Norah Jones closed out Conan's George Harrison Week on Thursday night, and the results were as soulful as expected. The jazz-pop singer – whose father, sitar master Ravi Shankar, was one of Harrison's mentors and collaborators – delivered a silky version of "Behind That Locked Door," a country-tinged track from the guitar icon's 1970 solo triple-LP, All Things Must Pass. That classic album was featured heavily during the week-long tribute. On Wednesday's episode, Dhani Harrison honored his father by playing a brass-driven rendition of "Let It Down" and a hard-rocking take on "Ballad of Sir Frankie Crisp (Let It Roll)," joined by Los Angeles band Big Black Delta on the latter tune; Beck took a jovial stab at "Wah-Wah" on Monday's kick-off. On Tuesday, Paul Simon acknowledged Harrison's work with the Beatles, performing a stripped-down "Here Comes the Sun." He also reflected on his many visits to t details
The track will be released in support of Samuel L. Jackson's cancer charity One For The Boys. Other celebrities featured include Game Of Thrones actress Maisie Williams and model Daisy Lowe, while Jackson will also provide vocals. The recording session at Abbey Road Studios was reportedly hosted by BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw earlier this week. 'Say Something' will challenge The X Factor 2014 champion for Christmas number one. McCartney will soon release a special Collector's Edition of his album New, featuring two previously unreleased songs, live recordings from his concert at the Tokyo Dome, and a documentary about the making of the album.
His Destiny theme song was also recently posted online, with YouTube user Kilo Juliett posting the track as part of the game's end credits sequence.
Like most of John Lennon‘s solo albums, his fifth, ‘Walls and Bridges,’ came with its fair share of bumps along the way. And like much of Lennon’s work starting around the time the Beatles were working on the “White Album,” many of those bumps were spurred by Yoko Ono. While recording his fourth solo record, ‘Mind Games,’ in 1973, Lennon and Ono split up. His year-and-a-half separation from her became known as Lennon’s Lost Weekend, a fabled period that lasted way longer than a weekend, and included such figures as Ono’s personal assistant (with whom Lennon shacked up), Harry Nilsson and Phil Spector. Lennon was about a year into his break from Ono — and about a month removed from wrapping work on Nilsson’s ‘Pussy Cats’ album — when he began recording ‘Walls and Bridges’ in New York in July 1974. About nine months earlier, Lennon had holed up with legendary producer Spector (who had also assembled the Beatles’ final album, details
DIVING enthusiast Arthur Johnson beat The Beatles to the idea of a "Yellow Submarine". The sub, made in Arthur's garden in Lister Street, Grimsby, for £50, appeared at the world premier of The Beatles movie at The London Pavilion, London, in July, 1968. Today Arthur, his wife Paula and family have been invited to Penny Lane in Liverpool to unveil a plaque to honour his iconic submarine. It was called "Resurgam" which was the motto for Arthur's old school in Harold Street,Grimsby. It means "I will rise again". Arthur was an avid sub aqua enthusiast and worked as a welder on rigs in the North Sea. After reading Patrick Coustau's novel "Silent World" as a youngster he always dreamed of making his own submarine. He also built a one-man sub for Colonel Gaddafi. The yellow submarine took two years to make in the garden of the family's home in Lister Street.
It was completed in May 1968 several months before The Beatles launched their movie and the hit song "Yellow Submarine" which began: "In the town where I was born". Arthur and his family were hoping that Sir Paul M details
Spain's film academy has selected the movie Vivir es Facil con los Ojos Cerrados [Living Is Easy (With Eyes Closed)] about a Spanish man's quest to meet John Lennon as its entry for best foreign language film at next year's Oscars. Director David Trueba's film, chosen Thursday, tells the true story of an English-language teacher from Spain who traveled to the southern province of Almeria in 1966 to try to meet the late Beatles star, who was staying there. Watch the trailer: The movie takes its name from the lyrics of the Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever," which Lennon began writing in Almeria.
The U.S. film academy will select finalists for the Oscars in January, with the awards announced a month later. Spain has won four Oscars for best foreign language film. Trueba's brother, Fernando Trueba, won the category in 1994 for Belle Epoque.
George Harrison's widow Olivia Harrison has revealed their son Dhani felt a "tremendous responsibility" to release the career retrospective his father was working on at the time of his death. George Harrison's son felt a "tremendous responsibility" to release his late father's work. The Beatles legend was working on a career retrospective when he passed away in 2001, so 36-year-old Dhani Harrison took over the project and felt the pressure to get as much of his dad's music heard as possible. George's widow, Olivia Harrison, said: "He wanted his music out. George was just embarking on that retrospective of his musical life - he never called it a career, he said that was the wrong word for him - but time ran out and he died.
"Dhani wanted to do it and felt a tremendous responsibility to do it. There's still a huge archive of material that still needs working on. You can't just let tapes degrade and never be heard again." In the sleeve notes for new compilation 'The Apple Years 1968-75' Dhani admits he learned a lot about his father details
Rolling Stone reports that the backdrop – also signed by the Fab Four – will be on sale at The Fest for Beatles Fans, which takes place in Los Angeles from October 10 to 12. It is expected to go for $550,000 (approximately £337,000). The seller is Wayne Johnson, owner of Rockaway Records. Among the other items up for purchase includes a copy of the band's 11th US release 'Yesterday and Today' featuring the rare 'Butcher' cover, which is priced at $4,500 (approximately £2,750), and the band's first US contract with Vee Jay Records, on sale for $100,000 (approximately £62,000). The Fest for Beatles Fans was started in 1974 to mark the 10th anniversary of the band's first visit to the US. In its history, the event has accepted donated musical instruments from all four Beatles, which have been auctioned for charity.
The Beatles' first Ed Sullivan Show appearance took place on February 9, 1964 to an estimated audience 73 mi details
It’s pretty bizarre. Every time I come across someone who worked at Abbey Road in the 1960s or in the film industry in the 1980s, or journalists who’ve trod this beat longer than I, I often ask for the name of the person who’s impressed them the most. These are people from all walks of life, but one person always gets mentioned. It’s uncanny. It’s George Harrison. Olivia Harrison, George’s widow who has been working with their son Dhani to release the former Beatle’s first six solo albums, all lovingly remastered and presented as 'The Apple Years' boxset, chuckles when I tell her this, and tries to shed some light on the phenomenon. “He had this way of looking at you that made you feel you were without limitations,” she tries to explain. “It just went straight to your heart.
“Once you’d been with him, he had this way of making you want to bring out a truer version of yourself, unlocking something. “It was profound and electrifying, details
Monday marked the start of George Harrison week on Conan. Popular music artists will be stopping in to perform their versions of songs from the former Beatle. Today, we have Beck covering the Harrison song “Wah-Wah,” a track from the 1970 album All Things Must Pass. Watch the video above. George’s original version is full of multi-layered sound effects and horns that travel over a clever bassline and rolling drums. Beck chooses to perform a shortened version without the heavy atmospheric sounds, but nevertheless manages to keep the song’s dynamic punch. “Wah-Wah” isn’t the easiest song for a musician to cover, but Beck does a brilliant job.
The other musicians participating for George Harrison week will be Paul Simon on Tuesday, George’s son, Dhani, on Wednesday, and Norah Jones on Thursday. The week-long celebration is for the digitally remastered release of George Harrison’s first six solo albums on The Beatles’ Apple Records label. The eight-disc box set, t details
One of music's monumental figures, the legendary "fifth Beatle," Billy Preston, died eight years ago at the age of 59, but not without controversy.
After a legacy of solo hits and recording credits with the Fab Four, few could have guessed that one of the mega-afro-sporting, gap-toothed artist's biggest songs "Will It Go Round in Circles?" would be symbolic of bitter legal battles for his lucrative, multi-million dollar estate.
On Monday, a federal judge in California ruled that Preston, despite a long history of health problems stemming from cocaine addiction, was not incapacitated at the time he filed for bankruptcy in 2005.
The court dispute stems back to 2011, when plaintiff Todd Neilson (the Chapter 7 trustee for the bankruptcy estate) filed a complaint against Preston's family and Joyce Moore, his long time manager, seeking a judgment that Preston was not incapacitated when he filed a bankruptcy petition in 2005 in the Central District of California.
Preston's trust remained revocable, and the assets c details