50 years ago today, the Beatles’ first album, “Please Please Me,” debuted in the U.K..Though it wouldn’t be for another year until the Fab Four visited America, Beatlemania had already struck in England, as Paul, John, George and Ringo were on their way to becoming household names.
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MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR IS AIRING ON PBS TONIGHT*
Check your local listings. There’s an additional documentary called MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR REVISITED airing too, for a total of 2 hours of programming. *Check local listings (as always with PBS) and it may be listed under GREAT PERFORMANCES.
Click the pic for more on MMT from the NYT.
Source: The New York Times
The guy who appears on The Beatles ‘Abbey Road’ Album Cover…
I already posted this ages ago…the funny thing is, that he didn’t even know who the Beatles were and doesn’t like their music either…
The same brain system that controls our muscles also helps us remember music, scientists say. But the discovery might never have happened without The Beatles.
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And also… HAPPY BIRTHDAY to John Lennon today.
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See how — with only 4 tracks — the Beatles assembled the title track for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Back in December 2010, I posted about the Washington Coliseum - the site of the Beatles’ first US concert, and how it was a rundown parking garage now. A new documentary entitled The Lost Beatles Concert is making its debut in theaters across the US on May 17th and 22nd. Here in DC it’ll be playing at the AFI in Silver Spring.
The documentary includes the entire concert, glimpses of which can be seen in the Maysles’ Brothers documentary The First US Visit. If you’ve seen clips of them having to lift Ringo’s kit and turn it to face the other side of the audience, you’ve seen clips from this concert. Apparently one month after the show, in March 1964, the concert was run on closed circuit across the country - and then the master tapes went missing for 45 years.
This sounds like an amazing film, although I’m dubious about some of the folks they elected to interview: Duffy, The Strokes, Mark Ronson? Anyway, click here for the film’s official site. Or find your local screening here.
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If you’ve seen either BACKBEAT, the film about the early days of the Beatles in Hamburg or The Beatles Anthology films, you’ll be familiar with the story of Stu Sutcliffe. In their Hamburg heyday, Stu was the bassist for the Beatles. He fell in love with a German girl, Astrid Kirchherr, and stayed behind when the lads went back to Liverpool.
Three songs that Stu played on were released on the first volume of the Anthology, but none featuring Stu’s vocals. That’s all changed now. Sutcliffe’s estate has long known of a post-Beatles recording Stu did of his spotlight number (as portrayed in Backbeat), the Elvis Presley tune Love Me Tender. For decades this recording was held by a private collector, but in recent years the opportunity came for the estate to buy it.
The estate has started an official fan club for Stu Sutcliffe, which is free to join. They’re also making available the 1961 recording of Love Me Tender with Stu’s vocals available on iTunes and Amazon shops all over the world. The accompanying artwork (above) is a painting by Stuart, entitled Homage to Elvis. You can learn more about the recording here.
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Mojo has a fantastic list of the Six Things You Need To Know about Scorsese’s George Harrison Documentary. Including the length (3.5 hours), humor and how serious the 1999 knife attack really was. You can read it here. Watch the trailer above.
The Beatles cakes. These are almost too good to eat. Almost.
I wanna eat… a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine. Strawberry cream forever!
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