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It was 50 years ago today... and three of the Fab Four were ­chilling by the pool in Tenerife.

Only weeks later Beatlemania was in full swing and Paul McCartney, George ­Harrison and Ringo Starr were well on their way to becoming famous worldwide.

But in May 1963 no one on the Spanish island gave the Beatles a second glance...and when they offered to play a  few tunes there they were turned down.

Ringo asked the manager of San Telmo Lido, “Can we play some of our music in your bar?” but the manager said “No” and they ended up lazing by the pool and ­getting sunburnt instead.

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Central musicians meet the 'Beatles' - Saturday, May 11, 2013

MANCHESTER - When Mathew Capalario found out his bassoon playing would back up a group of professionals covering songs by the Beatles at a concert Friday night at Central High School, he said his jaw dropped and that he emitted a grunt followed by a big "yes."

"I was starstruck," the freshman, and self-described "huge Beatles fan," said shortly before the show. "I was just, uh, speechless."

The show, featuring the touring group Beatlemania Stage Show, paired the group with students from the high school's bands and chorus to raise money for the school's music programs.


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LONDON (AP) - Miles and Jimi. Jimi and Miles. Fans of the late trumpet and guitar masters have long known that Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix had been making plans to record together in the year before Hendrix's sudden death in 1970.

But less attention has been paid to the bass player they were trying to recruit: Paul McCartney, who was busy with another band at the time.

This tantalizing detail about the super group that never was - jazz standout Tony Williams would have been on drums - is contained in an oft-overlooked telegram that Hendrix sent to McCartney at The Beatles' Apple Records in London on Oct. 21, 1969.

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Source: Spinner Cananda

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The Beatles Get Their Own Show - Saturday, May 11, 2013

Trip down memory lane.

In May 1963, the Beatles were in the midst of their most grueling year of touring: They were playing a concert, TV, or radio appearance almost every day, and often they were doing two or three. Though the band gave well over 200 performances, and had been accustomed to playing several hours of material from their days in Hamburg.

These shows only made use of a small portion of their material, usually the same 20 to 25 minutes. They were promoting their debut album, after all, along with its one or two hit singles, so each set, whether on stage or on air, focused night in, night out, on those same songs. “The Beatles’ music died then, as musicians,” John Lennon later said, of this stifling setup. “That’s why we never improved as musicians; we killed ourselves then to make it. And that was the end of it.”

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Henry Grossman was 27 when Time magazine hired him to shoot the Beatles during their first appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in 1964. To the lifelong opera buff, it was nothing more than another assignment in a career that eventually included portraits of presidents from John F. Kennedy to Jimmy Carter and stars from Richard Burton to Luciano Pavarotti.

"I was not listening to any of that kind of music," Grossman said in a call to his New York home. "I loved symphonic music, and I had just bought my first hi-fi set. The only music I was listening to was classical."

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Source: Cleveland.com

Photo Credit: Henry Grossman

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Listen to an exclusive remastered version of classic track Blackbird, taken from a forthcoming reissue of the album Wings Over America, by Paul McCartney and Wings.

The live album Wings Over America was originally released in December 1976. It documented the rock band’s 1976 North American tour, and included versions of Wings/Paul McCartney tracks such Jet and Live and Let Die, alongside Beatles songs such as Yesterday and Lady Madonna.

The tour was the first Paul McCartney had undertaken in the US for a decade. Wings performed to more than 600,000 people during 31 dates in the US and Canada.

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Source: The Telegraph