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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.

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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

Photographs taken by Tom Murray, many not seen in public before, will be on show at a special exhibition in the new offices of Jacobs Allen Chartered Accountants. Tom, a Bury town councillor, has photographed a host of celebrities and members of the Royal family and his Mad Day pictures of The Beatles, taken in 1968, have been shown all over the world.

His exhibition, which will feature Hollywood stars and iconic names from the fashion world, will raise money for Action Medical Research and its Fight for LIttle Lives campaign.

Between March 7 and 11 his collection will be viewed privately for corporate sponsors benefitting several local charities and on Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13 the exhibition opens to the public. Many exhibits will be available to purchase with 10 per cent going to charity.

Among the photographs on show are those of Sir Dirk Bogarde, John Huston, Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Montgomery, Angelica Huston, Ives St Laurent, Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani and Tom’s pictures of Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon with their children.

Tom was named World Press Photo award winner three times and has received numerous international awards for his work on newspaper and magazin details

Details surrounding Rouse's death on Saturday (20Feb16) have yet to be released, but according to reports he suffered from a lengthy illness.

Rouse began scoring films at Abbey Road Studios in the 1970s and he worked with the band on their Beatles at the BBC, Anthology and CD reissue series. He was also part of a group that won a Grammy Award for the Beatles stereo remix box in 2011. He also worked on the band's Love album.

Paying tribute to Rouse, a message on the Beatles' page reads, "Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Allan Rouse... and in particular Fiona his wife who cared for him with such tenderness and consideration following his illness.

"Allan joined Abbey Road studios in 1972 and during his time there made an invaluable contribution towards preserving the music and legacy of The Beatles. He worked on all the releases with extraordinary dedication and loyalty... Allan was a true friend of the band and of everyone at Apple, and will be remembered with great affection by those of us who were lucky enough to spend time working with him. From Paul, Ringo, Olivia (Harrison), Yoko (Ono) and everyone at Apple."

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