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IT was 50 years ago that The Beatles filmed sequences of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ on the West Somerset Railway ... and the anniversary is to be marked. Crowcombe Heathfield Station, where Ringo rode a bicycle along theMinehead-bound platform, is in line for enhancement.

The Friends of Crowcombe Heathfield Station are tasked with restoring and rebuilding as much of the station fabric as possible. As part of the rundown of the line before its closure, the sandstone Goods Office building was demolished following the withdrawal of goods services from the station. The Friends intend to recreate a building which will serve as a workshop and store room and they are hoping to have the building constructed this year, having already set aside £10,000 of station funds towards the project. An architect has helped with designs and work on the wooden doorways, doors and window frames has been carried out by the Bishops Lydeard based RAMS restoration and maintenance team of volunteers. However, up to another £7,000 may be required to fully fund the work and details

Stars line up to pay tribute to The Beatles - Wednesday, January 29, 2014

LOS ANGELES — There's an easy way to give pop music's most performance-hardened stars a case of the butterflies: Ask them to perform in front of The Beatles. Many of today's top artists gathered Monday night to honor The Beatles' legacy, with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in attendance and late members John Lennon and George Harrison always in mind, at The Recording Academy's taping of "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles."

 John Legend and Alicia Keys sang "Let It Be." Katy Perry performed "Yesterday," while her boyfriend, John Mayer, teamed with Keith Urban on "Don't Let Me Down." And Brad Paisley and Pharrell Williams took on the challenge of "Here Comes the Sun," a song well-known to millions of music fans. "We are honoring the most important band of all time, and trying to do justice to their song while two of them sit there," Paisley said in an interview before his performance. "We know, going in, we're not going to sing like them, and we're going to try to do our own thing with it. But ... there's reasons why people get b details

Almost 50 years ago, Beatlemania kicked off in America and changed the face of rock 'n' roll. But the whole Beatles phenomenon as we know it — with John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr — might never have happened without some good old-fashioned U.S. red tape.

Starr revealed to NBC News' Kate Snow in an interview that aired Monday on TODAY that while still a teenager, he considered chasing his musical dreams in Texas, not his hometown of Liverpool. "All the music we loved came from America," he recalled. "At ... 18, 19 I tried to immigrate to America because of Lightnin' Hopkins, a blues singer," he recalled. "I wanted to go to Texas because that's where he was from." A factory worker at the time, Starr visited the local consulate to start the emigration process, but the paperwork proved overwhelming. "They gave me a load of forms to fill in. And I filled those in. You know what it's like when you're 18 ... I filled 'em in, took 'em back, and then he gave me more forms," he said. "I gave up." 


The Beatles were honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award Saturday at a pre-Grammy event in Los Angeles. Ringo Starr was joined by George Harrison's widow, Olivia, and John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, at the ceremony. 

Paul McCartney was reportedly unable to attend due to rehearsals for Monday's taping of a Beatles television special produced in co-operation with the Grammy Awards, according to UT San Diego. It's a Lifetime Achievement Award, but I feel like we've all got a lot more life left in us," said Ringo. "It's a great afternoon; it's all about music… The Beatles' music is still out there and that's what I'm most proud of." "I'm here today because I think John would have wanted me to be here," said Ono. "Now the Beatles music is waiting and ready to go to planets all over the universe. I'm very excited about that." "Here's something you probably know: George was my favorite Beatle,"joked Olivia Harrison"But here's something you might not know. Aside from their music — as people — they details

On Feb 7, 1964, just 77 days after the JFK assassination, the Fab Four stepped off of Pan Am Flight 101 at the newly-minted Kennedy Airport. The city and the Beatles would never be the same. They say the world doesn't change in a day. But one day, it did.

On Feb 7, 1964, events were set in motion that changed the culture so fundamentally, life for millions could be cleanly divided into before and after. When Pan Am Flight 101, carrying The Beatles, touched down at Kennedy Airport in Queens at 1:20 in the afternoon, they were met by 4,000 teenagers, 200 members of the press and more than 100 New York City police officers. “It felt as though there was a big octopus with tentacles that were grabbing the plane and dragging us down to New York,” Ringo commented in “The Beatles Anthology” documentary. “It was a dream.” “They’re so cute,” 17-year-old June Clayton of Brooklyn told The News right after the band landed. “And Ringo’s the cutest. Look at the details

The Beatles superstars performed Sir Paul's song Queenie Eye to a rapturous crowd including Yoko Ono at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles. Sir Paul also proved members of the Fab Four can still trump the Rolling Stones when his collaboration with Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, entitled Cut Me Some Slack, beat Doom And Gloom by the veteran British band.

The former Beatle also won the Grammy for best long-form music video for Live Kisses. Seated at a multi-coloured piano with Starr on the drums, Sir Paul was watched by his wife Nancy Shevell, who sang along in the audience. Afterwards Sir Paul and Starr held hands as they bowed and embraced as they received a standing ovation. Earlier in the night the drummer performed his solo offering Photograph and actress Julia Roberts announced the band will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award next month.

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When Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr play the Grammys Sunday night, it will transport a lot of us back to a watershed time in America when everything seemed possible. It takes Mike Mitchell back to the magic moment 50 years ago when he stood on the stage with a camera as the Beatles' performed in DC, their very first concert in the United States.

He only recently rediscovered his incredible photographs. The music exerted an almost mystical pull on a lot of us, including Mitchell as a teen growing up in Oxon Hill listening for the first time to "I Want To Hold Your Hand." All of a sudden, I'm no longer in a '55 Chevy. I'm in a yellow convertible driving in the fast lane of my life toward a future of endless possibilities. Mike Mitchell was a budding freelance photographer, when he heard the Beatles would play their first gig in the now decrepit DC Coliseum. "Magic things happened for me in this room for me," he says, the frost condensing from his breath in the freezing coliseum this past week..


She was once blamed for the break-up of The Beatles and it was said that Yoko Ono was resented by her former husband John Lennon's bandmates. But nowadays, Yoko is rather chummy with the likes of Ringo Starr, and the pair showed what good friends they are at an event on Saturday. 

The Beatles are being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2014 Grammy Awards and Ringo looked quite exuberant in light of his recognition. The 73-year-old attended the Special Merit Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles and sat next to Yoko. The former Beatles drummer went for a typically edgy look in an all black ensemble consisting of a jacket, shirt, and jeans. Ringo, who was looking incredibly youthful, dressed down his look with trainers that boasted red laces. Ringo accessorized with a silver pendant around his neck and a pair of sunglasses. Meanwhile the 80-year-old former wife of John Lennon channeled androgynous chic in a form fitted black blazer paired with sleek black pants, and a top hat to top it off. She too topped off her loo details

Waves Audio has debuted Waves: Abbey Road Reel ADT, which they describe as the first plugin to successfully emulate Abbey Road Studios' pioneering process of Artificial Double Tracking. Here's the full details in Waves' own words...

ADT was the signature effect created at Abbey Road in the 1960s to meet the requirements of some very special clients: The Beatles. It is the most legendary of all Abbey Road tape effects and can be heard on countless historic recordings. Over the years, many recording engineers have tried to replicate the effect, but only with partial success. This is largely because a definitive description of the exact process used at Abbey Road has, until now, been a closely guarded secret. ADT was invented to meet the Beatles' unique recording needs. As the band's success grew, so did their desire to find new ways of working, leading Abbey Road's engineers to experiment with new technology.

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Less than 24 hours after the curtain falls on the Grammy Awards, organizers will be ushering music's brightest stars under the spotlight for another really big show.

The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles will be taped Monday night at the Los Angeles Convention Center for broadcast on Feb. 9 (CBS, 8 p.m. ET/PT), exactly 50 years after the band's first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas will go dark Sunday through Tuesday so the troupe can participate in the all-star concert, first in a rendition of Here Comes the Sun with Pharrell and Brad Paisley on vocals and then in the night's elaborate finale, expected to feature Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney performing together. The collaboration with Pharrell and Paisley marks the first time LOVE has performedHere Comes the Sun with artists singing and the first time the cast has performed the song outside The Mirage theater.


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