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Kenneth Haigh – Who Appeared in A Hard Day’s Night, Passes Away.

Kenneth Haigh, who played  TV man Simon, alongside George in A Hard Day’s Night, has passed away, aged 87. Haigh was already a very well known, and celebrated, actor when he appeared in the Beatles first film. His most famous role was as Jimmy Porter, in John Osborne’s play ‘Look Back in Anger’ at the Royal Court Theatre. In a rather different role, he played alongside Joan Collins in ‘The Bitch’

Here is his scene in  ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QREeweMWTZk

For a full obituary, click here

Paul McCartney to be Awarded Top Israeli Prize

The Israeli Wolf Prize will be awarded at the end of May to nine laureates in the fields of music and science, including legendary British rocker Paul McCartney.

The Wolf Foundation announced on Monday that it selected McCartney – who will share the prize with conductor Adam Fischer – for being “one of the greatest songwriters of all time.” McCartney’s songs, the prize jury noted, “Will be sung and savored as long as there are human beings to lift up their voices.”

The nine laureates – in the fields of music, agriculture, physics, chemistry and mathematics – are invited to a special ceremony at the Knesset hosted by President Reuven Rivlin at the end of May.

Until now, McCartney’s only appearance in Israel was in 2008, when he performed for a near-capacity crowd of 50,000 at Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv. During his stay, the former Beatles member, also visited the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music in Beit Sahur east of Bethlehem and met with representatives of the NGO OneVoice. At the meeting, McCartney said: “I’m not a politician – I just want to bring a message of peace.”

For more click here

[Bloggers note – it seems Paul will be receiving the prize in person. Will he do a concert at the same time?]

February 9th – From the Cavern to Ed Sullivan to Wings

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 9th February 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!!

 

Oh – and on 9th February 1972, Wings gave their first ever concert, at Nottingham University, 11 years to the day since the Beatles first played the Cavern!

“Finding the Fourth Beatle” Book Coming Soon!

Another book about the Beatles? What new insights does it possibly offer, you’d think, after all there’s already plenty of reading material around on the Fab Four already. Yet, the authors have managed to come up with a story about the Beatles that is not your average one.
Following the success of the film documentary, “Looking for Lennon,” ‘Finding the Fourth Beatle’ is their latest project investigating the history of the drummers who joined the Beatles long before they finally settled for Ringo Starr. The fully illustrated book gives a detailed look into the early career of each of the Beatles aspiring musicians, who were, at the time, always struggling to find THE ONE drummer that would be the best fit.
At last, David Bedford and Garry Popper have produced written a Beatles book that is historically interesting to say the least. Never has the topic of the search for a Beatles drummer been investigated in such detail and ‘Finding the Fourth Beatle’ is a fascinating and meticulously detailed account of the Beatles’ long search for the perfect drummer. It answers interesting and urgent questions such as why Pete Best was not sacked by The Beatles or Brian Epstein, who was asked to replace Pete Best with Ringo Starr, and why it was that Ringo became the Fourth Beatle and not anyone else.In all, ‘Finding the Fourth Beatle’ is another must-read by David Bedford and Garry Popper. A magnificent piece of research that’s sure to appeal to even the most avid Beatles fan. Gabriëlla van Karsbergen – Beatles International
To pre order the Finding the Fourth Beatle log on to TheFourthBeatle.com

New Book of Astrid’s Kirchherr’s Beatles Photos to be Published

Say hello, hello to a stunning new book of photographs of the Fab Four themselves, shot by Astrid Kirchherr who according to none other than George Harrison, was “the one, really, who influenced our image more than anybody. She made us look good.”

Kirchherr was still just a student of art and fashion when she began turning her lens to greats like The Beatles when they visited her native Hamburg. At that time, the band was still pre-Ringo, with a lineup of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Pete Best and Stuart Sutcliffe. According to the book’s publisher Damiani, the young photographer “was struck by their ‘raw energy, beauty and attitude’ and there was an instant attraction between her and the band’s bass player Stuart, to whom she soon became engaged.” Hard luck for her boyfriend, the artist Klaus Voormann, who had initially introduced her to the band in a club on the Hamburg’s Reeperbahn.

The book of Kirchherr’s images, entitled Astrid Kirchherr with The Beatles, presents more than 70 images alongside materials that “retrace the close and intimate relationship which grew between the photographer and the band, portraying them as only she could – ‘with precise shots, technical mastery and a totally unique style and attitude’.” It also features an introductory essay by Vladislav Ginzburg. The snaps in the book include early shots of the original line-up at a fairground in Hamburg in 1960, self-portraits, shots of Voormann and Reinhart Wolf, and portraits of Sutcliffe in Reinhart’s studio and other locations after he left the band to develop his career as an artist. For more click here

To order the book from Amazon Click Here

London Beatles Days 2018

Make your Travel plans today.

London Beatles Day Dates are Here

It all happens at The Christ Saviour Church Hall In the heart of Ealing in West London on New Broadway (which runs into the Uxbridge Road) London, W5 2XA,

All Events are  FREE ADMISSION !

March  17th
May     26th
July      21st
August  18th
October 20th
December 8th.

All Dates are Saturdays.

The venue is situated on the main road served by plenty of buses & only a 5-minute walk from Ealing Broadway Station (Central & District lines tube & main line station) plenty of food & drink options in the area. The event will be open from 10am to 4.30pm.  The Beatles Day will be in the Church Hall which is situated behind the main church look out for our signs! … cheap car parking is close by.

Please remember on a Saturday there is NO congestion charge in London

We look forward to seeing new & existing collectors & fans – don’t forget it’s FREE to come in…

For more details see: www.beatledays.com

Or Tel : 07801 564622  or 07785 923695

Trembling Wilburys, George Harrison’s 75th Birthday Special – Sunday 25th February

Top tribute band the Trembling Wilburys are celebrating what would be George Harrison‘s 75th birthday on Sunday 25th February at rock venue Nambucca in Holloway Road, north London. 

Frontman Glen Knowler looks and sounds uncannily like the late Beatle & Traveling Wilburys co-founder Harrison, while the band also pays perfect homage to his Wilbury bandmates – Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Jeff Lynne & Tom Petty. The band have been going for over six years mainly playing venues all over London & the South East, as well as venturing to other cities such as Birmingham, Mons (Belgium) and Liverpool where they played the legendary Cavern Club last October.
Drummer and band founder David Stark commented, “We’ve played some amazing gigs over the past few years and the band generates an incredible energy which everyone seems to love. Apart from Glen we have Dave Collison as an impeccable Roy Orbison, Andy McNish doubling up as Bob Dylan and Tom Petty, and bassist Marko Laver doing the honours as Jeff Lynne. Meanwhile lead guitarist Dzal Martin always gets the cheers for his incredible solos, while keyboard player Howard Robin (aka Ludwig van Wilbury) completes the line-up. We’re really looking forward to playing Nambucca for the first time, it’s an excellent venue with a great bar and sound system.”
2018 also marks the 30th anniversary of the Traveling Wilburys’ debut album ‘Volume One’ featuring such hits as ‘Handle With Care’ and ‘End Of The Line’, and the band is hoping to perform this classic album in its entirety on the night subject to final rehearsals. Their 2-hour show also features a selection of solo hits by the individual Wilburys including Beatles & ELO songs like ‘Taxman’, ‘Something’, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, ‘Hold On Tight’ and ‘Roll Over Beethoven’.
Doors open at 7pm with an 8.15pm start while tickets are £10 on the door or £8 in advance, available from www.wegottickets.com/event/429236.
Venue: Nambucca
596 Holloway Road
London N7 6LB