Monthly Archives: October 2018

Ringo Starr Remembers The Beatles’ Historic ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Appearance at Paley Center Tribute to Music on TV

Ringo Starr fondly recalled The Beatles‘ historic 1964 appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show on Thursday night, as he and Michael Jackson were honored at The Paley Honors: A Gala Tribute to Music on Television.

The Paley Center event, which featured packaged salutes to musical performances and themes over nearly 70 years on television, took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The Ed Sullivan Show. Yeah, we did that,” Starr said, garnering a laugh from the audience. “We came to America, and you don’t know where things are going in life. I was in a factory and I left there to play drums. I had a three-month gig, and after that, I was on my own, and then I was introduced to the other three lads. I’m here because we are celebrating the four of us. I well up a little bit because two of us aren’t here.”

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The Beatles are the subject of what’s rumored to be the most expensive pinball machine of all time, according to industry sources.

Set around the band’s record-breaking year of 1964 – when, at one point, they held the Top 5 Billboard Hot 100 chart positions at the same time – the limited-edition Beatlemania game is a collaboration between Stern and Ka-Pow; a total of 1,964 machines will be released.

The Beatles Store confirmed that 100 Diamond editions, 250 Platinum editions and 1,614 Gold editions would be on sale on an unconfirmed date.

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Jean-Marc Vallée to direct Lennon-Ono film

LONDON, Oct 24 — The Big Little Lies director Jean-Marc Vallée has been tapped to helm a biographical film about musician and Beatles member John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono.

The film will focus on Ono and Lennon’s relationship and political activism, but stop short of Lennon’s assassination in 1980.

The original script was written by Anthony McCarten, who also co-wrote the upcoming Freddie Mercury film Bohemian Rhapsody.

It will be reworked by McCarten and Vallée.

Ono and Lennon met in 1966 at the height of the Beatles’ popularity, at a London art gallery where Ono was showing her work.

They married in 1969 in Gibraltar.

The Beatles broke up in 1970 as the band members embarked on solo projects.

Vallée recently directed HBO’s Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects.

Yoko Ono will produce the project, along with Michael De Luca, Immersive Pictures’ Josh Bratman and McCarten.

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Universal Music Group Names Beatles Remixer Giles Martin Head of Audio & Sound

Giles Martin, most recently renowned for his work on remixing key components of the Beatles’ catalog, has officially joined Universal Music Group in the role of Head of Audio & Sound, a global position the company created for him. A spokesperson says Martin will “help UMG explore new studio technologies and work with artists to help create the best possible listening experience for fans.”

On top of the work Martin has already done for UMG on Beatles projects, Martin had previously been employed for four years by Sonos, the smart-speaker company, as their “head of sound experience.”

Martin will be based at London’s Abbey Road but will “work across all of the company’s studios,” the spokesperson said.

“We’ve worked very closely with Giles through his work with the Beatles at Abbey Road, and he’s increasingly become part of the wider Universal Music family,” Universal Music UK chairman and CEO David Joseph said in a statement. “Giles’ unique approach means that as formats and services change, there’s no one better to ensure we are best-serving artists, producers and fans in terms of audio delivery.”

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Traveling Wilburys Anniversary Picture Disc Available Soon

Available for pre-order now, The Traveling Wilbury’s Vol. 1 limited edition, 30th anniversary vinyl will be released on Nov 2. The 12-inch picture disc features gorgeous cover art along with a depiction of the famous fraternity of rock’n’roll. It is considered by music critics to be a historic collaboration within the genre.

The collaboration was born out of a friends-helping-friends interaction in 1988, when Bob Dylan offered his in-home studio to fellow artists George Harrison and co-producer Jeff Lynne. The pair were in a hurry to create a B track for Harrison’s album Cloud Nine. The shared space led to not only Dylan being pulled onto the track, but Roy Orbison and Tom Petty also ended up contributing as well. The supergroup’s chemistry and artistic spontaneity manifested into what would be the first track on their eventual album, a song called “Handle With Care” The song never made an appearance on Cloud Nine, but only because the group recognized it was worth much more than a B track.

Harrison spoke of the pressure that came from creating a song like “Handle With Care” by stating, “I just carried it around in my pocket for ages thinking “Well what can I do with this thing?”” That first collab led the band of brothers to produce another nine songs for a full length album, The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1. Each of the five shared songwriting and lead singer responsibilities on the album. It’s creation served to strengthen their bond as friends as each member adopted an alter ego under the premise of a family band. Bob Dylan as Lucky, George Harrison as Nelson, Jeff Lynne became Otis, Roy Orbison became Lefty, and Tom Petty took on the pseudonym Charlie T. Wilbury Jr.

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Red Rose Speedway and Wild Life to be Added McCartney Archive Collection

Paul announces reissues of 'Wild Life' and 'Red Rose Speedway' + 'Wings 1971-73'





Paul proudly announces the 11th and 12th classic works from his revered catalogue to be remastered, reissued and expanded across multi-format installments of his GRAMMY-winning Archive Collection, to be released December 7, 2018 via MPL/Capitol/UMe.

First up is the four-disc (3CD, 1DVD) limited deluxe edition of Wild Life, the debut album from Wings, originally released December 1971. Written by Paul and Linda McCartney (with the exception of a cover of Mickey & Sylvia’s ‘Love Is Strange’), Wild Life is beloved by fans for its raw and direct vibe – having been recorded in just over a week with the majority of tracks laid down in a single take. Wild Life’s limited deluxe edition treatment features the full album remastered at Abbey Road plus 25 bonus audio tracks including rough mixes of the album, original single edits, B-sides, home recordings and other previously unreleased material across three CDs. The set’s DVD features rare footage of acoustic home videos, rehearsals and more. The Wild Life deluxe package includes a 128-page book written by David Fricke telling the story behind the album – including track-by-track information and new interviews with Paul and key album personnel, a 48-page scrapbook of tour diaries, lyrics and set lists, unpublished Polaroids, lyrics, notes and memorabilia from the MPL archives. Wild Life’s download redemption card will provide access to all audio in HD 24/96kHz unlimited high-resolution versions.

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Paul McCartney Talks Beatles Secrets, New Album & More for iHeartRadio’s ‘Inside the Studio’

Despite of being one of the most famous rock stars in the world, McCartney insists that he lives a normal life — the only difference is that he gets recognized now. “I walk down streets. They’re for walking down. I like to get out and about and people say, ‘Oh no, you’ve got to have acres of security behind you and stuff,’ but I like to just get out, just so as you feel like yourself, instead of like a rock star. So I like to just get out like I always did when I was a kid. It keeps me sane. I’ve got quite a lot of freedom, actually, and I value it.”

Although success came early for The Beatles, McCartney is still filled with constant motivation and stimulus — ironically, that same early period of his career is also one of the biggest sources of inspiration. “Even when we were like maybe 20, 24 years old or something, at the height of The Beatles, we often would try to work out something on a song or what we were gonna do with a recording, we’d often say, ‘What would we have done when we were 17?’ And we’d check back to our 17-year-old selves, who we thought were the coolest people in the world. It’s your formative period, it’s when you get a lot of your ideas, and in my case if you’re writing songs, those memories are very rich wells of inspiration,” he shared.

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October 17th 1963 – I Want To Hold Your Hand, and a Christmas Message!

October 17th 1963 was a busy day for the Beatles at EMI Studios, Abbey Road. They recorded both sides of their new single, ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and it’s B Side ‘This Boy’

If that wasn’t enough, they also recorded a Christmas message to be sent to members of the Beatles Fan Club. They would continue to record these discs for the Fan Club for the next 7 years.

I Want to Hold Your Hand was written in the basement of 57 Wimpole Street, where Margaret Elliott, the mother of Jane Asher, had her music room. Paul McCartney had recently moved into the Asher’s house, as he was dated their daughter, Jane. John Lennon visited Paul here on a few occasions, and as he told ‘Playboy’ magazine in 1980:

We wrote a lot of stuff together, one on one, eyeball to eyeball. Like in ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand,’ I remember when we got the chord that made the song. We were in Jane Asher’s house, downstairs in the cellar playing on the piano at the same time. And we had, ‘Oh you-u-u/ got that something…’ And Paul hits this chord and I turn to him and say, ‘That’s it!’ I said, ‘Do that again!’ In those days, we really used to absolutely write like that — both playing into each other’s noses.

Of course I Want to Hold Your Hand became the Beatles first number one hit in the USA.

I Want to Hold Your Hand on the Ed Sullivan Show

The Beatles 1963 Christmas Record

The Beatles 1963 Christmas record
The Beatles 1963 Christmas record

October 13th 1963 – The Beatles at the London Palladium

On 13th October 1963, the Beatles appeared on a TV show called Val Parnel’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium. The Palladium was, and still is, London’s most famous theatre, and it was regarded as a highlight of a ‘showbiz’ career to play there. Sunday Night at the London Palladium had been going for several years, and was one of the most watched TV shows in the the UK. On March 2nd 1958, Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared on the show – and very much influenced the youth of the UK, including John, Paul, George and Ringo, who were all glued to the TV that night!

The Beatles appearance on the show was very popular – about 18 million people watched this show. By then, the Beatles already had 3 number one hits, and been on TV many times, but all on shows geared towards teenagers. The Palladium show was the first time they had been on an ‘family’ show. They topped the bill on the show, which was presented by Bruce Forsyth. Forsyth whipped the audience into a frenzy by counting down to the Beatles appearance. They sang From Me To YouI’ll Get You, She Loves You and Twist and Shout. They also appeared, together with the rest of the cast, right at the end of the show, to wave goodbye to the audience on the Palladium’s revolving podium.

No film of the show remains, as TV bosses at the time did not think anyone would want to watch this performance of the Beatles after it was first shown. There is audio of the show though – which you can listen to here

There is, however, footage of the Beatles coming out of the theatre. You can see that the street was packed with people. The Beatles come out, and there is no car waiting for them. They rush towards what they think is a taxi, but it turns out to be a police car, and policemen would not let them in. Ringo comes out first, then the other three follow, and there is nowhere for them to go. This confusion was probably because the stage door is around the back, and they came out of the front entrance. Maybe, that was deliberate, as all the press were outside here.

Throughout the day the theatre was besieged by several hundred Beatles fans. Next day all the UK newspapers were full of stories of the mayhem. Although screaming girls were a regular occurrence around the Beatles by then, the national newspapers had virtually ignored the Beatles and their fans up to this point. The Palladium show changed that; from now on the Beatles were hardly ever out of the newspapers. A couple of weeks after the Palladium show the term ‘Beatlemania’ was used for the first time to describe the scenes that now greeted the Beatles wherever they went.

Beatles books have often misstated that their famous 1963 appearance on the Royal Command Performance was held at the London Palladium, when it fact it was held at the Prince of Wales Theatre, a month after the Palladium concert. This confusion was no doubt brought about by a poster that was released at the time, of the Beatles standing in a doorway. The poster said: “The Beatles, Royal Command Performance 1963, London Palladium”. This is a mistake, and a strange one, as the poster was officially licensed by NEMS – Brian Epstein’s company! You would have thought someone would notice such an error!

The Beatles made a second appearance on Sunday Night at the London Palladium in January 1964, and, if anything, were greeted by more mayhem than their first appearance. They returned to the Palladium for the last time in July 1964 for a charity concert called The Night of a Hundred Stars.

The Beatles at the London Paladium

Blogger Richard Porter is a professional Beatles Tour Guide in London. For details of his tours, see His book, Guide to the Beatles London, is available at

The Beatles Beat Adele, Oasis, Pink Floyd, For Biggest British Album

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by the Beatles has been crowned as the favorite studio album in Britain. The 1967 LP, reissued last year in a new box-set form, has home sales that exceed those of rival titles by Adele, Oasis, Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, Dire Straits, Fleetwood Mac and Amy Winehouse.

Sgt. Pepper has 5.34 million combined sales, meaning physical purchases, downloads and streams. It tops a new list compiled by the Official Charts Company to mark the National Album Day celebrations on October 13.

Sir Paul McCartney, 76, who has just been in the charts with Egypt Station, is confirmed as the most successful albums artist in U.K. chart history, with 22 No. 1 albums across his career – 15 with the Beatles, two with Wings, four solo and one with Linda McCartney.

The chart reflects album sales of 135 million across more than 60 years. The top 5 sold about 25 million alone. Adele’s 21 is in second place (released in 2011 with 5.11 million sales). The Oasis album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory is in third place (1995, 4.94 million), followed by Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973, 4.47 million), and Michael Jackson’s Thriller (1983, 4.47 million).

In the top 40, the decade best represented is the first of the new Millennium, with 14 albums. The act with most albums is Coldplay, with three, while Adele, Dido, Ed Sheeran, Michael Bublé and Michael Jackson have two each.


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