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SIGNED WARHOL PRINTS, BEATLES’ SIGNATURES SET FOR OCTOBER AUCTION

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A pair of screen-prints signed by Andy Warhol, a sheet signed by all four Beatles and a lithograph signed by Pablo Picasso highlight Baltimore auctioneer Alex Cooper’s October gallery auction. The Warhol prints headline the two-day event, set for Oct. 3 and Oct. 7. The auction include a musical rarity, the signatures of all four Beatles on a single sheet of paper. That item, which also includes a copy of the album cover “with the Beatles,” from 1965 carries an estimated value of $5,000 to $7,000.

Early 1965; four pen-signed signatures of: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and “Ringo Starr,” on sheet of stationery from “The Montagu Beach Hotel-Nassau of the Bahamas,” with copy of album cover “With the Beatles,” (1963), in shadowbox frame, frame – 22 1/2 x 31 in. Provenance: In February, 1965 the Beatles were in Nassau filming their classic movie HELP! Condition: Original stationery folded


MONO PRESSING OF THE BEATLES’ WHITE ALBUM UP FOR SALE

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An original UK mono version of The Beatles’ 1968 The Beatles LP has been listed for sale on eBay for $2,599.99 (£1934.65).

The record – in VG+ condition according to its seller – is especially rare because of its low pressing number number (under 500), and includes 2×12”, poster//lyrics sheet, and 4 photographs with accompanying photo spacer.
Composed of 45-tracks, the majority of which were recorded at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles was the last Beatles album where stereo and mono versions were mixed separately.

 

 

 

 


48 YEARS AGO TODAY: THE BEATLES RELEASE ‘ABBEY ROAD’ LP

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48 years ago today (9/26/69), The Beatles released the Abbey Road LP. The Fab Four’s eleventh studio album is considered one of the finest of all time, with a song sequence that builds on many themes, along with their Side 2 medley. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed before the band’s dissolution in April 1970, most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began. Listen to John Lennon talk about Abbey Road track by track…

 


The Beatles’ Abbey Road album was released in the UK on 26 September 1969. It sold four million copies worldwide in its first six weeks on sale, and a further million by the end of 1969 – making it the best-selling long-player of the year. Abbey Road was the fourth best-selling album of the entire 1960s, and the eighth best-selling of 1970.

 


PBS TO BROADCAST PREMIERE OF THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK THE TOURING YEARS

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PBS To Broadcast Premiere of Ron Howard’s Acclaimed Film
THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK THE TOURING YEARS
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PBS today announced the U.S. broadcast premiere of Academy Award®-winner Ron Howard’s authorized and highly acclaimed Emmy® Award and GRAMMY Award®-winning documentary film about The Beatles’ phenomenal early career.

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS premieres Saturday, November 25, 8:00-10:30 pm ET (check local listings) on PBS.

The film will be followed by an encore broadcast of SGT. PEPPER’S MUSICAL REVOLUTION, 10:30-Midnight ET on PBS, which continues the story beyond The Beatles’ touring years, during the months the band spent creating Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music’s most universally acclaimed album.

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS is based on the first part of The Beatles’ career (1962-1966) – the period in which they toured and captured the world’s acclaim. The film explores how John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr came together to become this extraordinary phenomenon, “The Beatles.”  It reveals their inner workings – how they made decisions, created their music and built their collective career together – all the while, exploring The Beatles’ extraordinary and unique musical gifts and their remarkable, complementary personalities. The film focuses on the time period from the early Beatles’ journey in the days of The Cavern Club in Liverpool to their last concert at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.

THE BEATLES: EIGHT DAYS A WEEK – THE TOURING YEARS features rare and never-before-seen archival footage of shows and interviews, plus new interviews with Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and numerous prominent observers. The film captures the exhilaration of The Beatles’ phenomenal rise to fame as well as the toll it eventually took on the band’s members, prompting them to stop touring and devote their prodigious musical talents to their groundbreaking studio recordings.

With thanks. TheBeatles.com


ON THIS DAY: 1965: BEATLES CARTOON SERIES DEBUTS

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Al Brodax was no youngster in the mid-1960s—he was approaching 40—but he had what he thought might be a good idea. The Beatles were so popular, he theorized, why not create a cartoon series based on them? He came up with an animated series simply titled The Beatles, which ran from 1965-69 and then moved on to another project, a full-length animated film based on the group, Yellow Submarine.

After seeing the Beatles perform on The Ed Sullivan Show, Brodax approached the group’s management with the idea of creating an animated series that, like the film A Hard Day’s Night, would place the band members into humorous (if often exaggerated) situations. Brodax oversaw the production of 39 episodes—three years of first-run cartoons running from 1965-1967, followed by two more years of reruns. Each episode was titled after a Beatles song (which was played during the episode), with its story roughly based on the lyrics. The Beatles themselves were not involved in the cartoon series, which debuted September 25, 1965.

Dennis Marks, Jack Mendelsohn, Heywood Kling and Bruce Howard wrote all 39 episodes, which were produced primarily in Australia and London. The cartoons were later aired in syndication by MTV (1986-87) and on the Disney Channel (1989).

In 1968, Brodax served as a producer, co-writer and co-director of Yellow Submarine. Unlike the earlier cartoon series, which depicted the Beatles as fun-loving moptops, the largely surreal Yellow Submarine showed the group as they appeared during their Sgt. Pepper phase, with facial hair and colorful clothing. The Beatles appeared as themselves only briefly at the end of the film, and were not otherwise involved in its production, but their songs are played throughout. It won a New York Film Critics Circle Award as well as other honors.

Brodax later worked on the programs Make a Wish and Animals, Animals, Animals and as a consultant for Marvel Comics. He wrote a book, Up Periscope Yellow: The Making of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine, and also headed the Brodax Film Group, a television and production company.

DJ RICK SHAW WHO BROUGHT THE BEATLES SOUND TO SOUTH FLORIDA HAS DIED

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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.