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A cassette tape that took the Beatles to the moon aboard Apollo 14--along with other classic 60's artists--goes up for auction later this month in a space and aviation-themed auction.  It was one of austronaut Edgar Mitchell's tapes on board, and he vouches for its authenticity.  Songs include: ‘Spinning Wheel' by Blood Sweat & Tears,  Creedence Clearwater Revival's ‘Looking Out My Backdoor,’  Marvin Gaye's ‘Heard it Through the Grapevine,’ the Beatles' ‘Something’  and ‘Here Comes the Sun,’ and Simon and Garfunkel's ‘Homeward Bound.’

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Sir Paul McCartney tells Sir David Frost that Yoko Ono should not be blamed for breaking up the Beatles.  In an hour-long interview airing in November, Paul tells Frost: "She certainly didn't break the group up…I don't think you can blame her for anything.”

ul McCartney tells Sir David Frost that Yoko Ono should not be blamed for breaking up the Beatles.  In an hour-long interview airing in November, Paul tells Frost: "She certainly didn't break the group up…I don't think you can blame her for anything.”

"When Yoko came along, part of her attraction was her avant garde side, her view of things," McCartney says. "She showed [John] another way to be, which was very attractive to him. So it was time for John to leave."

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Lennon Tooth Touring as a Necklace...? - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

 

John Lennon’s tooth is at the center of a necklace now—and a UK dental care center’s effort to fight mouth cancer.

"The patients think it's great," said practice owner Chris Branfield.

"You turn on the TV and it's all doom and gloom and people come to the dentist and have apprehensions about that.

"This is about communicating – showing that dentists are people, too, and if we can help along the way, then all the better."

The centre is the first in the UK to host Lennon's tooth, purchased at auction by a Canadian dentist who collects celebrity teeth, and placed like a gemstone in a necklace with a peace symbol.

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The actor and author known to Beatles fans as the voice of John Lennon in "Yellow Submarine" has died. John Clive was exceptionally versatile, appearing in clasic films such as "A Clockwork Orange" and the oringinal 1969 version of "The Italian Job", as well as several British TV series.  Later in life, he became a best-selling author, with such books as "KG200" and "Broken Wings".  Clive died after a brief illness, according to his family.  John Clive was 79.

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All-Starrs to Play New Zealand - Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Ringo Starr and the 2012 edition of the All-Starr Band will play two shows in New Zealand in February 2013--marking Ringo's first performances there since the Beatles' 1964 tour.

Ringo will again be joined by Toto's Steve Lukather, Richard Page from Mr. Mister, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Rolie (of Santana & Journey fame) and fellow percussionist Gregg Bissonette, for shows on February 7 at CBS Arena, Christchurch and on February 9 at the Vector Arena, Auckland. 

If something sounds familiar about those dates, it's because they will be the 49th anniversaries of the Beatles' arrival in the US and famous first performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show", respectively!

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The release of "The John Lennon Letters", edited by official Beatles biographer Hunter Davies, is getting some flak from some who say it's a case of TMI.

Music journalist Neil McCormick argues, "We've reached the bottom of the barrel.  This is John Lennon's shopping lists."

Davies himself defended the letters to CBS News, saying, "There have been hundreds of biographies of John Lennon, but they get fatter, thicker and they get more removed from John.  When you are reading the letters, you feel you were there. And h e's not writing for posterity..."

 

 

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Peace activist Ono said the LennonOno Grant for Peace, established in the name of her late husband, former Beatle John Lennon, rewarded Lady Gaga for combining stardom with activism and changing "the mental map" of the world.

"Lady Gaga is in a position of number one as a singer songwriter," Ono told Reuters Television. "And when you are number one you don't want to risk yourself. And she did."

Grammy-winning Lady Gaga, who shot to fame with her debut album "The Fame" in 2008, accepted the puzzle-shaped award in Reykjavik along with a monetary prize that she said she will give to the Elton John AIDS Foundation

Gaga said she would continue to "communicate compassionately to the world and its leaders," and dedicated the award to "youth empowerment around the world."

"I dare you to be compassionate in a cynical age," she added.

Last month, at an event in New York City, Yoko Ono awarded the prize to the members of Pussy Riot. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced to two years in jail in details

The Beatles had no engagements today (John's 22nd Birthday) they stayed over in London, visiting freelance music journalists and the weekly pop/music papers to promote 'Love Me Do"

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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

 

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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.

 

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