Monthly Archives: February 2019


Hornby America is bringing a classic back. Since its initial release in 1969, the Corgi version of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine has been a sought-after toy for both die-cast and Beatles collectors alike. Following the 50th anniversary of The Yellow Submarine last year, Corgi re-issued the toy, complete with moveable hatches to reveal four original Beatles figures — John, Paul, George, and Ringo. There’s also a rotating periscope, which moves as the model is pushed along. Hornby America will offer it to North American collectors this summer.

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Sir Paul McCartney awarded Gold Blue Peter Badge

Music legend tells the programme he’s now “made it” but that he “doesn’t really know how” to write songs.

Sir Paul McCartney has sold over 700 million albums around the world as a solo artist, with his band Wings and as a member of the legendary group The Beatles, but declared to Blue Peter that he’s “made it” when the show presented him with a prestigious Gold Blue Peter Badge recently.

The music legend, who can be seen receiving his badge on Blue Peter this Thursday (7 February 2019) on CBBC at 5.30pm, also revealed to the show that he doesn’t really know how to write songs.

When Blue Peter presenter Lindsey asks him what advice he would give to young people who aspire to become musicians and songwriters, Sir Paul says: “The only advice really is to do it… a lot.

“I have a song-writing class and the first thing I say to them is, look, I don’t really know how to do this – and at first they kind of look at me, but when you think about it there is no formula.

“I know how to write one of my songs but I can’t say ‘you do it that way’, because it’s a very personal thing. So the advice really is to just do whatever it is you’re doing… a lot!”

Sir Paul, the most successful musician and composer in pop history, was awarded the coveted badge for inspiring generations of people with his music just ahead of performing to a sold-out crowd at The O2 arena in London on his Freshen Up tour.

A delighted Sir Paul says: “That is beautiful, that’s a great badge. I will wear it with great pride. Yes! I made it!”

The Gold Blue Peter Badge is the programme’s highest award, only a handful of which are presented each year to individuals who show great expertise in their chosen field; are considered to be role models; and who encourage and motivate children across many generations.

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PEPPERLAND Brings The Beatles to The Lowry

The Beatles’ ground-breaking 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is the inspiration behind Mark Morris Dance Group’s (MMDG) Pepperland, presented by Dance Consortium and making its The Lowry debut on 29 & 30 March 2019 as part of a major UK and Ireland tour.

Pepperland is legendary choreographer Mark Morris‘ unique tribute to the 50th anniversary of the release of the iconic LP. Hailed as the first-ever ‘art rock’ album and widely regarded as the best rock and roll album of all time, it spent 27 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart and 15 weeks at number one in the USA. It won four Grammy Awards in 1968, including Album of the Year, the first rock LP to receive the honour.

Mark Morris is renowned as an intensely musical choreographer and is undeviating in his devotion to music. The New York Times said Morris is the most successful and influential choreographer alive and indisputably the most musical . Since founding MMDG in 1980, he has created almost 150 works for the company, many of which are widely considered masterpieces.


When The Beatles officially called it quits in 1970, there were several signs along the way the boys weren’t getting along … including a harsh letter to Paul‘s lawyer signed by JohnGeorge and Ringo.

Now that document can be yours … if you have a big stack of cash to spare.

The letter, dated April 18, 1969, informs Lee Eastman that he’s “not authorized to act or to hold yourself out as the attourney or legal representative of ‘The Beatles.'” It goes on to acknowledge Eastman reps Paul McCartney personally … but that’s it.

This document’s signed by John Lennon, Richard Starkey (aka Ringo) and George Harrison … and it’s currently on sale for $325k.

There’s another letter up for grabs too — signed by the entire Fab Four — that’s a little more friendly. It’s from January 1969 and confirms that attorney John Eastman is authorized to handle the band’s contract negotiations “in accordance with our instructions.” This one’s for sale for $225k.

If you don’t know … a few months after the April letter, John privately informed the other Beatles he was leaving the group. The split wasn’t made public until April 10, 1970, though … when Paul announced he was out.

Both letters are available at Moments In Time.

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The Day the Music Died

But February made me shiver
With every paper I’d deliver
Bad news on the doorstep
I couldn’t take one more step
I can’t remember if I cried
When I read about his widowed bride
Something touched me deep inside
The day the music died
RIP Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the ‘Big Bopper’ who died on February 3rd 1959.
Quarrymen – That’ll Be the Day
Paul McCartney – It’s So Easy

Beatles at war: The truth of the explosive rivalries that tore the band apart

  • Lord Of The Rings director Sir Peter Jackson is re-editing old footage for new film
  • Let It Be was supposed to show the geniuses at work but laid bare their rivalries 
  • Ray Connolly, the journalist by The Beatles’ side at the time, tells the real story 

When Paul McCartney announced in April 1970 that he had no plans for working with The Beatles, the world fell in on him. ‘PAUL QUITS BEATLES,’ ran newspaper headlines around the world.

And, overnight, the most popular of the four was demonised as the killer of the most-loved entertainment attraction ever.

Although within a few days he would be maintaining to me that he had been misinterpreted, it was too late. The secret of The Beatles’ rows and in-fighting was out. There would be no going back.

Paul’s mistake had been to let the cat out of the bag about the rancorous atmosphere that, by 1970, was suffocating the group as they awaited the release of their movie Let It Be — dozens of hours of which are now being re-edited by Lord Of The Rings director Sir Peter Jackson for a new film of the group at work in the studio.

As Paul remembered it this week, the filming of Let It Be wasn’t as argumentative as the rumours have since told — but maybe only because a lot of tongues were being bitten when the cameras were rolling.

Because, for sure, by the time the film was scheduled for release, Lennon and McCartney, the most successful song-writing duo in history, weren’t even talking to each other — let alone writing or playing together.

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