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RINGO STARR ANNOUNCES 80th BIRTHDAY CHARITY SHOW WITH PAUL MCCARTNEY AND MORE

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Ringo celebrates his 80th birthday with an in-depth video interview -Here-, along with a July 7th virtual charity show

Ringo’s Big Birthday Show will also feature Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E and Ben Harper

“Man, I’m only 24 in here,” Starr says, pointing to his head. “And I’m still doing what I love to do. I’m still in the music business.”

In the interview, Starr talks about his longevity (one secret: “broccoli with everything and blueberries in the morning”); life in isolation (“I haven’t left the house in 11 weeks now”); hanging out with Keith Moon and John Bonham (“that’s two handfuls”); the early years of his solo career; Peter Jackson’s upcoming Let It Be-era Beatles documentary; missing George Harrison and John Lennon; and playing “Helter Skelter” on stage with Paul McCartney last year for the first time since he recorded it.

Starr also discussed Ringo’s Big Birthday Show, a virtual charity concert that will hit YouTube at 8 p.m. EST July 7th. The show will include a mix of at-home performances and unseen concert footage from Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E, Ben Harper, and others. The YouTube broadcast will benefit four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, The David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares, and WaterAid.

In the interview, Starr, who recently affirmed his support for Black Lives Matter, ponders the racism and segregation that the Beatles observed in the U.S. (they famously refused to play to segregated audiences), and the band’s deep debts to black music. “Black musicians were our heroes,” he says.

Finally, he looks back at the White Album nugget “Good Night.” “I used to be a rock singer,” he says with a laugh,  “and they’d always give me those soppy songs. And so they ruined my whole career!”

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YOU GAVE ME THE ANSWER: How Do You Take Your Tea?

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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!

The funny thing is, I’m not a big tea drinker, but at the studio these things become a ritual. You guys have seen me drink it at the office too. It’s like – here’s a bagel, with a cup of tea. And that’s the only time I ever really have tea. I drink it at the studio or at the office, it just seems to fit. I don’t want a big lunch, so just that bagel and tea is great. And yeah, that’s how I take it – soya milk and one sugar.

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THE BEATLES SONG GEORGE HARRISON WROTE JUST TO “PASS THE TIME”

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George Harrison had contributed a few songs to the Fab Four but one track which appeared on the Magical Mystery Tour EP and album was made when George was just sitting back and waiting for the time to pass by.

Blue Jay Way’ is a rare early song from George to be feature don the band’s album and was written primarily as George waited for publicist Derek Taylor to arrive at the house, a house situated on, yep, you guessed it, Blue Jay Way. “Derek Taylor got held up,” Harrison remembered, speaking with Hunter Davies in 1968. “He rang to say he’d be late. I told him on the phone that the house was in Blue Jay Way. And he said he could find it okay… he could always ask a cop.

“So I waited and waited. I felt really knackered with the flight, but I didn’t want to go to sleep until he came. There was a fog and it got later and later. To keep myself awake, just as a joke to pass the time while I waited, I wrote a song about waiting for him in Blue Jay Way. There was a little Hammond organ in the corner of this house which I hadn’t noticed until then… so I messed around on it and the song came.”

The track was one of several songs that George composed on the keyboard between 1966-1968 and saw the guitarist begin to finally find his feet within songwriting, having played third fiddle for so long. It also saw George begin to imbue his work with the delicacy of Indian classical music.


THE BEATLES FINALLY LET IT BE BY BRUCE SPIZER

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The Beatles “Get Back”/”Let It Be” sessions and the resulting unreleased and released albums and bootlegged recordings are among the most interesting and confusing aspects of the Beatles recorded legacy.
Bruce Spizer’s fourth installment in his Beatles album series, The Beatles Finally Let It Be covers the January 1969 rehearsals and recording sessions, the unreleased “Get Back” albums, “Let It Be” and “Let It Be…Naked,” along with American, British and Canadian perspectives. The book relies on articles from 1969 and 1970 magazines and newspapers to report on what fans knew about the sessions and the planned albums that were never issued, as well as reviews of the unreleased and released albums. There are also chapters on 1970 current events and music and film, plus a detailed breakdown of all of the songs released from the sessions. The fan recollections chapter includes stories from those were fortunate enough to be up on the roof for the Beatles final public performance on January 30, 1969, along with one from a fan on the ground.
This book measures 9″ x 9″ and includes images in both color and original black & white.
The Beatles Finally Let It Be is the perfect companion to the other books in the album series, the upcoming Get Back film directed by Peter Jackson, and the anniversary edition of the Let It Be album.

The book is an historical overview of the Get Back /Let It Be project commencing with its conception in September 1968 and running through the Let It Be…Naked album issued in November 2003. Any information pertaining to the new Get Back film and any possible set of new audio releases would only comprise of a relatively small part of the book. That said, the Beatles album series books are intended to be as complete as possible and cover all releases through the date the book goes on sale.

498 PRODUCTIONS, LLC proudly announces the upcoming publication of The Beatles Finally Let It Be, Bruce Spizer’s latest book in his Beatles album series which is set for release later this year.

The book will cover the Get Back/Let It Be sessions, the unreleased Get Back albums, the Let It Be album and film, the noteworthy Get Back bootlegs, the Anthology tracks from the sessions and Let It Be…Naked.

Like the other books in the series, The Beatles Finally Let It Be covers the  album and related releases from the American, British and Canadian perspectives.

The book contains chapters on newsworthy events of 1970 and the music and films from the first half of 1970.

There are also chapters on the Hey Jude and In The Beginning albums released in 1970.

And, of course, dozens of fan recollections about the album and film.

The Beatles “Get Back”/”Let It Be” sessions and the resulting unreleased and released albums and bootlegged recordings are among the most interesting and confusing aspects of the Beatles recorded legacy.

Description:

1st Edition, 2020
September 4, 2020
200 Pages
9″ x 9″
Hardbound
Full Color throughout

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