The Beatles in Colour (isation) Once upon a time in 1964 the Beatles released their black and white film 'A Hard Day's Night followed in 1965 by their colour film Help!. That's how it was, either black and white or colour with sometimes with a bit of tint. Then what is known as the art of colourisation (or colourization in the US) appeared on the scene.
Star Club Tapes When the The Beatles Live! at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany 1962 was released by the Bellaphon label in Germany in April 1977 it was expected to bring a lawsuit by the Apple Corps but because of German copyright laws fortunately the release couldn't be stopped.
20 May 1970 “Let it Be”premiered in London and Liverpool The film which was originally planned as a television documentary features an unannounced rooftop concert by the group, their last performance in public. Released just after the album, it was the final original Beatles release.March 1970.
Wings Last Flight In a previous article I was questioning whether Paul McCartney should 'freshen up' his set list or perform a selection of concerts leaning more to his solo output. In the last few days I've managed to enjoy another viewing of Paul McCartney's 2005 'Chaos And Creation In Abbey Road' and another listen to Paul McCartney & Wings unofficial CD release 'Last Flight, the Complete 1979 Glasgow Concert'
The Beatles at Christmas It's December, Christmas is on it's way, the double Christmas edition of the Radio Times is due out on Saturday and it's 40 years since the BBC transmitted the epic 'The Beatles at Christmas' season. Fed up of buying poor quality bootleg videos I went out and bought a recorder to tape the line up of Beatles classic films that was coming our way.
Paul McCartney - Freshen Up? Did you happen to see the Elton John interview with Graham Norton on the BBC 'Elton John: Uncensored'? I watched it on 'Catch Up' and really enjoyed it but there was a small part of the interview that I hope Paul McCartney was also watching.
Flashback - The Beatles Meet the Stones It was 55 years ago today (April 14th, 1963) that The Beatles and The Rolling Stones first met. The Beatles, who were new on the scene in London, had heard about the group through word of mouth, and were in the audience at the Stones’ show in Richmond at the Crawdaddy Club at the Station Hotel.
All Things Must Pass The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown up challenges in all walks of life throughout the World. It's important that everybody stays safe, looks after each other then hopefully we'll beat it and the World will return to normality. Noel Gallagher is credited with the quote: I don't live to work; I work to live, and he's correct we need to have that work/life balance, our escapes from reality in our societies but at present it seems to have been taken away from us.
Can't Buy Me Love, Prime Minister Harold Wilson and his Attempts to Woo the Beatles The monumental influence of the Beatles, their music, and “Beatlemania” deeply penetrated into many facets of British lifestyle during a substantial portion of the 1960s, and the dynamic political landscape of this waning world power was no exception. The resurgence of the Labour Party in Parliament, following fourteen long years of being situated in the opposition, simultaneously materialized during the reign of the Beatles.
Nutopia This is a mythical country created by John and Yoko in 1973. It was announced on the Mind Games album, which included the Nutopian International Anthem, a track which contained only a few seconds of silence. John and Yoko wrote of Nutopia on the inner sleeve of the album (see text below). Their imaginary realm required its citizens to have no passports. It was a place without boundaries.
What If? What if, in 1989, Paul McCartney hadn't made the decision to add 17 Beatles songs to his set list for his World tour and continue his policy of including 3 or 4 Beatles songs to please his fans? Normally an artist would continually build his set list through his musical career by adding material from their new album to songs from their previous album releases as Paul himself had done in the seventies..
Oh, To Be 73 Again Paul McCartney announced his first UK tour dates for over three years on the 5th July with fans immediately voicing their concerns at obtaining tickets for the three gigs he was scheduled too play in Liverpool, Glasgow and London. The total tickets on sale would be around 44,000, but how many would find there way through to true Paul McCartney 'fans'?
Macca at Abbey Road Special Sir Paul McCartney posed on the notorious Abbey Road crossing on Monday - originally made famous by his band The Beatles' album cover from 1969. The legendary musician was back at his old stomping ground for a secret gig, which brought out some of the music and film industry's most glistening stars - including Kylie Minogue and Johnny Depp.
The Beatles in America The Beatles had unprecedented success in the USA when they touched down in 1964, beginning what some see as the British Invasion, but two years later the band was witnessing a backlash from parts of conservative America. What caused this change? And is it fair to say that they filled a musical void which rock and roll had left as it became less popular in America?
The Birth of Beatlemania Washington disc jockey Carroll James didn’t realize it at the time, but on this day, in 1963, he helped The Beatles launch the third British invasion of America. This time, the attack didn’t come by land or by sea, however, this one was by air—more precisely, the airwaves. The first shot fired in the assault on every facet of American culture came in the form of a song, “I Wanna Hold Your Hand,” by The Beatles. By the time this invasion was done, our musical and cultural landscape would never be the same.
With a Little Help! I hope you'll forgive me but on Sunday 13th November I was dragged along to the Echo Arena in Liverpool. The event? To see Simply Red celebrating the 25th Anniversary of their album 'Stars' by performing it live in its entirety. To be honest the concert was a bit special. First half they performed a number of songs from their albums, second half the spotlight was on 'Stars' before the band returned for three encores to send the packed Arena home happy.
The Beatles Sweet Story If we told you that The Beatles scored a top 20 single in 1964—the year that they broke in America—that’s been all but forgotten, you’d rightfully be skeptical. All of the Beatles’ hits are still loved and known inside out and upside down, you’d say to yourself. How could one have been “lost” to time?
John Lennon - The Last Interview Three days before he died, John Lennon talked with ‘Rolling Stone’ for nine hours. For the first time, we present this extraordinary interview.
Cover Myself in Glory John Lennon once commented that he wanted to re-record every song released by the Beatles, a criticism of what John considered was excessive production by George Martin. Of course Sir George wasn't happy to hear this. ‘What about Strawberry Fields?’ said George. John looked at him and said, ‘Especially Strawberry Fields.’
Invisible Albums For a few years now I have had a bee in my bonnet over the pigeon holing of George Harrison as an artist. I'll start off by giving you the official opinion given by numerous reviewers and copy cat journalists. It goes something like this: George was the quiet Beatle,.the lead guitarist who was vastly inferior both as a songwriter and singer to both John and Paul in the Beatles.
The Curious Case of Klaatu Klaatu formed when John Woloschuk began working at English producer/engineer Terry Brown’s Toronto Sound Studio in September 1974. Brown heard and liked the demos Woloschuk had made with guitarist Dee Long and signed them to his production company. Drummer Terry Draper joined in February 1975 and the trio began recording what became the Klaatu album in studio downtime. “Terry Brown was our engineer and co-producer,” says Draper.
John & Yoko in Cambridge The first public gig by John Lennon and Yoko Ono is being celebrated 50 years after it took place. Ono was booked as part of a jazz performance at Cambridge University's Lady Mitchell Hall on 2 March 1969 and Lennon came along as "her band". A plaque which reads "Yoko Ono John Lennon Cambridge 1969" has been unveiled in the hall to mark the event.
Memorial Service for John Lennon 30 March 1981: Liverpool cathedral is the setting for a Festival of Peace to remember the Beatle assassinated a few months earlier The words of John Lennon, former Beatle, replaced those of Thomas Cranmer, former Archbishop of Canterbury, in Liverpool Cathedral yesterday as more than 2,000 people attended a Festival of Peace in memory of the assassinated musician. On a more traditional Sunday afternoon there are 150 people in Britain’s largest cathedral for choral Evensong.
Paul Christmas Mix Tape The original tape mix that Paul McCartney cut as a record for his fellow Beatles in 1965 has surfaced online, reports Dangerous Minds. Only four copies existed of the Unforgettable vinyl, given by McCartney to George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr for Christmas in 1965. All were believed to be lost.
Official Dissolution of the Beatles The break-up of the Beatles was a cumulative process throughout the period 1968 to 1970, marked by rumours of a split and ambiguous comments by the Beatles themselves regarding the future of the group. Although in September 1969 John Lennon privately informed the other Beatles that he was leaving the group, there was no public acknowledgement of the break-up until Paul McCartney announced on 10 April 1970 he was leaving the Beatles.
The Beatles Rooftop Concert Although the concert was unannounced, the Beatles had planned on performing live during their Get Back sessions earlier in January. It is uncertain who had the idea for a rooftop concert, but the suggestion was conceived just days before the actual event. George Harrison brought in keyboardist Billy Preston as an additional musician, in the hope that a talented outside observer would encourage the band to be tight and focused. Ringo Starr remembered:
The Beatles Ed Sullivan Debut It’s one of those indelible grade school memories: Winter, Sunday night and a family TV tradition, “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The silvery curtains rise, and out he comes, looking more like a mortician than an impresario. His poker face gives way to a sly grin, knowing he will for once make good on his promise for a ”rilly big” show.
Paul McCartney's Smallest Gig On the 9th December, the Beatles, John, Paul, George & Pete played before their lowest ever audience at the Palais Ballroom in Aldershot. A total of 18 people turned up to watch them at their first concert in the south of England. The gig had been booked by the late Liverpool promoter Sam Leach, who was used to filling venues in the Beatles hometown of Liverpool and across the water on the Wirral.
My Sweet Lord - The Lawsuit While the music industry and plagiarism-based litigation have gone hand in hand for years, somewhat less familiar is the concept of "subconscious plagiarism" something which shy Beatle George Harrison was accused of following the release of his hit song "My Sweet Lord".
The Beatles Record From Me To You With Northern Songs (their publishing company) established, the Beatles needed a song for their next single and, flushed with the success of “Please Please Me” and the emerging ecstasy at their performances, they again brought together elements from different songs in their repertoire to create something new and fresh. George Martin scheduled a recording session for Tuesday 5 March, towards the end of their first national tour when they served as a warm-up act to British singer Helen Shapiro.
The Decca Audition Here is where the story of the Beatles’ unreleased recordings—and, it could even be said, of the Beatles’ work in professional studios as a whole—really begins. From the day John Lennon met Paul McCartney in July 1957 through the end of 1961, there had been sporadic amateur recordings of the band. None of them showed the group to great advantage; all of them would be utterly forgotten today, had the boys not unexpectedly developed in ways no one, even the musicians themselves, could have possibly foreseen.
Liverpool Rocks We never need an excuse to visit Liverpool but it helps when an afternoon of Merseybeat at the Green Room and an evening with Karl Terry & the Cruisers at the ‘Big House’ Vines pub on Lime Street is on offer on Sunday The Green Room is a cabaret club in the heart on Liverpool city centre, one of its co-owners is Ricky Tomlinson known for is portrayal of Jim Royle in the BBC’s The Royle Family.
Twist and Shout The song Twist and Shout appears as the closing track on the first Beatles Album Please Please Me, and to many younger fans it is often discarded as merely a cover song to finish off the Album.It is seen as a good early rocker or a pot boiler as George Martin often termed it. Well the point of this article is to clarify the songs importance in the Beatles repertoire.
Eight Days A Week It was certainly an exciting time for Beatles fans in the run up to the release of their new film 'Eight Days a Week, The Touring Years' culminating with it's premier in London and Liverpool. Paul & Ringo both attended the London premier beamed live to cinema's. Paul even wore the same jacket he had on at the Beatles 'A Hard Day's Night' premier and even managed to button it up:-).
One Band Two Great Leaders The following article was inspired by the crazed almost childish bickering that has broken out on various Beatle related websites between Lennon fanatics and likewise McCartneyites, where both sides claim their hero WAS The Beatles. One of them had all the talent, the other one had none etc. So from a neutral standpoint, I would like to offer my own personal view on the subject.
From Stickers to Secret Gigs Remember the 60's when the only way to promote your latest record was to send a copy to DJ's hoping they'd like it enough to give it a spin. If you were lucky it would be featured as record of the week on your local radio station. Now, for the fortunate few, promotion of a new record has taken on a life of it's own. They'll always be the little freebies, pens, stickers, badges, postcards, promo singles/albums where we're ripped off on Ebay to add them to our collections but Paul McCartney has taken record promotion to another level for the release of his new album 'Egypt Station' due for release on 7th September 2018.
Top 10 Highlights From 2018 Hello and welcome to www.beatlesnow.com we hope you enjoy your visit. Please bookmark us and enjoy Daily Beatles News & more. We've been involved in Beatles fanzines and websites since the mid-eighties but I can't honestly recall a more exciting year than 2018 for Beatles fans. It's rather spooky but here are my Top 10 highlights from my year in chronological order.
Statue for Eppy The Statue 4 Eppy concert is part of campaign to honour the Beatles manager in his hometown to raise £70,000 for a statue in his honour. Strangely they exist for John Lennon, The Beatles & Billy Fury, Ken Dodd, Cilla Black & Bessie Braddock around Liverpool but not for Brian Epstein, the man who brought the Beatles, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Cilla Black and a host other Merseybeat bands to the World. The sold out concert held at the Epstein Theatre in Liverpool was performed in two acts.
Clapperboard Presents..... Backbeat with Scot Williams The film Backbeat was directed by Ian Softley and released in 1994. It starred Stephen Dorff (Stuart Sutcliffe) Sheryl Lee (Astrid Kercherr) while Ian Hart (John Lennon), Gary Bakewell (Paul McCartney), Chris O’Neill (George Harrison) & Scott Williams (Pete Best) portrayed the Beatles in Hamburg.
The Threetles Freakout, Civic Hall, Uppermill Oldham's finest Beatles celebration (not tribute) band returned to the stage with a prestigious gig at Uppermill Civic Hall. The Threetles Freakout was a near 500 capacity sell out & fans were asked to make the gig extra special by dressing up for the occasion. As it turned out the Civic Hall was awash with beads, kaftans, head bands and for one night only the summer of love was revisited.