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Estimated at £1500-2000, it sold for a hammer price of £5500 (plus 18.5% buyer’s premium) at the saleroom in Leyburn, North Yorkshire. The poster is for a concert starring ‘The Sensational Beatles’ at the Royal Hall, Harrogate, on March 8, 1963. Billed as an event with ‘dancing for teens and twenties’, the Beatles were appearing ‘together with Harrogate’s most popular groups’: Barry Corbett and his Mustangs, and Chinchillas and the Apaches.

Tennants specialist Kegan Harrison said: “It is rare to find any Beatles concert posters, let alone one in this fine condition, as their touring career was very short with less than 1000 concerts in total – many of which pre-dated their debut LP.” The timing of the concert is significant, and the billing ‘the recording stars of Please Please Me’. The Fab Four were performing in Harrogate just as their career was taking off.

Event promoter Derek Arnold had booked the band in December 1962, when they were yet to become a household name; their second single, Please Please Me, was not released until January 1963. The first album, also called Please Please Me, was yet to be released and full blown Beatlemania was still some months away.

Another indicator of early Beatles poster demand came on May 23, when a later 1963 example for the August 12 Llandudno Odeon concert involving the Beatles sold for a hammer price of £28,000. The Rogers Jones saleroom had estimated it at £4000-8000.

As auctioneer Ben Rogers Jones said after the sale, that Welsh concert “was just as the band was about to break into superstardom – 1963 was the key year for them, propelled that summer by She Loves You [released on August 23 in the UK]”.


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It has languished in a loft for more than half a century but this slice of pop history is set to raise a fortune when it goes under the hammer next month.

Because when it comes to old Beatles records the 1962 10-inch record of Till There was You and Hello Little Girl is considered the ‘Holy Grail’ for collectors.

The 78rpm record was the first Beatles disc to be cut before the band broke into the music charts in late 1962.

Pressed at the HMV store in Oxford Street, London, it was presented to future Beatles producer George Martin at the EMI record label in a bid to secure the band a recording contract.

Despite Martin’s initial scepticism over the band, he offered the outfit from Liverpool a recording contract – and the rest is history.

The unique acetate record is one of a kind and is owned by Les Maguire, the keyboardist in fellow Liverpool act Gerry and the Pacemakers.

Maguire, 74, of Formby, Merseyside, was given the disc after it had been returned to the Beatles manager Brian Epstein by George Martin.

What makes it extra special is that it bears Epstein’s handwriting as he wrote ‘Til (sic) There was You’ and then attributed the song to ‘Paul McCartney & The Beatles.’

On the flip side he misspells ‘Hello Little Girl’ as ‘Hullo Little Girl’ and records the track as being the work of ‘John Lennon & The Beatles.’

Although it has been given a conservative auction estimate of £10,000 it is expected to go for far more when Beatles collectors hear about it.

Maguire said: ‘I’ve never been a big fan of memorabilia, but people seem to like it. It’s no good to me so I’ve given it to my granddaughter, who is hoping to buy a house after passing her accountancy exams. I hope it goes for a good price.’

Ian Shirley, Record Collector Rare Record Price Guide editor, said: ‘This is one of those Holy Grail items, like the original Quarrymen acetate that the band recorded themselves.

‘This acetate is a unique item that, in many respects, helped Brain Epstein to start the ball rolling to musical world domination. It will fascinate Beatles collectors worldwide and no doubt attract bids from those with deep pockets.’

Beatles historian Mark Lewisohn said in his book, Tune In, the uniqueness of the disc is ‘enhanced by Brian Epstein’s handwriting on the labels, and the recognition of what it led to.’

Earlier this week, a lock of John Lennon’s hair that was cut as he prepared to appear in a film sold for £24,000 at an auction in Dallas.

Other items sold at auction include a photograph signed by all four Beatles which fetched £30,000 and a sealed copy of the band’s ‘butcher’ cover for the ‘Yesterday and Today’ album went for £87,000.

Beatles memorabilia has remained some of the most sought-after and last year a Gibson acoustic guitar belonging to John Lennon sold for £1.7 million.

But for record collectors the earliest records of the Beatles are the prize – the number one being The Quarrymen That’ll Be The Day/In Spite of All the Danger, a 1958 acetate which is valued at £200,000

In July 1958, a young Paul McCartney visited a recording studio for the first time with The Quarrymen. The five-piece – John Lennon, George Harrison, John ‘Duff’ Lowe on piano and Colin Hanlon on drums and Paul McCartney paid either 11 or 17 shillings and 6d for the pressing. The acetate was passed around when the Quarry Men split, and ended up with John ‘Duff’ Lowe.

The sale is to take place at Omega Auctions in Warrington on 22 March and will be broadcast live online for worldwide bidding.


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Ringo Starr Gets Meta With Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh on New Song. Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather also appear on “We’re On the Road Again,” which highlights Starr’s upcoming solo LP’ Give More Love’.

Ringo celebrates goofing off on the tour bus and “[kicking] ass” onstage in his new all-star track “We’re on the Road Again,” featuring rock icons Paul McCartney, the Eagles’ Joe Walsh (Starr’s brother-in-law), Edgar Winter and the song’s co-writer, Toto’s Steve Lukather.

Lukather’s snarling guitar riff and Paul’s surprisingly punk-styled bass guitar anchor the arena-rock track, which highlights the drummer’s upcoming 19th solo LP, Give More Love. “We play really tight; we play really loud,” Ringo sings of his live band, who spend their downtime “telling stories, having a laugh/ singing my song ‘Photograph.'” Walsh, Winter, Paul and Lukather all contribute to a punchy blast of backing vocals on the chorus.

Ringo first teased his studio reunion with McCartney in February, tweeting a photo of the Beatles rhythm section. “Thanks for coming over man and playing Great bass I love you man peace and love,” he wrote.

The album is out in digital and CD format on September 15th, with a vinyl edition following the next week. The release will include four bonus tracks: A recently recovered original recording of “Back Off Boogaloo” and re-recorded versions of Starr songs “Don’t Pass Me By,” “You Can’t Fight Lightning” and “Photograph.”



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Paul was speaking to students at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) this week. Paul has written a song about Donald Trump on his new album.

Macca was speaking to students at the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) when he made the announcement. While Paul didn’t imply whether the song was in favour of the US President or not, he did say that he felt he HAD to write it.

He told students at LIPA : “Sometimes the situation in the world is so crazy, that you’ve got to address it.”
Paul returned to Liverpool to host his usual annual song writing mentoring sessions with a selection of third year Music students.
Actor Woody Harrelson was also in the audience. He visited to screen his film Lost in London and had his own Q and A session with students after the showing.

Paul to present special award to Hollywood star Woody Harrelson
Paul was asked if the greater number of platforms for music made it harder to be heard. He said: “I’m not sure it’s more difficult, ‘cos you still have to have a good song”.He was also asked what he expected from a session musician.“It’s mainly: play what’s written, but sometimes you want them to ad lib,” and the most important attribute for a producer to have, “patience”.

It was announced earlier this year that Paul would be working with Adele producer, Greg Kurstin, on his new album.

Although there has been no official release date announced yet, the album is one of the most highly anticipated of 2017. It will be his first solo LP in four years.

Paul with Izzi Feld who won the Beatles Story Award in LIPA Graduation