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The Lost Beatles Photos: Rare Shots From 1964-1966

At Seattle Tacoma Airport, the Beatles boarded their chartered Americn Flyer Airlines Lockheed Electra plane bound for Vancouver, British Columbia, to give their first-ever Canadian concert, at the Empire Stadium, on August 22, 1964. It would be the fourth show on their first U.S. tour.

John Lennon

The Real Story Behind the Beatles' Last Days

Sunday marked an anniversary most Beatles fans would rather forget: the day in 1970 when Paul McCartney announced to the world that the Beatles were essentially over. To promote his first solo album, <i>McCartney</i>, Paul issued a four-page interview with himself. The band, McCartney wrote, was divided …

Paul McCartney

50 Years Ago Today: The Beatles Released Their Debut Single, 'Love Me Do'

Exactly 50 years ago today, on October 5th, 1962, a new single titled "Love Me Do" hit record stores all over England. It was the debut 45 by the Beatles – though, at the time, that name didn't mean much to many English fans outside of Manchester and their native Liverpool. (The band's frequent …


The Beatles' 'Love Me Do' Hits the Public Domain in Europe

The Beatles first single, "Love Me Do," has entered the pubic domain in Europe, thanks to current copyright law in the European Union, <i>Complete Music Update</i> reports.<p>As the E.U. law currently stands, copyright for recorded music is set to expire after 50 years. Since "Love Me Do" and its B-side, …

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The Beatles George Harrison's lost guitar solo

In this clip from <i>Living in the Material World,</i> Martin Scorsese's documentary about George Harrison, the late Beatle's son Dhani, along with George Martin and his son Giles, unearth a guitar solo that was recorded for "Here Comes the Sun" but was ultimately discarded.

George Harrison

Watch the Beatles Chow Down on Fish and Chips

Just when you thought you'd seen every video imaginable of the Beatles, the BBC's new <i>Arena Hotel</i> documentary series is offering up this clip of the Fab Four eating fish and chips in goofy style. It's from the new behind-the-scenes feature <i>Magical Mystery Tour Revisited</i>, which airs on October 6th; …

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Rare Color Photos of the Beatles Going Up for Auction

A collection of unpublished early color photographs of the Beatles are going up for auction in the U.K., the BBC reports.<p>The photos were taken in 1964 during the Beatles' first U.S. tour. They include stage shots of George Harrison with his red Rickenbacker guitar, close-up portraits of the group …


John Lennon's Final Interview

On December 5, 1980, three days before he was murdered, John Lennon sat down with <i>Rolling Stone</i>'s Jonathan Cott for a nine-hour interview. Select excerpts from the interview ran in <i>Rolling Stone</i>'s tribute to John Lennon the following month — but Cott never transcribed all of the tapes. For 30 years …


Rare Beatles Pictures

On February 11, 1964 over eight thousand frenzied Beatles fans packed themselves into the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C. for the first ever American performance by the fab four. Eighteen year old photographer Mike Mitchell was there to capture every moment which included an opening cover …

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Beatles' Deal Most Lucrative in iTunes History

The deal that brought the Beatles' discography to the iTunes store may be one of the most lucrative and groundbreaking contracts in the history of digital music, according to Reuters.<p>Industry sources say iTunes is paying royalties directly to the band's company, Apple Corps, and Sony/ATV Music …


Inside the Beatles' Vinyl Album Remasters

The remastered Beatles catalog arrives on 180-gram vinyl in record stores tomorow (today in the U.K.). While engineers didn't have to spend as much time on them as they did on the remastered CDs, they ran into tricky problems that required weeks of work to solve. One involved the letter "s."<p>It …


John Lennon's Letters and Drawings to be Published in New Book

Yoko Ono has sold the rights to a collection of letters penned by John Lennon. Ono was persuaded to publish the letters by Hunter Davies, the Beatles' biographer.<p>Photos: John Lennon and Yoko Ono in New York: The Last Years<p>The book will be comprised of over 150 letters written over the course of …

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Ringo Starr, Confident and Sober

"Sometimes I can't believe that it's been twenty-two years since the boys were together," says Ringo Starr as he sits backstage at the Variety Arts Center, in Los Angeles, shooting the breeze with two members of the band Jellyfish as they wait to shoot a video for his new single, "Weight of the …

Ringo Starr

Bob Dylan's Secret Recording Session With George Harrison and Friends

New York — Bob Dylan snuck into Columbia's Studio B in New York on May Day and recorded for 12 hours with George Harrison, lead guitarist for a reportedly defunct British rock and roll group, the Beatles.<p>Denials that the session took place were issued by Dylan's personal secretary and by producer …

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