martes, 22 de agosto de 2017

Paul McCartney’s original handwritten score for The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby is going up for auction

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Paul McCartney’s original handwritten score for The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby is going up for auction
Adam Bloodworth
Monday 21 Aug 2017

Paul McCartney's original handwritten score for The Beatles Eleanor Rigby up for auction
The original score signed by Paul McCartney (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

The score Paul McCartney wrote for The Beatles’ hit song Eleanor Rigby is going up for auction.

The original score was only discovered recently when an estate of the Rigby family was left to a family member, along with a treasure trove of old memories.
The score of the hit song was written to include four violins, two violas and two cellos.
It was handwritten by Beatles producer George Martin, and signed by Paul, as he wrote the lyrics to the song, which had overriding themes of loneliness.

Paul McCartney's original handwritten score for The Beatles Eleanor Rigby up for auction
The song marked a change in direction for the band (Picture: Getty Images)

The song featured on  the 1966 Beatles album Revolver, and became famous for its hand in re-positioning the band as more experimental because it wasn’t considered a pop or rock song.
The song’s mature themes also aided the song in reaching new audiences beyond its young fan base.

Paul McCartney's original handwritten score for The Beatles Eleanor Rigby up for auction
The full manuscript (Picture: STF/AFP/Getty Images)

Paul Fairweather, who works at Omega Auctions, said: ‘I expect there to be fierce bidding from across the globe.’
The score is written in pencil and includes a note explaining that the song was to be recorded at Abbey Road studio, where the Beatles were famously photographed crossing the road.
The score will be up for auction at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Warrington, England, on September 11.








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Beatles' handwritten Eleanor Rigby score goes on auction
The piece of memorabilia, signed by their late producer George Martin and Paul McCartney, is expected to fetch £20,000.
Monday 21 August 2017

The original handwritten score for the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby is to be sold alongside the grave deeds of the supposed muse.
The piece of memorabilia, handwritten and signed by Paul McCartney and their late producer George Martin, is expected to fetch £20,000.
The score includes notes specifying that it was to be recorded at London's Abbey Road Studio number two and that four violins, two violas and two cellos were to be used.
"Each item is fantastic, unique and of significant historical importance in itself, so to have both come up at the same time is an incredible coincidence," said Paul Fairweather from Omega Auctions, which is selling the items.
"I expect there to be fierce bidding from across the globe."
George Martin produced the hit Eleanor Rigby
Image:Late Beatles producer George Martin worked on the hit Eleanor Rigby
In a separate lot, the grave deeds of a woman named Eleanor Rigby, who many believe served as inspiration to the 1966 hit, will also be sold.
That includes a miniature Bible, dated 1899, with the name Elenor Rigby handwritten inside - which is expected to sell for £5,000.
The grave was found in the 1980s, in St Peter's churchyard in Woolton, Liverpool, where McCartney met John Lennon at a party in 1957.
A miniature bible, dated 1899 and with the initials ER (believed to stand for Eleanor Rigby) written inside
Image:A miniature bible, dated 1899 and with the initials ER written inside
The two Beatles revealed they used to take shortcuts through the church grounds, and rumours started that she was the same Eleanor Rigby who wore "the face that she keeps in a jar by the door".
McCartney has always refuted the theory, insisting that the name Eleanor was inspired by actress Eleanor Bron, who starred in The Beatles' film Help!
The surname Rigby, he said, was the name of a wine merchant.
"Eleanor Rigby is a totally fictitious character that I made up," he said in 2008.
"If someone wants to spend money buying a document to prove a fictitious character exists, that's fine with me."
The sale will take place at the Beatles Memorabilia Auction in Warrington on 11 September.



lunes, 21 de agosto de 2017

Rare Beatles items up for auction including John Lennon's signed school music book and Ringo Starr's suede stage boots

Signed John Lennon School Book
The current estimate on this item is £2200-£2700



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Rare Beatles items up for auction including John Lennon's signed school music book and Ringo Starr's suede stage boots
Money can't buy you love, but it can get you a slice of pop history
BY LUCY NEEDHAM
17 AUG 2017







(Image: JAMES SPEAKMAN / MERCURY PRESS)

Beatles fans have the chance to get their hands on some very special items from the Fab Four as some prized possessions are set to go under the hammer.

Among the 303 collectibles up for grabs are a school music book signed by John Lennon, a pair of Ringo Starr's stage boots and rare old photographs of the band.

The John Lennon book is from his Quarry Bank schooldays and is estimated to reach £3000. Previously the book had been picked up at a charity shop for just 20p by an anonymous buyer who admired the book binding and only spotted the star's signature later.


(Image: JAMES SPEAKMAN / MERCURY PRESS)


Fans can also get there hands on a signed programme from the band (Image: JAMES SPEAKMAN / MERCURY PRESS)


The lot includes John Lennon's music textbook from quarry bank school (Image: JAMES SPEAKMAN / MERCURY PRESS)

Stephen Bailey, manager of the Beatles Shop organising the auction, said: "The school book signed by Lennon when he was about 14 or 15 had this slip of paper in it until 1966 with a number of signatures underneath it.

"I felt like saying to them 'did you not look at the top and see who'd signed it?'

"The buyer bought it from a charity shop for 20p because the binding of the book reminded them of the way they binded books at school.

"It's got an estimate of £3,000, which isn't bad for a 20p spend."


The music book is signed by John Lennon (Image: JAMES SPEAKMAN / MERCURY PRESS)

Ringo's size 7 black suede stage boots, which have an estimate of between £4,000 and £5,000, were gifted to the drummer's friend after they were worn on stage in 1963.

Stephen said: "For a short time they were on display in Beatle City back in 1986 for a year, then they went back to the gentlemen's wardrobe.

"Ringo probably wore them a few times but being a drummer and using your foot to tap your pedal they soon wear out - but these are in wonderful condition.

"It's not a bad price for a pair of second-hand shoes."


(Image: JAMES SPEAKMAN / MERCURY PRESS)

A St Silas school photo from 1948-1949 featuring Richard Starkey aka Ringo Starr is also going under the hammer and is expected to fetch between £300 and £400.

Stephen said: "Who thought their school photo would be worth anything?

"This one is worth something because of a little guy down near the front looking miserable who became a Beatle.

"People are investing for the future - by buying the items now they hope will be worth more in the future.

The Beatles (L-R) Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison
Fans are still desperate to get items from the fab four (Image: Getty Images)

"All you have to do is look back at a set of Beatles signatures from 1982/1983 - they cost around £150, now you're looking at £5,000 which isn't a bad return on the original spend."

The annual Liverpool Beatles Memorabilia Auction will take place on August 26 at Liverpool Philharmonic Music Room.






Mersey Beat cover Signed by John, George and Pete.






The estimate for this item is £1500 - £1600

sábado, 19 de agosto de 2017

Vintage photos from the Beatles' 'entirely out of control' world tour

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Vintage photos from the Beatles' 'entirely out of control' world tour
By Harriet Verney, CNN
August 18, 2017

<a href="https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/45491/facts.harry_benson_the_beatles.htm" target="_blank">"The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966,"</a> a book from photographer Harry Benson, captures the band's first world tour.




(CNN)It was on their first ever world tour in 1964 that the Beatles were catapulted from England's national sweethearts to global superstars. Stories of fans fainting and allegedly wetting themselves were common. Police cordons couldn't control the throbbing crowds awaiting the Fab Four at each venue, and the band was successfully cracking the notoriously difficult American music scene.

"This," Brian Sommerville, the Beatles' press officer, grumbled during one particularly hectic New York press conference, "has gotten entirely out of control."

Sommerville may have been witness to the madness but it was photographer Harry Benson who was right in the thick of it.

At the time of the Beatles tour Benson was a fairly unknown photographer. The tour job came about when, as he was en route to an assignment in Africa, Benson was reassigned to Paris, where he was to capture what Beatlemania looked like in France.
Benson would spend nearly two years on and off with the band, being too close to them, however, wasn't on his agenda.

"They weren't keen at first," writes photographer Harry Benson of when he put the idea for this photo to the Beatles. "John said it would make them look childish, then he hit Paul in the back of the head with the pillow and it went from there."


"They weren't keen at first," writes photographer Harry Benson of when he put the idea for this photo to the Beatles. "John said it would make them look childish, then he hit Paul in the back of the head with the pillow and it went from there."
"They were friendly, and I got on with all of them. "George and I even shared a room a few times. He liked the ladies that's for sure!" he recalls in his book "The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966," which has now been rereleased by Taschen. "But I wouldn't say I was close to them, nor did I want to be."

When it comes to photography and your subjects, he writes, there is a fine line and he was not willing to cross it.
"My philosophy has always been photograph what you see, your photograph should inform, and then get the hell out."

Benson would go on to photograph the likes of Michael Jackson, Elizabeth Taylor and the Queen. He has also photographed every American president since Eisenhower, and was was with Robert. F Kennedy when we was assassinated in 1968.

The Beatles had an incredibly loyal fan base. Stories of girls fainting at the mere sight of the band walking on stage were common, and the four would often get accosted no matter where they were in the world.

The Beatles had an incredibly loyal fan base. Stories of girls fainting at the mere sight of the band walking on stage were common, and the four would often get accosted no matter where they were in the world.
In 1966 Benson was sent to take photos of the fallout from John Lennon's infamous "We're bigger than Jesus Christ" comments in Chicago. According to Benson: "Lennon was broken, he was crying, and shattered, and the rest of the group wasn't giving him much sympathy."
Read: New intimate photos reveal Freddie Mercury's private world
Benson recalls how the band had become more "cynical, and were sick of touring. John turned to me and said: 'We aren't going to do this for much longer.' Paul added: 'Of course it's going to stop, we'd look stupid jumping around on stage at 40.'"
Months later the band would play their final scheduled show. Benson writes that the two years he spent with the band were like none he had ever experienced, or would experience again.
"With most of my pictures I think I could have done better, but this was the perfect moment, it won't happen again. I got it."

"The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966" by Harry Benson, published by Taschen, is out now.


Harry Benson. The Beatles




Revisiting The Beatles ' 1964 World Tour

Unseen Beatles photos from 1964-1966

Harry Benson


<a href="https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/45491/facts.harry_benson_the_beatles.htm" target="_blank">"The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966,"</a> a book from photographer Harry Benson, captures the band's first world tour.

His photos capture intimate moments that only someone close to the Fab Four would have had access to.

"It was incredible watching Beatlemania at such close quarters, although the band were convinced it wasn't going to last," Benson said.

When John Lennon (pictured) declared that the Beatles were more popular than Jesus, many people (<a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/when-john-lennons-jesus-controversy-turned-ugly-w431153" target="_blank">especially in the Bible Belt</a>) were incensed. This image was taken after Lennon issued an apology to the press in Chicago.

1964 marked the start of a whirlwind three years of international touring.

"They weren't keen at first," writes Benson when he put the idea for this photo to the Beatles. "John said it would make them look childish, then he hit Paul in the back of the head with the pillow and it went from there."

The enormity of the Beatles fame really hit home when they touched down in the US and were greeted by thousands of screaming fans. "As they got off the plane, I was right behind them, and then Ringo reminded them to turn around and smile at me as we had planned," Benson writes.

Jimmie Nicol (who temporarily replaced a tonsillitis-stricken Ringo Starr), Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison in Copenhagen.

The Beatles had an incredibly loyal fan base. Stories of girls fainting at the mere sight of the band walking on stage were common, and the four would often get accosted no matter where they were in the world.

Lennon goes behind the camera to capture Harrison and Lennon's first wife, Cynthia, on route to New York in 1964.

<a href="https://www.taschen.com/pages/en/catalogue/photography/all/45491/facts.harry_benson_the_beatles.htm" target="_blank">"The Beatles: On the Road 1964-1966"</a> by Harry Benson, published by Taschen, is out now.


NEW SINGLE from Ringo's 'Give More Love' album, #PeaceAndLove event recap, tour dates & more!





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NEW SINGLE from Ringo's 'Give More Love' album, #PeaceAndLove event recap, tour dates & more!
7/08/2017



Ringo's New Album Give More Love, Out September 15!

New single "So Wrong For So Long" Premieres Today Exclusively on Billboard.com
Recorded at his home studio in Los Angeles, Ringo's 19th studio album Give More Love has 10 new tracks featuring collaborations with friends, including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, and Steve Lukather.

Billboard is premiering Give More Love 's newest single "So Wrong For So Long" today. Read about the first song written for Ringo's new album and listen before it's released worldwide tomorrow here.

Singles "Give More Love" and "We're On The Road Again" are already available – pre-order the new album now!

Pre-order Now

Ringo's Message to His Fans!
Ringo has a quick message exclusively for his email subscribers. Watch here:

Thank You For Spreading #PeaceAndLove!
Family, friends, and fans joined Ringo at the Capitol Records tower in Hollywood on July 7th to wish him a happy birthday and to spread #PeaceAndLove. Meanwhile, satellite salutes were held all around the world, bringing people together to grant Ringo's wish of a truly worldwide #PeaceAndLove salute.


Watch a recap of the Hollywood salute at Capitol Records:
 

Catch Ringo & His All Starr Band on Tour!
In October, Ringo will hit the road in the U.S. with his All Starrs, the same beloved lineup he has performed with since 2012: Steve Lukather, Rodd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Richard Page, Warren Hamm & Gregg Bissonette.

Whether in Las Vegas, Thackerville, or New York, don't miss the chance to see Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band on tour!

Tickets Here

Follow the Ringo Starr Best Of Playlist on Spotify
From "It Don't Come Easy" off 1973's Ringo album to the namesake single from this year'sGive More Love, the Ringo Starr Best Of Spotify playlist has it all.

Listen and follow Ringo's Best Of playlist now!

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viernes, 18 de agosto de 2017

Mull of Kintyre - Looking back on a Scottish mega-hit






  Paul McCartney, filming ‘Mull of Kintyre’, Elstree, 1977.



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Mull of Kintyre - Looking back on a Scottish mega-hit
By David Allison
BBC Scotland News
18 August 2017

Denny Laine, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney with the Campbeltown pipe band during the filming of the video
Denny Laine, Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney with the Campbeltown pipe band during the filming of the video

The late summer might seem like a strange time to write and record a Christmas number one but that is exactly what happened on a Kintyre farm 40 years ago this month.
The song in question was Paul McCartney's "Mull of Kintyre", co-written with Denny Laine and featuring the local Campbeltown Pipe Band.
For a number of years it was the biggest-selling single of all time, and was the first UK single to sell more than two million copies.
Co-writer Laine had joined McCartney's group Wings in 1971, having previously enjoyed chart success with The Moody Blues, and over the next decade they wrote a number of songs together.
One morning at breakfast while staying at the former Beatle's High Park Farm on the Kintyre peninsula, McCartney played Laine the chorus of a new song.

Mull of Kintyre chorus

Mull of Kintyre
Oh mist rolling in from the sea,
My desire is always to be here
Oh mull of Kintyre

Denny Laine (at his home in Chicago) wrote Mull of Kintyre with McCartney
Denny Laine (at his home in Chicago) wrote Mull of Kintyre with McCartney

He said: "Paul said he was having a go at writing a Scottish song but wasn't sure how people would feel about it, an Englishman singing a Scottish song."
The next day armed with a bottle of whisky the pair sat on the steps of a cottage in the afternoon sun and wrote the verses.
"We just looked around at all the hillsides and the glens and everything and just wrote the words and the rest of the song that afternoon," Laine said.
But it became more than just another song when McCartney roped in the local pipe band.

pipe score
Campbeltown Pipe Band's score for Mull of Kintyre

In a video on his website McCartney explained how he got the late Tony Wilson, the leader of Campbeltown Pipe Band, on board.
McCartney said: "I said: 'Hey, I've written a song and I'd like you to help me record it with the pipe band'. He said: 'Aye, very good, very good'."
But for the world's most famous Liverpudlian and an ex-Moody Blue from Birmingham it was soon apparent that there was a rather steep learning curve to work out how to incorporate a Scottish pipe band into a rock band.
The song had been written and recorded in the key of A, but pipes can only play in B flat or E flat.
"I don't remember how we did it, whether we slowed it down or sped it up," says Laine.
"But we got the key the same as the pipers' B flat.
"Then we had to transpose one section to E flat when they came in for the second part of the song which was great because it made the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
"It gave it that boost, a change of key when they came in, and I think that was the selling point really."
The pipes were recorded outside in the open air and Laine thinks that gave it a special sound that couldn't have been found in a studio.

Ian McKerral, Paul McCartney, Josh Lang Brown and Tony Wilson after the recording of Mull of Kintyre in 1977
Ian McKerral, Paul McCartney, John Lang Brown and Tony Wilson after the recording of Mull of Kintyre in 1977

Meanwhile, McCartney had promised the thirsty pipers a drink or two but was wary about unleashing the booze before they had the definitive take.
McCartney said: "I said we won't drink before the session because it could go horribly wrong. We'll break out the drinks when we've got the take."
But once the recording was in the can the party could begin.
"We were all having a celebratory drink and they were all standing round and beaming," said McCartney.
"They'd never been in a recording studio before so they're all loving hearing the whole track coming out of the speakers."
Pipe Band leader Tony Wilson died in 1994 but among the pipers listening back in the control room that night was a young Ian McKerral, now the main piping instructor for schools across Kintyre.
In his home overlooking Campbeltown bay a picture of the pipe band with the McCartney, his late wife Linda and Denny Laine has pride of place.

Ian McKerral and John Lang Brown
Ian McKerral and John Lang Brown remember their part in making the hit

"We did a ten to fifteen minute tune up and then just went for it," he said.
"McCartney came out and said that's it boys. We just couldn't believe it. Everybody was just buzzing, it was just a great atmosphere."
And outside his house overlooking Campbeltown bay Ian was more than happy to relive the moment as a duo with John Lang Brown, another piper who played on that session as a star struck 16-year-old.
He remembers listening back that night 40 years ago.
"To be honest I thought that's not us. It sounded so good with everything, the guitars, the bass, the drums. The whole lot put together was an amazing sound. I couldn't believe it. I still don't believe it!"
The rest, as they say, is history.

Test pressing of record
Some of those involved were able to keep a test pressing of the record

Mull of Kintyre spent nine weeks at number one over Christmas 1977 and for years it remained the biggest selling single of all time.
Not bad for a song written and recorded on a Kintyre farm by a Brummie and a Scouser and featuring the local pipe band.





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jueves, 17 de agosto de 2017

Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band returns to Cowapolooza for the fifth time







 Yuri Pool performing as Paul McCartney in his tribute band, The McCartney Years. 


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Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band returns to Cowapolooza for the fifth time
By Heather Rivers, Woodstock Sentinel-Review
Thursday, August 17, 2017

The McCartney Years returns to Cowapolooza on Friday evening. (Submitted photo)
The McCartney Years returns to Cowapolooza on Friday evening. (Submitted photo)

Cowapolooza is ready to take flight Friday with a headline performance by a Paul McCartney and Wings tribute band.

The McCartney Years, headed up by London resident Yuri George, returns this year to Cowapolooza for the fifth time but the first in three years.

The band, who will soon be touring Europe, has been called “the best on the scene” by Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein.

“It’s going to be good to be back,” said founder Yuri George on returning to Woodstock. “I think the audience that have seen us before will get a refreshing update. We have a slightly different lineup and lots more instruments, different songs and a different flow.”

George, who started the band in 2007, said he has been a McCartney fan since he was “a little kid.”

“His music is timeless,” he said. “He has so many great songs and is an amazing artist.

“The show is a healthy mix of songs the Beatles and Paul McCartney performed.”

The band, which has recently performed in Las Vegas, includes Norwich musician Braden DeCooman who plays guitar, bass and backup vocals.

“He is an amazing guitar player and a great guy,” George said.

The 16th annual Cowapolooza kicks off on Friday, August 18 with the Celtic sounds of The Mudmen from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by The McCartney Years on the TD Stage in Southside Park from 9 to 11 p.m.

For those who missed out on Colin James last year, the six-time Juno award winner returns to Cowapolooza this year on Saturday, August 19.

Last year James was unable to perform at the free event hosted by the City of Woodstock due to relentless rain, that poured down on the stage and crowd following six hours of set up time.

Singer/songwriter Tim Tyler opens for James beginning at 7 p.m.

Saturday afternoon will feature Soul Tripper, a mix of rhythm and blues and funk, as well as a set by Monik, who will sing Latin and jazz music.

Back again is the milking competition, soapbox derby, strongman/woman competition, skateboard, BMX and scooter competition, petting zoo, demonstrations and exhibits.

For updates or a complete lists of events go to www.cowapolooza.com or www.cityofwoodstock.ca.





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