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The magical mystery behind a letter of authenticity for Sir Paul McCartney’s old door has led to a charity donation. The front door from the former home of the McCartney family, in Liverpool’s Forthlin Road, is among items set to go under the hammer and is expected to fetch about £8,500.

It came with a letter from Sheila Jones, who lived in the house after the McCartneys moved out.  But when Sheila and her family read about The Beatles 22nd annual memorabilia auction in the ECHO, they revealed she never wrote a letter. Auction organiser Stephen Bailey said: “The ECHO informed us she never wrote the letter that came with the door and we spoke to Sheila’s son. “We got in touch with the vendor of the door, who bought the item with the letter at a previous auction.

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Source: Liverpool Echo


SIR Paul McCartney has turned down offers of up to £5million to write an autobiography, saying he is too busy touring and making music. The memoirs of the 71-year-old former Beatle have the potential to be one of the most explosive in modern pop culture.

His views on the rise to fame of the group, their bust-ups and eventual split would make compelling reading. Yet Sir Paul, who has just ended a North American tour, is about to release a new record and already has a £500million fortune, said: “I figured so many people have told it so many times, that maybe I don’t need to do it. It is work. That is not something you toss up overnight.

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Vicki Gibbons wasn’t feeling good Sunday, so she picked the Beatles “Oh! Darling” to perform in the finals of the Livingston Sensation competition. “I wanted to pick something I’m comfortable with,” she said of the Paul McCartney song that was on the “Abbey Road” album.

Good choice. The 2012 Howell High School graduate took top honors among 13 finalists in the 11th annual Livingston Sensation singing competition held at the courthouse amphitheater in downtown Howell. The contest, sponsored by the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus, played to a large and supportive audience beneath sunny skies. The event closed out the 53rd annual Howell Melon Festival.

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Sir Paul given Key to City - Monday, August 19, 2013

Sir Paul McCartney is the latest recipient of the Key to the City. The 71-year-old Beatle received the key from Mayor Sam Katz before taking the stage at sold-out Investors Group Field on Monday night.

"We are thrilled to present Sir Paul with the Key to the City," said Mayor Katz. "Not only have his songs touched generations of music fans, his many years of working with charitable organizations has set a tremendous example of caring and humanity for us all." McCartney is considered one of the world’s most successful musicians of all time.

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A rare poster promoting a performance by the Beatles before they became global superstars has been found by railway staff. The billboard picture dates back to 1962 and advertises the band as a support act to rock legend Little Richard.

Yesterday the find was hailed as a piece of “pure musical history” by experts who have valued it at £5,000. At the time, Beatlemania had yet to sweep the country and group’s first single, Love Me Do, had been released only seven days earlier. The poster, promoting a gig at New Brighton Tower Ballroom, near Liverpool, was discovered under wooden cladding on a platform wall by workmen refurbishing Bidston station on the Wirral.

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Source: Mirror News

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Arguably the most ignominious firing in rock history happened on Aug. 16, 1962. Shortly before recording their debut single, the Beatles dismissed drummer Pete Best.

Two months earlier, the group passed an audition for Parlophone Records. But while producer George Martin liked what he heard, he was dissatisfied with Best. He told the Beatles that, while they could use Best onstage, he was going to bring in a session drummer for the recordings. The other Beatles, along with manager Brian Epstein, discussed the situation and decided that it was in their best interests to sack the drummer entirely. On Aug. 16, Epstein called Best into his office and told him the news that he was out. Known around Liverpool as “mean, moody and magnificent,” Best had joined the Beatles two years earlier when they needed a drummer for their upcoming residency in Hamburg. His audition was, quite literally, the day before they went to Germany. But his sullen personality never fit in well with the wisecracking Beatles, even refusing to adop details

“If scientists think they can clone Mammoths, then John Lennon could be next.” This is the quote from Edmonton, Alberta today, August 16, 2013, by Dr. Michael Zuk, who is collaborating with American scientists to decode the DNA from John Lennon’s tooth.

The dentist attracted world-wide attention in 2011 for purchasing the tooth for over $30,000 at a UK auction in 2011. Lennon gave the rotting tooth, which had just been extracted, to his housekeeper Dot Jarlett in the 60s. The molar has been put to good use since then. It participated in a number of charitable ventures including a tour of the UK to raise awareness of oral cancer. A line of John Lennon DNA pendants was created, and was included in a celebrity DNA documentary as well as many other television appearances.

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A tie which used to belong to John Lennon is among the rare items set to go under the hammer at the Beatles 22nd Annual Memorabilia auction. The black knitted tie was discovered by retired civil servant Joyce McWilliams, 66, who found it, along with some rare signed postcards, when she was clearing out her house.

McWilliams, who was handed the tie by Lennon himself at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, is now set to make around £20,000 (€23,500) from her finds. She walked into the Beatles Shop, in Mathew St in the heart of the Cavern Club quarter, with five rare autographed photographs of the Beatles, wondering if they were valuable. Stephen Bailey, shop manager for 20 years, said: “She said she was having a clear-out at home and came across them in a drawer. “I asked her if she had any more items and she returned a few days later with John Lennon’s black knitted tie.” McWilliams had obtained the tie and autographed photos in 1962 when she was a 15-year-old who used to attend the lunchtime sessions at Liverpool’s famous Cave details

The Beatles - The Beatles make £43.5m - Friday, August 16, 2013

The Beatles have amassed an annual turnover of £43.5 million, landing Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, as well as John Lennon and George Harrison's widows, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, with £5.1 million each.  The Beatles have made an annual turnover of £43.5 million.

The 'Hello Goodbye' hitmakers' business, Apple Corps Limited, has amassed the staggering figure - £2 million more than they made in 2012 - landing Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, and the estates of late members John Lennon and George Harrison £5.1 million each. Despite forming more than 50 years ago, The Beatles received £2,037,500 each in dividends, £1,936,500 in promotional activities fees and £1,175,375 for name and likeness payments. A source told The Sun newspaper: ''The Beatles have been the most famous band in the world since the 60s and it keeps on paying. ''The obsession with the Fab Four has never stopped, even half a century after they started. ''So the money j details

The lineup for 2013's iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas just got a superstar addition: Paul McCartney has joined the bill for the event, which takes place at the MGM Grand Arena on September 20th and 21st. (McCartney will play on Saturday, the 21st. McCartney will perform alongside previously announced headliners.

Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry and Elton John. The lineup also includes Phoenix, Fun., Maroon 5, J. Cole, Muse, Tiësto, Chris Brown, Keith Urban, Miguel, Bruno Mars, Zedd, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, Drake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Benny Benassi, and Queen performing with Adam Lambert. Saturday afternoon at the "Festival Village," there will be additional performances by Miley Cyrus, the Wanted, Jason DeRulo, the Band Perry, Avril Lavigne, Krewella, Cher Lloyd, Twenty One Pilots, Pete Tong and AWOLNATION with a special guest appearance by Ne-Yo.

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