Previously lost footage of the Beatles performing live on BBC’s “Top of the Pops” is allowing fans to see a “day in the life” of the Fab Four.
A collector based in Mexico has discovered an 11-second clip of the band performing “Paperback Writer” on a June 16, 1966, broadcast of “Pops.” The BBC did not archive a tape of this episode, making this rediscovered footage the only known recording of this showcase.
Essentially a bootleg, the silent reel was filmed on an 8mm camera in the TV room of one Liverpool family.
“I think if you’re a Beatles fans, it’s the holy grail,” says Chris Perry, a TV footage expert based in Birmingham, UK. He tells the BBC, “People thought it was gone forever because videotape wasn’t kept in 1966. To find it all these years later was stunning.”
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In his book Dreaming The Beatles, the great Rob Sheffield points out a fun postscript to the story of the biggest, most important, most iconic band of all time: Pretty soon after the Beatles dissolved, both Paul McCartney and John Lennon started bands with their wives. Sheffield has a great line about how you can’t really picture Mick Jagger and Keith Richards doing the same thing. But the Beatles had already become more famous than any human being should ever really be, and so that decision, from both Lennon and McCartney, makes a lot of sense. Those two bands were wildly different, but neither Lennon nor McCartney really had anything left to prove. So they both chased their own versions of domestic bliss, and both of those versions involved making music with their wives.
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One of the many highlights of John Lennon's Imagine – The Ultimate Collection, the immersive and intimate super deluxe edition of his legendary solo album, released this past October on what would have been his 78th birthday, were the Raw Studio Mixes. Helmed by engineer Rob Stevens under the supervision of Yoko Ono Lennon, these aggressively visceral and emotionally touching mixes capture the exact moment Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band recorded each song, raw and live on the soundstage at the center of Ascot Sound Studios, at John & Yoko's home in Tittenhurst. The Raw Studio recordings are devoid of the effects (reverb, tape delays, etc.) that were added when co-producers John, Yoko and Phil Spector created the additional layers of production sound and added John's orchestral arrangements in New York.
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When The Beatles started out, Paul McCartney and John Lennon wrote songs and sang so closely together you’d have a hard time saying who did what. In fact, on several Beatles No. 1 hits, you can’t give credit for lead vocals to John or Paul. You have to credit them both.
Later, as the Lennon-McCartney partnership changed, fans witnessed two gifted songwriters going in their own directions. As Paul described it, there was a significant amount of competition, though it was the healthy sort.
“He’d write ‘Strawberry Fields,’ I’d go away and write ‘Penny Lane’ … to compete with each other,” Paul said. “But it was very friendly competition.” Still, though they admired each other’s music, Paul and John weren’t in the habit of giving each other compliments.
In fact, in a 2018 interview, Paul said that John only complimented one of his tunes during their whole time together in The Beatles. The song was so good even Lennon couldn’t deny it.
The 2019 Amazon Spring Sale is underway, and as well as all the usual consumer durables, Simba mattress deals and Amazon device price cuts Amazon quite literally has Beatles for Sale. Not in the form of the album called Beatles for Sale, sadly, but on the rather more ginormous Beatles White Album (Super Deluxe Edition). Amazon's Spring Sale runs from Monday 8 April until midnight Monday 15. Record Store Day, perhaps not coincidentally, is on Saturday 13 April.The White Album (technically it's just named The Beatles, but nobody calls it that) was among the first rock double albums and is a sprawling mess of songs both catchy and profound and, uh, not quite so catchy or profound. Now, with the addition of demos and rough takes of songs that ended up on The White Album, Let It Be, or nowhere, it's a sextuple-CD treasure trove for Beatles fans. Normally it's quite expensive at well over £100 but today it's only a little bit expensive, at £80.47. Oh and you also get a Blu-ray with 5.1 surround sound mixes of the original album, done by producer George Martin's son (and sometime Sonos pitch man), Giles Martin.
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John Lennon’s battle with then-U.S. President Richard Nixon is well-known – but a recently-discovered telegram revealed that fellow Beatle George Harrison also had an angry exchange with the shamed leader’s administration.
Author Chip Madinger discovered the paperwork while researching the 2015 book Lennonology: Strange Days Indeed. He used a Freedom of information request to view Lennon’s file held by the Immigration and Naturalization Service after his long fight to be allowed to settle in the U.S. in the early ‘70s. Madinger also requested Harrison’s file.
“George came to the States in March of '73 for the Apple meetings and to work on the Ringo [Starr] album," he told Billboard in a new interview. “He came in from Pakistan and was detained at the airport. And they went through some 'he said and she said' and but eventually was allowed to come into the States. And I believe he was given permission to stay until June 1 and he was looking for more time.”
Looking back, it’s easy to think of The Beatles as a sure thing. In 1963, the band featured three bona fide lead singers, two talented songwriters, and the swagger to electrify crowds. However, Paul McCartney didn’t think it was enough to take America by storm.
“We mustn’t go to America until we’ve got a No. 1 record,” Paul recalled telling Brian Epstein, The Beatles’ manager, at the time. Though the band would go on to rack up an unthinkable 20 chart-topping singles, the first one wasn’t easy to come by.
During the interviews for Anthology, Paul described “From Me to You,” a previous single, as a “flop” in America. He didn’t want the band to arrive and end as an opening act for singers like Fabian (!), as the lesser British bands had to do during that era. He wanted to arrive on top.
When Epstein and the band saw the success of “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in the UK, they knew they had their “in.” In December of ’63, upon the single’s release in America, it sold 750,000 copies in three days. Soon enough, the Fab Four would have its first No. 1 in the States.
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Money — that’s what they want for a piano once used by legendary Beatle John Lennon to crank out some of his biggest hits.
An upright piano on which Lennon once wrote tunes for the Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is up for auction and is expected to fetch up to $1.2 million.
The John Broadwood and Sons piano, which dates back to 1872, is believed to have been in Lennon’s possession since 1966 and was said to be his favorite, according to the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction site.
Lennon used the instrument to write hits like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life” at his Kenwood estate, which he sold in 1968 amid a divorce from first wife Cynthia Lennon.
The “Imagine” singer eventually handed the piano off to a friend, but not before adorning it with a plaque that told of its storied history, according to the auction site.
Sir Paul McCartney impacts the Hot Tours list dated April 6, 2019 with $17.8 million from four South American shows, according to figures reported to Billboard Boxscore. He returned to Buenos Aires at Campo Argentino de Polo on March 23 ($5.4 million), before heading to Sao Paolo’s Allianz Parque on March 26-27 ($8.7 million) and Estadio Major Antonio Couto Pererira in Curitiba, Brazil on March 30 ($3.7 million).
With these recent grosses, McCartney’s solo career touring total in Latin America — as reported to Billboard Boxscore — grows to $101 million. Of that total, he has earned $21.5 million in Argentina (four shows) and $47.8 million in Brazil (10 shows). His recent shows at Allianz Parque are his first double-header in Brazil and as such, become his highest-grossing engagement in the country. These dates top this week’s Boxscore chart, only the second time he has done so in LatAm, following two shows at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on Nov. 25 and 27, 1993 ($6.5 million).
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The following gallery of Ringo Starr's 10 Most Historic Moments recognizes a career that took a while to gain the respect it always deserved.
Starr seldom sang with the Beatles – just 11 songs total – and, with only two songwriting credits, he didn't pen much either. But that's hardly the sum of his value within the band's larger musical framework.
Instead, it's the way Starr drove others' musical conceptions, completing the Beatles' songs in a way as unusual (he's a left-handed drummer who plays a right-handed kit) as it was underrated. Just listen to Starr's smart eruptions on "She Loves You," "Ticket to Ride" and "Rain," the innovative fills that punctuate "A Day in the Life," the off-beat aggression of "Tomorrow Never Knows" and "Helter Skelter," the lithe jazz asides on "I Want You (She's So Heavy)."
The other Beatles knew it, even if too few outside of their circle did at the time. Even Paul McCartney has noted that Ringo's arrival "was the beginning, really, of the Beatles."