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The past few months have seen several artists covering John Lennon from home in quarantine, most recently with Bille Joe Armstrong’s Generation X–inspired rendition of “Gimme Some Truth.” Johnny Depp and Jeff Beck covered “Isolation,” while the Dirty Projectors offered their own take on the song. Gal Gadot also led a group of celebrities through “Imagine,” which, really, no one needed.

Yet no major artist has covered “How Do You Sleep?” — the late Beatle’s bitter Imagine track aimed at Paul McCartney. Things had grown tense between Lennon and his former bandmate before and after the Beatles’ messy breakup in 1970, and McCartney’s “Too Many People,” from his underrated 1971 album Ram, hadn’t helped. “He’d been doing a lot of preaching, and it got up my nose a little bit,” McCartney said in 1984. “In one song, I wrote, ‘Too many people preaching practices,’ I think is the line. I mean, that was a little dig at John and Yoko. There wasn’t anything else on it that was about them. Oh, there was ‘You took your lucky break and broke it in two.'”

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Paul McCartney hasn’t been hugely provocative in recent years. However, that doesn’t mean he can’t make edgy music when he wants to. One of his more recent songs has lyrics that are a little risque by the standards of his recent work.

But Paul is still Paul. He has a famously good — and often cheeky — sense of humor. Paul worked in some provocative lyrics into one of his recent songs — without actually saying them.

One of the most famous songs from Paul’s album Egypt Station is called “Fuh You.” That title might look like a typo but it’s not. “Fuh You” might remind people of a much dirtier phrase and that’s exactly what Paul intended.

According to NME, it all started with the original version of the song, which included the line “I just want to for you.” Ryan Tedder, the producer of the song and the lead singer of OneRepublic, misheard the lyric as “I just want to f*ck you.” Tedder told Paul he shouldn’t sing a line that vulgar. Paul had a mischievous idea.

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The Beatles' former drummer, Ringo Starr, hits eighty but feels just as young at heart as he did decades ago and says he hopes for better celebrations when the pandemic is over.

On July 7, singer-songwriter Ringo Starr known famously as the drummer for The Beatles, turned eighty years old. However, due to the pandemic, what would have been a remarkable celebration was turned into a virtual event.

The musician put together a virtual charity concert he titled "Ringo's Big Birthday Show" and a recorded episode of a video series, "Rolling Stone Interview: Special Edition." In the interview, the singer claimed that he hardly felt his age: He said:

"80? Man, I'm only 24 in here. That's a good thing and a bad thing. Yeah, 80, it's like, far out. It's a difficult one. 70 was easy. I think 40 was the hardest."

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Photographer Fiona Adams, whose famous shot of The Beatles jumping in the air was used on the sleeve of the Twist and Shout EP, has died at the age of 84.

Adams captured the iconic image of the Fab Four on a London bomb site for Boyfriend magazine in April 1963.

The photo was then used on the record sleeve and has been described by the National Portrait Gallery as "the one that defined their early look".

Adams also snapped many other pop acts, from Bob Dylan to the Rolling Stones.

According to the late photographer's website, The Beatles "readily agreed" when Adams asked them to pose for Boyfriend magazine.

Having previously spotted an undeveloped bombsite near Euston station, she hailed a taxi and took them to the abandoned area.

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"I’m celebrating with my friends in a new way this year — we’re going to have to keep our distance due to the coronavirus,” Ringo Starr said

Ringo Starr celebrated his 80th birthday on Wednesday with a virtual 65-minute show that included old and new performances by himself and famous friends.

The stream was raising money for a number of organizations, including the Black Lives Matter Global Network for the fight to “end all this racist violence,” Starr said, as well as The David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares and WaterAid.

“As most of you know, I’m fond of a good birthday party… but this is a bad year to host a get-together of any kind,” said the famous ex-Beatle, sitting behind a drum kit wearing a colorful face mask adorned with the peace sign, according to Variety.

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The Beatles stopped performing live concerts in August 1966 and focused instead on the latter half of their studio albums with more experimental music. But then on January 30, 1969, the Fab Four gave an unannounced show on the rooftop of Apple Corps headquarters at 3 Savile Row; their final Iive performance together. In a new post on The Beatles’ official Instagram account, Sir Ringo Starr reflected on the incredible occasion.

The Beatles drummer said: “We hadn’t been seen playing live in a long while.

“Only the crew were there and some people on the rooftop.

“But I’ve always liked the idea that maybe half a million people would have come to see us if they could have got there.”

However, in the end, the band’s final live show was shut down due to noise complaints.

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As The Music Network reports, The Beatles played a sold-out show at Melbourne’s Festival Hall back in 1964, performing tracks including ‘She Loves You’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘Twist and Shout’, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘Long Tall Sally’. While John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison were all there, the band relied on the services of stand-in drummer Jimmie Nicol during the concert. All up, the group played 13 shows across Australia.

Nine will be airing the full concert, titled One Night Only – The Beatles in Oz, on Monday (July 13) at 9:30pm AEST. It will also be available to stream on 9Now. The concert will be remastered and will include never-before-seen footage.

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When fans and critics start ranking all the albums by The Beatles, you usually find Let It Be (1970) near the bottom. That makes sense for a number of reasons. For starters, the last Beatles release wasn’t a product of all four band members working together in the studio.

In early ’70, after the band handed the tapes over to producer Phil Spector, Paul McCartney was barely speaking with the other three Beatles. And when he heard Spector’s rendition of “The Long and Winding Road” Paul became irate (to put it mildly).

Meanwhile, John Lennon didn’t play on “I Me Mine,” the last track The Beatles recorded in a studio as a band. And, speaking of George Harrison songs, you have to wonder how George only had “For You Blue” and “I Me Mine” on there, what with all the songs he had stashed in his notebook.

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Linda McCartney was Paul McCartney's first wife and her tragic death left the legend in shambles. Here are some facts not many know about the female artist.

Paul and Linda McCartney's love was one that involved creativity and adventure. The two wed in 1969 and remained married until Linda's untimely death in 1998.

During her lifetime, Linda was heavily involved not only in her husband's music but in her own projects with photography and writing. 11 interesting facts about her are found below.

HER PHOTOS WERE WELL-RENOWNED

Linda wasn't just a backup singer for her husband. A year before the pair got married, she took a picture of Neil Young which would become the cover for his 2008 album, "Sugar Mountain: Live at Canterbury House."

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Ringo Starr, the drummer for the British rock band The Beatles, is celebrating his 80th birthday today.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to BBC, Starr will forgo his annual birthday gathering and instead perform a concert on YouTube at 8 p.m. ET today.

“... He will put on a virtual charity concert on YouTube called Ringo’s Big Birthday Show. He’ll be joined by Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheila E to benefit Black Lives Matter, The David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares and WaterAid,” reported the BBC.

Starr was the last to join The Beatles. The group was formed in 1960 in Liverpool with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and drummer Pete Best. Starr joined as the drummer in 1962.

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The Beatles had a fifth unofficial member in the form of their producer, Sir George Martin. He was more than a producer as he served as a friend and a father figure to the four members.

We often celebrate and note the musical contributions made by The Beatles, but Martin was the oil that kept their machine going. To honor him we look at 11 facts about the producer whom George Harrison described as “always there for us to interpret our strangeness.”

1. On September 4, 1962, John Lennon and Paul McCartney first played "Please Please Me" for Martin during their second EMI recording session. The song was originally a slow tempo until the producer suggested they speed it up and it became a hit.

MARTIN’S CONTRIBUTIONS IN 1965

2. In 1965, McCartney finished writing “Yesterday” but the band couldn’t decide on the instruments that should go with the song. Martin came to the rescue when he suggested McCartney plays an acoustic guitar and sing the track by himself.

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As the pandemic continues across the world, politicians and celebrities are encouraging the public to wear face masks. Now The Beatles drummer Sir Ringo Starr has joined in by sharing the Abbey Road album cover, but with a few changes. The 79-year-old wrote: “Peace and love everybody stay safe be cool. Be kind and loving peace -and love love.”

While the Abbey Road meme saw John Lennon turning around on the Abbey Road zebra crossing and walking back to the studio.

George Harrison asks him: “What happened?”

To which John Lennon replies: “I forgot my mask…”

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The New York City neighborhood in which John Lennon called home for years has many iconic locations that serve to remind us of his legacy there. His wife, Yoko Ono, continues to live at The Dakota apartment building at the corner of Central Park West and W. 72 St. that the couple shared for years.

Directly across the street in Central Park are both Strawberry Fields and the lovely Imagine mosaic.
Add another to the list, albeit temporarily. Carmen Paulino, who calls herself a community artist, has wrapped a tree on 79th Street, between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave., with a crocheted artwork she calls the John Lennon Tree. The elaborate installation went up in June and is the handiwork of Paulino, herself a local from Spanish Harlem, with the assistance of several others. It’s conveniently located in front of a yarn store named Knitty City, which provided Paulino with the materials.

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In early 1970, with The Beatles on the verge of breaking up, Ringo Starr paid a visit to Paul McCartney’s house with a request from his three bandmates at Apple headquarters. Would Paul delay the release of his debut solo record until after the arrival of the Let It Be album and film?

In brief, Paul’s reply to Ringo was, “No.” But it didn’t stop there. In addition to his flat rejection of Ringo’s request, Paul threw Ringo off of his property and threatened to “finish” him. Needless to say, Ringo and Paul wouldn’t be having tea and cutting records together anytime soon.

However, Ringo did maintain solid relationships with John Lennon and George Harrison. On John’s heavyweight 1970 solo debut, you’ll find Ringo in the drummer’s seat. That same year, you found Ringo playing on tracks for George’s triple-disc blockbuster, All Things Must Pass.

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A few years after their breakup, The Beatles were offered a ridiculous sum of money for a one-time reunion concert, but turned it town because the opening act would have featured a shark.

That’s what Ringo Starr is revealing in a new interview with the Sunday Mirror, discussing a “crazy offer” he and the other members of the Fab Four received in 1976.

According to a report from People at the time, the four were offered $50 million by impresario Bill Sargent, a pioneer in pay-per-view events, to reunite for a concert.

RELATED: ‘The Beatles: Get Back’ Documentary Restores Iconic Rooftop Concert

“We did talk one time. There was a crazy offer out there,” Starr explained.

According to Starr, the group ultimately decided against it because of the opening act that Sargent had in mind: a man fighting a great white shark.

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Three years ago, when the National Music Publishers’ Association presented Yoko Ono with their Centennial Song Award, Sean Lennon pushed his mother onto the stage at Cipriani 42nd Street in a wheelchair — shocking some who didn’t realize the formidable avant-garde artist was incapacitated.

But in her signature shades, black leather jacket and white Panama hat, the widow of John Lennon didn’t seem to miss a beat when she began a short acceptance speech by ­addressing the elephant in the room.

“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” she said, clutching the award in one hand and a microphone in the other as Sean whispered to her about what was going on. “I’ve learned so much from having this illness. I’m thankful I went through that.”

While it’s not clear what “illness” she was referring to, Ono, now 87, is still ailing, requires round-the-clock care and rarely leaves her sprawling apartment in The Dakota, a source close to her staff told The Post. In photos taken at rare public appearances — including a women’s march in Columbus Circle last year and at a commemoration of John in Liverpool in May 2018 — Ono is con details

Cher is one of the biggest icons to come out of the 1960s. Thanks to his time with the Beatles and his solo work, Ringo Starr is an icon of a similar caliber. Both are known for taking on more film roles than most famous singers and for having great senses of humor.

Despite this, people don’t associate Cher with Ringo. Perhaps they should. One of Cher’s first songs was about Ringo — and it became very controversial.

Cher first became a superstar as a member of the duo Sonny & Cher. She also has an incredibly successful and long-lasting career as a solo artist. Rolling Stone reports her solo career began when she released a song called “Ringo, I Love You” under the stage name Bonnie Jo Mason. Cher would later use the pseudonym Bonnie Jo Mason when she recorded vocals for the Wu-Tang Clan’s album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

Cher released “Ringo, I Love You” in 1964. According to AllMusic, Sonny & Cher released their debut album in 1965, which means that Cher was trying to be a solo artist before she found success as part of a duo. This is interesting, as some fans believe she began her solo career only after Sonny & Cher disbanded.

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When Paul McCartney had George Harrison play guitar for John Lennon in 1958, George was 14 and looked even younger. Thinking back on those days before The Beatles existed, George noted how he small he was — and how he probably seemed to the 17-year-old John and his art school friends.

“I think he did feel a bit embarrassed about that because I was so tiny,” George told Crawdaddy Magazine in 1977. “I only looked about 10 years old.” But George could play guitar parts from the great Sun Records releases of the day. That was enough to get him into John and Paul’s band.

Two decades later, after the Beatles’ unparalleled success — both as a group and solo artists — John still thought of George as someone he’d helped make. “I think George still bears resentment toward me for being a daddy who left home,” John said in the 1980 Playboy interviews collected in All We Are Saying.

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By the 1960s, musicians Eric Clapton and George Harrison had already become close friends, and they were so close that they ended up marrying the same woman.

Harrison, The Beatles lead guitarist, and his wife and model, Pattie Boyd, were married from January 21, 1966, until their divorce in 1977. Before their marriage ended, the pair separated in 1974.

When Clapton and Harrison became best friends, the former found himself infatuated with Boyd. For her part, she declined his advances but that didn’t stop him from loving her.

CLAPTON’S MARRIAGE TO BOYD

Clapton’s feelings for the model were so intense that he wrote songs about them. She inspired tracks like "Wonderful Tonight,” "Layla," and "Something."

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Sir Paul McCartney first found fame as the bassist and co-lead vocalist for the Beatles. Moreover, he has established his songwriting prowess largely as a part of the Lennon - McCartney. Together with fellow Beatle John Lennon, they both did music and lyrics, contrary to the usual partnership of a composer and a lyricist.Macca himself also wrote songs for others aside from The Beatles. Here are four songs, mostly written by Paul McCartney himself, for other artists:
"I'll Keep You Satisfied" (1963)

This hit single from Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas is attributed to the Lennon-McCartney songwriting team. However, according to the Todd Compton book "Who Wrote the Beatle Songs? A History of Lennon-McCartney," Paul has written most of the track.

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John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote so many incredible Beatles songs. But did you know they made up one on the spot so they could go watch TV? According to Far Out Magazine, the singer-songwriters were working on The White Album when a movie they wanted to see came on.

In 1968 McCartney said: “What happened was The Girl Can’t Help It was on television.

“That’s an old rock film with Little Richard and Fats Domino and Eddie Cochran and a few others.

“We wanted to see it, so we started recording at five o’clock.

“And we said, ‘We’ll do something, We’ll make up a backing track.’”

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It’s no secret that John Lennon and Paul McCartney were at odds in the years following the breakup of The Beatles. If you need some evidence, it’s easy to find, whether it’s John calling Paul’s first solo record “rubbish” or Paul dropping a few digs at John and Yoko Ono on his Ram (1971) album.

When working on his ’71 album Imagine, John used that energy to compose an epic response (diss track, if you like) to Paul titled “How Do You Sleep?” That’s the one in which he said Paul was making Muzak and only wrote one good song in his life (“Yesterday”).

Though Paul admitted to feeling anger in those days, he also spoke of how hurt he was by John’s message — a message seen and heard by the entire world. “I think he knew exactly what he was doing and because we had been so intimate he knew that would hurt me,” Paul said in his biography Many Years From Now (1997).

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Swedish filmmaker Jonas Akerlund will direct a biographical drama film about The Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Titled "Midas Man", the film will tell the story of the visionary music manager and impresario who was often referred to as the ''Fifth Beatle'', reported Deadline.

Epstein also worked with music artistes such as Gerry and the Pacemakers and Cilla Black, and helped promote musicians such as Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Cream and Pink Floyd.

But his tumultuous career was tragically cut short. He died of an accidental drug overdose at just 32.

The film''s producers, Trevor Beattie Films and StudioPOW, described the movie as "an emotional, witty, heartfelt story of the joy of success and the terrifying pressures of unspeakable risk and unfulfilled desire".

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By 1968, George Harrison was having a rough time being in The Beatles. Though he was writing songs such as “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Long, Long, Long,” his bandmates still took some convincing to give his material any attention. That had begun to wear on George.

George didn’t have the same problem when he played with, say, Bob Dylan or his friend Eric Clapton. During a trip to America in late ’68, George jammed with both Dylan and Clapton, the latter of whom was playing in Cream at the time.

In fact, he and Clapton co-wrote a song just before that period that turned up on Goodbye (1969), the final album by Cream. And though you wouldn’t know it from the credits on the record, George also played rhythm guitar on the song he composed with Clapton.

 

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The Beatles' Ringo Starr reveals he is set to REUNITE with bandmate Sir Paul McCartney during star-studded virtual concert to mark his 80th birthday

Ahead of the milestone day on Tuesday, the music icon confirmed Ringo’s Big Birthday Show, a charity show set to air on YouTube at 8pm
As well as Paul and Ringo, stars appearing at Big Birthday Show will include Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E, and Ben Harper
The show will also debut a version of Ringo's 2017 track Give More Love with Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson among others

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