Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Beatles Final UK Concert

Beatles fans always seem to debate what date constitutes the last Beatles UK concert.

Technically speaking, January 30, 1969 is the correct date, when The Beatles performed on the rooftop of the Apple building in London.

But the final "scheduled" UK concert is May 1st, 1966 (exactly 50 years ago) when The Beatles performed at NME's Poll-Winners concert.



10,000 fans saw The Beatles perform for the 4th time at this event. Location of the venue was The Empire Pool, Wembley.

 They played I Feel Fine, Nowhere Man, Day Tripper, If I Needed Someone and I'm Down.

No footage seems to exist of the concert itself, since Brian Epstein failed to come to an agreement about with ABC TV.

Other groups that appeared on stage that night were : The Spencer Davis Group, The Fortunes, Herman's Hermits, Roy Orbison, The Overlanders, The Alan Price Set, Cliff Richard and The Shadows, The Rolling Stones, The Seekers, The Small Faces, Sounds Incorporated, Dusty Springfield, Crispian St Peters, The Walker Brothers, The Who, The Yardbirds and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich


July 1969 - Private Screening of Let It Be

Somewhere in July 1969, some say July 20th, others think it was July 29, The Beatles attended a private screening of the rough cut of 'Let It Be'.





From the pictures it is clear that all Beatles attended (together with director Michael Lindsay-Hogg and Patti, Linda & Yoko)



John is sitting next to Ringo.


and in some pictures Yoko is sitting next to him.





Panorama picture of the screening room



Afterwards everybody had lunch


John & Yoko


and Linda & Yoko



Disclaimer: I do not own the pictures, nor do I know who does. I have found these on several fan sites and only reproduce them here in low-resolution for historical reasons, not for copy-right infringments.

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

1965 NME Awards

At the end of 1965 NME published its annual Awards

1965


World Male Singer: Elvis Presley
World Musical Personality: Elvis Presley
British R & B Group: The Rolling Stones
Disc Jockey: Jimmy Savile
World Female Singer: Dusty Springfield
World Vocal Group: Beatles
British Vocal Group: Beatles
British Male Singer: Cliff Richard
British Vocal Personality: John Lennon
British Female Singer: Dusty Springfield
New Disc Or TV Singer: Donovan
British Instrumental Unit: Shadows
Best New Group: Seekers
Most Popular Disc Jockey: Jimmy Savile
Best TV or Radio Show: Top Of The Pops
Best New Disc Of The Year: The Rolling Stones 'I Can't Get No Satisfaction'

Sunday, 29 November 2015

The Beatles referenced in the Simpsons

The first episode of the fifth season of The Simpsons was called "Homer's Barbershop Quartet". It tells the story of Homer's succesful barbershop quartet the Be Sharps, and closely follows the storyline of the Beatles' rise to fame.

Interestingly, there are two big cameos by George Harrison and David Crosby.

Some of the references to The Beatles:

- The first LP is called "Meet the Be Sharps"
- Moe's Tavern is called Moe's Cavern
- Chief Wiggum is thrown out, like Pete Best was
- The second album is called "Bigger than Jesus"
- The Be Sharps walk over Abbey Road
- On the album cover, Homer turns his back
- Barney has a Japanese conceptual artist as a partner
- There is a song called "number 8"
- A rooftop concert on top of Moe's Tavern

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Where is the Magical Mystery Tour Bus now?

The Beatles directed The Magical Mystery Tour TV special in 1967. Following a (largely improvised) script that took them to the south of England, we see The Beatles board a bus.

If you ever wondered where the bus is now, I have good news: it has not been scraped, but was bought by Hard Rock Café. Until recently it could be seen at the largest HRC at the Universal Studios in Orlando.

The current location is back at The Warehouse at the Memorabilia HQ of the Hard Rock Café.

The Hard Rock Cafe acquired the actual Magical Mystery Tour bus in 1988 and it is the single biggest piece of rock n’ roll memorabilia they own. It took four months, 2,000 man-hours and a cost of $100,000 for HRC to completely refurbish the bus using vintage parts to replicate the original designs and details. The bus is stored in the Hard Rock Cafe warehouse and is put on display for special occasions.

Trivia

The bus is a Plaxton bodied 1959 Bedford Val Panorama Elite bus with the license plate URO 913E. This bus was new to coach company Fox of Hayes when leased by The Beatles for the film in 1967

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Cilla Black dies, aged 72

Sad news reaches us from Spain, where Priscilla White, better known under her stage name Cilla Black, died aged 72.

Cilla Black's biography reads like a huge Beatles-related novel, and her story cannot be seen without that of the Fab Four from Liverpool.

Just like the Beatles, she came from Liverpool. Her first run-into with the Beatles probably dates back from the Cavern Club days, when she was a part-time cloakroom attendant at that famous music venue.

Cilla Black soon became a guest-singer for groups like Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, Kingsize Taylor and the Dominoes, and The Big Three.

She was soon signed on by Brian Epstein (the only female singer in his portfolio) and her first record was the Lennon-McCartney composition Love of the Loved. later in life she would go on recording many other Beatles songs, including Yesterday, The Long and Winding road, For No One and Across the Universe. Paul McCartney wrote "Step Inside Love" and George Harrison I'll Still Love You and The Light that has Lighted the World.

Other notorious occassions when she joined The Beatles was during the Cannes festival with Ringo Starr and George Harrison, and holidaying on a yacht. Picture: Cilla Black in Amsterdam, CC BY-SA 3.0, Nationaal Archief

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Beatles wanted to record "Revolver" in Memphis, Tennessee

Impressive news reached us today. At an auction (organized by Recordmecca) a letter written by George Harrison was sold for 18.000 euro.

The interesting part is the end of the letter (written in 1966 by George at Kinfauns): there he reveals that The Beatles had been seriously considering recording "Revolver" at Stax Records in Memphis, Tennessee with Jim Stewart.

Imagine how that would have sounded!