Tributes to the ‘Secret Beatle’ Joe Flannery who has died aged 87

Joe Flannery, one of the key figures at the birth of The Beatles, has died at the age of 87.

He was the Beatles’ booking manager from 1962-63 and was a lifelong friend and close confidant of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who he had known from childhood.

Joe, who was described as the “Secret Beatle”, would continue to share his first-hand experience of the band’s formative years with fans from all over the world.

Right up until his death, he had been planning to travel to Norway to take part in a Beatles’ convention there.

His nephew, Norman Meek, said Joe died at his home in Aigburth yesterday.

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The Beatles: AMAZING story of how one fan met Fab Four thanks to a stuffed TOY

THE BEATLES superfan Jacquie Graham reveals the crazy story of how she met the Fab Four – but whatever happened to the panda toy she gave John Lennon?

November 20th 1963. The Beatles superfan Jacquie Graham was sixteen years ago and couldn’t get a ticket to the Fab Four’s show in Manchester. Nevertheless, she’s revealed to in an exclusive interview how she ended up meeting The Beatles thanks to her panda toy. Jacquie can’t quite recall why she had the plush animal with her, but she and her friends tried their luck at the concert venue. She said: “We got to the Apollo. Knocked on the stage door and this chap came out and took the Panda.”

Jacquie continued: “He just took it out of our hands and shut the door.

“We were absolutely furious. Very, very upset.”

As a result, the girls took a taxi to the Daily Mirror in Manchester and explained to the paper what had happened.

They ended up back at the Apollo with a photographer, who managed to get into the venue and retrieve the panda toy – but that’s far from the end of the story.

Jacquie revealed: “And the next thing we know, we’re invited into the foyer of the Apollo.

“We were interviewed and then led off to another room and they were there!

“Obviously I don’t remember it in fantastic detail as it was all a blur.

“It’s all just too wonderful, like a dream. We were all just lost for words. John and Ringo gave me a kiss on each cheek.

“I can remember them fooling around and throwing the panda about.”

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PRINCE Charles and his wife Camilla found shade away from the hot Cuban sun by sitting next to a statue of a legendary Beatles star.
The royal couple are on a three-day trip to the Caribbean island to help build British-Cuban ties. They had a ticket to ride around the streets of Havana today as the heir to the throne took the wheel of a 66-year-old MG TD. Camilla joined the 71-year-old as they travelled around the John Lennon Park, in Havana, where the Beatles classic Yellow Submarine was blasted from a nearby bar.

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This month, The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil celebrates their 6,000th show.
They surprised fans during the late show with a dedicated introduction from Mr. Piggy, and a special surprise finale.
We can’t thank our fans enough for making this all possible.
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Baby you can paint my car!

Taxi driver reveals £30,000 copy of Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls-Royce which will ferry fans around on a Beatles tour of Liverpool

  • Landscape gardener Michael Stopher, 51, bought a Rolls as a wreck for £8,000
  • The Beatles fan made a £30,000 copy of John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls-Royce 
  • The copy took Mr Stopher five months to paint at his home in Reigate, Surrey 
  • He is letting former taxi driver Ian Doyle, 53, take tourists around Liverpool in it

ohn Lennon loved telling a story about an elderly woman whacking his Rolls-Royce with her umbrella after he gave the car a psychedelic paint job during the ‘Summer of Love’ of 1967.

‘You swine! How dare you do that to a Rolls-Royce!’ she said, according to Lennon, who had hoped the eye-catching makeover would make a statement to the Establishment.

Now it has inspired a Beatles tour guide to adorn another Rolls with similar dazzling colours and swirling patterns – and he is hoping people will beat a path to his door to enjoy a VIP ride in it.

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The Beatles: Rare album once owned by John Lennon to be auctioned

The so-called “butcher” cover of Yesterday And Today caused controversy when it was released in the US back in 1966.

A Beatles album once owned by John Lennon – and believed to be one of the rarest in the band’s history – is up for auction.

The so-called “butcher” cover of Yesterday And Today caused controversy when it was released in the US back in 1966.

It shows the Fab Four smiling, dressed in white coats and covered in pieces of raw meat and decapitated baby dolls.

The cover, believed to be The Beatles’ protest against the Vietnam War, was subsequently withdrawn and replaced with more public-friendly artwork.

It is estimated that Lennon’s personal copy of the record will sell for £136,000 when it goes under the hammer at Julien’s Auctions annual event – Music Icons: The Beatles In Liverpool.

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s bed-in for peace returns to Amsterdam

They invited one shy, Dutch photographer to breakfast, they were constantly watched for any untoward activities…and they did pay the hotel bill. These were some of the memories revealed at the launch of a new exhibition at the Amsterdam Hilton of 50 photographs taken in 1969 of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, the world’s most famous honeymooning couple protesting for peace with a week in bed. Turned down by another Dutch hotel, the couple arrived at the Hilton from Paris in a white Rolls Royce, emptied what was room 902 of all furniture apart from the bed and invited in the world’s press for 12 hours a day to record their protest against the Vietnam war. Now, 50 years later, some of the most famous images of Lennon and his bride are on display at the Hilton, together with an exhibition of Lennon and Ono’s artwork and a video room telling the story of their unprecedented demonstration. Mick Boskamp, son of Lennon’s friend Hans Boskamp, told that Lennon wanted to do something completely different and decided Amsterdam was the place to do it. ‘My father met John Lennon working in London, and when John was going to get married in ’69, he told my father he wanted to do something fun for his honeymoon. Amstel hotel said no, and they still regret it. Then they came across the Hilton, which said yes.

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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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