All posts by Richard Porter

BMG acquires rights to iconic 60’s TV show Ready Steady Go!

BMG has acquired rights to the name. branding and to certain surviving audio visual broadcast footage from iconic Sixties TV pop show Ready Steady Go!

It now plans to explore the legacy of what was arguably the most influential UK music TV show of all time in a series of new audio, video and book releases.

The first fruits of the deal is the 60-track, 3CD set Ready Steady Go – The Sixties. BMG plans to tell the story of the iconic programme in documentary, book and exhibition form as well as through CD and DVD releases based around the world-famous artists that performed on the show. For more click here

Blogger note – The Beatles appeared on Ready Steady Go on many occasions. The previous owner of the rights was Dave Clark.

How The Beatles tried to escape the ‘rat’s nest of fame’ in India

In 1968, The Beatles and a crew of hangers-on traded hip London threads for kurtas and wreaths of marigold, trudging through dense forest to an ashram in Rishikesh, India, where they spent weeks writing songs.

There was George Harrison, a devoted follower of Transcendental Meditation; John Lennon and Paul McCartney, who had started to feud over the band’s direction; and Ringo Starr, the band’s drummer, who was so perturbed by India’s famously spicy food that he packed a reserve of beans for his stay at the ashram. He lasted 10 days.

“Scan all the photographs of Ringo in Rishikesh, and you’ll find few in which he’s smiling,” says Raju Gusain, a local journalist who has become something of an expert on the band’s trip to India.

These days, the forest has swallowed up the ashram’s crumbling buildings, obscuring traces of celebrity from their halls. But the complex is set for a revival, with renovations planned for many of the structures, long unused and only recently reopened to the public.

For more of this great article, click here

The Beatles Magical Mystery Tour of London – Step Right this Way!

My Sunday Beatles Magical Mystery Tour of London can now be prebooked. It would make a great present for any Beatles fan coming to London.

It is a Magical Mystery Tour of the Beatles’ London haunts:

their Apple offices, where the group played the famous ‘rooftop session’
Paul McCartney’s offices where Paul can be seen occasionally
the well known London theatre which became ‘birthplace’ of Beatlemania
the site of John’s infamous ‘bigger than Jesus’ interview
what John Lennon was doing outside some public toilets in 1966!
the studio where Hey Jude was recorded
the shopping street that was the heart of ‘Swinging London’
Abbey Road Studios and the famous Abbey Road crossing
The tour ends at ‘Helter Skelter’ the Beatles Coffee Shop, where you can buy a range of Beatles souvenirs including The Guide to the Beatles London

 

You can prebook the tour Here

Or just turn up and pay cash on the day.

for more details on this and my other Beatles walks, see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com

Tour costs £10 for Adults or £8 for students.

 

New Yellow Submarine Book to be Released in June

A whole new generation will be climbing aboard this sunny, psychedelic storybook, while nostalgic Beatles fans of all ages will be clamoring for a ticket to ride.

Once upon a time (or maybe twice), some 80,000 leagues beneath the sea, there lay a colorful land of song and laughter called Pepperland, where Sergeant Pepper’s Band was always playing your song — until the Blue Meanies burst on the scene and chased all the music and magic away. So began the classic 1968 film Yellow Submarine, inspired by a song and hailed as an avant-garde amalgam of pop art, Beatles music, and highly innovative animation. Now that film’s dazzling images — and its lighthearted, witty tale — is showcased in a glorious picture book sure to be savored by fans and readers of all ages.

To order this book on Amazon – go to
Yellow Submarine: A Panorama Pop (Panorama Pops)

Cilla – The Musical Still Getting 5 Star Reviews

Cilla – the Musical is still getting 5 star reviews on its tour around the UK – and deservedly so. This week it is in York – and got this Fab review in the local newspaper http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15894924.Review__Cilla__The_Musical__Grand_Opera_House__York______/

It has lots of Beatles-related content, and brilliant performances by Kara Lily Hayworth as Cilla and Andrew Lancel as Brian Epstein. If it comes to a theatre near you – go to see it!

Kara Lilly Hayworth with Blogger, Richard Porter

Valentines Day Wall at Abbey Road Studios

From the 1st February Abbey Road Studios  are giving you all the chance to cover the Abbey Road wall with love letters to the people that mean the most to you. The wall will be specially prepared and ready to be adorned with loving messages.

So come to the studios armed with a pen in hand and a loving sentiment in your heart this February and show someone how much they mean to you.

Use the hashtag #AbbeyRoadInLove online and share your message with the world.

The wall was being painted today in preparation for the event.

LET IT BE RETURNS TO CELEBRATE THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES

 

LET IT BE RETURNS TO CELEBRATE

THE MUSIC OF THE BEATLES

 NATIONAL UK TOUR OPENS SUMMER 2018

 NEW TOUR WILL VISIT CARDIFF, CHELTENHAM, LIVERPOOL, NOTTINGHAM, HULL, EDINBURGH, DARTFORD, MANCHESTER

 NEW SHOW FEATURES MORE THAN 40 OF THE BEATLES’ GREATEST HITS

 BRAND NEW PART II IMAGINES THE BEATLES’ REUNION CONCERT THAT NEVER WAS

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Let It Be: A Celebration Of The Music Of The Beatles has firmly established itself as a successful West End and international touring show.

And now the smash-hit stage show has been updated and is back on tour, featuring a brand new Let It Be Part II – which has never been seen before in the UK.

Let It Be returns for a UK national tour this Summer and Autumn, before taking to the world stage once again.

The show is a celebration of the phenomenal music of The Beatles, and has already been seen by more than two million people worldwide, including an acclaimed run in the West End and two UK tours.

 Let It Be is the ultimate experience for Beatles fans, and features many of the Fab Four’s best loved songs including A Hard Days Night, Day Tripper, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Twist and Shout, I Want To Hold Your Hand and Strawberry Fields Forever.

The team behind international hit stage show Let It Be, have come together once again to create a very special show for fans by incorporating a brand new Let It Be Part II into the show.

The updated Let It Be production will be premiered in the UK when it opens at Cardiff’s Wales Millennium Centre on 20 August 2018.

The show will then embark on a UK, European and international tour taking countries including Germany and North America.

Beatles fans are invited to join John, Paul, George and Ringo for a great night of live music. Enjoy the early beginnings at the word famous Cavern Club, through to the height of Beatlemania.

In a twist from the original Let It Be show, audiences will then be taken on a Magical Mystery Tour to experience the concert that never was.

 Part II of Let It Be is the brand new part of the show, giving audiences the rare opportunity to see The Beatles reunite for one night only, set a decade after the group went their separate ways.

After opening in Cardiff, the updated Let It Be show will then visit Cheltenham, Liverpool, Nottingham, Hull, Edinburgh, Dartford, and Manchester.

 WHAT THE CRITICS SAY ABOUT LET IT BE

 The Beatles are back sending theatre audiences dancing into the aisles’

Reuters, New York

 ‘Winning over an Empire full of Liverpudlians (including John Lennon’s sister Julia) is no mean feat. But one that Let It Be happily achieves’

Liverpool Echo

 ‘Fab for all the family’

The Times of London

 ‘The gig that Liverpool never had is now the gig that Liverpool cannot do without’

Liverpool Sound and Vision

 ‘Does everything and more to recreate that magic era’

Manchester’s Finest

 

Website:         www.LetItBeLive.com

Facebook:       /LetItBeUKTour

Twitter:           @LetItBeUKTour

 

 

LET IT BE UK 2018 TOUR

 

CARDIFF

Wales Millennium Centre

Monday 20 August – Saturday 25 August 2018

029 2063 6464

www.wmc.org.uk

ON SALE NOW

CHELTENHAM

Everyman

Tuesday 28 August – Saturday 1 September 2018

01242 572573

www.everymantheatre.org.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

LIVERPOOL

Empire Theatre

Monday 3 September – Saturday 8 September 2018

0844 871 3017

www.atgtickets.com/venues/liverpool-empire/

GENERAL SALE: MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2018

NOTTINGHAM

Royal Concert Hall

Monday 10 September – Saturday 15 September 2018

0115 989 5555

www.trch.co.uk

GENERAL SALE: FRIDAY 26 JANUARY 2018

HULL

New Theatre

Monday 24 September – Saturday 29 September 2018

01482 300306

www.hulltheatres.co.uk/

ON SALE NOW

EDINBURGH
Playhouse Theatre

Monday 8 October – Saturday 13 October 2018

0844 871 3014

www.atgtickets.com/edinburgh

GENERAL SALE: MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2018

 

DARTFORD

Orchard Theatre

Monday 15 October – Saturday 20 October 2018

01322 220000

www.orchardtheatre.co.uk

ON SALE NOW

 

MANCHESTER

Opera House

Monday 22 October – Saturday 27 October 2018

0844 871 3018

www.atgtickets.com/venues/opera-house-manchester/

GENERAL SALE: MONDAY 29 JANUARY 2018

 

 

Manchester Square – Where the Beatles and Many Others were Photographed

Two of the most famous photo shoots of the Beatles were taken of them looking over the balcony on the stairwell at the headquarters of EMI Records in Manchester Square, London. One was taken in 1963, and one in 1969.

However these weren’t the only photos of the Beatles taken there – in fact, EMI House and Manchester Square were used for countless photo shoots of the Fabs and many other pop stars of the 60s. EMI had their photographic department in the building and regularly utilised the area for photos. Here are some of them:

  The Beatles on the EMI Balcony 1963
Beatles 1969
The Beatles with George Martin and Dick James, March 5th 1963
The Beatles on the steps leading down to the basement at EMI
After the Beatles, only 2 other bands were allowed to post on the balcony of EMI – one were the Sex Pistols!
…and Blur
Young David Bowie by a Manchester Square sign
EMI distributed Capitol Records in the UK. Here are the Beach Boys by EMI House
Pink Floyd high kicking
The Supremes in Manchester Square
Stevie Wonder

 

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

On 21st January 1966, George Harrison married Pattie Boyd – but where? 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.