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BEATLES NEWS -Wednesday 29th May 2024

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  WHICH LIVE VENUE HOSTED THE MOST BEATLES TOUR PERFORMANCES? Guy Howie/Far Out Magazine While The Beatles may arguably be celebrated more for their extraordinary innovations in the studio, they honed their craft as youngsters performing to live audiences night after night. Before they were famous, and even during the first years of Beatlemania, they would play more than one set on the same day. READ MORE   THE 20 WORST BEATLES SONGS Steve Poitras/MSN The Beatles recorded more than 300 songs over the course of their career. Despite some of them being absolute gems, others can make your skin crawl. Here’s our rundown of the 20 worst songs by the Fab Four, in chronological order. READ MORE THE BEATLES’ “OB-LA-DI, OB-LA-DA” WAS ONCE BANNED FROM RADIO FOR THIS HEARTBREAKING REASON Melanie Davis/American Songwriter While it’s hard to imagine radio stations banning a lighthearted Beatles track like “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da,” heartbreaking reasons compelled them to do so over three decades after t

BEATLES NEWS - Tuesday 28th May 2024

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Going for a song ... The Beatles with manager Brian Epstein in 1965. Photograph: Getty PAUL MCCARTNEY SAID BEATLES MANAGER BRIAN EPSTEIN USED TO DO SOMETHING THAT OFFENDED THE BAND ‘MIGHTILY’ Emma McKee/Cheat Sheet When Brian Epstein offered to serve as The Beatles’ manager, he had no experience in that type of role. He believed in the band, though, and they agreed to work with him. In their years together, Epstein helped The Beatles as they became the biggest band in the world. Despite their success, Epstein continually spoke about selling the band. Paul McCartney said they all found this highly offensive.  READ MORE SAM MENDES’ BEATLES BIOPICS: GUESS WHO’S BEEN EYED ON TO PLAY PAUL MCCARTNEY Steve Baltin/High On Films Sam Mendes is all set with his passion project, where he will be helming movies for the renowned band The Beatles. Yes, you read it right. It’s not just one film that fans will be treated to; rather, it will be a feast of four films, one about each member: John Lennon,

BEATLES NEWS - Monday 27th May 2024

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HOW ARNOLD GROVE CONQUERED THE WORLD VIA WAVERTREE David Humphreys/Liverpool Echo Whenever George Harrison travelled abroad, he would leave a message from his Liverpool home everywhere he went. If you were to see the name Arnold Grove on a hotel check in sheet during the 1960s, you may not have given it a second thought. READ MORE WHO WAS ‘MICHELLE’ FROM THE BEATLES SONG? Guy Howie/Far Out Magazine At the back end of 1965, The Beatles released Rubber Soul, an LP that would change the course of rock history by challenging an entire generation of popular artists to up their album game. Not least The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson, who began putting together Pet Sounds after listening to The Beatles’ latest output. READ MORE PAUL MCCARTNEY’S ‘BLACKBIRD’ ACTUALLY HAS A SEQUEL (OF SORTS) Robin Murray/Clash Music Paul McCartney has written numerous classic songs, working in a range of genres. Whether it’s The Beatles’ mop-top hits, Wings’ trip to Nigeria, or his own solo electronic diversions – we

BEATLES NEWS - Sunday 26th May 2024

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HOW THE BEATLES AND BILL SHANKLY'S REDS MADE LIVERPOOL THE 'CENTRE OF THE UNIVERSE' David Cottrell/LiverpoolFC A special feature from the official matchday programme explores how the success of Bill Shankly's Liverpool side in the 1960s coincided with the explosion of Beatlemania all around the world...  Carl Jung called Liverpool 'the pool of life' in 1962 READ MORE THE INFLUENCE OF THE BEATLES’ ‘SGT. PEPPER’ Martin Chiltern/UdiscoverMusic A special feature from the official matchday programme explores how the success of Bill Shankly's Liverpool side in the 1960s coincided with the explosion of Beatlemania all around the world...  Carl Jung called Liverpool 'the pool of life' in 1962 READ MORE SGT PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND Official Charts Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the eighth studio album by the British band The Beatles (Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Ringo Starr). First released May 26 1967, the 13-track a

BEATLES NEWS - Saturday 25th May 2024

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JOHN LENNON AND YOKO ONO’S FORMER SOHO HOME HITS THE MARKET FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 50 YEARS Chava Gourarie/Mansion Global The loft-style structure, asking $5.5 million, on Manhattan’s Broome Street has served as a workspace for Ono and her son’s production company. John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s first New York City home has just hit the market for $5.5 million after staying in the Ono family for more than 50 years.  READ MORE THE STORY AND MEANING BEHIND THE BEATLES’ “I’M ONLY SLEEPING” AND HOW IT’S JOHN LENNON’S ADMISSION OF HIS OWN LAZINESS Jim Beviglia/American Songwriter “I’m Only Sleeping” stands as one of The Beatles’ songs that was a wee bit too weird for release as a single. But as an album cut on Revolver, it’s a perfect blend of instrumental experimentation and lyrical drollery. READ MORE PAUL MESCAL REPORTEDLY BEING EYED FOR ROLE IN SAM MENDES’ ‘BEATLES’ MOVIES Edward Davis/The Playlist It’s been a minute since we heard from director Sam Mendes and his uber-ambitious “Beatles” fi

BEATLES NEWS - Friday 24th May 2024

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GEORGE HARRISON'S 'CORONATION STREET' HOME, SOLO CAREER AND TRAGIC DEATH AGED 58 AS TRIBUTE PAID TO 'QUIET BEATLE' Neal Keeling/Yahoo It is regarded as one of the greatest love songs ever written. "Something" with its grace, beautiful melody, and sublime guitar solo is a masterpiece and has been recorded by 150 artists.  That alone deserves recognition. But the writer of the work which received the Ivor Novello Award for "Best Song Musically and Lyrically" of 1969 was also a Beatle. George Harrison is believed to have penned the lyrics for his first wife, Patti Boyd. READ MORE   GEORGE HARRISON’S WIDOW HAILS PLAQUE AT HIS BIRTHPLACE AS ‘SOURCE OF PRIDE’ Charlotte Mclaughlin/Standard The widow of George Harrison has hailed a blue plaque at the Beatles star’s Liverpool birthplace as “a source of family pride”.  The honour will be unveiled on Friday at 12 Arnold Grove in Wavertree by Olivia Harrison, who married the guitarist in 1978, and culture mi

BEATLES NEWS - Thursday 23rd May 2024 (2)

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AIRBNB LISTS GEORGE HARRISON'S 1949 CHILDHOOD HOME FOR PEOPLE TO STAY IN Paul McAuley/Liverpool Eecho The childhood home of George Harrison is available for people to stay in as an Airbnb.  The Beatles guitarist moved into the terraced house at 25 Upton Green in Speke in 1949 when he was six years old, and remained there until the 1960s. It was during his time at the house George met Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and the three held some of their first rehearsals there. READ MORE RINGO STARR EXPLAINS WHY THE BEATLES LET IT BE FILM HAS JOY AGAIN TV Over Mind Let It Be, the iconic documentary capturing the final moments of the Beatles as a band, is making its way back to audiences after decades of being largely unavailable. Directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg and originally released in 1970, Let It Be has been painstakingly restored by Peter Jackson, bringing a new light and perspective to this legendary footage. READ MORE UPDATED BEATLES BOOK LOOKS AT MYSTERIOUS DISAPPEARANCE OF DRUMM

BEATLES NEWS - Thursday 23rd May 2024 (1)

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THE BEATLES ‘LOVE’ TO END AFTER 18 YEARS IN LAS VEGAS Paul Cashmere/noise11 The Beatles and Cirque du Soleil co-production of ‘Love’ is coming to an end after 18 years in Las Vegas.  11.5 million people have seen ‘Love’ since it started. Cirque du Soleil’s Stephane Lefebrve said, “It’s been an honor for all of us at Cirque du Soleil to collaborate with The Beatles and Apple Corps Ltd. on what can only be described as a masterpiece. We are grateful to the creators, cast, crew and all involved in bringing this show to life and we know The Beatles LOVE will live on long after the final bow.” READ MORE MEETING THE BEATLES IN INDIA BLU-RAY blu-ray.com Unobstructed View is preparing a Blu-ray release of Paul Saltzman's documentary Meeting the Beatles in India (2020). The release is scheduled to arrive on the market on June 25.  Description: It's 1968 and with the eyes of the world upon them, The Beatles traveled to Rishikesh, India, to study transendental meditation with Maharishi Ma

BEATLES NEWS - Wednesday 22nd May 2024

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THE BEACH BOYS REFLECT ON ‘RIVALRY AND RESPECT’ FOR THE BEATLES Roisin O'Connor/MSN The rivalry between The Beach Boys and The Beatles went hand-in-hand with “respect and mutual admiration”, the surfer rock group’s co-founder Mike Love has said.  Speaking to The Independent ahead of a new Disney documentary, Love and his bandmate Bruce Johnston, along with director Frank Marshall, reflected on the ups and downs that followed their rise to fame in the early Sixties. READ MORE AIRBNB LISTS GEORGE HARRISON'S 1949 CHILDHOOD HOME FOR PEOPLE TO STAY IN Paul McAuley/Liverpool Echo The childhood home of George Harrison is available for people to stay in as an Airbnb.  The Beatles guitarist moved into the terraced house at 25 Upton Green in Speke in 1949 when he was six years old, and remained there until the 1960s. It was during his time at the house George met Paul McCartney and John Lennon, and the three held some of their first rehearsals there. READ MORE PAUL MCCARTNEY RECALLS THE

BEATLES NEWS - Tuesday 21st May 2024

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THE CLASSIC TRACK JOHN LENNON AND PAUL MCCARTNEY HESITATED RELEASING: “IT ISN’T BEATLES” Tim Coffman/Far Out Magazine In terms of most Beatles recordings, John Lennon and Paul McCartney tended to be the de facto leaders of everything. Even when watching the documentary Get Back, you can hear both of them having a casual conversation in private in which Macca calls Lennon the boss and himself the secondary boss of the group.  READ MORE THE ROBERT ZEMECKIS REMAKE OF A BEATLES CLASSIC CRATERED BY BOX OFFICE DISASTER Scott Campbell/Far Out Magazine The Beatles and Robert Zemeckis go way back, but when there were plans afoot to reunite the ‘Fab Four’ and the filmmaker, a short-lived detour into the more experimental and boundary-pushing side of cinema came back to haunt him. READ MORE MICHAEL JACKSON HATED BEING TOLD THE JACKSON 5 WERE THE ‘BLACK BEATLES’ Mathew Trzcinski/Cheat Sheet When artists are compared to The Beatles, it’s usually meant as a compliment. However, Michael Jackson was u

BEATLES NEWS - Monday 20th May 2024

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AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN FRANK IFIELD, WHO WAS ONCE SUPPORTED BY THE BEATLES, HAS DIED AGED 86 Curtis Crabtree/24ssports Australian singer and guitarist Frank Ifield has died aged 86. The legendary singer, best known for his hits “I Remember You” and “Lovesick Blues,” helped The Beatles get their start when they performed as his support act in the UK.   READ MORE RINGO STARR ON THE GREATEST SONG JOHN LENNON WROTE FOR HIM: “I MISS THE GUY” Tim Coffman/Far Out Magazine Ringo Starr never claimed to be the most talented member of The Beatles. Compared to every other member of the Fab Four, Starr was usually just happy to be behind his drums and play music with his mates until the sun burned out of the sky. READ MORE RANKING THE FIVE BEST SONGS THE BEATLES RELEASED IN THEIR INCREDIBLE YEAR OF 1967 Jim Beviglia/American Songwriter We’re guessing there are other candidates that can stake a claim, but it’s hard to think off the top of our heads of any band or artist ever having a better recording y