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Zak Starkey’s move to Reggae isn’t exactly shocking, but it is interesting. The now 56-year-old English rock musician is the son of The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and has served as the drummer in two legendary rock bands, The Who and Oasis.

Starkey has detailed how covering a Peter Tosh song led him to launch and helm a Grammy Award-winning Reggae label. “If you said five or six years ago, ‘You’re gonna be living in Jamaica and making records with Sly & Robbie…’ I would’ve just thought, ‘No, you’re crazy, man!’”

n 2015, Starkey and his partner (now wife) Sharna “Sshh” Liguz began recording tracks for Issues, a covers album premised on playing new versions alongside the original musicians. The project was intended to raise funds for the U.K.-based Teenage Cancer Trust—a charity backed by Starkey and his fellow members of The Who. During a recording session with American drummer Gil Sharone, Starkey began praising Peter Tosh and, a few moments later, found himself speaking with the Stepping Razor’s former bandmate.

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In 1968, George Harrison received a letter from a fan asking for money. At the time, he was in India with the rest of The Beatles to take part in a Transcendental Meditation training course, but the letter still reached him. Harrison responded politely, but in jest. He also included a hair raising drawing of his “friend.” While filming The Beatles’ film Help! in 1965, Harrison first became acquainted with the sitar.“We’d recorded the ‘Norwegian Wood’ backing track and it needed something. We would usually start looking through the cupboard to see if we could come up with something, a new sound, and I picked the sitar up – it was just lying around; I hadn’t really figured out what to do with it,” Harrison said in The Beatles Anthology, per BBC. “It was quite spontaneous: I found the notes that played the lick. It fitted and it worked.”

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NANCY SHEVELL is the third wife of Sir Paul McCartney.

But what do we know about her? Here's all you need to know.

Nancy Shevell is an American businesswoman.

She studied transportation at Arizona State University, and was the only woman in the department's graduating class, Closer reported.

She was a former member of the board of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority and worked as vice president of the New England Motor Freight - her family's business.

In 2019, Nancy had to declare her family firm bankrupt after it racked up millions of dollars in debt.

Source: Penelope Min, Robyn Morris/the-sun.com

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As well as being famous for playing Anya Amasova in tonight’s Bond film, she is also known for her eventful marriage to The Beatles drummer Ringo Starr – who she has been in a relationship with since 1981. In the foreword to a 1992 book by Derek Taylor – the band’s press officer – called Getting Sober, Starr depicted their relationship as riddled with alcoholism.

Starr, who met Bach in 1980 on the set of the film Caveman, wrote: "We used to go on long plane journeys, rent huge villas, stock up the bars, hide and get deranged.

"I came to one Friday afternoon and was told by the staff that I'd trashed the house so badly they thought there had been burglars, and I'd trashed Barbara so badly they thought she was dead."

Source: Luke Whelan/express.co.uk

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George Harrison‘s wife Olivia received hate mail and death threats from obsessive fans in 1989. She handled the situation with grace. However, that wasn’t the last time Olivia had to deal with an obsessive fan. She battled one during a home invasion 10 years later.

In a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Olivia discussed getting a plethora of hate mail and death threats in 1989. Instead of being worried that one of the obsessive fans would carry out their threats, Olivia was empathetic. She called some of them.

“Some people used to write crazy things, and some people were really disturbed,” Olivia said. “On a couple of occasions, I called people who were really obsessed with George and just talked to them.

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Paul McCartney performed at the Glastonbury Festival Saturday in the UK, and brought out some musicians you may have heard of ... Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl.

It was a closing-of-the-book type concert -- at least that's the hope -- it's the first Festival since the pandemic hit.

Paul, who recently turned octogenarian, played some Beatles classics, like "Can't Buy Me Love," and then went into post-Beatles territory with "Maybe I'm Amazed."

Then the fun ... he brought out Dave for "I Saw Her Standing There," and "Band on the Run."
Then it was Bruce's turn ... he and Paul sang "Glory Days" and "I Wanna Be Your Man" -- interesting he picked one originally sung by Ringo.

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The Beatles - consisting of members of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr - were catapulting into mainstream success with screaming girls at their door.

The iconic foursome are still recognised as being the biggest band the world had ever seen - despite having ended over 50 years ago.

Millions of fans around the world were left heartbroken when the band went their separate ways back in April 1970.

Paul - who recently celebrated his 80th birthday - was the member to deliver the jaw-dropping news as he launched his first solo album.

Speculations around their split have circulated throughout the years - especially of arguments and splits between the band.

Fans initially blamed John's wife, Yoko Ono, and Paul's wife, Linda, but it seems problems for The Beatles started years before their break-up - when the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, left a hole at the helm of the band.

Source: Grace Hoffman/mirror.co.uk

 

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The Beatles - consisting of members of Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr - were catapulting into mainstream success with screaming girls at their door.

The iconic foursome are still recognised as being the biggest band the world had ever seen - despite having ended over 50 years ago.

Millions of fans around the world were left heartbroken when the band went their separate ways back in April 1970.

Paul - who recently celebrated his 80th birthday - was the member to deliver the jaw-dropping news as he launched his first solo album.

Speculations around their split have circulated throughout the years - especially of arguments and splits between the band.

Fans initially blamed John's wife, Yoko Ono, and Paul's wife, Linda, but it seems problems for The Beatles started years before their break-up - when the death of their manager, Brian Epstein, left a hole at the helm of the band.

Source: Grace Hoffman/mirror.co.uk

 

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George Harrison and his wife Olivia were married for over two decades. They shared a son and weathered both celebrity and tragedy together. The couple remained together until Harrison’s death in 2001, and Olivia looks back fondly on their time together. As with any couple, though, they had some ups and downs. According to Bob Dylan’s former tour manager, Olivia became very upset with the former Beatle at Dylan’s 30th anniversary concert.When Harrison met Olivia, she was working at A&M Records, which distributed Dark Horse Records, Harrison’s label. They began dating and learned that their upbringing and values were similar. Olivia was outside of the world of fame that Harrison had been in since he was a teenager.

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PAUL MCCARTNEY and The Beatles' producer, George Martin, grew frustrated with George Harrison during the recording of one of his songs from Revolver. Eventually, the Hey Jude singer stepped in to play a solo the Quiet Beatle was struggling with. And he "wasn't very happy" about it.

In the mid-1960s The Beatles were releasing albums thick and fast. By 1966 the band were already on their seventh studio album, Revolver. Although it included such iconic and memorable songs as Eleanor Rigby, Yellow Submarine and Good Day Sunshine, the band decided to give the opening track to George Harrison.

But it wasn't a perfect process. Eventually, Paul McCartney - who is playing Glastonbury Festival today - had to step in.

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Billie Eilish has expressed shock and excitement over her headlining spot at this year’s Glastonbury festival – particularly over the fact that she was billed alongside Sir Paul McCartney and Kendrick Lamar.

Eilish closed out the Pyramid Stage on the first night of the festival yesterday (June 24), performing 21 songs in a set that NME’s Thomas Smith said “felt like proof that the future is here”. Before the performance, she spoke to NME for this week’s Big Read cover story (which is also being printed in a special edition run of 1,000 copies), declaring that she feels “so honoured to be a part of” the festival.

Source: By Ellie Robinson/nme.com

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Paul McCartney has revealed a surprise gig at a small Somerset music venue, the night before his Glastonbury headline set.

The 80-year-old former member of The Beatles’ performance was announced on Thursday (23 June), with “first come first served” tickets selling out in under an hour.

The Cheese and Grain entertainment venue in Frome, Somerset will play host to McCartney from 5pm on Friday (24 June). The venue’s capacity is just 800 people.

On their website, it said: “In 24 hours time from now Paul McCartney will be performing live, here in Frome, at the Cheese and Grain.

“What an incredible opportunity to watch Paul warm up for his Glastonbury headlining performance this weekend.”

Source: independent.co.uk/Ellie Iorizzo

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According to George Harrison, The Beatles kept each other’s egos in check. George once said that he felt bad for Elvis because he was the only person who knew what it was like to be The King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. However, the Fab Four didn’t have that issue. They had each other’s backs and depended on one another to get through, even if that meant they had to tell each other they were getting too big-headed.

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In today's celebrity-dedicated culture, it's difficult not to feel tremendous envy for our favorite stars. From their bank balances to the circles they travel in, the A-list lifestyle seems but an impossible paradise. Even the most successful stars, though, have bumpy rides throughout their careers, and sometimes, tragically, all that attention can have deadly results.

On December 8, 1980, the world of music (and beyond) was devastated by the sudden and violent death of the Beatles icon John Lennon, per the BBC. Lennon, reportedly, was returning to his Manhattan apartment with wife Yoko Ono that night, when assailant Mark Chapman shot him from behind. Lennon was shot four times, dying soon afterwards at St. Luke's Medical Center.

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A never-broadcast interview with John Lennon, recorded by a Hull art student in 1964, is to be auctioned.

On the tape, Lennon tells 18-year-old John Hill he does not think The Beatles are “very good musicians” and admitted he got a friend to sit his art exam because the group were touring.

Mr Hill, who was studying at Hull Art College, recorded the reel-to-reel interview before a Beatles gig.

He found the tape in 2014 after it spent 50 years in a drawer.

Graham Paddison, of David Duggleby Auctioneers in Scarborough who are selling the lot, said that Mr Hill “bluffed” his way into the room where the Beatles were talking to the press.

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George Harrison co-founded HandMade Films in 1978 with his business manager, Denis O’Brien, to help his Monty Python friends make Life of Brian. However, neither George nor O’Brien imagined that they’d make a film that scored two Hollywood A-Listers, Madonna and her then-husband Sean Penn.

Shanghai Surprise was not HandMade Films’ best movie, though. Quite the opposite. George said getting a good performance out of an often pissed-off Penn was hard.
In a 1988 interview, Film Comment asked George why he and HandMade Films agreed to make Shanghai Surprise. The film had a $15 million budget and a “temperamental, high-profile husband-and-wife team.”

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Way back in 1969, The Beatles released a brilliant song called 'Something'. The song was featured on their 'Abbey Road' album and written by George Harrison about his wife Patti.

Now, more than 50 years after the release of the song, The Beatles' official Instagram account have shared a rare promo for the song, featuring the band with their wives.

According to the post, the video has only been shown once before in the UK, on Top of The Pops, when it was in black and white. The video was filmed in four different locations for each of the couples.

Source: Anna Sky Hulton/planetradio.co.uk

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It’s a day to celebrate both the music of the Beatles and their message of love and peace.

So, on Saturday 25 June, East Coast Gold proudly joins thousands of other radio stations around the world to mark Global Beatles Day for some Beatlemania! It’s a day to celebrate both the music of The Beatles and their message of love and peace.

Listen throughout the day on East Coast Gold as we celebrate one of the most iconic bands of our generation.

 

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“Classic rock” might be a subjective term. After all, music history has demonstrated that the definitions of both “classic” and “rock” depend on one’s perspective. However, few music fans would deny Queen and the Beatles are among the bands that epitomize the genre. So perhaps it’s only fitting that new docuseries The Beatles: Get Back resonated so strongly with Queen co-founder Brian May.

The Beatles defined a generation in the 1960s and remains one of the most beloved musical acts of all time. So fans were understandably excited when The Beatles: Get Back was announced. The documentary series culled together hours of never-before-seen footage of the Fab Four as they worked on what would become their final album, 1970’s Let It Be.

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George Harrison rose to massive global success in The Beatles, but he said the fame grew tiresome. By the time the band stopped touring, Harrison said he was relieved. Though the band stayed together to work on music, they broke up in 1970. While fans mourned the breakup, Harrison said that it felt inevitable. He also said that there was a sense of relief to be done with the band.

George Harrison stands on a balcony with his hands in his jacket pockets.
Harrison said that he enjoyed fame when he was young, but it began to wear on him, particularly after he tried LSD for the first time. He said the experience was life-changing for him.

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George Harrison and Paul McCartney didn’t always have the best relationship, but they were never feuding with each other, as the press often claimed. George didn’t like the rumors in the newspapers. When they were boys, George and Paul were tight. Paul was the reason George joined The Beatles. He told John Lennon that George was a great guitarist. In 1963, when the band started to become famous, the bandmates protected each other.

However, their friendship started cracking when George began writing songs. Paul, John, and their producer George Martin acted condescendingly when he came forward with them. Then, George started feeling like a junior member, and Paul started treating him like a glorified session man. Paul told George to play what he wanted, and George could rarely give his input.

Many people have said that George and Paul were the least compatible musically.

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Ringo Starr has sent “peace and love” to his long-standing friend and former bandmate Paul McCartney on his 80th birthday.

The ex-Beatle was among the many famous names sending their best wishes to McCartney as he marked the milestone ahead of headlining Glastonbury next weekend.

Referencing their 1968 song Birthday, Starr wrote on Twitter: “They say it’s your birthday Saturday happy birthday Paul love you man have a great day peace and love Ringo and Barbara love love peace and love.”

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George Harrison was not a fan of American radio and television personality Dick Clark. In 1979, the American Bandstand host and “America’s oldest teenager” produced a biographical film called Birth of The Beatles. Clark needed Beatles songs and footage to complete the project, and George didn’t like it.

George didn’t like people who wanted a piece of The Beatles for their own gain.
During a 1987 interview, J. Kordosh of Creem Magazine told George he’d seen Clark’s documentary. George wasn’t impressed. He said all Clark did was send letters to The Beatles about wanting clips for his own projects. He always wanted a piece of The Beatles, like everyone else. George said Clark was greedy.

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I am suffering terrible Fomo (fear of missing out). This week my “dad rock”-loving daughters will be at Glastonbury, enjoying our greatest living singer-songwriter perform in front of what may be the largest audience in the 50 glorious years of the world’s best music festival. Sir Paul McCartney has turned 80 and it is difficult to overstate his seminal influence and unparalleled status in not only Britain’s, but the world’s pop culture.

Think about it: multiple generations being genuinely excited by the opportunity to share in some of the world’s best-loved songs, performed by an 80-year-old, who has spent the past week in the US, fronting three-hour shows with superstars like Bruce Springsteen thrilled to share a stage with him.

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There’s a lovely scene in Peter Jackson’s recent documentary The Beatles: Get Back that sums up the taken-for-granted brilliance of Paul McCartney. It’s another day in Twickenham studios, where McCartney is single-handedly wrestling the Beatles into recording a new album. John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr are at best semi-detached but McCartney is grafting away, writing from scratch songs good enough to make them believe in the band again. In this particular scene he’s at the piano, guiding the band through a hymn-like new number while his fiancée Linda Eastman chats to Yoko Ono in the foreground. The song they are merrily ignoring is Let It Be.

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