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No band has influenced pop culture the way the Beatles have. They were one of the best things to happen in the twentieth century, let alone the Sixties. They were youth personified. They were unmatched innovators who were bigger than both Jesus and rock & roll itself: During the week of April 4, 1964, the Beatles held the first five slots on the Billboard Singles chart; they went on to sell more than a billion records; and 2000’s 1, a compilation of the Beatles Number One hits, hit Number One in 35 countries and went on to become the best-selling…

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Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds

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On this day in 2009 Lucy Vodden, the childhood pal of John Lennon’s son Julian, passed away. Lucy was just 46 and she passed away Monday 28th September 2009, after losing her battle with auto-immune disease lupus. Lucy was the inspiration for The Beatles track ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’, written mostly by John after Julian showed his father a nursery school drawing he called Lucy – in the sky with diamonds, depicting his classmate. Julian Lennon said, “I don’t know why I called it that or why it stood out from all my other drawings, but I obviously…

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NEW: Watch New Video of ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’

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The Beatles Achieve One Billion Streams Within Six Months of Global Streaming Launch London and Las Vegas – June 29, 2016 – The Beatles’ Apple Corps Ltd. has partnered with Cirque du Soleil to produce a new music video, premiering today exclusively on Vevo, for “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (LOVE Version). This evocative video represents the re-staging of George Harrison’s iconic Beatles song especially for the 10th anniversary of The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil at The Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Today’s video launch is accompanied by the landmark news that songs by The Beatles…

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On This Day | 26th March…

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1961, The Beatles performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, West Derby, Liverpool, their last performance before travelling to Hamburg, West Germany, for their second visit. 1965, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones and Bill Wyman all received electric shocks from a faulty microphone on stage during a Rolling Stones show in Denmark. Bill Wyman was knocked unconscious for several minutes. 1969, Marvin Gaye was at No.1 on the UK singles chart, with ‘I Heard It Through The Grapevine’. The song was first recorded by The Miracles and had also been a million seller in 1967 for Gladys Knight and the Pips. 1980,…

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On This Day | 25th March…

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Tommy Lee Flashes Fans, John Lennon and Yoko Ono Have A Sleep Over And Motown Celebrate 25 years. 1958, Having been sworn in as Private 53310761 the previous day Elvis Presley received the regulation short back and sides haircut from army barber James Peterson. Presley would earn $78 per month as an army private. 1958, Buddy Holly appeared at The Gaumont Theatre in London, the final date on his only UK tour. Also on the bill was Gary Miller, The Tanner Sisters, Des O’Connor, The Montanas, Ronnie Keene & His Orchestra. 1964, The Beatles made their debut on UK TV…

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On This Day | 24th March…

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Yoko Cashing In, £73p Beatles Tickets, Simon & Garfunkel First Number 1 and the Motown World Loses Uriel Jones 1962, The Beatles appeared at The Barnston Women’s Institute, admission was seven shillings and six pence, ($1.05). 1966, Simon and Garfunkel made their UK singles chart debut with ‘Homeward Bound.’ Simon is said to have written the song at Farnworth railway station, Widnes, England, while stranded overnight waiting for a train. A plaque is displayed in the station to commemorate this, although memorabilia hunters have stolen it many times. The song describes his longing to return home, both to his then girlfriend, Kathy…

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On This Day | 21st March…

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A busy day in the world of music. john Squire leaves The Stone Roses, Beatles first gig at The Cavern + more…  1956, Elvis Presley appeared at the 4,000 seated YMCA Gymnasium in Lexington, North Carolina. Also on the bill, Mother Maybelle and the Carter Sisters, featuring June Carter, Rod Brasfield, Hal and Ginger. Tickets cost $1 for general admission and $1.50 for reserved seats. 1961, The Beatles played their first ever evening show at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, supporting The Swinging Bluegenes, (later to become The Swinging Blue Jeans). 1976, After a David Bowie concert at the Community…

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On This Day | 20th March…

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1960, Elvis Presley started his first recordings since being discharged from the US Army. A 12 hour session in a Nashville recording studio produced his next No.1 single, ‘Stuck On You’. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley’s touring band in 1957, were in the studio with him for the last time. 1964, The Beatles appeared live on the UK television program Ready Steady Go!, miming to ‘It Won’t Be Long’, ‘You Can’t Do That’, and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. They were also presented with a special award from US magazine Billboard, in recognition of The Beatles having…

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On This Day | 17th March…

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1957, Elvis Presley bought the Graceland mansion from Mrs Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. (£60,295). The 23 room, 10,000 square foot home, on 13.8 acres of land, would be expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the king moved in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been a place of worship, used by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof. 1979, The Bee Gees went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their fifteenth studio album release ‘Spirits Having Flown.’ the group’s first album after their collaboration…

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On This Day | 16th March…

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1964, The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single ‘Can’t Buy Me Love.’ When pressed by American journalists in 1966 to reveal the song’s “true” meaning, Paul McCartney stated “I think you can put any interpretation you want on anything, but when someone suggests that ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ is about a prostitute, I draw the line.” 1965, The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘The Last Time’, the bands third UK No.1 and first No.1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. 1969,…

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On This Day | 13th March…

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1964, Billboard reported that sales of Beatles singles currently accounted for 60 percent of the US singles market and The Beatles album Meet the Beatles had reached a record 3.5 million copies sold. 1965, Eric Clapton quit The Yardbirds due to musical differences with the other band members. Clapton wanted to continue in a blues type vein, while the rest of the band preferred the more commercial style of their first hit, ‘For Your Love’. 1966, Pink Floyd appeared for the first time at The The Marquee Club in Wardour Street, London, England. The Marquee became the most important venue…

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Record producer & “fifth Beatle”, has died aged 90

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Record producer Sir George Martin, known as the “fifth Beatle”, has died, aged 90. Breaking the news on Twitter as Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, 75, said: “God bless George Martin peace and love to Judy and his family love Ringo and Barbara George will be missed.” One of the greatest records ever made…..? A Day In The Life – The Beatles, Produced by George Martin. He worked with artists including Gerry and the Pacemakers and Shirley Bassey. In a career spanning five decades, Sir George signed the Beatles and produced more than 700 records.   He worked with artists including Gerry…

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On This Day | 9th March…

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1964, The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie A Hard Day’s Night. During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles travelled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails. 1964, Capitol Records released a song called ‘Letter To The Beatles’ by The Four Preps. The lyrics describe a boy lamenting the fact that he’s lost his girlfriend to The Fab Four. On its first day, the record shot to No.85 on the charts and it looked like The Preps were going to have another hit on their hands. Unfortunately they had…

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On This Day | 7th March…

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Photo credit: Justin Slee. Oasis front man Liam Gallagher, Taken in the dressing rooms at the Leeds Irish Centre sometime around April or May in 1994. 1962, The Beatles recorded their first radio appearance, at the Playhouse Theatre, Hulme, Manchester, for the BBC radio program Teenager’s Turn – Here We Go’. After a rehearsal, the Beatles put on suits for the first time and, along with the other artists appearing on the program, record the show in front of a teenage audience. 1965, During a Rolling Stones gig at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, England a female fan fell from the…

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On this day | 5th March…

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1955, Elvis Presley made his TV debut when he appeared on the weekend show ‘Louisiana Hayride’ on KWKH TV, broadcast from Shreveport Auditorium in Shreveport, Louisiana. 1963, The Beatles recorded what would be their third single ‘From Me to You’ just five days after John Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote the song. Originally planned as the B-side of the record, it was switched to the A-side during the recording session, with ‘Thank You Girl’ demoted to the B-side. 1965, The Rolling Stones kicked off their fifth UK tour at The Regal Theatre, Edmonton, London. A 14-date package tour with The…

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On This Day | 4th March…

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1966, John Lennon’s statement that The Beatles were ‘more popular than Jesus Christ’ was published in The London Evening Standard. “Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular then Jesus now; I don’t know which will go first, rock ‘n’ roll or Christianity. Jesus was alright, but his disciples were thick and ordinary.” Christian groups in the US were outraged resulting in some states burning Beatles records. Lennon later apologised. 1967, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Ruby Tuesday’, the group’s fourth US No.1 single. ‘Lets Spend The Night Together’ was…

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On This Day | 29th Feb…

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1964, The Hollies appeared on UK music show ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ 1968, The Beatles Sgt. Pepper won album of the year, best cover and best-engineered and recorded album at this year’s Grammy Awards. 2000, Eric Clapton was banned from driving for six months after speeding at 45mph in a 30mph zone near his UK home in Surrey. 2012, Davy Jones, the Manchester-born lead singer with 60s band The Monkees, died aged 66, in his sleep at his home in Florida after suffering a massive heart attack. Jones who appeared as a teenager in soap opera Coronation Street, playing Ena…

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Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia

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Photography & Review by: Liz Where to start? This is possibly one of the best, most unique and intimate festivals you’re ever going to experience in an environment very much its own. Even if you’re not into psychedelic music, don’t let it put you off coming; if you’re open minded and simply want a friendly relaxed atmosphere, then Liverpool is the place for you. This festival doesn’t discriminate between young and old; everyone is welcome and everyone is equal; from old prog rockers to new kids on the block, breaking and melding genres and mashing them up into something completely their own.…

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