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One of the biggest magical mysteries of the 1960s for me — as someone who experienced the era not in the moment, but as history — is how much music the marquee acts of the decade made, and the rate at which they made it.
In 1965, for instance, the Beatles released not only the underrated Help!, but also the masterpiece Rubber Soul. That same year, Bob Dylan blew minds by going electric twice with Bringing It All Back Home and Highway 61 Revisited.
Not to be outdone, the Rolling Stones put out three LPs in ’65. Creedence Clearwater Revival matched that number in 1969, and let loose with two more in 1970.
In the modern era, technology has made it much easier to make music and reach fans directly. Your laptop is your home studio, the internet a distribution network. Yet artists rarely release music with anything close to the frequency of those brash baby boomers when pop was coming of age.
Major stars now go years between projects. In the last eight years — more than the entire length of the Beatles' recording career — Rihanna has released only one album, 2016′s Anti, without diminishing her star power one bit.
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When John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia finalized their divorce in 1968, their son Julian had only recently turned five. In photos from that year’s Rock and Roll Circus, you see the young Julian sitting on his father’s lap and taking in an eventful episode of late-’60s London.
After John and Yoko Ono moved to New York in 1971, contact between Julian and his father became much more difficult. Speaking with Spin in ’75, John spoke about how they were getting on, and a recent trip they had made to Disney World.
“What we do is irrelevant,” John told Spin. “It doesn’t really matter. As long as he’s around. Cause I don’t see him that often.” John also pointed to how bright — and how into music — Julian was. “He likes Queen, though I haven’t heard them yet,” he said. “[Julian] turns me on to music.”
When the two Lennons were together, they also did some jamming. If you got a copy of Walls and Bridges (1974), you heard Julian playing drums on the final track. While that informal recording sounds like fun, John had to release another version of the same track on Rock ‘n’ Roll (1975).
Sir Paul McCartney is set to release a new solo album that was recorded spontaneously in nine weeks during the Covid-19 lockdown.
Titled McCartney III, it follows 1970's McCartney I and 1980's McCartney II, both of which were also recorded alone.
"I was just messing around, never suspecting for one second that this was going to be an album," the star told BBC 6 Music's Matt Everitt.
He added that some of the songs had "echoes of the pandemic".
One such track features the lyric: "When the cold days come, we'll wish that we had seized the day."
"That was me reminding myself, and anyone listening, that you've got to grab the good stuff and get on through the pandemic," he said.
Sean Ono Lennon’s first experience reworking his father’s catalog was terrifying and intimidating, but he had two main goals in mind to keep him on track: preserve his father’s message in the songs and help the late icon’s music reach a younger audience.
On Oct. 9, which would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, “GIMME SOME TRUTH. THE ULTIMATE MIXES” was released and includes 36 tracks hand-picked by Yoko Ono and Sean Ono Lennon, who serve as executive producer and producer on the project. The duo worked closely with engineer and mixer Paul Hicks to maintain the essence of the songs, which were completely remixed.
Ono Lennon, 44, came out stronger at the end of the at-times heavy process.
“I knew that it was going to be kind of introspective for me, obviously. I was scared going into it, to be honest. I had a fear of messing everything up or not being helpful or it being too emotionally difficult to just listen to my dad’s voice over and over again,” Ono Lennon said. “Especially ‘Double Fantasy,’ it triggers a whole period of my childhood that was tough because that’s when he died. I had a lot of resistance working on details
McCartney III will be the final album in a trilogy of LPs where Sir Paul plays all the parts on each song and produces the album. It follows 'McCartney' made 50 years ago in 1970 shortly after the Beatles split and McCartney II made in 1980.
Sir Paul, who described his lockdown as a “rockdown” in his Sussex studio, said: “I was living lockdown life on my farm with my family and I would go to my studio every day. I had to do a little bit of work on some film music and that turned into the opening track and then when it was done I thought what will I do next?
“I had some stuff I’d worked on over the years but sometimes time would run out and it would be left half-finished so I started thinking about what I had.
“Each day I’d start recording with the instrument I wrote the song on and then gradually layer it all up, it was a lot of fun. It was about making music for yourself rather than making music that has to do a job. So, I just did stuff I fancied doing. I had no idea this would end up as an album.”
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While 1970 marked the end of The Beatles, it also marked the beginning of four solo careers of the band’s former members. And George Harrison was the first of the bunch to notch a Billboard no. 1 single with “My Sweet Lord,” which peaked on the charts in December ’70.
All Things Must Pass, Harrison’s debut No. 1 album, sold better than the first LPs by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Ringo Starr. After so many years of getting limited space on Beatles records, Harrison was thriving as an artist outside of his old band’s confines.
After devoting so much time and energy to the Concert for Bangladesh in ’71, Harrison returned with Living in the Material World (1973). Once again, Harrison found a receptive audience for the album and its lead single, “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth).”
Harrison didn’t appear to be done there. That summer, he teed up “Don’t Let Me Wait Too Long” as the second single from the record. However, for reasons never clearly explained, Harrison never released it.
Julian Lennon, son of John, sang background vocals. Steve Holley, formerly of Paul McCartney's Wings, played drums. Micky Dolenz, formerly of the Prefab Four (aka the Monkees), added vocal harmonies. Mark Hudson, who produced nine albums for Ringo Starr, helmed the project.
No wonder Joey Molland's just-released "Be True to Yourself" sounds like the most Beatlicious album of the year.
"I wasn't expecting to make a record," said singer-guitarist Molland, a true Liverpudlian rock star who has lived in the Twin Cities for more than 35 years. "I am getting old. I'm 73. I can make records in basements, but a full-blown record with a full-blown crew with Mark Hudson producing is something I wasn't really expecting."
On Molland's sixth solo album and first in seven years, there are echoes of John, Paul, George and sometimes even Ringo.
"I had all the same influences: Irving Berlin and Cole Porter all the way to the early rock 'n' roll and the advent of R&B. Chuck Berry, Elvis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, Bill Haley & and the Comets," Molland said last week. "I learned to play all that stuff in Liverpool. And I had the Beatles on top of it."
The Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum welcomes back local Beatles aficionado, Gary Baker, as he takes us on The Beatles' final journey from the rooftop concert in January 1969, to the release of "Let It Be", and the “official” breakup of the band in the spring of 1970. Join us on Facebook Live at 6 p.m. Nov. 5, to enjoy rare audio and video footage, LPs, 45s, posters, and advertisements as Gary shares the fascinating stories behind the most popular band in history.
Baker is well-known around the Coshocton area as a lover of all things Beatles. He has made multiple trips to both Liverpool and London to explore Beatles’ haunts such as the famous Cavern Club, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields, and Abbey Road. For the past two years, he has been a special guest on WTNS-FM with host Mike Bechtol for shows on both the 50th Anniversary of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The White Album.
This special night is for everyone: the diehard Beatles fan, students of 1960s counterculture, and young listeners just discovering the music of the most influential band in history.
The Beatles were an English rock band that is responsible for some of the world’s most iconic songs. Tunes like “Hey Jude,” “Let it Be,” “Eleanor Rigby” and “Love Me Do” continue to inspire and delight fans to this day, over fifty years after they were originally released.
Although the Beatles disbanded in 1970, with all the members going on to establish separate careers in the music industry, fans still know and love John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison as members of the Beatles. While people everywhere love the band and what they stand for, the Beatles did make some enemies in their time — most notably, the first lady of the Philippines, who made a shocking move to ban them from the country in 1966, after they refused an exclusive invitation from her office.
Paul McCartney has hinted that he is gearing up to release ‘McCartney III’, completing a trilogy of self-titled albums that he started recording before The Beatles split up.
The music icon released ‘McCartney’ in 1970 before following it a decade later with 1980’s ‘McCartney II’. Both albums were recorded at home and featured additional vocals from his late wife Linda.
McCartney fans have started to receive hints that a third release is on the way after a series of surprise animations began to appear on Spotify.
When users play songs from ‘McCartney’ and ‘McCartney II’ on the Spotify mobile app, they are greeted with an animation of a dice thrown onto the images of the album covers, with three dots facing upwards.
Over on Reddit, McCartney’s fans also claim to have received a bag printed with his name and containing three dice.
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The Beatles are one of the greatest musical acts of all time, an original boy band that is responsible for crafting some of the world’s most influential songs. Comprised of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, the Beatles remain hugely popular with fans of all ages, even though the group disbanded more than four decades ago.
Rumors have swirled around the Beatles ever since the group first formed, many of them that persist to this day. One of the most enduring rumors is an urban legend that still makes the rounds today, even though George Harrison personally debunked it several decades ago.
In 1957, Lennon joined forces with a young McCartney for the first time. They formed a band, going through several name variations and welcoming a variety of different members before establishing the final lineup, with George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
Over the next several years, the group finalized a band name, and as The Beatles, they steadily grew in popularity around their hometown of Liverpool.
A letter written by The Beatles’ manager following the sacking of the band’s original drummer is going under the hammer.
Brian Epstein signed up Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best – the band’s first drummer – on January 24 1962, after hearing them play. But only months later he fired Best and replaced him with Ringo Starr.
The letter which is up for sale was part of a tranche of communications Epstein sent to “secret Beatle” Joe Flannery, a key figure in the Fab Four’s rise to fame. Flannery, who died last year aged 87, was the band’s booking manager from 1962-63, during the early history of the Fab Four.
On September 8 1962, Epstein wrote to tell him he had released Best from his contract. He had told the Liverpool drummer three weeks earlier that he had to leave the band. The letter has been kept by Flannery’s family and is now being sold by his nephew.
Epstein wrote: “I read from the Mersey Beat (Liverpool music publication) Pete Best has now joined The All Stars.
After The Beatles parted ways in 1970, fans didn’t have to wait long to see how the Fab Four would do as solo artists. In fact, Paul McCartney released his debut solo LP weeks before Let It Be, the final Beatles album, even hit record stores.
That didn’t go over well with McCartney’s bandmates, but they all released their own records before the year ended. Ringo Starr’s Beaucoup of Blues, released September ’70, was the first to follow McCartney. George Harrison came next with the blockbuster All Things Must Pass in November.
While Beatles fans were digesting Harrison’s triple album, John Lennon entered the fray with John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (December ’70). That was a lot for folks to absorb in eight months, and it kept coming with McCartney’s Ram and Lennon’s Imagine (both by September ’71).
It wasn’t only the quantity of material that was remarkable, though. The quality of the records was so high that you might argue that the Beatles’ breakup was a good thing. (Indeed, Lennon did argue that.) But as of ’77 Ringo didn’t believe the Fab Four solo efforts matched the Beatles’ work.
Frank Sinatra didn’t cover much from the catalogue of The Beatles, but he did sing two of the band’s most famous songs. The first was “Yesterday,” the Paul McCartney-penned track (credited to Lennon-McCartney) released in 1965.
After the release of Abbey Road (1969), Sinatra picked another winner in “Something,” the George Harrison track that was the Quiet One’s first A-side on a Beatles single. Sinatra loved “Something” so much he called it one of the greatest love songs ever written.
However, Sinatra didn’t realize Harrison wrote it at first, and at least one former Beatle had fun with that. “Frank Sinatra used to introduce ‘Something’ as his favorite Lennon-McCartney song,” McCartney said in Beatles Anthology. “Thanks, Frank.”
A few years after the Beatles’ breakup, John Lennon wrote a song on the Walls and Bridges (1974) album that he thought was perfect for Sinatra to sing. And Lennon pitched the idea to the Chairman of the Board in a 1980 interview.
Though The Beatles split up in 1970, collaborations between the former bandmates not named Paul McCartney continued. When George Harrison’s triple-album All Things Must Pass arrived in November ’70, it featured his old pal Ringo Starr playing drums on several tracks.
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, Lennon’s solo debut that arrived the following month, also featured Ringo on drums. In the following years, Lennon and Harrison would return the favor to their former bandmate and friend.
As far as the music-buying public could tell, Harrison acted on that impulse first when he produced and played guitar on “It Don’t Come Easy,” Ringo’s debut U.K. single released in April ’71. However, the recording sessions took place the previous year — before The Beatles announced their breakup.
And though the track was credited to Starr, the drummer later acknowledged he co-wrote the song with Harrison. That helped explain the “Hare Krishna” you hear about halfway through “It Don’t Come Easy.”
The Beatles all wrote songs using their emotions and experiences as inspiration. During John Lennon's relationship and subsequent marriage with Yoko Ono, the Beatle was infatuated with her, and frequently used her as his muse. One of the more heartfelt songs he ever wrote for Yoko was Don't Let Me Down.
The song was recorded in 1969 during the Let It Be sessions, and was the B-side to Get Back.
The song is perhaps most famous for featuring in the rooftop gig on Apple Corps' headquarters on January 30, 1969.
While the lyrics talk openly of loving and to be loved, it sounds as if the inspiration of behind it was out of fear more than anything else.
In 1970 Lennon spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the song, where he vaguely described the feeling behind it.
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Bob Eubanks knew at a young age that he wanted to be a radio disc jockey, but he didn’t know that not only would his voice and face would become a legendary, and he would get to know one of the most iconic bands in history, The Beatles.
“Working with The Beatles was a chance of a lifetime and I love sharing those memories and tidbits that people might not know like Ringo Starr spent three years in the hospital as a kid because of his appendix and had tuberculosis,” Eubanks said.
Backstage With the Beatles” tells the unique stories only Bob Eubanks can tell about his Beatle experiences, while tribute band Ticket to Ride performs their songs.
He currently presents a show nationwide entitled “Backstage With the Beatles,” telling the unique stories only Eubanks can tell about his Beatle experiences, while tribute band “Ticket to Ride” performs their songs. There will be a “Concert in the Car” version of this show on Oct. 17 at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. True to his game-show roots, Eubanks said there will also be a chance for a guest to play a game to possibly win $100,000.
Noel Gallagher is reportedly set to write a song inspired by his love of John Lennon for a new tribute album.
The Beatles icon is being celebrated by his son, Sean Lennon, who is said to be putting together an album in tribute to his late father.
According to The Sun, Noel is working on the track at London’s Tileyard Studios – with the album set to celebrate Lennon’s 80th birthday.
A source told the publication: “Sean wanted Noel on board because of his love of The Beatles and John and also in recognition of the massive impact he’s had on the UK music scene over the last decades.”
Noel’s love of Lennon has been well documented over the years, with the singer opting to include the chords of ‘Imagine’ at the start of Oasis‘ ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’.
NME has contacted Noel Gallagher’s representatives for comment on the reports.
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What was once an empty wall off Lackawanna Avenue in downtown Scranton is now a canvas for a mural of music legend John Lennon.
"Ever since I was young, I've always enjoyed the Beatles, and John Lennon was my favorite Beatle, and it was 40 years ago, almost 40 years ago that he was tragically killed outside the Dakota in New York City," said Frank Dubas, the Lennon Tribute organizer.
Frank Dubas took his love for John Lennon and decided to have a mural painted on the side of one of his buildings. He invited art students, staff, and faculty from Marywood University to come up with original portraits of the rock and roll legend to be used as input for the mural.
Two students were chosen and granted a $500 scholarship.
Freshman Krista Perdomo's rendition of Lennon's face will be the focal point of the mural.
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The Beatles was a foursome who, throughout their time working with each other, had some tricky relationships to work through. Eventually the group split up and each member released their own solo work, to differing levels of success. Lennon-McCartney was a famous songwriting brand - but were they really friends?
The pair fought throughout their time in the band, and the songwriters did disagree a number of times during their careers, including when it came to songwriting credits on their songs.
In time for John’s 80th birthday, however, Sir Paul McCartney spoke about how happy he was to reunite with his friend before his death.
He has told John’s son Sean Ono Lennon on BBC Radio 2: “I always say to people, one of the great things for me was that after all The Beatles rubbish and all the arguing and the business, you know, business differences really ... that even after all of that, I'm so happy that I got it back together with your dad.
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Though The Beatles had gone their separate ways, Ringo Starr seemed to be having a good time in the early ’70s. For Beaucoup of Blues (1970), Ringo flew to Nashville and cut an album with session pros in three days. He had a blast, and the following year he notched his first hit single with “It Don’t Come Easy.”
Meanwhile, Ringo was keeping his film career alive. After appearing in the spaghetti western Blindman (1971), he directed a concert film documenting the meteoric rise of Marc Bolan and his band T. Rex (1972’s Born to Boogie) for Apple’s film division.
Bolan, who clocked 11 top-10 hits (including four No. 1s) in the U.K. between 1970-73, proved to be an inspiration for Ringo in several ways. While hanging out with the dynamic songwriter-performer, Ringo got the idea for “Back Off Boogaloo,” his biggest U.K. hit. But Ringo nearly lost the idea before he could get it down on tape.
The vocalist and founding member of the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash, David Crosby shared a statement about his previous comments on the late guitar legend Eddie Van Halen after he received the harsh reaction of Van Halen fans on social media.
As you may recall, Van Halen’s co-founder and iconic guitarist Eddie Van Halen sadly passed away on October 6, 2020, at the age of 65. Eddie’s son Wolfgang Van Halen gave the devastating news of his father’s death with a statement he posted on social media platforms and revealed Eddie died after a long battle with throat cancer.
A few days ago, the 79-year-old rock musician David Crosby made an unfortunate statement about Eddie Van Halen on Twitter which faced backlash from the Van Halen fans immediately. In his tweet, Crosby claimed that Eddie wasn’t a guitarist who changed the world of guitar like Jimi Hendrix and also stated he did not care about him much.
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The Beatles broke a slew of records in 1968 when they released their ninth disc, The White Album. Following on from the vibrant Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The White Album offered a new collection of unforgettable songs, such as Dear Prudence, and Helter Skelter. Despite the fact the album’s recording almost lead to the band’s break-up, it has been certified as 24x platinum, and is their biggest selling album to date.
A recent edition of Antique Roadshow has seen one of the guitars supposedly used to record the album being sold for a jaw-dropping amount.
The guitar in question is a fretless Bartell of Californian, and was originally owned by George Harrison.
After valuation, experts believed it may have been used to record at least two tracks on The White Album.
John Lennon was very open about his feelings towards other artists’ music. He once revealed The Beatles would listen to certain artists who made them feel very hip because they were so obscure. Here’s a look into those artists’ careers — and whether they truly were obscure or not.
In a 1970s interview with Rolling Stone, Jann S. Wenner asked John about his feelings towards America. John had some kind things to say about the country, but he said The Beatles’ looked down on the nation in their early days. “You tend to get nationalistic, and we would really laugh at America, except for its music.” He then praised two American artists.
“[We] felt very exclusive and underground in Liverpool, listening to Richie Barrett and Barrett Strong, and all those old-time records,” John revealed. “Nobody was listening to any of them except Eric Burdon in Newcastle and Mick Jagger in London. It was that lonely, it was fantastic. When we came over here and it was the same – nobody was listening to rock ‘n’ roll or to Black music in America – we felt as though we were coming to the land of its origin but nobody wanted to know about it.”details
For this reader, when Brown tells one of the Beatle stories I’ve heard many times and now adds information I didn’t know — or the telling detail that was missing for 50 years — the book is an utter delight. I knew the Beatles were introduced to LSD by their dentist, but now I know exactly who that guy was and how that night unfolded (if you can trust a 55-year-old account from people who were tripping for the first time). The Dylan-turns-them-on-to-pot-for-the-first-time scene, which all Beatlephiles know, also comes to life now in a way it never had before. As does George’s visit to Haight-Ashbury in ’67, which I’d always seen rendered as disillusioning, but according to Brown was life-threatening. I knew the Beatles had their sexual awakening in seamy postwar Hamburg, but I didn’t know that John and Paul actually watched George lose his virginity. This band was tight!
According to Brown, John hit on both Jane Asher before she was with Paul, and on Pattie Boyd while she was with George. Wow. And how fascinating to find out that the famous picture of the Beatles in Miami with the not-yet-champ Muhammad Ali is kind of a lie: It’s not a photo-preserve details