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The Iconic shop where the Beatles bought their first instruments from and many famous musicians met and formed bands through the notice board. This shop was part of Liverpool and Merseyside’s musical heritage equally as important to the great ‘music City’ as other landmarks in the area. The proof of the importance is written in the history books and even the fact that the ‘Beatles Story’ at the Albert dock has a mock up version of the Hessys shop.

Photo/plaque Courtesy by Snelly BBC Radio


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The animated feature film inspired by and adapted from themes and ideas in songs by The Beatles and starring cartoon characters based on John, Paul, George and Ringo made its world premiere at the London Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus on July 17, 1968.

All four Beatles were in attendance: John Lennon with Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr with wife Maureen Starkey and George Harrison accompanied by his spouse Pattie. Paul McCartney came solo; three days later his fiance Jane Asher announces that their engagement has ended.

Also at the premiere were Keith Richards and members of The Who and Status Quo. As was typical of any event in the 1960s where the Beatles were present, a mob scene ensued on the street outside.

The Beatles themselves only appeared in a short live-action snippet at the end of Yellow Submarine and their characters were voiced by professional actors. The film has come to be recognized as a genre-changing work that led to animation gaining greater respect as an art form and Time magazine noted that it “turned into a smash hit, delighting adolescents and esthetes alike” Although the band members were initially skeptical about the film, in 1995 all three surviving Beatles expressed an appreciation for it in The Beatles Anthology documentary series.


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The Cutting Edge: The Story of the Beatles’ Hairdresser Who Defined an Era, will be published on 24 August 2017. A special limited edition is also available.

The Beatles’ hair changed the world. As their increasingly wild, untamed manes grew, to the horror of parents everywhere, they set off a cultural revolution as the most tangible symbol of the Sixties’ psychedelic dream of peace, love and playful rebellion. At the centre of this epochal change was Leslie Cavendish, hairdresser to the Beatles and designer of the four iconic men’s hairstyles, a brand image as immediately recognizable as the Nike swoosh or the Coca-Cola bottle. But just how did a fifteen-year-old Jewish school dropout from an undistinguished North London suburb, with no particular artistic talent or showbusiness connections, end up literally at the cutting edge of Sixties’ fashion in just four years? His story – honest, always entertaining and inspiring – parallels the meteoric rise of the Beatles themselves, and is no less astounding.


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Paul at CenturyLink Center Drive, Bossier City – July 15, 2017


A Hard Day’s Night
Junior’s Farm
Can’t Buy Me Love
Temporary Secretary
Let Me Roll It
I’ve Got a Feeling
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Maybe I’m Amazed
We Can Work It Out
In Spite of All the Danger
You Won’t See Me
Love Me Do
And I Love Her
Here Today
Queenie Eye
The Fool on the Hill
Lady Madonna
Eleanor Rigby
I Wanna Be Your Man
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
Hi, Hi, Hi
I Saw Her Standing There
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight
The End




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The nominations for the 69th annual Emmy Awards were аnnounced, the Ron Howard-directed rock doc The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years came away with a fab five nods, including Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special.
The film, which got its TV premiere on Hulu in September, will also compete for Emmys in four other Nonfiction Program categories: outstanding writing, picture editing, sound editing and sound mixing.
“I’m truly honored with the Television Academy’s recognition today, and I am thrilled to share these nominations with Paul [McCartney], Ringo [Starr], and a brilliant team of producers,” says Howard in a statement. “I know I’m not alone when I say that The Beatles have inspired me creatively and professionally for many years, so to receive this type of recognition for a project that is both personal to me and nostalgic for people all around the world, is truly humbling.”
Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years takes an in-depth look at the Fab Four’s history from 1962 to 1966, while showcasing the band’s live performances during that period.
The movie, which features rare and previously unseen footage of The Beatles, was produced with the full cooperation of surviving members McCartney and Starr, and from the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison: Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison.
HBO’s Westworld and NBC’s Saturday Night Live lead the Emmy nominees this year, with 22 nods each. The Emmys ceremony, hosted by Stephen Colbert, will air live, September 17, on CBS.
Source: ABC Radio


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John Lennon’s psychedelic Summer of Love Rolls-Royce Phantom V is heading back to Britain to celebrate the marque and the 50th anniversary of Beatle’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album.
It is one of seven historic Rolls-Royce Phantoms belonging to influential figures – including dance legend Fred Astair, speed record breaker Sir Malcolm Campbell and war hero Field Marshal ‘Monty’ Montgomery – being brought together to celebrate the launch of the new eighth generation Phantom.
The launch will occur in London’s Mayfair on Thursday next week and the brightly painted John Lennon is on loan from current owner the Royal British Columbia Museum in Canada.
It will travel from Canada to London to join ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – A Rolls-Royce Exhibition, at Bonhams on Bond Street, an area visited regularly by Lennon in the late 1960s in this very car.
Members of the public will be able to see it there from 29 July to the 2 August.
Lennon took delivery of his car on on 3 June 1965 – the same day that astronaut Edward H White left the capsule of his Gemini 4 to become the first American to walk in space.
Originally the Rolls-Royce Phantom V was in Valentine Black. But Lennon had it customised in true rock-star style.
The rear seat was converted to a double bed, and a television, telephone and refrigerator were installed, along with a ‘floating’ record player and a custom sound system (which included an external loud hailer).
Then, in April 1967, just as the recording of the ground-breaking Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album was finishing, Lennon asked Surrey-based coachbuilders JP Fallon to give the Phantom a new paint job which was carried out by local artist Steve Weaver, who charged them £290 (close to £5,000 now).
Rolls-Royce said: ‘The freshly-painted Phantom was unveiled days before the worldwide release of Sgt. Pepper’s on 1 June and it seemed part of the overall concept of the album.
‘The new colour scheme is often described as “psychedelic” and certainly the colours, particularly the dominant yellow, reflected the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.’
The company added: ‘But look carefully and you will see it is no random swirl, but a floral Romany scroll design, as used on gypsy caravans and canal barges, with a zodiac symbol on the roof.’
There are conflicting reports of how the inspiration for the Phantom’s new appearance came about. Lennon’s first wife Cynthia, claimed in her autobiography: ‘The idea came to [John] when he bought an old gypsy caravan for the garden.’
Other accounts say it was Marijke Koger of Dutch art collective The Fool (which designed clothes and painted instruments for the Beatles) who suggested the scheme after spotting the caravan at Lennon’s home, in Weybridge.
By contrast, John’s chauffeur Les Anthony thought it was Ringo who first mooted it, after driving past a fairground.
But not everyone liked it. One outraged female passer-by attacked Lennon with an umbrella while screaming: ‘You swine! You swine! How can you do that to a Rolls-Royce?’
The Phantom V was used regularly until 1969 by Lennon, who also owned a slightly less conspicuous all-white Phantom V.
John would later say that he always wanted to be an eccentric millionaire, and the Phantom would become an important step towards that dream.
So having used it, pre-paint change, to collect his MBE with his bandmates in 1965, he then used it again in 1969 to return his MBE to the Palace, in protest against, among other things, the Vietnam War.
The car was shipped to the USA in 1970, when Lennon moved there with Yoko Ono, and was loaned out to ferry other rock stars around such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Moody Blues.
In 1977, after a period in storage, it was donated by billionaire Jim Pattison to the Royal British Columbia Museum in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Rolls-Royce noted: ‘But now, exactly 50 years since the launch of the iconic Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, the colourful Phantom is coming home.
‘Back in its day, the car would have spent plenty of time in Mayfair, when Lennon was visiting the Apple Corp’s HQ in Wigmore Street and, later, Savile Row.
‘So it is fitting the “psychedelic” Rolls-Royce will be back in its old W1 haunts when it joins the Great Eight Phantoms Exhibition at Bonhams this summer, as the brightest in the pack. You might even want to wear shades.’
‘The Great Eight Phantoms’ – a Rolls-Royce Exhibition takes place at Bonhams international flagship saleroom and galleries in New Bond Street, London, from 29 July to the 2 August.