Monthly Archives: February 2017

February 9th – from the Cavern to Ed Sullivan in Three Years!

February 9th was very much ‘A Day in the Life’ of the Beatles! On February 9th 1961, the Beatles first appeared at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. The Quarrymen had played at the Cavern a few times in the late 1950s, when still mainly a skiffle group. However, they also did a few rock and roll songs, and club owner Alan Sytner, a jazz lover, told them to “Cut out the bloody rock!”

Finally, now called ‘The Beatles’ they got back into the Cavern through their great supporter, Bob Wooler. He managed to get them a fee of £5 for the gig. However there was a doubt whether Paul McCartney would be able to get to the gig. He had a full time job at Massey and Coggins, and although the gig was at lunchtime, there was no way Paul could get to the gig and back during his lunch hour. However, Paul just bunked over the wall and played the gig.

The Beatles went onto play at the Cavern nearly 300 times in the next 2.5 years…

John Lennon at the Cavern Club - February 9th 1961.
John Lennon at the Cavern Club – February 9th 1961.

Exactly three years later, the Beatles made there first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, in front of a TV audience of 73 million people. Quite a leap in three years!!

The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show 9th February 1964
The Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show 9th February 1964

 

 

It was 50 Years Ago Today – a great new film on Sgt Pepper!

It was 50 Years Ago Today… Ltd
In conjunction with
A Geezer & A Blonde Productions Ltd presents:
It Was 50 Years Ago Today….
: The Beatles, Sgt Pepper & Beyond

A Film by Alan G Parker

On Thursday June 1st 1967 The Beatles released what can arguably be called the greatest album in the history of the world! ‘Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band’. It was the first album by a musical artist to be discussed in terms of art, it featured the most expensive sleeve design in record distribution history, the first gatefold sleeve ever, the first time the lyrics ever appeared on a record cover and a host of celebrities, both past and present, looking back at the listener.

It topped the charts all around the world within days of it’s release, went multi-platinum in a matter of hours, and stayed in the UK chart list for 27 consecutive weeks. Additionally it topped the US charts for a staggering 15 weeks. Time Out magazine declared it “a historic departure in the progress of music”, while The New Statesman praised its elevation of pop to the level of fine art. It won 4 Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album Of The Year, the first rock LP to receive this honour.

On June 1st 2017 (ironically also a Thursday) a staggering 50 years after it’s original release A Geezer & A Blonde Productions Ltd are proud to present ‘It Was 50 Years Ago Today… The Colour Of Dreams’ a new film from EMMY nominated Director Alan G Parker (Monty Python: Almost The Truth/Hello Quo!/KISS: You Wanted The Best/Who Killed Nancy) which traces the history of The Beatles from the end of their touring days in August 1966, through various solo projects to the release of ‘Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane’ on a journey that includes; The Summer Of Love, flower power, John Lennon meeting Yoko Ono, LSD, Meditation, Jimi Hendrix, the death of Brian Epstein, hippie happenings, Abbey Road Studios, a Magical Mystery Tour, the birth of Apple, Paul McCartney meeting Linda Eastman and the release of the biggest selling album in the history of recorded music.

‘Sgt Pepper’ is regarded by musicologists as an early concept album, that advanced the use of extended form in popular music while continuing the artistic maturation seen on The Beatles’ preceding releases. It has been described as one of the first art rock LPs, aiding the development of progressive rock, and credited with marking the beginning of the Album Era. An important work of British Psychedelia, the album incorporates a range of stylistic influences, including; vaudeville, circus, music hall, avant-garde, and Western along with Indian Classical music.

In 2003, the Library Of Congress placed Sgt. Pepper in the National Recording Registry, honouring the work as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”. That same year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it number 1 in its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. As of 2011, it has sold more than 38 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums ever. Professor Kevin J. Dettmar, writing in the Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, described it as “the most important and influential rock n’ roll album ever recorded”
Assembled from hours of newly shot interviews including; Pete Best (Beatle), Freda Kelly (The Beatles Fan Club), Tony Bramwell (friend/Tour Manager), Hunter Davies (Official Biographer), Philip Norman (Biographer), Bill Harry (Merseybeat Editor), Ray Connolly (Sixties Music Writer), Steve Turner (Author of ‘Beatles 66’), The Bootleg Beatles (Andre & Neil), Tony Crane & Billy Kinsley (The Merseybeats), Steve Diggle (Buzzcocks), Andy Peebles (the last man to interview John Lennon), Barbara Connolly (Apple Secretary) and Julia Baird (John Lennon’s Sister).

Along side the best collection of archive footage and still photographs ever assembled on this subject and it’s era… The projects archivist is none other than, BAFTA nominated, Keith Badman (The Beatles Anthology/Queen: Days Of Our Lives).

“The Beatles aren’t a rock n’ roll band, they are a force of nature, and they’ve been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember! – I’ve wanted to make this film since I was 9 years old!!!” – Alan G Parker (Director)

 

The poster for the new film
The poster for the new film

The Day John Met Paul – 60th Anniversary Celebrations

THE DAY JOHN MET PAUL

THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT ST. PETER’S CHURCH CHURCH RD, LIVERPOOL L25 5JF

On 6 July 1957, 60 years ago this summer, John Lennon and his band The Quarrymen followed a marching band through the streets of Woolton to play at the annual St. Peter’s Garden Fete.  That afternoon he met Paul McCartney and together they went on to change the face of music forever.

This year, on 6 July 2017, 60 years to the day, we will be celebrating the anniversary of The Quarrymen’s performance at the Fete, and the day John met Paul.  We will step back in time to replicate the Fete and the Grand Dance at the Church Hall.  This will be a community collaboration with the Church and Bishop Martin School where the original Fete took place.

All the elements of a typically English garden fete will be celebrated, including the children’s fancy dress party, the Crowning of the Rose Queen and the procession of The Quarrymen on a flat back lorry through the village.  Amongst the many attractions will be games, cake sales, refreshments, and much more and, of course, dancing to the music of The Quarrymen and other artists.

10 years into the future, the 1967 Summer of Love, another marching band was born.  2017 also celebrates the 50thanniversary of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  It’s safe to say that The Beatles may not have happened if it had not been for the 6 July 1957 – the Day John Met Paul.

Please bring your friends along and help us celebrate this historic day, and dress in 1950s style if you want to, be as authentic as you dare!  Entry to the event will be by purchase of a programme on the day.  You can just walk up and pay; no ticketing in advance is required.  Tickets for the Grand Dance in the evening will go on sale, online, sometime in early June, so watch this space.  It will be a fabulous day for everyone with Satisfaction is guaranteed!!!

For further information contact jean@thecavernliverpool.com

 

The Quarrymen at St Peter's Church Fete - 6th July 1957
The Quarrymen at St Peter’s Church Fete – 6th July 1957

New Beatles Fan Film being made

HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE, THE BEATLES FAN FILM
GOES INTO PRODUCTION!
Production starts later this month on ‘Here There &
Everywhere’ [HTAE], a landmark documentary film project, supported
by The Cavern Club, The Beatles Story Museum, The Hard
Days Night Hotel, The Fest For Fans, Abbey Road on the River and
The British Beatles Fan Club, and many others.
The film, shooting throughout this year and released in the summer
of 2018, is an 80-minute ‘love letter’ spanning the band’s history as
seen through the eyes, felt through the hearts and as told through
the memories of the fans . . . from those who organise the fan
festivals and tribute concerts . . the Club and event runners who
keep the fans together, the memorabilia collectors who amaze and
delight with their rare and unseen photographs and films. . . to the
authors who continue to breathe fresh life into the never-ending
magical mystery tour.
HTAE pays homage to the global family, showcasing their
contributions towards fuelling The Beatles eternal flame. HTAE is
The Beatles story as told by the fans and an important part of The
Beatles future archive legacy!
As part of the ongoing production the producers will also encourage
artists and animators around the world to include their Beatles-inspired
interludes in the film. But perhaps most importantly, if fans
have a story to tell, then they can get in touch and the producers
will look to include contributors and their stories in the film.
Many artists and bands will pack HTAE with performances. And
special licensed recordings will also be produced, featuring
musicians and vocalists from around the world, creating a global
Beatles soundtrack. The film will also feature a “surprise” finale, to
be announced over the months ahead.
The film will be launched at a number of iconic venues after
release, with a TV broadcast release at the conclusion of the
project.
The team behind the film
Simon Weitzman is the film’s director and the publisher, producer
and author on three recent Beatles books. Simon also has 18 years
experience as a network TV director, working for BBC, ITV,
Channels 4 & 5, Sky, HBO and Disney International Television
Productions.
David L Simon is one of the two executive producers. He launched
and managed Disney International Television Productions, was
head of DreamWorks Television Animation under Steven Spielberg,
and was vice president of programming for Fox Television Stations.
David is also a lifelong Beatles fan
The second executive producer The British Beatles Fan Clubs very
own Pete Nash, Chairman and magazine Editor of the legendary
Club magazine.
Contributors to the PledgeMusic campaign will receive a signed
DVD of the movie before the launch. Those who pledge for the DVD
offerings will also see their name on the film’s credits, if they pledge
during the campaign.There is also a more extensive Deluxe collector
package available, plus preview, edit suite and launch cinema
tickets.
To reserve your DVD copy and see your name in the credits go to
http://www.pledgemusic.com/…/the-beatles-herethereandeveryw…
to be part of the family making this film. The campaign
starts February 9!

Here There and Everywhere
Here There and Everywhere

Macca – The Music of Paul McCartney

Last night I went to the brilliant show Macca: Celebrating the Music of Paul McCartney. It starred Emanuele Angeletti as Paul – who also played Paul in the great Beatles show ‘Let it Be’.
This show is not a Beatles show though, it was mainly Paul songs after the Beatles. The first part was similar to a ‘Wings Over America’ gig and the second part lots of songs from the 80s and beyond, with a few Beatles songs too. Emanuele sang many songs that Paul McCartney has never done live, like Say Say Say (a brilliant duet with a female singer – which I thought worked much better than Paul with Michael Jackson) No More Lonely Nights (a real highlight here) and Pipes of Peace.
The whole show was a delight from beginning to end. Emanuleles vocals were spot on, and the musicianship immense. I especially loved the brass section – really going back to the Wings days!
The show is touring throughout the the UK – and is a must see! For more on the show, and to book tickets, go to http://www.maccathepaulmccartneystory.com/

 

The End of Beatleweek in Liverpool?

The big shock news from Liverpool is that this year’s ‘International Beatleweek’ will be the last in its current form, and will be scaled back in future years!

I’ve been hearing rumours about this for a while, but the news still comes at quite a shock. I’ve been going to the Liverpool Beatles Conventions since 1981! It’s nearly always been over the August Bank Holiday weeked and has been the first thing in my diary every year.

What happens in futures years has yet to be decided – but this years will be the last of its kind. So book now while you can!

Here is what Cavern City Tours have said about Beatleweek on their website: https://www.internationalbeatleweek.com/

Last International Beatleweek 2017 as we know it!

What is happening to International Beatleweek?

This will be the last International Beatleweek Festival as we know it. In future years it will be scaled down.

What changes will you be making to the festival?

You can rest assured there will still be lots of live music from bands around the world. This will now mainly take place at the Cavern Club and the Cavern Pub. Unfortunately we don’t know yet what other changes we will be making.

Will you still have a convention day and late night parties at the Adelphi Hotel?

Unfortunately this is yet to be decided. As soon as we have more information on this and a decision has been made we will be sure to pass this on to you.

When can we expect more information?

Discussions are currently taking place with the council and various other organisations about what we can do with the festival. Decisions regarding accommodation packages, late-night parties, theatre shows, the convention and outdoor events have not been made yet. As soon as we have a plan together for future years we will pass it along to you.