Here is a great article about Peter Blake, who of course designed the Sgt Pepper Album cover.
The United States Postal Service has unveiled a sneak peek at some of the postage stamps it will introduce next year, and among them is one paying tribute to the late John Lennon. The Lennon stamp will be the next installment of the USPS’ Music Icons series of “Forever” stamps.
No release date has been announced for the commemorative stamp honoring the Beatles legend. The U.S. Postal Service has issued a number of other Beatles-themed stamps over the years, including one in 1999 that commemorated the Fab Four’s 1968 animated flick Yellow Submarine. For more click here
For Christmas 1965, Paul McCartney presented his bandmates with a unique gift: a homemade record produced just for them, consisting of sampled songs, original sketches and avant-garde loops. “Something crazy, something left field, just for the other Beatles, a fun thing which they could play late in the evening,” he later said. With only three copies made, the discs are among the most rare Beatle-related collectibles. While these acetate pressings have almost certainly since worn out, an 18-minute segment of Unforgettable has recently surfaced, providing a glimpse of this experimental private mixtape from the Beatles’ most creatively fertile period. For more – and to hear the tape, click here
Blogger Richard Porter will be guiding London Beatles walk throughout the Christmas period. For more details see http://www.beatlesinlondon.com
Ringo Starr’s 1966 Mini Cooper S Radford has sold at Bonham’s auction for £102,000, bought by former Spice Girl Geri Halliwell.
Two essential Ringo Starr albums, 1973’s Ringo and 1974’s Goodnight Vienna, have been remastered by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering for worldwide reissue on heavyweight, 180-gram vinyl LPs. Both albums are available now for preorder and will be released by Capitol/UMe on January 19, 2018.
Preorder Ringo: https://UMe.lnk.to/RingoLP
Preorder Goodnight Vienna: https://UMe.lnk.to/GoodnightViennaLP
In 1973, Ringo released his self-titled Ringo, which yielded three Top 5 Billboard Pop singles, including the No. 1 hits “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine),” and the No. 5 hit “Oh My My.” Platinum-certified in the U.S., the Ringo album peaked at No. 1 in Canada, at No. 2 in the U.S., and at No. 7 in the UK. All of Ringo’s Beatles bandmates joined him to participate in the album; Richard Perry produced and its notable guest players also include Billy Preston on organ, Harry Nilsson background vocals, Klaus Voormann on bass and sax, and Robbie Robertson on guitar.
Ringo released his fourth solo album, Goodnight Vienna in 1974, racking up more hits, including the Top 5 Billboard Pop singles “Snookeroo,” written by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and “No No Song.” The album also features Ringo’s cover of the Platters’ “Only You,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Pop chart, and the title track, written by John Lennon. Perry, Preston, Voormann, Nilsson, and Robertson once again joined Ringo to collaborate in the studio, among others.
In September this year, Ringo released his 19th solo album, Give More Love, before he hit the road again in October and November with his All Starrs. Ringo Starr and His All Starrs have confirmed several European tour dates for June and July 2018. Visit ringostarr.com/tour for more information.
RINGO STARR: Ringo
- I’m the Greatest (John Lennon)
- Have You Seen My Baby (Randy Newman)
- Photograph (Richard Starkey, George Harrison)
- Sunshine Life for Me (Sail Away Raymond) (George Harrison)
- You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful And You’re Mine) (Bob Sherman, Dick Sherman)
- Oh My My (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
- Step Lightly (Richard Starkey)
- Six O’Clock (Paul McCartney, Linda McCartney)
- Devil Woman (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
- You and Me (Babe) (George Harrison, Mal Evans)
RINGO STARR: Goodnight Vienna
- (It’s All Down to) Goodnight Vienna (John Lennon)
- Occapella (Allen Toussaint)
- Oo-Wee (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
- Husbands and Wives (Roger Miller)
- Snookeroo (Elton John, Bernie Taupin)
- All by Myself (Richard Starkey, Vini Poncia)
- Call Me (Richard Starkey)
- No No Song (Hoyt Axton, David Jackson)
- Only You (Buck Ram, Ande Rand)
- Easy for Me (Harry Nilsson)
- Goodnight Vienna (Reprise) (John Lennon)
It seems the limited edition box set of the Beatles Christmas records is already sold out – days before the official release date! The Beatles official store, Amazon and HMV have presumably all sold their copies as pre-orders – 4 days before it’s officially released.
No word from Apple yet if more are going to be produced, but expect brisk sales on ebay, at high prices!
- The former Majestic Ballroom is where Cilla Black auditioned for Brian Epstein
- In recent years, the venue has been used as a Chinese restaurant
- The building could be brought back to life ‘for a variety of leisure uses’
The dance hall where The Beatles performed their debut single ‘Love Me Do’ for the first time has been sold for £170,000.
The Majestic Ballroom, which is also where Cilla Black unsuccessfully auditioned for Brian Epstein, had expected to fetch £175,000 but fell slightly short of estimates.
More recently the venue has been used a Chinese restaurant, but is most famous for the influential role it played in the Liverpool and Merseyside music scene during the 1960s.
The Beatles Story is celebrating 50 years since the release of The Beatles’ Magical Mystery Tour film with the launch of an exciting new exhibit!
Magical Mystery Tour was first aired on British television on Boxing Day (December 26) 1967, as a 52-minute-long, largely improvised, surreal comedy film featuring the Fab Four and other guests.
Paul McCartney wanted to create a film based upon the group and their music, in which various “ordinary” people were to travel on a coach and take a journey of spontaneous “magical” adventures. For more click here
Remembering John Lennon at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Coming to London over the holiday period? We have Beatles or Rock and Roll Walks every day from December 26th to New Years Eve.
More info at http://www.beatlesinlondon.com