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Wings Guitarist Henry McCullough Ill - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Henry McCullough, guitarist in the original lineup of Wings, is critically ill after suffering a heart attack.   The 69-year-old McCullough suffered cardiac arrest at home in Ireland.  His sister, Rae Morrision, counters reports that he had died, but says the family is gravely concerned and flying in to be with Henry.

Probably best known for his year and a half as part of Wings, including his guiatar work on "My Love", McCullough was also a member of Joe Cocker's band, and played the historic Woodstock concert in 1969.

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Beatles Top Sellers on UK Singles Chart - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

  The Beatles sit atop the UK’s Official Singles Chart, on its own 60th anniversary.  With sales of 22.1 million singles over the last 50 years, the Beatles charted in the UK’s Top 40 thirty-one times, including seventeen Number Ones.

The Beatles’ closest competitors?  Not all that close: Queen, with 12.8 million sold, and Abba, with 11.3 million . The Rolling Stones place fourth, with 10.1 million singles sold over their 50-year career. 

The 90’s are well-represented with Oasis, Take That and the Spice Girls taking up the 5th, 6th and 7th spots. Black Eyed Peas bring the list up to date in thirteenth place with 7 million singles sold.

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Lennon Letter to Clapton Up for Auction - Wednesday, November 07, 2012

  John Lennon’s 1971 letter to Eric Clapton inviting him to form a band goes up for auction December 18th.  Said John: “Eric, I know I can bring out something great, in fact greater in you that had been so far evident in your music. I hope to bring out the same kind of greatness in all of us, which I know will happen if/when we get together.”  Clapton had played in the Plastic Ono Band in 1969. 

The auction also includes letters from Beethoven, Tchaikovsky and George Gershwin, as well as Charles Dickens and George Washington. The Lennon letter is expected to fetch up to $30,000 US at the auction in Los Angeles.


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Yoko Backs Mobile News App - Monday, November 05, 2012

16 yr. old Nick D’Alosio has the financial backing of several celebrities, including Yoko Ono, for a news summary mobile app called “Summly”.  The British teen has been creating apps since he was 12, and wanted a way to better access news content on his mobile device.  He got backing from a small group of investors last year, which led to more funding from Yoko, Ashton Kutcher, Mark Pincus and others.

D'Alosio has used the $1 million to hire "some serious scientists" to improve on his original algorithm, which works by selecting words from a given article to build a summary that will perfectly fit onto the screen of an iPhone--no more scrolling to read or waiting to load.

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Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be honored in his native Liverpool with a statue sculpted by the same artist responsible for the statue at Liverpool John Lennon International Airport.   A group of Epstein's friends and fans says it will work to raise 60,000 pounds ($96, 274 US) to pay for the statue scuplted by Tom Murphy.  The effort has the support of Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer, who were also managed by Epstein.  The Liverpool City Council has approved the request for the statue, to be located at the former home of Epstein's father and grandparents (now a guest house) on Anfield Road.

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On December 1st, a "prisitne" copy of the Beatles' "Yetserday and Today" butcher cover album will be auctioned off in Beverly Hills, CA. Other items for  sale include a dollar bill signed by all four Beatles, Elvis Presley's pajama pants and Slash's table lamp. According to the Associated Press, the sale also includes negatives of the nude photos of Madonna that appeared in Penthouse magazine in 1985, the mask Lady Gaga wore in the "Bad Romance" video, the sock sleeves Michael Jackson wore as the Scarecrow in the movie version of "The Wiz",  the necklace Bruce Springsteen wore on the cover of "Born to  Run," and a pair of Stone Temple Pilots' Scott Weiland's sunglasses--missing a lens.

A cassette tape that took the Beatles to the moon aboard Apollo 14--along with other classic 60's artists--goes up for auction later this month in a space and aviation-themed auction.  It was one of austronaut Edgar Mitchell's tapes on board, and he vouches for its authenticity.  Songs include: ‘Spinning Wheel' by Blood Sweat & Tears,  Creedence Clearwater Revival's ‘Looking Out My Backdoor,’  Marvin Gaye's ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine,’ the Beatles' ‘Something’  and ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ and Simon and Garfunkel's ‘Homeward Bound.’

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Sir Paul McCartney tells Sir David Frost that Yoko Ono should not be blamed for breaking up the Beatles.  In an hour-long interview airing in November, Paul tells Frost: "She certainly didn't break the group up…I don't think you can blame her for anything.”

ul McCartney tells Sir David Frost that Yoko Ono should not be blamed for breaking up the Beatles.  In an hour-long interview airing in November, Paul tells Frost: "She certainly didn't break the group up…I don't think you can blame her for anything.”

"When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things," McCartney says. "She showed [John] another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave."

Paul also says he doubts John would have details

Lennon Tooth Touring as a Necklace...? - Wednesday, October 31, 2012


John Lennon’s tooth is at the center of a necklace now—and a UK dental care center’s effort to fight mouth cancer.

"The patients think it's great," said practice owner Chris Branfield.

"You turn on the TV and it's all doom and gloom and people come to the dentist and have apprehensions about that.

"This is about communicating – showing that dentists are people, too, and if we can help along the way, then all the better."

The centre is the first in the UK to host Lennon's tooth, purchased at auction by a Canadian dentist who collects celebrity teeth, and placed like a gemstone in a necklace with a peace symbol.

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The actor and author known to Beatles fans as the voice of John Lennon in "Yellow Submarine" has died. John Clive was exceptionally versatile, appearing in clasic films such as "A Clockwork Orange" and the oringinal 1969 version of "The Italian Job", as well as several British TV series.  Later in life, he became a best-selling author, with such books as "KG200" and "Broken Wings".  Clive died after a brief illness, according to his family.  John Clive was 79.

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