`Extremely rare´ letter signed by all the Beatles could fetch £12,000 at sale

An “extremely rare” letter signed by all four members of The Beatles is set to fetch up to £12,000 at auction.

The typed letter to Atlanta DJ Paul Drew, who travelled with the band, was signed by John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr in September 1965.

It reads: “Dear Paul, we just thought that we would like to write to you all and say thanks very much for your help on the tour. We enjoyed it and appreciated your patience and co-operation. Hope to see you next year.”

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The Bootleg Beatles are auditioning for a new John Lennon

The Beatles tribute band Bootleg Beatles are auditioning for a new John Lennon 

The act was established in 1980 and have gone on to play huge, notable shows in the UK and further afield. They were among the artists on the bill at the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002, and have also performed at Glastonbury.

The Bootleg Beatles are currently comprised of Adam Hastings (Lennon), Steve White (Paul McCartney), Stephen Hill (George Harrison), and Gordon Elsmore (Ringo Starr). However, an advert appeared in Music Week this week suggesting that Hastings is set to leave.

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Tomorrow Never Knows! A Hard Day’s Night for the Beatles

It’s been A Hard Day’s Night! On 21st February 1964, the Beatles flew from Miami to New York, where they transferred to a plane for London, at the end of their amazing first American trip. They arrived at London Heathrow Airport on the overnight flight to a rapturous welcome home from thousands of Beatles fans, and event even covered live by the TV sports programme Grandstand!  They are interviewed by Grandstand’s host, David Coleman. Coleman asks Ringo about the incident when someone cut off some of his hair at a ball at the British Embassy in Washington. Ringo replies ‘Well what can you do, tomorrow never knows!’ A classic ‘Ringoism’ that of courser became the title of a song from ‘Revolver’.
You might have thought the Beatles would have then had a well earned break. Not a bit of it! The day after they appeared on the National ITV show ‘Big Night Out’. Then they were allowed one day off (lucky them!) before starting work on the songs for their new film at EMI Studios.
“Didn’t they give everything on God’s earth for ten years?” John Lennon on the Beatles.

Here is Grandstand’s coverage – Tomorrow Never Knows at around 9:43

 

‘British Invasion’ to Play at the Half Moon, Putney

The British Invasion “The Ultimate Tribute To 60’s British Rock” The musical group known as THE BRITISH INVASION are from Central, Ohio in the U.S.A., and cover the music from all of the English groups of the 1960s. From The Animals to The Zombies, it’s all there: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, The Who, The Dave Clark Five, The Hollies, Herman’s Hermits, and many more…

Everything has been faithfully reproduced to exact detail, from the music, clothing, and hairstyles, to the vintage guitars and equipment.

Join THE BRITISH INVASION on this musical journey as they travel through time complete with outfit changes representing each era.

As you listen to these hits from the past, it is likely you will believe that they are being played and sung by the original artists themselves.

Members of The British Invasion have performed to enthusiastic audiences all over the United States, as well as in Liverpool, Manchester, and London, England, the birthplace of the British Invasion.

So if you love the music of this era, or just want to experience for yourself what all the excitement was and is about, this is the show for you! This is much more than a Beatles tribute… It’s a MAGICAL MUSICAL TOUR . . .”A Splendid Time is Guaranteed for All”.

British Invasion play at the Half Moon on Thursday, Oct 11th

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CELEBRATE GEORGE HARRISON’S 75TH BIRTHDAY AT THE BEATLES STORY

To celebrate what would’ve been George Harrison’s 75th birthday, The Beatles Story, Albert Dock is hosting a free event dedicated to telling the story of George’s introduction to Indian music and spirituality on Sunday 25th February 2018 from 4pm. The event will include a talk, given by Dr. Mike Jones of the University of Liverpool’s Music Department exploring the Indian influence on the Beatles from its origins, through to the Rishikesh episode and beyond.

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Ernest Hecht – early Beatles Book Publisher, Dies

I’ve just heard of the sad news of the passing of Ernest Hecht, the founder of book publishers Souvenir Press. He published one of the first books on the Beatles, ‘Meet the Beatles’ and also Brian Epstein’s autobiography ‘A Cellarful of Noise’.

Ernest was a lovely man, who always seemed to be smiling, especially when his beloved Arsenal football team won (well, nobody’s perfect!) I met him a few times at his rather chaotic offices opposite the British Museum, which looked just like a book publishers office should look, with piles of books and manuscripts everywhere.

Ernest was 88 years old. The world will be a sadder place without him.

Here is a nice obituary from the Times https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ernest-hecht-obituary-5fgq9sdvm

Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios This Week

Paul McCartney has been at Abbey Road Studios this week – putting the finishing touches to his new album. Giles Martin has been in the studios too –  but it is not clear whether Giles has been working with Paul McCartney, or on the 50th anniversary release of the ‘White Album’ – which he has been working on for several months.

Will bring you more news when I hear it :>)

 

Lamborghini once owned by Sir Paul McCartney on sale for £500,000

AN ultra-rare Lamborghini formerly owned by Sir Paul McCartney has emerged for sale for a staggering £500,000. The 400GT 2+2 left the factory on Italy in 1967 and was one of only four to be imported into Britain.

It was purchased by the Beatles’ bassist in February 1968 during the height of the band’s fame and joined his considerable collection of sports cars.

The red two-door was converted to right-hand drive especially for the singer and he continued to own it for over a decade, before finally parting with the powerful V12 in 1979.

Since then the Italian classic has had a number of owners and has now emerged for sale once again with Bonhams Auctions in London.

The auctioneers are predicting the coupe, which is one of just 250 to be built, will attract offers of between £400,000 and £500,000. For more click here

WATCH AS WE TAKE YOU TO THE NEW ‘BEATLES IN INDIA’ EXHIBITION

The award-winning ‘The Beatles Story’ in Liverpool is celebrating 50 years since The Beatles travelled to Rishikesh, India with the launch of a new special exhibition. 

Opening on Thursday 15th February, ‘Beatles in India’ will look at this key and relatively secretive part of the Beatles’ story with never-before-seen memorabilia, imagery and personal accounts from the people who were there with the band in 1968.

A sitar used by Ravi Shankar will go onto display within the new immersive area, loaned to The Beatles Story by the Ravi Shankar Foundation. As George Harrison’s mentor, Ravi’s influence on the Beatle ultimately helped to popularise the use of Indian instruments in 1960s pop music.

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