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Source: The Commercial Appeal Memphis Tennessee By Bob Mehr

Apparently, he had said to his friends, 'Drink to me, drink to my health, you know I can't drink anymore,' and then gone to bed and died in his sleep. So I picked up a guitar, started to strum and sing 'Drink to me, drink to my health...', and Dustin was shouting to his wife, 'He's doing it! He's doing it! Come and listen!' It's something that comes naturally to me but he was blown away by it. And that song became Picasso’s Last Words.
Paul McCartney

The issue of Time magazine was dated 23 April 1973, and the article in question was titled 'Pablo Picasso's Last Days and Final Journey'. Hoffman later described watching McCartney compose the song as "right under childbirth in terms of great events of my life".

The song was the only one to be recorded at Ginger Baker's studio in the Ikeja region of Lagos, Nigeria. Baker had hoped to entice Wings to record more songs at his ARC Studios, but only one session took place.


Sorting out where Julian stands in the Lennon family firmament as he enters his sixth decade is as puzzling a prospect as ever. Just as friendly relations among the surviving ex-Beatles always seemed to be in an on-again, off-again mode, the same holds true for many of the Fab Four's children and past or present spouses and in-laws. The recurring rifts between Julian and his mum Cynthia Lennon on one side, and Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon on the other, represent one of the most intriguing divides of all.

In 2010, at least some of the polluted water seemed to be under the bridge, when Julian opened a photo exhibition and, at the opening night, four people posed for a photo-op that most Beatles fans thought would never happen: brothers Julian and Sean with their mothers Cynthia Lennon and Yoko Ono. Hell, it seemed, had frozen over.

At that point three years ago, reconciliation seemed to be in the air. Julian seemed to be sorry that he had publicly expressed his disdain for how Yoko had handled things over the years. "I think the key point to all of this for me at details

On April 14, 1963, The Beatles first saw The Rolling Stones performing in London's Crawdaddy Club, packed with screaming girls dancing on tabletops.

"It was a match made in heaven, rampant youth colliding," wrote Andrew Loog Oldham, the Stones' first manager and now a Sirius XM deejay, in his 1998 memoir. The lads stayed up until 4 a.m. together. George Harrison lobbied Decca -- still trying to live down the humiliation of spurning the Beatles in 1962 -- to sign the Stones, and Oldham landed the deal. "If Decca's doorman started whistling, they would have signed him," he said.

Frantic to find a song for his new charges, the manager ran into John Lennon and Paul McCartney exiting a taxi, and they gave the Stones "I Wanna Be Your Man" (inferior to their hit "I Want to Hold Your Hand"). Released by the Stones in November 1963, it hit No. 12 on the Briti details

Billboard reports that McCartney’s 1976 live album Wings Over America will be reissued at the end of May.

The original album caused controversy when McCartney switched the songwriting credits on all of the albums five Beatles songs from Lennon-McCartney to McCartney-Lennon.

The album featured The Long And Winding Road, Lady Madonna, I’ve Just Seen A Face, Blackbird and Yesterday all listed as McCartney-Lennon songs. They still listed as McCartney-Lennon songs when the album was reissued on CD in 2002.

Wings Over America features McCartney’s cover of Paul Simon’s Richard Cory and his own Soily, neither of which are available on any other album. The album also featured Wings’ cover of the Moody Blues Go Now with Denny Laine on lead vocals. Laine was a member of The Moody Blues on details

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon will be performing the John & Yoko Double Fantasy album at the upcoming Meltdown Festival in London.

Yoko is curating the festival and has recruited Boy George, Patti Smith, Iggy & The Stooges and Marianne Faithfull to perform for the 20th anniversary of the festival.

Double Fantasy was John’s comeback album in 1980, after 5 years of being a house-husband and raising Sean. It was also the album John & Yoko had in the charts at the time of John’s death.

Double Fantasy was released on November 17, 1980. John died on December 8, 1980.

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Source: WN/Music


They were a definite hit with the Norwich gig-goers, with excited fans snapping up the tickets. The queue on the night to get into the Grosvenor Rooms stretched all the way back to the old ABC cinema further up the road.

Half a century on, the Grosvenor Rooms are no more – with a KFC fast food restaurant now on the site instead – but The Beatles’ music continues to be as popular as ever, and to mark the anniversary of their Norwich visit Mark Cousens, from Tasburgh, is organising a tribute night in the city.

He has already booked Them Beatles as the tribute act to the Fab Four, and is now looking for a local support act.

“I grew up listening to The Beatles because of my dad. It was the first music I can remember hearing,” said 29-year-old Mr Cousens.

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Source: Evening News, UK
Photo Credit  Bill Smi details

Ringo: Peace & Love is both the first major exhibit ever dedicated to a drummer and the first to explore the extraordinary career of the 7-time GRAMMY Award® winner. The scope of exhibit spans Ringo’s early life growing up in Liverpool, from Raving Texans turned Rory Storm, from The Beatles, to becoming a solo artist and then to the All Starrs with whom he is on tour now – this unique collection brings together diverse artifacts, rare and never before seen photographs, documents, personal letters and footage.

Ringo: Peace & Love will be located on the second floor. 

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Source: Ringo Starr Official website
Photo Credit John Wright


The publisher's description says. "It includes the number of takes for each song; who contributed what; previously unpublished studio documents and interviews with many of the key recording personnel; and facsimile reproductions of Abbey Road recording sheets, tape boxes, album sleeve roughs, memos, contracts, press releases and more.

“Lavishly illustrated with over 350 photographs (rare images by Linda McCartney among them), this must-have volume also features an exclusive introductory interview with Paul McCartney."

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Source: Examiner: Steve Marinucci
Photo credit Sterling Publishers

Wirral Beatles book is a hit in Russia - Saturday, April 06, 2013

The Beatles and Me, compiled by Dean Johnson from Birkenhead, is set to become a best-seller in Russia after being featured in a national television report.

A camera crew from Zvezda (meaning The Star) TV visited Liverpool to interview Dean and to capture fabled Beatles landmarks in the city.

Dean said: "Liverpool represents a magical land to the Russians.  It is the birthplace of a revolution in music created by The Beatles.

"Since we appeared on Soviet television the interest in the book there has been amazing."

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Source Wirral Globe 
Geoff Barnes 

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