Monthly Archives: December 2017

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!

Remembering John Lennon…..

Remembering John Lennon today, on the anniversary of his senseless murder.

I wrote this piece for the British Beatles Fanclub a few years ago. It still holds true today…

Like Beatles fans everywhere, we look back on the events of 8th December 1980 with much sadness. John Lennon, a brilliant musician, songwriter and man of peace, was needlessly gunned down in front of his wife, outside his own home. We all know where we were when we heard the terrible news.

However, we would rather remember and celebrate the remarkable life of John Lennon, than dwell on his senseless death. We condemn those media outlets that are featuring interviews with John’s killer, who carried out the act to become famous himself. Giving him publicity now gives him exactly what he wanted. It says something about our society, that a man who was a nobody for most of his life, should become famous for killing someone who gave pleasure to millions of people throughout the world.

John Lennon said in an interview shortly before he died, “It’s hard to be Gandhi or Martin Luther King or to follow them. I don’t admire politicians particularly, I think they’re showbiz people, but people who put their thing on the line, like Gandhi, and threw the British out by not shooting anybody… those are the political people I admire. But I don’t want to be shot for it like Gandhi, and I don’t want to be shot for it like Martin Luther King. I don’t want to be a martyr, I don’t believe in martyrs, but I admire their stance.”

John Lennon was not a saint, he was a flawed human being like all of us. However, he lived his life to the full, and used his fame to send a message of peace and love. On 8th December we will be commemorating a great life, not a senseless death.

John Lennon outside ‘Kenwood’

Rare Beatles promo 7” becomes most expensive single ever sold on Discogs

A Parlophone demonstration (promo) 7″ for the Beatles’ ‘Love Me Do’ has become the most expensive single ever sold on Discogs, missing the all-time high for most expensive record ever sold on the site – a copy of Prince’s lostBlack Album – by just $243.

Purchased for a whopping $14,757.00US (£11,250.00) this promotional single, which was originally released on 5th October 1962, is one of only 250 in existence. For more see https://thevinylfactory.com/news/rare-beatles-promo-most-expensive-single-ever-sold-discogs/