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QUINCY JONES APOLOGIZES FOR SLAMMING BEATLES

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Veteran producer Quincy Jones has issued a public apology for recent interview comments in which he slammed a number of artists, including the Beatles.

Speaking to Vulture, he’d called the British band “the worst musicians in the world” and “no-playing motherxxxers,” adding that “Paul was the worst bass player I ever heard. And Ringo? Don’t even talk about it.” He also criticized U2’s recent albums and put down Michael Jackson and actor Marlon Brando.
Jones said his children had staged a “family intervention” after his interviews. “Let me tell you, I am so grateful for my daughters because they are not afraid to stand up to their daddy,” he tweeted. “I am an imperfect human and I’m not afraid to say it. I’m sorry and I’m not afraid to say it.”

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CELEBRATING THE 75th ANNIVERSARY OF GEORGE HARRISON’s BIRTHDAY!

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Today marks what would have been George Harrison‘s 75th birthday. HAPPY BIRTHDAY GEORGE!


REMEMBERING GEORGE ON HIS 75TH BIRTHDAY

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George would have turned 75 on February 25. A look back at the life of the boy from Liverpool who became the Fab Four’s lead guitarist.

A brooder and introvert, George Harrison always seemed to be in the shadows of the alpha males John and Paul  during his time with The Beatles. Yet he made it onto the Rolling Stone list of the 100 best guitarists of all time with his very special slide guitar technique at number 11.

The musical pioneer’s legacy is “the combination of ritual Indian music with secular western pop music in the sense of a global music without ethnic or religious boundaries,” said the curator of the rock’n’popmuseum in Gronau, Germany, Thomas Mania.

From the Quarrymen to Hinduism

George Harrison was born on February 25, 1943, in war-time Liverpool. Growing up in the post-war era, he had a passion for playing guitar. When his school friend Paul McCartney brought him in 1956 to the Beatles, then called The Quarrymen, he was the youngest band member at just 13. Only four years later, the band conquered Hamburg and then New York.

In 1965, an encounter with the Indian musician Ravi Shankar changed Harrison’s life. The sitar virtuoso showed him how the then largely unknown instrument in Europe was handled. Harrison used it on several Beatles songs, including “Norwegian Wood” or “Within You Without You,” kicking off an avalanche of psychedelic rock.

At Harrison’s prompting, the Beatles were instructed in meditation by the Indian guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. The Fab Four did not come alone: ​​a pack of 800 journalists from all over the world followed them and bore witness as the musicians hopped through monastic gardens in colorful garments and smeared each other with paint. Most of the eponymously-named double album, sometimes known as “The White Album,” was inspired by these experiences.

For his bandmates, the trip to India was an episode, but afterwards, George converted to Hinduism. He soon turned away from his guru, because the supposedly abstinent monk was apparently polyamorous and commanded money from his followers.

He then discovered the Hare Krishna movement, later donating a large estate near London to the sect in 1973; Bhaktivedanta Manor became one of the largest Krishna temples in the Western world.

After the Beatles separated, George found solo success. His album “All Things Must Pass” stormed the charts in the UK and US in 1970, followed by “Living in the Material World” in 1972, an album which reflected his religious and philosophical views.

Money was never important to George Harrison. Despite the Beatles’ early access to material comfort, Harrison apparently always felt there was still something missing. Religion filled that void, he once said.

Hills and valleys

George’s career was a constant series of ups and downs. He often complained that audiences only wanted to hear him perform songs from the Beatles repertoire, while he wanted to follow his own path.

He organized a charity concert for Bangladesh and together with Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Roy Orbison, formed the supergroup Traveling Wilburys, which played from 1988 to 1990. He also served as a film producer: Without his financial support, the Monty Python classic “The Life of Brian” would never have been made.

And yet he later said, “I play a bit of guitar, write songs, make some movies, but none of that is really me.” In the last years of his life, spirituality was the only thing to give him meaning.

George Harrison died of lung cancer on November 12, 2001 at the age of 58 at New York University Hospital.

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MERCEDES FORMERLY OWNED BY GEORGE HEADS TO AUCTION

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A cherished Mercedes-AMG luxury limo is set to make as much as £40,000 when it heads to auction next month. Presented in very good condition with stacks of history, the rare ‘bahnstormer also benefits from George Harrison.

George purchased the car new in May 1984, when AMG was still an independent company and there was only a single dealer in the UK. Having such little reach meant the company could personalise its offerings, though, and Harrison opted for a blacked-out Mercedes 500 SEL model with black wheels, blackened chrome trim and a built-in mobile phone.

The invoice price at the time was reportedly more than twice as much as the standard car, making this a very rare and exclusive beast indeed. Powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine producing 245bhp, the car should make an effortless cruiser – if a rather thirsty one.

During his 16-year ownership, George clocked up 30,000 miles in the car, before selling it to a friend in August 2000. Included with the immaculate vehicle is a pile of MOT certificates and mileage papers, together with the original service book. There’s also a copy of the October 2014 issue of Mercedes Enthusiast magazine, in which the car features, and insurance documents in Harrison’s name.

The vehicle will go up for sale at Omega Auctions’ Beatles Memorabilia Auction on Saturday, March 24 in Newton-Le-Willows, Merseyside.

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THE 1967 LAMBORGHINI 400 GT ORIGINALLY OWNED BY PAUL IS WORTH £500,000

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The 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT originally owned by Paul McCartney is worth £500,000
The car are being entered into the Bonhams Goodwood Members’ Meeting Sale in West Sussex on Sunday 18 March, offers a unique opportunity for collectors of both classic vehicles and rockstar memorabilia.

Paul McCartney’s 1967 Lamborghini 400 GT 2+2

The model that’s been deemed the most valuable. Bonhams has put an estimation of between £400,000 and £500,000 on the vehicle, which has the former Beatle on its records as the first owner.
Even without the superstar keeper on the log book, it’s a highly sought after model, with just 224 ever made and only four being imported to UK soil.
The four-seater is fitted with its original 3.9-litre V12 engine that was – in the day – said to be capable of a top speed of 167mph.
The Beatles member took delivery of the car in February 1968, right at the height of the band’s immeasurable popularity – another reason why it could exceed that half a million pound price tag.

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