Abbey Road Studios Opens Its’ Doors to the Public for Lectures in August

Experience the story of Abbey Road Studios. For 3 days only, we’re opening our doors for a series of exclusive talks in Studio Two on the illustrious life of the world’s most iconic recording studio. This is your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step inside Abbey Road Studios with an exclusive lecture about the studios’ 86-year history, as Presented by Brian Kehew & Kevin Ryan, music producers and authors of Recording the Beatles*, who are also huge fans of Abbey Road.

 

These inspiring talks will explore the extraordinary history and the current life of the studios and will take place in iconic Studio Two, home to countless landmark recordings by The BeatlesPink FloydKate BushOasisRadioheadAdeleEd Sheeran and more. Guests will also be given the chance to have a short tour of the famous Studio Two control room and spend time speaking to some of the Abbey Road team about their work.

 

Kehew and Ryan will explore the studios’ legacy of innovation from the patenting of stereo to the invention of numerous recording techniques used across the globe today. They’ll also cover the studios’ rich experience in film scoring and demonstrate how the studios have been used to record some of the biggest movies ever made – including Star WarsThe Lord of The Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter films, The Hobbit movies, GravityThe King’s SpeechBlack Panther and the multi award winning The Shape of Water.

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May 1st 1966 – The Beatles Last Ever UK Scheduled Concert Performance

May 1st 1966 – the Beatles give their last ever scheduled UK Live performance at the NME Pollwinners Show at the Empire Pool, Wembley (now Wembley Arena).
Also on the same bill were The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman’s Hermits, Roy Orbison, The Overlanders, The Alan Price Set, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Sounds Incorporated, Dusty Springfield, Crispian St Peters, The Walker Brothers, The Who, The Yardbirds and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich. Must have been some show!!
Most of the show was broadcast by ABC TV, but the managers of the Beatles and the Rolling Stones hadn’t agreed terms for their artists to be shown, so the cameras were turned off during their performances. However the Beatles were filmed receiving their awards.

The amazing Line-up for the show
The Beatles onstage at the Empire Pool, Wembley
The Beatles receiving their awards at the 1966 NME Poll Winners Show

Roy Young RIP

I’m very sorry to hear of the passing of Roy Young. Roy was one of English Rock and Roll’s great piano players. He met the Beatles at the Star Club in Hamburg in 1962, and often played onstage with them. Young said he was approached by Brian Epstein to join the Beatles permanently, but couldn’t, as he had a contract with the Star Club.

Roy Young later played keyboards on David Bowie’s albums ‘Young Americans’ and ‘Low’

 

Roy Young with the Beatles at the Star Club, Hamburg

George Harrison Estate Launches Label for Indian Classical Music

The estate of George Harrison has launched a new record label, HariSongs, that will focus on Indian classical and world music. The label was launched in partnership with Craft Recordings and will cull releases from the Harrison family archives, including the former Beatle’s collaborations with some of the most famous Indian musicians.

The label’s first two projects will be reissues of two recently out-of-print records: Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan’s In Concert 1972 and Shankar’s collaboration with Harrison, Chants of India. Both albums are available to stream and download today, April 27th.

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MayDay MayDay – New Start Time for Beatles In My Life Walks

From May 1st – the Beatles ‘In My Life’ walk starts at 11am, every Tuesday and Saturday, from outside the main archway entrance of Marylebone Station.

There are places I’ll remember’ – The Beatles ‘In My Life’ tour of London. 
A walking tour of some of the major Beatles sites in the Marylebone area of London; including where the opening scenes of a Hard Day’s Night were filmed; the apartment where Ringo Starr, Jimi Hendrix and John Lennon and Yoko Ono all lived; the house where Paul McCartney dreamed ‘Yesterday’; and a tube ride to St John’s Wood to see Abbey Road Studios and cross the famous Abbey Road Crossing.

You can book for the tour at https://www.funzing.com/sd/EatGVX
or just turn up and pay on the day.

More details of this, and my other tours, at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

Danny Boyle’s new Beatles musical is being filmed in north Essex

ASTONISHED onlookers watched as Oscar-winning film-maker Danny Boyle started shooting his new Beatles musical blockbuster on the Sunshine Coast – with a little help from his friends.

Lucky locals got the chance to appear as extras as the Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire director started filming All You Need Is Love in Clacton on Wednesday, before moving up the coast to Frinton.

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26th April 1982 – Paul McCartney Releases ‘Tug of War’

It was 36 years ago today – the release of Paul McCartney’s ‘Tug of War’ Album. I bought it on the day at Virgin in Oxford Street. On coming out I saw a blue Mercedes car passing me – and realised it was Paul’s car! He was on the way to nearby AIR Studios. Luckily there was a lot of traffic that day and I ran like hell and managed to get to AIR before Paul. On seeing me he said ‘Training for the Olympics are we!’ We had a short chat and he signed my album.
Great memories.

My copy of Tug of War – signed by Paul McCartney on its day of release
Blogger Richard Porter with Paul McCartney, during the making of Tug of War
Paul, Linda – and me, outside AIR Studios

 

April 24th – The Beatles in Pubs!

1960 – John and Paul play as the Nerk Twins at the Fox and Hounds pub, Caversham, Berkshire.
1964 – the Beatles celebrate the completion of filming for A Hard Day’s Night in Winchester Hall at the Turks Head pub, Twickenham.
1965 – the Beatles film a sequence for Help! at the City Barge pub at Strand on the Green, Chiswick

The City Barge Pub, Strand on the Green, Chiswick

As Time Goes By by Derek Taylor review – a poignant insight into the Beatles

In April 1968, Derek Taylor and Paul McCartney were in New York discussing how a new McCartney song, Thingumybob, would be best served played by a brass band. “The best band in the land,” said Paul. So it was that both were in Saltaire, Yorkshire, at 10am the following Sunday – “a fine northern time of day for a brass band” – recording the song with the Black Dyke Mills Band. On the way back to London that night, the pair stopped at a pub in the village of Harrold, Bedfordshire, where McCartney sat at the pub piano to play a new song he’d written called Hey Jude. “There was never a long wait,” says Taylor, “between the musical will and the recorded deed.”

First published in 1972, now with an excellent introductory essay by Jon Savage, Derek Taylor’s As Time Goes By was the first, and remains the sharpest, memoir written by one of the Beatles’ inner circle. Taylor had been press officer for the Beatles for less than a year in 1964, but that was when the role had mattered most, at the height of Beatlemania.

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