James Corden's recent, instant classic "Carpool Karaoke" with Paul McCartney started with a phone call plea: "Can you please, please help me?"
It's not the first time the key question from "Help!" turned up as a Beatles punchline. In the 1968 animated film "Yellow Submarine," Old Fred warbled those lyrics when seeking Fab Four assistance in saving Pepperland from the Blue Meanies.
The answer then and a half-century later remains the same: yeah, yeah, yeah!
A restored version of "Yellow Submarine" resurfaced this week for a golden anniversary rerelease. The theatrical return bodes to take the Corden sing-along experience from the car to the moviehouse.
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"Sgt. Pepper" was the first rock album with printed lyrics, the first to win a best album Grammy. It may be the most influential record in pop history, and the best-loved. It changed the direction of The Beatles, and of rock 'n' roll. Wochit
Forty-eight years ago, Paul McCartney announced the breakup of The Beatles, and even though nearly half a century has passed since then, interest in the greatest band of all time remains high.
The 2000 “1” album, a compilation of all of The Beatles' No. 1 singles, itself went to No. 1 – 30 years after the band broke up. Millions of fans, and not just baby boomers, stream Beatles songs on Spotify every month. Dozens of books examine their rise, their influence and their appeal all these years later.
You might think there's nothing left to know about the four working-class lads from Liverpool who became the most famous people in the world. Yet even the most hard-core Beatles fans are still amazed at what they don’t know.
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In the 1960s and ’70s, Pattie Boyd stood at the intersection of fashion, rock ’n’ roll, art, and fame. Widely considered one of the greatest muses of all time, Boyd, who was married first to George Harrison and later to Eric Clapton, inspired the hits “Something” by the Beatles, and “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight” by Clapton. Recently I devoured this intriguing woman’s memoir, Wonderful Tonight. A few weeks later, I had the pleasure of sitting down with her in the kitchen of her beautiful Kensington flat. As the sunlight poured through the windows, her blue eyes lit up as she spoke. There is a playful quality about her and, surprisingly—considering how much she has experienced in her life—a lightness.
TAYLOR SWIFT: I have been so excited to talk to you because we’re both women whose lives have been deeply influenced by songs and songwriting. I stand on one side of it, and you on the other. Does the concept of being called a muse feel like a correct fit?
n celebration of its 50th anniversary, a newly restored 4K version of the animated Beatles film “Yellow Submarine” is returning to theaters in select cities this week (with 5.1 surround sound for extra psychedelic effect). And while the film was famously born out of a contractual obligation, some distance shows that it is one of the better examples of the Beatles on film (even if John, Paul, George and Ringo aren’t actually in the film until the last few minutes — more on that later.)
If you can’t catch it in theaters (see the official Yellow Submarine website for information on screenings and tickets), we’ve provided details below on where to stream it from home. But why stop there? The Fab Four’s other major film appearances are streaming, too, along with a few interesting cinematic vehicles for their music that came after they split. Read on to learn where to find them, ranked in order from best to most ridiculous — with the understanding that ridiculous is not necessarily a bad thing.
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Sir Ringo Starr and wife, Lady Barbara Starkey, celebrated the Beatles drummer's 78th birthday July 7 in Nice, France, where he and his All-Starr Band were currently on tour, by joining with fans to say “Peace & Love” at noon all around the world, his representative told Billboard. Also on hand were his brother-in-law Joe Walsh and his wife Marjorie, who is Barbara's sister, plus All-Starr Band members Graham Gouldman, Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham, plus Matt Sorum, added to the group for the day.
Walsh, Sorum and the All-Starrs performed two of Ringo's songs in tribute to him, and Walsh played a bit of his old band the James Gang's "Funk #49" leading up to the noon countdown.
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When the phantasmagorically weird Beatles film Yellow Submarine premiered 50 years ago, its psychedelic colors and peace-and-love sensibility quickly influenced fashion, graphic design, animation and music.
But the 1968 movie also influenced organized religion — a fact lost in the hubbub over the release of a restored and remastered version in American theaters on July 8.
Not long after the British-made film landed in the United States, "submarine churches" attracted urban, young people. They adopted the outline of a yellow submarine with a small cross on its periscope as their symbol and displayed it alongside peace signs, flowers and other popular emblems of the 1960s.
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Ringo Starr, accompanied by, from left, guitarist Steve Lukather, Olivia Harrison (George Harrison's widow), Marjorie Bach and Starr's wife, Barbara Bach, attend Saturday's 10th Peace and Love birthday celebration in Nice, France, on Starr's 78th birthday. (Randy Lewis / Los Angeles Times)
Ten years ago when Ringo Starr turned 68, the Beatles drummer recalled someone asking what he wanted for his birthday.
“I couldn’t think of anything, and I don’t know why I said it, but it just came out: I said I would like for everyone in the world to say, ‘Peace and love,’ at noon,” the Beatles drummer said Saturday at the 10th anniversary of a tradition born that day at a Hard Rock Café in Chicago.
This year, formal “Peace and Love” celebrations are being held on Starr’s 78th birthday in 26 countries, precisely at noon in each time zone, an expansion of that original spontaneous remark he considers the most gratifying aspect of his long-held desire to spread goodwill through music and philanthropy.
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He paid his dues because he wanted to sing the blues, and more than any other rock ‘n’ roll drummer, Ringo Starr knew that fame didn’t come easy.
Sure, he achieved stardom as a member of The Beatles, who took England by storm in 1963 and followed it up by spearheading the “British Invasion” to the United States in 1964. But the man born Richard Starkey Jr. in Liverpool on July 7, 1940, was a sickly child who spent a year in the hospital due to peritonitis and two years in a sanitarium for pleurisy.
The oldest Beatle has led a charmed life. Here are some fun facts about Ringo:
His nickname came from his penchant for wearing several rings.
Starr played drums for several bands in Liverpool before joining the Beatles, most notably with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes from 1959 to 1962.
He joined the Beatles on Aug. 18, 1962, replacing Pete Best.
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The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil presents a series of surreal tableaus woven together like the songs in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. As with the music from that album, there is so much happening onstage during some songs that it takes more than one viewing to absorb all the action and detail, while other songs are represented with graceful aerial choreography and dance. Characters such as Sgt. Pepper’s Eleanor Rigby, Father McKenzie, Mr. Kite and Pepper himself are brought to life, while Paul McCartney’s “Blackbird” and the Blue Meanies from Yellow Submarine are comically realized.
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Malco Paradiso Cinema in Memphis will show a 50th anniversary edition of the 1968 animated classic "Yellow Submarine" at 7 p.m. July 10.
Sunday, July 8, marks the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles third movie, the animated feature "Yellow Submarine" in 1968. Movie theaters all over the country will be celebrating with a special anniversary screening this week.
The film was a venture the Fab Four felt squeamish about after the mixed reviews accruing to their movie "Help!" in 1965.
The Brits were mildly receptive -- especially compared to the Beatlemania of the early 1960.s. In America, the reaction was much more positive with reviewers praising the film's splashy psychedelic style.
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