John Lennon to be honored with US postage stamp in 2018

The United States Postal Service has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the postage stamps it will introduce next year, and among them is one paying tribute to the late John Lennon. The Lennon stamp will be the next installment of the USPS’ Music Icons series of “Forever” stamps.

No release date has been announced for the commemorative stamp honoring the Beatles legend. The U.S. Postal Service has issued a number of other Beatles-themed stamps over the years, including one in 1999 that commemorated the Fab Four’s 1968 animated flick Yellow Submarine. For more click here

Hear Paul McCartney’s Long-Lost Experimental Christmas Mixtape for Fellow Beatles

For Christmas 1965, Paul McCartney presented his bandmates with a unique gift: a homemade record produced just for them, consisting of sampled songs, original sketches and avant-garde loops. “Something crazy, something left field, just for the other Beatles, a fun thing which they could play late in the evening,” he later said. With only three copies made, the discs are among the most rare Beatle-related collectibles. While these acetate pressings have almost certainly since worn out, an 18-minute segment of Unforgettable has recently surfaced, providing a glimpse of this experimental private mixtape from the Beatles’ most creatively fertile period. For more – and to hear the tape, click here

Blogger Richard Porter will be guiding London Beatles walk throughout the Christmas period. For more details see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

TWO ESSENTIAL RINGO STARR ALBUMS REMASTERED FOR WORLDWIDE REISSUE ON 180-GRAM VINYL LPS BY CAPITOL/UMe

Two essential Ringo Starr albums, 1973’s Ringo and 1974’s Goodnight Vienna, have been remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering for worldwide reissue on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl LPs. Both albums are available now for preorder and will be released by Capitol/UMe on January 19, 2018.

Preorder Ringo: https://UMe.lnk.to/RingoLP

Preorder Goodnight Vienna: https://UMe.lnk.to/GoodnightViennaLP

In 1973, Ringo released his self-titled Ringo, which yielded three Top 5 Billboard Pop singles, including the No. 1 hits “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine),” and the No. 5 hit “Oh My My.” Platinum-certified in the U.S., the Ringo album peaked at No. 1 in Canada, at No. 2 in the U.S., and at No. 7 in the UK. All of Ringo’s Beatles bandmates joined him to participate in the album; Richard Perry produced and its notable guest players also include Billy Preston on organ, Harry Nilsson background vocals, Klaus Voormann on bass and sax, and Robbie Robertson on guitar.

Ringo released his fourth solo album, Goodnight Vienna in 1974, racking up more hits, including the Top 5 Billboard Pop singles “Snookeroo,” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and “No No Song.” The album also features Ringo’s cover of the Platters’ “Only You,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Pop chart, and the title track, written by John Lennon. Perry, Preston, Voormann, Nilsson, and Robertson once again joined Ringo to collaborate in the studio, among others.

In September this year, Ringo released his 19th solo album, Give More Love, before he hit the road again in October and November with his All Starrs. Ringo Starr and His All Starrs have confirmed several European tour dates for June and July 2018. Visit ringostarr.com/tour for more information.

 

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RINGO STARR:  Ringo

  1. I’m the Greatest (John Lennon)
  2. Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman)
  3. Photograph (Richard Starkey, George Harrison)
  4. Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond) (George Harrison)
  5. You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine) (Bob Sherman, Dick Sherman)
  6. Oh My My (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
  7. Step Lightly (Richard Starkey)
  8. Six O’Clock (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney)
  9. Devil Woman (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
  10. You and Me (Babe) (George Harrison, Mal Evans)

 

RINGO STARR:  Goodnight Vienna

  1. (It’s All Down to) Goodnight Vienna (John Lennon)
  2. Occapella (Allen Toussaint)
  3. Oo-Wee (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
  4. Husbands and Wives (Roger Miller)
  5. Snookeroo (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
  6. All by Myself (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
  7. Call Me (Richard Starkey)
  8. No No Song (Hoyt Axton, David Jackson)
  9. Only You (Buck Ram, Ande Rand)
  10. Easy for Me (Harry Nilsson)
  11. Goodnight Vienna (Reprise) (John Lennon)

Beatles Christmas Records Sold Out?

It seems the limited edition box set of the Beatles Christmas records is already sold out – days before the official release date! The Beatles official store, Amazon and HMV have presumably all sold their copies as pre-orders – 4 days before it’s officially released.

No word from Apple yet if more are going to be produced, but expect brisk sales on ebay, at high prices!

Former Beatles Merseyside Venue Sells for £170,000

 

  • The former Majestic Ballroom is where Cilla Black auditioned for Brian Epstein
  • In recent years, the venue has been used as a Chinese restaurant
  • The building could be brought back to life ‘for a variety of leisure uses’

The dance hall where The Beatles performed their debut single ‘Love Me Do’ for the first time has been sold for £170,000.

The Majestic Ballroom, which is also where Cilla Black unsuccessfully auditioned for Brian Epstein, had expected to fetch £175,000 but fell slightly short of estimates.

More recently the venue has been used a Chinese restaurant, but is most famous for the influential role it played in the Liverpool and Merseyside music scene during the 1960s.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5159925/Former-dance-hall-Beatles-played-sells-170-000.html#ixzz50wwHpaZe

 

 

Magical Mystery Tour: celebrating 50 years

The Beatles Story is celebrating 50 years since the release of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour film with the launch of an exciting new exhibit!

Magical Mystery Tour was first aired on British television on Boxing Day (December 26) 1967, as a 52-minute-long, largely improvised, surreal comedy film featuring the Fab Four and other guests.

Paul McCartney wanted to create a film based upon the group and their music, in which various “ordinary” people were to travel on a coach and take a journey of spontaneous “magical” adventures. For more click here 

John Lennon RIP – How I Heard the News

The history books will tell you that John Lennon was murdered on December 8th 1980 – but in the the UK it was early in the morning on the 9th.

I woke up late that morning, and didn’t put the radio on before going to school. I cycled to school as usual, not knowing anything had happened, only to be met by my best friend, and fellow Beatles fan, Dalton, who looked really angry, and was muttering about what some bastard had done to John Lennon. The then told me that John had been murdered. My first reaction was that it was another ‘Paul is dead’ type rumour, and that really he was OK.

However, that morning, the school assembly was taken by students, and they played ‘In My Life’ as a tribute to John. It’s there that the horrible fact really sank in. I also noticed that a lot of fellow students, and also staff, were moved by the announcement too.

After school, I went home and bought the evening newspapers, which had John on the front cover, and played Beatles/John songs for the rest of the day – only to stop to watch the many tributes to John on TV.

At the time, I had never been that affected by anyone’s death before.

Fast forward to 2007. My daughter Lilia, was born at approx 6am on December 9th. John Lennon was shot around 4am London time on December 9th 1980, and died about 2 hours later.

Take a sad song and make it better :>)

PS It certainly, wasn’t planned that Lilia was born at that time!