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One of the last people alive to have worked with legendary English rock band, The Beatles, has lifted the lid on his time spent with the group.

Famously quoted by Paul McCartney back in 2004 as “being better to ask about it [information on The Beatles]” than McCartney himself, Tony Bramwell grew up in Liverpool with George Harrison, Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

Mr Bramwell, said: “Me and George lived about half a mile apart. He was about seven and I was five, and we would play Robin Hood – I’ve still got the scar on my neck.”

However, it wasn’t long after when Bramwell began noticing Harrison (the youngest of The Beatles), becoming musically orientated before his eyes.

By the age of 11, Harrison was having guitar lessons and would regularly visit Bramwell’s home to trade records, between his job delivering meat on a bicycle.

Recalling the early years, Bramwell, added: “I would lend him my Buddy Holly’s [records], he would lend me his Chuck Berry’s. He used to come round and he would be playing his guitar along to the records.”

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More than 350 previously unseen photos of The Beatles at two early US shows have fetched £253,200 at auction.

Mike Mitchell captured the Fab Four arriving at the venues, at pre-show press conferences and on stage in Washington DC and Baltimore in 1964.

A total lot of 413 negatives were sold with copyright for £253,200 by Omega Auctions. Forty-six of those have been seen before when auctioned in 2011.

A black Mercedes AMG George Harrison bought in 1984 sold for £43,200.

Mitchell photographed the band at their first ever US concert, at Washington Coliseum on 11 February 1964 - two days after their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.




Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney joins the rally during a "March For Our Lives" demonstration demanding gun control in New York City. March 24, 2018. (Reuters)

Sir Paul McCartney honored his friend and bandmate John Lennon while talking part of Sunday's March for Our Lives protest in New York City.

During the worldwide march against gun violence, the Beatles frontman was pulled aside by CNN reporters with whom he shared his reason for walking in the march. "As you know, one of my best friends was shot not far from here," McCartney said. "It is important to me."

In 1980, Lennon was shot by gunman Mark David Chapman outside New York's Dakota apartment building, where the singer lived at the time with his wife, Yoko Ono. To pay tribute to his longtime friend, McCartney sported a black T-shirt that read "We can end gun violence," and held a March for Our Lives sign.

Another celebrity who was snapped at the New York march was Cynthia Nixon, who recently announced her candidacy for New York governor. In a tweet, Nixon said, "Ran in to a group of fellow @BarnardCollege alumni today at the NY #MarchForOurLives. Incredibly moved at how many people came out today to stake a stand for our kids and demand ac details

Ringo Starr announced a U.S. leg for his 2018 tour with the All Starr Band. The 20-date run launches September 1st in Tulsa, Oklahoma and concludes the 29th in Los Angeles.

The latest iteration of the former Beatle's rotating group features returning members – singer-guitarist Colin Hay (Men at Work), guitarist Steve Lukather (Toto), singer-keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), saxophonist Warren Ham (Toto, Bloodrock), drummer Gregg Bissonette (Toto, Santana) – and one new recruit, bassist-singer Graham Gouldman (10cc).

The All Starr Band will continue their mix-and-match setlist approach, performing hits from each member's respective bands onstage. The sextet previously announced a European run for June and July, along with a date in Atlantic City, New Jersey on June 2nd.

Singer-songwriter Todd Rundgren, who is currently prepping for a spring reunion tour with Utopia, toured with the All Starr Band during their fall 2017 trek.

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Famous Wife & Muse Pattie Boyd Brings Life Story to New Zealand

Pattie Boyd was the wide-eyed, model face of Sixties’ London who inspired ex-husbands George Harrison and Eric Clapton to write some of the greatest love songs of the 20th century. Most famously, Harrison wrote for her Something, and I Need You. Gripped by the desire to wrest Boyd from the arms of an increasingly errant Beatle, blues-god Clapton wrote Layla for her, and once they were married, Wonderful Tonight.

his May Boyd will bring her compelling and entertaining life story to audiences in Auckland during an intimate three hours of George Harrison, Eric Clapton and Me; An Evening with Pattie Boyd. Starting off on a swanky hour of cocktails with Pattie, guests will then enjoy a conversational two-hour show.

This New Zealand music month tour of Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland will mark her inaugural visit to New Zealand– plans to come in the ‘70’s with then-hubby Eric Clapton were stymied by the NZ authorities approach to a drug conviction in London. Boyd elaborates.

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A sure sign I'm a baby boomer (tail end, anyway): Writing about taxes inevitably makes me think of the song Taxman by The Beatles. The opening line is, "Let me tell you how it will be." Such a perfect summary of the power the Canada Revenue Agency has over us.

The deadline for filing your tax return for the past year is Monday, April 30. Here are some resources to help ensure you pay the taxman what you owe and nothing more.

What's new in taxland...

A list of changes to tax credits – what's new, and what's been taken away. Also, there's a new service called Express NOA, for notice of assessment. If you file your taxes online, you get an immediate notice of assessment showing how much you owe or will receive as a refund.

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In 1964, The Beatles made a huge step towards fighting racial segregation by refusing to play a show that had split the audience without their consent.

Showed their support for the US civil rights movement, refusing to perform to a segregated concert at the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Florida. As the pressure of The Beatles not performing threatened to boil over, officials at the concert eventually allowed the segregated audience to merge together. Upon entering the stage, John Lennon said: “We never play to segregated audiences and we aren’t going to start now.

“I’d sooner lose our appearance money,” he added.

The details of the incident were later captured in the recent and comprehensive documentary ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’ directed by Ron Howard. “Their first controversial political stance didn’t have to do with Vietnam, it had to do with segregation in the South’, director Howard explained. “They found out that one of their concerts in Jacksonville, Florida was meant to be segregated and they refused to play it that way. They even had in their contract they would not play to segregated audiences. It was a ludicrous idea to them details

On Dec. 8, 1980, John Lennon was shot outside his Manhattan apartment. When the news broke, patrons in a Kitchener-Waterloo bar—including Brian Griffiths—were as shocked as everyone else. Word quickly spread that, some 15 years earlier, a local fellow named Frank had attended a Beatles concert at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens. That was as close a connection as anyone there figured they had to the famous musician.

Over the years, Griffiths had learned to keep his mouth shut whenever the Beatles came up. He left the bar that evening without sharing personal anecdotes that would have held everyone in the place rapt. As a musically gifted teenager in Liverpool in the 1950s, “Griff” had spent time with Lennon and taught him some licks on the guitar. It’s a top-notch musical bragging point—so good, that Griffiths had more than once been accused of making it up.

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“Whenever you say ‘Beatles’ – that’s the magic word,” said Springfield-based filmmaker and super-Beatle fan Robert Bartel. He would know. His 1999 documentary A Beatle in Benton, Illinois – which details a single fortnight visit to the southern Illinois town in 1963 by 20-year-old George Harrison in order to see his married sister – is not only a consistent seller nationwide but has bizarrely managed to win Bartel a best documentary “Oscar” statuette 19 years after the film’s initial release (a 240-minute, two-DVD version was released in 2016).

Harrison and his brother, Peter, arrived in Benton on Sept. 17, 1963. The Beatles were already superstars in England and across Europe but were still unknown in the United States. (“I Want to Hold Your Hand” would be released stateside and go straight to number one on the Billboard charts in January of 1964.) “Ringo was supposed to come with them but he backed out because he wanted to go with Paul to Paris,” said Bartel, matter-of-factly. “John was in Spain having his, uh, thing with [Beatles manager] Brian Epstein.”

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Bengaluru: 50 years of the Beatles is cause for celebration and stories of meetings with the Fabulous Four are slowly making an appearance. George Harrison's love for India is well known, with many a mystical tourist destination laying claim to a 'house in which George Harrison lived'. Little is known, however, of his love for South Indian food, which brought him all the way to a traditional Jayanagar home in Bengaluru, back in 1973.

Pandit N. Rama Rao was one of South India's most eminent sitar exponents, often credited with popularising the instrument in the region. In the 1950s, he travelled to Delhi, where he became one of the first disciples of Pandit Ravi Shankar. The Beatles had made their first trip to India in 1968, "at the height of their fame," explains sitar exponent Pandit Shubhendra Rao, who was all of eight years old when George Harrison came a-knocking at his father's home!



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