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Dressed exactly as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison once did, the Mersey Beatles, a tribute band, comes out onto the stage and immediately transports the Buskirk-Chumley Theater’s audience back to the 1960s.

Beatlemania and the classic moptop hair, returned.

On the evening of Oct. 16, the auditorium of the BCT lit up with sing-alongs, dancing and laughter as the Beatles cover band, the Mersey Beatles, performed the entirety of the Beatles’ eleventh studio album, “Abbey Road,” as well as a set of the Beatles’ greatest hits.

Audience attendee and Bloomington resident Michael Esposito was excited.

“My favorite song from the Beatles is ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’” Esposito said before the show began. “It reminds me of my family growing up. It’s very nostalgic.”

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Former LIFE photographer Bob Gomel captured some of the earliest days of Beatlemania. Many of his photos were never shared with the public, until now. VPC

If it were not for the Isley Brothers, the Beatles would still be Liverpool.

That's the word from Paul McCartney, who told guitar legend Ernie Isley of the debt the Fab Four owed the Isleys when they met at the Apollo in the Hamptons benefit in 2012. The Beatles, of course, covered the Isley Brothers hits “Twist and Shout” and “Shout” early in their career.

The Isleys had just finished performing “Shout” at the benefit.

“We came back off the stage, taking selfies and signing autographs,” Ernie Isley said. “My wife Tracy said to me Paul McCartney’s over there and I said, 'Where?' She points and he was about four tables away. I squeezed through the tables, tapped him on his shoulder and he stood up at his full height and gave me bear hug that cut my wind off.

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When The Beatles described how hectic their lives were from 1963-67, they weren’t exaggerating. Over that time, the band released nine albums of original songs. On top of that, they owed the record company between two and four singles (separate from the records) each year.

Meanwhile, they mixed in two feature films, one poorly received TV movie, and countless concerts and appearances. Indeed, you might be running from fans and snapping at people, too, if you had that type of schedule.

Once the band quit touring for good, they had more time to spend in the studio to lay down whatever sort of tracks they liked. And they used as much of it as they could (over four months) to make their first album as purely studio musicians: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.




I debated if I should be a bit more contemporary when I chose my first pop culture topic. But, as they say, you must first know your past before you can understand your future.

There was never a band like The Beatles when they swept into America in 1964. Four young men named John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr changed the world.

And, really, there would never be one like them again. Because once Beatlemania hit, nothing really could ever be as frenzied. Their fans were so loud during concerts they said they actually got worse as a band because they couldn’t hear themselves perform. It’s the main reason they stopped touring and stopped performing live.

September marked 50 years of when The Beatles released “Abbey Road” and after all these years the album has managed to reach the Top 3 in the Billboard Chart of Top 200 in the U.S., and hit No. 1 again in the U.K.

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The Beatles singer/guitarist John Lennon’s one of the rarest photos with Yoko Ono has been shared on Lennon’s official Instagram page.

The photo was taken by Kishin Shinoyama, and the page has revealed a rare statement of Shinoyama as a caption of that post. The statement showed some observations about the lifestyle of Ono and Lennon after The Beatles’ split.

Here’s the statement:

“I think that photography should capture a moment at the end of every second, so to speak. Every moment ends instantly, it becomes the past, you know? Photography is one of the tools you can use to record a moment. For any type of work, I’ve never changed my approach. I take photos of everything I see, without letting anything pass by. ⠀

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What was The Beatles’ greatest asset as a band? It’s hard to pick one thing, but if we had to choose it would be the way the band members’ taste in music complemented that of the others.

John Lennon was a rock ‘n’ roller first and foremost; George Harrison was into Indian music and folk rock; Paul McCartney was the most into pop standards; and Ringo Starr loved country and western. And you could call producer George Martin the essential fifth man.

Looking back at their Beatles careers, each member of the group named a different album as their favorite. For George, Rubber Soul stood out from the pack for its quality songwriting and special moment in time. When pressed on his favorite, Paul chose Sgt. Pepper’s.

John and Ringo proved harder to pin down. Though he couldn’t endorse any album in its entirety, John spoke most highly of The White Album. As for Ringo, he couldn’t choose an entire album, either. But he came awful close.




All three are the names of songs made famous by the Beatles and on Sunday, the lyrics of those songs and more became the background for a real-life proverb.

St. Peter’s By the Sea Episcopal Church hosted a special mass Sunday evening using the music of the Beatles as inspiration to spread a message of hope, love, and community.
Hundreds filled St. Peter's By the Sea Sunday evening for a special mass celebrating the message behind the music of the Beatles.

lassic Beatles songs rang out for over an hour in the downtown Gulfport church. While mixing pop bands and religion might not be considered common, it is something that St. Peters has done a couple of times, much to the pleasure of those who attend.

Rev. Patrick Sanders has fused his love of music and God before, hosting a Grateful Dead mass and a Beach Boys mass.

“I love music and I love the church," explained Sanders. “So it is a really amazing thing for me to be able to put those two parts of my life together in a moment, and I think all our musicians feel that way, both the choir, the kids that sang tonight, and all the different people who participated.”

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Like many famous artists of the twentieth century, the Beatles occasionally acted in films. The group made five movies together before they disbanded in the 1970s. That wasn’t enough for the movie-going public. Here are a few of the overlooked films inspired by the Beatles.Whether it’s fair or not, Ringo Starr has a reputation for being the least illustrious of the Beatles. His film career certainly hasn’t helped things. Most infamously, Ringo played the title character in the flop comedy Caveman. While the film Ringo isn’t as infamous as Caveman, it doesn’t have a very good reputation.

The film stars Ringo as a fictionalized version of himself. In a dual role, he also plays his brother, “Ognir Rrats” (spell it backwards). The film is a loose adaptation of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper and features appearances from a number of well-known actors, including Carrie Fisher, Vincent Price, and Art Carney.





Fort Worth man remembers the weekend the Beatles spent at his family's ranch. Reed Pigman was 14 years old when the Beatles visited his family's ranch in Missouri for a weekend during their 1964 U.S. tour.

Hardly anyone asks Reed Pigman anymore about the time the Beatles came over to his house. But then again, hardly anyone in 1964 knew they visited his family’s ranch in the Missouri Ozarks.

In a thick file in his office at Meacham Airport in Fort Worth, Texas, Pigman keeps snapshots of a top-secret charter airline side trip that remains mostly unknown to Beatles fans.

Pigman was 14. It was 55 years ago, after the Beatles’ raucous concert at the Dallas Convention Center on Sept. 18, 1964.

Before that show, the Fab Four were supposed to have a day off. But Charlie O. Finley, then owner of the Kansas City A’s baseball team, paid Beatles manager Brian Epstein an unheard of sum — $150,000 — to add a Sept. 17 concert at the old Municipal Stadium.
The Beatles needed a break.

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When people ask Paul McCartney about his favorite songs and albums by The Beatles, he’s got a lot to choose from. You could start with Rubber Soul (1965), a record that inspired the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds — and one George Harrison held up as his own favorite with the Fab Four.

From there, it doesn’t get any easier. Revolver, released in 1966, has always been the winner for many fans and features some of Paul’s best work. If you’re not knocked out by “Cry For No One,” you have to be by “Here, There and Everywhere,” the only song John Lennon ever complimented Paul on.

Indeed, looking back in the 1980s, Paul said that brilliant Revolver ballad might be his favorite song (with “Yesterday” as a close second). But albums are tougher to choose, especially given the deep bench of late ’60s Beatles recordings.

But in an interview with Bob Costas in the early ’90s, Paul did settle on a favorite. Were he forced to choose, he said he’d go with Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.



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