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Memorabilia Day returns to Liverpool on 25 October 2017, 12pm – 9pm. The perfect opportunity to get your Beatles items valued by the experts.

Memorabilia Day returns to Liverpool on 25 October 2017, giving members of the public, fans and collectors the opportunity to have their Beatles and Mersey Beat memorabilia appraised for free by the experts.

The Beatles Story and Julien’s Auctions recently teamed up to take the event to London’s Hard Rock Cafe, which saw a stream of visitors attend with many exciting artefacts to be valued. One of the top finds was original Quarrymen member Rod Davis’ banjo, which was valued on the day at around £10,000.

Internationally renowned Julien’s Auctions have broken world records with the sale of Beatles memorabilia including John Lennon’s acoustic guitar which sold recently for a record $2.4 million, Ringo Starr’s Ludwig drum kit which sold for a record $2.2 million and much more.

At last year’s Liverpool event, a letter written by John Lennon addressed to The Queen was uncovered explaining the singer’s reasons for returning his MBE, the item was valued by Julien’s Auctions at around £60,000.

The owner, who wishes to remain anonymous, discovered the letter tucked away inside the sleeve of a record that was part of a collection of 45s he picked up for £10 at a car boot sale 20 years ago and had presumed it must have been a copy. Members of the public are being encouraged to search their homes for any hidden treasures, which could be worth thousands, and bring them along to the event, where Julien’s Auctions’ expert auctioneers and curators will be on hand to offer instant valuations.

‘Memorabilia Day’, Liverpool will take place in The Beatles Story’s Fab4 Cafe on Wednesday 25 October 2017, 12pm until 8pm.





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Billy Hatton, who has died aged 76, was the bass player and harmony singer with the Fourmost, the Liverpool beat group signed in 1963 with the Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s NEMS company.

Their first hits, Hello Little Girl and I’m In Love, released later that year, were produced by George Martin and written by John and Paul. Hatton’s relationship with John was strained, however, as he had stopped the Beatle from beating up the Cavern Club’s DJ Bob Wooler at Paul ’s 21st birthday party. “Lennon deserved a smack, no doubt about that,” Hatton said, “but someone shouted out: ‘Billy, if you hit him, your career will be over!’”

The Fourmost made the Top 10 in April 1964 with the up-tempo A Little Loving, then had a record-breaking run, from June to December that year, in the Startime revue at the London Palladium with Tommy Cooper, Cilla Black and Frankie Vaughan, and appeared in the film Ferry Cross the Mersey (1965). Three further singles made the Top 40, and their versatility was showcased on the album First and Fourmost (1965). The group’s promotion of their cover of the Four Tops’ Baby I Need Your Loving on Ready Steady Go! was helped when an enthusiastic fan made a grab at Hatton on live TV.

Son of Harry, a fireman, and Alice, Hatton was born in a terraced house in the Dingle area of Liverpool. In kindergarten, his playmates were Ronnie Wycherley (later Billy Fury) and Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr). During his teens, Hatton and Wycherley played guitars together and he encouraged Wycherley to write songs and to perform. “He was a sexy sod, wasn’t he?” recalled Hatton, “He would walk into a party and all the girls would turn into blobs of oil. I was lucky to be with him.”

Hatton himself sang and played the guitar in a country band and then with the Four Jays. In 1962 they were Epstein’s second choice to sign, after the Beatles, but there were problems. Their lead singer and guitarist, Brian O’Hara, was studying accountancy; the rhythm guitarist, Mike Millward, worked for a solicitor; the drummer, Dave Lovelady, had his sights on being an architect; and Hatton was serving an apprenticeship with the Atomic Energy Authority in Cheshire. They were regarded as the brainiest group on Merseyside and they did not want to throw away their prospects for the slim chance of a hit record. For the time being, they remained on Merseyside and played in their spare time. “We never wanted to just stand there and sing,” said Hatton, and they developed a fast-moving act which included comedy routines and a lengthy version of September in the Rain, packed with impersonations. The Beatles had them as special guests for their fan club night at the Cavern in April 1962.

Once the NEMS artists were having hit records, Epstein approached the Four Jays again. By then, both O’Hara and Hatton had passed their examinations and they turned fully professional as musicians, securing a record contract with Parlophone. Wooler suggested a name change to the Fourmost.
For all their early success, Hatton lacked confidence and in his private life he never wanted responsibility. He recognised this as a flaw and said he regretted not marrying his onetime girlfriend, Nicky Stevens, singer with the pop group Brotherhood of Man.In later years Hatton mostly worked as a security officer on Merseyside but he often played with Dave Lovelady and Joey Bower as Clouds and later the Original Fourmost. In 2008, they lost a court case to a tribute band calling themselves the Fourmost. “We made those records, we established the name,” Hatton railed. “Doesn’t that count for anything?”

He was a popular figure in Liverpool, especially in the Roscoe Head, the pub he called his office. His final television appearance was with the Hairy Bikers in their Liverpool episode of The Pubs That Built Britain (2016). “I’ve had a good life,” Hatton told me. “I never thought I would even get on TV with my spikey nose.” He is survived by his sister, Ada.

• William Henry Hatton, guitarist and singer, born 9 June 1941; died 19 September 2017




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A pair of screen-prints signed by Andy Warhol, a sheet signed by all four Beatles and a lithograph signed by Pablo Picasso highlight Baltimore auctioneer Alex Cooper’s October gallery auction. The Warhol prints headline the two-day event, set for Oct. 3 and Oct. 7. The auction include a musical rarity, the signatures of all four Beatles on a single sheet of paper. That item, which also includes a copy of the album cover “with the Beatles,” from 1965 carries an estimated value of $5,000 to $7,000.

Early 1965; four pen-signed signatures of: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and “Ringo Starr,” on sheet of stationery from “The Montagu Beach Hotel-Nassau of the Bahamas,” with copy of album cover “With the Beatles,” (1963), in shadowbox frame, frame – 22 1/2 x 31 in. Provenance: In February, 1965 the Beatles were in Nassau filming their classic movie HELP! Condition: Original stationery folded


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An original UK mono version of The Beatles’ 1968 The Beatles LP has been listed for sale on eBay for $2,599.99 (£1934.65).

The record – in VG+ condition according to its seller – is especially rare because of its low pressing number number (under 500), and includes 2×12”, poster//lyrics sheet, and 4 photographs with accompanying photo spacer.
Composed of 45-tracks, the majority of which were recorded at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles was the last Beatles album where stereo and mono versions were mixed separately.






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48 years ago today (9/26/69), The Beatles released the Abbey Road LP. The Fab Four’s eleventh studio album is considered one of the finest of all time, with a song sequence that builds on many themes, along with their Side 2 medley. The recording sessions for the album were the last in which all four Beatles participated. Although Let It Be was the final album that the Beatles completed before the band’s dissolution in April 1970, most of the album had been recorded before the Abbey Road sessions began. Listen to John Lennon talk about Abbey Road track by track…


The Beatles’ Abbey Road album was released in the UK on 26 September 1969. It sold four million copies worldwide in its first six weeks on sale, and a further million by the end of 1969 – making it the best-selling long-player of the year. Abbey Road was the fourth best-selling album of the entire 1960s, and the eighth best-selling of 1970.