear enough: The Beatles as a money making exercise and cultural force existed almost entirely because of their image, which in turn was a direct result of their touring successes, and now that era of the band had come to an end, things would change.

In some ways, the seeds of their eventual split started at that final gig. While Lennon and Harrison stuck closely to their guns, Paul McCartney was still giving interviews a couple of years later saying he’d be open to taking the band on the road again, while manager Brian Epstein even drew up a full tour route – kept secret from ‘the boys’ – after Pepper had come out. But it was never to be. details

Peter Hooton, the Liverpool musician best known as the vocalist of Scouse band The Farm, has taken the helm of a new group set up to help Liverpool unlock the full economic potential of The Beatles.

The Beatles Legacy Group has been launched followed a report published earlier this month, which claimed that the Fab Four’s ongoing legacy is worth £81.9m to the city’s economy each year and supports 2,335 jobs.

While the study noted the success of the city’s current visitor offer, it also highlighted the challenges facing Liverpool in curating and maintaining the authenticity of The Beatles heritage for fans.

Claire McColgan MBE, the director of culture at the city council’s Culture Liverpool service, will join Peter Hooton in the group, as will Marketing Liverpool director Chris Brown and Liverpool BID Company chief executive Bill Addy.

Dr Mike Jones of the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Popular Music, who was one of the report’s authors, will also serve as a member of the group.

Commenting on his appointment, Peter Hooton said: ”‘I’m delighted that I’ve been asked by the Mayor to chair the Beatles Legacy Group.&ldquo details

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