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Donnie Lyons, 59, of Racine, has been collecting Beatles memorabilia for close to 50 years. He has Beatles tattoos on his arms, a dozen Beatles shirts he wears daily, and memorability covers his walls. But after recently having a stroke he is trying to sell it to raise money and give it a good home in the future.

RACINE — Donnie Lyons remembers his mother calling him into the living room for the “Ed Sullivan Show” when he was about 10. 

“You are going to like this,” Lyons recalls her saying. When he went into the room, he saw The Beatles perform for the first time.

“I just fell in love,” said Lyons, 59, who still lives in the same Racine house he did as a young boy.

By the time he went to school the next day, he knew all The Beatles’ names and everyone was talking about them. They had their trademark long hair and they were different than any other artists.

At the time, “it was rare to see a group,” he said.

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Ringo Starr is writing a children's picture book based on his Beatles hit Octopus's Garden.

Ben Cort, the illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants and a Beatles fan, has been signed up to illustrate the book, which will be published in October.

Starr, 72, also known also as the narrator of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, said: “It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon & Schuster for the further adventures of Octopus’s Garden. Peace and Love, Ringo.”

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Source: The Telegraph

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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Paul McCartney‘s always had a knack for catchy melodies — so much so in fact, that it’s easy to forget he’s gleefully singing about a man who murders people during ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’

During the three-and-a-half minute song — which can be found in the middle of side one on the Beatles‘ 1969 album ‘Abbey Road’ — Maxwell’s girlfriend, school teacher and a judge all meet their doom via the titular piece of hardware.

George Harrison may have been ready to bash McCartney a bit himself after Paul dragged his bandmates through three days of work in order to get this “fruity” (George’s words) song sounding the way he wanted it to.

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Source: Ultimate Classic Rock

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A NEW tourist attraction to celebrate Liverpool’s musical heritage beyond the Beatles is set to be piloted in the city. Beat In The Mersey, which takes place at the Cunard Building on Sunday, has backing from musician Peter Hooton. Christine Chellew, producer of the tours, said: “Long before the Beatles Liverpool was alive with music.

“The name Beat In The Mersey represents both the heartbeat of the city and the beat that was in the waters of the Mersey created by all the people who travelled to and from America, Ireland, Africa and beyond. They brought with them their sounds and cultures that Liverpool embraced.

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Ringo Starr has been asked the “crazy ­question” a million times before, and he knows that it’s coming.

I know he hates being interviewed because it’s always questions about the Fab Four, if he misses George and John, and whether he’s jealous of Sir Paul’s knighthood.

Five years ago Ringo dented his reputation as the joker of the Beatles pack when he posted an irate message on his website saying he would no longer sign autographs because fans were flogging them on eBay.

So I slip the question in between asking about his new band, his charity foundation and his love of gardening.

Would The Beatles have reunited by now had they all survived, after all their Sixies arch-rivals the Rolling Stone are back on the road again and due to headline Glastonbury next month for the first time?

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Source: Mirror News

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TO mark 50 years since The Beatles played Abergavenny Town Hall, a local shop is urging other businesses to create Beatles inspired window displays.

June 22, 1963, was the day The Beatles played their one and only performance in Abergavenny Town Hall. The Beatles took to the stage at 10.30pm after John Lennon flew in by helicopter from an appearance on Juke Box Jury in London. Just 600 fans saw them perform, each paying 12s/6d for their tickets.

The Beatles played a 20-minute set before attending a civic reception by the mayor and mayoress of Abergavenny, Councillor and Mrs JF Thurston and then spending the night in the town’s Angel Hotel.

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Source: Free Press

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Ace Arts filed suit against Sony and Apple Thursday in an effort to get the two media giants' lawyers off its case and let it release a Beatles documentary.

The Beatles' first live U.S. concert -- February 11, 1964 in Washington, D.C. -- was set to be included in its entirety in the upcoming Screenvision documentary, “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.”

Apple Corps. has its own Beatles concert project in the works. "The Beatles Live!" will incorporate concert footage from band's tours in the 1960s submitted by professionals and fans.

Ace Arts is suing for the right to distribute its version, “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.” It claims “the company that funded, taped, and exhibited the D.C. Concert allowed the film of the concert (the ‘Tape’) to be transferred without copyright protection.”

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Source: The Wrap Covering Hollywood

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Abbey Road Meets... Ken Townsend - Saturday, June 08, 2013

Today marks the 51st anniversary of The Beatles’ first ever recording session at Abbey Road Studios, which took place on 6th June 1962.

In honour of the occasion we put your questions to Ken Townsend, who was an engineer on that very session and went on to manage Abbey Road Studios for over 20 years.

We were inundated with questions on Facebook and Twitter, and it was a tough call picking the best ones to put to Ken. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Here’s the interview in full:

What kind of engineer are you? - ‏@manyreasonsy, via Twitter

A long since retired one, now an octogenarian and currently building a wall and steps in the garden!

I was trained as a design and development engineer at EMI in Hayes, but moved to Abbey Road in my final year as a trainee, in 1954. My job title was then Recording Engineer, but what are now known as Recording Engineers were then called Balance Engineers.

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Next week will see the release on DVD, Blu-ray and Download of 'Rockshow', the live concert film which was shot in 1976 when Paul McCartney & Wings undertook the epic ‘Wings over the World’ tour. It would be the largest-scale tour they would ever undertake as a band.

Pre-order your copy of the film now from Amazon HERE!

The film is packed with all the classic Wings hits - plus some of The Beatles’ and Paul’s solo classics. Although filmed on the ‘Wings over the World’ tour at the enormous Kingdome in Seattle, ‘Rockshow’, originally a cut down version of the concert, was not premiered until November 1980 in New York and April 1981 in London.

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An exhibit featuring John Lennon’s artwork will be in Seattle, Washington this weekend at Black Rapid Studio in the Queen Anne area. The exhibit, hosted by Pacific Edge Gallery and Black Rapid, will include over 120 framed limited edition artworks available for purchase, as well as Lennon’s hand written lyrics. Artwork catalogs and shirts will also be available.

The exhibit includes serigraphs, signed lithographs as well as limited edition reproductions of Lennon’s hand written lyrics, all authorized with the cooperation of the Lennon Estate. New releases include: "On Cloud 9", "Happy Life", "Family of Peace," "Forever Love", and "Let's Make a Dream", as well as the handwritten lyrics to the song "Give Me Some Truth."

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Source: Examiner

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