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GUITAR-SHAPED PRIVATE GREEK ISLAND THAT BEATLES WANTED TO BUY

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It’s just a 15-minute helicopter ride to the Athens airport

Location: Ethereal Island, Eretria, Euboea, Greece Price: €9 million (US$10 million)

This guitar-shaped private island in Greece caught the eye of the Beatles in 1967, when the four British musicians were yachting around the Mediterranean searching for a private piece of paradise where they might live together.

“This was a very strong candidate, but the negotiations never worked out,” listing agent Savvas Savvaidis said.

Ethereal Island, which was known as Trinity Island when the Beatles were looking, “stands out because it is quite small and flat,” Mr. Savvaidis said. “The typical Greek island is rocky and uninhabitable—this one is flat, with vegetation.”

There is also a large concrete dock that is suitable for both boats and helicopters, he said.
“The distance to Athens International Airport is 10 minutes flat by helicopter,” Mr. Savvaidis said. “That makes it an ideal weekend retreat. It’s really a magical place—not too big, not too small,” he said. “You feel like you’re on a substantial piece of real estate.”

Roads and pathways connect the nine existing structures on the island, which include a small chapel, a boat house and a Venetian tower. There is a plentiful supply of water, which comes from an underwater pipe to a privately owned well.
The island was landscaped by a previous owner, Mr. Savvaidis said, with olive trees, a promenade and outdoor seating areas.

Alas, the main house, which dates to the 1960s, is not in good shape and needs to be redone, he said, estimating the cost at about €1 million.
On the plus side, the island is quite private and away from it all.
“You can hear the sea and you get breezes in the morning and the afternoon, but it’s never too windy,” Mr. Savvaidis said.

The island has “one of the most spectacular sunsets, coming down from the Athenian Peninsula,” he said. “There are also spectacular sunrises on the other side. It can be a weekend escape or stay as long as you want,” he added.

There are multiple buildings on the island with accommodations, including a main house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms and a staff house with two bedrooms and one bathroom. There is a total of 6,426 square feet of interior space, according to Sotheby’s International Realty.
“There are three or four beaches, and it’s a very hospitable landscape, easy for children,” Mr. Savvaidis said.

The island also has ancient olive trees, wildflowers, pistachio and cypress trees and a variety of fruit trees such as pomegranates, apricots and peaches.

The island is less than a mile from the mainland town of Eretria, about a five-minute boat ride, Mr. Savvaidis said.
“That little town has everything that you would need,” he said.

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BMG ENTERS GLOBAL PACT WITH GEORGE HARRISON’S DARK HORSE RECORDS, MXMTOON SIGNS WITH AWAL & MORE

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Photo (Josh Giroux): L to R: Michael Kachko, SVP, Catalog Recordings, BMG US; Hartwig Masuch, BMG CEO; Dhani Harrison; Thomas Scherer, EVP, Repertoire & Marketing, BMG Los Angeles; David Zonshine; John Loeffler, EVP Repertoire & Marketing, BMG New York; Marian Wolf, VP, Global Writer Services & China, BMG

BMG has formed a new multi-faceted global partnership with Dark Horse Records, the George Harrison-founded label now led by Harrison’s son Dhani Harrison and manager David Zonshine, it was announced Wednesday (Jan. 22).

The deal will include releases from the catalogs of Dark Horse Records, Harrison’s Indian label imprint HariSongs and The Clash frontman Joe Strummer’s solo output, including his work alongside The Mescaleros. Dark Horse will also release entirely new recordings through BMG including the Tom Petty estate charity single “For Real – For Tom” featuring Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison, Amos Lee, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, and Willie Nelson.

Available on digital platforms, the first slate of releases under the deal will include the George Harrison-produced Chants of India by Ravi Shankar; the live album Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan In Concert 1972; Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros’ albums Rock Art and The X-Ray Style, Global A Go-Go, and Streetcore; and Attitudes’ Ain’t Love Enough: The Best of the Attitudes. Future releases in 2020 will include compilations, live albums, and box sets featuring rare and unreleased recordings from the Dark Horse label, many of which will be available digitally for the first time.

“It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can finally announce a new chapter for Dark Horse Records in the music industry alongside our friends at BMG,” said Dhani Harrison in a statement. “The label started by my father in 1974 has been a family business my whole life (and is indeed even the reason that my parents met.) From the Indian classical Ragas of Ravi Shankar to the Rock and Roll of ‘Attitudes’ I look forward to reintroducing, to a new audience, all of those artists that my father loved so much. We will also be expanding the Dark Horse family with new artists and classic catalogues in the coming years to include a rich and varied roster of incredible musicians whom we love.”

“BMG is the perfect home for us to expand, explore and create new opportunities for iconic artists across all platforms,” said Zonshine, who added that the company will be looking to develop film and book projects under the deal.

BMG’s roster also includes catalogs by The Kinks, Nick Cave and the solo works of Keith Richards and John Fogerty. It also publishes the catalogs of the Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Jim Croce and Willie Dixon.

“Dhani and David have long been close with BMG,” added BMG CEO Hartwig Masuch. “We are delighted to formalize our partnership with the two and begin our new venture as their trusted label home. We look forward to working closer together as we develop new catalog and publishing initiatives.”

Founded by George Harrison in 1974, Dark Horse Records was established to house both Harrison’s solo work and that of other artists. The label’s roster additionally includes the two-man vocal group Splinter, R&B group The Stairsteps, singer Keni Burke and late Wings guitarist Henry McCullough. HariSongs was launched by the George Harrison Estate in April 2018 to celebrate the kind of Indian classical music Harrison loved.

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JOHN LENNON´S “YOU CAN´T DO THAT” SOLO WAS HIS 1ST

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George Harrison may have been the Beatles’ lead guitar player, but you’ll find songs that featured John Lennon or Paul McCartney taking solos.

In the case of “Taxman,” George’s composition that kicked off Revolver, Paul took the solo when George couldn’t nail down the part quickly enough in the studio. On “Get Back,” John learned the lead because George left the group during the Let It Be sessions.

In other cases, John simply wanted to give a solo a go. “I like playing lead sometimes, so I do it,” he said in 1964. After returning from the band’s first tour of America, that’s what he did on ‘You Can’t Do That,” a track he’d written for A Hard Day’s Night. It became his first solo on a Beatles release.

The Beatles rehearsing for a scene of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’-Movie.

Speaking about his guitar work in a ’64 Melody Maker interview, John noted how he felt like stretching out of his rhythm playing on occasion. “I’d find it a drag to play rhythm all the time, so I always work myself out something interesting to play,” he said.

On “You Can’t Do That,” he wanted a different approach. “There really isn’t a lead guitarist and a rhythm guitarist
on that, because I feel the rhythm guitarist role sounds too thin for records,” he said. “Anyway it drove me potty to play chunk-chunk rhythm all the time.”

At about 1:30, you hear John dig into a solo, which lasts about 20 seconds. As with his solos in later years, he doesn’t dazzle technically on “You Can’t Do That” but he does deliver an emotional punch that’s perfect for his rocking song.

In those days, John definitely deferred to George when it came to taking a solo. “I never play anything as lead guitarist that George couldn’t do better,” he told Melody Maker. But John probably didn’t get any complaints on this one.

Despite John’s powerhouse vocal and George’s superb 12-string part on this track, “You Can’t Do That” didn’t make the cut as the A-side of the next Beatles single. That side-A went to “Can’t Buy Me Love,” a track Paul wrote and recorded during the band’s January ’64 stay in Paris.

A few days after John dropped his first recorded solo, he was back at it again on the band’s cover of “Long Tall Sally.” This time around, the track featured solos from both John (first) and George (second). It would be a preview of the three dueling guitars fans later got on “The End.”


RINGO STARR: “I SAW HIM (JOHN LENNON) ON THE 15th NOVEMBER,1980”

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John Lennon and Ringo Starr last saw each other in November, 1980.
In an interview the following year, Ringo reflected on their final meeting, which was immortalised in a photo.

Their time together that day was enshrined forever in a polaroid picture.

In an interview with Barbara Walters the year after John’s death, Ringo recalled the final time he saw his friend.

“I saw him on the 15th November,” he said. “I was staying at The Plaza.

“Oh, man, they were happy. They were two people in one,” he added poignantly.