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The Kaiser Chiefs frontman was thrilled when the veteran musician gave him the unique present and he had a cabinet specially made so he could show off the instrument in his home.

He tells Absolute Radio DJ Sarah Champion ahead of a special gig for the station at London's Hard Rock Cafe this week (beg12May14), "I was given a ukulele by Paul McCartney. It says 'To Ricky my dear Paul McCartney was here'. I keep it on a shelf at home in a specially made case."

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A flight bag belonging to John Lennon has been auctioned for £4,700. The Pan Am Airways bag was given to the musician during the Beatles' first trip to America in 1964. It was auctioned, along with a letter of verification from Lennon's uncle, by Special Auction Services in Newbury, Berkshire.

Auctioneers had initially expected the bag to fetch up to £8,000. The bag was sold to the vendor by Lennon's uncle Charlie in 2000. In the verification letter, he wrote: "John gave the bag to me on his first visit back to Liverpool after that trip - may have been the Hard Day's Night premiere." Alan Pritchard, music and entertainment specialist at Special Auction Services, said he believed the winner of the online auction was an overseas buyer. Mr Pritchard said: "I have dealt with lots of Beatles stuff in the past and it is usually very popular. "This bag is a typical bag which would have been given out on the flights, but it just happens to have belonged to John Lennon and that's what make it special. 

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Shevell's estimated £150 million fortune helps rocket the 71 year old up the Music Millionaires List to number four, behind Zomba Group boss Clive Calder, Sir Cameron Mackintosh and Warner Music Group head Len Blavatnik, who tops the rich list with a £10 billion fortune.

The countdown of the 50 wealthiest music men and women in Britain and Ireland also includes Simon Cowell (£300 million), Sir Elton John (£260 million), Adele (£45 million), and the five members of One Direction, who share a £70 million fortune. Take That star Gary Barlow, who has recently been accused of tax avoidance, also makes the rich list with a £65 million fortune. The full list will be available in the Times on 18 May (14).

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LOS ANGELES, May 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Yossi Dina, star of The ReelZ Channel's hit reality show, "Beverly Hills Pawn" and owner of The Dina Collection in Beverly Hills has added an extremely rare piece of Beatles memorabilia to his celebrated cache of collectibles. A signed, revised Management Agreement between The Beatles and their manager, Brian Esptein is dated October 1, 1962, four days before the release of the group's debut single, "Love Me Do."

The eight-page document of mimeographed typescript, is between NEMS Enterprises Ltd. (Brian Epstein's record store); Brian Epstein and The Artists: John Winston Lennon, George Harrison, James Paul McCartney and Richard Starkey and secondly, between Harold Hargrea details

Liverpool's Cavern Club is taking American restaurant chain the Hard Rock Cafe to court in a battle over who owns the rights to the famous name. Trademark battles between the Mathew Street club and the burger bars have been going on since 1994 - when the US group trademarked Cavern Club in America.

Now the owners of the Liverpool club, who include John Lennon's sister, are set to ask a Florida court to throw out Hard Rock's claim to the Cavern Club name. The Hard Rock corporation, which was bought by the Seminole Tribe of Native Americans in 2007 for $965m, is based in Orlando. The Cavern Club has appealed to the tribe council chairman, Grammy-nominated musician James E Billie, whose stage name is Chief Jim Billie, and have offered him a gig on the stage where the Beatles performed if he intervenes. Cavern Club director Bill Heckle said: "We are sure that as a musician Chief Jim Billie will see the history and the right to our claim. "This trademark row began long before the Seminole Tribe took ownership of the Hard Rock, so we don’t consider it’s of their details

The GRAMMY Museum in LA is set to premiere a new exhibition in Liverpool. The British Invasion: How 1960s Beat Groups Conquered America will open at the Beatles Story’s Pier Head site in October in a collaboration with the Liverpool attraction.

The exhibition will include a collection of rare, behind- the-scenes photos of The Beatles taken by Bob Bonis, who served as tour manager during all three of the band’s American tours. The intimate photographs capture candid moments from life on the road with the band. It will also feature a range of artefacts from musicians including Donovan and Ringo Starr. Bob Santelli, executive director at The GRAMMY Museum, said today: “We’re very excited to partner with the Beatles Story Liverpool to create The British Invasion: How 1960s Beat Groups Conquered America exhibition. “From radio playlists to merchandising to touring, we dug deep to uncover the American Blues roots and influencers at the heart of this invasion, exploring the impact musicians such as The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Cilla Bla details

Stella McCartney has become a pretty big name. And not just because of her famous father. Or her activist mother. But her of her own fame. And her own activism. That's right, Stella McCartney, daughter of famed Beatle Paul McCartney and American activist Linda McCartney, has teamed up with the Nature Conversancy and Orvis 21 - a network of over 160 farmers in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile.

The aim? To undo the effects of more than 100 years of overgrazing due to reckless sheep herding. Argentina is currently the world's fifth-largest producer of wool. Most of the knitwear in McCartney's fall collection came from these farms. She's trying to inspire others in the industry to follow suit. On her official website, stellamccartnet.com, she's written, "By focusing on a raw material and not a specific fabric, this allows us to maximum design flexibility...I am proud to be expanding the boundaries of what sustainability can look and feel like." While it may sound strange to mix the worlds of designer fashion and sustainable sheep herding, a little effo details

Beginning Friday May 30th and running through Sunday June 1st The Beatles Art Show and Sale returns to Duck Walk Vineyards Water Mill location for the first time in seven years. The show featuring artwork, photography and framed collectibles of the Beatles is the first exhibit of its kind that showcases hand signed works by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Fine art pieces, some created by members of the band as well as other world class artists will be on display and available for sale! The Beatles Art Show and Sale opens to the public on Friday May 30th at 11AM. The show is free for all attendees. The show is returning to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles landing in America as well as the 20th Anniversary of the opening of Duck Walk Vineyards first location in Water Mill, New York located at 231 Montauk Highway. This extremely popular exhibit of over 75 pieces also includes lithographs, animation art, fine art photographs, album art, and much more. It’s the ultimate experience for Beatles details

What do you get when you pair one of the all-time best metal bands with one of the all-time best songs? Metallica covering the Beatles' "In My Life," naturally. 

Blabbermouth reports that last night at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, the band was on hand at the 10th anniversary benefit concert for MusiCares MAP Fund, where they played a short acoustic set of cover songs. Along with the Beatles, they tackled Deep Purple's "When a Blind Man Cries," Rare Earth's "I Just Want to Celebrate" and Ozzy's "Diary of a Madman." The last song was a direct homage to Osbourne and Black Sabbath, who were this year's honorees. Aside from taking on classic rock covers, Metallica are in the process of writing and recording their next studio album, the follow-up to 2008's Death Magnetic

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4 Life Lessons from the Beatles - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

I've been doing a lot of research into The Beatles over the past two years, reading many books about 'the boys' and interviewing people who were friends back when things got cooking for them. The goal is a novel I'm working on where John, Paul, George and Ringo pop up now and again and I want it to be as accurate as possible, even for fiction.

When you really delve into how The Beatles were formed and how they came to be so successful, you see some patterns emerging, life lessons that might just work for the rest of us. So here goes -- my list of 4 key life lessons we can learn from The Beatles. 1. Never Doubt Yourself -- The Beatles were famously rejected by a Decca executive who told them "guitar groups" were fading fast. They were disappointed of course, but the boys were convinced the record execs were wrong and kept doing what they were doing, ultimately signing with Polydor where a guy named George Martin liked what he heard. A lot of people are going to doubt you in life -- it's human nature -- so nev details

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