Monthly Archives: March 2019

Guitar legend Steve Cropper recalls his brush with Beatles

Steve Cropper was recently added to the Dave Mason Band tour, which is totally awesome, and not just because he’ll now be appearing with Mason at Vancouver’s Vogue Theatre next Thursday (March 21).

It’s also totally awesome because three days ago I got to interview the guitar legend for the first time ever. Cross that one off the bucket list!

Cropper called me up from his home in Nashville and we chatted about a bunch of stuff. At one point I asked him about that time he was planning to work with the Beatles in 1966.

Apparently the Fab Four were fans of Cropper’s guitar playing, and his production work with artists like Otis Redding—who he cowrote “(Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay” with. The story goes that Beatles manager Brian Epstein travelled to the famed Stax Studios in Memphis to see about recording there, so I asked Cropper if that story was true.

“Well it is true in a way,” replied Cropper. “He stayed in Memphis about a week and a half, and we were gonna do it, then he calls me and says, ‘I don’t feel like the security’s good enough in Memphis.’ And I said, ‘Man, I got you the best place, total security!’

“But he didn’t want to believe, because he grew up with the Beatles, and you see [them getting mobbed] on TV all the time. But I said, ‘If you come here there’s not gonna be hundreds of people running up the street trying to get into the studio. It’s not going to happen in the city of Memphis.’ And he didn’t believe me. Then he asked would I be willing to go to New York, and I said, ‘Yeah, long as we cut it at Atlantic [Studios].’

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“Finding the Fourth Beatle” London Book launch

“Finding the Fourth Beatle” London launch is at the Rock n Roll Book Club live at the Dublin Castle, Camden, on Wednesday 20th March at 7:30pm. Author David Bedford will be interviewed and will be available to sign books and CDs too, along with designer Paul Skellett.

Finding The Fourth Beatle- by David Bedford and Gary Popper with illustrations by Paul Skellett, at The Dublin Castle Rock And Roll Book Club….’I’ve Got Blisters On My Fingers!’ This is the story of The Beatles from 1956-1970 told through a staggering 23 drummers, including Colin Hanton, Pete Best and Jimmie Nicol, and some you will not have heard of before. This fascinating work explores various Beatles’ crises and changes of musical direction, and looks into what went on when they were getting a record deal and finally found the drummer who would put the beat into The Beatles: Ringo Starr, the Fourth Beatle. The story of all the 23 drummers…Those who could have joined The Beatles, but didn’t…Expert analysis of the drummers by drummers…Why Brian Epstein didn’t sign the Beatles first contract….Why The Beatles failed the Decca audition…Who was asked to replace Pete Best before Ringo? …Why Pete Best was not sacked/dismissed by Brian Epstein ….Why Ringo became the Fourth Beatle and inspired a generation of drummers. David Bedford Q And A with Julie Hamill, All Starr DJ Set by Tony Bugbear STOP PRESS- Very pleased to announce that original Quarrymen member Rod Davis will be joining us to play a short set tonight in celebration of all things John, Paul, George And Ringo. And Pete. And Jimmy….and Mike…and ….ya get me…

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Joe Walsh, Ringo Starr and the Mission to Save 45 Million Addicted Americans

The Eagles guitarist and Beatles drummer have a frank conversation about the fear, sacrifice and surrender required for getting sober

It was a foggy autumn night in New York’s Rainbow Room when Joe Walsh took center stage — no guitar in sight. So he addressed the elephant in the room: “I’m Joe, and I’m an alcoholic.” It’s a half-joke, meant to set the audience at ease while gently reminding tables of suits that addiction is not some distant, dark memory; but on the contrary it’s a specter that hangs over fifty million Americans. Even the ones who sell out Madison Square Garden.

That night the 71-year-old old Eagles guitarist, 25 years a “sober alcoholic,” received the highest humanitarian award for activism in the addiction recovery community, jointly awarded by the nonprofit Facing Addiction and the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). His wife, the elegant Marjorie Bach, was also honored and she stood behind him, wiping tears from her eyes with a napkin even when he cracked jokes. Bach is 27 years sober. Earlier, she spoke with unflinching gravitas about fearing at one point, her husband would die. Walsh’s in-laws, Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach, presented them with the award.  Between the four of them, they have over a century of sobriety. 

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The Zombies, Yes’ Alan White among artists appearing at New Jersey’s 2019 Fest for Beatles Fans

The Zombies and longtime Yes drummer Alan White are among the music stars that will appear at the 2019 New York-area edition of The Fest for Beatles Fans, scheduled for March 29-March 31 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Jersey City, New Jersey.

All four surviving original Zombies members — Colin BlunstoneRod ArgentChris White and Hugh Grundy — will be taking part in a Q&A session on Saturday, March 30, just a day after the band’s inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at a ceremony in Brooklyn, New York.

Alan White, who played on albums by John Lennon and George Harrison before joining Yes, will be interviewed and will also perform during the event.

Other well-known musicians who will be on hand for the 2019 Beatles festival are three Wings alums — guitarists Denny Laine and Laurence Juber, and drummer Steve Holley. All three will perform together on March 30, while Laine and Juber will also take part in various activities and performances on the other two days.

Mark Rivera, longtime music director for Ringo Starr‘s All Starr Band and Billy Joel, will perform at the festival as well, while producer Jack Douglas, who worked on Lennon’s Double Fantasy album, is part of the lineup of guests.

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West Sussex charity shop ‘blown away’ as rare Beatles record fetches nearly £10k

Staff at a West Sussex charity shop have said they were ‘blown away’ after finding a rare copy of a single by The Beatles. After approximately 50 singles were dropped off to British Heart Foundation in Midhurst, assistant manager Debbie sifted through records from Cliff Richard, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles before spotting one record that stood out.

One of The Beatles’ records said it was ‘not for sale’ and featured spelling error in Sir Paul McCartney’s name, spelling it ‘McArtney’. It was decided the record should be sold on the online auction website Ebay and it was sent off to a British Heart Foundation to be added to their page. Closing at 10pm last night, the record fetched an ‘absolutely astonishing’ £9,400 — “Anything like this can make a huge impact and really help to change the lives of those affected by heart disease,” said area manager Preston Davies. “All the staff are trained so that when they find something like that they know. It is on going training on vinyl, jewellery and books. It’s the biggest and highest selling record from British Hear Foundation. “Everyone was blown away — there were only 250 of the originals and they were only given to radio stations.”

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Danny Boyle’s Beatles Musical ‘Yesterday’ To Close Out This Year’s Tribeca Film Festival

One of the most anticipated films of the year has been picked to close out this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. After dropping out of ‘Bond 25,’ everyone’s been curious what filmmaker Danny Boylewould be presenting next. And now, with “Yesterday” coming to theaters soon, the filmmaker has decided to make this year’s festival the place to have its world premiere.

For those that missed the recent trailer, “Yesterday” is the musical comedy that tells the story of a struggling British musician that wakes up one day to find out that the world has forgotten everything about the Beatles. Using this to his advantage, the musician uses the famous songs to launch his own career.

“This isn’t a time travel movie but it feels like introducing the Beatles music to America for the first time again,” Danny Boyle says. “Absolutely delighted that our film has been chosen to be the closing film of the Tribeca Film Festival. A great honor in a great city.”

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Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend to celebrate the Fab Four

It’s almost impossible to imagine the modern world without The Beatles. Their impact upon popular culture has been – and continues to be – enormous. Their music and their iconic image are loved by young and old alike. On September 20th, 21st and 22nd there will be a whole range of events in the county town including live music, special guest speakers and Beatles film screenings – once again proving that All You Need Is Love. Events for Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend will be centred largely around Theatre Severn with film screenings and special guest speakers. There will be additional events across Shrewsbury including musicians presenting live renditions of Beatles songs in the cellars of The Buttermarket, a venue reminiscent of the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool where the Fab Four first attracted attention. The weekend will culminate with a concert at Theatre Severn featuring – from Liverpool – the top Beatles tribute band, The Mersey Beatles. The weekend is in aid of the Mayor of Shrewsbury’s charity 2019-20, the Samaritans of Shrewsbury.

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John Lennon FURIOUS with record label in resurfaced letter – now up for auction

The Beatles star’s letter, written in 1971, details his fury with a record label concerning the release of his first album with Yoko Ono, Two Virgins. Up for auction in Boston, Massachusetts, it’s expected to be sold for £15,000 when bidding ends today. While it’s addressed to Martin George of Rock Ink, it’s actually believed to be written to a journalist of that name rather than The Beatles producer George Martin. Lennon wrote: “Yoko and I got Two Virgins out in spite of being past owners of Apple.”

He continued: “We made it in May and they f***ed us about till November!

“Then E. M. I. (who have the real control) wrote warning letters to all their puppets around the world telling them not handle it in any way (this after Sir Joe had told us face to face that he would do ‘everything he could’ to help us with it—and asking us for autographed copies!!).”

“In the States it came out on Tetragrammaton which vanished leaving a few thousand spares (it was sold discretely wrapped in a brown paper bags).

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