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Retired nurse Jackie Marsden is on track for a windfall today when a Beatles LP she has cherished for 50 years goes up for auction.

In 1963, all four members of the group signed her album With the Beatles. Today it is expected to fetch at least £3,000 at Boldon Auction Galleries in South Tyneside.

Jackie’s album cover was signed after her sister Christine’s best friend, 15-year-old Margaret Svenson from Sunderland, won a competition to name the next Beatles LP.

Her winning suggestion of Beatles for Sale earned her a meeting with the group at a hotel in Carlisle in November 1963. Her friend Christine Gatenby gave Margaret her Please Please Me Beatles LP to be signed by the foursome.

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Source: Chronicle Live


Bermuda Motors is pleased to announce that MINI will be one of the sponsors of the forthcoming John Lennon Bermuda Peace Day Concert at the Botanical Gardens on September 21.

The 2nd Annual concert will celebrate World Peace Day by honouring the music of John Lennon and Bob Marley with performances by local and international artists.

Michael Butler, General Manager of Bermuda Motors, said: “We’re very excited about MINI being part of this great event. Last year’s concert was fantastic and we look forward to enjoying another memorable night of music.

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Ringo Starr stopped into the Grammy Museum in L.A. on Tuesday to give the media a preview of the new exhibition “Ringo: Peace & Love,” which opens Wednesday. The first major exploration of the life and career of the man born Richard Starkey, it’s also the museum’s first exhibit dedicated to a drummer, one described Tuesday by museum executive director Robert Santelli as “the most important drummer in the history of rock 'n' roll.”

Starr said that just last year he and his wife, actress Barbara Bach, had decided to start archiving various bits of memorabilia that have been stashed away across more than half a century. That decision dovetailed perfectly, he said, with Santelli’s call asking if he’d be interested in participating in an exhibit at the facility, which previously assembled examinations of the careers of John Lennon and George Harrison.


Donnie Lyons, 59, of Racine, has been collecting Beatles memorabilia for close to 50 years. He has Beatles tattoos on his arms, a dozen Beatles shirts he wears daily, and memorability covers his walls. But after recently having a stroke he is trying to sell it to raise money and give it a good home in the future.

RACINE — Donnie Lyons remembers his mother calling him into the living room for the “Ed Sullivan Show” when he was about 10. 

“You are going to like this,” Lyons recalls her saying. When he went into the room, he saw The Beatles perform for the first time.

“I just fell in love,” said Lyons, 59, who still lives in the same Racine house he did as a young boy.

By the time he went to school the next day, he knew all The Beatles’ names and everyone was talking about them. They had their trademark long hair and they were different than any other artists.

At the time, “it was rare to see a group,” he said.


Ringo Starr is writing a children's picture book based on his Beatles hit Octopus's Garden.

Ben Cort, the illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants and a Beatles fan, has been signed up to illustrate the book, which will be published in October.

Starr, 72, also known also as the narrator of the children's television series Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends, said: “It gives me great pleasure to collaborate with Ben Cort and Simon & Schuster for the further adventures of Octopus’s Garden. Peace and Love, Ringo.”

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Source: The Telegraph

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Paul McCartney‘s always had a knack for catchy melodies — so much so in fact, that it’s easy to forget he’s gleefully singing about a man who murders people during ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’

During the three-and-a-half minute song — which can be found in the middle of side one on the Beatles‘ 1969 album ‘Abbey Road’ — Maxwell’s girlfriend, school teacher and a judge all meet their doom via the titular piece of hardware.

George Harrison may have been ready to bash McCartney a bit himself after Paul dragged his bandmates through three days of work in order to get this “fruity” (George’s words) song sounding the way he wanted it to.

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A NEW tourist attraction to celebrate Liverpool’s musical heritage beyond the Beatles is set to be piloted in the city. Beat In The Mersey, which takes place at the Cunard Building on Sunday, has backing from musician Peter Hooton. Christine Chellew, producer of the tours, said: “Long before the Beatles Liverpool was alive with music.

“The name Beat In The Mersey represents both the heartbeat of the city and the beat that was in the waters of the Mersey created by all the people who travelled to and from America, Ireland, Africa and beyond. They brought with them their sounds and cultures that Liverpool embraced.


Ringo Starr has been asked the “crazy ­question” a million times before, and he knows that it’s coming.

I know he hates being interviewed because it’s always questions about the Fab Four, if he misses George and John, and whether he’s jealous of Sir Paul’s knighthood.

Five years ago Ringo dented his reputation as the joker of the Beatles pack when he posted an irate message on his website saying he would no longer sign autographs because fans were flogging them on eBay.

So I slip the question in between asking about his new band, his charity foundation and his love of gardening.

Would The Beatles have reunited by now had they all survived, after all their Sixies arch-rivals the Rolling Stone are back on the road again and due to headline Glastonbury next month for the first time?

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Source: Mirror News


TO mark 50 years since The Beatles played Abergavenny Town Hall, a local shop is urging other businesses to create Beatles inspired window displays.

June 22, 1963, was the day The Beatles played their one and only performance in Abergavenny Town Hall. The Beatles took to the stage at 10.30pm after John Lennon flew in by helicopter from an appearance on Juke Box Jury in London. Just 600 fans saw them perform, each paying 12s/6d for their tickets.

The Beatles played a 20-minute set before attending a civic reception by the mayor and mayoress of Abergavenny, Councillor and Mrs JF Thurston and then spending the night in the town’s Angel Hotel.

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Source: Free Press


Ace Arts filed suit against Sony and Apple Thursday in an effort to get the two media giants' lawyers off its case and let it release a Beatles documentary.

The Beatles' first live U.S. concert -- February 11, 1964 in Washington, D.C. -- was set to be included in its entirety in the upcoming Screenvision documentary, “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.”

Apple Corps. has its own Beatles concert project in the works. "The Beatles Live!" will incorporate concert footage from band's tours in the 1960s submitted by professionals and fans.

Ace Arts is suing for the right to distribute its version, “The Beatles: The Lost Concert.” It claims “the company that funded, taped, and exhibited the D.C. Concert allowed the film of the concert (the ‘Tape’) to be transferred without copyright protection.”

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