Sign up with your email address to be the first to know about new products, VIP offers, blog features & more.

ON THIS DAY: THE BEATLES AT TORONTO´S MAPLE LEAF GARDENS

By Posted on 0 1

On Aug. 17, 1965, the Beatles gave two concerts at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens, their first since a three-city Canadian debut (Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal) in 1964. The Toronto concerts followed the tour-opening show at New York’s Shea Stadium. A typical set was comprised of a dozen short songs, played to a screaming throng.

The group flew from New York to Toronto in the Lockheed Electra aeroplane chartered by Brian Epstein from American Flyers for this 1965 US tour. They arrived in the morning and were taken to the King Edward Sheraton hotel. News that The Beatles were staying at the Sheraton had become known to fans, and dozens booked themselves rooms in the hope of meeting the group.

The Beatles held their press conference between shows, at a banquet room off the Hot Stove Lounge in Maple Leaf Gardens.

 

On Aug. 17, 1966, at Maple Leaf Gardens, the Beatles gave their sixth and final Canadian concert, less than two years after their debut at Vancouver’s Empire Stadium. Each of the two shows was seen by 18,000 people. The Beatles played for 27 minutes. Their set contained 12 songs: a shortened version of Twist And Shout, followed by She’s A Woman, I Feel Fine, Dizzy Miss Lizzy, Ticket To Ride, Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby, Can’t Buy Me Love, Baby’s In Black, Act Naturally, A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and I’m Down.

 


THE DAY THE BEATLES PLAYED IN A LIVING ROOM IN PRESTON

By Posted on 0 1

Preston dad Naaman Member had been living in his house for almost 30 years, unaware that one night in 1963 The Beatles played in his front room. For years, the tale about how the Fab Four stopped off at a property in Skeffington Road had circulated, but the exact location had remained a mystery – until now. Following new information from Preston roadie David Parkes, the Post was able to track down the current owner to deliver the news.

Shocked 50-year-old delivery driver Naaman, who lives at the terraced house with wife Salma and three children, couldn’t believe his ears. “This is the first I have heard of it,” he said. “We moved here in the 1990s. We were not aware of anything like that happening here. “I am not sure if the man who had the house before us knew either as he never said anything. “We are all a bit surprised. “It is amazing that something like that had happened here. The Beatles were so big. “I used to watch The Beatles cartoon and I sang along to the songs.” The revelation came to light after roadie David Parkes contacted the Post about his experiences on the road. The 74-year-old worked for Preston Entertainers and Groups (PEG), which provided support acts for bands, including The Beatles. It is believed that one night in January 1963 due to a vehicle breakdown on the way back from their gig at Morecambe Floral Hall, two members of The Beatles ended up stopping off at the house in Skeffington Road before jamming in the front room. David, of Ingol, said: “I can’t remember which van broke down. I think it was The Beatles’s van. It had stopped somewhere in Preston and one of the lads we were with – David John ‘Miffy’ Smith lived with his grandma nearby in Skeffington Road. “I can’t remember why Miffy was there but he was well in with John Lennon. He was in a band – David John and The Mood. “I remember sitting on the floor with Ringo who was banging rhythms on the arm chair and Paul McCartney was playing the piano. “We were drinking cups of cocoa.”

Whilst there McCartney played a number of rock ’n roll songs, including I Saw Her Standing There, which was a new song he has been working on. Another account of the night, provided by a 14-year-old Pete Morris who met the band backstage and travelled back with the roadies, said it was PEG’s support act Thunderbeats’s van which broke down. He said the lights were not working, so McCartney suggested they follow the vehicle. David added: “Sadly Miffy died in March 2013, aged 66, so he is no longer here to tell the tale.”

He also revealed how he helped John Lennon give Twist and Shout an extra kick with the help of his guitar that night. He gave The Beatles legend his semi acoustic guitar during that night in January.

The 74-year-old recalled: “We took one of our support bands, Thunderbeats, to Morecambe Floral Hall, where The Beatles were top of the bill. “We were all on one small dressing room and I had my semi acoustic guitar which was a bit useless. “But John Lennon used it to do Twist and Shout. By the end of the song, there was only two strings on it. “After the gig, I asked John for a photo. Also on the photo is DJ Dusty Miller plus two women we were with that night. “The original got torn and battered, so I made a copy, but the newer version is slightly different to the original. “People keep asking what is different, but I am not telling.” In September that year, The Beatles played at Preston’s Public Hall and David was once again mixing with The Fab Four. “John was a bit of a character,” David said. “He would always ask for a cigarette and then take the whole packet. “He would put one cigarette in his mouth, offer them round and then put the rest of the packet in his pocket. “I liked his sense of humour.”

But David’s bond with one of the members pre-dates The Beatles, as he was good pals with Ringo Starr during his days with Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. He added: “I used to share many a pint with Ringo before he was in The Beatles. “I remember one time he had played a 20-minute slot at Butlins in Wales. His part was called Ringo Starr Time because he wore a lot of rings. “One night there was a bit of a playful battle on the beach between the Liverpool lads and Welsh lads. “Liverpool won and the Welsh got their revenge by throwing Ringo in the water with his drum kit. “I don’t think he ended up playing that night.” Fact about The Beatles John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met on July 6, 1957 at a Saturday evening fete in St Peter’s Church, Woolton, Liverpool, where 16-year-old Lennon’s group, The Quarrymen, were playing. The band was created three years later in Liverpool. Their first name was The Silver Beatles, under which they did a seven-date tour of Scotland, backing singer Johnny Gentle. The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960, with Stuart Sutcliffe initially serving as bass player. Their first hit song was Love Me Do in late 1962.

Countries in which the Beatles have had the most number ones include Australia, Germany, Holland, Sweden, Canada and Norway. The band first played at Preston Public Hall in October 26 1962, when Love Me Do was released, before Beatlemania hit. They returned on Friday September 13 1963 after playing at Blackburn’s King George’s Hall on June 9 1963. They also played at Blackpool’s ABC Theatre on July 7 and 14, August 11, September 8 1963, and August 1 1965; as well as Queen’s Theatre, in Blackpool, on July 21 and August 4 1963.


ART MURAL OF JOHN IN BRISTOL

By Posted on 0 2

The portrait of John Lennon was painted at this year’s Upfest in July.

A street art mural of John Lennon painted on the Tobacco Factory in Southville, painted by Eduardo Kobra during Upfest 2017 in Bristol. The annual event, in the hometown of guerrilla artist Banksy, started in 2008 and is now Europe’s biggest street-art festival, attracting more than 350 artists from across the globe to live paint on walls and surfaces in 37 locations around Bedminster and Southville over three days. Some of the graffiti art work is painted on moveable boards and temporary hoardings, but murals on some venues and buildings remain all year until the next festival.


THE LONDON TOWN ALBUM – ARTWORK

By Posted on 2 , 1

London Town is the sixth studio album by Wings, released in 1978. The album had a long and tumultuous gestation which saw the loss of two band members, the birth of James and the release of the then best-selling single in British history.

In February 1977, Wings began recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios, which continued until the end of March. Here, Wings recorded five songs: “Girls’ School”, “Name and Address”, “London Town”, “Children, Children” and Linda McCartney’s “B-Side to Seaside”, later issued as the flip-side of the Wings single “Seaside Woman” (issued under the name “Suzy and the Red Stripes”).The initial plan of touring the US again was thwarted by Linda’s discovery that she was pregnant with her and Paul’s third child. With the knowledge that they were not going to tour and had time at their disposal – and once again looking for different locales to record in – Wings found themselves moored on a yacht called “Fair Carol” in the Virgin Islands during the month of May where several new songs were recorded. Reflecting the nautical locale, the album’s initial working title was Water Wings. As Linda’s pregnancy progressed, the band halted the sessions for the album, save for the recording of a new track called “Mull of Kintyre” that August and the completion of the already begun “Girls’ School”, which would be released as a single – Wings’ one and only release in 1977.

Before the single’s release came two defections from Wings: drummer Joe English had become homesick for America and returned home, and lead guitarist Jimmy McCulloch left to join the Small Faces that September. For the first time since 1973’s Band on the Run, Wings were down to the core three of Paul, Linda and Denny Laine, reflected on the picture sleeve of the single, which showed the three remaining members. In November, two months after the birth of son James, and shortly after sessions for London Town resumed, the Scottish tribute “Mull of Kintyre” was released to enormous commercial success, becoming the UK’s biggest-selling single (outstripping The Beatles’ largest seller “She Loves You”). Although it would be topped in 1984 by Band Aid, “Mull of Kintyre” still ranks as the UK’s fourth biggest selling single and the largest selling non-charity single.

After some final overdubbing in January 1978, London Town was completed and preceded by the US No. 1 “With a Little Luck” that March, while the album was released a week later.

London Town LP artwork

Uncropped photo of the London Town LP cover.

This is the original un-cropped photo that was used for the cover of the London Town album.

Original background used for the cover and labels :

 

The official album:

 

Vinyl :

Personnel

  • Paul McCartney – vocal, guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, percussion, violin, flageolet, recorder
  • Denny Laine – vocal, guitar, bass, flageolet, recorder, percussion
  • Linda McCartney – vocal, keyboards, percussion
  • Jimmy McCulloch – guitar, percussion
  • Joe English – vocal, drums, percussion, harmonica

 


THE BEATLES KEEP ROCKING: “SGT PEPPER” 50TH ANNIVERSARY BOX SET STILL IN THE TOP 40 ALBUMS AFTER ALMOST 3 MONTHS

By Posted on 0 1

The Beatles released their “Sgt. Pepper” 50th anniversary box set back on May 26th.

It went straight to number 1 and then hung on in the top 10 for about a month. The set retails  on amazon.
Almost three months later, “Sgt. Pepper” is still rocking! According to hitsdailydouble, the box set sold 4,749 copies last week– up 6% from the previous week, and finished 34th out of the top 50. The box set sold more copies than Harry Styles, Metallica, or SZA.

Year-to-date, Buzzangle.com says the entire “Sgt. Pepper” project– that’s all sales, downloads and streams including singles has sold 175,000 copies. Spectacular.