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ON THIS DAY IN BEATLES HISTORY

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1962
Brian politely responds to Ron White’s letter (written 26 June 1962) with another letter.

Concert at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton.

1963

‘Please Please Me’ LP number 1, 8th week (UK Record Retailer chart).

Broadcast of ‘Juke Box Jury’, with John’s appearance as judge (recorded 22 June 1963).

Broadcast of ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars’, with recording of the Beatles and other Liverpool groups, under the name ‘Mersey Beat’.

10.00-12.00am. BBC’s ‘Saturday Club’ broadcast (recorded 24 June 1963).

 

1964
Concert in Brisbane, Australia. End of tour. Disturbances in Brisbane. Fans attack those who throw eggs and vegetables. The police prevents a lynching.

1966
‘Paperback Writer’ number 1, 2nd week (UK New Musical Express chart).

1967
‘Kenwood’. Photographic session of John with ‘Beatles Book’ photographer Leslie Bryce for the magazine’s ‘at home’ series.

1969
John, Yoko, Kyoko and Julian go to Scotland on holiday.

1991
Second presentation of the ‘Liverpool Oratorio’, with the Liverpool Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, at the Liverpool Cathedral.

 

 


GEORGE HARRISON: THE B-SIDES

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There was a time, long ago, when the all important single release had two sides, and the B-side, while probably deemed less important by record company executives, was important both to the artist, and to the album from which they were very often taken. During George Harrison’s solo career there were some very fine B-sides, along with some little gems – the ‘non-album, available on a single only songs’. We’ve picked fifteen of George’s finest, and in some cases rarest, B-sides and compiled them on a playlist for your enjoyment.

As just about everyone knows, when George’s debut single, ‘My Sweet Lord’ was released around the world, it was issued as a double A side with ‘Isn’t It A Pity’, although not in the UK. Public demand in Britain led to a belated UK release for ‘My Sweet Lord’, on 15 January 1971, where the single was backed by ‘What Is Life’, a song that Apple soon released almost everywhere else as the follow-up to ‘My Sweet Lord.’ As the B-side of ‘What Is Life’, another track from All Things Must Pass was used, this being George’s tribute to those loyalist of loyal Beatle fans, the ‘Apple Scruffs’.

In 1971 releases settled into a more universal pattern and for the B-side of ‘Bangla Desh’, George used a non-album track, the deeply affecting, ‘Deep Blue’ a song inspired by George’s visits to his mother in hospital when she was suffering from terminal cancer. The follow up to ‘Bangla Desh’ was ‘Give Me Love (Give Me Peace On Earth)’ and this also had a non-album B-side, the witty, ‘Miss O’Dell’. The lady in question was a former Apple employee, who later become linked with a number of bands including Derek & The Dominoes and The Rolling Stones, as a ‘fixer’ and ‘facilitator’.

In 1974 George’s single ‘Dark Horse’, which was also the title track of his new album, had as its US B-side ‘I Don’t Care Anymore’, another non-album B-side; in the UK however the B-side was ‘Hari’s On Tour’, the opening track of the album. On the next single from Dark Horse, ‘Ding Dong, Ding Dong’, the B-sides were reversed. For the B-side of the beautiful, ‘You’ from Extra Texture, ‘World Of Stone’ from the same album was chosen. Unusually, ‘Maya Love’ from Dark Horse was picked as the B-side of ‘This Guitar (Can’t Keep from Crying)’, the next single taken from Extra Texture.

The lead single from Thirty Three & 1/3 in 1976 was ‘This Song’ and another track off the album, the gorgeous, ‘Learning How To Love You’, was chosen as the B-side. George’s UK single, ‘It’s What You Value’ features the opening track ‘Woman Don’t You Cry For Me’ from Thirty Three & 1/3 as its B-side. ‘Blow Away’ was a single from George’s eponymous 1979 album and in the UK ‘Soft Touch’ became the B-side, while in the US ‘Soft-Hearted Hana’ was chosen; both tracks taken from the same album. The phenomenally successful, ‘All Those Years Ago’, from Somewhere In England, features another of George’s finest B-sides, the evocative, ‘Writings On The Wall’. George’s second single from his Gone Troppo album was his cover of ‘I Really Love You’, a song originally by the Stereos dating from 1961. The B-side was another track from the album, ‘Circles’, a song George wrote in India in 1968 while he and The Beatles were studying Transcendental Meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. From 1987’s Cloud Nine came ‘When We Was Fab’, and on the B-side is ‘Zig Zag’, a song written by George and Jeff Lynne that was written for the film Shanghai Surprise, but not included on the original album

In January 2002, two months after George’s passing, came the posthumous re-release of the ‘My Sweet Lord’ single – a three-song charity CD that included the original 1970–71 hit, along with the sensitive and beautiful acoustic run-through of ‘Let It Down’ It is a beautiful way to end this look back at George’s B-sides.

The 16LP The George Harrison Vinyl Collection is out now and can be ordered here.

 

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YESTERDAY SCORE BY SIR GEORGE MARTIN PRESENTED BY ABBEY ROAD STUDIOS

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Presented by Abbey Road Studios
 
Abbey Road Studios presents the Yesterday Score by Sir George Martin for The Beatles.

Limited to an edition of 500, this faithful reproduction of Sir George Martin’s original orchestral arrangement for Yesterday by The Beatles comes complete with scribbles, pencil notations and an occasional tea stain.

 
 
 
 
Yesterday has become one of the most successful songs in history, recorded in Studio Two on 14th and 17th June, 1965 in the presence of Paul McCartney.

Certificate of Authentication includes a printed signature from Sir George Martin and Abbey Road Studios.

Title page and page one of the score are printed on museum quality paper, measuring 258 x 404mm within a hand-made folio measuring 335 x 485mm.

“Dad had such a deep artistic talent. He was tremendously proud of his studio work with the Beatles and his hand-written scores illuminate that intensely creative time together. He was delighted that his arrangements would not only be preserved, but be available to those who loved music as passionately as he did” – Giles Martin, son of Sir George.

The Yesterday hand-bound folio includes two sheet score, and Certificate of Authentication.

View the unpacking video of the Yesterday Score here:

 


GWINNETT OFFICIALS USE ROAD NAME TO HELP LURE PAUL TO THE INFINITE ENERGY CENTER

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It’s no Abbey Road or Penny Lane, but the new street leading to the Infinite Energy Center shows how excited local officials are for Paul McCartney’s upcoming visit to the county — and how much they wanted to get him here.

The folks at Explore Gwinnett and the Infinite Energy Center want to make the most of their chance to get the former Beatle to visit as part of his One On One tour, so they offered to name a street for him as part of their bid to get on the tour, according to the center’s Executive Director of Sales, Book and Event Management, Dan Markham. The music legend had the final say on the road name, but a proclamation issued by county commissioners on Tuesday revealed his pick: Paul McCartney Boulevard. “It was actually one of the things that we did in the marketing, as far as luring him in, because it’s a smaller venue than he typically plays, so we kind of enhanced it,” Markham said. “We kind of got the idea because the road was getting ready to go in, and we told him we’d actually name a road after him, and he thought that was absolutely fantastic. “We gave him some suggestions, Abbey Road, Penny Lane, that kind of stuff and then he picked it. He said, ‘If you’re putting a road in, I want Paul McCartney Boulevard,’ so he got the final word.”

The naming of the road is being done ahead of McCartney’s July 13 concert at the Infinite Energy Arena. Infinite Energy Center officials said the not-so-long, but definitely winding road that is being named for McCartney is a new one that snakes its way down to the center property from Meadow Church Road. Signage with the new road’s name has already been posted at the street’s intersection with Meadow Church.“It was a little unique,” Markham said. “In each case (with a concert booking), we’ve got to be a little clever because we’ve got so much competition in town.”

This is the first time the center has hosted McCartney, who is often referred to simply as “Macca” by diehard fans. He has won 18 Grammy’s, been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and received France’s Legion of Honour. He is coming to Gwinnett County as part of his One On One Tour, which opened in April.

Tickets to his concert at the center went on sale May 1, and officials said it was one of the fastest selling shows in the center’s history.

“The tickets were actually spoken for literally as it went up for sale,” Markham said. “It is a great honor for the county and Infinite Energy Center to have such a renowned performer visit,” the center’s General Manager, Joey Dennis, said in a statement. “The community is excited to show Paul true southern hospitality.”McCartney’s links to street names don’t end with those last two song titles, or the road at the Infinite Energy Center though. The Beatle infamous street crossing cover photo for the Abbey Road album fueled rumors that he had died and was replaced with a look-a-like, in part, because he was only member of the band who was barefoot in the picture.

In the proclamation issued on Tuesday, county commissioners highlighted McCartney’s career, but they also said naming the street in his honor symbolizes the center’s ability to get a performer of his caliber. “I will tell you as a kid in school in Dacula, I could never have imagined having world class talent coming to perform in Gwinnett county,” Commission Chairwoman Charlotte Nash said. “This was a very different place at that point in time. “I want to say thanks to the hard work of the folks at the convention and visitor’s bureau, to the folks that have worked so hard with the center and ave sold that as the great venue that it is and have turned it into a place where performers from all aspects of entertainment are excited about coming and performing there.”

While a Paul McCartney Boulevard sign might sound tempting for sticky fingered Beatles fans who might want to steal it for their personal collection of memorabilia, Explore Gwinnett Executive Director Lisa Anders said the tourism group and the center are hopeful that it doesn’t happen.

She had a simple suggestions for fans who might be tempted: “Selfies, not stealing,” referring to the fact that she said fans can take selfies in front of the sign if they want to. “We hope that people respect the property that’s there, and maybe take a selfie with it,” Anders said. “We’ll encourage selfie taking, but not ‘borrowing.’ We have a backup plan (if the sign is stolen), but we don’t anticipate that happening. We have faith in our citizens.” And, while Markham said McCartney is aware that the road was named in his honor, he won’t see it for the first time until he arrives for the concert. “They’re going to route his limo and bring him in that way exclusively because he’s going to want to see it,” Markham said.

PAUL GETS ‘ONE ON ONE’ WITH MEXICO

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PAUL McCARTNEY
Gets ‘ONE ON ONE’ with Mexico City
New 2017 concert announced

28th October: Estadio Azteca, Mexico City

Speaking about his forthcoming visit Paul said:

“Mexico holds so many special memories for me. We’ve had some brilliant nights there and I’m looking forward to making more great memories on this tour. We are going to have a huge party together. Getting ready to rock Mexico!”  

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Paul’s new ‘One On One’ Tour launched in the US in 2016 and saw him play 41 shows across 12 different countries to over 1.2 million people, winning rave reviews from both concert-goers and the media. The final run of shows in 2016 concluded with Paul’s headlining performance at the now legendary Desert Trip festival in the US. Last week saw Paul play his first shows of 2017 in Japan as well as announcing new North American dates for this summer.  Paul played four huge sell out shows in Tokyo winning rave reviews.

This show marks Paul’s first visit to Mexico in five years. His last trip saw him play a historic massive outdoor show in Zocalo Square as part of his record breaking ‘On The Run’ world tour, pulling in more than 250,000 attendees! Since his first visit in 1993 Paul has played ten concerts in Mexico.