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Olivia has agreed to support the creation of a memorial garden in Henley.

Mayor Kellie Hinton wrote to Olivia Harrison to see if she would back the idea and her husband’s charity confirmed she was in favour.
The town council will now work with Mrs Harrison and the Material World Foundation to find a suitable location.

Plans for a memorial in the town have been mooted for years. Mrs Harrison was against plans for a statue to the former Beatle, who lived at Friar Park.
Councillor Hinton said: “We were only comfortable doing something if Olivia was going to support us.
“We know from previous discussions that she did not want anything near the house. We looked at locations in Mill and Marsh Meadows, which are tranquil and by the river. There were other areas we looked at which could be suitable.”

The Mayor met with representatives of the foundation in October, when they discussed the possibility of a garden.
Cllr Hinton said: “We had a 45-minute meeting and went over some of the possible locations, which they could look at in their own time. On the same day we had a message saying they wanted to do it.
“From there it was something the Henley in Bloom committee was going to look at. There has been nothing decided on funding or location.“I would love to see it happen. One of the things we don’t celebrate enough is the fact that George and Olivia chose Henley as their home.”
The idea of a memorial was first suggested in 2001 following Harrison’s death.
In January 2013, Mrs Harrison wrote to the Henley Standard saying: “A more appropriate way of honouring his memory in Henley would be to support a community project.”
This led to the Music on the Meadows festival. The Harrisons moved to Friar Park in the Seventies.



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On March 30-31, he and his brother Roag will be performing, answering questions and signing autographs at Queen Bee’s (3925 Ohio Street) for the San Diego Beatles Fair.
Pete said: “I have my style and Ringo has his. My style was christened the ‘Atom Beat.’ I can’t remember Ringo’s style getting a name. Maybe it did and I don’t know,” he said. “1. John 2. Paul 3. George 4. Stuart [Sutcliffe, original Beatles bassist] 5. Pete. Yes, that’s what I was and part of who I am. I enjoy being me,” he added.

At the Beatles Fair, Pete will be backed by local band the Falling Doves, which is usually fronted by Chris Leyva, who is responsible for turning this English dream into a Californian reality.
“I’m flying out on this occasion specifically for the San Diego Beatles Fair,” Pete said. “Chris Leyva of the Falling Doves contacted my brother Roag to discuss some business. I believe Roag guested on drums for them in Liverpool. They became friends. From there, we all hooked up in LA and discussed the San Diego Beatles Fair. Chris asked if I’d like to do it. And guess what? I’m doing it,” he added.
The fair, which happens each year around this time, will also feature tribute bands Ringer Star, the Baja Bugs and a performance of John, Paul and George’s solo-era songs from the band True Stories.
“[Fans] can expect to have a great time. See a fun show. Share some warmth and love. Knowing what to expect, if I wasn’t on the show, I’d go to it myself,” Pete said.
The San Diego Beatles Fair will run March 30-April 1.




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More than 350 previously unseen photos of The Beatles’ at two early US shows have come to light and are to be sold.

Mike Mitchell captured the Fab Four arriving at the venues, at pre-show press conferences and on stage in Washington DC and Baltimore in 1964.
Mitchell was just 18 at the time and took the photos in natural light because he couldn’t afford a flash.
The negatives are expected to fetch more than £250,000 when they are sold by Omega Auctions on 24 March.

There are 413 in total, which are being sold with copyright. Forty-six of those have been seen before, when single prints were auctioned for $362,000 (£224,000) in 2011.
Auctioneer Paul Fairweather said: “This is an incredible archive. The unique combination of perspective and light sets them apart from any other Beatles photographs of that period.”
Mitchell photographed the band at their first ever US concert, at Washington Coliseum on 11 February 1964 – two days after their famous appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

He was on hand again when they played Baltimore Civic Centre on 13 September 1964. He even got on stage to get a better vantage point.

“I was very motivated to come up with stuff that was as unique as could possibly be,” he said.
“I looked and noticed that nobody was up on the stage. I thought, I wonder what it would be like to be up on the stage and see what I could get up there.”



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The Liverpudlian who put the Beatles in suits, landed them a record deal with Parlophone, and brought to them to “The Ed Sullivan Show” is getting the biopic treatment from Bravo.

Bravo is developing a limited series based on the life of Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager who helped steer them to “the toppermost of the poppermost” from the early 1960s until his death in August 1967 at the age of 32. Produced by Universal Cable Productions and Sonar Entertainment, the project is based on “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story,” the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel penned by Vivek J. Tiwary with art by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker. Tiwary will pen the series adaptation and serve as executive producer along with Leopoldo Gout. Bravo said the project has secured access to the Lennon-McCartney song catalog for use in the series.
Epstein is an enigmatic figure in the history of the legendary band. He struggled with internal and external demons and discrimination as a Jewish, closeted gay man living at a time when homosexuality was a felony in Britain. Epstein famously became interested in the local Liverpool band when patrons of his family’s music store began asking for a recording of “My Bonnie” that the Beatles cut with singer Tony Sheridan during one of the band’s stints playing clubs in Hamburg. As the legend goes, Epstein went to see four leather-clad lads — John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Pete Best (before Ringo Starr took over on drums) — at Liverpool’s Cavern Club and was impressed by their sound and the crowd’s enthusiasm. Without any prior experience in artist management, Epstein signed the band.
History has judged Epstein kindly for ignoring the assertion of a London record company executive that “groups with guitars are on the way out” while he was shopping a Beatles demo reel to land a recording contract. He finally got his “yes” from producer George Martin of EMI’s Parlophone imprint in 1962. Within months, Beatlemania ensued.

Epstein published a memoir, “A Cellarful of Noise,” in 1964. But his role as manager diminished after the band opted to end its grueling schedule of concert tours in 1966. By many historical accounts, Epstein was depressed at the time of his death and there has long been speculation that the overdose was not accidental. His death came about two months after the release of the Beatles’ landmark album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”



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Geoffrey Ellis, who worked closely with the Beatles and manager Brian Epstein during the sixties and ended his illustrious career at PRS for Music, has sadly passed away, aged 87.

Born in Liverpool, law graduate Ellis (pictured middle, with Paul and Linda McCartney) worked in insurance for 10 years in New York and Chicago, before childhood friend Epstein contacted him in 1963, in need of help for the Beatles’ first US trip. Ellis left his job to help Epstein manage his quickly expanding business empire, and by 1964 – during the height of the Beatles’ global super-stardom – he was director and chief administrator of Epstein’s pop management company, NEMS Enterprises.During his thirty five year career in the music business, Ellis became a key figure in running the business affairs of the Fab Four, as well as artists Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Cilla Black, and Elton John.

Following Epstein’s death, Ellis remained a director of Northern Songs – which owned John Lennon and Paul McCartney’s songs – and was asked by the band’s music publisher, Dick James, to join him at his then burgeoning Dick James Music group of record and publishing companies.

It was there that Ellis found himself assisting in the management of another worldwide superstar; Elton John. He spent the next six years working with John’s manager, John Reid, handling the business affairs of his management company. In the nineties he was headhunted by former chief executive officer of PRS for Music, Michael Freeguard, who recruited Ellis to head up the PRS membership team.

In 2004, Ellis released his memoir, I Should Have Known Better: A Life In Pop Management, which detailed his experiences of the music business from the sixties to the mid-nineties, providing an insider’s view of the careers of many of the most significant players.

He remained at PRS until his retirement, where he divided his time between London and France. Ellis is survived by his partner of 45 years, Daniel Martin, to whom he dedicated his book.