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Sir Paul’s son feels fine about his “new mother.”James McCartney — the little-known solo artist and son of Beatles legend Paul McCartney — said he’s delighted with his dad’s new wife, former MTA board member Nancy Shevell.

“Nancy’s my new mother,” James McCartney, 35, told the Daily Mail newspaper. “I feel that. Definitely. She’s very genuine.” Shevell and McCartney got married on Oct. 9, 2011. It was a third marriage for Paul, who turns 71 tomorrow.

James McCartney’s mom was Linda McCartney, who died of cancer in 1998. Sir Paul’s kid gushed about Shevell, who has been an enthusiastic cheerleader for his career as a struggling musician.

“She has been one of the biggest supporters of me doing this, pursuing my own dreams,” said James.

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Paul McCartney is music's coolest dad, according to June's iHeartRadio survey. The ex-Beatle has five children, four with late wife Linda (he adopted her daughter Heather and the couple had Mary, Stella and James) and daughter Beatrice with second wife Heather Mills.

With an eye on Father's Day, the online survey queried more than 1,000 of iHeartRadio's Active Listener population. Respondents named Blake Shelton the music star without kids who's likely to make the best father.

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Author Colin Fleming is an avowed superfan, but he has one deeply held opinion about the band that other fans might find heretical. in this month's issue of The Atlantic, Fleming argues that the Fab Four's most emblematic, "Beatle-esque" year was 1963, before they'd even made it big in the States. His evidence? A set of sessions that John, Paul, George and Ringo recorded that year at the BBC, which Fleming argues are the quintessence of everything the grouped would be come.

At the risk of a flood of calls and letters from angry fans, arguing that the band's defining year was '65 or '67, Weekend Edition Sunday decided to hear Colin Fleming out. He spoke with host Rachel Martin.

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The first drummer of The Beatles, Pete Best, was declared an "illustrious visitor" by the mayor of the Lima district of San Miguel, Salvador Heresi, a lover of the legendary British band's music.

Best arrived in the Peruvian capital to give a concert Sunday in honor of his ex-musical group called "A Day in the Life," together with Peruvian musicians and singers who were fans of The Beatles.

The mayor of San Miguel invited Best to visit the park and monument dedicated to John Lennon, the late leader of the famous rock group, then sang him several of the group's songs accompanied by other Peruvian musicians.

In a statement on Peru's RPP radio, the drummer said he had "no fear" of playing with the surviving members of the band - Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr - though he doubted that such as session would ever happen.

I remember in the olden days music was cherished one song at a time. I would hear a song on the radio, take a liking to it and then hope desperately to hear it again. Those tunes that resonated the most became obsessions as I tried to figure out a way to raise the money to go buy the single.

I remember riding my cool Sting-Ray bicycle all the way downtown to buy the song, “Hooked on a Feeling,” by BJ Thomas, complete with the awesome ooga-chacka intro. The song, coupled with a crush on a hot girl, could just about make you lose your balance.

I remember it seemed like I had to save up $200 to get the Beatles album “Hey Jude,” which I still have, by the way, and it can be played on either of my two record players. Now it sounds like it was recorded in outer space thousands of years ago, but I have never regretted the sacrifice it took to buy that album.

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Imagine being a Beatle's wife - Saturday, June 15, 2013

Certainly, there’s been resentment in the case of some of the Beatles’ wives, but not all of them. Ringo Starr’s wife, Barbara Bach (the main Bond girl in The Spy Who Loved Me), and George Harrison’s first spouse, the model Patti Boyd, let their beauty do the talking – after all, finding a good looking partner is what we expect of the rich and famous, bar maybe Liza Minnelli.

Linda McCartney and Yoko Ono − the widow of John Lennon whose new show opened at Louisiana last week  − on the other hand weren’t conventionally good looking. Women saw them cuddling up to the fab duo and genuinely thought they would have stood a chance. And even worse, the wives chose to stick their heads above the parapet.

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The Beatles legend headlined the Bonnaroo music festival on Friday night and played a hit-packed 38-song set and two encores for the delighted crowd.

However, the veteran musician stopped mid-way through the show when he caught a whiff of what he believed to be a cannabis joint coming from the audience.

MCCartney insisted the smoke was so strong, he could smell it on stage, telling the crowd, "That's some pretty good weed I can smell up here... Whew! What are you doing to me."

During his performance, MCCartney also played his hit Back in the Ussr and voiced his support for jailed Russian punk stars Pussy Riot, whose members are serving time for performing a protest song in a Moscow church.

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"'Something' was written on the piano while we were making the White Album," George Harrison explained in 1980. "I had a break while Paul was doing some overdubbing, so I went into an empty studio and began to write. It didn't go on the White Album because we'd already finished all the tracks."

On April 16, 1969, Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attempted 13 takes of the basic track with George Martin on piano (John Lennon was present but did not contribute). This effort was abandoned on May 2, when the band recorded 36 takes of the backing track in Studio Three. All four Beatles participated, joined by "Get Back" session keyboardist Billy Preston on piano.

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Four of Australia’s finest vocalists – DOUG PARKINSON, JOHN PAUL YOUNG, GLENN SHORROCK and JACK JONES – will take to the stage in August for a very special series of concerts celebrating the music and genius of the greatest songwriting team of the modern era, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. LET IT BE: The Beatles Songs of Lennon and McCartney will feature two hours of much loved songs including Yesterday, Blackbird, Let It Be, Dear Prudence, Eleanor Rigby, Come Together and Hey Jude performed in state-of-the-art concert settings.

Together for a mere 10 years, The Beatles led a musical revolution that radically transformed the sound and significance of rock & roll. Their rich, fresh sound and harmonic structure remains unequalled today.

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This week I attended the Grammy Museum’s exciting debut of Ringo: Peace & Love, the first major exhibit to explore the life and extraordinary career of seven-time Grammy Award winner, Ringo Starr.  The exhibit, which is the first ever dedicated to a drummer, runs through March 2014 and spans Ringo’s early life growing up in Liverpool, from Raving Texans turned Rory Storm, from The Beatles, to becoming a solo artist, and then to the All Starrs with whom he’s on tour now.

Ringo appeared at the media preview held at the Grammy Museum last Tuesday where he was introduced by Executive Director Bob Santelli who explained the importance of the exhibit.  Ringo thanked everyone who helped him assemble his extensive archive of personal artifacts, including his wife, Barbara.


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