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50 years after the Beatles first came to America John still appears to be the most Popular Beatle, an online survey over the past 3 years of real Beatles Fans at eCommerce site Fan Four Store has the standings as they have been for many decades John, Paul, George, and Ringo in this poll with nearly 9999 votes counted.

John is in first spot (3534 vote(s) - 35.8%) , followed very closely by Paul (3427 vote(s) - 34.7%) with George 3rd (2005 vote(s) - 20.3%) and of course Ringo in 4th place(906 vote(s) - 9.2%) when this story was posted www.fabfourstore.com had registered 9872 vote(s)... they are hoping for 9999 votes by this Friday the 7th Feb 50 years after the Beatles first landed in America , vote today on the home page at this Exclusively Beatles Store on the web.

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A new eight-CD box set gathering together five lengthy conversations John Lennon and Yoko Ono had withVillage Voice journalist and New York radio personality Howard Smith will be released on April 14.  Smith Tapes: I’m Not The Beatles: John & Yoko Interviews 1969-72 features audio of Lennon and his wife discussing a wide variety of topics, including the couple’s political activism, their interest in primal therapy, the breakup of The Beatles and the band members’ solo work.

The compilation features interviews that took place in May 1969 via the phone when Lennon and Ono were hosting their famous Bed-In event in Montreal, in December 1969 at rocker Ronnie Hawkins‘ home near Toronto, in December 1970 at the Regency Hotel in New York City, in September 1971 at the St. Regis Hotel in NYC and in January 1972 at the couple’s apartment on Bank St. in the Big Apple. The box set lists at $49.99 but currently is available at SeeOfSound.com fo details

Lost Beatles photographs found - Monday, February 03, 2014

This piece by Adrienne Aurichio is part of a series of essays to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first American television appearance on CBS's "The Ed Sullivan Show." It culminates with CBS News, 50 Years Later...The Beatles at The Ed Sullivan Theater: Presented by Motown The Musical, a live, interactive multimedia event at The Ed Sullivan Theater on Feb. 9. 

Bill Eppridge believed that a good photojournalist had a certain amount of luck when it came to being in the right place at the right time. He certainly was in the right place on the morning of February 7, 1964. Bill, just 26, was in the Life magazine office early that day when Director of Photography Dick Pollard needed someone to be at JFK Airport to photograph the arrival of a British rock group known as The Beatles. Not only was Bill there when they stepped off the plane, but he also followed the group for the next six days.  Strangely, all 90 rolls of film, with more than 3000 images went missing for years. They resurfaced around the same time that The Beatle details

Vince Calandra had never even held a guitar before. But, even back in February of 1964, he had a pretty good sense that he shouldn’t drop this one. Calandra, a self-described “street kid from Brooklyn,” had worked his way up on “The Ed Sullivan Show” from mail boy, to cue card holder for guest stars like Buddy Holly, to stage producer. A coincidence of clothing led to his brief brush with fame that day, though.

The Beatles arrived at the studio on Saturday for rehearsal the day before their big American debut on Feb. 9, but George Harrison was laid up at the Plaza Hotel with strep throat. The band’s road manager, Neil Aspinall, was standing in for rehearsal. Before it got started, manager Brian Epstein rushed over to send him back to the hotel to deal with crises. Harrison’s sister, Louise, who’d been taking care of him, couldn’t get past security back into the hotel (“You and about 1,000 other women have come here and told us they’re George Harrison’s sister,” Calandra recalls them saying); plus, t details

JFK Airport will host a celebration and dedicate a historical marker 50 years to the day the Beatles arrived there to screaming fans for their first trip to the U.S. On Feb. 7, the Port Authority and radio station Q104.3 FM will mark the day the Fab Four arrived at the airport on a Pan Am flight that day in 1964, and were greeted by screaming fans.

Port Authority officials will unveil a marker inside the airport that pays tribute to the Beatles' landing at JFK, and a cover band will play Beatles tunes to honor the day. The Beatles held their first U.S. news conference at the airport after they landed, which was attended by NBC 4 New York's Gabe Pressman, pictured in one of the photos above.

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A coffee stall once frequented by the Rolling Stones and The Beatles has been saved from losing its license. The future of Chelsea Bridge Coffee Stall, in Queenstown Road, was uncertain following complaints by people living in Chelsea Bridge Wharf over noise and litter.

But Wandsworth councillors voted last night to preserve the license, after a petition signed by more than 700 people to save the stall was presented. Complaints were made to the council over noise, litter and anti-social behaviour by 27 members of the Chelsea Bridge Wharf Residents Association. Neighbours said people urinated on stairs close to the river and customers were kicking balls against their lift. The stall, which has been open since the 1940s, was a famous meeting spot for rockers known as the Chelsea Bridge Boys during the 1960s. Renato Di Paola has been the license owner for about two years, with a 24 hour trading license being in place for over 45 years. He said: "We do have a lot of residents in favour of us and haven't got a problem with us, there is some that have got a problem with us. "We get all details

Paul McCartney is scheduled to be in New York for the Super Bowl and if all goes according to schedule, he and Ringo Starr will make their way early next week to the Ed Sullivan Theater, where they made their American television debut 50 years ago.

The two surviving Beatles will be interviewed by David Letterman for the CBS special, "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," that airs Feb. 9. Performances for the show were taped a day after the Grammys, Jan. 27, at the L.A. Convention Center. Besides McCartney and Starr reuniting, the show will include remembrances from people who worked on the Sullivan show and members of the audience. Maroon 5, Eurythmics and Katy Perry are among the performers. McCartney said at the taping he was not sure if they should participate in a tribute to the world's most famous band. A source said McCartney was being truthful and that it wasn't until mid-January that conversations with two Americans in his inner-circle led him to fully understand the impact the Beatles made on Feb. 9, 1964.

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To commemorate the 50th anniversary of one of the most historic moments in music and television, The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will present "The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles." The primetime entertainment special will celebrate the remarkable legacy of the seven-time GRAMMY-winning group and their groundbreaking first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show." 

The two-hour show will tape on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014, the day after the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, from 8–10 p.m. ET/PT — exactly 50 years to the day, date and time of the original event."The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles" will feature today's top artists covering songs performed by the Fab Four that momentous evening in 1964 and Beatles songs through the years, and will include footage from that landmark Sunday evening, as well as other archival material. In addition, various presenters will help highlight details

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band are gearing up for another round of performances. They'll kick off on June 6 in Ontario and wrap up on July 19 in Los Angeles with stops in Chicago, Dallas and New York.

Ringo will celebrate his 74th birthday on July 7. He'll be in Los Angeles and is extending an invitation to everyone on the planet to join him at a Peace & Love party. More details on that to come. For this leg of the tour, he'll bring the same backing musicians that he took out on the road in 2012 —Steve LukatherRichard Page details

Fifty years after helping lead the British invasion in America and transforming pop culture, the most underappreciated Beatle has arguably become the most beloved. Ringo Starr is no longer mobbed by screaming packs of fans. But, by no means is the world famous drummer hanging in the background. He’s busy laying down tracks for a new album, and about to embark on another tour of his All-Starr Band; he’s publishing books — and he’s still making the case for peace and love wherever he goes.

Ringo is the older of the two surviving Beatles, but you’d never know it. At age 73, he could easily pass for someone 20 years younger. His rock-star DNA has kept him fighting trim. His skin is taut without looking stretched, and his gait is assured, even springy. At a fundraising concert Jan. 20 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, where he was honored by the David Lynch Foundation with the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award, Ringo bounded about the stage like Peter Pan. He appeared boyish compared with the musicians surrounding details

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