17:30 With a Little Help From Her Friends, a Community Artist Crochets a ‘Yarn Bomb’ For a John Lennon Tree
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There’s not much to smile about these days, but the John Lennon Tree on 79th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway brings smiles to anyone who passes it by. A crocheted artwork with gaudy pink and yellow flowers, a purple peace sign and a portrait of Lennon in shades against a background of brightly colored stripes, it is the creation of Carmen Community Artist, aka Carmen Paulino, a community artist who reached out to friends isolated by the pandemic to help her. The yarn and initial invitation to create a “yarn bomb” — a piece of crocheted or knitted art made specifically to be wrapped around a tree, lamppost or gate — came from Knitty City, a retail store and gathering place for knitters and crocheters, directly in front of the tree. READ MORE >>>-
17:25 From Bob Dylan to The Beatles: Johnny Cash’s 20 best covers of all time
The Man in Black is one of the most influential country music stars of all time. But Johnny Cash was never happy to stick to one side of the road and the singer has used his iconic vocal to sing songs from across the musical spectrum. He is, in fact, one of the undoubted best at covering other people’s songs. As able to evoke emotion from reggae as he is the most recognisable ballads of all time, Johnny Cash has a habit of making others’ work more powerful, more emotional and, simply put, more Cash. READ MORE >>>-
17:15 The music that inspired Blondie: Clem Burke names his 10 favourite albums
As a founding member of New York’s finest Blondie, Clem Burke transferred the furious energy of punk and the slinky sounds of new wave to create some of the best rock songs in history. In the playlist below, we’ve gathered the 10 albums that influenced Clem Burke and led him on the path of musical discovery and inspiration to find himself in the 2006 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. READ MORE >>>-
17:10 Natasha Bedingfield credits The Beatles for inspiring her 2004 hit "Unwritten"
Natasha Bedingfield opened up about her 2004 hit "Unwritten" by revealing some interesting facts about how the song came to be. She opened up about the surprising backstory of "Unwritten" during a Billboard Live-At-Home concert on Monday to raise money for BYP 100, otherwise known as Black Youth Project, which aims to end gender violence in the Black community. Bedingfield opened up about her top-10 hit during the live broadcast, saying, "One thing that people might not know about this song is it was actually inspired by many things. For some reason I crammed every little wise saying I heard or I thought of into one song." READ MORE >>>-
10:45 You Gave Me The Answer – How Do You Take Your Tea?
Here at the PaulMcCartney.com office, tea is a big deal. With milk, without milk, with two sugars, with no sugar, with honey… Everyone has their own preference, and it’s a lot to remember if it’s your turn to do the 3pm tea run!
Paul also enjoys a cuppa (what else would we expect from the guy who wrote a song called ‘English Tea’?), so we thought this question from the aptly-named "Teatlemania" on Twitter was very appropriate: how do you take your tea? We spoke with Paul via Zoom to find out…
Paul: How do I take my tea? I take my tea with some soya milk and one sugar. If I’m really feeling naughty, one and a half sugars… I know, I’m living on the edge! READ MORE >>>-
10:40 - The Beatles song Paul McCartney wrote as an ode to marijuana
In 1966, The Beatles were tired. Tired of their boyband image and tired of pretending to be a clean-cut role model for everyone and their mother. With their new album, Revolver, the Fab Four would make a clear statement of intent, The Beatles were not boys anymore.
Long gone were the thigh-slapping ditties of their meteoric rise, now, things had got serious. Lennon and McCartney were arguably just finding their songwriting feet and the band’s output greatly improved because of it. The duo began looking further afield for their inspiration outside the obvious motifs of girls and fast cars. It led to one particular song acting as an ode to marijuana. READ MORE >>>-
The Penny Lane Hotel, Liverpool, which is up for auction
10:35 - Famous Beatles themed Penny Lane Hotel up for grabs at auction
A famous Beatles themed hotel is up for grabs to the highest bidder and could be yours for less than £1million. Penny Lane Hotel is heading to auction next month and the next lucky owner could take over in a matter of weeks. Listed with Sutton Kersh, the auction of the hotel comes just weeks after the recent sale of the Penny Lane Wine Bar. The 17 room hotel, located on Smithdown Place in Mossley Hill, is just one of many significant Beatles attractions in the city. READ MORE >>>-
10:30 - CIRQUE DU SOLEIL FILES FOR BANKRUPTCY PROTECTION, LAYS OFF 3500 EMPLOYEES
Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group has filed for bankruptcy protection as several of its circus shows across the world remain suspended due to the ongoing global health crisis.
In an announcement on Monday, the Montreal-based company revealed that it is seeking bankruptcy protection under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act to restructure its balance sheet “in response to immense disruption and forced show closures as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.” READ MORE >>>-
10:25 - HOW RINGO STARR GOT JOHN LENNON TO TONE DOWN HIS PAUL MCCARTNEY TAKEDOWN TRACK
After The Beatles went their separate methods, some unhealthy blood lingered among the many former bandmates. And you noticed it rapidly get heated between John Lennon and Paul McCartney. On high of buying and selling barbs within the music press, the outdated friends took some cracks at each other on their solo albums.
Paul took the primary shot in his Ram (1971) album with a monitor titled “Too Many People.” With the road, “You took your lucky break and broke it in too,” he was making a transparent reference to John’s relationship with Yoko Ono. And Paul did the identical with the road “too many people preaching practices.” READ MORE >>>-
10.20 - TODAY IN BEATLES HISTORY
1985 - John Lennon's psychedelic Rolls Royce was sold at auction for $2 million. 1989 - The surviving Beatles filed for an injunction against Dave Clark (Dave Clark Five) to prevent him from selling copies of the Beatles on "Ready Steady Go!" 1979 - The Wings single "Old Siam Sir" hit #35 in the U.K. 1979 - The Wings album "Back To The Egg" hit #6 in the U.K. and #8 in the U.S. 2006 - In Las Vegas, the Cirque de Soleil show "LOVE" officially opened at The Mirage Hotel.