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FRANCE´S BIGGEST ROCK STAR JOHNNY HALLYDAY HAS DIED AT THE AGE OF 74

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France’s biggest rock star Johnny Hallyday has died after a battle with lung cancer. He was 74.

The singer sold about 100 million records and starred in a number of films in a career that began in 1960.

Johnny Hallyday met The Beatles ,here with Paul. Johnny recorded French language versions of some of the Beatles hits.

He was made a Chevalier of the Legion D’Honneur by President Jacques Chirac in 1997.

The French simply called him “Our Johnny”. However, outside the Francophone zone, Hallyday was virtually unknown.

In a statement, his wife Laeticia said: “Johnny Hallyday has left us. I write these words without believing them. But yet, it’s true. My man is no longer with us.”He left us tonight as he lived his whole life, with courage and dignity.”

Paul and Johnny Hallyday in 2012, as they were both rehearsing with their respective touring bands in California.

Hallyday, whose real name was Jean-Philippe Smet, decided he wanted to be a singer after seeing Elvis Presley on screen in 1957. Hallyday was nicknamed the “French Presley” by his numerous fans.

His children, Laura and David, wrote a joint statement, saying: “Today we lost our father,” and thanking fans for the outpouring of support.”Our pain is immense,” they said.


ON THIS DAY: LAUNCH PARTY AT THE APPLE BOUTIQUE

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On this day 7 December, 1967: Party celebrating the opening of Apple Boutique.

 

 

 

The Apple boutique, a shop located at 94 Baker Street, London W1 and was -as Paul said- “A beautiful place where you could buy beautiful things”. It opened on 7 December 1967 and closed on 30 July 1968.

The launch party for the Apple Boutique in December 1967 was attended by John & Cynthia Lennon, George & Pattie Harrison- (Paul was on holiday in Scotland, and Ringo was filming Candy in Italy) – , Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, Cilla Black.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



PAUL’S GIFT TO MANCHESTER ATTACK FAMILIES

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A gift from Paul is to be auctioned to raise funds for two Scottish families affected by the Manchester Arena attack.
Eilidh MacLeod, 14, died and her friend Laura MacIntyre, 15, was badly injured in the terrorist attack which killed 22 people on 22 May.
The pair from the Isle of Barra were attending an Ariana Grande concert with thousands of other music fans.
Paul has donated a special edition box set of music by The Beatles. He has offered to personalise the 50th anniversary Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band collection of discs, which is being auctioned by Bonhams.
Eilidh was passionate about music and was a piper with Sgoil Lionacleit Pipe Band.

Her parents, Roddy and Marion MacLeod, said: “We are extremely grateful for Sir Paul’s kind gesture.”People’s generosity has helped us greatly in the aftermath of our loss and we can’t thank them enough.”
Laura’s father Michael MacIntyre added: “This an amazing and brilliant gesture by Paul McCartney in donating this personalised Sgt Pepper album for auction to help Laura’s recovery and her future. “We are grateful to Sir Paul and the many others who have helped financially to what has been an unbelievably difficult situation that we found ourselves thrust into.”This kindness will help us move on in the future and to ensure Laura lives as full a life as possible after the awful events in Manchester.”

The classic album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band for the highest bidder at a Bonhams auction scheduled for December 13 in London.

source:BBC

 

BEATLES EX-STAFFER INVITED TO CATCH UP WITH WORK MATE PAUL ON AUSTRALIA TOUR

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That is what just happened to northern NSW resident and former Londoner Joanne Petersen, then Joanne Newfield, who was the personal assistant for Beatles manager Brian Epstein in the 1960s.

Ms Petersen, who now lives in the small town of Bangalow, has been invited to catch up with Sir Paul in Brisbane in December during his Australian tour.
She says it has been nearly 40 years since she has seen him and there is a lot to catch up on.
“I would be typing in the office and Paul and John would be writing songs, scrawling down lyrics, and throwing the pieces of paper on the floor,” she said.
Ms Petersen was close to Epstein and knew he was a gay man.
It was Ms Petersen who found Epstein dead in his Chapel Street home from an accidental drug overdose in August 1967.

She said she wished that he was alive today to see the support for gay marriage.
“Back in the sixties you couldn’t come out as a gay man as it was illegal, and as the Beatles’ manager he could of easily have been blackmailed or publicly humiliated.
“Brian was lonely. I saw loneliness there.”
Ms Petersen was in her early twenties when she got the dream job.
She said she was dancing in an exclusive London club when she caught the eye of Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
“I heard this voice say ‘so, where did you learn to dance like that?'” she said.
She turned around and saw two cheeky lads grinning at her.
“It comes naturally,” she said she replied.
Both men asked for her name and she cheekily asked what their names were.
Ms Petersen told the pair she was unhappy where she worked and the pair told them to ring “Eppy”, as he was looking for a new assistant. She did, and got the job after cheating on her typing test.
Working for Epstein she spent time with the Fab Four regularly, saying they had very different personalities but all worked hard for the band, inserting their individual styles into the famous melodies.
Ms Petersen says Epstein loved the Beatles and managed their egos beautifully, saying he really was the fifth Beatle. And she still remembers listening to the Sgt Pepper’s album and being blown away.
Ms Petersen said Lennon and McCartney were good mates, but their friendship suffered during The Beatles’ break-up.

Despite public opinion, she said the rift continued until Lennon was murdered in December 1980.
She believed Paul is haunted by the fact that he never got the chance to be close again to his childhood friend.
She said no-one could have predicted how influential and famous the Beatles were to become.
“I should of grabbed that half-eaten chocolate biscuit that John Lennon had eaten and put it in a bag and kept it for 40 years, and then sold it as ‘A half eaten biscuit by John Lennon’ and made a fortune,” she laughs.
“Why didn’t I do that?”


2017 : CHRISTMAS AND ANNIVERSARY EDITIONS , COLLECTIONS , LPS, CDS

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The BeatlesSgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Editions and The Beatles Christmas Records Box (both Capitol/UMe)
Essential: The various Sgt. Pepper’s Anniversary Edition packages, including a new stereo mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings. Whether you opt for the 2-CD, the 2-LP vinyl or the Super Deluxe 6-disc box you’ll be newly amazed by this classic. And coming Dec. 11 for Beatles completists: The Beatles Christmas Records Box, a limited-edition collection of 7-inch singles, pressed on colored vinyl, of the Fab Four’s annual holiday messages sent to their fan club members from 1963-1969.

 

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Edition

DELUXE EDITION 2 CDS

DOUBLE VINYL (STEREO MIX)

VINYL (1)

 

THE BEATLES CHRISTMAS BOX (2017)

 

BOX SET …  H E  R E . ( 7 ” VINYL)

 

 

Paul McCartney

FLOWERS IN THE DIRT DELUXE EDITION (2017) (MPL/Capitol/UMe)
In addition to audio and video content, exclusive features of the Deluxe Edition include a 32-page notebook of Paul’s handwritten lyrics and notes, a catalog for Linda McCartney’s 1989 Flowers in the Dirt photo exhibition, a 64-page photo book featuring the music videos for “This One” and a custom-created 112-page book.

DELUXE EDITION .. HERE

CD … HERE

CD SPECIAL EDITION IMPORT .. HERE

 

THE ARCHIVE COLLECTION (2017)

Are Available HERE , 180g coloured vinyl,black vinyl & CD:

MCCARTNEY LP
RAM LP:
BAND ON THE RUN
VENUS & MARS
WINGS AT SPEED OF SOUND

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
MCCARTNEY II
TUG OF WAR
PIPES OF PEACE

 

Ringo Starr

The NEW ALBUM “GIVE MORE LOVE” By RINGO: 14 tracks,19th solo album.

ORDER ‘GIVE MORE LOVE’ …   HERE   AND HERE

First new CD in over 2 years includes two songs with PAUL MCCARTNEY. The album was recorded in his home studio in LA,features members from his current All Starr band, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Glen Ballard, Dave Stewart, Don Was, Timothy B Schmit, Gary Burr and more.

Ringo Co-wrote all tracks with all different friends, and 4 bonus tracks are re-workings of:Back Off Boogaloo, Don’t Pass Me By, You Can’t Fight Lightning & Photograph.