The Jean Nicolas Lambert violin was signed by the pair in a Mallorca restaurant in 1971
A violin signed by John Lennon and Yoko Ono is up for auction on Catawiki, with the starting bid at €35,000.
The violin is owned by Spanish violinist and collector Jose Eugenio Sanz Sampedro, who bought the violin in Madrid in 1965. He worked in an orchestra at the Hotel Castillo Son Vida in Palma de Mallorca from 1970 to 1981.
In the auction item description, the violinist describes witnessing the pair being turned away from the hotel restaurant, as Lennon was not wearing a tie. Lennon later returned to the restaurant with a tie attached to his head, and was then admitted to the restaurant.
He approached Lennon and Ono’s table and performed ‘Yesterday’ for them. ’I asked John if he could sign an autograph for me on the violin which they both kindly did using a pen engraving the names into the wood.’The violin also holds signatures from German conductor James Last, and Carlos Arias Navarro: last Head of Government of Spain during the Franco dictatorship.
Outsiders accused John Lennon and Yoko Ono of not loving each other. John had plenty to say about the relationship himself.
Classic rock stars were the subject of every mean or ridiculous rumor imaginable. Outsiders accused John Lennon and Yoko Ono of not loving each other. A journalist who spoke with both of them refuted this idea. Furthermore, John had plenty to say about the situation himself.
David Sheff famously interviewed John for Playboy. His interview became the book All We Are Saying: The Last Major Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In 2020, he contributed an essay that discussed John and Yoko’s romance to a reprint of the book.
“Forty years after John’s death, his and Yoko’s relationship continues to be dissected, some claiming that the happiness John and Yoko showed to the world — to me — was a fiction,” he wrote. “It wasn’t. I witnessed the joy and love between them. I’ve never been with two people as obviously in love. They expressed it in words but also in the way they treated each other — the way they looked at each other.”
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John Lennon, the legendary Beatles member and one of the most influential musicians of all time, was assassinated 43 years ago on Dec. 8, 1980.
The British-born singer died at the age of 40 after being shot in front of his apartment building, The Dakota, in New York City.
The shooter was a deranged fan named Mark David Chapman, who fired four bullets from a .38-caliber revolver into Lennon's back and shoulder, hours after the rock star signed an autograph for him.
"I'm shot," Lennon said in his last words before collapsing on the ground, according to witnesses.
Prior to his death, Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono were returning to their apartment after a recording session. Chapman shot the singer at approximately 10:50 p.m. as he was walking through the entryway of The Dakota, according to The Associated Press.Less than 10 minutes later, Lennon was taken by a police car to Manhattan's Roosevelt Hospital, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival. New York City Medical Examiner Elliot Gross told The Washington Post Lennon was shot twice in the back and twice in the shoulder, and his cause of death was "massive hemorrhaging and shock."
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Mark David Chapman's motives in fatally shooting John Lennon are explained in the Apple TV+ docuseries.
"John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial" looks at why Chapman decided to murder Beatle Lennon. Interviews with Chapman's defense lawyer David Suggs and Dr. Naomi Goldstein, the psychiatrist who assessed Chapman, give new insights into his state of mind at the time of the 1980 killing.
The docuseries features exclusive eyewitness interviews and previously unseen crime scene photos, shedding new light on the life and murder of Lennon, and the investigation and conviction of Chapman, his confessed killer.
A witness to Lennon's murder, cabdriver Richard Peterson, and Jay Hastings, a doorman at the Dakota who heard Lennon's last words before he was shot outside the building, also speculate what compelled Chapman to kill.
The docuseries, narrated by Kiefer Sutherland, also explores the immediate outpouring of grief that greeted reports of Lennon's death, including fans gathering in front of Lennon and Yoko Ono's home.
Disney+ Brazil announced that they will broadcast Paul McCartney's final 'Got Back' gig from Brazil on December 16.
Paul McCartney will get to showcase his final “Got Back” tour show in front of a huge crowd. Disney+ will once again broadcast a legendary rocker's concert.
Disney+ Brazil announced that McCartney's final “Got Back” tour show on December 16 will be broadcast on the streaming service and Star+.
“We brought Paul McCartney's farewell tour live for you,” the X post began. “Paul McCartney: Got Back, live from Maracanã, on December 165h, at 9:15 pm.”
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While The Beatles' "Hey Jude" and Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" sound so different from each other, they have a major similarity. They also share a connection to a David Bowie song.
The Beatles‘ “Hey Jude” is arguably the Fab Four’s signature song and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” is undeniably Queen’s signature song. While the two hits sound so different from each other, they have a major similarity. The tunes also have something in common with David Bowie’s “Life on Mars?”
According to Rolling Stone, Paul McCartney played the Bechstein piano at London’s Trident Studios on “Hey Jude.” That piano has had quite a history! It was also used on Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Bowie’s “Life on Mars?,” and Elton John’s “Levon.”
The two bands used that piano in wildly different ways. In “Hey Jude,” it sounds warm and inviting, like the tune as a whole. In contrast, the piano riffs in “Bohemian Rhapsody” sound nervous, desperate, and sad. They fit with the song’s theme of murder.
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For years, it seemed inconceivable that we would ever hear a new song from The Beatles, following the deaths of John Lennon and George Harrison in 1980 and 2001 respectively.
But 43 after Lennon’s death, and more than two decades on from Harrison’s passing, the seemingly impossible happened in November 2023 – the release of a new Beatles song.
The Fab Four were reunited for what has been described as their final new song together, entitled Now and Then.
Now and Then was initially written and recorded by John Lennon in the 1970s and later developed by other band members in 1995, but limited technology meant they were unhappy with the sound quality.
However, AI technology pioneered by Peter Jackson enabled Sir Paul McCartney and Sir Ringo Starr to lift Lennon's voice from the demo and turn it into a song featuring all four members.
The farewell song was accompanied by a Jackson-led music video as well as a 12-minute documentary film written and directed by Oliver Murray, featuring exclusive footage and commentary from Paul, Ringo, George, Sean Ono Lennon and Jackson.
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If the fundamental measure of a documentary series is how many first-hand witnesses it can recruit, John Lennon: Murder Without a Trial is unimpeachable. This three-parter has almost everyone you could ask for, apart from Yoko Ono, as it reviews the day Lennon was shot dead by Mark Chapman, in New York on 8 December 1980, and the legal investigation that followed. What it can’t control is how much of interest those people have to say – because, however much we might expect the killing of a Beatle to be a fascinating story with a hive of secrets beneath the surface, this is a sad but simple tale.
By far the strongest episode of the three is the first, concerning the killing itself. Chapman shot Lennon after watching him leave the apartment block where he lived, the Dakota building overlooking Central Park, then waiting for him to return after a trip to the recording studio. Murder Without a Trial talks to the Dakota’s security guard, who speaks for the first time, and the building’s porter. It also talks to a taxi driver who witnessed the attack, the radio journalist who conducted Lennon’s last interview earlier in the day, the producer who had overseen Lennon’s last work, the NYPD&rsq details
Ringo Starr loved an Al Green song because of its incredible drumming. That tune appeared on an album that had an unusual impact on the American pop chart.
The Beatles were primarily a rock and pop band, but they still showed appreciation for soul music. Ringo Starr revealed he was a big fan of an Al Green song because of its incredible drumming. That tune appeared on an album that had an unusual impact on the American pop chart. On the other hand, the album was completely ignored by the public in the United Kingdom.
During a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone, a reporter asked Ringo if “What’d I Say” by Ray Charles was an influence on his drumming style. “No, I know the song really well,” he said. “I listened to the records, but I wasn’t, like, big on listening to the drums.” Ringo’s comments are surprising since Paul McCartney praised him for being able to recreate the feel of “What’d I Say.”
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The Beatles' final song "Now and Then" was released in November 2023. George Harrison disliked and stopped working on "Now and Then" in 1995. The completion and release of "Now and Then" was made possible by Peter Jackson's collaboration with The Beatles and innovative AI software.
Music legends The Beatles released their final song, "Now and Then", in November 2023 to critical and commercial success. Marketed as the last project that all four Beatles contributed to, "Now and Then" evoked a range of emotions among fans both young and old.
Originally a demo John Lennon recorded in the late 1970s, surviving Beatles members first came together to work on the track in 1995 for their Anthology series of albums. During the sessions, George Harrison took a particular dislike to the track for a unique reason. Harrison's influence caused the remaining Beatles to stop working on it.
Why Did George Harrison Dislike And Stop "Now And Then" From Getting Released In 1995?
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The Beatles may be perhaps the most successful musical act in the history of the Billboard charts, but there are still new heights for the band to reach, even after all they’ve done. This week, the band hits No. 1 on a ranking for the first time, and in doing so, they earn their first leader on a specific type of tally in half a century.
This week, The Beatles reach the No. 1 spot on the Adult Alternative Airplay chart, Billboard’s ranking of the top-performing tracks at radio stations that focus on this specific style of rock music. Typically, adult alternative outlets cater to older, more mature audiences, so it makes sense that the band would perform especially well on this list.
The Beatles see their new single “Now and Then” rise to the peak spot, stepping up from No. 2. The tune was released in November to much fanfare, as it marked the first new offering from the group in decades. Now, it’s become a massive radio hit in the rock world and brought the Fab Four back to the peak position on one of these important lists.
Amazingly, it’s been more than 50 years since The Beatles last hit No. 1 on any of Billboard’s radio charts. The company notes that the last details
My friend Michael is a musicologist whose speciality is Johann Sebastian Bach. An author and lecturer, he speaks to erudite groups in many countries about, for example, Bach’s Mass in B minor.
Michael doesn’t think much of most popular music.
But last weekend he walked into a Manhattan dinner party where the early Beatles played on the sound system. As Can’t Buy Me Love began, Michael was nodding along.
“It’s just,” he said with a smile, “so good.”
That same weekend, across New York state in a Buffalo suburb, my friend Lauri overheard some kids of middle-school age chattering about music they were discovering on TikTok: “Did you hear that one, ‘I heard some news today oh boy’?”
The Beatles endure. They transcend time, geography, demographics and personal taste.
That will be proven once again on Friday, yet another anniversary of John Lennon’s murder outside his home at the Dakota apartments on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Forty-three years have passed, but that won’t discourage the crowd that I am certain will be gathering about a quarter of a mile away in Central Park.
Paul McCartney has issued a statement paying tribute to Denny Laine, the co-founder of Wings, who died today (Dec. 5) at age 79.
McCartney began his statement, “I am very saddened to hear that my ex-bandmate, Denny Laine, has died. I have many fond memories of my time with Denny: from the early days when The Beatles toured with the Moody Blues. Our two bands had a lot of respect for each other and a lot of fun together.”
Macca continued, “Denny joined Wings at the outset. He was an outstanding vocalist and guitar player. His most famous performance is probably ‘Go Now’ an old Bessie Banks song, which he would sing brilliantly. He and I wrote some songs together the most successful being ‘Mull of Kintyre,’ which was a big hit in the Seventies. We had drifted apart but, in recent years, managed to reestablish our friendship and share memories of our times together.”
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Directed by Pixar alumnus Dave Mullins with help from Jackson's WetaFX, the short, 'War Is Over! Inspired by the Music of John & Yoko,' has had an Oscar-qualifying run and is seeking distribution. The song "just felt like it deserved some kind of piece to help get it out there for another generation," Lennon says.In 2021, Sean Ono Lennon was looking for a way to make a music video for one of his parents’ signature songs and feeling creatively stuck—until he had a meeting with former Pixar animator Dave Mullins. The song, 1971’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over), is probably the most popular piece of music John Lennon and Yoko Ono wrote as a couple. But beyond appearing reliably on playlists around the world every Christmas, Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is also a peace anthem, and Sean wanted to reintroduce the song’s message. The song “just felt like it deserved some kind of piece to help get it out there for another generation,” Lennon says. The only problem was that every music video idea seemed to trivialize it. “It almost felt goofy,” Lennon says. “Like a Hallmark kind of thing. What are we going to show, a family sitting around a fire? It needed an actual narrative.”details
The Beatles thrived on four different personalities. At their peak, they were truly unified, making music cheek-to-cheek, spending long hours – and long nights – in the studio together. Often thought of as being a caustic, rebellious rocker, John Lennon had a tender side – and he gifted one lullaby to Ringo Starr.
Initially penned for his son Julian, ‘Good Night’ shows a different aspect to his personality. Tender and true, initial demos featured Ringo Starr on drums, George Harrison on guitar, and John himself on vocals.
When it came to recording the song, however, ‘Good Night’ had shifted. Inviting producer George Martin to create a lush orchestral part, John Lennon felt the track had evolved into something different entirely.
The final song on ‘The White Album’, ‘Good Night’ became a showcase for Ringo Starr’s vocals – simple and unaffected, he’s the only Beatle that appears on the final released version.
Speaking in 1968, Ringo commented: “Everybody thinks Paul wrote ‘Goodnight’ for me to sing, but it was John who wrote it for me. He’s got a lot of soul, John has.”
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While it's one of the most innovative songs of the 1960s, Ringo Starr declined to play The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" for years. He discussed performing the track with Paul McCartney.
While it’s one of the most innovative songs of the 1960s, Ringo Starr declined to play The Beatles’ “Helter Skelter” for a shockingly long amount of time. He discussed performing the track live with Paul McCartney in the 2010s. The song “Helter Skelter” has a disturbing history. John Lennon had a dismissive attitude toward that history.
Ringo played “Helter Skelter” with Paul McCartney in July 2019. During a 2020 interview with Rolling Stone, Ringo was asked if he played the song since she came out in 1968. “No, I did listen to it once before [the performance], but why would I play it?” he said.
“I love playing with Paul,” Ringo continued. “And he’s great. You know, if he’s in L.A., and I’m making a record, he’s on a track. He’s still for me, the finest, most melodic bass player in the world, and I love what he does. But, you see, this is when you realize I’ve said that for 40 years. I’m still saying the sa details
Ringo Starr is opening up about being a Beatle.
During a recent interview with AARP, The Magazine, Starr looked back on his time as a member of The Beatles, and what he's been up to since. While Beatlemania was in full swing in England, the band was virtually unknown in America until their performance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in February 1964. The appearance drew in 73 million viewers and sent them into a new stratosphere of fame.
"We all went mad at different times. You can’t imagine what it was like, being in the Beatles. It got bigger and crazier," he told AARP. "We were playing clubs, and then we made a record, ‘Love Me Do.’ My God, there’s nothing bigger than that, our first vinyl
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Denny Laine, co-founder of Wings with Paul McCartney, died Tuesday after battling lung disease, his wife, Elizabeth Hines, confirmed to Fox News Digital. He was 79.
Laine was involved in the formation of two of the biggest rock bands of all time — The Moody Blues and McCartney's Wings.
"My darling husband passed away peacefully early this morning. I was at his bedside, holding his hand as I played his favorite Christmas songs for him," Elizabeth Hines shared on social media. "He’s been singing Christmas songs the past few weeks and I continued to play Christmas songs while he’s been in ICU on a ventilator this past week.
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December 5 marks 50 years of Paul McCartney & Wings’ classic album Band on the Run, and McCartney is celebrating the occasion with a new 50th anniversary expanded edition of the album.
In addition to the release of a half-speed remastered single LP vinyl, the milestone celebration will be marked with a special two-LP vinyl set compromising the half-speed remastered original album and an additional LP, Underdubbed Mixes Edition, featuring the album’s nine songs without any orchestral overdubs.
The set also comes with two Linda McCartney Polaroid posters and a two-CD version of the release, featuring the original album and Underdubbed.
“This is Band on the Run in a way you’ve never heard before,” McCartney shares. “When you are making a song and putting on additional parts, like an extra guitar, that’s an overdub. Well, this version of the album is the opposite, underdubbed.”
Underdubbed will also be released digitally, while Band on the Run will get its first digital release in Dolby Atmos, newly mixed by Giles Martin and Steve Orchard.
Ringo Starr's wife, Barbara Bach, revealed she preferred two iconic soul singers to The Beatles. One of those soul singers put out a fantastic cover of a Fab Four ballad.
Ringo Starr‘s wife, Barbara Bach, was not a huge music fan. She revealed she preferred two iconic soul singers to The Beatles. One of those soul singers put out a fantastic cover of a Fab Four ballad. Her rendition of the song became a pop hit in the United States.
Bach is an actor most known for appearing in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me. During a 1981 interview with Rolling Stone, Bach discussed her feelings about Ringo. “To me, Ringo is definitely Richie,” she said. “Ringo is the public figure, and Richie is the man I live with. You see, I really knew very little about The Beatles.”
She was no Beatlemaniac. “I didn’t follow them,” she revealed. “My favorite musicians were Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, but music just wasn’t my thing.”
Later in the interview, Bach explained her comments to Ringo. “Darling, we were just discussing how I didn’t follow The Beatles,” she said. In a deadpan tone, Ringo said Bach was more interested in B details
Ringo Starr didn’t have much of a role in crafting The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour' than he did. However, Ringo did help create a memorable scene.
In an interview, Ringo Starr said John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison had more of a role in crafting The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour than he did. However, Ringo did help create a great scene in the film. During an interview, Ringo discussed what it was like constantly being portrayed as the clown of the group.
During a 1981 interview with Rolling Stone, Ringo discussed the creation of Magical Mystery Tour. “Magical Mystery Tour is not my movie,” he said. “John, Paul, and George wrote more of it than I did, but I shot a lot of it.”
Ringo took responsibility for an interesting visual moment from the film. “There’s a scene with George where I put him in my living room and projected slides on him. It’s nothing new. It was done back in 1926 or so.
“But I happened to be a camera buff, and I had all these funny lenses, and I think it came out fine,” he added. “Naiveté isn’t so bad, really.” It appears Ringo was talking about the scene of the film in wh details
Less than a month ago, The Beatles stormed back onto the Hot 100 with their highly-anticipated single “Now and Then.” The tune, their first new release in decades, became a fast hit...but now, just a short time later, it’s already gone from Billboard’s most important songs chart.
As of this week, “Now and Then” can no longer be found on the Hot 100. The latest from The Beatles has fallen off the ranking of the most-consumed tracks in the U.S. That’s surprising, as its time on the tally didn’t wind up being very long.
“Now and Then” debuted at No. 7 on the Hot 100 in mid-November. At the time, it made history in multiple ways, bringing The Beatles back to the top 10 on the competitive chart for the first time in many years. It was clear that interest in the cut was extremely high, but it didn’t last.
In its second week on the Hot 100, “Now and Then” fell precipitously down the ranking. The tune descended from No. 7 to No. 76. That’s a sizable drop, and it didn’t have another 69 spaces to fall.
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Ringo Starr was often the butt of jokes about The Beatles. Paul McCartney said this began to wear on the celebrated drummer.
Paul McCartney has long praised Ringo Starr’s skill as a drummer, but he didn’t think Starr always felt confident in himself. Starr was often the butt of jokes in the press; a rumor that John Lennon said Starr wasn’t even the best drummer in The Beatles circulated. McCartney eventually spoke about why he thought Starr was paranoid about his abilities.
For years, members of The Beatles and countless other drummers have spoken about Starr’s skill. McCartney thought Starr doubted his abilities because he didn’t do drum solos, though.
“I think Ringo was always paranoid that he wasn’t a great drummer because he never used to solo,” McCartney said in The Beatles Anthology. “He hated those guys who went on and on, incessantly banging while the band goes off and has a cup of tea or something. Until Abbey Road, there was never a drum solo in The Beatles’ act, and consequently other drummers would say that although they liked his style, Ringo wasn’t technically a very good drummer.”
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Ringo Starr discussed Yoko Ono's role in The Beatles' breakup. Shockingly, John Lennon had the opposite perspective on the situation.
Ringo Starr discussed Yoko Ono’s role in The Beatles’ breakup. Shockingly, John Lennon had the opposite perspective on the situation. John also discussed what helped him through the backlash that he and Yoko suffered.
During a 1981 interview with Rolling Stone, Ringo revealed his feelings about The Beatles. “They are my brothers, you see,” he explained. “I’m an only child, and they’re my brothers. I’ve always said that if I ever spend all my bread, I can just go and live with one of them, and vice versa, ’cause we all love to spend it.”
Ringo said he had a special connection to Yoko. “I always know there’s a home for me with Yoko,” he said. “She’s taken a lot of s*** — her and Linda [McCartney]. But The Beatles’ breakup wasn’t their fault.”
Ringo had his own explanation for the band’s dissolution. “It was just that suddenly we were all 30 and married and changed,” he said. “We couldn’t carry on that life anymore. From 1961, &r details
Ringo Starr was aware that fans read a lot into The Beatles' songs. In response, he described his band as just a bunch of buskers.
Ringo Starr was aware that fans read a lot into The Beatles’ songs. In response, he described his band as just a bunch of buskers. John Lennon made similar comments about The Beatles’ music. He analyzed the Fab Four’s appeal — while also claiming music had medicinal properties!
During a 1981 interview with Rolling Stone, Ringo recalled the way people interpreted The Beatles’ songs. “Anyway, we used to get freaked out by what everyone thought our songs were about, because they’d make up all this madness,” he recalled. “The Sunday Times in London brought all this analyzing into the establishment when someone wrote an article about the ‘decading solances’ [Aeolian cadences] in our music and things like that.” An Aeolian cadence is when a tune composed in a major key resolves on the VI chord.
“We didn’t know what the s*** they were talking about,” Ringo continued. “We just play guitar and drums. We’re buskers.”
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