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For 51 years Rick Shaw’s resonant and melodious voice echoed through the airwaves — from St. Louis to Omaha to Denver and finally to Miami, where he spent most of his career spinning vinyl and playing oldies, goldies and rock ‘n roll.

In 1964, while he worked for WQAM, Shaw was the first radio disc jockey in South Florida to play the Beatles. He met them later that year in Jacksonville.

During a 46-year career in Miami, Shaw finished each program with the 1959 Ray Peterson classic Goodnight My Love.

Friday, just over a decade into his retirement, Shaw died. He was 78.











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These “red, white, and blue” flexi discs were issued by Capitol in 1982 as promotional giveaways to encourage the sale of the Capitol catalog of Beatles LPs.

The transparent 7-1/4″ square discs were adhered to a card with photos of the group on the front visible through the soundsheet. Curiously, the Magical Mystery Tour release featured the photo variation with George’s “middle finger salute”. The titles are as follows:

Capitol / Evatone 420826CS (Red) All My Loving / You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away
Capitol / Evatone 420827CS (Blue) Magical Mystery Tour / Here Comes The Sun
Capitol / Evatone 420828CS (Clear/white) Rocky Racoon / Why Don’t We Do It In The Road

Capitol / Evatone 1214825CS (Blue) Komm Gib Mir Deine Hand/Sie Liebt Dich (Medley) / 1963 Xmas message excerpts

The first three were issued in July of 1982 and given away by the Musicland, Discount, and Sam Goody record stores. Each store had their own custom logo on the back of each of the sequentially numbered photo/title cards. One disc was given away with the purchase of any Capitol Beatles album.

The fourth disc, The Beatles German Medley, was available only through the House of Guitars store in Rochester, New York, in 1983 as a “Souvenir From The Beatles 20th Anniversary.” Due to its limited pressing of 1000 copies, it’s the rarest of all the releases and currently sells for around $50.00. It was not numbered.


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A rare, unreleased demo of The Beatles song “What Goes On” is currently on sale through a listing on eBay.  This 1963 demo version predates the Beatles recording sung by Ringo and released on the Rubber Soul album in 1965. This earlier version was sung by John, who wrote the song, and features Lennon singing different lyrics. The demo also has John on acoustic guitar and Paul on harmony on the chorus; a few piano notes are audible in the background toward the end of the track.  The sale will end Oct. 1.  An excerpt of the recording can be heard here:

‘What Goes On’ was of one of John’s earliest compositions and originally written for his pre-Beatles group, The Quarrymen. On this excerpt from the unreleased 1963 demo acetate, John sings lead to acoustic guitar, backed by Paul on harmony. The recording reveals John’s original lyrics to the first verse with the familiar ‘What goes on…’ hook.

The recording also contains a second verse which too has different/unpublished lyrics. This demo recording has never been released and the original tape is presumed lost. However the song appeared in a different style with re-written verses on The Beatles’ 1965 album ‘Rubber Soul’.






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Brian Samuel Epstein (19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was who managed the Beatles. Epstein first discovered the Beatles in November 1961 during a lunchtime performance at The Cavern Club. He was instantly impressed and saw great potential in the group. Epstein was rejected by nearly all major recording companies in London, until he secured a meeting with George Martin, head of EMI’s Parlophone label. In May 1962, Martin agreed to sign the Beatles, partly because of Epstein’s conviction that the group would become internationally famous. The Beatles’ early success has been attributed to Epstein’s management style, and the band trusted him without hesitation. In addition to handling the Beatles’ business affairs, Epstein often stepped in to mediate personal disputes within the group. In 1997, Paul McCartney said, “If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.”

The predominant narrative of Beatles history gives insufficient credit to the role Epstein played in shaping the group’s image and preparing them for international adulation. He dressed them in tailored suits; fostered their songwriting; In the words of Beatles producer George Martin, he “gave them style, taste, and charm.” As Vivek Tiwary put it in The Fifth Beatle, his illustrated novel about Epstein, the manager “played the business as his instrument.” And he excelled in the role: “Brian was a passionate man who would not take ‘no’ for an answer on behalf of his lads, and that is how we got to hear the Beatles’ music,” said Andrew Loog Oldham, the Rolling Stones’ former manager, in a 2000 interview with rock journalist Harvey Kubernik.
Brian Epstein helped convince the world that the Beatles were the most special group that rock had ever known, even while he labored under the specter of a law that could ruin him at any moment.
“In many ways, the whole world is living out this visionary dream that Epstein had,” says Rolling Stone columnist Rob Sheffield, who recently released his acclaimed book Dreaming the Beatles. And yet, Sheffield observes, “The whole terror of the law that he had to live with, that nobody knew about in his lifetime and that I didn’t know about until recent years—he never knew what it was like to live his life without that.”


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It was a sentimental gift, bought at a charity auction with the blessing of The Beatles and legendary producer Sir George Martin.But now a highly sought after piece of Beatles memorabilia–an original Eleanor Rigby score penned by Sir George— has emerged as the subject of an extraordinary dispute involving relatives of the man he gifted it to. Colin Sanders, a world renowned musical entrepreneur and founder of the mixing console manufacturer Solid State Logic (SSL), is understood to have won the score from the band several years after the song’s release.

Now, however, the much cherished heirloom has become centre of a bizarre whodunit involving his widow, Dr Rosemary Sanders, and their adopted daughter, Terri-Louise. The controversy arose after the rare manuscript, signed by Sir George and Sir Paul McCartney, turned up for sale at an obscure Warrington-based auction house.

After learning of its disappearance, Dr Sanders contacted Omega Auctions, a specialist in music memorabilia, and claimed ownership.  The auction house was forced to pull the lot hours before it was due to go on auction.

The score is only of only two known to have been written by Sir George; the original was left to his daughter, Alexis Stratfold, when he died last year. It was until Monday advertised alongside a collection of rare Beatles memorabilia, and had been valued at £20,000. Dr Sanders has also alerted Thames Valley Police, which is now attempting to determine the manuscript’s true ownership and how it came to be consigned for sale.

When approached by The Daily Telegraph for comment, Dr Sanders said that the score had been won by her late husband at a charity auction and had been passed to her after his death in 1998 in a helicopter accident. “My late husband won it at a charity auction,” she said. “He knew Sir George well, they used to move in the same circles. They [The Beatles] would come to parties occasionally. “He went to Abbey Road as well, and of course some of the studio was fitted out by SSL.” A spokeswoman for Omega Auction confirmed that the score was no longer for sale. “Having been contacted by his widow, Dr Rosie Sanders, it is understood that she is the rightful owner of the score and has no wishes to part with it”. She revealed that the score had been consigned for sale by someone claiming to be Colin Sanders’ daughter Terri-Louise, adding that the auction house had understood that ‘Terri-Louise’ had inherited it from her father and was therefore entitled to sell it.

However when approached by The Daily Telegraph last night Ms Sanders denied any knowledge of the incident, saying she had never approached the auction house about any potential sale.
It is understood that Dr Sanders reported the incident to Thames Valley Police.  She declined to comment further, but said that the ordeal had been “distressing” for the family.’
A spokeswoman for Thames Valley Police said: “On 8 Sept we were called by a resident of Souldern near Bicester regarding  a dispute over of piece of music memorabilia. We are currently investigating this matter.”


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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will unveil one of the most stunning guitar exhibits in the museum’s history.

On Sept. 29, a wall-to-wall guitar gallery will take up space on the museum’s second floor previously occupied by the Johnny Cash Music Masters display. The gallery will feature 15 guitars from a mix of music legends and modern stars:

Here’s the full list of artists whose instruments are featured:

Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead
Geddy Lee of Rush
Garry Tallent of the E Street Band
Bobby Womack
Eric Clapton
John Lennon
Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth
Link Wray
Rick Danko of the Band
Ryan Adams
Kim Deal of the Pixies
Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day
Tom Petersson of Cheap Trick
Mike Rutherford of Genesis
Tegan Quin of Tegan and Sara

The stories beyond each of the guitars are the stuff of music legend. For instance, Lee’s instrument uses the neck from his 1972 Hybrid Fender Jazz Bass that Rush used to record “Tom Sawyer.”

The display also features the acoustic guitar Clapton used to record his Grammy-winning song “Tears in Heaven.” The three-time Rock Hall inductee used the same guitar for his memorable 1992 “MTV Unplugged” performance.
Adams’ 1967 Gibson Southern Jumbo guitar was used on several of the musician’s most memorable albums. Armstrong’s 1956 Gibson Les Paul Junior is the instrument he played during Green Day’s “American Idiot” recording process.

Then there’s John Lennon’s 1965 Epiphone Casino guitar, which goes all the way back to the Beatles’ recording sessions for “Revolver,” arguably, the greatest album ever made.
The stories go on and on, as most of the guitars have been in the Rock Hall’s vault for quite some time and will now make their debut to visitors.