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Tuesday, 19 August 2014


Paul and Nancy  at Apollo in the Hamptons at The Creeks on August 16, 2014 in East Hampton, New York. 

Paul and Jamie Foxx dance onstage at Apollo

 Paul and Barbra Streisand

Paul with Jack Nicholson and Ray Nicholson
Paul with singer Francesco Yates


The Children's Society discovered pictures of the band on a visit to the charity in 1964


Pictures of The Beatles meeting youngsters from a children's home while filming A Hard Day's Night in 1964 have been discovered by a children's charity. 


Staff at The Children's Society discovered the photographs in an archive which contained a copy of the charity's supporters’ magazine from 1964. 
 It featured an article on children from the Society's now-defunct Roehampton home, Hambro House, meeting the band while they were filming at London's Scala Theatre.

"We were thrilled to discover these photos in The Children’s Society archive, showing The Beatles taking time out from filming A Hard
Day’s Night
to spend time with children from one of our children’s homes in London," a spokesperson for the charity said.

 "We no longer run children’s homes but our work supporting disadvantaged children is as important now as it was when those photos were taken 50 years ago."

The image is one of a number of pictures which were shown on a big screen as Paul performed live at San Francisco’s Candlestick Park on August 14 at a gig dubbed Farewell To Candlestick: The Final Concert. The venue is the same one The Beatles performed at on August 29, 1966 in what would prove to be their last ticketed public performance together.

Monday, 18 August 2014


On August 21, 1964, four young musicians from Liverpool performed to an eager crowd of 14,300 at Seattle Center Coliseum, now known as KeyArena. Seattle was the third stop on The Beatles’ first U.S. tour. The concert was also the first one ever held at the coliseum.

“The event was a phenomenon,” said Seattle radio personality Pat O’Day, who introduced the Beatles to the sold-out auditorium 50 years ago. “It opened the door and our eyes to what the concert business could be.”

O’Day was the program director and afternoon disc jockey at the radio station KJR at the time. He was used to being on stage and introducing major acts like Chubby Checker and Joey Dee and the Starliters, but emceeing the Beatles’ Seattle concert was “a thrill of a lifetime.” 
“I went home saying, ‘I think I just saw a piece of history made tonight,’” he said.

Photo:Paul and John sing together at Seattle Center Coliseum on August 21, 1964.
Credit Courtesy of MOHAI, Timothy Eagan Collection

O’Day remembers the deafening screams from teenage girls that overpowered the coliseum’s small sound system.
“I had gotten acquainted with George Harrison backstage, and I was standing right next to that tiny stage at the end of the coliseum, standing there, looking up at George,” he recalled. 

“The screaming was so loud. George looked down at me, shook his head, unplugged his guitar for about 30 seconds, and plugged it back in and said, ‘It doesn’t make any difference. They can’t hear it anyway.’”
While O’Day says the event was not the best musical experience, it didn’t matter to the thousands of fans who got to see The Beatles in person that day.
“It was a visual experience,” he said. “And girls fainted and screamed, and had a great time.”

Photo:Paul and George play on stage at Seattle Center Coliseum on August 21, 1964.
Credit Courtesy of MOHAI, Timothy Eagan Collection

O’Day says he hasn't seen any modern rock band replicate the “Beatlemania” that swept across the U.S. in the 1960s.
“I don’t think anything equals the energy that the Fab Four brought, because they had reunited America with rock ‘n’ roll,” he said.
The days of Elvis, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino and Little Richard had faded away in American popular music, he said, but The Beatles brought audiences back to “the roots of good, solid rock 'n’ roll.”
Seattle Center’s Beatles Week
In celebration of The Beatles’ Seattle debut 50 years ago, Seattle Center will be holding Beatles-related events throughout the city from Monday, Aug. 18, to Saturday, Aug. 23. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame DJs O’Day and Marco Collins will host a Beatles tribute concert called “Get Back” at McCaw Hall on Saturday, Sept. 23.


Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is to unveil a multimedia exhibit that memorializes Aug. 20, 1964, as the day Beatlemania overtook the town.

The free exhibit, displayed in the lobby of the Las Vegas Convention Center not far from the spot where the Beatles played, remembers the day through the eyes of the fans who flocked to the airport, the Sahara Hotel and the venue.

Las Vegas was the second stop for the Beatles during a 23-city U.S.tour in 1964
A single concert had been planned in the 700-seat Congo Room at the Sahara, but promoters — surprised by the overwhelming interest in the Fab Four — quickly booked the convention center and added a second show. Nearly 17,000 fans packed the two sold-out performances.
With a population of less than 200,000, Las Vegas was by far the smallest of the 23 U.S. cities in which John, Paul, George and Ringo performed that year.
Researchers from the Las Vegas News Bureau, the LVCVA division that curated the new exhibit, provided some interesting trivia tidbits:
Shows were at 4 and 9 p.m. Tickets cost $2, $3, $4 and $5.
The band received a $25,000 appearance fee plus 60% of the ticket sales.
The Beatles eagerly greeted piano showman Liberace backstage before that evening’s performance. He then attended their concert.
The Fab Four added “Till There Was You” to their set for the Vegas shows.

Photos taken at the Las Vegas Convention Center graced the sleeves of the singles “She’s a Woman/I Feel Fine” and “Eight Days a Week/I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party.”
Those concerts marked the only time all four Beatles performed together in Las Vegas.
The exhibit runs through Oct. 27.


The Museum of History and Industry (MOHAI) will present starting Friday a pop-up exhibit of nine photos taken from the Beatles' first Seattle concert in 1964.
The display, which will be found in MOHAI's Grand Atrium, commemmorates the 50th anniversary of the rock legends' Northwest leg of their visit, made during their first trip to the United States.

Taken by Timothy Eagan, the images capture the Aug. 21, 1964 concert at the Seattle Center Coliseum.

Eagan, who would later become a P-I staff photographer, was 19 years old when he took the photos.

In addition to the pop-up exhibit, MOHAI will add 27 images to its online photo archives for public access.

In all, 80 negatives were donated to MOHAI by Timothy Eagan's brother, Mike Eagan.

The display will run through Sept. 1. Take a peek at a few of the featured photos, along with some other photos chronicling The Beatles' stay at the Edgewater during that same tour stop.

Moreover, Seattle Center will host a Beatles Week starting Monday, including Beatles-themed activities at the Seattle Children's Museum, a Beatles laser show, a cover band concert and an International Fountain program synchronized to Beatles music.

Sunday, 17 August 2014


The Beatles arrived in Hamburg, Germany in the early evening of 17 August 1960, for the first of 48 nights at the Indra Club on the Grosse Freiheit street. 
The group performed at the venue for 48 nights, ending on 3 October 1960. The venue was owned by Bruno Koschmider, a local club owner who also owned the Kaiserkeller.

The group's contract was to run for two months, from 17 August to 16 October. The Beatles were to receive 30DM (£2.50) per person each day, paid every Thursday. Koschmider also paid their manager Allan Williams a commission of £10 each week.

They were expected to perform for four and a half hours each weekday night, from 8-9.30pm, 10-11pm, 11.30pm-12.30am and 1-2am.
They also had to play for six hours on Saturdays, from 7-8.30pm, 9-10pm, 10.30-11.30pm, 12-1am, and 1.30-3am. Sunday hours were 5-6pm, 6.30-7.30pm, 8-9pm, 9.30-10.30pm, 11-12 midnight and 12.30-1.30am.
The tired and hungry Beatles played to just a handful of spectators on this first night, mainly prostitutes and their clients. The band were also forced by Koschmider to turn down their amplifiers, following a complaint from the woman who lived above the venue.
Feeling cowed by their unfamiliar surroundings, on this opening night The Beatles played the entire four and a half hour show huddled together and stock still. Afterwards they slept in Bruno Koschmider's flat. Compared to what followed, it was a positive luxury.
"Of course, on the first night we got there there weren't arrangements for anything. The club owner, Bruno Koschmider, drove us round to his house, and we ended up staying, all in the one bed. Bruno wasn't with us, fortunately, he left us to stay in his flat for the first night and went somewhere else. Eventually he put us in the back of a little cinema, the Bambi Kino, at the very end of a street called the Grosse Freiheit. Bruno wasn't some young rock'n'roll entrepreneur, he was an old guy who had been crippled in the war. He had a limp and didn't seem to know much about music or anything. We only ever saw him once a week, when we'd try to get into his office for our wages.
The city of Hamburg was brilliant; a big lake, and then the dirty part. The Reeperbahn and Grosse Freiheit were the best thing we'd ever seen, clubs and neon lights everywhere and lots of restaurants and entertainment. It looked really good. There were seedy things about it, obviously, including some of the conditions we had to live in when we first got there." (George Harrison, Anthology)


Paul and Nancy attend Apollo in the Hamptons at The Creeks on August 16, 2014 in East Hampton, New York.


Jamie Foxx danced onstage and sang with an all-star cast that included Paul McCartney, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Saturday night at a fundraiser for the Apollo Theater.

The event included performances by Gladys Knight, Jon Bon Jovi, Sting, The Roots and Pharrell Williams.
 Apollo in the Hamptons 2014 : News Photo

In the audience: Barbra Streisand, Jack Nicholson, Anjelica Huston, Howard Stern and Matt Lauer.
The annual event raised nearly $3 million for the Harlem institution.


Saturday, 16 August 2014


  • 1968: Recording: While My Guitar Gently Weeps.Studio Two, EMI Studios, Abbey Road
    Producer: George Martin
    Engineer: Ken Scott

    The Beatles returned to George Harrison's While My Guitar Gently Weeps during this session, following an earlier attempt on 25 July 1968.
    Fourteen takes were recorded, with George on acoustic guitar, John playing an organ, Paul on bass guitar and Ringo on drums.
    Before the session ended at 5am a reduction mix was made of take 14. The tape machine was running slower than usual during the mix - at 42½ cycles per second rather than the usual 50 - which lengthened the song from 3'53" to 4'53".
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps was then set aside until 3 September 1968, when it became the first Beatles song to feature eight-track recording at Abbey Road.

  • 1966: Live: John F Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia
  • 1965: John Lennon’s Mellotron is delivered to Weybridge
  • 1965: Day off in New York
  • 1964: Live: Opera House, Blackpool
  • 1963: Live: Odeon Cinema, Llandudno
  • 1962: Live: Riverpark Ballroom, Chester
  • 1962: Pete Best is sacked from The Beatles
  • 1961: Live: Cavern Club, Liverpool (evening)
  • 1960: Travel: Liverpool to Hamburg


  • 1966: Live: John F Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia 
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