Sunday, 7 February 2016

ON THIS DAY: 7 FEBRUARY 1964: THE FIRST US VISIT

Press Conference after landing in New York
























THE BEATLES FIRST US Visit chronicles the remarkable two weeks in February 1964 that began America's still-enduring love affair with the group.
The film of the frantic fortnight records the hysterical reaction to The Beatles US debut in a documentary that was the real-life inspiration for the Beatles movie A Hard Day's Night.


Closely shot at the shoulders of John, Paul, George and Ringo by the pioneering Maysles Brothers, The First US Visit innovated intimate film-making that set a benchmark for rock and roll cinematography.
Albert and David Maysles were granted all-areas access the like of which is now unknown, filming The Beatles in the eye of their own hurricane as the band besotted America and lifted the nation from its gloom in the wake of President John Kennedy's assassination.

In Central Park























The Maysles film captures the manic moments from when thousands of fans greeted The Beatles as Pan Am Flt.101 touched down in New York on February 7th and sparked a two-week frenzy.
Their plane touched down at JFK Airport at 1:20pm to scenes never witnessed before
As The Beatles became the first British act to conquer America - with I Want To Hold Your Hand at No.1 in the US charts - the Maysles Brothers shadowed the band off-guard and off-duty in dressing rooms, hotels and night clubs, at photo-sessions and press conferences, travelling together in limos and on trains as the then-wide-eyed lads from Liverpool sped from New York to Washington and Miami revelling in the wild reception to their first US trip.

Concert in the Washigton Coliseum























The film also features their first concert at The Washington Coliseum and their three historic performances on The Ed Sullivan Show - including the seminal night of February 9th when the band first exploded into the homes of a then-world record 73 million TV viewers.

Beatles performances on the film include All My Loving, Till There Was You, She Loves You, From Me To You, This Boy, Twist And Shout, Please Please Me, I Saw Her Standing There, I Wanna Be Your Man and the hit that began it all for America, I Want To Hold Your Hand.

Press and fans greet The Beatles as they arrive by train in Washington


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEW COMPETITION IN BEATLES MAGAZINE: WIN 2 SIGNED BOOKS: "GEORGE HARRISON: SOUL MAN" AND "PAULMCCARTNEY: THE SONGS HE WAS SINGING VOL.1" By JOHN BLANEY

NEW COMPETITION in BEATLES MAGAZINE!!... Attention all the BEATLES MAGAZINE MEMBERS!...

The 1ST WINNER gets a signed copy of "GEORGE HARRISON:SOUL MAN" By JOHN BLANEY and "PAUL MCCARTNEY:THE SONGS HE WAS SINGING Vol.1" and... 

The 2ND WINNER get a signed copy of "GEORGE HARRISON: SOUL MAN".

The competition is Open WORLDWIDE:  12-24 February 2016
Results: 25 February 2016

John Blaney
George Harrison Soul Man 
Hardback
Publication date 25/03/2016






































 To celebrate what would have been George Harrison’s 73rd birthday, Paper Jukebox publishes the first
volume of a new career spanning discography George Harrison Soul Man Vol. 1. Compiled by author
and Beatles expert John Blaney, it’s the first in-depth illustrated critical review of Georges remarkable
solo career. Vol. 1 maps his career as songwriter, producer and reluctant star from Wonderwall Music in
1968 to George Harrison in 1979. It places his songs in their historical, cultural and crucially spiritual
context while also mapping his stylistic changes, which saw him reject Phil Spector’s turgid Wall of
Sound in favour something altogether more anodyne and modest. 
John Blaney is a passionate fan of The Beatles who brings to his writing the experience and
rigour of a professional historian. His previous books include Paul McCartney: The Songs He Was Singing,
John Lennon: Listen To This Book, Beatles For Sale: How Everything They Touched Turned To Gold and A
Howlin’ Wind: Pub Rock and The Birth of New Wave. Blaney studied at Camberwell College of Arts and
Goldsmiths College (both in London) before taking up a post as a curator at a museum of technology.
George Harrison Soul Man Vol. 1 is available as a 8-inch x 8-inch 416 page hardback book
illustrated with over 400 colour images that include UK and US label variations, album sleeves, picture
sleeves, trade advertisements and more.



Saturday, 6 February 2016

ON THIS DAY: "WHEN WE WAS FAB" ENTERED THE UK CHART

On This Day‬ in 1988, 'When We Was Fab' entered the UK chart.

“When we was fab.” Say it with a Liverpudlian accent and it can only be referring to one thing, for that matter said with any accent it can only ever be referring to the Beatles. This was George Harrison’s hook line, and title, for his 1988 single, the second to be taken from his Cloud Nine album. It’s a perfect evocation of those heady days of Beatlemania when those loveable Mop-Tops, the Fab Four, ruled the world and we all thought they would go on forever.
George co-wrote the song with Jeff Lynne, who also co-produced the album that shortly pre-empts the two of them forming The Travelling Wilburys with Tom Petty, Bob Dylan and Roy Orbison. ‘When We Was Fab’ is a musical nod to the psychedelic sound that the Beatles had made their own in 1967, through its use of sitar, string quartet, and backward tape effects. According to George, "...until I finalized the lyric on it, it was always called 'Aussie Fab'. That was it's working title. I hadn't figured out what the song was going to say ... what the lyrics would be about, but I knew it was definitely a Fab song. It was based on the Fabs, and as it was done up in Australia there, up in Queensland, then that's what we called it. As we developed the lyrics, it became 'When We Was Fab'. It's a difficult one to do live because of all the all the little overdubs and all the cellos and the weird noises and the backing voices."

Besides being such a catchy song there’s fun to be had just referencing the little musical motifs that reference Beatles songs. Much credit must go to Jeff Lynne who had himself been so obviously inspired by the Beatles during his time with Electric Light Orchestra – just as Take That were inspired by ELO on their ‘comeback’ album, Beautiful World.
Ringo Starr is among the other musicians on the track and he appears in the video directed by 10CC’s Godley and Crème. It also features Jeff Lynne, Elton John, putting the coin in the cup and Neil Aspinall, the Beatles's road manager, holding a copy of John Lennon's Mind Games album. There’s Paul Simon, pushing a cart, percussionist, Ray Cooper and Paul McCartney is rumoured to have be playing the bass dressed in the walrus suit. George in a 1988 interview said, "here's another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul." Come on Paul, spill the beans, was it really you?
It was released at the end of January 1988 and a week later on 6 February it made the UK chart for the first time. Despite the fact that it only reached No.25 in the UK and two places higher in the US chart it endures as one of George’s most popular songs. The single art incorporates Klaus Voormann's 1966 drawing of George that was used on the cover of Revolver, along with a ‘new’ drawing by Voormann showing George, 22 years later.

‘When We Was Fab’ is available on Let It Roll: Songs of George Harrison at Amazon

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PENNY LANE PROMO FILM

 February 1967, Sunday. Stratford, London.



Sometime around noon, shooting horse scenes and others for Penny Lane promo film.

“How in the world could I make something funny, bizarre, clever, crazy, sophisticated enough to satisfy The Beatles? It was in the plane that I came up with the idea of the horses.” - Peter Goldmann, video director for Penny Lane.








Two days after recording some overdubs for 'A Day In The Life', The Beatles spent the afternoon in East London at Angel Lane, Stratford, filming scenes for the video of 'Penny Lane' with Scandinavian director, Peter Goldmann.



Shortly after the East London shoot, Goldmann and The Beatles headed to Knole Park, the grounds of a stately home in Kent, to film scenes of the band horse-riding in the countryside. Around this time, Goldmann and his crew (but minus The Beatles) travelled to Liverpool to shoot the sequences near to Penny Lane.

A few days before filming started for 'Penny Lane', Goldmann shot a promo for 'Strawberry Fields Forever'. Both shoots presented a challenge for everyone involved owing to the Musicians' Union ban on any action that could be construed as miming. Despite these limitations, both the films Goldmann made were so innovative that neither would have looked out of place on MTV a decade and a half later.

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Friday, 5 February 2016

MIKE MCCARTNEY TALKS MCGOUGH & MCGEAR ALBUM (RELEASED TODAY)


Mike "McGear" McCartney joins Stuart Maconie to talk about the brand new reissue of 1968's McGough & McGear album, with plenty of anecdotes about the production of the record.












BEATLES MEMORABILIA AT THE JEFFERSONTOWN HISTORICAL MUSEUM UNTIL JUNE

Tony Vanetti got to talk to collector Paul Ratterman. You can see his collection on display at the Jeffersontown Historical Museum located at 10635 Watterson Trail. It will be there now until June 17th. 

Tony Vanetti got to talk to collector Paul Ratterman. You can see his collection on display at the Jeffersontown Historical Museum located at 10635 Watterson Trail. It will be there now until June 17th.
If your Valentine is a Beatles fan, you can get the full Beatlemania experience February 13th with an evening tour of the Beatles exhibit and dinner with a guy who teaches classes on the Beatles as well as a performance by local tribute band "The Rigbys."
It's at Loui Loui's on Taylorsville Road.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

MAURICE WHITE, EARTH, WIND & FIRE SINGER & CO-FOUNDER, DEAD AT 74

 Singer had been battling Parkinson's disease for more than two decades

Earth, Wind and Fire vocalist and co-founder Maurice White died in his sleep in Los Angeles on Wednesday evening. A rep for the band confirmed his passing, he was 74.
The singer had been battling Parkinson's disease since 1992, his health had reportedly deteriorated in recent months. Because of the disease, he had not toured with the pioneering soul and R&B group since 1994. He nevertheless remained active on the business side of the group.
"My brother, hero and best friend Maurice White passed away peacefully last night in his sleep," White's brother and bandmate Verdine wrote in a statement. "While the world has lost another great musician and legend, our family asks that our privacy is respected as we start what will be a very difficult and life changing transition in our lives. Thank you for your prayers and well wishes."
"The light is he, shining on you and me," the band added on Twitter.

Earth, Wind & Fire covered the song for the 1978 Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band soundtrack. They released it as a single and included it on their album The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. 1. Their version reached number 1 on the Soul singles chart and number nine on the Hot 100 singles chart.In the autumn of 1978 it reached number 33 in the BBC Top 75 singles chart recorded on CBS records CBS 6553.




The song won a Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying Vocalist(s) and also garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
"Got to Get You into My Life" sold over one million copies, enough for the RIAA to certify it gold.

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