Showing posts with label Tony Booth. Show all posts
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Friday, January 13, 2017

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

Funeral services for early Beatles promoter Allan Williams were held this week in Liverpool. Williams died in December at age 86. There's no report on whether associates such as Pete Best attended the service. Nor were there any public comments or statements from Ringo, Paul or other members of the Beatles camp.

Williams secured the Beatles their first bookings in Hamburg, Germany, which were crucial to their development as a band. He's often billed as the band's first manager.


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Sean Lennon attended the launch of a new line of clothing designs by Stella McCartney in New York this week.

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Liverpool artist Tony Booth, who designed signs for many of the Beatles' early Liverpool-area gigs, died this week at age 83. An exhibition of some of his signs was held in Liverpool last August, and he also designed signs for the 60th anniversary of the Cavern Club, which is being celebrated this weekend.


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Ron Howard's documentary, "Eight Days a Week" Beatles' touring year documentary has been nominated for a BAFTA Award. The film has grossed $12.2 million worldwide.


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Paul McCartney was among celebrities who attended a farewell bash in honor of President Obama last weekend.

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Plug: Readers of the Glass Onion Beatles Journal may enjoy our new sister blog, Pop '67!, which focuses on the pop culture of 50 years ago. Check it out!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

Matt Monro's You Keep Me Swinging: The George Martin Years is a new collection of recordings the British Sinatra-sound-alike made with Sir George before, during and after Martin's association with the Beatles.

The release includes Monro's covers of "Yesterday" and "Michelle," his James Bond theme, "From Russia with Love" and three songs Martin composed himself: “This Time,” “Can This Be Love,” “No One Will Ever Know.”

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A display of vintage posters created for the Beatles' early appearances around Merseyside and in the famed Cavern Club will go on an exhibit as part of International Beatles Week in Liverpool this month.

The exhibit features the work of Tony Booth, who hand-painted the posters for Beatles manager Brian Epstein. Booth also painted advertising posters for NEMS, the Epstein family's group of Liverpool furniture and record stores.


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Paul McCartney was named Britain's top-selling LP artist based on sales of his and the Beatles albums, Billboard reports. Combined, he's hit #1 a record 22 times during his time with the Beatles, Wings and as a solo artist.

John Lennon was ranked at 18, George Harrison at 17 and Ringo Starr at 15.
“Okay, you know how it really feels? It feels unbelievable, because when you write your songs you don't count how well they're doing,” McCartney said in a statement. “I remember when Please, Please Me went to No. 1, that was our first No. 1 record, and it’s a beautiful feeling to suddenly get this [award], I mean it's amazing.

“So thank you to the people for giving it to me, I love you. And thank you to everyone who made it possible by buying the records, we love you too!"
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Ringo Starr talks about streaming music and his own listening habits.
Q: How do you listen to music? Do you stream or listen to vinyl and CDs?

A: At home, I do it all. I love iTunes. Though the Beatles are streaming now and have had a billion streams, I haven’t actually done it myself. If I’m in the car, I usually listen to the radio, 88.5 Northridge [KCSN-FM]. I just love that channel.

...Q: What do you make of the disputes between artists and the streaming services, with artists claiming they aren’t getting paid enough?

A: I like to support the artists. I heard a guy had 12 million streams, and he got a check for $5, which is not fair. I’m not talking about us. The Beatles are doing fine, and we have the power where we can make a deal upfront.

For an artist starting off, there’s no clubs for them to play in. The venues have gone down. It’s very hard now. It’s easier to become a celebrity on a TV show as a band for four months than work solidly.
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Ringo was also the first Beatle to become a great-grandfather this week, Billboard reports.
His press representative confirmed Monday night reports that his granddaughter, Tatia Starkey, and her partner Adam Low welcomed a son, Stone Zakomo Low on Aug. 14.

Tatia Starkey is the daughter of Ringo's son, Zak, who is a drummer for the Who, and has also drummed in the past with his dad's All-Starr Band and Oasis. Tatia Starkey also has a musical career as a member of the band Belakiss.
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Remembering when a Texas radio station was struck by lightning the day after it organized a bonfire of Beatles records in response to John Lennon's "bigger than Jesus" comment.
The station was one of several to host a “Beatles bonfire,” and on Aug. 13, 1966, it invited listeners to come by and burn “their records and other symbols of the group’s popularity” at a gathering.

According to the Beatles Bible, the Grand Dragon of the South Carolina Ku Klux Klan was on hand for the event, where he reportedly made a wooden cross to which he nailed and burned one of the group’s LPs.
The incident brought in plenty of PR for the station, but they weren’t able to capitalize on their newfound notoriety for long. The following day, KLUE’s transmission tower was struck by lightning, hit by a bolt powerful enough to not only wreck their equipment, but actually knock out the news director.
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Paul McCartney discusses the ritual of his pre-show soundchecks.
The soundcheck is actually structured like a gig. You move to piano for some songs; there is an acoustic set; and you paid homage to your roots in "Midnight Special" and the Carl Perkins cover.

We also do [Jesse Fuller's] "San Francisco Bay Blues." Some of these things remind you of other songs in our repertoire, like "Mrs. Vandebilt" [on Wings' 1973 album, Band on the Run] or "Every Night" [on 1970's McCartney]. We don't do them in the show anymore, but [the soundcheck] keeps the songs in there. Depending on the mood, we'll see how experimental we want to get.

There's an old thing, "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Cryin'" – not the Gerry and the Pacemakers one, the Ray Charles one [on the 1959 album The Genius of Ray Charles]. I used to do that with the Beatles in Hamburg. That's a nice thing to pull back. It's an echo of the show. The roadies know, "OK, he's testing that. He's gonna do his pedal there." We run through everything that happens in the show.

But when it comes to the show, it's all in a different form. And we didn't get bored. So the show is interesting now – all that checking we did, but with loads of people instead of a few, with a different set of songs. It keeps it fresh. And it's interesting that it's grown up – a tribal ritual that I've constructed. We all know and trust this ritual.

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The Guardian looks back at its 1966 review of the Revolver LP.

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The Detroit Free Press shares some rare photos from the Beatles' 1966 appearance in that city.


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Three men recount their scheme, in 1966, to meet the Beatles by impersonating opening group, the Cyrkle.
The Beatles weren’t there, but their instrument guy was, and a couple of other people who I later saw pictures of in Beatles books. We went in with a great sense of confidence — Oh, we’re the group that was hired to impersonate the Cyrkle. And they went, “Oh, okay.” Like they didn’t know about it, but it made sense to them. And then, within about 30 seconds, the door opened and in walked the Beatles.

Ringo sort of noticed us and said hi. We introduced ourselves for real at that point and said how we’d gotten in. Ringo thought it was funny that we would do that. He called John over and said, “Listen to this story,” and John had some cheeky response like, “So you wanted to meet us, now you’ve met us.” But Paul was saying, “Hey, George, have a listen to this,” and he played a few bars of what I now realize was the beginning of “Lovely Rita.”

Friday, February 19, 2016

Beatles Bits: Weekly news roundup

The Las Vegas Sun details the spruced up version of the Beatles' "Love" show.
The 10th anniversary celebration with Sir Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison is this July, and we want to use the new technology and projection and choreography that wasn’t available to us a decade ago.

We looked at it color-wise, happy-wise, also of what we can give back and take the show even higher. It’s true that we have taken many steps. We’re touching everything, so there will be a lot of new projection content. We also have new images of The Beatles that we didn’t have 10 years ago.

We didn’t have archives of The Beatles themselves, and that went into the show now because we have that confidence with ourselves, Cirque and Apple. That relationship is one that has gone very well, so those possibilities are there now.
In a separate story, Giles Martin details some of the show's musical upgrades.
Is “I Am the Walrus” really working? What if we put “Twist and Shout” here? I played the music to Paul — he never understood why “Walrus” was there anyway. He said, “It’s not in the context.” So we thought let’s put in “Twist and Shout.” It’s a very vibrant song.
Giles also mentions in the story that he's currently working on the music featuring in Ron Howard's upcoming documentary about the Beatles' live performance years.

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A great story about a prank George Harrison played on Phil Collins.

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Via Meet the Beatles for Real: When Paul McCartney returned to the Cavern - 1968.


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A Kenyan nature conservancy has named a baby rhino after Ringo Starr.
Three years ago, to help bring awareness to the battle against poaching, Ringo changed the main page of his website to the photo of a baby rhino. With Ringo's name, this baby rhino -- and many others -- might have a little better chance of survival.

... Much to our delight, Ringo Starr replied that he'd be honored to have a baby rhino named after him and could help us spread the word.


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The man who designed the posters for most of the Beatles' significant Merseyside shows is creating one to celebrate the Cavern Club's 60th anniversary.
Tony Booth, who is now 82, was discovered by Beatles manager Brian Epstein on Whitechapel when he was in his early 20s, and he went on to create some of the promotional material which helped to launch their early careers.

...He said: “I hand-painted most of The Beatles gig posters during the early 60s, but the posters also included many other top groups of the time, including Gerry and the Pacemakers, the Undertakers,  the Big Three, the Remo Four – the list is endless.”
 
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Ringo Starr's Twitter account was hi-jacked by pranksters last weekend, resulting in one message saying "f*** the Beatles" and another suggesting One Direction's was "a bit smelly."

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In more humiliating Beatles news, Paul McCartney was turned away from a Grammys after-party hosted by Tyga because he wasn't recognized by bouncers.
Paul was joined by Beck and Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins as he got turned away, after which he could be heard joking while sharing his surprise.

'How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit, guys. We need another hit,' the music icon said, jokingly adding: 'Work on it!'
Tyga, whoever he is, later tweeted:
"Why would I deny @PaulMcCartney stop it. He's a legend," he wrote. "I don't control the door. I had no knowledge SIR PAUL was there. I just performed and left."

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A funny story from Giles Martin, who'd stuck a news article about his involvement in the Beatles' "Love" show on his refrigerator.
“A few months ago, my housekeeper pulled the story off the fridge and read it,” Martin said, laughing. “I come home, and she says to me, ‘You know Paul McCartney?’ She seriously had no idea who I was or what I did, and she’s been working for me for more than a year.”

“Then she says, ‘I walked by Abbey Road (studios) and saw where they walked across the street (for the “Abbey Road” cover shoot) and saw the outside of the studios,’”
Martin said. “I said, ‘You know, you can go inside. You can tour it.”

So Martin wound up taking his housekeeper on a tour of Abbey Road. She was positively thrilled.