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Paul McCartney’s contribution to Record Store Day on April 20 is a treat for fans of the 1976 Wings Over America triple album. On that day, look for a release of a 12-inch EP of the live “Maybe I’m Amazed.”  Side One includes the song in full and edited versions in mono, and Side Two presents the full and edited versions in stereo.

Paul has been revisiting his 70’s albums with deluxe releases dubbed “The Archive Collection”. Wings Over America has been unavailable for some time, but has been highly anticipated as a re-release in the Archive Collection series.

Record Store Day celebrates and supports the continued existence of small, independent music stores.

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One of the makers of the documentary “Good Ol’ Freda” says they were granted permission to use four Beatle songs in their film because Freda Kelly was such a loyal employee.  Producer-director Ryan White says: “She was their longest-serving employee.  She had countless offers to do a tell-all book or movie.  She’s still a working secretary today in Liverpool and makes a secretary’s wage.  She never sold them out.” White said he aimed high, asking to use 20 songs, but was happily shocked to receive permission to use four.

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“Good Ol’ Freda”, the documentary about Freda Kelly--the Beatles’ former fan club president--will be presented by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 11th, as part of the Cleveland International Film Festival.  

The film will be screened three times during the Cleveland International Film Festival at 7:20 p.m. April 11 (the gala) and also 7:45 p.m. April 12 and 12:20 p.m. April 13.

It was previously announced that the film will have its world premiere at the South by Southwest festival on March 9th.

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Think of Abbey Road and chances are you’ll picture The Beatles walking across that iconic zebra crossing for the cover of their Abbey Road album. To many, the crossing is Abbey Road. But the world-famous recording studios after which the album was named is actually just a little further down the road from the famous photo op, and this month it will open its doors for a series of talks that reveal the magical musical mastery that has taken place there over the years.

Filling music fans in on the secrets of the studio is Brian Kehew – record producer, engineer, musician and author of one of the most comprehensive books on The Beatles’ time at the studio. 

“I still remember my first time visiting,” he tells Scout London. “It was very significant for me, it was like coming home to Mecca. It felt like you were entering a very holy or special room. Man details

Photographs from The Beatles' record-breaking  Shea Stadium show are to go under the hammer this month to mark 50 years since  the band released their debut album.

The 61 pictures, taken by amateur  photographer Marc Weinstein, are expected to fetch £15,000 at the sale at Omega  Auctions in Stockport on March 22.

The black and white shots capture the  Liverpudlian four-piece at the peak of Beatlemania as they began a US  tour.

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George Harrison, left, and John Lennon during The Beatles' Shea Stadium show in New York in August 1965. The image, taken by amateur photographer Marc Weinstein, is part of a collection of 61 pictures due be sold at auction later this month details

A doodle drawn by Paul McCartney when he was a teenager has fetched £3,764 –or $5,650 US--at auction.

The pencil sketch, from Paul’s days as a student at the Liverpool Institute High School for Boys, shows multiple faces with different expressions on a single sheet of paper.

While he was not an art student like his future bandmates John Lennon and Stu Sutcliffe, Paul won a prize at the age of 14 for a drawing he did of St Aidan's church on the housing estate where he lived.

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In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, singer Morrisey said his fellow animal advocate, Paul McCartney, should reject his ties with Britain's royals because of their treatment of animals--and Ireland.

Said Morrisey: 'I was amused to hear that Sir Paul tirelessly for the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [PETA], but he also loves the British royals, whose treatment of animals is abysmal. The Queen herself wears enough fur to blanket most of Russia. He also once sang “Give Ireland back to the Irish,” which was directed at the Queen. Well, she refused, and she still refuses, yet Sir Paul gives her the thumbs up! If he cared passionately about animals, he'd return his knighthood. He doesn't need the Queen's approval. He's given more pleasure to people worldwide than she could ever dream of.'


Paul Would Visit His Mother - Friday, March 01, 2013

When asked by a Brazilian fan what he would do if he had a time machine, Paul McCartney said:  ‘Go back and spend time with my mum.’  He added: ‘At night when she came home, she would cook, so we didn’t have a lot of time with each other. But she was just a very comforting presence in my life.’

The question was picked from more than 10,000 submitted to his website in a new monthly feature, “You Gave Me the Answer”.

Sir Paul’s mother, Mary, was a midwife. She died at age 47 from an embolism, following surgery to treat breast cancer. Paul was 14.

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AXS-TV has a new live series starting March 4th called "The World's Greatest Tribute Bands".

It's no shock to us here at Beatles Radio that Britain's finest are being honored in the very first episode, with a tribute to the Beatles. Watch it live on AXS-TV at 11 PM Eastern/8 Pacific on Monday, March 4th, or be therein person for the free concert and live TV broadcast at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles.

Future episodes will showcase tributes to the Rolling Stones, the Doors, Fleetwood Mac and Journey.  For free tickets, go to EVENTBRITE.COM, and if you're on Twitter, follow @AXSTV for more details.

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Yoko Honored by Philipine Government - Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Yoko Ono is being honored by the Philippine government after sending $10,000 to help fund relief and rehabilitation efforts for thousands of families displaced by Typhoon Pablo.

Rep. Winston Castelo expressed the gratitude of the House of Representatives to Yoko for her grant and for her “noble projects” in the Philippines.

“This Resolution is a token of the Philippine government’s appreciation for the supreme acts of charity and generosity that Ms. Ono has done and continues to do in furtherance of the welfare of schoolchildren, disaster victims and those similarly marginalized in our body polity,” Castelo said.

 “She learned about the disastrous effects of Pablo…following a personal visit she made to the official residence of the Philippine Ambassador to Japan,” Castelo added. “This is not to mention her other contribution in the wake of Tropical storm “Ondoy” in 2009.”


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