Tuesday, February 21, 2017
In Beatlefan #224, Allan Kozinn of "Things We Said Today" examines the case of the late Magic Alex, the Beatles' controversial friend from the Apple era. Also, Tom Frangione tells why some fans aren't happy with either the deluxe reissue of "Flowers in the Dirt" or the George Harrison vinyl box set, Bruce Spizer looks back 50 years at the release of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane," Candy Leonard recalls how fans reacted to the "psychedelic" Fabs and Reed Pitkunigis looks at Beatles-related releases issued in surround sound.
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Sunday, February 19, 2017
Alan Aldridge, the artist who edited and did the artwork for "The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics" and "The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics 2" and also designed album covers for the Who, the Stones and Elton John, has died at age 73. His death was announced by his daughter Lily on Instagram. His designs included "It's Only Rock 'n Roll" for the Rolling Stones and "A Quick One" for the Who. In 2014, Aldridge's drawings were used for a Beatles Illustrated Collective Set that included a calendar along with a CD that featured Beatles and solo McCartney songs. A book on his work, "The Man With Kaleidoscope Eyes: The Art of Alan Aldridge," was published by Henry Abrams Books. (See a selection of Alan Aldridge Beatles products in our "That's What I Want Beatles" store.)
I love you Daddy 💔🙏🏼❤ I feel so blessed to have been given a father who I love admire & respect as much as you. I'm so proud to be your daughter. Thank you for the years of magic ✨❤🙏🏼 #MyIdol 🕷👁💧A post shared by Lily Aldridge (@lilyaldridge) on
(Thanks to Greg Feo for the alert.)
Sunday, February 12, 2017
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“The Beatles: Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years” was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Music Film Sunday in Los Angeles. The film was directed by Ron Howard. The Beatles' competition was “I'll Sleep When I'm Dead,” “Lemonade” and “The Music of Strangers.”
Shortly after the award was announced, Ringo tweeted, "Wow well done Ron Howard and all the production team and of course the fabs we actually got a Grammy for eight days a week peace and love,” followed by a second post with a flurry of emoticons." George Harrison's Twitter account also posted congratulations. (See below.)
None of the other five Beatles-related Grammy nominations were as lucky. Paul McCartney was up for two, one for his deluxe "Tug of War" and a remix of "Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five." John Daversa was also up for three for his album "Kaleidoscope Eyes: Music of the Beatles" and two songs from it.
Wow well done Ron Howard and all the production team and of course the fabs we actually got a Grammy for eight days a week peace and love— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 12, 2017
😎✌️🌟💖🎵🎶👏👏👏👏🌺🌹😄🎂☯☮— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 12, 2017
Congrats to @RealRonHoward for winning the best music film @Grammys for 'The Beatles: Eight Days a Week -- the Touring Years'. @thebeatles pic.twitter.com/fgJZyX617m— George Harrison (@GeorgeHarrison) February 12, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
We first were introduced to the voice of Dick Biondi many years ago in the great "Crusin'" audio series that had legendary DJs do special versions of their original shows complete with commercials and jingles. Biondi's, which was for 1960, was one of the best in the series.
Now Pamela Joy Pullice, Brian Kallies and Stephanie Serna are hoping to do a film about the career of "The Wild Eyetralian." They've started a Kickstarter campaign hoping to raise $30,000 in 36 days. It's a steep mountain, but Biondi is one of the best DJ voices there ever was and his film would be a great story. For Beatles fans, there is also evidence that it was he, not Carroll James, who played the first Beatles record in the U.S.
Here's Biondi talking after playing the Beatles:
And here's Biondi's wonderful Cruisin' 1960 re-creation:
Friday, February 3, 2017
Julian Lennon will sign copies of his soon-to-be published children's book, "Touch the Earth," at two U.S. Barnes & Nobles stores this spring. The first signing will take place at 11 a.m. ET April 15 in New York City at the Union Square store, 33 East 17th Street, New York, N.Y. (Phone: 212-253-0810). The second is at 3 p.m. PT April 22 at The Grove at Farmers Market, 189 The Grove Drive, Suite K-30 in Los Angeles (Phone: 323-525-0270). The book hits the streets April 11. (For those across the ocean, it also available for pre-order in the UK.)
Beatles author Spencer Leigh who's the host of the BBC Radio Merseyside show "On the Beat" will have as his guest this weekend Tony Sheridan Jr., son of Tony Sheridan with whom the Beatles played and learned a lot from in Hamburg. Leigh says Sheridan Jr. will talk about his dad for the first time. Sheridan died in February of 2013 at age 72.
"I'd had my own run-ins with Tony Sheridan," Leigh says, "and I'd always assumed he was so awkward and bad-tempered because he could only get work because of his connection with the Beatles." Sheridan Jr. will talk about his father from his point of view.
"On the Beat" airs at 7 p.m. UK time on BBC Radio Merseyside. The show's main page is here. Americans who want to hear the show can hear past episodes on demand here.
(Be sure to check out our That's What I Want Beatles store on Amazon. Great selection of Beatles items at the cheapest prices.)
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
|Left-to-Right: Paul 'Wix' Wickens, Chris Whitten, Linda McCartney, Paul, Robbie McIntosh, |
Hamish Stuart. Copyright MPL Productions. Photographer Kim Knott.