Monthly Archives: April 2019

The Beatles’ final live performance remembered with blue plaque in London

The Beatles’ final live performance has been marked with a blue plaque, 50 years on.

David Rosen, 60, has spent 18 months working to get it installed. He said he wanted to commemorate the momentous occasion when “the world’s greatest band performed together for the very last time”.

With “a little help from his friends”, he wrote to Westminster council and, on April 5, he was joined by Bill Nighy and Dylan Jones to watch the plaque being installed on 3 Savile Row.

It was once the home of the band’s company Apple Records.

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[Blogger’s note – this is the plaque I helped to put up. We are having a big party to celebrate outside 3 Savile Row on April 28th at 11am. All welcome!]

Abbey Road Studios is opening for a behinds the scene tour – here’s how to get tickets

Abbey Road Studios is opening its doors to the public this summer.

Fans of The Beatles will have a rare opportunity to see where the group’s iconic album was recorded 50 years ago.

A limited tour entitled ‘The Studios That Became a Legend’ launches on August 8, exactly 50 years on from the album’s release and runs until 18.

The recording studio is usually closed to the public so this a rare chance to see inside the place where some of the biggest albums of all time were created.

This, of course, includes ‘Abbey Road’ by The Beatles who’s album cover which features the four members walking across a zebra crossing has become one of the most imitated images in pop culture.

It’s the group’s 11th studio album and was released in 1969, reaching the number one spot in the UK and US, features songs ‘Come Together’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’ and ‘Something’ and has sold more than 31 million copies.

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Clip of ‘lost’ Beatles Top of the Pops performance unearthed

An 11-second clip of the Beatles’ only live appearance on the Top of the Pops, which was thought to have been be lost, has been unearthed in Mexico.

The silent snippet is all that exists of the Fab Four miming to Paperback Writer on the BBC pop show in 1966.

The original tapes were not kept, but it was recorded by a viewer filming their TV set with an 8mm camera.

The footage was shot by a family in Liverpool and eventually fell into the hands of a collector in Mexico.

The collector contacted Kaleidoscope, a Birmingham-based organisation specialising in locating previously missing TV footage.

“I think if you’re a Beatles fans, it’s the holy grail,” Kaleidoscope’s Chris Perry told BBC entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson.

“People thought it was gone forever because videotape wasn’t kept in 1966. To find it all these years later was stunning.”

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Avengers: Endgame stars double as Beatles tribute band and it’s everything we ever needed

Avengers stars Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr and Mark Ruffalo proved all you need is love ahead of Endgame by channeling their inner Beatles. We’ve always said the only thing missing from the Avengers movies is a barbershop quartet. The four lads blessed us with a rousing rendition of Hey Jude and we’re not exaggerating when we say it’s everything we ever needed in life. While Chris Evans went for a casual hand in the pocket approach, Mark came through with the intensity.

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Blue Plaque Erected to Commemorate the Beatles ‘Rooftop Concert’ at 3 Savile Row

Today, a commemorative Blue Plaque was erected at 3 Savile Row to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beatles Rooftop concert.

Richard Porter, one of the committee to erect the plaque said ‘I have been guiding Beatles tours in London for over 25 years, and visit Savile Row at least 3 days a week. On nearly every tour I am asked why there is no commemoration to the Beatles on the building. I was therefore delighted when I was approached by David Rosen of Pilcher Hershman, a fellow Beatles fan who works in Savile Row, with the idea of forming a committee to put up a Blue Plaque. We got together with fellow Beatles fans,  Mark Baxter of Mono Media Films, and David Stark of Songlink, to make it happen. As 3 Savile Row is a listed building, it took a long time for the plaque to be approved, but finally we were delighted to get the green light from Westminster Council.’

The plaque was erected quietly at 8am on April 5th. Amongst those present was actor Bill Nighy and author Dylan Jones. A big celebration will be held in Savile Row later this month.

Richard Porter said “I am very honoured to be part of the team that has finally commemorated such a famous event in musical and cultural history”

For a video of today’s events, go to https://vimeo.com/328598915?fbclid=IwAR3D1RKWac-KOaGUCkPHo0oa9okoeBrYMnJ0G9sLJA2JgjXXO3H84FLOIPI

Richard Porter’s London Beatles Walks go to Savile Row 3 days a week. For more on Richard’s tours, go to https://beatlesinlondon.com/

The Blue Plaque to the Beatles being erected at 3 Savile Row
The Blue Plaque to the Beatles’ Rooftop concert
3 Savile Row, showing the Blue Plaque in place.

Look back at pop artist Peter Blake’s undeniable influence on musical culture

During the swinging sixties one band typified the feeling of the decade; The Beatles. Their style and energy was a completely new and captivating thing in the music world. If there was one artist to capture this time better than anyone else it was British pop artist Peter Blake.

His artwork for The Beatles‘ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP, created in collaboration with then-wife Jann Haworth, will go down in history as one of the most recognisable album covers of all time, but for Blake’s intertwining relationship with the music scene, it was just the beginning.

In 1967, when the album was released, Blake was one of the foremost pop artists in the world alongside contemporaries Pauline Boty, Derek Boshier, R. B. Kitaj, Peter Phillips, Richard Hamilton, and David Hockney his work was widely exhibited across the art world. His talent for comprising pop culture references with a linear narrative all through the medium of collage and paint made Blake a singular entity and the leading artist auteur of the time.

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The Piano John Lennon Used to Write ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ Is Up for Auction

John Lennon used the piano to write songs like “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life”

Money — that’s what they want for a piano once used by legendary Beatle John Lennon to crank out some of his biggest hits.

An upright piano on which Lennon once wrote tunes for the Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is up for auction and is expected to fetch up to $1.2 million.

The John Broadwood and Sons piano, which dates back to 1872, is believed to have been in Lennon’s possession since 1966 and was said to be his favorite, according to the Gotta Have Rock and Roll auction site.

Lennon used the instrument to write hits like “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” and “A Day in the Life” at his Kenwood estate, which he sold in 1968 amid a divorce from first wife Cynthia Lennon.

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‘Yesterday’ Director Reveals How He Found His Beatles Singer In Himesh Patel

Las Vegas– Danny Boyle wasn’t sure he wanted to direct “Yesterday” upon first receiving the script. But 10-pages into the Richard Curtis-penned screenplay, he said “something magical” happened, and he was hooked.

“It’s sweet stuff, really,” Boyle told CinemaCon’s audiences in Las Vegas on Wednesday during a slate presentation for Universal Pictures. “Why hasn’t this been a movie before?” he questioned.

In “Yesterday,” a struggling Britsh singer named Jack is hit by a bus at the same time the world experiences a power outage. When he awakens he learns he is the only one who can remember The Beatles and their music. When he uses their lyrics and sound to his benefit, he becomes a musical sensation and must face the challenges that come along with it.

After agreeing to helm the project, Boyle set out on a search across the UK to find a lead that “play an everyday bloke” while also appearing to be a “big star.” Boyle called the search “challenging,” wanting to find an actor who could both pay proper tribute to The Beatles music while also giving the songs a unique twist. His search ultimately led him to actor Himesh Patel.

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Paul McCartney FaceTimed Billie Eilish’s parents

Billie Eilish’s parents were overcome with emotion when their daughter managed to get their hero Sir Paul McCartney to FaceTime them.

Sir Paul McCartney made Billie Eilish’s parents ”cry” with joy when he FaceTimed them.

The 17-year-old pop sensation has found it surreal the amount of famous faces she has connected with since becoming a viral success, and recalled how her mom and dad burst into tears when the Beatles legend video-called them, after Billie told his fashion designer daughter Stella McCartney they are massive fans of his.

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