For a moment in 1964, Cleveland became the center of Beatlemania.
Why it matters: The Fab Four's concert on Sept. 15, 1964, at Public Hall sparked two days of fan frenzy unlike anything Northeast Ohio had ever seen.
Flashback: Following their groundbreaking appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February 1964, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr embarked on their first North American Tour that August.
Zoom in: The night before the Cleveland gig, fans broke through a police barricade outside the Sheraton Cleveland Hotel where The Beatles were staying.
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Fans of The Beatles could have some incredibly rare recordings in their collections ... if they have half a million to drop in an upcoming auction for the private tracks.
The big-ticket item is a collection of never-before-heard recordings from the iconic group, including band rehearsals at John Lennon's Kenwood home and even pieces of unreleased albums, all on 6 tapes. It's all expected to grab anywhere from $300,000 to $500,000.
The legendary tapes were obtained by a memorabilia collector named Phil from Charlotte, and he tells us he got the recordings 5 years ago from a man in India, who says he first secured them from Derek Taylor ... the group's former press officer who was often dubbed the "Fifth Beatle."We're told Phil listened through all of it only once, so he wouldn't damage the tapes, but there are a ton of Beatles gems throughout -- including rehearsals for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, which has things like animal sounds for "Good Morning Good Morning" and even John and Paul McCartney complaining about the heat.
Dulais Rhys, a professional musician and faculty member with the Amabile School of Music in San Francisco, will lead a discussion about the Beatles’ final album, “Abby Road,” at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10 at the Livermore Civic Center Library, 1188 S. Livermore Ave.
The presentation is free and open to the public.
“Abby Road” was the iconic rock band’s 11th studio album. Released in 1969, it reached No. 1 on the pop charts in both England and the U.S.
Although the album was a commercial success, it initially received mixed reviews from the critics. Today, however, it is considered one of the Fab Four’s best albums. In particular, two songs written by George Harrison, “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun,” are considered among the best he ever wrote for the group.
The album cover, showing the group walking in step across the street outside Abby Road Studios in London, is one of the most recognizable and most often imitated covers in history.
After the early 1960s, John Lennon and Paul McCartney didn’t collaborate as closely when writing Beatles songs. Still, they gave each other their opinions and helped finish pieces. McCartney asked Lennon for help completing “Eleanor Rigby.” Lennon explained that he was hurt when his bandmate asked him to work on it.
Lennon agreed that “Eleanor Rigby” was one of McCartney’s more complex songs, but he said this was partly thanks to him.
“Ah, the first verse was his and the rest are basically mine,” Lennon said in the book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview With John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “But the way he did it … Well, he knew he had a song. But by that time he didn’t want to ask for my help, and we were sitting around with Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall, so he said to us, ‘Hey, you guys, finish up the lyrics.’”
Lennon understood that McCartney was really only asking him for help, so they began working on the song together.
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In 1968, a year after Brian Epstein set up Apple Corps – the umbrella company that would allow The Beatles to pay less tax than they would as individuals – drummer Ringo Starr set up his own venture.
Called ROR (short for 'Ringo or Robin', the latter being business partner and designer Robin Cruickshank) and run from the Apple offices on Saville Road, it was a company that made rather exclusive homeware. And in 1971, Ringo appeared on The BBC's flagship children's show Blue Peter to talk about their goods.
On the show, Starr took host John Noakes through some of ROR's catalogue: a stainless steel shelf set built around an eight-foot steel column with a removal occasional table/storage unit perched on top; a small chrome-plated storage box; a reversible perspex desk ornament filled with dangerous liquid mercury ("Perspex, I like as much as steel," explains Ringo), and a kinetic sculpture called 'Another One' (described in the original literature as a "mercury filled object containing zigzagging discs powered by a small motor which sits in the opaque light box underneath and all housed in a transparent perspex case”). IKEA, this was not.
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George Michael wrote an R&B song about John Lennon and Elvis Presley. The tune uses the deaths of John and Elvis to ask a question about God.
George Michael wrote an R&B song about John Lennon and Elvis Presley. The tune uses the deaths of John and Elvis to ask a question about God. While that might sound odd, it’s the inevitable result of the deification of the two rock stars.
While Michael is primarily known for the pop music he made in the 1980s and 1990s, “John and Elvis Are Dead” is a sultry R&B tune. It sounds more like Usher than The Beatles or the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. In the tune, Michael asks “If Jesus Christ is alive, how come John and Elvis are dead?”
The tune is basically a variation on theodicy — the theological question of why God allows bad things to happen to good people. It’s interesting that Michael uses the deaths of John and Elvis as symbols of injustice. Thanks to songs such as “Imagine,” “Give Peace a Chance,” and “All You Need Is Love,” as well as his untimely death, John garnered a saintly image in pop culture. While Elvis wasn’t a peace activist like John, his sudden deat details
The end of The Beatles marked the end of an era. The enduring question – over 50 years after the event – persists: why did The Beatles split up? In reality, the breakup of The Beatles was multifaceted and complex: money problems, Brian Epstein’s death, John’s relationship with Yoko, not to mention creative divergences, internal power struggles, and the evolving artistic impulses of all four Beatles. Nonetheless, at the end of the day, the pivotal factor was John Lennon’s abrupt decision to quit the band.
In 1966, The Beatles finally decided to stop performing live after years of relentless touring. The plan was to focus on recording and the results were momentous. The release of ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (1967) changed the musical landscape forever and secured The Beatle’s status as counter-cultural icons.
However, Brian Epstein’s death in 1967 left the Beatles without their manager – a charismatic figure that handled their finances, and more importantly, their egos. Lennon, Harrison, and Ringo wanted the manager of the Rolling Stones, Allen Klein to take over, while Paul McCartney favored his soon-to-be wife Linda’s father to details
Though George Harrison was often left out of the songwriting dyad of Paul McCartney and John Lennon, he would write plenty of Beatles songs on his own. Throughout his time with The Beatles, Harrison wrote hundreds of songs, yet only a handful made the cut on several of the band’s albums.
Harrison penned Help! tracks “I Need You” and “You Like Me Too Much” and was relegated to singing some covers in between before his Rubber Soul contributions “Think For Yourself” and “If I Needed Someone.”
Later on, Harrison’s sweeping “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” which featured his friend Eric Clapton, and the song “Piggies” made The White Album. Harrison wrote more with his most famous Abbey Road offerings “Something” and “Here Comes the Sun,” before “I’ll Be Me” and “For You Blue” on the third and final opus, Let It Be, in 1970.
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Do Julian Lennon and his brother Sean Ono Lennon have something special up their sleeves?
Just like their late father John Lennon, both Julian and Sean have established themselves as successful musicians — and now, Julian is teasing the possibility that the two might team up to make music together at some point in the future.
“We’ve talked about it. We have a plan at some point, when we both have the time to do it,” Julian told Bill Maher on an episode of his Club Random podcast that will air on Monday. “Yes, there’s something we want to do together. We want to play around with an idea. I think it’s a nice idea. I have to wait and see. I’m not winding you up, but it’ll have its time and place.”
Julian, 60, didn’t offer any additional clues as what he and Sean, 47, might be conjuring up, but acknowledged that there was something special about the idea of them working together, as it’s “the whole sibling thing and how our voices should sound together and do sound together.”
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A teenager got to meet Paul McCartney after he heard her cover of The Beatles' "Blackbird." She discussed what she thought about meeting Paul.
If anything proves that music is the universal language, it’s the fact that The Beatles songs have been translated into so many dialects. A teenager covered The Beatles’ “Blackbird” in the Indigenous language Mi’kmaq to promote a social cause. Paul McCartney himself chimed in on the cover.
During a 2019 interview with the CBC Radio, singer Emma Stevens explained she hoped Paul would hear her cover of “Blackbird.” While the track is performed in an Indigenous dialect, its sparse folk arrangement is very faithful to the original “Blackbird” from The White Album.
Stevens’ teacher, Carter Chiasson, wanted the cover to draw attention to the Mi’kmaq language. Chiasson said his brother, Adam Chiasson, “emailed the right person and said the right things and all of a sudden we had an invitation” to see Paul in concert — and meet him before the show.
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