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Friday came and went without the new Paul McCartney album a television report said was headed our way, but the Beatles legend continues to drop hints that something big may be announced soon.

This morning, that included tweeting out an image that looks an awful lot like an album cover, featuring what appears to be a red ticket on a yellow background with his name and the letters "N.B.P." on it.

If McCartney is about to release a new album - and if you still feel like speculating, tomorrow (June 18) is his birthday - it would be his first collection of new material since New, in 2013.

McCartney had been hinting at at releasing new music this year, mentioning on his website in January that he was “putting the finishing touches” on a new album.

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With his big, expressive eyes and lovely compositions that leaned toward the sweeter side of the Beatles' catalog, it's easy to get why Paul McCartney, among his mop-topped mates, was pegged early on as "the cute one." And though he reportedly didn't love that label, he never did shy away from those sillier aspects of his personality guaranteed to raise a smile. Here, in honor of his 76th birthday (June 18), a nostalgic look back at Paul at peak adorable. (Pictured above: pulling faces on his 22nd birthday during a tour in Sydney, 1964.)

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More remarkable than the admittedly poor audio quality of the performance itself is George Drynan’s off-the-cuff interviews with St. John Ambulance attendants and crowd members, all of whom assumed he was a reporter owing to his button-down appearance and professional manner.

On Aug. 17, 1966, amid the din and hullabaloo of what would be the last-ever Beatles concert in Canada, nobody seems to have noticed the middle-aged man in the stands with a reel-to-reel tape recorder. He was George K. Drynan, QC, a day-tripping father of three, war veteran and sedan-owning Rotarian who travelled to Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens from Oshawa, Ont., with his wife – the accomplished organist, composer and choirmaster Margaret (Peggy) Drynan – and a family friend. The oldest son, John, handled the driving. Younger son James also attended the show, but had arranged separate transportation.

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Even as recently as the 80s, visitors to Liverpool could have been forgiven for not realising they were in the birthplace of The Beatles. Things changed when, in 1984, a dedicated museum to the group – Beatle City – opened on Seel Street, in the city centre. That museum boasted the greatest collection of Beatles memorabilia ever brought together – the prize exhibit was the original Magical Mystery Tour bus, restored to its psychedelic glory, which offered tours of the former Fabs’ family homes, and various other places of interest in and around the city. But that museum was plagued by financial difficulties and so closed its doors for the last time after less than two years.

What Beatle City had demonstrated, however, was that there was an appetite for Beatles tourism – a fact not lost on the people behind the then-burgeoning Cavern City Tours enterprise, who have been behind most major Beatle-related projects in the city for 35 years.

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Richard Nixon tried to get John Lennon thrown out of America because he saw him as a ‘counter-culture enemy’, according to a new documentary.

The former US President was so paranoid the Beatles singer could inspire the youth vote against him that he wanted him deported.

Lennon biographer Tim Riley said that Nixon regarded the Liverpudlian as ‘dangerous political leader’ and wanted him gone before the 1972 US election. According to ‘John Lennon: It Happened Here’, which is screening on US TV network Reelz, Lennon’s anti-war views and support of free speech made him a target for Nixon.At the time Lennon was living in New York where he recorded ‘Imagine’ in 1971 after the break-up of the Beatles.

He also staged his ‘Bed-In for Peace’ with his wife Yoko Ono where they stayed in bed for a week to call for peace.

All of this turned Lennon into an icon on the left at a time of protests over the Vietnam War and rising suspicion of the US government.

Riley said that the Nixon White House took the threat posed by Lennon so seriously that they ‘decided to attack his immigration status’.

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Sir Paul McCartney has been pretty prolific in the making music department over the past six decades.

But surprisingly, he hasn't recorded as many duets with other artists as often as you might think.

Every now and then, he has teamed up with some of the world's greatest, and here's our very favourites.
1. 'The Girl is Mine' (with Michael Jackson)

Perhaps surprisingly, this pop ballad was the first single to be taken from Michael Jackson’s Thriller.

This song features the pair fighting over the same girl. She clearly has no particular type! Jackson said it was “one of my favourite songs to record” as there was “lots of playing, and throwing stuff at each other, and making jokes.” Many members from Toto also took part in the recording.
2. 'Ebony and Ivory' (with Stevie Wonder)

OK, this one might be a bit on the sickly sweet side, but come on, it's a classic!

It is a self-empowerment anthem that tackles issues of racial equality, and it reached number one on both the UK and the US charts. The title was inspired by McCartney hearing Spike Milligan say "black notes, white notes, and you need to play the two to make harmony, folks!".

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Musicians can be a fickle lot. They can be unpunctual, slack with returning phone calls and precious about criticism.

But if there's one area they can be some of the most frustrating people on Earth, it's in deciding a band name.

Having played in countless bands, I can safely suggest that the more experienced, talented and democratic your group is, the harder it is to decide on a name.

My last band, for example, had three different names for its first three gigs. In fact, by the third gig we simply went without a name because we couldn't agree.

One of the best ways around it is to have a guitarist who assumes some form of pseudo leadership and everybody just nods, smiles and agrees to prevent them having a hissy fit.

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SHABBY ROAD

John, Paul, George and Ringo made the crossing a mecca for music fans after it appeared on their 1969 album Abbey Road

WORKERS have dug up the iconic zebra crossing made famous by The Beatles.

The Fab Four were pictured walking over the crossing for the cover of their fabled Abbey Road album — named after the North London recording studio nearby. Workmen pose as The Beatles walking across the iconic Abbey Road crossing.

Workmen pose as The Beatles walking across the iconic Abbey Road crossing. Workmen pose as The Beatles walking across the iconic Abbey Road crossing. The Fab Four were pictured walking across the road outside Abbey Road Studios for the iconic 1969 album cover

Fans flocked to the site to pick up pieces of rubble being left behind by the resurfacing works as the old paintwork was ripped up.

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It’s the 50th anniversary of the release of the White Album (officially titled The Beatles) and the 1968 film Yellow Submarine. Celebrate the world’s love for the Beatles with this exclusive essay from author Ann Hood.

I fell in love for the first time on February 9, 1964. Like all first loves, this one hit hard—the racing heart, the weak knees, the way that everything around me seemed to disappear except me and the shaggy-haired, brown-bedroom-eyed boy singing to me. When he told me, “Darling, I’ll be true,” I believed him. I was 7 years old, and that winter night, I knew that someday I would grow up and marry Paul McCartney.

I was the kind of kid who liked to memorize things—the birthstone for each month, the astrological signs and state capitals. I used that same determination to learn everything I could about Paul. Most of my facts were gleaned from magazines like Teen Talk and 16, so the veracity of much of what I learned was shaky. But he really was, of course, from Liverpool, England.

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As expected, Paul McCartney will appear in a new episode of “Carpool Karaoke,” joining host James Corden for broadcasts of “The Late Late Show” out of London on June 18 through 21. The “Late Late Show” airs on CBS in the U.S. and on Sky One in the U.K. and NOW TV.

Other guests on deck for London week include Chris Pratt, Damian Lewis, J.J. Abrams and Ruth Wilson in addition to the previously announced Cher, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan and Foo Fighters.

Variety reported on Monday that the Beatles legend and the British television personality were seen filming together in Liverpool. Said Liverpool Beatles tourguide Jackie Spencer: “[McCartney] was being really nice to everybody. He was backing people in so they could get pictures with him. He and James Corden were taking selfies. And they just walked back, got in the car and disappeared off and went ’round Liverpool. It was fabulous.”

During the “Carpool Karaoke” segment, McCartney gives Corden a tour of his hometown of Liverpool as they sing a few of his hits.

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It’s the opening track from the legendary White Album… but what angst did the jolly rock ’n’ roll classic hide?

With the planet’s football teams heading to Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, we’ve been reminded of the classic Beatles song Back In The USSR.

With the sound of squealing aircraft engines and a screech of guitar, this is a pure piece of Beatles rock ’n’ roll that kicked off the Fab Four’s ninth studio album, titled simply The Beatles, but named by everyone “The white Album” after its blank sleeve design. But the song hid a secret - The Beatles had started to split up.

The song is a perfect Paul McCartney pastiche of the Beach Boys’ happy go lucky style: it’s a spoof of the US band’s carefree California Girls, but with a satirical spin. In this version, the narrator is exclaiming how happy he is to be back behind the “Iron Curtain” in the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

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Maritime Charity Fed The Beatles - Wednesday, June 13, 2018

A maritime welfare charity that helped The Beatles when they fell on hard times has released a new book, which includes how it fed George Harrison horsemeat in Hamburg.

Whenever they played Hamburg, the band visited Sailors’ Society’s seafarers’ center. John and George both had fathers who were seafarers and recognized the charity’s name from its center in Liverpool.

Sailors’ Society works with seafarers and their families around the world providing practical and emotional support. It also runs centers where seafarers can take time away from busy ports.

The charity’s CEO, Stuart Rivers, said: “When we started gathering stories together for the book, we didn’t know exactly how we’d supported The Beatles. “There were rumors they composed songs on the center’s piano, but to find out we fed them horsemeat at Christmas was a bit of a surprise!”

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"It was twenty years ago today Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play," begins the tune introducing the 1967 Beatles album that music scholars by and large consider the apotheosis of pop. At the time of its release, 20 years probably sounded like an eternity to young Beatles fans. How surreal it is, then, to fast approach the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine, the animated film featuring that record's fictional Lonely Hearts Club foursome. Half a century flies when you're having fun.

That's certainly the way Ron Campbell sees it. Over a five-decade career, the Australian-born animator, now 78, brought a mind-boggling array of iconic cartoon characters to life — and not just on the big screen. For television shows, including "The Jetsons," "The Flintstones," "Scooby Doo" and "Rugrats," Campbell has done everything from storyboarding to directing. His work has earned Peabody and Emmy awards along the way.

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The Beatles are no longer walking along Main Street, but they will soon return.

The mural painted by artist Gregg Payne, which depicted Fab Four as they were on the “Abbey Road” album cover photograph by Iain Mcmillan, has finally come down after adorning a wall on the 100 block of Main Street for more than 20 years. Workers painted over the mural early last month as part of renovations for an incoming restaurant, but that job went mostly unnoticed as the area was covered by fences at the time.

The decision to remove the mural was a difficult one, building owner David Halimi said, adding that it was part of a compromise with his new tenant and the artwork will be repainted nearby. The new tenant, Will Brady, owner of B-Street Public House and The Banshee, is opening a restaurant in that space.

The new tenant didn’t feel that it went with the theme of his business, Halimi said, and with the building undergoing work to restore it to its original look and add lofts and studios, the art no longer matched the direction in which the building is going.

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The Beatles – “She Loves You”

HIT #1: March 21, 1964

STAYED AT #1: 2 weeks

On the July afternoon in 1963 when the Beatles were settling in to record “She Loves You,” a horde of screaming girls broke into their studio and had to be chased out. And “She Loves You” sounds like the sort of song that you might record after being rescued from an adoring mob. It’s got a nervous, exhilarated energy to it — always pushing forward, never settling down. And after a lifetime of thinking of Ringo Starr as a goofy conductor on a kids’ TV show, it’s instructive to hear him let loose here. In those early Beatles days, he was an absolute motherfucker, and the breathless momentum that he generated had a lot to do with what made those songs so great. The hook from “She Loves You” is what everyone remembers. And even though the phrase “yeah yeah yeah,” had shown up in plenty of pop songs before “She Loves You,” it still became a kind of totem with this track, with grown-ups immediately dismissing the band’s yeah-yeah-yeah music and kids adapting it in their own songs whenever possible. But there’s lyrical subtex details

In February of 1964, halfway through my sixth-grade year, the Beatles came to America. By coincidence, Aunt Shirley was returning from a trip to England on the same day the Beatles were landing at the recently renamed John F. Kennedy Airport. When we went to pick Shirley up, the airport was still crawling with dazed teenage girls; the Beatles had landed a mere couple of hours earlier. On the drive back into town, Shirley revealed that she had originally been booked on the same Pan Am jet that the Beatles were on, but at the last minute had changed her flight to TWA because, she explained, they had this great new feature: a projector was set up at the back of the aisle and a screen up front, and they showed a movie. I was aghast: For this, Shirley had missed being on the same plane as the Beatles?

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There are moments where history changes very, very quickly — floodgates open, landscapes reshape themselves, comets crash into land. When the Beatles finally arrived in America, that was one of those inflection-point moments.

In terms of sheer popularity — nothing else, just popularity — the Beatles did things that nobody else will ever accomplish. Between 1964, when they first showed up on our shores, and 1970, when they finally broke up, the Beatles had 20 singles that appeared at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. They spent a grand total of 59 weeks at #1. As a commercial entity in America, they only really lasted six years, and yet they spent more than a year of that time at #1. After they broke up, every member of the band had multiple solo songs that made it to #1 — yes, even Ringo. As solo artists, they kept hitting #1 into the late ’80s. Their run was baffling, monumental. They were vikings, visigoths, conquistadors. They ransacked our land and left it looking completely different.

It was instantaneous, more or less. The band was a phenomenon in the UK all through 1963, but Capitol, the American subsidiary of their label, was reluctant to release their music over here. Instead, t details

This image appeared as McCartney’s Facebook profile picture on June 9, 2018. One fan commented: “Wow! A white horse in the snow…beautiful!”

Fact: The Beatles released their two-record album The Beatles (aka the “White Album”) on Nov. 22, 1968 in Britain. (America had to wait three more days.)

Fact: The Beatles released their acclaimed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album on June 1, 1967 in the U.K. (U.S. audiences got it on June 2.)

Fact: Apple Records Ltd., in conjunction with Capitol Records and Universal Music commemorated the 50th anniversary of Sgt. Pepper with an elaborate reissue campaign – with remastering overseen by Giles Martin, son of George – in a variety of formats. A Super Deluxe Edition of 4-CDs/1-DVD included a mono mix, a stereo mix and a slew of outtakes and other goodies. These releases proved to be massively successful in terms of sales and well received by fans and critics.

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Ringo Starr bought a Pentax in Japan the first time The Beatles toured there and has had an eye behind the lens ever since. One of his first solo hits, written with George Harrison, was “Photograph.” Credited as Richard Starkey M.B.E., he was the director of photography for the band’s surreal film Magical Mystery Tour. Now that he’s a knight, and a hard day’s one at that, he’s putting out a scrapbook, Another Day In The Life, capturing his photographic art.

“I love taking photos of random things, and seeing how they all fit together,” Ringo said in a statement. “Whether it is at home or on the road, certain things catch my eye – and when I see something that interests me, that’s the emotion of it, and I want to capture it. I am a photographer as well as a musician.”

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The Pepper Effect - Sunday, June 10, 2018

The Pepper Effect Combines the Spirit of the Beatles with the Classroom

Long-time school educator and self-proclaimed Beatles fanatic, Sean Gaillard, has just released The Pepper Effect, a new book that talks about how the band's secrets to success and creative collaboration can be applied not only in the schoolhouse, but to life.

"The creative and collaborative legacy of The Beatles does resonate in education," said Gaillard. "I wanted to share their inspirational story and describe how educators can transform a schoolhouse into a masterpiece as The Beatles did."

The Beatles' fabled Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, often considered their creative zenith, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The historic moment inspired Gaillard to conceive of (with a little help from his friends) a radio show called "The Pepper Mindset", a seed idea which became the framework for the book.

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Paul McCartney and CBS Late Late Show host James Corden gave fans a shock Saturday (June 9) when they showed up at several Beatles sites in Liverpool, England.

The pair were seen at the Beatles statue in Liverpool, McCartney's childhood home at 20 Forthlin Road and on Penny Lane at the roundabout mentioned in the Beatles song.

McCartney and Corden were all smiles when they posed for a selfie at the statue of the Fab Four.

While in Liverpool, he also made a stop at the Philharmonic Dining Rooms, where he played a set with members of his band. The Liverpool Echo reported that tickets were being offered yesterday to locals for a "secret gig" with a global superstar.

Additionally, there's another mystery for McCartney/Beatles fans: his profile photo Twitter is now showing just a white box and all his Instagram photos have disappeared, indicating that an announcement of some kind could be on the way.

He has been known to have been working on a new album for some time, but rumors have also been flying about a special Beatles release to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles, or the "White Album."

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Beloved Beatle George Harrison died in 2001, just weeks after contracting lung cancer. But according to REELZ’s new docuseries, Autopsy: George Harrison, the famed guitarist spent years worrying about his death after a madman attacked him inside his mansion.

“So far in my investigation, I’ve found that George was a prolific smoker, which would’ve undoubtedly been a trigger for the cancer. I’ve also found that a scar to his lung following a knife attack might have created an environment in which the tumor could’ve grown,” says Autopsy’s Doctor Michael Hunter in the show teaser.

The attack took a toll on Harrison in more ways than one. As RadarOnline.com readers know, a crazed man stabbed the musician inside his own home on December 30, 1999, nearly killing him. His wife, Olivia Harrison, told pals that it only made him more paranoid, as he previously lost longtime friend and The Beatles bandmate, John Lennon to homicide.

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The official affidavit filed in 1970 by Paul McCartney to initiate the break-up of The Beatles is to be auctioned at Christie’s next week (June 14).

The legal document, which features annotations by John Lennon countering McCartney’s claims, is expected to fetch $100,000 to $150,000.

On the affidavit, filed on New Year’s Eve 1970, McCartney lists 25 reasons why he is seeking official dissolution of The Beatles’ partnership. Many of those points are countered by Lennon in handwritten annotations.
One of the key reasons cited by McCartney is the band’s decision to cease touring: “Whilst we had been touring the relationship between us was very close.” To this Lennon counters: “many fights on tour about leadership.”

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You open your first European tour in six years and another legend – in the same city for her own concerts – shows up and joins in on one of your signature songs. That’s what happened Wednesday night (June 6) In Paris when Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band opened their tour on the continent. During the finale – the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” – none other than Joan Baez joined the fun to sing along.

Baez is currently playing the same venue – L’Olympia – for a series of 10 concerts as part of her Fare Thee Well tour.

The 2018 All Starr Band includes Colin Hay of Men at Work, Steve Lukather of Toto, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey and new member Graham Gouldman of 10cc. On percussion and sax is Warren Ham and on drums Gregg Bissonette.

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Ed Sheeran reportedly turned up to shoot scenes for his debut movie while nursing a hangover.

The Thinking Out Loud singer has a small role in Danny Boyle and Richard Curtis' new comedy, which is inspired by The Beatles' music. Filming has been taking place in the band's hometown of Liverpool, England this week (end10Jun18), and Ed shot his first scenes on Tuesday. A movie insider told The Sun that Ed turned up on set with a sore head after spending Monday night drinking whisky.

"Ed rocked up on set with a seriously fuzzy head," they said, adding it wasn’t the best start after his poorly received cameo in Game of Thrones. The musician's role in Game of Thrones was mocked by fans of the fantasy show, but members of the crew on the new film apparently praised him as a "natural" actor. The Sun's source explained that Ed shrugged off his hangover and was very professional when the cameras started rolling.

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