Friday, July 31, 2020

Listen to (and download) an acoustic performance of Paul McCartney's "Calico Skies"

Paul McCartney has released another free download of a song from his Flaming Pie sessions. The reissue of the LP is out in several editions today.

You can download the track "Calico Skies ["In The World Tonight" Campfire Acoustic]" for free from Paul's website now.

Vintage news clippings: John Lennon's Rolls Royce causes a stir! And so does his caravan!

And, if the Rolls wasn't controversial enough...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Pics: John and Mick

Vintage clippings: George Martin and the launch of Radio One

On Sept. 20, 1967, the BBC launched Radio One, its first station dedicated to pop music. The station and format was spurred into being from the commercial offshore "pirate" radio stations broadcasting into England from international waters.

Obviously, the pirates and Radio 1 played a lot of Beatles music, and the new station commissioned the band's producer, George Martin, to pen a theme song for its launch, which he titled "Theme One."
Here are some vintage clippings about the station's launch, followed by Martin's theme.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Paul McCartney pays tribute to Civil Rights leader John Lewis

Paul McCartney paid tribute on Twitter to Civil Rights leader and former U.S. Congressman John Lewis who died at age 80 this week. Paul suggested that the Pettus Bridge in Selma, Ala., be re-named in Lewis' honor.

Police attacked Lewis, Rev. Martin Luther King and other Civil Rights marchers with billy clubs and tear gas as they marched peacefully across it on their way to the state capitol building in March 1965.

The bridge is named after Edmund Pettis, a former confederate general, U.S. senator and leader in the Ku Klux Klan.