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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


ZAK STARKEY ROCK IN RIO/MADE A “JAM” WITH THE BAND BEACH COMBERS IN BRAZIL

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Zak made a “jam session” with the band Beach Combers on the boardwalk of Ipanema Beach, South Zone of Rio, last sunday.

 

Visiting Latin America for the first time, The Who steps on the Palco Mundo on September 23 for a historical night at the new Cidade do Rock when fans will have the opportunity to see classics live.

Last weekend, fans celebrated the closing day of Rock in Rio 2017 at the Olympic Park, in Barra da Tijuca. The Who – with Zak Starkey on drums- set the tone of the night, performing on the Palco Mundo (World Stage).
The Sunset stage’s attractions also surprised the rock lovers, with heavy metal band Republica sharing the stage with violinist Iva Giracca, from Santa Catarina’s Symphonic Orchestra, and band Doctor Pheabes bringing a metal rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine”.
The Who played some of the fans’ favorites, like “My Generation”, “See Me, Feel Me” and “Baba O’Riley”.Here the setlist:

Setlist:

I Can’t Explain
Substitute
Who Are You
The Kids Are Alright
I Can See for Miles
My Generation
(With “Cry If You Want” Snippet)
Bargain
Behind Blue Eyes
Join Together
You Better You Bet
I’m One
5:15
Love, Reign O’er Me
Amazing Journey
Sparks
Pinball Wizard
See Me, Feel Me
Baba O’Riley
Won’t Get Fooled Again


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.


PAUL AT THE CARRIER DOME, SYRACUSE, NY – 2nd Part

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