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The Beatles Gain After CBS Special - Monday, February 17, 2014

This week on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the new "Now 49" compilation took over at No. 1, bumping the "Frozen" soundtrack down to No. 2 after four nonconsecutive weeks at No. 1. The "Now 49" set marked just the 24th compilation to hit No. 1 on the list, and, of those 24, a full 17 of them were "Now" albums. 

 The Beatles, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" - No. 132 - Following CBS' airing of the all-star concert "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles" on Feb. 9, the band's catalog gets a lift. This album, for example, is up 38% while the greatest hits album "1" at No. 37 rises by 91%. In total, there are eight albums by the Beatles on the chart this week. Watch for further gains on next week's tally, as CBS repeated the concert on Feb. 12.

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Raft of broadcasters buy Beatles special - Monday, February 17, 2014

A raft of international broadcasters have acquired The Beatles: The Night that Changed America – A Grammy Salute, a two and half hour special celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

The special went out on CBS in the US, the same network that ran the Ed Sullivan talkshow on which The Beatles gave their groundbreaking and historic performance. Their appearance on the show was incredibly popular with 74 million viewers tuning in. The new show generated 14 million viewers for CBS when it was aired last Sunday (February 9). In the special band members Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, With A Little Help From My Friends and Hey Jude and other stars perform Beatles tributes including Dave Grohl, Eurythmics, Alicia Keys and Pharell Williams.. Alfred Haber is on international sales duty and in Europe has shopped the special to Canal+’s D8 channel in France, SVT in Sweden and TVR in Romania.

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Photos and video of the charity fundraising party held in Brentwood during the Beatles first trip to Los Angeles in August 1964 have been slowly emerging. Now Alison Martino has posted perhaps the most fun picture yet, at her Vintage Los Angeles page on Facebook.

The photo is from her friend Bonnie Cowan Fleming, whose father Warren Cowan did the PR for the Beatles trip, Martino says. She named seventeen of the guests, including John, Paul, George and Ringo and members of the entourage such as Brian Epstein and Neil Espinall. There has been a lot of media electrons expended on Sunday night's 50th anniversary of the Beatles appearing for the first time on "The Ed Sullivan Show." I heard mixed reviews of the CBS special tonight — it didn't attract me, that's for sure. Couple of walks down memory lane to check out: 

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It was 50 years ago this month when the Beatles first came to America; and their impact, much more than just musical, is still felt a half century later — around the world. The Beatles arrived in New York on Feb. 7, 1964, in preparation for their first US performance on the Ed Sullivan show two days later.
They played their first concert on US soil Feb. 11 at the Washington Coliseum in the nation’s capitol, and then performed again on the Ed Sullivan Show, on consecutive Sundays, from the Deauville Hotel in Miami, Fla., on Feb. 16. Songs the Beatles recorded when performing their first Ed Sullivan Show, were then broadcast on the CBS program Feb. 23, placing the Fab Four in front of American television viewers for the third straight week. Neosho’s Steve Kenny was a pre-teen when the Beatles splashed onto his television screen. “I was in my living room, and there was a lot of anticipation, because we weren’t regular Ed Sullivan watchers,” he said. “It was more than I expected. Kenny, a musician who has performe details

Beatlemania continues in our area in the wake of the 50th anniversary of the Fab Four’s appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. Ringo Starr’s tour will make a stop this summer in Williamsport. The tickets went on sale Friday morning people lined up bright and early to get their tickets.

More than 100 people filled the lobby of the Community Arts Center in Williamsport to buy tickets to see Ringo Starr. “This is pretty big for me. If you’re a Beatles fan and never saw any of them.  The closest I ever came was I saw the group called Rain,” said Bob Hemrick, referring to a Beatles tribute band. Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band are scheduled to come to Williamsport on June 8. From 9 a.m. until 10 a.m., the tickets were only available at the arts center box office on West Fourth Street.  Some people say they started waiting in line at 3 a.m. Williamsport is Ringo Starr’s only tour stop in Pennsylvania and with just 2,200 seats inside the theater, people say they wanted to make sure they got their tickets right away. “I can&rsq details

Beatles Help! jackets to be auctioned - Saturday, February 15, 2014

Jackets worn by George Harrison and Ringo Starr in The Beatles' 1965 film Help! are being put up for sale. The jackets also appear on the iconic album cover of the film's soundtrack. The comedy drama was directed by Richard Lester and the jackets are from his private collection.

They are part of an auction of more than 200 lots of rare Beatles memorabilia and are expected to be sold for more than £50,000 by Omega Auctions in Liverpool next month. The Help! film saw the group come up against an evil cult and fleeing to the Austrian Alps to seek refuge and Harrison and Starr wore the jackets throughout the five days of filming that took place in the Alps. Lester, 82, also directed The Beatles' first film A Hard Day's Night. Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: "As Beatles clothing goes, these have got to be amongst the Holy Grail for any Beatles collector. "They feature on one of their most recognisable album covers and I have a feeling these could really fly off the block." The sale, which will also include a large details

Too much of The Beatles isn't enough, apparently. After the hoopla in the U.S. celebrating the 50th anniversary of the band's first performance in the U.S., comes word from auction house Coys that it'll sell the 1964 Bentley S3 owned by the "Fifth Beatle."

That's Brian Epstein, the group's manager, who was able to buy the car with his 25% of what the band was paid. It replaced the used Bentley S1 Epstein had been driving. The sale is planned for March 11 in London. Coys forecasts a selling price between 40,000 and 70,000 British pounds -- about $66,000 to $115,000 at a recent exchange rate. Epstein ordered the car in late 1963 and picked it up when he and the band returned from their famous 1964 U.S. sally 50 years ago, highlighted by the seminal "Ed Sullivan Show" appearance that rocked America and rocketed the band. From a collectible viewpoint, the car's especially valuable because its ownership and repairs have been well-documented, providing proof it's original.

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I was meant to be going to Uganda to do a big news story for the Daily Express but, at the last minute, the paper called and said they wanted me to shoot the Beatles in Paris instead. I considered myself a serious journalist, so I managed to talk them out of it. I knew who the Beatles were, but it was early in 1964 and they had yet to have their big breakthrough. I wasn't interested in running around with them.

Five minutes later, the editor called and told me I was going whether I liked it or not. So I caught up with them in Fontainebleau, where they were doing a warm-up gig before the big Paris show. I went out to my car to get an extension for my flash and, when I got back, they were playing All My Loving. It was sensational. I thought: "Christ, this is it – the breakthrough." The music story had become a news story. From then on, I made sure I stayed close to them. When we were in their hotel suite later, one of them said: "That was some pillowfight we had the other night." When I suggested photographing them having an details


Having changed the world once with The Beatles, at the beginning of the 1970s John Lennon wanted to do it all over again. But, this time, in line with his personal vision of global concord.

Desperate to consign the Moptops to history, he escaped to America with the love of his life, Yoko Ono, and plunged into his new world of activism and giving peace a chance. But if New York welcomed him with bright eyes and open arms, Washington didn't want him around.Richard Nixon was seeking re-election and had a long list of enemies drawn up; Lennon rose rapidly up that list. The Yippie leaders Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin hoped Lennon would lead a movement that would gather momentum around the country. But the partnership never really went beyond planning. The couple did, however, throw themselves into a variety of local causes and Lennon's songs developed a new political directness. This meant that the authorities remained on their case and, while Lennon enjoyed the relative anonymity that New York afforded him ( details

As the long period of celebrations in honor of the Beatles’ stateside arrival 50 years ago wrapped on this week, we’d seen Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Olivia and Dhani Harrison. But where was Julian Lennon? Not at any of these gala events, but instead about as far away from the Grammy-type hub bub as he could be — in Kenya and rural Ethiopia, working to help restore clean water to the region.

“To me, the last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else,” Lennon told Brooklyn Vegan, “clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles karaoke session.” This water campaign is a key effort for Lennon’s White Feather Foundation, which is collaborating in Africa right now on various humanitarian and environmental projects with Millennium Villages and Charity: Water. Even if he wasn’t so busy, it doesn’t sound like Lennon is all that interested in hearing Beatles mus details

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