The Beatles 50 Years ago Today (BeatlesRadio.com)
The Beatles lunchtime booking at the cavern club Oct 8th was canceled because they were headed for London for the Debut appearance on Radio Luxembourg:
In the early 60s a appearance on the influential Luxembourg station (which had a medium and shortwave service) beamed directly at Britain and aimed and marketed at the British Public:
Record companies could buy Programs on air for exclusive promotion of their Artists and discs among other shows EMI had "The Friday Spectacular" for which this debut appearance by New group "The Beatles" was recorded and taped on a Monday evening in front of an audience of more than 100 sitting or dancing Youngsters in a small ground-floor studio inside EMI's Central London headquarters despite the presence of the Artists only records were played on the show:
This particular Programme was aired 10pm October 12, 1962
Never-before seen photos of John Lennon taken on location in Spain in 1966 have been published by the UK's Daily Mail.
The photos of John, in costume as Pvt. Gripweed and wearing his soon-to-be-trademark round glasses, show him in relaxed moments between takes--inculding one shot of John swinging a cricket bat.
The 1877 Steinway grand piano used on so many classic Motown recordings has been restored to playing--and recording--quality, thanks to Paul McCartney, who along with Motown founder Berry Gordy, played the piano at a fundraising gala in New York City. Paul had told Motown Museum officials last summer than he wanted to help with the restoration when he learned the instrument could no longer be played. It took Steinway techs months to restore the 9-foot piano to its former glory. McCartney & Gordy played the Motown/Beatles classic, "Money (That's What I Want)", as well as "Hey Jude" and "Lady Madonna".
One of the most iconic images of rock, the Beatles' "Abbey Road" cover has been recreated...using food. UK restaurant chain, Beefeater Grill, charged food scupltor Paul Baker with creating the piece using ingredients found on its menu. Baker chose to go with an English breakfast theme, using beans, mushrooms, bacon, sausages, eggs, toast and fruit. (Famously vegetarian Paul is fittingly made of mushrooms.) Baker and three assistants took four days to complete the piece, dubbed "Let It Bean".
Paul McCartney delighted workers at his wife's family business in New York State, making the rounds at the trucking company and posing for photos. Paul accompanied his wife, Nancy, to Syracuse, NY, as she attended a meeting at New England Motor Freight, the trucking company owned by her father, Myron Shevell, and of which she is Vice President of Administration. Syracuse-area media reported that the McCartneys flew in on a private jet and spent several hours in the area, and had lunch with employees. Photos of Paul posing with employees soon hit Facebook, as well as local media websites.
On September 8th, Sir Paul McCartney will receive France's highest civilian award, the Legion of Honor, from French president, Francois Hollande. Non-French entertainers such as Jerry Lewis, Liza Minelli and Clint Eastwood have also been so honored. Interestingly, the recipients have to purchase their own medals (costing 169 to 700 euros, or $210 to $880 US Dollars) from a licensed jeweler.
It will also be available on a special 10”x10” boxed deluxe edition, which includes both the DVD and Blu-ray, as well as a 60-page book with background information, photographs and documentation from the production. There is also a “faithful” reproduction of the mono double 7” vinyl EP of the six Beatles songs introduced in the film.