Monthly Archives: January 2020

Blackpool to have it’s own ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ with opening of resort’s first ever Beatles themed pub

Hamish Howitt says it has been a long-time dream to dedicate his pub of 23 years to his all-time favourite band, The Beatles.

Now, in a first for Blackpool, and as part of a major renovation project, Hamish and the extended Howitt family are working eight days a week to make the publican’s grand vision a reality, opening the Beatles-themed Yellow Submarine Pub Ltd at the Scot’s Bar in Rigby Road, South Shore.

The ambitious plans will see the bar, sited at the former Royal Pavilion Theatre, transformed in a kaleidoscope of colour, taking visitors on a journey back to the 60s.

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Los Angeles, CA – January 22, 2020 – BMG has announced a new multi-faceted global partnership with Dark Horse Records, the imprint led by Dhani Harrison and manager David Zonshine. The agreement initially brings releases from the acclaimed catalog of George Harrison’s legendary label Dark Horse Records and his Indian label imprint HariSongs, as well as Joe Strummer’s solo catalog, including his works alongside The Mescaleros.

Dark Horse Records will also release new recordings through BMG including the current Tom Petty estate charity single ‘For Real – For Tom’ featuring Jakob Dylan, Dhani Harrison, Amos Lee, Lukas Nelson, Micah Nelson, and Willie Nelson.

Available this Friday, January 24 on all digital platforms, the first slate of releases includes the George Harrison produced Ravi Shankar Chants of India, Ravi Shankar & Ali Akbar Khan In Concert 1972, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros’ albums Rock Art and The X-Ray Style, Global A Go-Go, and Streetcore, and Attitudes – Ain’t Love Enough: The Best of the Attitudes. Upcoming releases in 2020 include compilations, live albums, and box sets featuring rare and unreleased recordings from the Dark Horse label – many of which will be made available digitally for the first time ever.

Dhani Harrison, said, “It is with great pleasure and excitement that I can finally announce a new chapter for Dark Horse Records in the music industry alongside our friends at BMG. The label started by my father in 1974 has been a family business my whole life (and is indeed even the reason that my parents met.) From the Indian classical Ragas of Ravi Shankar to the Rock and Roll of ‘Attitudes’ I look forward to reintroducing, to a new audience, all of those artists that my father loved so much. We will also be expanding the Dark Horse family with new artists and classic catalogues in the coming years to include a rich and varied roster of incredible musicians whom we love. Please watch this space! With love, Dhani Harrison.”

David Zonshine, said, “BMG is the perfect home for us to expand, explore and create new opportunities for iconic artists across all platforms. I’m excited about this multi-faceted strategic partnership and taking a fresh approach to catalogs and publishing as well as looking to develop films and book projects around the world with BMG’s global team.”

Hartwig Masuch, BMG CEO, said, “Dhani and David have long been close with BMG. We are delighted to formalize our partnership with the two and begin our new venture as their trusted label home. We look forward to working closer together as we develop new catalog and publishing initiatives.”

Thomas Scherer, EVP, BMG Los Angeles, said, “Dhani and David have done a fantastic job over the years proving themselves to be trusted guardians for some of music’s greatest treasures. BMG is proud to be the new home for this iconic music catalog.”

Dark Horse Records joins BMG’s roster of iconic recorded catalogs which includes The Kinks, Nick Cave, and the solo works of Keith Richards and John Fogerty. BMG also publishes the catalogs of the estates of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Jim Croce and Willie Dixon, alongside administering the publishing of Aerosmith, Roger Waters, Cat Stevens, and Ringo Starr.

Dark Horse Records was founded by George Harrison in 1974 as a place for his solo work and a home for supporting other artists. The label’s eclectic roster features Indian Classical legend Ravi Shankar, the band Attitudes (featuring Jim Keltner, David Foster, Danny Kortchmar, and Paul Stallworth), the duo Splinter (produced by Harrison), R&B vocal group The Stairsteps, American singer Keni Burke, and guitarist Henry McCullough (Paul McCartney and Wings, Joe Cocker and Spooky Tooth).

The HariSongs label was created by the George Harrison Estate to celebrate the Indian classical music George loved and believed would “help as a balance towards a peaceful daily life.” The label was launched in April 2018 in honor of both Ravi Shankar’s birthday (April 7, 1920) and Ali Akbar Khan’s birthday (April 14, 1922).

Joe Strummer was the British singer-songwriter and co-founder of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees and punk icons The Clash. Strummer broke onto the scene in the mid-1970s with the proto-punk band The 101ers, which led to him being asked to front The Clash. After the seminal punk band split up in the mid-1980s Strummer pursued a career as a solo artist, scoring a number of movies as well as leading his band the Mescaleros.

Why Every Beatle Except Paul McCartney Liked the ‘Let It Be’ Album

If you know the stories of the late Beatles years, you can tick off one blowup after another. Just start with the near-fistfight between John Lennon and Paul McCartney and move on through Ringo Starr’s walkout during the White Album sessions.

After those bitter moments of 1968, no one could have been surprised by the George Harrison walkout in January ’69. While George felt plenty of frustration that previous summer, the Get Back rehearsals and filming of the Let It Be documentary represented a new low point for him.

Though the Fab Four had one last great achievement (Abbey Road) in them, they still had to release an album from the Let It Be material the following year. However, the band had broken up by 1970.

While John, George, and Ringo had approved of Phil Spector finishing the album (and liked its results), Paul remained the lone dissenter. And everyone basically held their positions for the following decades.

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Graham Gouldman Recruits Ringo Starr For New Album

10cc founder and songwriter Graham Gouldman has picked up a guy called Ringo to play on his next album.

Ringo Starr is the drummer for Graham Gouldman’s next album. Nashville singer songwriter Beth Nielson Chapman also makes an appearance.

“I’ve got a new solo album coming out in March. Its called ‘Modesty Forbids’,” Graham Gouldman tells

About the title he says, “It’s a phrase that always struck me, like a contradiction. If you asked me all the hits I’ve had I’d say “well, I’ve had this and that” and then I’d go “but I could continue but modesty forbids”. In other words, I’ve got lots of things I could tell you. I was telling it to the people who designed the cover and they really loved it and they designed a great cover as well”.

Ringo Starr plays drums on the album because, well, Graham asked him to. “I toured with him in 2018. I did two tours with him. When I was writing songs for the album I was writing about that experience and I was thinking ‘who could I get to play drums’ and thought ‘oh well, its pretty obvious really’. He very kindly did it. He played great”.

Considering the legendary past of both Graham and Ringo, they had met for the very first time only a few years back. “I had never met him before the time I did the tours with him. I met him at the beginning of 2018. Our paths never crossed,” Graham said.

Nashville’s Beth Neilson Chapman is also on the album. “Beth Neilson Chapman, she and I have written before,” says Graham. “I put an EP out on 2017. One of the songs was co-written with her. There is a song on the new album ‘All Around The World’ I wrote with her and another Nashville musician Gordon Kennedy, who co-wrote Eric Clapton’s ‘Change The World’”.

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The Night the Rolling Stones Met the Beatles

Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman recalled the moment when he looked up during an early performance and saw the Beatles in the audience.

The iconic meeting took place at the Crawdaddy Club in the Station Hotel in Richmond, England, on April 14, 1963. The Beatles had already logged two No.1 U.K. hits – “Please Please Me” and “From Me to You” – while the Stones were still 14 months away from their first visit to the top of the charts with “It’s All Over Now,” as Wyman told Uncle Joe Benson on the Ultimate Classic Rock Nights radio show.

“Halfway through the set we kind of glanced up, and there were four silhouetted leather-clad persons standing just in front of the bandstand in amongst all these kids who were all dancing and playing around,” he said, noting that John LennonPaul McCartneyGeorge Harrison and Ringo Starr were “being totally ignored by the audience.” “I turned round to Charlie [Watts], and I said, ‘It’s the Beatles!’ They’d had two or three big No. 1 hits and they were like the rave of England at that time.

“So when we finished our set, we got chatting to them and had beers, and they stayed for the second set. And afterwards we all went back to the flat in Chelsea, where Mick [Jagger] and Keith [Richards] and Brian [Jones] lived, hung out all night playing blues music, just talking about music and became great mates.”

Despite press attempts to illustrate a feud between the two bands, it was Harrison who recommended that Decca Record – which famously rejected the Beatles – should sign the Stones, helping secure their path to success.

Be sure to listen to Ultimate Classic Rock Nights on more than 50 stations across the U.S. from 7PM until midnight, Monday through Friday. You can see the list of radio stations where it airs here.

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January 21st 1966 – George Marries Pattie Boyd – but Where?

On 21st January 1966, George Harrison married Pattie Boyd. They had met on the set of the Beatles first film – A Hard Day’s Night. Pattie played the part of a schoolgirl.  But where did they get married? There is so much confusion on the internet and in books. Some say Esher Register Office (including Mark Lewisohn’s book ‘The Beatles London’, some say Leatherhead, and some Epsom. Esher is the most commonly quoted as it is just down the road from Kinfauns – George and Pattie’s home.

However it seems Epsom is correct. Here is a first hand account of the wedding from Tony Barrow, one of the guests:


George, Pattie and guests emerging after the wedding.

This is how Ashley House looked just after it was built. The house has now been divided into flats.

Pattie ultimately left George for Eric Clapton – although Pattie, George and Eric all remained friends after the separation.

Hear more about the Beatles in London on my London Beatles Walks

New Occupants at 3 Savile Row?

On visiting 3 Savile Row in the last few days on my London Beatles Walks it seems that Abercrombie Kids have moved out, and are now based across the road in the main Abercrombie building.

I wonder if there will be new occupants soon?

This building was owned by the Beatles from 1968 to the late 1970s as the HQ of Apple. They played their last ever live performance of the rooftop on January 30th 1969. We go to Savile Row on my London Beatles Walks

Fake New of the Day – the House Not Lived in by John and Ringo goes up for Sale

And for this Monday morning – a bit of fake news! The Daily Mail – know as the Daily Fail, are at it again! They have a story that a house where John and Ringo once lived is up for sale.

When seeing a headline, I immediately thought they were talking about Tittenhurst Park, where John and Yoko lived, and then sold it to Ringo.

It seems the house in question is called ‘Hartlands’ and is on St George’s Hill, Weybridge. John and Ringo did live on St George’s Hill – but in separate houses! John lived at ‘Kenwood’ and Ringo ‘Sunny Heights’. They did not live at ‘Hartlands’!! OK the house is white, and looks a bit like Tittenhurst – but it isn’t!

It seems the asked price for Hartlands is over £10 million!! I wonder if the price has been inflated due to the supposed previous owners.

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Remembering the moment Paul McCartney joined Allen Ginsberg to perform ‘Ballad of the Skeletons’

Two performers so synonymous with the word ‘Beat’ that we promise it is the last time we will make the reference, joined forces on the 16th October in 1995 when Paul McCartney joined forces with iconic poet Allen Ginsberg to give a rousing performance at the Royal Albert Hall.

The Beat poet was joined by The Beatles man to perform a musical adaptation of Ginsberg’s poem ‘Ballad Of The Skeletons’. The clip below shows the pair enjoy their driving performance and send the audience home with a piece of cultural history.

As a member of the Beat poetry movement that raged through America during the ’40s and ’50s, Allen Ginsberg was a huge influence on the rock and roll acts that followed. His creative fury and passion was a notion that may have influenced a young Paul McCartney. With Ginsberg and compatriots, Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, et al, filling the roles of rock stars for the age, their influence on the swinging sixties was hard to ignore.

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