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The Broadway engagement of Let It Be will conclude Sunday, September 1st at the St. James Theatre (246 West 44th Street) following 46 performances and 9 previews. At the time of closing, the Broadway production is projected to have cumulatively grossed between 2 and 2.4 million dollars, playing to over 50,000 audience members. The show began previews Tuesday, July 16th and officially opened Wednesday, July 24th.

Ever since John Lennon was tragically gunned down in 1980, it has been widely and persistently reported that the former Beatle spoke a few minutes after he was shot. Jim O'Donnell, a noted details

After decades of industrial decline, the northern English city of Liverpool's cry of Help!is being heard as tourists flock to the home of The Beatles. The recession-hit city's struggling economy now receives an infusion of hundreds of millions of pounds a year as a result of visitors drawn to Liverpool by the pull of the world's best-selling pop group, local government agencies estimate.

Beginning tomorrow, an expected 50,000 Beatles fans will Come Togetherin Liverpool to celebrate the annual International Beatles Week. Despite the fact the band has not played together since the end of the 1960s and two of its members, John Lennon and George Harrison, are dead, The Beatles' home town still attracts fans from regions all over the world.

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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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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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

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