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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1982: THE BEATLES PROMOTIONAL FLEXI-DISC

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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.


“WHAT GOES ON” 1963 DEMO IS CURRENTLY ON SALE

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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’.

 

 

 

 


ON THIS DAY: BRIAN EPSTEIN WAS BORN

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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.”


MYSTERY OF £20,000 ELEANOR RIGBY SCORE PULLED FROM AUCTION OF BEATLES MEMORABILIA

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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.”