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Yoko Ono, in a Q&A with fans, addresses a couple of questions involving recent Beatles-related events she attended, including the 56th annual Grammy awards and the star-flecked 50th anniversary concert filmed a day later.

Ono attended both shows, which found Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reuniting on stage. For Grammy night, they performed “Queenie Eye,” from McCartney’s current solo release New. For the anniversary event, they offered key Beatles songs apart, and then joined together for rousing versions of “Sgt. Pepper’s/With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude.” Ono, widow of their late bandmate John Lennon, was surrounded at each performance by a group that included their son Sean, Starr and his wife Barbara, Joe Walsh of the Eagles and his wife (who is Barbara’s sister), and McCartney and his wife Nancy.

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Last night, Paul and his family attended the opening reception of the Linda McCartney retrospective photography exhibition in the city of Montpellier, France. The exhibition will run from 21st February – 4th May 2014 at Le Pavillon Populaire, a very special space dedicated to photography.

More than 200 prints and original documents are displayed, reflecting Linda's instinctive ability to capture the beauty of a particular moment. Linda got her first big break as a photographer while working as receptionist at 'Town and Country Magazine'. She used an unwanted invitation to a Rolling Stones promotional event on the SS Sea Panther on the Hudson River in New York to document the event and photograph the band. She became a professional photographer in the mid-sixties. Her pictures during this period chronicled the musical revolution of the decade. Linda's photographic oeuvre contains photographs of the musical scene of the 60s in New York, Californ details

Hey! You! Wanna meet Paul McCartney, only the greatest living songwriter? Well, Charitybuzz's Beatlemania Charity Auction, featuring the chance to meet Sir Paul McCartney, is here! 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles crashing American shores on The Ed Sullivan Show this month, online charity auction site Charitybuzz has launched The Beatlemania Charity Auction, featuring incredible opportunities to win a piece of Beatles' magic and give back to remarkable causes at the same time. Meet the Legendary Sir Paul McCartney: Sir Paul McCartney is auctioning the opportunity for one lucky bidder and a guest to join him backstage at an upcoming concert of their choice. The fans will have the opportunity to meet the former front man and acclaimed solo artist after any one of his incendiary performances slated for 2014. Proceeds of the experience, valued at $50,000, benefits The MusiCares Foundation, and bidding closes February 28th.

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The rebirth of Beatlemania and the fourth studio album from country singer Eric Church supplied some much-needed lift to the U.S. album chart last week.

The Beatles’ catalog received an enormous lift in the week following the Feb. 9 CBS special commemorating the 50th anniversary of the group’s U.S. TV debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” No less than 13 Fab Four titles crowded onto SoundScan’s 200-position chart, scanning a total of 65,000 units. Predictably, the top title was the hits compilation “1,” which tracked 18,000 copies, seeing a 90% gain and landing at No. 20; the collection has sold 12.3 million. Other sets that witnessed big leaps included the companion album to the Cirque du Soleil spectacle “Love,” the so-called “red” and “blue” compilations, last year’s “Live at the BBC Vol. 2,” and U.S. and U.K. iterations of the group’s original releases.

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Comedian Mitch Benn will be returning to Stafford in April with his latest show The 37th Beatle. Here, he talks to us about the show. When you think about it, a Scouse comedian/musician touring with a show about The Beatles makes perfect sense.

But it was by rather unfortunate chance that the idea for ‘The 37th Beatle’ came to Mitch Benn last year after trying to come up with an Edinburgh Fringe show for some time. Upon hearing of the passing of singer-songwriter Tony Sheridan, who was often referred to as the ‘5th Beatle’ on account of his early work with the band, Mitch got to thinking: “I’d heard a lot of people claiming to be the ‘5th Beatle’ and I thought hang on a minute, they can’t all be right. Basic arithmetic alone dictates that. I mean, I must be the 28th or something…” And so the idea of a show listing all of the candidates in ascending order was born. Mitch insists it is very much a ‘homage’ rather than a ‘tribute’ to the band, because “’Beatles tribute&r details

John Lennon 'nonsense list' up for sale - Sunday, February 23, 2014

A unique “nonsense” list by former Beatle John Lennon is being sold by its Anglesey owner. Michael Poynter Adams has the original, 1969 printer’s proof of the list, which has 26 letters and nonsensical words alongside each one in Lennon’s handwriting. It’s expected to fetch at least £6,000 at the Colwyn Bay auction on Wednesday.

In what’s known as an abecedarium, the dyslexic and quirky star wrote: “A is for Parrot, B is for glasses, C is for plastic, D is for Doris...” The list later became the introduction to a controversial set of 14 erotic lithographs of him and Yoko Ono called Bag One.  Mr Adams, 69, who met Lennon while browsing for records in Liverpool in his pre-Beatles days, later coincidentally worked at a printers and that’s how he acquired the print.  He said: “I am selling it with great reluctance but it is not on display at home and we are moving to a smaller house, so it has to go. It’s a significant piece of music history and I hope it goes to a good ho details

Fifty years ago this week four boys from Britain took a boat ride in Miami. They had appeared on television the night before, a program called The Ed Sullivan Show, and they wanted to cut loose. So they hopped into the prototype of a new offshore race boat named The Cigarette. The boat's builder, a man whose company would later become synonymous with go-fast boats, fired up the 435-horsepower engine, and hit the throttle.

"I don't think the Beatles knew what they were in for," said Tampa's Bob DiNesco, who now owns the refurbished 233 Formula along with his brother and father. "John, Paul and George got a little seasick. But Ringo, he had the time of his life." The "Fab Four" made their second appearance on the popular variety show on Feb. 16, 1964. The next morning, the Beatles met Don Aronow to check out his 23-foot speedboat that he had named after a legendary style of smuggling craft. "Formula was his first race boat," said DiNesco, 57. "He went on to be associated with so many other famous boats: Magnum, Donzi and, of cours details

Philatelists rejoice: The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, with subjects ranging from Apple founder Steve Jobs to gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It will also be offering numerous music-related stamps, including Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix this year and a James Brown stamp next year. 2015 will also see a re-release of Elvis Presley's 29-cent tribute from 1993 — the Postal Service's best-selling stamp ever — according to The Washington Post. A stamp for John Lennon has been planned for an as-yet-unannounced date.

As published in a missive by the Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee (via the Post), this year will also see the arrival of stamps honoring NBA champ Wilt Chamberlain, undisclosed celebrity chefs, "America's Most Loved Pets" and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Next year, the Postal Service will release stamps for Johnny Carson, Ingrid Bergman and the gang from  details

A teenager from Metro Detroit won this month the John Lennon Songwriting Contest's "LOVE, LOVE, LOVE" Valentine's Day competition. "LOVE, LOVE LOVE" is part of the annual contest named for The Beatles member and is considered a prestigious international competition.

Olivia Millerschin, 18, of Rochester Hills, is this year's winner and wrote a song called "Screw Valentines Day" that was judges by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas, George Clinton, Prince Royce and others. Following a key selection process, Millerschin's Valentine's Day-themed song was chosen among countless entries based on melody, composition, originality, and lyrics. The winning composition was deemed the Grand Prize winner, with Millerschin receiving an Epiphone John Lennon Casino guitar, Neutrik custom John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Cable, and JamHub BedRoom. In addition, Millerschin received an automatic, inclusive entry into Session I of this year's JLSC that officially began on Feb. 14. An international songwriting contest launched in 1997, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest is open details

"One, two, three, FOUR!" Never has a foreign invasion of a country's culture been announced in such a way. But so it was when American disc jockeys began playing the B-side of a 45 rpm record by a popular British rock 'n' roll quartet in January 1964. The radio release of The Beatles' Capitol recording of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" backed by "I Saw Her Standing There" - some weeks before the record company planned as the story goes - touched off a revolution that permeated everyday life in America and remains permanently ingrained in our culture five decades later.

In commemoration of the Fab Four's first American performance on the Ed Sullivan Show on Sunday, Feb. 9, 1964, and all that followed, the Harford County Public Library has Beatles-themed events planned starting this month and lasting through the spring to examine the group's influence and give Beatlemaniacs of all ages an opportunity to remember and learn. The first was Sunday at the Jarrettsville branch when "Is Paul Dead?" was presented by Beatles historian Joel Glazier. None of details

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