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23rd March, 1964 - In His Own Write Is Published

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"I like writing books. I got a big kick out of the first one. There was a literary lunch to which I was invited and at which I couldn't thick of anything to say - I was scared stiff, that's why I didn't. I got as big a kick out of seeing that book up there in the writing world's Top Ten as I do when The Beatles get a Number One record. And the reason is that it's part of a different world." - John, from The Beatles Anthology.

Click through to read more about 'The first solo Beatle project'.

 

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Sir George Martin CBE 1926 - 2016

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We were sad to hear the news of Sir George Martin’s passing. Our love and thoughts are with his family today. It is impossible to overstate the significance of George’s contribution to the Beatles' music and the strength of his relationship with the band. He was a member of the family. We will always miss and remember him with admiration and love. “If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle it was George” - Paul

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In Memory of Allan Rouse

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Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Allan Rouse, who passed away yesterday and in particular Fiona his wife who cared for him with such tenderness and consideration following his illness.

Allan (on right) is pictured here with the engineers at Abbey Road who worked on The Beatles remasters.

Allan joined Abbey Road studios in 1972 and during his time there made an invaluable contribution towards preserving the music and legacy of The Beatles.  He worked on all the releases with extraordinary dedication and loyalty.  

We will also miss his acerbic wit that was actually part of his charm.  Allan did not suffer fools gladly but once you earned his respect he could not have been more co-operative and helpful.

Allan was a true friend of the band and of everyone at Apple, and will be remembered with great affection by those of us who were lucky enough to spend time working with him.

From Paul, Ringo, Olivia, Yoko and everyone at Apple. 

 

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OUT NOW George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music Of George Harrison.

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George Fest: A Night To Celebrate The Music of George Harrison is available today! Featuring Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys, Dhani Harrison, Norah Jones, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, The Flaming Lips, Conan O'Brien, Ben Harper and more, George Fest is a wonderful live tribute to the life of George.

Get the live album and concert-film at Amazon Music.

Blu-ray/CD | DVD/CD

 

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7th February, 1964 - Beginning of First US Tour

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"It was so exciting on the plane, flying in to the airport, I felt as though there was a big octopus with tentacles that were grabbing the plane and dragging us down into New York. America was the best." - Ringo (from The Beatles Anthology)

Click through to hear the famous JFK Airport press conference from when the band had just landed in the United States.

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9th February, 1964 - The Beatles Make Their Ed Sullivan Show Debut

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"We were aware that Ed Sullivan was the big one because we got a telegram from Elvis and the Colonel. And I've heard that while the show was on there were no reported crimes, or very few. When The Beatles were on Ed Sullivan, even the criminals had a rest for ten minutes." - George (from The Beatles Anthology)

The broadcast was watched by an estimated 73 million viewers in over 23 million households - a record for US television, at the time.

Click through to watch the band play I Wanna Hold Your Hand on the show.

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27th January 1962

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27th January 1962 - the last concert the band played at the Aintree Institute.  

According to Mark Lewisohn, Brian Epstein was paid The Beatles’ £15 fee in loose change - he made sure they never played for promotor Brian Kelly again.

Photo by Dick Matthews / © Apple Corps

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Bob Balser

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It was with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of Robert (Bob) Balser on January 4th aged 88.

Bob along with the late Jack Stokes were the two immensely talented Animation Directors on the 1968 film Yellow Submarine.

In 2012 Bob generously gave us his time and expertise as a consultant on the restoration of the original film. A delightful man, he was considered a true friend of Apple.

We send our sincere condolences to his wife Cima and all the family.

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No one deserves to be hungry.

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Set an extra place at the table this holiday season and join us to #GiveThanksgiving by donating now to help fight for everyone’s right to nutritious food and an end to hunger in America.

Take action by donating for signature #Hungerthon gifts including John Lennon “Imagine” tee, scarf and bracelets.  

You can also bid on exclusive auctions items or spreading the word using #GiveThanksgiving

hungerthon.org

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The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One Is....

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ITV UK's 'The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One' has just announced that Britain voted Hey Jude as its top Beatles track of the 27 that reached #1 in the UK and US charts.

Which is your favourite Beatles Number One?

If you missed it UK viewers can catch “The Nation’s Favourite Beatles No1” on http://ITV.com  & on Sunday at 4.30pm #NatFaveBeatles

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'The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One' Wednesday, ITV, 8pm.

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“The Beatles are a band that have defined popular culture and music for decades and so we're thrilled to be celebrating their hits on ITV. Everyone's got a favourite Beatles number one - but which is yours and which will be the nation's?” - Commissioning Editor, Priya Singh.

The Nation’s Favourite Beatles Number One will tell the stories behind some of the greatest Beatles songs ever. With interviews from Beatles’ insiders including musicians, friends, fellow performers and celebrity fans, we’ll hear about the stories behind the Fab Four’s best-loved hits.

These are the stories behind the 27 songs that reached number one here and in the U.S – from She Loves You to Let it Be – as the show hears from the people who were there to witness in person the extraordinary rise and rise of The Beatles.

Across 120 minutes, this prime-time celebration of the biggest and most influential band the world has ever seen uses archive from a number of sources, including rare and exclusive footage from the Beatles’ company Apple Corps.

“It’s extraordinary to think that The Beatles’ output changed so dramatically within seven years – these are 27 songs that chart that extraordinary revolution in popular music”. - Executive Producer, Mark Robinson
Wednesday, ITV, 8pm.

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RINGO STARR: AN EVENING IN CONVERSATION

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To celebrate the publication of Ringo Starr’s PHOTOGRAPH memoir, on September 25 at 8:00pm, Ringo Starr will appear on stage at LA’s historic El Rey Theatre. During the course of a moderated conversation, the audience will be invited to join Ringo Starr looking through rare and unseen photographs drawn from his personal archives. 

In the words of Ringo Starr: ‘These are shots that no one else could have. I just had the camera with me a lot of the time. There’s a lot of shots of "the boys" that only I could have taken. Together they chart the story of four lads from Liverpool trying to live normal lives amidst the frenzy that surrounded them.’ – RINGO STARR

For details visit http://www.theelrey.com

Tickets go on sale Steptember 3rd HERE. 

 

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Paul will reissue the classic solo albums ‘Pipes of Peace' and ‘Tug of War' on 2nd October 2015 as part of his Archive Collection.

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Paul will reissue the classic solo albums ‘Pipes of Peace' and ‘Tug of War' on 2nd October 2015 as part of his Archive Collection. 

Free download of Paul McCartney 'Take It Away [Single Edit] (2015 Remaster)' HERE: 
http://www.paulmccartney.com/downloads

Pre-order your copy today: http://mpl.pm/ToW_PoP_KingsRoad
Pre-order from iTunes: http://smarturl.it/PMPoPiTunes

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The Beatles Singles Lithograph Collection

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We are proud to announce the launch of The Beatles’ Singles Lithograph Collection, a curated collection of single sleeves from around the world.

Limited to a worldwide edition size of only 400 per print, each print will measure 20” x 20”, and available only at TheBeatles.com.

Each print will feature one of the band’s classic single sleeves drawn from the many international versions, some of which have not been seen since their original release in the ’60’s.

UK / EU | USA | Canada | All Beatles Stores

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Congratulations to Ringo on his induction at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

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"As all the other drummers say, he just is something so special. When he’s playing behind you, you see these other bands, they’re looking around at the drummer, like, is he going to speed up, is he going to slow down? You don’t have to look with Ringo.

It’s a great honour for me to be able to induct him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland tonight!”

Read Ringo and Paul's speeches at his induction.

See photos and exclusive behind-the-scenes video from the induction on ringostarr.com

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