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One of the most well-known and successful musicians in the world stops to pose for a photo with one of his biggest fans.

Paul Goresh would spend hours outside the New York apartment building of John Lennon in the hope of catching a glimpse of the former Beatle turned solo artist.

The two even developed a friendship, so it was no surprise Lennon agreed to pose for the photo on November 17, 1980.

Exactly three weeks later, Lennon was dead, having been shot on the very footpath where the two posed for what would be one of the last ever photos of the musician.

Even more eerie was the fact Goresh had photographed Lennon with his killer just hours before he was gunned him down.

On that day, December 8, 1980, 21-year-old Lennon fan Paul Goresh and 25-year-old Mark David Chapman were waiting for Lennon outside his apartment building. Goresh later recalled to nj.com that he first encountered Chapman on the sidewalk.

"Chapman comes up to me and he says, 'Do you want to take my photo?' And he's holding the Double Fantasy album in his left arm and he's smiling," he said.

"And I said, 'What do I want to take your picture for?' I'm here for John."

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The Beatles‘ The White Album is one of the most famous records of all time. Despite this, few seem to remember that The White Album includes the best birthday song ever. John Lennon wasn’t satisfied with the tune in question. When asked about it, he said it was derived from a big hit from the 1950s.

The Beatles’ ‘The White Album’ includes a birthday song and every other genre

The joy of The White Album is how it wildly careers from genre to genre. The record includes rock ‘n’ roll, pop, folk, blues, ska, a protest song or two, avant-garde music, children’s songs, vaudeville, and early heavy metal. One of the hard-rock numbers from The White Album is an underappreciated tune called “Birthday.”

The tune has a great opening riff. While the Fab Four had become more experimental by the release of “Birthday” in 1968, the track retains some...

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Sam Taylor-Wood's "Nowhere Boy" is a passable look at the early life of John Lennon when he was estranged from his mother and raised by his aunt. Fans hoping to discover more about the source of the prickly Beatle's creativity will not find it here.

Strong performances by Kristin Scott Thomas as the stern Aunt Mimi, who raised the future Beatle from the age of 5, and Anne-Marie Duff as his troubled mother heighten the dramatic appeal of what otherwise is quite a dull film.

"Nowhere," the closing-night film at the London Film Festival, will open December 25 in the U.K.; the Weinstein Co. has U.S. rights. Denied any Beatles songs because of the time frame and clearly unable to clear rights to the big rock tracks of the day, the film's box-office chances look iffy.

A noted British artist, Taylor-Wood offers a surprisingly cosy look at Lennon's early life. Matt Greenhalgh's screenplay covers the ground but opts too easily for harmony where in real life clearly there must have been serious conflict.

Aaron Johnson ("Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging") makes a decent stab at the young Lennon, though he lacks the original's insolent sneer and remarkable bite, and Thomas Brodie Sangster ("Nanny McPhee") details

Paul McCartney has added more dates to his Got Back tour.

The two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Famer is returning to Mexico this fall with two shows: Nov. 8 in Monterrey and Nov. 12 in Mexico City.

“The shows at Foro Sol were a highlight of last year for me. What a magical time we all had,” McCartney shares, referring to his November 2023 shows in Mexico City. “I can still hear your singing ringing in my ears!”

He adds, “Mexican audiences are so special. We always have a massive party together. I’m really looking forward to getting back and to rocking n’ rolling with you all as well as my first ever visit to Monterrey!”

A ticket presale kicks off June 24 at 9 a.m., with tickets going on sale to the general public June 28 at 1 p.m.

The Mexico dates are just the latest additions to McCartney’s Got Back tour. He also recently announced shows in South America and Europe. A complete list of dates can be found at PaulMcCartney.com.

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This morning, tickets for Paul McCartney's hotly anticipated Manchester and London shows went on sale.

The Beatles legend is bringing his acclaimed Got Back tour to the city's Co-op Live later this year on Saturday, December 14 and Sunday , December 15. He will also perform at The O2 in London on Wednesday, December 18 and Thursday, December 19, as part of the only four UK dates announced.

The tour - the first time he will play in Manchester in 13 years - follows his Glastonbury headline set back in 2022. He also last performed in London six years ago.

Announced last week, a number of fans were lucky enough to get Co-op member or O2 Priority codes for access to Wednesday's pre-sale (June 19). But the pre-sale was met with concerns from fans who struggled to get through the online booking system in time to get tickets.

Today's general sale has also been met with high demand with fans expressing disappointment and shock at the price of tickets, with some options costing up to £600 for the UK shows. Fans have also reported getting 'stuck' in the online queues for tickets.

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It was 60 years ago today… that The Beatles played to a roaring crowd in Wellington’s town hall. Alex Casey’s dad was there, straining to hear a single note.

Normally my Dad answers my calls with a cheery “Sunny Takeaways” – a reference to the local fish and chip shop that hasn’t been called that for about two decades. But this week, he was trying something new. “Cavern Club”, he answered, referring to the iconic Liverpool bar that played host to hundreds of early Beatles gigs. Given that today marks 60 years since my dear old Dad went to see the fab four live in Wellington, it was a fitting way to start our interview.

As he fussed about the kitchen, I asked what his pop consumption was like prior to Beatlemania. Having moved to Petone in the early 1960s, he recalled weekends at the roller rink listening to The Yardbirds and The Animals. “Strap on”, he said. Pardon? “Strap-on roller skates.” His first movie was Elvis Presley’s Jailhouse Rock, first record was Doris Day’s ‘Everybody Loves a Lover’ and he watched TV through the window of Hanlon’s radio shop.

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The Beatles are not going to let it be.

At least Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, the two surviving Beatles are not. Neither are Olivia Harrison and Yoko Ono, the spouses of George Harrison and John Lennon — and that’s a good thing for music fans.

They’ve all on board for the release of a new film “The Beatles: Get Back,” directed by Academy Award-winner Peter Jackson, whose previous works include “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy: and “The Hobbit.”

Jackson has been working from 60 hours of footage originally shot by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, from which Lindsay-Hogg put together The Beatles’ 1970 documentary film, “Let It Be.”

Fans of the group were disappointed last year when the planned theatrical release of the “The Beatles: Get Back” ended up being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Producers scheduled a new theatrical release date set for Aug. 17, 2021.

Now, that’s apparently been put on hold, because Disney+ and Apple Corps, along with WingNut Film Productions, issued a joint statement June 17 saying “The Beatles: Get Back” is now set to air over three days — Nov. 25, 26 and 27 details

Given Paul McCartney’s apparent love affair with all things Jewish — including collaborators, business associates, girlfriends and wives — the title of the artist’s 2013 album New could well be meant as a transliteration of the all-purpose Jewish word nu.

Recently, McCartney was in New York with his wife Nancy Shevell who is not in fact the first Jewish Lady McCartney; that honor belonged to McCartney’s first wife, Linda Eastman. Born in New York City and raised in Scarsdale, N.Y., Linda Eastman was the daughter of Lee Eastman — the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants, born Leopold Vail Epstein — and Louise Sara Lindner.

When Linda Eastman and McCartney’s daughter, Stella McCartney, became a fashion designer, she followed family footsteps into the rag trade; her maternal grandfather, Max J. Lindner, was founder of the Lindner Company, the largest women’s clothing store in Cleveland, Ohio. Lindner was a member of the most prominent Reform temple in Cleveland and president of its Men’s Club; active in the Jewish Welfare Fund and in the Jewish country club; and a major philanthropic force in Cleveland’s Jewish community.

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John Lennon rarely minced his words when expressing his opinions, and his opinions of his fellow bandmates, like Ringo Starr, were certainly no exception. Starr joined Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison to form the final lineup of the Beatles in 1962, adopting a somewhat shadowed but musically crucial role in the band.

Meaning Behind “You’re in My Heart' by Rod Stewart and the Famous Girl Who Inspired It

Compared to the guitar-playing trio in front of him, Starr stayed in the background. His writing contributions were scant, with only two solo compositions: “Octopus’s Garden” and “Don’t Pass Me By.” But just because he wasn’t the star of the show doesn’t mean Starr didn’t have the respect of his bandmates—even the more opinionated ones like Lennon.

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This month marks the 60th anniversary of the Beatles‘ historical visit to Australia, which began on Thursday, June 11th, 1964, at 7:45am when John, Paul, George, and Ringo landed at Sydney’s Mascot Airport.

To celebrate the landmark anniversary of what would sadly be the Beatles’ only Australian tour, a new book takes fans inside the extraordinary cultural moment.

Written by UK-based writer Andy Neill (whose previously worked on books about The Who and Rod Stewart & the Faces) and Melbourne-based Beatles expert Greg Armstrong (co-host of the world’s longest-running Beatles radio show), When We Was Fab: Inside the Beatles Australasian Tour 1964 tells the story of the Liverpool band’s two-week trip Down Under in unprecedented detail, including hundreds of evocative and mostly previously unseen images, original documents, press clippings, and vintage memorabilia.

Based entirely on first-hand research spanning two decades, Neill and Armstrong’s process involved sourcing hundreds of original newspapers, magazin details

Inside Sir Paul McCartney's birthday celebrations as he marked turning 82 with his wife Nancy and his five children at a luxury restaurant rather than a glitzy bash.

Sir Paul McCartney celebrated his 82nd birthday in style with a low-key dinner surrounded by his closest friends and family.

The legendary Beatles singer opted for an intimate affair rather than a star-studded bash for the occasion. He headed to a posh restaurant with wife Nancy and his five children to mark his birthday this week. They dined at the 17th century Boys Hall hotel in Ashford, Kent, shocking other diners when they rocked up.

Paul is a proud dad to fashion designer Stella, musician James, 20-year-old Beatrice, photographer Mary and adopted daughter Heather. The icon married Nancy Shevell, 64, in 2011 following his marriages to Linda McCartney and Heather Mills. His family are said to have joined him for a quiet dinner in a private room at the restaurant.

“They were quietly ushered in on Tuesday night and were taken to the Drawing Room, where the chefs cooked a three-course feast for them," a source told The Sun".

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A 1962 letter from Ringo Starr detailing his welcoming to the Beatles is one of several highlights of a Christie’s auction next month of books, manuscripts, and other memorabilia from significant cultural figures across several centuries.

The letter, written to teenage girlfriend Doreen Walker, is an interesting early look at Starr’s life after joining the band around the release of their first single “Love Me Do.” It begins, “I got a phone call asking me would I join the Beatles and I said yes…” The letter goes on to detail upcoming tours and a performance in Walker’s home of Manchester, England. The item was offered last year at a Heritage Auctions sale but did not find a buyer. At Christie’s, it’s estimated to sell for between £30,000 and £40,000 (US$38,000 and US$50,800).

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It was Paul McCartney's 82nd birthday!

In honor of his 82nd year around the sun yesterday on June 18, the former Beatle posted to Instagram and revealed he's certainly hoping to be showered with gifts in celebration of the big day.

They say it is my birthday," wrote McCartney, referencing the Beatles' 1968 track "Birthday" from the iconic White Album, "and I’m looking forward to being spoilt rotten by my loved ones!"

 He also received celebratory wishes on social media from some of his kids. His son James, 46, posted a photo of him and Paul hugging to Instagram alongside the message, "Happy Birthday Dad. I will always love you. You are a guiding light that shows me how to move forward. You love me, I love you and that's all that matters."

Paul's daughter Mary, 54, shared a slideshow featuring photos of her father on his own and them together to Instagram, writing in the caption, "Happy Birthday Dad x with all my love x."

His daughter Stella, 52, posted photos taken by her mom Linda, Paul's first wife, to Instagram. "PAUL’S BIRTHDAY: Looking at my Dad @PaulMcCartney through my Mum’s lens today… His day…," she wrote. "Happy birthday, Papa Smurf xx."

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John Lennon’s son Julian paid tribute to Sir Paul McCartney in a sweet social media post marking The Beatles star’s 82nd birthday.

It follows an announcement from the veteran singer that he will be performing in the UK for the first time since headlining Glastonbury in 2022.

Musician and photographer Julian, who is the son of the late John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia, posted a selection of photos on Tuesday that appeared to show him with the Beatles singer and bassist Sir Paul when he was a child.

He wrote: “Hoppy Birdy Uncle Paul! Only Love… Jude x.”

Credited to the Lennon/McCartney partnership, The Beatles’ song Hey Jude was written by Sir Paul for Julian Lennon after his father John left his mother for Yoko Ono in 1968. An evergreen classic, the song is currently being sung by England fans at Euro 2024 in honour of the Three Lions star Jude Bellingham.

Sir Paul’s daughter Mary, who is a professional photographer, wished her father a happy birthday and shared a series of images on Instagram, including a photograph of the singer with American rock star Bruce Springsteen and another of him playing drums.

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Professor Of Rock has released the new video below, along with the following introduction...

"When one of the biggest bands in history, The Beatles, broke up, all the members of the band released solo projects almost immediately. The first of the band to have a number-one hit was a bit of a surprise though... George Harrison. He ended up having one hell of a solo run but his biggest hit, 'My Sweet Lord', would also become his greatest trial. Harrison got sued for sounding too much like another big hit from years before… It was a catastrophic lawsuit that nearly destroyed George and plagued his career for years because it put him in a never-ending bout with writer’s block. And it stopped him from recording for years. But in the end, Harrison would have the last laugh. Rock’s most honest songwriter dealing and allegations of plagiarism... This is a story you have to hear to believe, next on Professor Of Rock."

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The Beatles have spent much of 2024 trading one album for another on the charts. In several countries, the band usually manages to place at least one of their projects on the ranking of the most-consumed full-lengths, but which one stands out as the most popular changes fairly regularly.

This week, The Beatles’ 1 is back on the U.K. albums chart. The compilation reappears at No. 74 on the 100-spot list.

Last time around, The Beatles filled twice as many spaces on the same tally. Two related projects from the group were present last time around, but now, they’ve fallen away as 1 returns.

Last week, The Beatles sat on the U.K. albums chart with both 1962-1966 and 1967-1970. The aptly-named compilations are filled with the biggest hits from the rock band released during the years included in their titles.

1967-1970 was the bigger of the two compilations, as it was found at No. 59 last time around. 1962-1966 ranked lower, appearing at No. 86.

1 remains The Beatles’ longest-running hit album in the U.K. It has thus far spent 446 weeks on the chart, which is more than 100 frames longer than any other release from the band. Their second-longest-charting effort is Sgt. Pepper&rs details

The rare vinyl was unveiled at Strawberry Fields on Monday

A rare vinyl by former Beatle John Lennon which was gifted to a charity by his widow and son has been unveiled in Liverpool.

The Salvation Army’s Strawberry Field will display the 12 inch vinyl acetate of John Lennon's GIve Peace a Chance and Remember Love, recorded with Yoko Ono, ahead of its 55th anniversary.  It is one of 50 limited edition records gifted to charities by Ono and Sean Ono Lennon to help raise funds for the Salvation Army's Step to Work programme.

Mission Director of Strawberry Field, Major Kathy Versfeld said to be chosen to display the rare record was a "singled out" was a "special blessing".

The vinyl will help raise funds for the Salvation Army's Step to Work programme.  She told BBC Radio Merseyside: "It's a fabulous gift from Yoko and Sean.

"It's a real privilege for us here at Strawberry Fields as part of our work we do across the country, and this place that John seemingly loved to frequent, to be able to unveil it and to invite the general public to come and see it."

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Paul McCartney has announced a run of UK and European headline shows for later this year. Find all the details below.

The soloist and Beatles legend is due to perform in Paris and Madrid this December as part of his ‘Got Back’ tour. He’ll then play two gigs at the Co-Op Live arena in Manchester (December 14, 15) and a pair of concerts at The O2 in London (18,19).

Tickets go on general sale at 10am local time this Friday (June 21) – you’ll be able to buy yours here. A fan pre-sale will take place at the same time on Wednesday (19) for the UK dates – find more information here.

In a statement, McCartney said: “I’m excited to be ending my year and 2024 tour dates in the UK. It’s always such a special feeling to play shows on our home soil. It’s going to be an amazing end to the year.”

He added: “Let’s get set to party. I can’t wait to see you.”

See the announcement post below, along with the full itinerary.

Paul McCartney’s 2024 UK and European tour dates are:

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Some albums have cool stories surrounding their making that garner attention for them. The 1966 Beatles’ album Rubber Soul doesn’t really fall into that category. By all counts, it was the same-old, same-old for the Fab Four when they made the record, squeezing it into their busy schedule and churning out the latest material they’d written.

Instead, Rubber Soul demands your attention based on nothing other than its pure brilliance. It was an undeniable high point for The Beatles, as their songwriting, playing, and record-making all took giant leaps. Let’s take a look back at the creation of this masterpiece of an album.

Even as they were advancing to heights previously unmatched by other rock artists, The Beatles weren’t taking themselves all that seriously. The album title Rubber Soul was derived from the phrase “plastic soul.” It’s an oxymoron of sorts, putting something artificial up against an innate human quality, and it makes it seem as if they were downplaying what they were about to present to the public.

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By the mid-1960s, John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote their songs apart, but they turned to each other for help perfecting them. According to Lennon, he helped a great deal with some of McCartney’s most popular songs. He explained that while one song was McCartney’s “baby,” he helped write all but the first verse.

McCartney began working on “Eleanor Rigby” based on the image of someone picking up rice after a wedding. He believed this was so poignant that he wanted to write a song about loneliness.

When asked about the song, Lennon said it was “Paul’s baby, and I helped with the education of the child.” By this, he meant that the song would never have grown and matured if it hadn’t been for him.

“Ah, the first verse was his and the rest are basically mine,” Lennon said in the book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview With John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “But the way he did it … Well, he knew he had a song. But by that time he didn’t want to ask for my help, and we were sitting around with Mal Evans and Neil Aspinall, so he said to us, ‘Hey, you guys, finish up the lyrics.'”

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John and Fred Lennon: In Their Life - Sunday, June 16, 2024

Over the last 38 years, I’ve heard John Lennon’s mate and noted Beatles author Bill Harry say many times, “Fred Lennon is the most maligned character in the entire Beatles story.” And I agree. Although John’s father Fred was an admitted rascal with a penchant for “wine, women, and song,” he sincerely loved his son and tried to do good things for him. However, almost nothing Fred attempted turned out as planned.

After young Alfred Lennon and Julia Stanley had dated for quite a few years, Julia teased Fred that he was “scared to put up the [marriage] banns.” With a twinkle in his eye, he retorted, “I’ll bet you I’ll do it tomorrow!” Three weeks later, the two were married at Liverpool’s Mount Pleasant Register Office (where John Lennon and Cynthia Powell would marry years later). It was all fun and games, getting married. In fact, that evening, the new Mr. and Mrs. went to a Mickey Rooney film and then returned to their family-of-origin homes to sleep.

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 Calling all music enthusiasts ... got deep pockets? If so, a signed copy of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Double Fantasy" album is up for grabs.

MomentsinTime.com has listed this rare gem from a private collector -- and it can be all yours for $54,000.

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Fun fact: Yoko's signature doesn't really affect the price. Her signed items don't fetch much on their own, so the value is all down to Lennon's signature.

Nonetheless, the album is the holy grail for collectors -- especially since it dropped just 3 weeks before John's tragic murder in 1980.

"Double Fantasy" was John and Yoko's 5th and final studio album. It got some initial hate, but after John's murder, it shot to worldwide fame, snagging the Album of the Year Grammy in 1981.

Of course, Lennon already had a few Grammys with The Beatles -- And, as we all know, tons of their iconic memorabilia have gone for hundreds of thousands at auction.

From signatures to unseen movie footage and lost recording tapes, the music collectors' industry is always buzzing to get their hands on Fab 4's items.

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Sixty years ago this week, The Beatles embarked on a tour that redefined popular culture in Australia.

The iconic British group spent almost three weeks in Australia and New Zealand, playing 32 concerts in eight cities.

After touching down in Sydney on June 11, 1964, the Fab Four were met with unprecedented crowds in Adelaide to start the tour.

A new book to be launched this week reveals how that memorable start to the tour almost didn’t happen.

When The Beatles touched down in Adelaide on June 12, 1964, for the first concert of their Australian tour a young fan Jan Gardner was among the first to greet them.

The 14-year-old suffered from a lung condition and her friend Jill, who worked at the airport, decided to organise a special treat to cheer her up. Standing among journalists and photographers on the tarmac at Adelaide Airport, Jan snapped around half a dozen photos of the ‘lads from Liverpool’ as they descended from the plane.

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Forget What You've Heard: The Beatles Might Have Broken Up Over an English Biscuit

The reason for the Beatles’ demise in 1969 has long been argued and analyzed: how Ringo Starr left the group for two weeks during the White Album sessions, that George Harrison was inspired to go solo after seeing the changes in musical stylings from contemporaries like Bob Dylan, or that when the band ceased live performances in 1966, its members drifted apart while pursuing more individual projects. These moments and more in the Fab Four’s last years together were certainly sowing the seeds of disbandment for the iconic rock band. But most heated discussions on the matter include the marriage of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and Ono’s long-alleged intrusion into the band’s inner workings.

However, there might be a bit more to it than just a clingy wife: One little-known theory involving Ono and a digestive cookie, or as the Brits call them, biscuits, some believe, could have contributed to the crumby ending of one of the greatest bands in music history.

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Jude Law didn’t think Paul McCartney was ever really going to dedicate “Hey Jude” in his honor, the actor told Stephen Colbert.

After strutting out to the Beatles’ hit on “The Late Show” on Thursday, the “Firebrand” actor recalled experiencing the “quite emotional” dedication in front of a crowd of thousands. He further revealed that fashion designer Stella McCartney was the mastermind behind the moment.

After introducing the two backstage at an Australia show last November, the musician said he would dedicate the song to Law due to the name connection. “That was enough,” the actor said. “I didn’t think he would do it.”

Paul McCartney attends Stella McCartney Womenswear Fall/Winter 2024-2025 show as part of Paris Fashion Week. The “Holiday” heartthrob then admitted that he lamented his unique name while growing up as a “pretty boy” in 1970s London. But upon hearing the dedication live, Law said what he “probably would’ve done is just cry” except that he realized he was on the jumbotron.

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