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George Harrison was worth more than $300 million when he died in 2001, but the music legend's 82-year-old sister Louise Harrison now struggles to get by - living in a pre-fabricated home in small-town near Branson, Missouri.

Louise Harrison says she has been cut off from the family. While George left his widow Olivia and son Dhani the lavish Friar Park, a 120-room Victorian mansion in Henley-On-Thames just outside London, Louise is unable to support herself without working - managing a touring Beatles tribute band. However, displaying the quiet stoicism her family is famous for, Louise says she 'doesn't mind not living in a castle because she would rather be broke than live rich and heartless.' Gifted a $2,000-a-month pension by her brother for tax reasons in 1980 to help her get by, Louise found herself unceremoniously cut off by her brother's estate almost a year to the day after he died of complications from lung cancer in November 2001.

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FORMER newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks confessed to hacking Sir Paul McCartney's phone, the Old Bailey was told yesterday. The ex-boss of The Sun and now defunct News Of The World made the admission to the former wife of golf ace Colin Montgomerie, it was said.

She told Eimear Cook it was "easy" to illegally intercept the voicemails of celebrities, jurors heard. Mrs Cook, wed to former Ryder Cup captain Monty, 50, between 1990 and 2006, said she met Brooks for lunch in Knightsbridge, central London, in 2005. The engagement was arranged after she became the target of a "hatchet job" by papers including The Sun, she said. Mrs Cook, who has since remarried, added: "The bit I remember the most was her saying how easy it was to listen to people's voicemails. "She couldn't believe that famous people, that have all these advisors, that they don't know to change their PIN code to make their phone secure."

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Five Beatles fans who were photographed by Ringo Starr during the band's first US tour, finally met their idol almost 50 years later last weekend in Las Vegas. The friends were reunited last month, after answering Ringo's appeal for information on the teenagers he captured in a snapshot he took in New York City in February 1964.

The friends were reunited last month, after answering the drummer's appeal for information on the teenagers he captured in a snapshot while being driven from New York's JFK airport in February 1964. The picture, which Starr took through the window of his limousine on the George Washington Bridge, spans the central pages of Photograph, a new anthology of photography through his career. Over the weekend, the group – who had skipped lessons at their high school in New Jersey to pursue the band in a Chevrolet Impala that day – were flown to Las Vegas to watch Starr in concert. "I finally became a centrefold," Suzanne Rayot, 66, told Starr during a meeting backstage. "Thanks for taking such a w details

New album uses hit songs to aid Philippines - Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Isn't it nice when everyone bands together for a cause? This time around, it's big-time artists and their labels, who are joining forces to raise money for the Philippine Red Cross in the aftermath ofTyphoon Haiyan.

Record labels Sony, Warner Music and Universal have put together a genre-spanning compilation album called Songs for the Philippines. The album features 39 hit songs, such as Justin Timberlake'sMirrors, Katy Perry's Unconditionally and Beyonce'sI Was Here. It also features classic tracks like The Beatles details

Beatles almost didn’t happen - Monday, November 25, 2013

Are some people destined for success, or is the whole idea of destiny a myth, a comforting tale that we tell ourselves? When artists or political leaders become household names, are they just lucky?

You might think that the Beatles, probably the most successful popular musicians in the last 50 years, were bound to succeed. But an astonishing new book, "Tune In," by Mark Lewisohn, suggests otherwise. Without explicitly saying so, Lewisohn’s narrative raises the possibility that without breaks, coincidences and a lot of luck, none of us would have ever heard of the Beatles. As Lewisohn describes in detail, the young group became quite popular in local clubs in Liverpool, yet they struggled to attract wider attention. Lacking a manager, and with only modest prospects, they apparently came close to splitting up in 1961, fearing they weren’t going anywhere. Eventually they asked two young secretaries, who were helping to run their Liverpool fan club, to manage the group. But the secretaries found it hard to get them bookings. The group’s initial break details

This documentary explores the evolution of the Beat Generation to the ʼ60s counterculture in England—an underground revolution sparked by LSD and led by Paul McCartney and the Beatles.

With innovative songs like “Tomorrow Never Knows” and “Strawberry Fields Forever,” McCartney is credited with exploring electronic sounds that helped take these cutting-edge concepts to the next level. Key players and scenesters of the time tell the story, including Barry Miles, editor of the International Times and a longtime friend of McCartney’s; John “Hoppy” Hopkins, founder ofInternational Times and organizer of the UFO Club (perhaps the British counterpart to the Avalon Ballroom); Joe Boyd, founder of the UFO Club and producer of Pink Floyd; and Soft Machine drummer Robert Wyatt, just to name a few. This revolution, led by a loose collective of young radicals who introduced new social, sexual and aesthetic perspectives, helped produce the most creative period the world has ever seen in popular music!  details

"My dad interviewed John Lennon in bed" - Sunday, November 24, 2013

It’s 50 years since the Fab Four first played in our capital. Nathan Bevan talks to one fan who is keeping the rock ‘n’ roll spirit going. This year marks a half century since The Beatles first played Cardiff – a momentous, cacophonous riot of a gig in which South Wales’ Fab Four fanatics packed the city’s Capitol Cinema to become part of music history.

And, while almost a decade would pass before Julian Pugsley was born, that short but historic seven-song set would go on to make an indelible impression on his life. Well, that and his father getting into bed with John Lennon. “The Beatles had split before I’d even arrived in this world, but I’ll never forget my journalist dad Calvin telling me about the time in ‘69 he got to interview Lennon in bed at the Amsterdam Hilton,” says the frontman with tribute act All You Need Is The Beatles. “John and Yoko had just started staging their two-week lie-in in opposition of the Vietnam War.” And how did he feel to have been present at such a signi details

Beatles memorabilia worth more than £2,500 have been bought by a colourful former councillor and pirate radio DJ. Colin Dale, 74, successfully bid for a gold disc commemorating one million single sales of We Can Work It Out and a velour cloth previously owned by Michael Jackson at an auction in Liverpool. Colin, a Wendover resident for 25 years, said:

“I saw an advert in the Antiques Traders Gazette and decided to go for it. I only buy good stuff. “I was up against a few from Liverpool but sorry boys it’s gone south!” Bidding for the framed gold disc, which celebrates the 1965 double A-sided single with Day Tripper, began at £350 before Colin secured the item for £1,620. The 5ft by 4ft velour cloth, one of only five made, previously belonged to Beatles manager Brian Epstein, then Michael Jackson and now Colin for a cost of £744. He said: “I did rather well there. “But it’s so big I’m thinking where does it go?” Colin, who has always been passionate about antiques, bought 12 Rolling Stones details

A BOOK autographed by The Beatles has been sold at an auction in Wareham for more than £3,000. Previously owned by a young fan who met the fab four backstage during a recording of Thank Your Lucky Stars, the scrapbook has now been sent on to an anonymous American bidder who paid £3,200 for it on November 12.

It also contained magazine and newspaper clippings, and several publicity photos and postcards of the group, featuring Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. The winning bidder said: “I have never bid in an auction before, but have loved the Beatles since I was three. “I will never sell them and intend to leave them to my niece if anything happens to me.” Before the auction, the un-named owner spoke to the Daily Echo to say that the item had been her ‘pride and joy for many years.’ She added: “A friend gave me a second set of autographs from the official Beatles fan club that were signed by Neil Aspinall, the road manager who died a few years ago.” It is believed that signed Beatles p details

The Beatles, JFK and Nov. 22, 1963 - Saturday, November 23, 2013

The connection between the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the eruption of Beatlemania in the U.S. a little more than two months later when the group showed up on “The Ed Sullivan Show” has long been established.

The joy in the group’s new sound and look, played out on the faces of Sullivan’s audience full of screaming teenagers, gave a grieving nation a much-needed reason to smile once again. What’s less well-remembered is that the Sullivan show was not the group’s first TV exposure in the U.S. In fact, before that historic night, even before talk-show host Jack Paarshowed a performance clip of the Fab Four on his show a month before they arrived in the States to play live for Sullivan, Mike Wallace and CBS News were the first to tell a national audience about the phenomenon of Beatlemania then sweeping England.


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