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Little Japanese girls in middy blouses stood in parking lots a the rear of the hotel (but the Beatles' sumptuous suite faced the other way), peering through binoculars, jumping up and down and screaming whenever a male guest happened to appear at a window.

Before it was over the four Beatles, sporting hats and sunglasses, made at least one abortive attempt to escape their 10th-floor cell and see Tokyo. (One of them reportedly made it, but there are conflicting reports as to whether he did or didn't,) Japanese police insisted the Beatles remain in the hotel rather than risk teen-age rioting over them in the streets.

The only time they were allowed out of the Hilton was when they roared away daily in a pink Cadillac to do their shows at Tokyo's Budokan Hall. Then police-car sirens and the screams of fans who had waited for hours just to get a glimpse of them rang in their ears.

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While many of the world's top rockers were heading over to Coachella music festival to party, one was chilling out. Sir Paul McCartney decided to spend some relaxing time with his wife and friends in Beverly Hills, California.The 70-year-old Beatles star appeared cool, calm and collected as he left the Four Seasons Hotel with Nancy Shevell on Friday afternoon.

Macca looked like he had been keeping fit as he was dressed in sports gear during his exit from the luxury hotel.The father-of-five kept it casual in a pair of adidas jogging bottoms which he teamed with a grey jumper and blue jacket. Accessorising with a pair of trainers and sunglasses, the musical legend gave a thumbs up as he waved to some waiting fans.

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Under the name "50th Anniversary of The Beatles in Tenerife", the Institute of the Canary Islands for Hispanic Studies (IEHC) has planned a dedicated programme to commemorate this special anniversary. Both residents and visitors will have the chance to enjoy live performances from cover brands, screenings of documentaries such as Let It Be and the film Yellow Submarine, exhibitions, forums and even a street market to buy The Beatles memorabilia, amongst other activities.

Back in 1963, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, along with close friends Astrid Kirchherr and Klaus Voormann, holidayed in Tenerife after the release of their very first album, Please Please Me. The hit album, which included popular songs such as Love Me Do and Please Please Me, hit the top of the UK charts in May 1963 and remained there for 30 weeks.

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Harrison played the guitar while practicing “I am the Walrus” during The Magical Mystery Tour and by Lennon while recording a video session for “Hello, Goodbye” but it is not seen in the final version of the video that was released. Lennon gifted the guitar to “Magic Alex” Mardas. A plaque affixed to the back of the guitar reads “To Magic Alex/Alexi thank you/for been (sic) a friend/2-5-1967 John.”

According to Madras the date refers to his 25th birthday earlier that year and not the date the guitar was given to him. The guitar body has a unique scroll design, marked “Vox Custom” on the headstock. It also featured 24 fret rosewood fingerboard with rectangular inlays, mahogany hollow body, single f-hole along with electronics which include six push buttons for: treble, bass, top boost,  mid-boost, fuzz and repeat.


Abbey Road Studios may be best known for rock recordings now, including Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon, but it began and continues to be a center for classical recording. The first official recording made in the studio featured Sir Edward Elgar conducting the London Symphony Orchestra in his own "Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1, Opus 39." Sir Thomas Beecham, Arthur Rubinstein, Jascha Heifetz, Fritz Kreisler, Andres Segovia, and Pablo Casals recorded at Abbey Road in its early days. Violinist Yehudi Menuhin was associated with the studios for nearly 70 years. In the 1960s, cellist Jacqueline du Pre and her husband pianist/conductor Daniel Barenboim recorded there.

Since the 1980s, Studio 1 has been busy with recording soundtracks for blockbuster movies, including The Empire Strikes BackRaiders of the Lost ArkBraveheartEvitaApollo 13, and all of the Harry Potter films. Pages 212-215 show wo details

Backstage with Paul McCartney's Son James - Saturday, April 13, 2013

James, 35 -- who over the years contributed by playing guitar and drums on solo albums by his father and late mother, Linda McCartney -- admits he's a bit nervous about launching a full-fledged career in the "rock and roll kind of lifestyle." But he also said it's exciting to be releasing his new album Me -- dropping May 21 -- which he describes as "intimate, deeply personal, and honest." The first single off the album, Strong As You, is currently available on iTunes.

James said that one of the best parts of the tour will be getting to see parts of the southwestern U.S. that were so beloved by his American mother. "Just enjoying music and traveling and going to the southwest of America, which I  details

On these shows the Beatles performed covers even more than their own compositions, and can be heard joking around with the DJs. For decades, this material was available only on bootlegs such as the Beatles at the Beeb and poor quality recordings like Youngblood. Fans finally got their wish in 1994 when Apple released the collection Live at the BBC, which featured remastered selections from their many BBC performances. One of the choice cuts from this compilation is “Honey Don’t,” a Carl Perkins cover that, unlike Beatles for Sale, has John Lennon on lead vocals.

“Honey Don’t” goes back to some of the Beatles’ 1962 shows; then, Lennon always sang lead on the cut. But when the group entered Abbey Road Studios on October 26, 1964, Ringo Starr had been chosen as the new vocalist. As Starr explained in the Anthology documentary, the song appealed to him because of his deep love for country music.


He also got Sheridan to candidly characterize the four Beatles, and also Pete Best and Stu Sutcliffe. He says Paul McCartney exuded a "casual brightness," while John Lennon was "rude, crude, witty and unholy."

The book is not a long read at 119 pages, but is well worth it for Sheridan's historical perspective. The book is available through Mann's website and

Q: When did you and Tony Sheridan first meet?

Alan Mann: “As far as I can be certain, we met at around age 4 when we both went to the local Infants (Bignold) School in Norwich, which would have been circa 1943/4.

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Acorn, according to New York-based independent publisher OR Books, is an extension of the "intricate strands" Ono first wove together in Grapefruit, the "book of instructions and drawings" she published in 1964. The book, which comes out in June, is "classic Yoko", said the publisher, "full of intriguing and surreal exercises [which invite] the reader to uncover profound and often complex truths, in words and imagery that are playful and accessible".

"It's something I originally created for the internet," said Ono. "For 100 days, every day, a different instruction was communicated. Now it's being published in book form. I'm riding a time machine that's going back to the old ways! Great! I added my dot drawings to give you further brainwork."

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His list included former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, who made a career out of being booed there by San Francisco Giants fans, and Huey Lewis and the News, who performed a great National Anthem every time they did it.

But we're really mentioning this because his list included a picture of the Beatles coming off the plane into the city and his suggestion of Ringo Starr, ahead of Paul McCartney, as a candidate to do the job.

His reason? “There's something about Ringo that seems like a better match for the Candlestick vibe,” he wrote.

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