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October 5th 1962 – The Beatles Release ‘Love me Do’

On October 5th 1962, the Beatles first single ‘Love Me Do’ was released. On the Parlophone ‘red label’, it featured the Beatles recording made on September 4th 1962, with Ringo Starr on drums. This was significant, as originally, the Beatles producer George Martin wasn’t happy with Ringo’s drumming that day, and had the Beatles remake ‘Love Me Do’ on September 11th with session drummer Andy White on drums. Ringo was given a tambourine to bang, much to his ever lasting chagrin.  When it came to the original release though, Ringo’s version was chosen.

Things became confusing months later when Parlophone changed its record label to a black one, and at the same time, substituted the Andy White version of  ‘Love Me Do’ as the single. This led to a big mistake decades later. On October 5th 2012, EMI were due to re-release  ‘Love Me Do’ on its 50th anniversary, in an identical packaging and recording to the original release. We were sent copies of the new single to sell in the Beatles Coffee Shop. However, just 2 days before the release date, we were send an email from EMI to say the release had been cancelled to a ‘production problem’ and that we should send the singles back. Curious to what the problem was, I took a copy home and played it. The ‘problem’ was obvious right from the first few seconds – it was the wrong version of  ‘Love Me Do’! They had used the September 11th with Andy White on drums.

Because of the problem, the re-release of  ‘Love Me Do’ was delayed for several weeks, so missed the 50th anniversary. Rather than send all the copies we had of the rejected version back, I kept a couple. (shhh, don’t tell anyone!)

The reject re-release of Love Me Do

On October 5th 1982, Paul McCartney made a surprise visit to Abbey Road Studios, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Love Me Do. Well, it was supposed to be a surprise – lots of Paul’s fans (including yours truly!) found out Paul was going there. There was a group of about 10 fans outside when Paul arrived. He was totally amazed we were there – but was great about it. We all shouted out ‘Happy Anniversary!’  to Paul, and he said thanks and stayed around to sign autographs.

Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios, October 5th 1982, the 20th anniversary of the release of Love Me Do

On the 30th anniversary, I was invited to a special party in Studio Two at Abbey Road. As well as celebrating the anniversary, the British Council launched its new Beatles exhibition, including a video that included a section of me and members of the London Beatles Fanclub having a meeting at the Liverpool Beatles convention.

At the party, Apple MD Neil Aspinall, and reps from EMI, cut the 30th anniversary cake, which had been baked by Paul McCartney’s ex, Jane Asher!

The cake to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Love Me Do – as designed by Jane Asher!

Ringo to Kick Off US Tour in Las Vegas

RINGO AND HIS ALL STARR BAND KICK OFF THEIR LATEST SET OF US SHOWS BEGINNING OCTOBER 13 WITH AN 8-DATE RESIDENCY AT LAS VEGAS’ PLANET HOLLYWOOD –

RINGO WILL DEDICATE THE FIRST SHOW AND MAKE A DONATION TO THE RECENT LAS VEGAS SHOOTING VICTIMS

TOUR COMES ON HEELS OF GIVE MORE LOVE, RINGO’S SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 RELEASE WHICH DEBUTED AT #25 ON US ALBUM CHARTS

NEW SELECTION OF LIMITED EDITION ARTIST SIGNED PHOTOGRAPHIC PRINTS TO BE MADE AVAILABLE FROM HIS SELL OUT GENESIS PUBLICATIONS BOOK PHOTOGRAPH

Wednesday October 4, 2017 – Ringo is getting ready to hit the road next week with his longest running All Starr Band. This line-up has been touring with him since 2012 and features Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Hamm and Gregg Bissonette. The band launches the tour with a mini residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas beginning October 13. Ringo will dedicate the first show and make a donation from his Lotus Foundation to the victims from the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

The tour will take them to Texas including a show in Austin at the Moody Theater on Halloween, down to Florida with two nights in Fort Lauderdale at the Parker Playhouse November 7 & 8, and concluding on the east coast November 15 show at New York’s Beacon Theater and the following night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

Ringo just released his 19th solo album, Give More Love, which debuted at #25 on the US Top Current Album Charts. Recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles it features 10 new tracks and 4 bonus tracks (on the CD only). The original tracks were written and performed with friends, including Paul McCartney and Joe Walsh as well as Gary Burr, Nathan East, Peter Frampton, Amy Keys, Richard Marx, Gary Nicholson, Van Dyke Parks, Timothy B Schmidt, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Don Was, Edgar Winter, and current All Starrs Steve Lukather, Richard Page and Gregg Bissonette.

Additionally a series of limited edition artist-signed photographic prints by Ringo Starr are now available from Genesis Publications. Ringo has chosen 12 images selected from his sell-out book, PHOTOGRAPH, to be reproduced as large format museum quality artworks including George during a visit to Miami, John in Paris, John and Paul singing at Abbey Road as well as stunning landscapes from Ringo’s travels around the world. All of Ringo’s royalties will go to benefit The Lotus Foundation, the charity he established with his wife Barbara Starkey. More information on the prints can be found at:

http://www.genesis-publications.com/the-photograph-portfol…/

Here is where to catch Ringo and the All Starrs on the road:
October:
13-14, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28 Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas
29 Kiva Auditorium, Albuquerque, NM
31 Moody Theater, Austin TX

November:
2 Smart Sugarland Civic Center, Sugarland, TX
3 The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving, TX
4 Global Events Center at Winstar, Thackerville, OK
7, 8 Parker Playhouse, Ft Lauderdale, FL
11 Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA
12 ODU Pavilion, Norfolk, VA
14 Mayo Performing Arts Center, Morristown, NJ
15 Beacon Theater, New York City, NY , Sirius Town Hall
16 New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark, NJ

For More Information on the Tour and the new record go to:
www.RingoStarr.com

For Information about the limited edition prints and book please visit:
www.ringophotoart.com

About the Lotus Foundation:
Founded by Ringo and Barbara Starkey, the objectives of the Lotus Foundation are to fund, support, participate in and promote charitable projects aimed at advancing social welfare in diverse areas included, but not limited to: substance abuse, cerebral palsy, brain tumors, cancer, battered women and their children, homelessness and animals in need.

Friends, colleagues to ‘come together’ for John Lennon in Geneva

GENEVA — A “Lennon 77” event next Saturday at Smith Opera House featuring a number of John Lennon’s colleagues and contemporaries will celebrate what would have been the musician’s 77th birthday.

Grammy-winning Lennon producer Mark Hudson, Lennon guitarist and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Earl Slick, and Lennon friend and tour-mate Hilton Valentine of The Animals will be among those gathered at the Smith to pay tribute to Lennon on Oct. 7. For more see http://www.mpnnow.com/news/20171002/friends-colleagues-to-come-together-for-john-lennon-in-geneva

Tom Petty

Tom Petty

The whole music world is saddened by the passing of Tom Petty. As well as being a great artist in his own right with the Heartbreakers, he was a member of the Traveling Wilburys with George Harrison. He was very much the musician’s musician, which can be seen from all the tributes at have been made to him. Here are some:

Tom was a tender southern gent in life, a poet and a music master on stage. He had a rocking chair wisdom that brought everything back down to earth. We will love and miss him for the rest of our days.

Our thoughts are with his family and all the Heartbreakers.

Olivia and Dhani Harrison

‘It’s shocking, crushing news, I thought the world of Tom. He was great performer, full of the light, a friend, and I’ll never forget him.’

Bob Dylan

Dear Tom, so sad to hear of his passing. What a lovely, intelligent and talented man he was. Love to his family.

Paul McCartney

God bless Tom Petty peace and love to his family I’m sure going to miss you Tom 😎✌️🌟💖🎶🎵🎶☮️

Ringo Starr

Marylebone Town Hall to Re-open for Weddings

Old Marylebone Town Hall will re-open for weddings in early 2018. This historic building on the Marylebone Road saw 3 Beatles’ weddings: Paul married Linda here in March 1969; Ringo married Barbara in April 1981; and Paul married Nancy in October 2011. Many Beatles fans have got married there too  – including yours truly, who married Irina there in June 2004!

The building has been closed for a few years for complete renovation, and has just re-opened with part of it being the London Business School. The Registry Office will re-open early next year.

We go to Marylebone Town Hall on my London Beatles Walks http://www.beatlesinlondon.com 

The Psychedelic Love Orchestra come to London in November!

The Psychedelic Love Orchestra are an award winning ensemble. Created to augment The Brighton Beach Boys when performing The Beach Boys album Pet Sounds, through adding a full string and brass section, for an annual appearance in The Brighton Festival.

After performing ‘Pet Sounds’ as part of International Beatleweek at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool, in 2016, The Psychedelic Love Orchestra returned to perform these two Beatles albums in 2017. This is the debut London performance for the orchestra. In 1967 the Beatles released two of the iconic albums of the sixties, ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, followed by ‘Magical Mystery Tour’, originally screened on Boxing day. To celebrate these 50th anniversaries, the Psychedelic Love Orchestra will play both albums in their entirety.

Members of the Psychedelic Love Orchestra have worked with Nick Cave, Stomp, John Martyn, Belle and Sebastian, Oasis and the BBC Symphony Orchestra amongst many others.

The concert is at Bush Hall, Shepherds Bush, on Sunday November 12th. I will be going!

For more info and tickets – see https://www.bushhallmusic.co.uk/events/2017-11-12-the-psychedelic-love-orchestra-bush-hall

LONDON’S ULTIMATE 60s EXPERIENCE RETURNS TO THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

After sell-out dates this summer, London’s Swinging 60s Experience Tours are back at the Albert Hall over the next three months before rolling-out with a regular weekly schedule from March 2018.
Exploring the era-defining significance and impact of the 1960s, expressed through some of the greatest music and legendary
performers of the 20th-century, these immersive tours have been transporting passengers from all over the world, back in time via the sights, sounds and smells of Swinging 60s London.
The experience begins with a one-hour tour of historic 60s locations on a vintage double-decker London bus. To a backdrop of 60s music and live commentary, the tour travels down the Kings Road, Chelsea passing many famous locations including the Royal Court Hotel in Sloane Square, once the London base of The Beatles; the Chelsea Drug Store, immortalised by The Rolling Stones; Mary Quant’s boutique Bazaar where the Mini Skirt was created and the architectural splendor of The Pheasantry, once owned by Eric
Clapton during his time with Cream. The tour continues past homes once owned by 60s music legends, socialites and other notable figures on Edith Grove and Cheyne Walk on its way back to the most iconic music venue in the World.
On arrival back at the Royal Albert Hall, passengers are greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable guide before embarking on a
fascinating one-hour journey throughout the Hall where they’ll hear about the pivotal roll it played in the era’s counter culture. Inaddition to the Queen’s Box, the tours include many areas that are usually off-limit to the public, including the stunning auditorium
that welcomed The Beatles and The Rolling Stones on the same night and staged Bob Dylan’s electric transition.
A delicious two-course lunch option from an Italian-inspired set menu created by the Hall’s caterers – Rhubarb is also available after the bus tour at the exquisite Verdi Restaurant.

*All ticket options are bookable through the Royal Albert Hall box office and website http://www.royalalberthall.com

Billy Joel Joins Paul McCartney Onstage in New York

Billy Joel joined Paul McCartney onstage last night at the  Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York

Joel joined McCartney’s band at centerstage for “Get Back,” occupying the Billy Preston role with his bluesy electric piano solo. The singer-songwriter stuck around behind the keys for a rousing take on “Birthday,” which McCartney dedicated to “anybody who’s got a birthday – and also anybody who’s got a birthday any time this year.”

Here they are playing ‘Get Back’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=9H3u_3tt28A

and Birthday https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=zz4v1Qd9TTM

World first! The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D Volume One.

World first! The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D Volume One. The first ever 3D stereograph Beatles experience!

Presented in a unique 10 inch album box ‘The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D’ Book Box Set features an accompanying 8 page overview booklet, high quality stereograph viewer and 50 digitally mastered viewable stereographic cards painstakingly re-imagined from our Beatles photographic vaults.

There are only 995 first editions available, all signed and numbered by the curators, artists and authors.
There are also 50 Lumejet ultra high definition super fan box set editions available. Finally there is The Beatles In Stereoscopic 3D Archival promotional print – 1st edition, sized at 12×20 inches. Rolled and delivered in tube.

For more info, and to order the book, go to https://www.pledgemusic.com/projects/archivum-publishing-beatles-3d

‘Abbey Anniversary’ to the Abbey Road album – released on September 26th 1969.

‘Abbey anniversary’ to the Abbey Road album – released on September 26th 1969.
On September 26th 1994, all those involved in the making of the album ( apart from the Beatles unfortunately) gathered at Abbey Road Studios to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album.

Here is a picture I took that day – from left to right Geoff Emerick, Phil McDonald, Eddie Klein, Jeff Jarratt, Ken Townsend and George Martin

Sir George Martin on the steps of Abbey Road Studios – September 26th 1994
A rather famous album cover :>)