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LAKE GENEVA, Wis. — Yes, the Lake Geneva dateline is a bit beside the point, but I was so excited about a story Josh Stockinger wrote in Friday's editions I felt compelled to add my 2 cents while on a mini vacation.

Actually I wanted to be the first to add an online comment. It would have read, "Hey, I played with the New Colony Six, too! Well, OK, I mean I played kazoo with the group's frontman, Ronnie Rice. Once. On one song ('Runaway')." I was stopped in my tracks by the first post on Stockinger's story — a guy who said lying is the accepted norm in the rock 'n' roll business. So my brush with rock 'n' roll fame embellishment with a quick explanation of the truth seemed pretty lame.

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Sid Bernstein made musical history in 1964 when he took an unknown British pop group – the Beatles – to America and started the "British Invasion" there. He booked the Beatles to play at Carnegie Hall and later arranged their famous shows at the Shea Stadium – the first major rock stadium acts – and presented the first US appearances of the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Dave Clark Five, the Moody Blues and the Animals.

Bernstein's interest in British culture had been nurtured as a GI during World War II and, after returning to America, he kept up with what was going on by reading British newspapers. In 1962, he noticed stories about a new pop group from Liverpool whose public appearances were causing scenes of mass hysteria. “I said, 'I've got to bring them to America. The language is the same'.” He phoned Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who had reservations: the group's early records, released in the US on minor labels, were not selling well. Bernstein won him over, however, by promising to get the group i details

Doctor Robert Goes to Liverpool - Sunday, August 25, 2013

Beatles Radio is at the Mathew Street Festival - International Beatle Week Liverpool. So much to do and see from taking a Magical Mystery Tour Bus ride for two hours for around $22.00 or 15.00 quid. The tour started at Albert Dock and down to Lime Street, Penny Lane, Strawberry Fields as well as to the homes of John, Paul, George and Ringo. It was definitely worth it. The tour guide was great and was pretty spot on with his Beatles facts.


Beatle Bands are playing every hour at the Cavern Club from noon until 1:00 am both Sunday and Monday (Bank Holiday in the UK),
including one of our favorites, "The Beatrips". You can drop into bars like "The Rubber Soul", "Lennon's Bar", and the "Quarry Quarter."
Last night Doctor Robert and the crew had a pint at the Phil, the pub close the Liverpool Institute where John Lennon when asked what the negative aspects of fame were. He allegedly replied, "Not being able to have a drink at the Phil without being bothered." So, if you ever get the chance to visit Liverpool during International Beatle Week, we highly recommend it details

Author Kevin Roach, who has penned an excellent book on the family of Paul McCartney and is co-author of another on the Beatles, has now authored “George Harrison: That's the Way God Planned It,” which explores George Harrison's early life. We interviewed him about his new book, which is available as an e-book for Kindle in the U.S. and the UK and as a paperback in the UK.

Q: “Are any of the pictures in the book new? One of the onstage shots looked unfamiliar?”

KEVIN ROACH: “There are a lot of unseen photos of the Harrison family photos and places where George grew up around Liverpool, the stage shot of George and Johnny Gentle was taken by a local news reporter when the Beatles supported Gentle on the Scottish Tour.”

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This is the story of aging rock musician Gary Goldberg, The Beatles and a lie that, in the end, came to haunt him. Goldberg took the podium last week at the Elmhurst Historical Museum to tell a few dozen spectators about his days in the Cave Dwellers — a 1960s Chicago garage-rock band that never made it big but, 48 years later, found a new audience among collectors of reissued and hard-to-find vinyl records.

The story was nearly true, save for the most attention-grabbing detail: that on Aug. 20, 1965, the Cave Dwellers opened for The Beatles at Comiskey Park, where legendary guitarist George Harrison played Goldberg's Hagstrom six-string and gave away his own guitar strap as thanks. What Goldberg, now 68, wasn't prepared for was being publicly confronted at the museum by former bandmates, prompting a Daily Herald investigation that culminated five days later with a striking confession. "We really didn't play (with The Beatles) at all," Goldberg admitted. "It (the story) just got carried away, and I couldn't stop it."

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A WEBSITE devoted to random meetings between the public and The Beatles over the years is set to become a book. The Facebook page, called The Beatles And Me, was set up “for a bit of a laugh” according to its creator Dean Johnson.

But in just a few months it has pictures and stories from hundreds of encounters with John, Paul, George and Ringo over the decades. It has become so successful that Dean and Jennifer Smedley, the creative director of Liverpool-based Plantapress, now plan to turn the web page into a book. Jennifer said the idea came up after she met Dean through a mutual friend. She said: “Dean told me about it and how he thought it would make a good book – and I thought ‘yes, let’s do it’.”

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Lennon jacket fetches £7,000 - Friday, August 23, 2013

A Derbyshire woman has paid £7,000 for a jacket once worn by Beatles star John Lennon.

The teal blue jacket was once the property of Jo Jo Johns, personal assistant to The Beatles, who worked at the group's offices from 1968 to 1975 and cleared Lennon's house when he moved to America. The winning bidder said it was a birthday present for her husband. The jacket was expected to fetch between £8,000-£12,000.

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Beatle's ex-wife claims silver medal - Friday, August 23, 2013

Sir Paul McCartney's ex-wife Heather Mills has taken out second place in the women's adaptive slalom event at the New Zealand Winter Games. Mills, who is ranked 28th in the world in the event, clocked two minutes 9.09 seconds to miss out on the gold to Canada's Melanie Schwartz (1:59.79) on Queenstown's Coronet Peak.

The 45-year-old former model lost her leg below the knee in a road accident in 1993. She married Beatles star McCartney in 2002 and they divorced six years later. She won four gold medals at last year's US Adaptive Alpine Skiing National Championships in Aspen, Colorado and is hoping to qualify for the 2014 Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi in February


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The Alberta dentist who bought John Lennon's tooth has sent it to the U.S. for DNA sequencing in the hopes the former Beatles may one day be cloned. With a little help from an Alberta dentist and the power of science, John Lennon may someday live to sing another song.

But not any time soon.Michael Zuk, a dentist based in Red Deer, bought the molar of former Beatle for more than $30,000 (U.S.) in 2011. He has sent it to American researchers who are looking at ways to extract Lennon’s DNA from the tooth.His goal is to use the information to eventually clone the legendary musician, who was murdered in 1980.But one cloning expert said it’s impossible to pull off at this point.

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If you want to discover the rich history of the Beatles, and walk in their footsteps, you will be buying a plane ticket to England. You will head to Liverpool where they grew up, seeing their childhood homes and the places they played, and London, where they recorded the most famous albums in rock and roll history and performed for the Queen.

This article lists the most fascinating and historic Fab Four landmarks in both cities, must-sees for any serious Beatles fan. Whether you are going with a large organized group of fans, or headed there solo, this article will help you get your bearings and come in handy once you are there.

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