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John's 1973 solo album 'Mind Games' was re-released on Friday, July 12, 44 years after the Beatles legend's death. 

John Lennon's son Sean Ono Lennon is reflecting on his father's legacy and the responsibility he feels to share John's music with the world.

The Beatles legend was shot and killed outside of his New York City residence, the Dakota, by Mark David Chapman on Dec. 8, 1980. He was 40 years old when he died and would have been 84 on his upcoming birthday — October 9.

Ahead of the milestone, Sean, 48, whose mother is Yoko Ono, spoke to The Sunday Times about his father and his music as he promoted the re-release of John's 1973 solo album Mind Games, which dropped on July 12.

Per the outlet, some of the new mixes of the tracks deliberately amplify John's voice, while others focus on certain instrumental elements.
“One thing that distinguishes my dad’s solo career is how personal his lyrics became," Sean — who was 5 when his father died — told the outlet. "It is like a diary, and it is my duty to bring attention to my father’s music. Not just my duty to him, but a duty to the world."

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Who were better, the Beatles or Rolling Stones? Tribute concert aims to settle the debate.

The debate between the Beatles and the Rolling Stones has been going on ever since they first crossed paths on the charts 61 years ago.

The argument at the time, and one that still persists, was that the Beatles were a pop group and the Stones were a rock band: the boys next door vs. the bad boys of rock. So who’s better?

These two legendary bands will engage in an on-stage throwdown - a musical “showdown” if you will – at the Downey Theatre on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at 7:30 pm. - courtesy of tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction – The International Rolling Stones Show.

Taking the side of the Fab Four is Abbey Road, one of the county's top Beatles tribute bands. With brilliant musicianship and authentic costumes and gear, Abbey Road plays beloved songs spanning the Beatles' career. They face off against renowned Stones tribute band Satisfaction who offer a faithful rendition of the music and style of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the bad boys of the British Invasion.

Where did the idea for the show come from?

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The song arrived just a dozen years before the date promised in its forward-looking title. But thanks to the cleverness and talents of Paul McCartney and Wings, “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five” seemed like a distant future that none of those who were living would still be around to see.

What is the song about? How did McCartney write it based on a single line? And how did he and the two remaining Wings members manage to pull together for such a dynamic song and album? Let’s look back, and then ahead (or maybe forward, and then back?) at “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five.”  The story of Wings, the band that Paul McCartney formed not long after The Beatles collapsed, is one of stalled momentum and impressive resilience. Case in point: their 1973 album Band on the Run. It ended up a triumph, but only after a series of events that raised the degree of difficulty exponentially.

When first formed, Wings struggled to impress critics, but they were coming off a string of successful singles in 1972 and an album from earlier in ’73 (Red Rose Speedway) that contained their first U.S. No. 1 hit (“My Love”). But at the moment when there seemed to be no stopping them, dis details

It’s been decades since the world’s biggest band broke up, but The Beatles’ famous songwriter and core member Paul McCartney is still going strong. McCartney still speaks fondly about The Beatles’ music to this day and has done quite a bit to keep the band’s musical legacy as clean and preserved as possible. However, McCartney is just like any other musician or songwriter; there are some songs that he wrote that just aren’t his cup of tea. Though, where other musicians will admit to outright hating their songs, McCartney will often casually mention that he wasn’t partial to certain tracks.

So, which song from The Beatles’ legendary discography was McCartney not a fan of? There are a few. But there is one song that he actually shared a distaste for along with John Lennon. And if you know anything about Beatles history, you know that the two rarely agreed on anything.

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Round blue-tinted glasses given by John Lennon to a man who was visiting the Abbey Road studios where the Beatles recorded are to go on sale.

The John Lennon-style glasses were handed to the man, who was with his girlfriend, in 1968 and are expected to fetch £2,000 to £3,000. It is not clear who they belonged to at the time.

A Catherine Southon Auctioneers & Valuers spokesperson said: “The young man saw the spectacles lying on the piano and went to pick them up but was told by his then girlfriend to leave them, to which Lennon replied ‘it’s OK, he can have them’.”

The glasses are expected to fetch £2,000 to £3,000.  The spectacles will go under the hammer alongside a collection of 33 black and white photographs taken at Abbey Road in 1968 and 1969, including some snapped on the day of the photoshoot for the Beatles’ album cover where the band walked across a zebra crossing.

The photos, some featuring Paul McCartney, George Harrison, George Martin and Ringo Starr, will be sold with the copyright for an estimated £200 to £300.

The items will go up for auction on July 31 at Farleigh Golf Club in Surrey.

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Needing a bit of a hit, Paul McCartney and Wings embraced a little bit of controversy on the 1972 single “Hi, Hi, Hi.” Some of that controversy was accidental, some of it was warranted, but all of it helped boost the song to become the band’s biggest hit to that point.

What was the song about? Why was McCartney’s band somewhat reeling at the time of the song’s release? And how did a misheard lyric lead to a ban from the BBC? Let’s get the lowdown on “Hi, Hi, Hi.” Wings Struggling to Fly.

It was never going to be a cakewalk for Paul McCartney to get Wings off the ground. There were always going to be comparisons, not only to The Beatles as a group but also to what the former Beatles were doing as solo artists in the early ’70s. But the extent to which Wings struggled to gain acceptance from critics was a bit of an eye-opener.

Their 1971 debut album Wild Life was purposely kept loose and disheveled by McCartney, but many writers felt it came off sounding lazy and unfinished. Macca decided to spend 1972 releasing non-album singles while the band toured. But while the first two of these did moderately well in the charts, they also earned their share of cr details

Watch as among the world’s greatest drummers, including Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Questlove of the Roots, Tré Cool of Green Day, Max Weinberg of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, all salute Ringo Starr from behind his famous Ludwig kit, now on exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland!

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The Beatles were growing fast in a musical sense by 1965, incorporating a wide variety of influences into their new music. Bob Dylan was one of those influences, and the Help! track “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” certainly owes a bit to Dylan.

But it also comes away sounding like a quintessential Beatles record, thanks to the touches the band added to the song while recording it. Here’s the story and meaning behind the achingly pretty and sad “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away.”
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The Beatles met Bob Dylan in 1964 in New York City. By then, they were mutual admirers of each other’s work. The Fab Four liked that Dylan wrote about adult topics with fearless candor. Dylan liked how The Beatles electrified their message to make the biggest possible impact. As it turned out, each entity was moving, style-wise, in the direction of the other.

In the case of The Beatles emulating Bob, “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” was an admitted attempt by John Lennon to infuse his songwriting with the confessional honesty for which Dylan was known. He explained as much when looking back at the song in an interview found in The Beat details

Already one of history's greatest rock bands, The Beatles were even more than the sum of their parts. In the wake of the band's legendary 1960s run came a number of high-profile solo releases from each individual member. That includes Ringo, whose eponymous 1973 album peaked at #2 on the U.S. charts and yielded two #1 singles … with a little help from his friends, of course.

What's no less striking than the substantial output of each respective Beatle is the evolution of their signature sounds and styles. From George Harrison's idiosyncratic slide guitar to John Lennon's raw candor, certain albums were nearly as groundbreaking as the group efforts that preceded them. Acclaimed releases such as "All Things Must Pass" and "Plastic Ono Band" also helped redefine the personas of their creators.

Then there's Paul McCartney, or Macca, which is his English nickname, who arguably carried the torch of Beatles-style melodies into each of the subsequent decades. At the same time, he tirelessly explored an assortment of production styles and peripheral genres, including classical and electronic. As a solo artist or with Wings, Macca has released over 20 top 10 singles to date, putting his post-Beatles career in the s details

For anybody wondering about the state of relations among the four Beatles following the announcement of their breakup in 1970, Ringo Starr came through with an update. He did it via the song “Early 1970,” a B-side that revealed Starr’s desire for amity among the four men.

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What was the song about? How did the song play into Ringo Starr’s post-Beatles music strategy? And how did it reveal the rift that separated Paul McCartney from other members of the group at the time? Let’s go back in time to find out about “Early 1970.”

Ringo Starr took a different path than his fellow Beatles in how he resumed his recording career after the group’s breakup. Instead of coming out of the gate with a high-profile solo debut, Ringo released a pair of low-key covers albums in 1970 that indulged his love of standards (Sentimental Journey) and classic country songs (Beaucoups of Blues).

From there, he decided to focus a bit more attention on his budding career as an actor in motion pictures. But he wanted to keep his toes in the water, so to speak, in the rock details

The collaborative approach to the Beatles’ songwriting allowed John Lennon and Paul McCartney to bolster one another creatively, and it also opened the door for one musician to blame a song on another, as was the case for the Beatles song John Lennon later denied writing.

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His denial came over a decade after he first wrote the song, so maybe he really forgot that he was the creative force behind the “rubbish” he brushed off in his final interview with David Sheff in 1980. Perhaps Lennon felt a bit embarrassed by the fact that the recording session for that particular song caused their chief engineer to quit.

Or maybe it was a mix of both. Whatever the reason, Lennon had no intention of taking responsibility for the fifth track on the Beatles’ 1968 eponymous “White Album’s” fourth side.  John Lennon Denied Writing This 1968 Beatles Song.

In his final interview with David Sheff, John Lennon gave his no-holds-barred opinions about countless tracks from his former band’s extensive discography. Sheff would call out song titles like “Strawberry Fie details

The 2003 death of the actor Lana Clarkson is being revisited in the Netflix true crime series “Homicide: Los Angeles.” In 2009, music producer Phil Spector was found guilty of fatally shooting Clarkson. He maintained his innocence until his death in 2021.

The first episode of the Dick Wolf-created series looks into Clarkson’s life and death, as well as Spector’s conviction. The episode features interviews with the former district attorney for L.A. County, former L.A. Sheriff’s Department detectives and Clarkson’s mother, among others. The episode also features television footage from the time, as well as photos of evidence and recordings of phone calls.

Who was Phil Spector?

Born in the Bronx in 1939, Phil Spector was a music producer and songwriter.

Spector rose to fame during the 1960s and ‘70s, working with top artists like the Beatles, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Ike and Tina Turner, the Ronettes, Cher and the Ramones, among others.

He produced songs like “Let It Be,” “Imagine,” “River Deep — Mountain High,” “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Be My Baby” and &ldquo details

Longtime Beatles associate Alistair Taylor said that Ringo Starr was the only member of the band who didn’t constantly ask him to fix his problems. The rest viewed Taylor as “Mr. Fixit,” and turned to him when they needed help with something. Crowley could only recall one time that Starr begged him for assistance. He admitted that his rescue mission didn’t go to plan.

Ringo Starr joked that he wouldn’t forgive Beatles assistant Alistair Taylor

While on vacation in Sardinia, Starr called Taylor and begged to get him off the island.

“I got a frantic phone call from him,” Taylor said in the book All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in Their Own Words by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines. “And he said, ‘Look,’ he says, ‘it’s bloody awful. You know, I’ve got to get out of here. I’m coming back home.’”

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Legendary Beatles studio engineer Ken Scott, who worked with the Fab Four between 1964 and 1968, has been giving his opinion on the band’s final single, Now and Then. And it’s fair to say that it isn’t entirely positive.

Released in 2023, Now and Then began life as a rough demo by John Lennon. A cassette of this recording was given to Paul McCartney by Yoko Ono, Lennon’s widow, after his death, but the remaining Beatles were unable to finish it because it was deemed impossible to separate the piano and vocal parts satisfactorily.

Thanks to technology developed by director Peter Jackson for his Get Back TV series, though by 2022 the two parts of the demo could be split, enabling McCartney and remaining surviving Beatle Ringo Starr to develop Now and Then further.

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Ringo Starr rarely ever asked The Beatles' fixer to help him. When he finally did, the rescue mission did not go to plan.

Longtime Beatles associate Alistair Taylor said that Ringo Starr was the only member of the band who didn’t constantly ask him to fix his problems. The rest viewed Taylor as “Mr. Fixit,” and turned to him when they needed help with something. Crowley could only recall one time that Starr begged him for assistance. He admitted that his rescue mission didn’t go to plan.

Ringo Starr joked that he wouldn’t forgive Beatles assistant Alistair Taylor

While on vacation in Sardinia, Starr called Taylor and begged to get him off the island.“I got a frantic phone call from him,” Taylor said in the book All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in Their Own Words by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines. “And he said, ‘Look,’ he says, ‘it’s bloody awful. You know, I’ve got to get out of here. I’m coming back home.’”

Starr had already booked a flight to Paris for himself, his wife, Maureen, and their son, Zak, but he couldn’t find a way to get from Paris to London. Taylor planned to take a private jet to details

The song so nice The Beatles recorded it thrice? In a manner of speaking, although not many people would likely describe any version of the song “Revolution” as “nice.” Thought-provoking, maybe, or perhaps confrontational.

But it is true that The Beatles released three different takes on the song, all in 1968, and each one wildly different from the others. Here is the story of a song that divided the fans, divided The Beatles, and even divided itself.  Lennon Speaks Out.

The year 1968 saw great tumult in the world, and John Lennon didn’t want The Beatles to ignore it. In the years when Brian Epstein managed the group, they were dissuaded from speaking out on any issues. But with Epstein gone, Lennon, whose relationship with Yoko Ono had begun to fire up his social consciousness, was ready to make his point within The Beatles’ music, specifically in the song “Revolution.”

Although the word “revolution” is in the title, the song is quite level-headed. Lennon’s lyrics preach caution, explaining he’s not about to jump forward for any cause or promote any method of change without first understanding all points of views. He famously h details

"The (Updated) Beatle Who Vanished": - Wednesday, July 17, 2024

In 2013, author and historian Jim Berkenstadt (aptly billed as “The Rock and Roll Detective™”) wrenched a musical mystery back into the light in his book The Beatle Who Vanished. It’s the compelling story of Jimmie Nicol, a shy, gifted session drummer who had not yet made the big time. That is, until one day in 1964 when he received a call from Beatles’ producer George Martin, asking if he could fill in for an ailing Ringo Starr for the Beatles’ first World Tour. What??

Nicol wasn’t the first to be approached for this one-off task (he was the third, actually), but he recognized a good opportunity and checked a lot of the boxes for a quick-fix Ringo doppelganger. He was familiar with the Beatles’ playlist. He was adaptable and took direction well. He even sported the imperative mop top and fit into Ringo’s suit, though a bit snugly. He bid his wife and young son farewell and off he went, eager to make rock history with hopes of furthering his burgeoning drumming career.

There’s no question that Nicol came through in fine style while poor Ringo languished in Middlesex University College Hospital with a case of laryngitis and pharyngitis. An introverted bu details

Beatles producer George Martin worked with the band extensively on each of their albums. He got to know the band and their working style well as they grew as artists. While he was typically happy to see their growth, he said they began taking too many creative liberties beginning with one album. He shared why this became a problem for the group.

George Martin said The Beatles lost focus on one album

In 1967, The Beatles pushed the limits of what was possible with an album when they released Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. They continued to push boundaries with their later albums, which Martin viewed as a problem.

“During Magical Mystery Tour I became conscious that the freedom that we’d achieved in Pepper was getting a little bit over the top, and they weren’t really exerting enough mental discipline in a lot of the recordings,” Martin said in The Beatles Anthology.

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Yoko Ono will be honored Sunday with the Edward MacDowell Medal.

Ono will receive the award for her interdisciplinary work, the second artist to win the MacDowell Medal in that discipline.

The medal ceremony will be held Sunday at 12:15 p.m., and is free and open to the public on the grounds of the artists’ retreat on High Street in Peterborough. The 64th MacDowell Medal will be presented to Ono’s longtime music manager, David Newgarden, MacDowell said. Ono, 91, is not expected to attend the ceremony, a MacDowell spokesperson confirmed.

“There has never been anyone like her; there has never been work like hers. Over some seven decades, she has rewarded eyes, provoked thought, inspired feminists, and defended migrants through works of a wide-ranging imagination,” said author and visual artist Nell Painter, chair of the MacDowell board, in a news release.

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3 Paul McCartney Songs That Will Bring a Tear To Your Eye

Paul McCartney has many upbeat hits to his name, but he isn’t afraid to let his emotions shine through at times. Find three McCartney songs that are liable to bring a tear to your eye, below.

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1. “Little Willow”

It can be hard to weather the obstacles in one’s life. They can shake us in unspeakable ways, flip our lives upside down, and change us forever. In the face of those obstacles, McCartney offers us some solace with “Little Willow.” The lyrics are peace incarnate, lulling the listener into a state of understanding and acceptance. Despite (or maybe because of that), there is something very poignant about this song. So poignant, in fact, that the listener might be moved to tears.

Sleep little willow, peace going to follow
Time will heal your wounds
Grow to the heavens, now and forever
Always came too soon

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Ringo Starr - Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Ringo Starr’s grinning, head-shaking figure flailing away behind his Ludwig drum kit was as much a trademark of the early Fab Four as their collarless jackets and three-part harmonies. In interviews, his deadpan wit was the equal of John Lennon’s more acerbic humour, and the morose persona he presented in the 1964 film A Hard Day’s Night broke just as many female hearts as Paul McCartney’s doe eyes.

All this helped make this practitioner of a craft that had previously been a ticket to a lifetime of standing in the shadows of others the most popular Beatle: sales of “I Love Ringo” badges left those for his three colleagues standing. Such was The Beatles’ stature, it made Starr among the most popular human beings alive.

“What an amazing drummer Ringo Starr is. Few people have ever caught on … but he has the most incredible feel”

However, when it comes to his status as musician, Starr was and is spoken of in terms ranging from dismissive to derisive. While Lennon and McCartney were acclaimed as the greatest songwriters of the twentieth century and George Harrison was recognised as a guitarist and songwriter of considerable talent, the consensus is details

Beatles Live Albums Ranked - Monday, July 15, 2024

Beatles live albums didn't really used to be a thing. They came off the road in August 1966 and the group's first official concert recording, The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl, wasn't released until 11 years later.

Three Beatles had issued live LPs in the meantime: John Lennon with 1969's Live Peace in Toronto, George Harrison with 1971's The Concert for Bangladesh and Paul McCartney with 1976's Wings Over America. The knockoff Live! at the Star-Club in Hamburg, Germany 1962 had only arrived a few months before the Hollywood Bowl recordings.

Not much. Then the next decade would see exactly one Beatles live album released – Lennon's posthumous Live in New York City from 1986. But then something incredible happened: Nine concert recordings were released in the '90s, including Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, McCartney's Tripping the Live Fantastic and the Beatles' Live at the BBC.

That's almost twice as many as arrived in the '60s, '70s and '80s combined. Seven more Beatles live LPs were issued in the 2000s, then five more in the years that have followed. Suddenly, there's now a robust sampling group for the following ranking of Beatles live albums.

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The full, true story behind the most controversial moment in The Beatles history. The Beatles rarely put a foot wrong in their relatively short, stunning decade together.

They shrugged off the departure of Pete Best, quickly switched up their shocking "butcher cover", and kept most of their feuding under wraps until it all eventually fell apart.

But there was one explosive moment that truly changed absolutely everything for the Fab Four.

“What’d you do? Screw up like The Beatles and say you were bigger than Jesus?" Bart Simpson asked Homer about his dad's barbershop quartet The B-Sharps, proving how the controversy has become so embedded in our culture.

The incident has remained shorthand for The Beatles messing up and maybe the beginning of the end of Beatlemania, in the US at least. But what's the truth about what really happened? Read on to find out.  Did The Beatles really say they were "bigger than Jesus"?

The first myth around The Beatles' Jesus controversy is that the quote attributed to the band was totally mangled. Here's the exact phrasing of what John Lennon said, and the context.

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Yoko Ono said she had a great deal of respect for Cynthia Lennon. She shared why she thought Cynthia was a strong person.

Yoko Ono and John Lennon began a relationship while he was still married to his first wife, Cynthia Lennon. The affair, of course, did nothing good for the relationship between the two women. When Ono first met Cynthia, though, she said she liked her a great deal. She recognized an innate strength in her that had to be present in order to put up with Lennon.

Cynthia met Ono before she realized she was having an affair with her husband. Ono said Cynthia’s poise impressed her.

“The first time I met her at Kenwood — I thought she was very quiet and sensitive — a nice lady,” Ono said in the book All You Need Is Love: The Beatles in Their Own Words by Peter Brown and Steven Gaines. “She had a nice figure and my feeling was in Liverpool, when he went to art school, I think she was like a different class of chick, you know, rather elegant and graceful, and I think that’s probably what impressed John.”

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It’s hard to imagine, with just seven studio albums and a few assorted singles released during his lifetime, that any of John Lennon’s solo work could go essentially forgotten, but the ridiculously underappreciated Mind Games is just that.

Released in the wake of Lennon and wife Yoko Ono’s agitprop Sometime In New York City, which led many fans to wonder what was going on with Lennon—and the always paranoid Nixon Administration to brand Lennon a political enemy and have him followed by the FBI and his phones tapped—Mind Games did respectable sales numbers upon release in 1973, but hardly those befitting a former-Beatle.

“When Mind Games came out, as a fan back then, my initial reaction was of being a little bit disappointed,” recalls Rob Stevens, who has acted as Yoko Ono’s archivist for decades and who worked on the new box set, Mind Games (The Ultimate Collection), out now. “But upon the years passing, what I found was that, in retrospect, it wasn’t the John Lennon I wanted to hear. Because it’s confessional, it’s emotional, it’s asking for forgiveness, it’s giving forgiveness.”

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